At long last, Taliasman is ready for publication! You’ve seen the snippets, you’ve read an earlier version of the first chapter for Sci Spanks, and it’s time to read the whole story!
In today’s snippet, we see Talia continue to struggle with Vina’s advances. How can Talia love the woman who purchased her with gold? (Punctuation edited to meet the eight sentence maximum.)
“If I had been a boy,” I mutter, “none of this would have happened.” She releases her hold and allows me to continue. “A boy would have carried on the family name. A girl meant another mouth to feed.”
“You want me to treat you badly, in accordance with how you feel about yourself?”
I kneel, but she raises me up. “No, my lady,” I answer when she stares for too long, “just beat me and get it over with.”
Instead of the lash of the belt that has sent me to bed in tears for a year and a little more, her lips brush against my forehead.
Taliasman (Release date October 21st)
Born to a destitute woodworker who wanted a son to carry on the family business, Talia grew up with one phrase on her lips: “If I had been born a boy.” If she had been born a boy, she would have been cherished, supported, and launched into the world with her father’s legacy. As only a worthless girl, she toils all day long to earn her handful of inferior grain.
Far away in the heavenly palace, Queen Vina receives a mysterious coin necklace from Nicodemus, teller of stories. Compelled by the throbbing heartbeat, she scours the earth to come across Talia, enslaved to a family who never wanted her. Rather than admit her motives, Vina purchases the girl with a sack full of gold. Furious, betrayed, and homesick, Talia endeavors to share her misery with the entire palace. Vina, afraid to confess her love, allows herself to become trapped in the role of brutal slave owner.
Talia, bred to expect nothing but misery, faces the first choice of her life. Will she accept love, even if it comes from an unlikely source? Or will she reject the one who offers her everything?
Join the release party fun on Tuesday, October 21st!