Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 19

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 19

“I trust your room is satisfactory?” she asked.

“What? Oh yes,” Allenson replied. “I will need to hire a servant for the duration of my stay. Can you suggest an agency?”

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Spell Blind – Snippet 19

Spell Blind – Snippet 19

Chapter 12

I drove back to Chandler, my heart pounding out a salsa beat, and my hands sweating so much the steering wheel grew slick and I had to wipe my palms on my jeans every few seconds. I spent more time glancing up at my rearview mirror than I did looking ahead. I don’t know what I was watching for — maybe some red glowing car, driven by the bald guy I’d seen in my stone. Every time a car drew too close to my rear bumper I started to hyperventilate.

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Spell Blind – Snippet 18

Spell Blind – Snippet 18

He stared past me. “Never heard of them.”

“No? Maybe you heard that Claudia Deegan was killed.”

“Never heard of her, neither.”

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 18

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 18

Chapter 6 – Paxton

Allenson’s carriage phased in over Paxton and began a slow circular descent through a sky crowded with frames. He had read about Paxton and seen video clips but the reality was still astonishing. The population must be four or five times that of Manzanita.

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Polychrome – Chapter 26

Polychrome – Chapter 26

Chapter 26.

Ugu found Queen Amanita in the Third Garden, one of the few spots of green in the Gray Capital. She was apparently experimenting with transformations, morphing a butterfly into a sort of winged centipede with a dozen sets of brilliant wings, then into a bird with butterfly wings, and other variations on flying pretty creatures. She has an excellent eye and appreciation for beauty, but her art is as cold as her smile, alas.

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Castaway Planet – Chapter 18

Since the eARC of this book is now available, Ryk wants this to be the last snippet.  For the eARC see: http://www.baenebooks.com/p-2598-castaway-planet-earc.aspx

Castaway Planet – Chapter 18

Chapter 18

Sakura cut, perhaps with unnecessary viciousness, at a bamboolike stalk that blocked her passage. The machete — cut and ground down under Whips’ direction from one of the pieces of steel that had formed a major wing support — sliced cleanly through the stalk, which fell, spattering her with drops of blood and an explosion of crimson tendrils from the flowerlike ends; these were, fortunately, not venomous. “Oh, ick.”

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 17

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 17

Hawthorn picked up the heavy laserrifle that he kept by the pad. He opened the flap on the counter and made for the door, automatically checking that the weapon was powered up before sloping it across his right shoulder. He held it by the pistol grip, forefinger alongside the trigger. These were habits that had kept him alive but then, life itself was just a habit these days. He had as little to die for as to live for. He just went on, clicking through the sub-routines of his existence like an automaton.

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Spell Blind – Snippet 17

Spell Blind – Snippet 17

Right. I got back in the car and drove east on Thomas and then turned onto Eighteenth. Antoine Mirdoux lived in Mountain View’s seven thirty-three beat, another garden spot. To a civilian — one crazy enough to be walking these streets — there wasn’t a whole lot of difference among the beats in this part of town. A person could drive from one to the next without knowing it. But to the cops working the neighborhoods, each beat had a personality, a flavor. I’m sure the seven thirty-three was like that, a place that cops came to know and even like, in a perverse sort of way. To me though, these were just streets and ramshackle houses, places where a dark sorcerer could be waiting, watching for me. The area around Orestes’s place I knew; I’d been there enough times before to make even those rough streets feel familiar. But as I drove the Z-ster up and down Eighteenth, looking for a house that glowed with pale green magic, I felt like a soldier entering an urban war zone for the first time. These streets were alien to me, and I could almost feel the danger crawling up my arms and legs, making me shiver. As I drifted past, kids and old people stared at me, grim and hostile. They knew I didn’t belong there; they might even have sensed an ill omen in my coming. I kept my speed the same, trying not to make eye contact as I searched for Antoine’s house.

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 16

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 16

The restaurant itself was a circular bowl with terraced seating under a ruby-red ceiling fluorescing from spotlights projecting up into the glass. Streams flowed down from the edges of the bowl. The water meandered around the tables to drain under the kitchen hub in the center. Few staff assisted the diners. One found a table, ordered via datapad from the menu and collected the food in person from automaton dispensers in the hub. It was all rather egalitarian in a high tech sort of way.

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Spell Blind – Snippet 16

Spell Blind – Snippet 16

“Brother Q knows nothin’ for certain,” he muttered.

“But you have an idea of who’s doing this, don’t you?”

He peered at me over the top of his sunglasses. “Who are you askin’ for, Brother J? Yourself or the cops?”

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