Snippets of The Pathfinders

I’m over at Adventures in YA publishing today, talking about writing for young adults, if you’d like to take a look. And if you can bear any more, I’m also answering Sacha Black’s open call for self-publicity with a short excerpt from my current WIP which is the third volume of The Pathfinders series, winding up the adventures of Carla and Tully in wonderland.

So, this is a bit from Revelation.  Sacha asked for 150 words. This is an excerpt approaching 150 words, but I’m not saying from which direction.

 

Tully stopped humming and held his head on one side, listening. His eyes glittered with amazement.

“Can you hear?” he whispered.

Carla stood quite still and held her breath. The silence of the night sky was broken. Like ripples on a stream, faint music made by unearthly voices came to her over the waves of darkness. She looked at Tully, her eyes wide.

“It’s the stars,” he breathed, “the planets. They’re singing.”

“What does it mean?”

Tully beamed at her. “It means we’re in heaven.”

Carla grinned. “Seriously.”

“The possibilities here are endless. Nothing is beyond us if we try hard enough. You can see why Nisroc wants to protect his world.”

Carla frowned slightly as if a cloud had passed over the moon, and the music faded. “Yeah. I s’ppose.”

Tully took her hand and led her into a fiery nest of stardust. “You worry too much,” he said gently and pulled her down beside him. “Time for dreaming.”

Carla snuggled into his arms, loosening his shirt from his trousers, nuzzling into his neck, her senses filling with his unmistakeable Tully smell.

“I wonder if the Grigori dream too,” she murmured.

“Erelah said they all do.”

“Erelah?” Carla sat up sharply. “You mean we might bump into her up here?”

Tully pulled her back down to him. “What have you got against Erelah, anyway? She’s a good laugh, when you get to know her.”

“And you have?”

“Yeah, a bit.”

Carla fought to keep her ground in what felt like shifting sands. She held Tully tighter, finding the buckle on his belt. She bit his ear and whispered, “Like this?”

Tully kissed her hard on the mouth. “You ask the silliest questions.”

“Indulge me.”

Tully kissed her again. And again. “Of course not.”

His hands were on her skin beneath her shirt. His mouth was on hers. The stars were singing. Carla let the unpleasant thoughts slip into the gentle darkness between the planets and returned Tully’s kiss with the same passion as in the old days.

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If you haven’t read the first part, Abomination, you can get it here.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

8 thoughts on “Snippets of The Pathfinders”

  1. Enjoyed your guest post, Jane. You made some excellent points. I liked also that you talked about the writers responsibility. Enjoyed the excerpt too… hurry up and get those books published!

    1. Thanks! I’m okay when we’re talking about children’s books versus adult because that seems obvious. YA for me is like adult books with young protagonists. Where I get confused is when parents (I mean, parents censoring the reading of a sixteen year old!) think certain subjects shouldn’t be even mentioned, certain language shouldn’t be used, you shouldn’t take the Lord’s name in vain. I lose the plot then completely. Who are these young adults then, if there’s nothing adult you can mention in their earshot?

  2. Well fuck me sideways Jane…. TELL me this isn’t a happy ending…. SURELY not…. because if there is, my god, someone needs to check you’re not sick! :p. This was a cracking excerpt – exactly the sort of disgustingly soppy young love fest I adore!

  3. OMG! I’m guessing I shouldn’t have read this excerpt! I’m kind of embarrassed that I still haven’t finished part 1 but It is truely cause I’ve been swamped. It would be funny if I was in contact with every other author whose book I’ve yet to complete even with best intentions haha. WIP looking good!

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