What Lies Beneath…an Excerpt

Murder was a messy business; torture even less clean. As Hutch walked through the inn’s lobby, taking care to avoid the streams of dried blood that had drained from [the woman’s] body, he struggled to swallow. It wasn’t the first time he’d seen such a thing and he doubted it would be the last. But seeing the most evil side of human nature was never easy.

Each fingernail had been wrenched from [her] hands, as were the front teeth from her upper jaw. One eye was sealed shut, lost beneath a contusion the size of a lemon. A clean split opened her lower lip, giving her mouth an un-natural ‘V’ shape. As he looked at her features, it was hard for him to see where her nostrils had been, as dried blood had caked in clumps around her unrecognizable nose.

He kneeled at her side and touched the wire binding that strung her wrists and ankles together. The woman hadn’t been kind to them, not exactly, but hers was a fate undeserved. Hutch didn’t doubt a bag of coins would have opened her mouth freely to the comings and goings of A’ris and Hutch, and yet the level of torture the middle-aged woman endured wasn’t just unnecessary, it was brutal beyond reason. As if whoever committed the crime did so with the pure intent to kill, regardless of what information they extracted.

He smoothed the hair from her face and pulled a nearby throw off a wooden chair, draping it over her still body. She’d been bled dry, and though the entire room would forever show signs of her demise on the floors, walls and counters, he could at the very least give her soul respect by covering her violated body.

Someone out there was angry.

As Hutch took the stairs up to the room he’d shared with A’ris just days before, and found it cleaned out and empty, he could only hope that the dead man behind the Gear Maker’s shop was the man who had gone through the town, eliminating all who breathed. Either all signs of A’ris were being wiped clean, or any and all who crossed her path were struck dead simply for seeing her. Hutch knew A’ris was in trouble or soon would be.

The kind of trouble that drew blood in lethal amounts.

“A’ris, please be safe,” he whispered into the fresh sky.

His boots sank into the damp earth as he set off to the west with a pack of supplies he pillaged from [the inn’s] kitchen. Hutch didn’t even bother to change his muddy clothes, just slung a coat over his shoulder in case it should rain again. The bartender wouldn’t need it anymore. He, along with his patrons, had been shot dead.

Unsure if the hole in his heart was truly mended or would only heal once he set eyes upon the girl again, living and unharmed, he set out for the town of Calypso, determined to find what he had lost…

– Chapter 18 from The Dry Lands, a Hutch and A’ris novel

The Dry Lands

Have you read The Dry Lands, the first Hutch & A’ris book? It’s not a YA or a Urban Fantasy like The Station and the Find Me books, so it’s different, yes, but worth your time…

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Some secrets are worth keeping, and others are worth dying for.

A runaway princess on a mission and a mysterious traveler become an unlikely pair when the two cross paths in the unforgiving Dry Lands. As an underground movement struggles to overthrow the Dark King, an old prophecy threatens to change the future, an act that could unleash answers to some of the planet’s most dangerous secrets. Answers the people aren’t ready for. Together, the fiery red-head, A’ris Brynx and the rugged Krane Hutch, must do one thing – survive the lies, betrayals, consequences and…each other.

This Fantasy Sci-Fi tale is set on the faraway planet of Ernoth. With gypsies wandering the deserts, royalty challenged by a prophecy, assassins on the hunt, plagues and mysteries questioned, this full-length novel takes readers on a never-ending journey of emotions and adventure.

Find The Dry Lands on Amazon. You don’t need a Kindle, either. You can download the FREE KINDLE APP for your smartphone or computer and start reading this book today. 🙂

99c BOOK SALE!

Yep! Today THE DRY LANDS is on SALE for only $0.99!

This is a super great deal that won’t happen every week!

Get your SALE copy while you can! 😀

Trish Marie Dawson breaks into the Sci-Fi Fantasy genre with an otherworldly tale set on the faraway planet of Ernoth. With gypsies wandering the deserts, royalty challenged by a prophecy, assassins on the hunt, plagues and mysteries questioned, this full-length novel takes readers on a never-ending journey of emotions and adventure.

