WIP Sneak Peek: Sky & Storm, Warriors of Vis, Book One

I’ve decided I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. Other than the on and off tour posts and random news about my books and events I attend, I stopped doing much here. That is wrong and has to change! So I’ve come up with a weekly posting schedule for Alina Popescu, Writer, which I believe you’ll enjoy. As it happens, Tuesdays are the days when you get to see what I’m working on. Right now, my focus is on Sky & Storm, and I am about half way through writing it.

This is an parallel/alternative universe gay romance story, set in a Medieval world. Vis is the center of this setting, a city-state turned capital of an empire. The excerpt I’ve chosen for today is from the first chapter of the book, The Curse. As you can imagine, this is an unedited sneak peek. Enjoy!

No, this couldn’t be! It had to be a mistake. The Dragon had no business sending his riders to Sky.

He took a few clumsy steps back and fell onto the oversized sitting pillows he’d piled up on the balcony. He looked up at the sky, watching fluffy, milk-white clouds running away in the opposite direction from where the riders were coming. Even they knew they should fear the envoys of the Dragon. Sky closed his eyes, a tear falling down the side of his face, over his earlobe and down his neck, tickling him and making him shiver. He wanted to wipe it away but found he couldn’t move. The fear was paralyzing.

No, it can’t be. He gripped his long blond locks with both his hands, He pulled harshly and pain fired up his body. Word of the Dragon’s decision to marry had reached them weeks before.  Rumor had it the Dragon and the King would discuss it, then send riders carrying the flaming red banners to fetch the lucky young male the Dragon had decided on and bestow numerous honors upon his family.

Sky had never for one second thought he’d be the Dragon’s choice. Even now, as the battle cries of the riders were close enough to be heard, he still tried to convince himself they were there for a different reason. A summon to a ball or some business with his father, surely. Yet he knew they wouldn’t use those scary red eagles for such small matters.

It can’t be me. My family is not important enough. We are not particularly wealthy or hold any strategic lands. This is either a mistake or the Dragon has gone mad.

Sky sighed, covering his quivering lips with his hand. He had made a snide comment about marrying the Dragon being a curse during the last feast his parents had organized. That was what marrying the Dragon was, anyway. Who would want to marry that beast? The one bit that didn’t surprise Sky was that he had chosen a man. He’d probably break a woman in two on their wedding night. It was said the Dragon was huge. A mass of muscle moving about, spreading promises of pain and bloodshed.

Sky squeezed his eyes, covered his ears and yelled, but when he stopped, the shouts of the riders as they passed through the gate were proof enough he wasn’t dreaming. This was real. They had come to fetch him. Or maybe his sister? The flicker of hope was gone before really sinking in. She was twelve, hardly ready for marital life. He snorted, imagining that scared little kid facing the mountain of a man that was the Dragon.

Sky heard the rapping of the hoofs on the stone paving the alley to their front door. He heard his father’s name being called and let out the breath he was holding, allowing himself to hope this was a whole other matter. Sky rolled to his belly, covering his head with one of the pillows and only came up for air when his survival instincts kicked in. Judging by his mother’s excited squeals, this wasn’t going to be good news for him.

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A pleasure to meet you! I’m Alina Popescu, an author, traveler, and hopeless coffee addict. I write urban fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and sometimes even contemporary stories. A significant number of my books are LGBTQ fiction and romance.

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