Teaser Tuesday – 29/3/22 – Winter Duet

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Winter Duet, book 2 of my WWII Echoes Rising series.

Smoke rose up in a pillar of darkness tinged with red. Not from one source but several. “Do you see it?” His voice shook. “We were just there. Hell, we were just there.”

A low-flying plane passed above them, seemingly out of nowhere. Matt instinctively dived for the ground, taking Ken with him. They twisted their heads up, watching the aircraft swoop lower.

“We can’t stay here!” Matt dragged Ken back to the truck. The plane’s direction could only mean one thing. “The Allies are bombing Helmstedt! We need to get the hell out of here.” He’d heard too many stories of raids not only hitting the target but also surrounding areas. It didn’t take much for a bomb to go off course, and he wasn’t about to stop to find out firsthand whether that would happen now.

A loud explosion sounded in the distance. They were far too close for his liking. They’d already been at ground zero when a bombing had taken place. It wasn’t an experience he wanted to repeat anytime soon.

More smoke rose behind them from the town. Liang already had the truck running. Matt and Ken climbed inside. “Drive,” Matt told Liang.

“Was that one of ours?” Liang had his fingers wrapped around the steering wheel. His knuckles were white. He put the truck in gear and his foot on the accelerator as soon as Ken slammed the door shut.

“B-24,” Matt explained. He’d recognised the engine and seen enough of the Liberator heavy bomber to identify it. “And yes, it’s one of ours.”

“Then we’re lucky we left early.” Ken glanced behind them more than once as they drove. “Should we avoid any of the major cities? In case they’re getting warmed up?”

“Göttingen should be safe, though?” Liang kept his eyes on the road. His voice was strained. “Surely they wouldn’t bomb there? It would be like bombing Oxford or Cambridge!”

“I hope not.” Matt came to a decision. “We’ll stick to our original plan and head there. Hopefully our contact at the Marienkirche will have an update, but I think we should avoid major cities where we can, as they could be potential targets.”

“Just what we needed to round off this perfect mission,” Ken muttered. “Not only are we being pursued by the Gestapo, but now our own side is shooting at us as well.”

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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