I’m rather bogged down with work at the moment, so I’ve not offered a Tuesday Teaser in a while. I’ve not blogged an awful lot for a while, if I want to be precise, but…. I’ve just decided on the release day for my next novella, so I really have no excuse.
Repeat Offence will be out on August 14th and – as usual – I’m struggling to decide how to categorise it.
It’s a love story – that part is easy.
It gets tricky when I try to explain that it’s a love story that spans almost two-thousand years. While both participants are dead. Maybe.
But let’s start at the beginning, in an ancient world where two kingdoms – Hestorand and Sakkad – have been at war for over ten years. Taz and Hiro, warriors and veterans of that war, decide to end it with a daring raid into the Sakkadian king’s camp. They sneak in, fight when they’re discovered, and manage to kill the Sakkadian king and all his council. And then they die a death of heroes, falling under the onslaught of a myriad of blades.
The war is ended, the heroes are dead. So… where is the story?
Well… Taz and Hiro’s story has only just started. They’ve offered their lives to end a war, might have gone willingly into the dark, but then they wake in a cold, bright room, faced with a rather terrifying prospect: A Judge.
And the Judge determines that they’ve both wasted their lives, squandered so precious a gift – and nothing either Taz or Hiro can say has the power to change the Judge’s mind.
They are sentenced to eternal life. Forced to live, separated by the veil between worlds, one human, one Guardian. Their only chance to catch a glimpse of each other is the moment of the human’s death. And if they can only time it right, if the Guardian of the pairing can arrive in the human world in the exact moment the human dies… then they may have a chance to end their sentence and be together again.
A tall ask?
I should think so.
If it was easy, there wouldn’t be a story. And Taz and Hiro definitely deserve one. The two snuck up on me while we were driving over to Norfolk one Saturday morning, and even when I kept telling myself that I didn’t have time, their plight didn’t leave me alone.
So, for today’s Tuesday Teaser, I leave you with a glimpse of Taz and Hiro and the blurb for Repeat Offence.