Excerpt: The Ruby Eye

photo-5-640x372So… today, my writing in my WIP, The Ruby Eye, is going so well, the story is moving along nicely, that I thought I’d show you a peek. First a bit of background. The Ruby Eye is the first book in my new TARE: Talon Archaeological Research and Exploration series. It’s of course an archaeological adventure, thriller, romance. Well, it has to have a little romance, doesn’t it? The action takes place near a large bay on the northern coast of Luzon, the Philippines. I’ve patterned it after Dasol Bay, a place I’ve visited often although it’s been some years ago. It’s a huge bay with hundreds of islands scattered about, some tiny, some larger. All covered by jungle and critters. I’m talking rats, snakes, sea creatures in the water, lots of things to bite you, crawl over you, nip your toes. Fun times! So here’s a snippet with my heroine, Bryn Carmichael:

“I don’t know what you intend.” Bryn confronted who she assumed was the leader, Boy Chang. He looked nothing like a boy, but everything like the man in charge.

“Well, Ms. Bryn Carmichael,” he answered in excellent English with only the trace of an accent… either Filipino or perhaps Vietnamese, “I intend to take you all to one of my islands. There you await further orders. Now, no more questions.”

He turned to a heavily scarred man. “Raji, take them below. Put two guards on the door. I want no trouble. This merchandise must be presented to Lao Sung in the best condition possible. Understand?”

The crewman nodded with a leer.

Bryn and the girls were pushed and prodded down a companionway and into a small room with only one porthole to light it. At least they would have some kind of ventilation on this scow.

As soon as the door was closed and locked from the outside, the girls began to talk, moan, cry.

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