Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday #3 – Tower in the Woods

Continuing from last week, this snippet is also from Tower in the Woods, a post-apocalyptic zombie romance now available on Amazon, ARe and LSBooks. It is based on the Grimm’s fairy tale Rapunzel. For past snippets, click on the SFFSat tag at the bottom of this post.

The shadow was now close enough she could see it without the scope so she flipped on the safety of her M24 and pulled out the five-round detachable magazine before unloading the chamber and lowering her weapon. The draw of the human’s blood had flushed out most of the zombies within the vicinity so Nel was pretty certain she wouldn’t have to use the rifle again tonight. Any zombie within sniffing distance of the human had just been eliminated.

Still undecided about what to do, Nel peeked through the small window and looked downward. The shadow had finally reached the Tower and fumbled around the walls, looking for an opening. She could have told her uninvited visitor there was no door, that the Tower had long since been sealed with brick and cemented over, and the spiral wooden staircase leading up to her quarters blown to smithereens. But other than the few monosyllabic answers she occasionally muttered in Mother Gothel’s presence, Nel hadn’t spoken to anyone in eleven long years, and she didn’t particularly want to start now.

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14 responses to “Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday #3 – Tower in the Woods

  1. Really enjoy the flow of the narrative here…are your books going to be up on B&N soon?
    Also, I think I just figured out ways to be even more secluded. 🙂

  2. I sure he’ll find a way in, otherwise the book’s gonna be real short 😛

  3. I love the fact that Nel’s only social interaction is blasting the undead and you hint at her being an orphan. What a great character! Definitely looking forward to reading more.

  4. I like the idea of this, mixing zombie apocalypse and the theme of a fairy tale – a really neat idea. It reads well, too (I went back and read the previous two snippets). Nel seems like a tough young woman in her ivory tower. I like it.

  5. Oh, wow. The picture of Nel that you’re painting has changed with this snippet. Not only is she an bad-ass shot, who is willing to pick off zombies to save a life, she’s also a terrible recluse who doesn’t want to lift her voice to tell that same person she saved that there’s no safety here, no entrance. I love it. She is really interesting.

  6. I really enjoyed this snippet. It just flowed nicely. And me thinks I’m going to go visit Amazon…just cuz I can’t wait until next week to find out more about Nel. 😀

  7. “Nel hadn’t spoken to anyone in eleven long years, and she didn’t particularly want to start now.” Sweet! Rapunzel with an M24 – gotta’ love that. Lots of info, lots of developments. I’m still hooked.

  8. Doh! I just realized, from TK’s comment that your book was released this week. I’m off to Amazon, too, to grab a copy.

  9. He can’t get it, but can she get out?

  10. Thanks for all the comments! Not much of a spoiler, but, yes…he does eventually get in 🙂

    I believe B&N and Kobo takes a little longer to show up (hopefully, it’ll be in time for next week’s snippet.

  11. What a great flow this has. I really enjoyed this snippet. Your characterization is spot on.

  12. Great snippet! I love Nel’s characterization. I’ll be picking this up soon…

  13. Love, love, love the premise of this! Great snippet, too!

  14. I love twists on fairytales.

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