Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 4 (#sffsat) – Tower in the Woods

Continuing from the past weeks, this snippet is from Tower in the Woods, a post-apocalyptic zombie romance now available on AmazonARe 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. (Note: For those I have somehow lured into buying this book, don’t worry. I’m going to start switching it up after a couple more snippets.)

Grabbing a pistol from the holster around her shoulders, Nel pointed the sidearm downward and aligned the sights. The Glock was a precaution, something she was meant to use if she ran out of the .300 Magnums. It wasn’t as accurate as the rifle but the 10mm bullets were much easier to come by and there were a large number of them stockpiled in the Tower. Out of boredom she had lately allowed zombies to get much closer to the Tower so she could practice using the Glock. Making perfect shots using her M24 had lost its challenge several years ago.

“Whoa there. Take it easy. I’m unarmed,” the man said as he saw what Nel pointed at him. He must have excellent night vision for it was pitch-dark at this late hour with storm clouds blocking any light from the stars and obscuring the moon. “I’m not here to hurt you.”

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12 responses to “Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 4 (#sffsat) – Tower in the Woods

  1. “I’m not here to hurt you.” But what are her intentions. I love the whole premise for this story and your main character, Nel, draws me in the more I read. Great stuff!

  2. I’m not usually turned on by fiction based on fairy-tales – but she sounds totally kick-ass! That alone would make me read on:) Nice snippet.

  3. “I’m not here to hurt you.” – famous last words. Wonderful tension!

    🙂 Heidi

  4. He may be unarmed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s harmless… Good snippet – I agree with Heidi about the tension!

  5. What exactly are these two going to have to do to get past this? Nel is going to have to ease up, or the stranger is going to have to run. I don’t see any other way out of it. Awesome. I love it.

  6. What else would the stranger say?

  7. I love characters who feel they need a challenge! I’m in! This is very intriguing. I want to hear where this conversation goes!

  8. Nice snippet. I’m wondering how he can see so well in the dark… (and they always say they mean no harm!)

    (And sorry I am so late on commenting.)

  9. Hmm, I wouldn’t lower your weapon quite yet, Nel!

    Fab snippet

  10. Hmm…I just realized that I may only have explained the “seeing well in the dark” thing in the sequel (oh no!).

    Hangs head in shame. Too late now…

    Thanks all!

  11. “Not here to hurt … ” Hmm… shooting him now would be entirely understandable.

  12. Zombie stories aren’t my thing, but I’m going to have to read this one. The last line reminded me of a line from The Frisco Kid. Gene Wilder’s character is chasing a chicken calling after it “I don’t want to hurt you. I just want to eat you.”

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