Teaser Tuesday – 31/8/21 – Shadowboxing

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Shadowboxing book 1 of my WWII Echoes Rising series.

Kristopher’s tone grew wistful. “I’ve always wanted to travel,” he told her. “I want to see the world, to experience some of its history for myself. But Father was always too busy, and then my studies began to take up most of my free time.” He laughed bitterly. “Maybe I’ll get to do that now, although I was hoping to travel first class and see all the tourist attractions, not run for my life with the Gestapo at my heels.”

He rolled his eyes, burying his head in his hands for a moment. “Dear God, I am losing my mind. I know I’m in serious trouble, but for some reason, I keep having these strange thoughts about how things have happened for the best.” His gaze met hers as he dropped his hands, and Elise noticed for the first time the depth reflected in his pale blue eyes, and the fear. Kristopher was more than aware of the seriousness of his situation.

“You’re not losing your mind,” she reassured him. “Your world has turned upside down.” He wouldn’t be here drinking tea with her if it hadn’t. “Give yourself time.”

Nodding slowly, he took another sip of tea, lapsing into silence as he stared out the window at the approaching darkness. Elise glanced at the clock over the door, surprised by how late it was. Michel should be returning soon. In the meantime, she’d attempt to lift Kristopher out of his melancholy.

You can read more of this 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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