February 26, 2013

Recently I reviewed and loved the fantasy novel

Ocean of Dust by Graeme Ing
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In case you missed the review you can find it here.

Today we are excited to be able to share an excerpt with you from this fantastic journey. In this excerpt, our heroine, Lissa gets into her first fight with Alice. Branda is Lissa’s new friend on the ship. All three girls serve in the galley. I hope you enjoy the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

Ocean of Dust Excerpt – Fight With Alice

Two days later, raised voices brought her running to the galley. Alice had Branda pinned against the sink, alternately shouting and slapping the little girl, who dodged the attacks as best she could. Tears streamed down Branda’s face.

“What’re you doing?” Lissa cried, crossing the room in three strides. “Let her go.”

She forced herself between them and shoved Alice across the room.

“Mind your own business,” Alice screamed, shoving back. “Get lost.”

“Branda’s half your size, you bully. Leave her alone.”

“Make me.” Alice’s face was purple, her eyes were scrunched, and her mouth made a sneer.

Lissa raised her hand to thump her but hesitated. The look in Alice’s eyes was murderous. Instead, she grabbed Alice’s wrists, and they wrestled. Alice dragged her to the floor.

“Stop,” Branda shrieked.

“You’ve been mean and horrible since you met me,” Lissa shouted as they rolled about. “If you hate me, don’t take it out on Branda.”

Alice grabbed a handful of Lissa’s hair and yanked it. Lissa squealed.

“You and your pretty, red hair,” Alice said, and pulled Lissa’s head to the floor by her hair.

Lissa slapped Alice’s face and kneed her in the stomach. Free of her grasp, Lissa scrambled to her feet.

“Branda, watch for Cook,” she said, then to Alice, “I won’t let you terrorize Branda.”

Alice tugged her leg and pulled her back down.

“I’ll do what I like until you stop trying to be Cook’s pet.” She grabbed Lissa’s hair again and tried to drag her across the floor.

Lissa yelped and moaned, got on all fours and took a firm grip of Alice’s hair. She tugged it mercilessly and didn’t let go until Alice screamed. She swung a punch, but Lissa dodged and slapped her back. An angry red mark formed on Alice’s cheek. They let go in unison and sprang away from each other.

Alice shook, her fists were clenched, and her eyes were sharp and icy. Lissa blew out her breath and held out her hand, palm forward.

“Look…” she lowered her voice. “I’m not trying to be Cook’s favorite. I don’t want to take anything from you.”

Alice spat in her face. “Don’t you dare pity me. I know you’re playing all pretty to steal Mamp from me.”

“Huh?” Lissa let her arm drop.

Alice seized the opportunity to snatch her wrist and twist it. Lissa cried out and smashed Alice’s head onto the table, holding it there.

About the Author: Graeme Ing is a writer of fantasy and SF novels, both adult and YA. His first novel, Ocean of Dust is a YA fantasy.

Graeme is currently working on his second book, a horror fantasy hybrid, starring a cocky, sarcastic necromancer in a world of vicious undead and political machinations.

Born in England in 1965, Graeme lives in San Diego, California. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 25 years, including the development of a dozen computer games for consoles, home computers and online. He is also an avid D&D nerd, armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with six crazy cats.

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