Sunday, October 09, 2011

SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY: An Eternity of Roses, Snippet #3


It's that time again - Sunday. Have a chicken to roast, a bedroom to tidy up, and dishes to clean. Isn't it exciting? LOL.

So what do I do to relieve the boredom? Six Sentence Sunday, of course! Six Sentences from a current work-in-progress or published work. This is my third time and it's what I look forward to it at the end of a hectic week! A big part of the fun is to find out what my fellow Six Sunday authors have in store today by making the rounds and reading all the exciting snippets they're posting. So please check them out as well - you'll find a bunch of excerpts that will reel you right in :D.

So, back to my WIP, An Eternity of Roses. The backdrop of the romance consists of a legend that goes back to the Kashmir of 300 B.C. I think it's important to explore this legend before jumping into the story itself.

The Snake King, Aravala, is very angry that Valther has found a group of lost artefacts that he's always wanted - the lost Seven Chalices of the River Demon, reputed to have the power to grant immortality to humans. Aravala himself is immortal, and he has many powers, but this is one that eludes him. Until he finds the Chalices, he won't be able to create an invincible army that will defeat all his enemies and establish him as undisputed ruler of all their territories.

Aravala's soldiers catch Valther in possession of one of these Chalices so now he faces the ultimate punishment for "stealing" from his king - death. The man is resigned but fears for the life of his friends - Nila, his younger brother Candaka, and their kinfolk - who had taken him in after he'd spent years traveling across continents. In a short time, he came to love them as family.

Nila and Candaka are now faced with tough choices. Aravala presents a threat they cannot ignore. The carefree days of enjoying their youth are gone, instantly replaced with the grave realization that so many other people - their families and loved ones - are relying on them. What will they do?

In this final scene, Nila and Candaka have just witnessed their brother Valther's death. They are heartbroken, but have no choice but to move on.

What will happen now?” Candaka asked. His voice cracked at the second question.

Nila threw one last look at their despicable monarch and said, “The cobra is now our worst enemy,” before he steered them both outside.

“Will we ever return home?”

“Mayhap one day is all I can say. But never forget, brother, home is in here,” Nila replied, pointing to his brow, “and in here,” he finished, placing a closed fist on his pounding heart.

And this is how the Valthreans are born. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed the read.

~ Angela ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love.

"Mile High to Heaven" and "Mr. & Mrs. Foster" available at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.

30 comments:

Zee Monodee said...

This brought chills down my spine! Great job, girl. :) xoxoxoxo

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, my friend. I look forward to jumping into the story next week :) xxxxx

Jessica Subject said...

Very touching! Great six!

Rachael Johns said...

WOW - your imagination must be wild!! I'm always in awe of author who create a whole new existence :)

Cate Masters said...

Loved this! Love the setting and premise, and great teaser to keep readers wanting more.

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Jessica!

Angela Guillaume said...

Wow back Rachael - such kind words! They made my day :-D xoxo

Angela Guillaume said...

Cate, coming from you, this is a true compliment. So happy you liked it. x

Cara Michaels said...

Interesting setting and legend. Great 6. Looking forward to reading more!

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Cara! More to come next week :)

Taryn Kincaid said...

Intriguing tale!

Paula Martin said...

Fascinating legend - and great six!

Angela Guillaume said...

Many thanks, Taryn!

Angela Guillaume said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Paula!

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Loved your six! Thanks for sharing.

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Jennifer!

Sandra Bunino said...

A very moving and emotional six. Well done.

Angela Guillaume said...

Thanks a bunch, Sandra! x

Serena Bell said...

Very interesting story! I'm definitely curious to learn more! And welcome back atcha to a relative SSS newcomer--good to have company.

Angela Guillaume said...

Thanks for popping by, Serena!

Rachel Morgan said...

That last bit resonates with me because on my grandmother's wall is a frame and in it are the words: Home is where the heart is.

I like the flowery bit you have underneath the title of each blog post :-)

Angela Guillaume said...

Hello Rachel - this is so true. I lived away from my home country for about 12 years, and I've felt it first hand.

Thanks for the nice words about the blog page design. It's actually a template I found on the web.

Elaine Cantrell said...

The premise behind this is great.

Claire Gillian said...

Family IS in the heart...though how sad to have to watch a brother's execution at the hands of a tyrant. :(

sarahballance said...

Such a powerful six. And this is my first visit to your blog - it's lovely!

Vivien Dean said...

I love that last paragraph. Excellent six!

Angela Guillaume said...

Thank you, Elaine!

Angela Guillaume said...

Claire, you are so right!

Angela Guillaume said...

Sarah - thank you for your kind words. I truly appreciate them!

Angela Guillaume said...

Vivien - thank you!!!