#8Sunday…From Reap & Repent: An Uninvited Guest

This eight sentence excerpt installment follows a scene in which our heroine, Ruth, has just locked up the house tight against any supernatural invasion. Or so she thinks. It’s the little things that get you.

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    Ruth’s eyes sprang open to a clattering racket as something crashed down her chimney, landing on the hearth in front of her in a burst of sooty dust. It took her eyes a few seconds to connect with her brain and formulate a response to the slimiest, foulest-smelling toadlike creature she could ever have imagined. The thing rose from the ashes to its full height of two feet, shook itself like a wet dog, and bared an impressive and terrifying array of needle-pointed, three-inch-long teeth. Its hissing broke Ruth from her paralyzed stupor. She lunged and snatched the iron poker off the face of the fireplace.

Without another thought, she sprang forward and speared the beast through its middle.
It let out a little “humpf,” squatted and dissolved into a smoking pile of gooey, chunky debris on her stone hearth. Ruth’s hands and legs trembled so violently she marveled that she was still vertical.

What the hell?


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Reap & Repent blurb


They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

8 Responses to #8Sunday…From Reap & Repent: An Uninvited Guest

  1. Wow, what a creature. Very vivid scene…my heart pounded alongside of hers. Great 8

  2. Yikes! My heart is pounding too. Good thing she’s quick on her feet. Fabulous snippet. *shivers* 🙂

  3. Ugh, sounds like a nasty beasty, but yeah, what the hell? She needs to get that fireplace blocked stat! 🙂

  4. What the hell indeed! Love the description and I’m very curious at to what sort of world this is. My only quibble is with the repetition of her eyes doing things.

  5. Well she certainly thinks fast! A shivery little scene indeed, great 8!

  6. Avatar burnsmillie
    burnsmillie says:

    Nicely done. I’m ready for a second helping : )

  7. I can picture this so clearly. I like heroines who aren’t afraid to act, who aren’t frozen by fear.

  8. Hooray for cold iron!