Author’s Note: I asked on Instagram and Twitter if I should post this first chapter as a preview for my book NOCTURNA that will be available for preorder on Amazon.com September 1 (to be released December 1). Hope you enjoy it!
Terror spiked in my veins as arms wrapped around me, caging me, stopping me from escaping. A large cloth-covered hand clamped over my mouth, muffling my screams. Then I was dragged backward into the shadows of an alley. The man who held me shifted his grip. His narrowed eyes flamed amber, and a wicked grin twisted about his lips.
March 2, 2015
“Alexei, where are you taking me?” Valon asked, following the dragon King down the road. He quickened, moving to Alexei’s side and shuffling awkwardly as he glanced at the citizens bowing to them. Alexei held back a snort, motioning for their three guards to encircle them.
“Here, my love,” Alexei replied, stopping in front of a large, plain polished limestone building. It had many square windows and rose three stories high. Thin lines of shapes like triangles or circles or just thicker solid lines of green, blue, and red were painted over the white blocks at the base and on the roof.
(Even though technically this is a day late, since I only just came up with it at 1 in the morning, oops.)
June 2015 – Post-Nocturna
“What are you doing?” Alexei asked from his place on one of the garden’s many benches as I gathered a multitude of flowers in my hand. I walked over and tugged his thin, blue ribbon out of his hair, letting his silky black locks flow freely down his chest, then wrapped it around my flowers.