Some secrets are worth keeping, and others are worth dying for.

A runaway princess on a mission and a mysterious traveler become an unlikely pair when the two cross paths in the unforgiving Dry Lands. As an underground movement struggles to overthrow the Dark King, an old prophecy threatens to change the future, an act that could unleash answers to some of the planet’s most dangerous secrets. Answers the people aren’t ready for. Together, the fiery red-head, A’ris Brynx and the rugged Krane Hutch, must do one thing – survive the lies, betrayals, consequences and…each other.

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Character Takeover!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071]Krane Hutch from The Dry Lands will be taking over my author page on Facebook today. If you don’t already know, the inspiration behind Hutch came from none other than Henry Cavill. Of course, Mr. Cavill has nothing to do with my Sci-Fi Fantasy book, but it’s nice to put a face to the name anyway.

If you’re on Facebook, you should definitely check in at some point today to see what Hutch is up to. 😉

Happy Hump Day!

*thanks to HenryCavill.org for the visual stimulation, photos are not mine*

Friday Feature – Brandon Hale!

If you haven’t heard of Science Fiction author Brandon Hale, you must be hiding underneath a rock. Seriously, climb out of there and lounge in the sunshine a moment while I gush about my successful and talented Indie Author friend for a bit.

BHaleI met Brandon online some time ago, not long after pushing the ‘Publish’ button on my first eBook at Amazon. He’s a great guy with some great advice…and books that have garnered a bit of a cult following. Before the ladies get too excited, he’s taken. But you can fantasize all you want, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.

*Total side-note, but I’m quite partial to the lovely photo-shop pic of Brandon on his FB page right now. So much so, that I had to use it in this blog to show him off.* Don’t be angry with me Brandon, you sexy beast.

Anyway…back to Brandon and his talents! Have you read Day Soldiers? I pinched the description of the first book off Amazon to share with you:

Selected by Digital Book Today as one of the Best Kindle Books of 2013…

Book 1 of the Day Soldiers series (Books 2, 3, and 4 are also available. Book 5 is coming soon).

A legion of vampires and werewolves has declared war on the human race.

For ten years now, humanity has been at war with the creatures of darkness. The war has changed the world. The day now belongs to humanity and the night belongs to things once thought to exist only in myths and legends… but there is hope. This new enemy has united humanity and an army has stepped forward to protect the light from the darkness. An army of heroes.

The Day Soldiers.

Eighteen year old Lily Baxter always knew the Day Soldiers would be a major part of her life. She had been preparing for it since she was eight. She was ready to go to war. The one thing she wasn’t prepared for was the day the war came to her.

Part horror, part comedy, part adventure, Day Soldiers will take you on an exciting ride through a world where monsters are monsters and the only thing they fall in love with is the taste of human blood.

Day Soldiers Saga

Or what about The Man From Newella

TMFNewellaWelcome to the Crimson Age

On July 14, 2081, the sky rained blood, the animals turned against humanity, and the shadows learned how to walk the dead. It didn’t take long for our fragile civilization to crumble.

That was the beginning of the Crimson Age, which lasted the better part of two decades. Life was tough in those days. Humanity was spiraling downward and there seemed to be no way out.

Then he came.

Most people say he was from Newella, Earth’s first lunar colony. Truth is, nobody really knows. Far as the world was concerned, he was nobody and he came from nowhere.

He came and he changed… everything.

The Sheriff’s Tale is the exciting first story in the Man From Newella series. Each novella is designed to be fast and fun, able to be read in one to two sittings (this issue is around 20,000 words).

This series is about the early adventures of the man from Newella, before he became a legend.

So kick back and enjoy your time in the Crimson Age. Life’s rough here, but it’s never boring.

And remember, there’s plenty more on the way. This is just the beginning…

You can find out more about this Science Fiction and Fantasy writer by checking out his Website today!

If you want to stalk…er, follow Brandon, you can find him on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to tell him that Trish, his crazy writer friend, sent you. He’ll laugh, and then check to see that the restraining order is still in effect. 😉