Sunday, September 15, 2013
Shades of Pink Teaser - The Mother by Rose Caraway
Every day until the end of September, I will post here the blurb for one of the stories from the Shades of Pink charity anthology, as well as a teaser, and a short bio for the author. The anthology will be available on October 1st, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research but you can donate today and get it 5 days early! I invite you to come back, share the links for these teasers, tell your friends about it... It's all for a good cause! And if you tweet about it, you can use the hashtag #shadesofpink :)
Today, a glimpse from The Mother by Rose Caraway
It’s the end of the 15th Century. Laura survives a shipwreck only to be held prisoner by superstitious men who fear her; a witch with strange healing powers. Laura’s dreams are filled with visions of an exotic, sensual Warrior. She waits for him to save her and fulfill her destiny.
The Mother’s Hope, old and sea worn, had been salvaged from England’s decommissioning docks, but she had no right to sail the seas again. Her one hundred and thirty desperate passengers, just as sea worn now as she, prayed in unison for their safe deliverance out of the storm. For forty-eight long hours torrential winds tore at her loosened sails, forcing the old ship off course, sending waves across her deck with perilous consequences to anyone who dared venture out. Every pious soul on board was forced to stay hidden safely below on the main deck while the tempest continued to toss the Mother’s Hope and shake her passengers’ faith.
At fifty-three-years-old, Captain John Philip knelt, tired and wet. The fever was beginning to impair his judgment and he was grateful the crew and passengers hadn’t noticed. They were angry with him enough already. He held his bible tight to his chest shouting a hasty, incomprehensible prayer. The passengers cried out their prayers too, like abandoned children screaming for their father. John’s eyes burned with fever and guilt. His stomach rolled with disgrace, as the ship rolled on the sea. He hadn’t told his passengers what was hidden in the cargo hold until just before the gale had overtaken them. He shook his head violently, back and forth, attempting to shake the dizziness and guilt from his poor sickened brain. He blamed the woman chained down below; prisoner amongst their dwindling provisions. John knew, within his very soul, that she was the reason why the sea constantly wreaked havoc on his ship. She was why they had been thrown off course too many times to count, and why he and a few others were sick; never mind that he felt a strange tingle in his lungs before the journey had begun. It was the woman’s fault! She was more than just bad luck. Captain John Philip believed that the woman, with her flame red hair, pale alabaster skin and deep green eyes was a living, breathing pestilence with Satan’s blood running through her veins. She was to be a glorious example for the settlers. Proof that they wouldn’t suffer a witch. That maleficium wouldn’t be tolerated in their new colony.
The Captain coughed until his chest rattled and then he wiped his chin. He didn’t notice the blood staining the back of his hand after doing so. Still clutching his bible, he unsteadily rose to his feet, fighting for balance. Another coughing fit seized him, but he found strength from resolution and stood firm. Dizzily, he made his way from the main deck, down to the cargo hold, with a single righteous thought running through his mind.
Rose Caraway is a native Northern Californian writer, narrator and podcaster on the hit shows, “The Kiss Me Quick’s” and “The Sexy Librarian” erotica podcasts. She has written countless short stories and although her specialty is erotic fiction/nonfiction, she also has a passion for writing suspense, fantasy and romance. In addition to writing, Rose’s other passion revolves around narrating other writer’s works. She has professionally narrated a variety of stories from many of today’s most prominent and respected erotica authors.
To contact Rose Caraway go to her website: http://www.thekissmequicks.com