From Imagination To Publication

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Debut Novel Sneak Peek - First Look at OPPRESSION

This waiting game is torture...let's be honest. It's the one thing all of us writers have in common no matter where we are on the road to publication. Currently I'm waiting for cover art and...other secret awesome stuff I can't talk about (but really really want to). However, despite the waiting, I finally get to share something with you! My publisher has agreed to let me post a sneak peek into my debut novel OPPRESSION. Let me know what you think of my little teaser...

When I left Cearno’s in a state of half sleep, I found the door to my apartment ajar. I grabbed the knob and pushed it open with caution, assuming I had forgotten to close it all the way.
“Hello?” I asked, just in case.
No answer. I shut the door behind me.
It wasn’t until I reached the top of the stairs that I felt something wet on my palm and realized I had blood on my hand. I made my way to the sink, looking for where I’d cut myself when I heard her.
“It’s not your blood,” Kara said from behind me, making me jump a foot in the air.
“What are you doing here, Kara?” I asked, callous and guarded. The last time I’d seen her, she’d stabbed me in the leg.
She was slumped down in the corner, sitting on the floor of my kitchen, a bloody mess.
My face registered with shock. “What happened to you?” 
I waited for an answer, but she only glanced at me briefly, annoyed by the question, and continued staring off into the distance.
“Are you hurt?” 
If she wasn’t going to talk to me I would find out for myself. I knelt down in front of her, looking over her blood stained hands, arms and face. She seemed fine.
“It’s not my blood either,” she said, her eyes finally meeting mine.

OPPRESSION tells the story of a young woman who discovers that she belongs to a secret society of individuals with extraordinarily long life spans and unusual abilities. Fearful of prophecies about their only daughter, her parents kept her hidden from the world – and the society – for as long as they could. But when their own untimely deaths leave her to fend for herself, the truth of her origins and the fateful prophecy find her at last. Joining the ranks of such widely popular works as the Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, and the Mortal Instruments series, Mrs. Therrien's paranormal romance/adventure promises to be the next fan-favorite in its genre.

The rest of the novel will be out on February 28, 2012. Stay tuned for more information on OPPRESSION, book one in my series CHILDREN OF THE GODS, published by ZOVA Books.

Feel like sharing a sneak peek from your novel/WIP? I'd love to read it. Post a link in the comments!


  1. Nice excerpt - way to make me gasp at that ending! Congratulations on your upcoming publication. The series sounds intriguing.

    Welcome to the Bounce. :)

  2. Whose blood is it???? you are such a tease! LOL
    Can't wait to read more, and I've started some revisions so you'll get mine soon :)

  3. Oh, I have to know whose blood that is. Can't wait to learn more about your book. Congrats!! And welcome to the bounce!

  4. Whoa! Crazy twist there at the end! :)

  5. Yeah . . . I never put much stock in pepper spray helping out with bears. I mean a huge bear versus spray? I don’t really want one close enough for me to try that out. Pepper spray is for rapists, not wildlife.

    LOVE your teaser :D
    Sounds like a fun read!

  6. So excited for your publication! Can't wait to read it in its entirety!

  7. Great hook there at the end! I'm glad they let you post =D

  8. I have to find out what happens next. Darn it, February. Be here faster.

    And cover designs? How exciting. I'm so happy for you. :)

  9. Aloha *Mrs. Therrien* (are you getting used to that now? :)

    Like everyone else, I am intrigued to find out what happened... and what's coming next.

    I'm new to the genre, by the way, so am really looking forward to getting my grubby hands on the book when it comes out!

  10. Very intriguing, and what a killer last line for a teaser!

  11. That last line rocks! Can't wait to read more :)

  12. Thanks for the sneak peek!! Cant wait to read this:)

  13. Oooooh! So whose blood is it then??
    Can't wait to see your cover. Gonna be super exciting!

  14. Ooh... I LOVE the premise! Can't wait to read it. I'm a fan of ZOVA books as well. Great people and publishers, as you know. :)

    Best wishes with everything. I look forward to following your success!

  15. I love the twist! What a great teaser! Can't wait to read the rest.

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