Actually, it's more like a snippet of a scene. I didn't cut this section because I thought it was poorly written or anything like that. I actually like it, in part because I like Roland and Sarah (the hero and heroine of Darkness Dawns) so much and enjoyed being inside Roland's head again. I edited it out for two reasons:
- Length. Most publishers prefer that manuscripts be no longer than 100,000 words. The first draft of Night Reigns was about 14,000 words longer than that, so I needed to pare it down. (I never did manage to get it down to 100,000, but came close enough.)
- Pacing. This is a big battle scene. I won't tell you anything more than that because I don't want to spoil it, but I thought it went on just a little too long and caused the pacing to drag a bit. Deleting this brief section kept the scene fast-paced and left the focus on the hero and heroine.
And, without further ado, I present to you a deleted scene from Night Reigns:
So? What did you think? Did it whet your appetite for Night Reigns? Did you enjoy seeing Roland and Sarah again? If you haven't read Darkness Dawns, are you curious now about its hero and heroine? I welcome any and all comments.Roland Warbrook’s clothing was saturated with the blood of his enemies when his wife burst from the trees across from him.
Fear trickled through him as she dove right in, plunging into a pack of vampires so thick it would rival the crowd of any rave. Her pretty hazel eyes glowed green as she fought, a first amongst immortals.
She was so small, only five feet tall. Next to her opponents, she appeared wispy and delicate. Yet, even as he watched, bodies began to drop all around her.
A bark of laughter escaped Roland as her taunts reached his ears. Amazing.
Pride swelled his chest . . . until a vamp’s switchblade nearly punctured a lung.
Richart appeared behind the vamp and cut his throat. “Stop drooling and pay attention!” he snapped, then vanished.
Grimacing over the lapse (and having it brought to his attention by a much younger immortal), Roland did as ordered.
Have a great weekend!