Welcome Writing and Reading Warriors!
My apologies for the lateness of this post, but either the computer and/or the laptop are conspiring against me.
I have a new release coming out September 16 from Dreamspinner Press, so we’re going to leave Jonnie and his new friend for a time in order to bring you a taste of my historical novella, If I Were Fire. I posted the blurb yesterday for Seductive Studs, so you’ll find that post in the sidebar.
Salvesto: A Show of Strength
Conte Salvesto Masello passed through the Camollia gate into Siena and began the steep walk up Via Fonte Branda as it baked under a brutal sun. The white and green flags of the Goose contrada hanging from windows and strung across the narrow streets flapped in the breeze. Within its walls, Siena held a honeycomb of small city-states like the Goose, and the banners and flags of the districts were all rampant. A military tattoo competed with another drummer, echoing through the cobbled streets. The battles of the old year, lately hard fought and won, had given birth to the new. He regretted he had been too busy to attend any of the palio, the horse races that were the heart of the Sienese year.
When he reached his destination, Salvesto unwrapped the soggy linen cravat from around his neck and blotted his face with it. The clandestine nature of Guelfetto’s business forced him to work out of a wine cellar hidden deep in the contrada of the Goose. The young tough at the door nodded, let Salvesto through, and nodded again for him to go down the steps.
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