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Deb Howell, 07 Jan '13

Leaving yet another small town behind, Jonas swung from Chino’s back and punched a tree.

Things were not going well. They had zigzagged through every Turhmos town that lay roughly between Brurun and Duffirk, the capital of Turhmos. Jonas suspected that was where Braph was, but there was no telling for sure. He could just as easily hide in a small town if he found the right one. Granted, small town folk were more likely to talk and be suspicious of the kind of activity Braph got up to, but it wasn’t impossible. It was just as likely Braph could find the kind of community that would rally round him, protect him from the likes of Jonas and his companions. If that was the case, they might never find them.

As he had every other time, Jonas swiped the thought from his mind. He knew Braph. His brother wasn’t the kind of man who could garner that kind of support.

But so far they had turned up no results. Not even a possible sighting. Just nothing.

Jonas punched the tree again. Bark and blood flew; his skin wasn’t impenetrable.

“Hey, Jonas.” Hisham slid from his horse and went to grab Jonas’ arm. But Jonas just swung even faster and harder – too fast for the Karan. The tree creaked, and pain shot up his arm. He folded over, cradling the limb and shaking out his hand, all the while cursing profusely and stamping a foot.

“That’s not helping, my friend,” said Hisham, placing a hand on Jonas’ back. “We’re doin’ the best we can.”

Jonas took a moment to breathe through his curses. Then he straightened, stretching and clenching the injured hand. He’d scraped his knuckles good and jarred his bones, but nothing was broken. He looked at Hisham, thinking he would just agree with his friend, climb back on his horse, and they would carry on. But when he looked up, all he wanted to do was punch something – someone – else, and Hisham didn’t deserve it.

Jonas turned away, striding several frustrated paces, muttering, cursing Braph, cursing Turhmos, cursing himself for leaving Llew, cursing Llew for not just letting him be and staying put inside where she was safe, cursing Lord Tovias for not having an estate secure against Braph… He walked away from and back to Hisham several times, muttering and cursing, muttering and cursing. And finally stopped in front of his friend and puffed out a deep breath.

“I know,” he said. “But it’s not enough. Braph can fly.”

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  • Deb Howell said...

    I know it's been a while since I posted anything, but it's been really busy around here!
    A few months ago, I signed a publishing contract with a small publisher to release my debut novel... and, well, yeah... Release date is: 31st January! That's a fast edit/cover design and the rest. And all the while I've been working on Book 2 of the planned trilogy. On top of that I'm mum, wife, part-time worker... oh, and somewhere in there was Christmas and the rest. So, Burrst community... "Hey!" Nice to see you (o: Anyway, this is a short section from my debut, "Healer's Touch".

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Anthony Blackshaw said...

    Hi @Deb Howell, loved it :) Great to hear that you have an official release date now - make sure you let me know where I can grab a copy!

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Deb Howell said...

    Thanks very much, @Anthony Blackshaw. Appreciate your enthusiasm. I'd love to do a few more Burrst-type shorts, but my writing does seem to lean towards longer work! Ah well, fun to play, either way.

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Deb Howell said...

    Hey, @Anthony Blackshaw, Healer's Touch, by Deb E Howell is on all the Amazon's in paperback and Kindle. Some have one or other, others have both. Barnes and Noble have the Paperback. I know there is an ePub version, too, though I haven't found that, yet. I believe the plan is to get it into physical stores, too. Not sure when. I'm in New Zealand - my own stores will probably be the hardest!
    Thanks for your support so far. I hope to find more time to do a few more short pieces. They are fun.

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Anthony Blackshaw said...

    Hi @Deb Howell - I've pre-ordered my paperback copy on amazon just now, I can't wait!

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Deb Howell said...

    Thanks very much, @Anthony Blackshaw (o: Hope you like it!

    • Posted 4 years ago