Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sweet Saturday Sample

Trowel image from

Welcome to my first Saturday Sample of the new year! I've been hard at work revising Aegean Intrigue, which will hopefully be released soon. Here is a short sample from that novella. Francie, a doctoral student in archaeology, is preparing to participate in a dig on the beautiful Greek island of Paros:

A few days before departure, a courier arrived with a packet of final instructions. She was told to ride the early ferry to the island of Paros, and Dimitri would meet the crew at the dock and take them to the dig site. Her ferry ticket was included in the packet, and she danced for joy at another expense she didn’t have to bear.
Carefully, she packed for the trip. She wouldn’t need much in the way of clothing: sturdy work boots, heavy socks, shorts, light tops, a hat, underwear, and sunscreen. Then she packed her tools: her notebook, a camera, and her trowel. The last was polished and wrapped in an old T-shirt. It had been a gift from her father, one of the few items she had ever received from him. He had given it to her after they’d gone on their last dig together. Nothing could have been more precious to her than this verification of his approval of her as an archaeologist. Since then, the beloved trowel had accompanied her on every dig, been cleaned every night, and stored safely in her knapsack.
Maybe someday, her father would ask her to go on another dig with him.
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  1. You take us into the most exotic, amazing worlds, Pat! Archaeology has always intrigued me and made for exciting stories! Definitely gonna be buying this one! Thanks for sharing!

  2. The theme from Indiana Jones just started in my head. Love how you bring in the trowel and its connection to her father.

  3. This is going to be another great book of yours.

  4. I like it! You can feel her need for her father's approval and how much she admires him.

  5. I love stories that include archaeology in them. Have you read The Source by James Michener? An epic novel.
    I'll be watching for the release of Aegean Intrigue and look forward to reading it.

  6. Sounds like an interesting story. I love archaeology!