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» Thursday, October 29, 2009

Silver Silence - excerpt #5

Silver Silence, book 3 of my Druids of Avalon trilogy is in bookstores Tuesday Oct 27. I'm celebrating with excerpts, lost scenes, an interview and a week-long contest!

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By the way, if you're planning on buying Silver Silence, I hope you'll consider picking it up close to the Oct 27 release day, as any book's opening week sales are the most important to an author's publisher.

Thanks and good luck to all!

And now, Silver Silence excerpt #5:

Ciara cried out, convulsing with pleasure beneath him. Rhys yanked himself from her body just in time to groan his own release.

Shame rushed in, hot on the heels of his climax. Heartsick, he fumbled with the knot on Ciara’s bonds. When she was free, he jerked to his feet and strode the short length of the room to its single window. Throwing open the shutters, he braced one arm on the sill and looked out on blackness.

“Rhys? Is something wrong?”

The genuine concern in Ciara’s voice made him hate himself even more. He pressed his forehead to the window frame, cold sweat beading on his forehead. Gods. How could he have imagined Breena naked, servicing him like a whore? She was just a girl. An innocent. The sister of his best friend. For years, Rhys had thought of her as his own sister.

Until her breasts and hips had rounded, and the youthful worship in her eyes had turned to something sweeter and darker. And she began to speak to him of love, and of marriage.

Even now, the thought caused a bitter laugh to rise in his throat. He and Breena, married? He had nothing to offer her—not even the meanest roof to shelter her. But gods help him, he could not stop imagining her in his bed.

Someone should kick him in the head. No doubt Marcus would be more than pleased to do so, if his friend ever suspected the thoughts Rhys entertained about his sister.

“Rhys? Love?” Ciara’s nude body pressed against his back. Her hands came around to stroke his chest. “Something is troubling ye, aye? Whatever it be, come back to bed. I’ll help ye forget.”

He only wished it were that easy. “I think not, Ciara. I am…just weary, perhaps. I’ve been traveling hard for days now, in the rain and mud….”

“Lie down and sleep, then.” She smiled. “And perhaps, in the morning….”

But morning found Rhys slipping from under Ciara’s blanket without waking her. He dressed silently. He hadn’t found the relief he’d sought in her bed. Just the opposite. Their bedplay had left him feeling more hopeless, and lonelier, than ever.

Perhaps his advancing age was catching up with him. By the gods, he was nearly thirty! He remembered a time when he could not have imagined being so ancient. He was too old, perhaps, to be seeking comfort from whores. By the time a man had seen thirty winters, he should have a wife tending his hearth. Children to teach. But Rhys would never enjoy those simple blessings.

He took up his pack. Was Breena wed? He’d been away almost a year; she might very well be someone’s wife by now. Penn’s, perhaps. During Rhys’s last visit to Avalon, he’d noted an easy friendship between them. Penn was only a few years older than Breena. He was earnest and good, and strong in the Light. Aye, Penn would make Breena a fine husband.

His stomach turned. Last night’s meat, perhaps. He thought it had been a bit off.

He paused at the door to slip a silver denarius from his purse. He laid the coin on Ciara’s wash table. It was far more than she would expect from him. But she was more than welcome to it.

He would not, he thought, be coming back.

Coming Friday - Q & A interview about Silver Silence. All the best!


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Blogger tbagger said...

wow, that was a great excerpt. I can't wait to pick up a copy. I'm always looking for new authors to read, although I'm sure my husband wont be please buying more books. Oh well.


11:12 AM  
Blogger Lady_Graeye said...

Wow! Another great excerption! This book sounds great! I've got to get me a copy today. They anticapation is overwelming! I can't wait to see what comes out from Joy Nash!

1:43 PM  
Blogger ann alba said...

I love it Joy I really have to get these books.
I have my heart set that Breena & Rys get together but not without a lot of turmoil.
I almost feel sorry for Ciara well I really do It must have been a very hard life back in the day when you were common folk I hope she has a HEA too.

3:25 PM  
Blogger susan said...

JOY, What a great read and loved the book cover as well. I think we live in the same state don't we..I am in PA. I just can't get enough to read..I retired and spend alot of time in books. Hope you have a Happy Halloween. I think your books draws the reader into them which makes a good book. susan L.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

can't wait, these excerpts have been go great!

10:10 PM  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

I have really enjoyed all the excerpts. I can't wait to read the entire book.

seriousreader at live dot com

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The excerpts have given good insight into Rhys and Breena. Enough to show the emptiness and longing in both their lives. Am really looking forward to this book!

12:39 AM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

This was another great excerpt Joy. Poor Rhys, in so much turmoil. And I feel a little sad for Ciara too. Hope a HEA is in store for all.
Carol L.

4:15 AM  
Blogger Violet said...

oh dear, poor Rhys, I hope Breena is not married too :)

violetc dot books at gmail dot com

10:19 AM  
Blogger katsrus said...

The more I read the better it gets. Thanks for sharing with us. Happy Halloween.

6:02 PM  

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