“Sugar leans her chin against the knuckles of the hand that holds the pen. Glistening on the page between her silk-shrouded elbows lies an unfinished sentence. The heroine of her novel has just slashed the throat of a man. The problem is how, precisely, the blood will flow. Flow is too gentle a word; spill implies carelessness; spurt is out of the question because she has used the word already, in another context, a few lines earlier. Pour out implies that the man has some control over the matter, which he most emphatically doesn’t; leak is too feeble for the savagery of the injury she has inflicted upon him. Sugar closes her eyes and watches, in the lurid theatre of her mind, the blood issue from the slit neck. When Mrs Castaway’s warning bell sounds, she jerks in surprise.
Hastily, she scrutinises her bedroom. Everything is neat and tidy. All her papers are hidden away, except for this single sheet on her writing-desk.
Spew, she writes, having finally been given, by tardy Providence, the needful word.“
From ( Mariner Books 2003) of The Crimson Petal and the White.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
15 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday (June 17)”
I loved this book but all that talk of blood first thing in the morning has made even me feel queasy 😉 Great teaser here is my Tuesday Teaser
Oh dear! Lol
Nice and gory 🙂
I’ve always wanted to read that series. Good teaser.
It’s just one book though…
Yes, I can see why she would need just the right word. My teasers this week are from The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer and Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts. Happy reading!
A great teaser. I enjoyed the build up. Here’s mine
Sounds like it could work for one of my challenges! Great teaser! Here’s my Teaser Tuesday!
GREAT Teaser! The author captured exactly what writers go through to find the perfect word. I think I’d enjoy this book a lot.
My Teaser is from MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND.
That is both amusing and gory — I like it!
Here is my TT post.
I love this! Diction is such a huge part of writing, and it’s good to see the character take it seriously(:
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
I like the idea of being inside the mind of the writer. Here’s Mine
Your teaser just convinced me I need to read this book. I’ve added it to my TBR list, thanks! Here is my TT. 🙂
I hope you enjoy it!