Teaser Tuesday – 2/2/21 – Shadowboxing

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Shadowboxing, book 1 of my WWII series Echoes Rising. Book 2 is coming soon.


Matt stayed silent while the guard was in the cell. The darkness returned once the door slammed shut. He’d lost track of time, and had no idea how long ago the woman doctor had tended his wounds.

It could have been weeks or merely hours.

He ached all over. The cell was cold, the stone floor of his prison freezing against his bare skin. After the doctor had left, they’d made him strip off his clothes and taken everything. He hadn’t the energy to protest, or the state of mind, although he did regret the loss of his boots, and with them the small knife hidden in one of the soles.

He brought his knees up to his chest and let his head fall. He hated the dark. Usually he could distract himself long enough to sleep, but that wasn’t working here. When he closed his eyes, he not only saw the flames of his childhood nightmares but Elise as a part of it. He couldn’t save her. He couldn’t save anyone he loved.

A couple of times, he nodded off, finally able to snatch a moment’s sleep only to be woken by the guard giving him a swift kick. The man seemed to enjoy the violence he inflicted at regular intervals, but it made Matt all the more determined not to show any weakness.

The doctor had seemed genuinely concerned about him. She’d tended to him as best as she could. He saw her disapproval in the dim light. Holm had referred to her as Dr Lehrer, but that couldn’t be right. Surely that was the name of the scientist working on the project?

God, he felt so confused.

Reality and nightmares. Wishful thinking and fact. They were all mixing and merging so he couldn’t tell the difference anymore.

You can read more of the story here.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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