Check out this blog post by a friend of mine, Heather Gray.
She started Wordy Wednesdays, and I think it’s a cute idea. Here’s mine, which you can also read in the comments over there, along with lots of other excerpts.
â€œWhy would the Royal Princess fire Nicoletta?â€ Darius asked, putting his arm around the distressed ladyâ€inâ€waiting. â€œAre you going to tell your sister that she was kissing me?â€
â€œI should.â€ The ground seemed to sway beneath Marianaâ€™s feet, and she grasped a nearby column for support. Something in his voice caused her to tremble. Heâ€™d never spoken to her so coldly, without a trace of the affection heâ€™d shown her in the past.
Darius continued, â€œWill you also tell the Queen and Royal Princess I need to kiss other women because youâ€™re afraid to let me touch you?â€
â€œIâ€™m not afraid.â€ Mariana straightened her back and lifted her chin, wishing she were taller. â€œIt just isnâ€™t proper to engage inâ€¦those kinds of activities before weâ€™re officially engaged.â€
To her chagrin, he burst into laughter. â€œIâ€™m sorry, Mari, but can you be that naive? â€˜Those kinds of activities,â€™ as you call them, are part of an adult relationship. You need to wake up and accept
She swallowed. â€œThen come back to the ballroom and dance with me again.â€
He shook his head. â€œI like you, Mari, but Iâ€™m not going to marry you. I canâ€™t afford to bond with a commoner.â€
â€œCommoner? What are you talking about?â€
â€œMari, you can stop pretending. Everyone in the kingdom knows youâ€™re not the Kingâ€™s daughter by blood. How else do you explain your Insensitivity?â€
Mariana felt as though her bones had liquefied. With great effort, she stayed upright until she found a nearby bench and dropped to it. The two other women rushed away, giving her sidelong glances as they passed. â€œWhy would you say these things to me? I thought you had feelings for me. Real feelings.â€
â€œI did. â€œHe sat next to her and took her hand. â€œI was young. I thought your deficiencies wouldnâ€™t matter, but Iâ€™m a Metal Sensitive, and I need to wed someone who can complement my Abilities. I have to think about my inheritance.â€
He stared into the night on the other side of the balcony railing. Mariana wondered what he was seeing.
â€œI can use my abilities to strengthen the defenses of Sasoin. Maybe one day, I can add to our holdings. My sisters will need property to take to their own marriages, unless they wed above their stations.â€
â€œMy father will give me property.â€ Her argument was weak, for while Liliana had gotten a large estate, she was the Royal Princess and second in line for the throne until Grand Duchess Victoria delivered her child. Lilianaâ€™s husband, Nigel, had been of high noble blood, his father an Amar, a cousin of her grandfather.
Darius shook his head. â€œI cannot count on that, and there is still the issue of the Bonding. Face it, Mariana, I need to do better.â€
This is from Pigsty Princess, my latest novel.