Sunday Snippet #3 Guarding the Spoils

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Hey there. It’s been weeks since I’ve offered up samples from my work. Deadlines must be met. But I’m back sharing snippets from my new and very shiny upcoming release, Guarding the Spoils. This seven sentence is from the introduction. My hero, Oliver Randall, is attempting to indulge in a bit of light reading but his brother Leopold has other ideas.


WHEN OLIVER RANDALL had been very young, he’d believed heaven could only be found in the thirty-feet-square library of Romsey Abbey. At seventeen and wrenched from his studies, he’d been assured he’d never see that library again and the long, lonely years after proved that heaven would be denied him. At eight and twenty, and thanks to his younger brother Tobias’s daring rescue two weeks prior, he’d thought he would be granted his reward. Yet once he’d stood within Romsey library’s hushed confines, filled with books of every sort and description, he’d acknowledged that this place was merely a stepping stone on the path to adventure.

“Have you taken leave of your senses?”

Oliver set the polished wood stepladder against the uppermost shelf edge and scaled the heights of literature, prose, and radical thought in search of entertainment. “They are all still there as far as I can tell, Leopold.”


And that’s my first official Weekend Writing Warrior’s post. I had intended to sign up last week but I got a bit distracted by family. By the time I remembered the list was closed. I hope you visit the WeWriWa website to check out the other wonderful work by the authors listed there.

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18 Responses to Sunday Snippet #3 Guarding the Spoils

  1. Gemma Parkes March 31, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Beautifully descriptive Heather, l love the scene you’ve created here.




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  2. Joanne Stewart April 1, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    I agree. Beautiful descriptions. You have a wonderful “period” voice as well. Great snippet!




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    • Heather Boyd April 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Thank you so much Joanne. Thats one of the best compliments I’ve ever had.




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  3. Donna Cummings April 1, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    You’ve just described my idea of heaven! Nice to have you back — I always enjoy your snippets. 🙂




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    • Heather Boyd April 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Actually it’s my idea of heaven too. I love large libraries. LOL Glad to be back.




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  4. Kate Warren April 1, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    Awesome! Sounds like a man in full possession of his senses to me. Or a reader at any rate. Great eight, and welcome back, Heather!




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  5. veronicascott April 1, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    Interesting excerpt. I can see the library and the intensity of his love for the place. Terrific snippet!




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    • Heather Boyd April 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Oliver does intense ALL the time. LOL Thanks for visiting!




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  6. susanstuckey April 1, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    Definitely an interesting excerpt – makes me want to read what came before and what follows. Nicely done.




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    • Heather Boyd April 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

      This is the very beginning of the novel. Will post more next week. 🙂




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  7. Sue April 1, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    he really loves books eh? Your writing is so lyerical




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  8. gzidar April 1, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Well done, the description of the library and his relationship to it is very clear, also that list line has a very definite hook to it.




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    • Heather Boyd April 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

      Hopefully, readers will think so too. Thanks for visiting. 🙂




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  9. Heather Boyd April 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Thanks for visiting.




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  10. cahudson April 2, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Beautifully written and definitely makes you want to read more!




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