Teaser Tuesday – 22nd November, 2016



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:
Bloodrush – Book 1 of The Scarlet Star trilogy by Ben Galley
28% ‘I think they’ve already popped,’ Merion grimaced as he prodded his toes. He had to count all his bloodrushtoenails just to be sure none had taken a mind to wander off.
‘Well then,’ Lurker sniffed. ‘You could always piss in your shoes.’
Merion looked up, horrified. ‘I could what?’
‘They’re leather, ain’t they?’
‘Then piss in them. Soften’s em up. Stops the rot.’ Lurker waggled his feet. ‘Pissed in these the first few days I them ‘em. Never had a blister since.’

BLURB: “Magick ain’t pretty, it ain’t stars and sparkles. Magick is dirty. It’s rough. Raw. It’s blood and guts and vomit. You hear me?”

When Prime Lord Hark is found in a pool of his own blood on the steps of his halls, Tonmerion Hark finds his world not only turned upside down, but inside out. His father’s last will and testament forces him west across the Iron Ocean, to the very brink of the Endless Land and all civilisation. They call it Wyoming.

This is a story of murder and family.

In the dusty frontier town of Fell Falls, there is no silverware, no servants, no plush velvet nor towering spires. Only dust, danger, and the railway. Tonmerion has only one friend to help him escape the torturous heat and unravel his father’s murder. A faerie named Rhin. A twelve-inch tall outcast of his own kind.

This is a story of blood and magick.

But there are darker things at work in Fell Falls, and not just the railwraiths or the savages. Secrets lurk in Tonmerion’s bloodline. Secrets that will redefine this young Hark.

This is a story of the edge of the world.

This is another offering from my TBR pile. Great fun, with a nicely spun alternate world, this time set in the Wild West. There is also plenty of mystery guaranteed to keep me turning the pages – I can see why this indie author is so successful…

32 responses »

  1. Not a pretty idea, but I suppose if it works . . . Haha. This sounds different and good, Sarah. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Bet it softens up the leather and disinfects the shoe at the same time! My Tues. Teaser is from James Lee Burke’s first book in a trilogy, WAYFARING STRANGER. This is the opening to chapter 8 where I stopped last night:
    “Spring came early in 1946, the year that arguably marked the inception of The New American Empire, and with it came the development of our company, which Hershel insisted on naming The Dixie Bell Pipeline Company. We underbid two contractors in Louisiana and by April we were cutting a right-of-way through wooded areas north of the Atchafalaya Basin. The night before the first weld was made on our first pipe joint, we celebrated by going to a Cajun dance hall in Opelousas.”
    I’ve just gotten this protagonist back from the war and married to a jewish girl he liberated, and now he is ready to make his first business venture after WWII.

    • Yes… what my disgusted young protagonist may not know is that up to Victorian times, bedding regularly was steeped in urine to keep lice and bedbugs at bay.
      I take it you’re enjoying ‘Wayfaring Stranger’. Is it a historical adventure? It sounds as if your protagonist is on his way to a prosperous future…

    • Oh, I don’t know… miles from any kind of plasters or padding and still having to walk – I can imagine myself doing that. I HATE walking with blisters! The book is great fun – and isn’t all about that kind of stuff – really!

  3. “He had to count all his toenails just to be sure none had taken a mind to wander off.”
    AWESOME sentence.
    Also, the whole blurb makes me think that even if the book doesn’t feel like something for me, I’d want to read it because of its style.

    • It’s a really cracking read – Galley is a talented writer and great worldbuilder and I’m looking forward to catching up with the rest of the series in due course.

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