So sorry I missed last week. I was vacationing in a place with a dial-up connection that wouldn't load the wordpress main page. This snippet is also from Warlock's Pawn and continues from the last two (click on the SFFSat tag at the bottom of the post to read past snippets). Warlock's Pawn is a fantasy (e) romance inspired by The Arabian Nights (emphasis on the "e"). It was just released and is available on LSBooks, Amazon, and ARe. It will probably show up at other locations in about a month.
Alia narrowed her eyes and focused on the shadows inside the palace walls. She at times found it difficult to differentiate what was from what was to come. Banishing her visions with great difficulty, she singled out the large masculine form barely visible in the torchlight. She had grown accustomed to seeing the warlock in well-fitted black tunics and dark leather breeches. It was the Helicon garb of a courtier rather than a warrior. Even in the extremely crowded courtyards where the privileged gathered, he had been easy to distinguish from the white-robed members of the Dionian court. She had wondered the first time she spied him so simply dressed if any of them were fooled by this poor disguise. Even from a distance, even in visions, dreams and nightmares, the warlock wore power like a second skin.
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