And I have a guest on High Five Friday today, USA Today Bestselling author, Victoria Barbour, writing as Hannah Hunter, is going in a different direction with this one. She's doing a serialized shifter romance with Alpha Wars: Clan Faoladh Book One. Here's her first 500 words, let us know what you think.
Safety was just ahead. If she could make it to that light, the darkness that pursued her would leave her alone. Just one more sprint and she would be okay. No more danger. No more fear. No more God damn running.
What the hell is wrong with me?
Orla Kelly wrapped her arms around the lamppost in welcome relief and struggled to catch her breath. Central Park was full of joggers, and she seriously doubted any of them were listening to a horror movie soundtrack and imagining themselves running for their lives in order to get the motivation to put one foot in front of the other.
Her legs ached, her chest felt like it would explode, and her ass hurt. It was definitely a sign that there was too much junk in your trunk when jogging hurt your ass cheeks.
She pulled her headphones down around her neck and checked to make sure that her imagination hadn’t gotten the best of her. Fantasy terror was a great motivator, but Orla had no desire to become a Central Park statistic.
There was a certain amount of inherent risk when you chose to jog at night, especially alone. But it was comforting to think that there was nothing about her that would compel a psychopath to target her.
Her body didn’t exactly scream helpless. Or desirable. She was tall, big-boned, and just plain enough to be sort of attractive if she wore make-up and did something more with her black hair than braid it. The only feature of her body that ever seemed to attract attention were her breasts, and a jogger’s bra made sure to squash even that flattering feature.
Screw it. I’m a doctor. I don’t need to be pretty.
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