Our guest this week is K.D. Emerson. Woot! Woot! She is one of the busiest people we know and still seems to find time to be an awesome freind (love you Kimmy!) Okay, we know, but it’s true!
Not only is she an author, but she also runs Master Koda, an online, full service publishing and book promoting firm. We highly recommend you check her website out at http://www.masterkoda.com. As K. R. and I like to point out, she IS an author’s BEST friend! Well, let’s jump right in. Take it away, K.D. Emerson! (Koda Kazoo’s for everyone!)
Author, KD Emerson was born (or is that hatched) several years ago. We won’t go into how long it has been because she has this fantasy that she is still a teenager off to conquer the world. She has a passion for the written word and assisting other writers in becoming the best they can be. She also loves to promote others and cheer them on to victory. Follow her on twitter @MstrKoda or you can find her at http://www.masterkoda.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kimmutch.emerson
I pulled this scene from the circular file to share with you this week. It was originally going to be one of the opening scenes for the book. I hope you enjoy.
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The wind ripped through his hair and rammed against Zander’s face. His stomach tightened as they pushed him out of the cargo hold of the jet. Fear like an icy hand grabbed his throat. He knew he had a parachute on; they must have rigged it to open, but what if that was all just a ploy. Why were they doing this? He felt as though he was going to pass out. Maybe that’s for the best. He would never even know whether the chute opened or not. Black, as far as he could see, not that far with the blindfold cinched tight around his eyes. The rush of wind grabbed at his heart, the pulse throbbing in his temples. And whoosh whoosh whoosh filled his ears. Death was knocking. Death, that long ago foe who stood in every doorway of his childhood. Death, the claw that held him and waited to snatch him away in an instant.
Then, like a giant who grabbed him from behind, the chute opened. He was thrust backward. A magical euphoria came over him and he began to breathe normally again.
‘It’s okay,’ Zander told himself. ‘It’s all part of the game, all part of the camp. They just want to know you can keep your wits about you. You will land, get your barring and then they will come pick you up and take you to the cabins. It’s all good.’
Thump – smack and he hit the ground, hard. His instincts kicked in and he fell into a roll. Then slid across the surface of the earth… and kept sliding. All was still. Then he heard a whop and another whop and a scream tore through the frigid air.
“Are you guys okay? Can you hear me?” He called out. Silence was the answer. ‘I have to get my hands free,’ he thought as he wildly scraped the ropes binding his hands.
The surface of the earth cut into his skin, but he couldn’t worry about that right now. Zander tried to stand up, but his feet flew out from under him. He smacked his head on the ground. Stars spun; he could feel ice against his cheek.
‘What is going on?’ He went back to scrapping his wrists against the surface of the ice and finally felt a snap. His hands were free! He snatched the blindfold from his eyes. Blinding white, the stark sunlight burned to the back of his skull and he slammed his palms against his eyes.
‘Whoa, where are we?’ He slowly parted his fingers and looked around. He saw three bodies lying prone on the ice-covered land, parachutes flapping in the wind. He stood and walked carefully toward them.
“Hey! Hey, you guys!”
Wow! What a great scene!! Thank you K.D. for sharing it with all of us! Man, if this is one of the scenes you deleted, how awesome must the scenes be that you left in!! We cannot wait to read the book. K.R. and I are anxiously awaiting its release. Well, that’s all for this time.
K.R. and T.L.