Thursday, 18 April 2013

Excerpt: Arena Games (ROYA #14)

   Arena Games
Legend of Petrova

Petrova the Pummeler is the warrior of all warriors, the master of the mystical orbs, until a fateful match leaves her damaged and unable to continue fighting as a warrior. Now she must take her place as a master in the Arena Games and train her own students to become Arena Warriors. Along the way there are obstacles: A band of thieves and murderers, a journey through the gypsy magicked Wood of Gibbald, a little girl with many life-altering secrets, and dozens of competing warriors. Arena Games: Legend of Petrova is a story about friendship, love, revenge, and betrayal.


“Let me tell you about revenge, Virtos. It is not a sweet drop on your tongue; it is a hole in your mouth from which all things, including your heart, leak. Turn your back from it. It’s a waste of time.”
“If that is how you feel, then I have to say that some lessons a man must learn on his own.”
She looked at him with furrowed brows briefly and then a giggle rumbled in her chest as she peered down at her cards.
“Fine. Poker hand. If my hand beats yours then you’ll stop with the nonsense,” she told him, clearly confident in her cards.
“Fine,” he agreed. “And if I win, then you’ll sign this.” He put the parchment, a sharp-pointed stick and ink on the table. He turned the letter her way so she could read it. She crossed her arms when she recognized the insignia of the Arena Games. Her smile became a deep frown, almost angry.
She flipped her cards over one at a time, slowly revealing a straight.

 Tabitha Short
 Tabitha Short is best known for her blog, The First Five Pages, a site which aids authors in expanding their reach and meeting their marketing goals by offering a preview to the public.  Currently Tabitha has published horror shorts titled The Please DO Feed the Animals ZOO, The Corpses of Old Farm Hill Road: The Arrogant Man, and The Roller Coaster of Death. Recently she released her fist novel, Her Sister's Murderer, followed shortly after by Arena Games: Petrova's Legacy.


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