Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday's News & Updates

Good day to you. Today's news bits are short and sweet, but oh, so wonderful.

Here's an excerpt from Bad Gone Better...
A Doppelganger and a Wraith. Hell couldn't make a better match. Too bad they're not in Hell...

Gunner is ready to give up on life. Imprisoned for eternity is not how he'd envisioned returning to the Doppelganger realm. He's been pushed, punished and tortured, but nothing has been able to break him. Until she comes on a three-moon night.

Melanie is a Wraith seeking revenge. She hadn't planned on tangling with Gunner, but he provides what she needs to survive.

Begging for an end, Gunner is startled when the strange Doppelganger king offers freedom, but it comes with a price.

As Melanie searches for her killer and Gunner works toward his freedom, will they discover their paths are heading in the same direction? And is this direction toward something better, or toward the void of darkness neither can seem to elude?
(Edited) Excerpt: 
Melanie cocked her head, completely puzzled. "Thomas told me you'd help me seek the Doppelganger Svinchen. I would let you go and you would aid me, or your human twin would have to take your place."

His eyes went large, but she didn't have time for indecision or lies.

"Fine. I'll tell Thomas you refused. I will be back for sustenance, but otherwise I'll leave you be."

She blew her breath downward and lifted herself up. Might as well leave the same way she came in.

"Wait. Hold on," he called. She stared at him, but didn't stop her slow ascent. 
"Damn it, I said wait."

"What purpose would it serve me to wait? I don't have time for games, Gunner."

"No games. I promise." He closed his eyes as if in pain. "Come back here. I'll... I'll help you. I gave my word."

She hesitated. Throughout the realms, it was common knowledge that a Doppelganger's word could never be trusted, but all she'd seen of this man, all Thomas had revealed about him, showed that his humanity overwhelmed his natural desire for chaos.

She returned to the ground.... "Fine," she told him. "I'll free you to help me. When I've had my vengeance on Svinchen, I'll escort you back to Thomas, and he'll grant you whatever you agreed upon."

His shoulders grew stiff as though he didn't want to speak. "Agreed."

"But know this, Doppelganger Gunner." She moved close to him. "Cross me, upset me, disagree with me one time, and I'll remove all your humanity. In a very thorough, painful way." Her voice rose slightly with the last sentence, enough to make him shake his head and squeeze his eyes shut.

"I've given you my word. I won't back down." 

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