Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

In my ongoing quest to blog more often, here's a snippet of what I'm working on right now. (Evil laugh)

I thrust my fingers into the dirt and pulled out two handfuls, dropping them to the side of the hole Lila had made. Quickly I widened it, uncovering a curve of bone, that became a dome, that became something unmistakable.

“Here.” Mark handed me a stiff-bristled brush, like I’d seen Caitlin using on the bones in the excavation by the bulldozer. “Use this.”

“Thanks.” I shifted to lie on my stomach. Mark took a mirror position, pulling the dirt away when it kept falling back in the hole, as if the earth didn’t want to give up what we’d found.

A sweep of the brush revealed the forehead--the frontal bone, I corrected, AP Biology coming in handy sooner than I’d thought. Then the nasal bone, the brow ridges, the cheekbones and maxilla. Even if I hadn’t remember the names, their shapes were iconic, the stuff of nightmare and mortality.

I gently smoothed the dirt from the eye sockets with my thumbs and wondered what was the last thing this man had seen. The relentless wave of a flood? The snake that had bit him? Did he stare his own death in the face before the end?

Or was that the end of him at all? 


  1. LOVE it! Love the similarities it shares with Splendour :) And the name gives me shivers!

  2. Woot! I can't wait to get my hands on this!!! Thank you for a fabulous teaser!

  3. Thanks guys! I'm excited about this book, too. It combines a lot of Maggie humor and action with Splendor spookiness.

  4. ooooooh, Scooby Doo. I'm intrigued. Who is HE?

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  6. BAM! As the New Gorgy Blog Theme smacks me in the face with it's-it's...Gorgy-ness

    WHA-BAM! The sound I make as I fall out of my chair due to evil teaser.

    Why so abusive, RCM? ;)