Elsa Holland

Historical Romance Writer: LUSH SENSUAL READS

This snippet is part of the Weekend Writing Warriors 8 sentence snippet that is shared by a group of amazing writers every Sunday. I hope you enjoy it and click the link HERE to find other writers.

This is the beginning of Painted Trust, a Historical Thriller Romance due for release 27th Feb 2018.

The heroine, Edith Appleby, is in a desperate situation. A killer supported by unimaginably powerful men, is after her. Edith’s chances of surviving are very slim. But she has a plan and it starts with taking up a position with Edinburgh’s forensic surgeon’s, Dr. Anthony Vaughn.

Wind swept clouds smudged the sky and a relentless, tenacious wind pressed against her front. Edith leaned forward, her body weight helping to propel her onward. It was as if the wind sought to halt her progress, as if it desperately tried to encourage her to turn back, to forget her plans and flee as far and as fast as she could from a city that held certain death. She’d run once before and it hadn’t worked, this time she would make sure that when she ran, she would run off the edge of the earth.

At number forty-eight Surgeon’s Square Edith closed her eyes and took a slow breath, then another; steeled herself for the task ahead.

You can do this.

Edith opened her eyes and before doubt made her change her mind, lifted the icy door-knocker and hit it against the black, glossy wood. Three hard knocks vibrated through her hand and rang out down the street. It was a baton thumping on castle gates; it was an undeserving request for refuge or perhaps, much like her heart, it was the sound of hope beating frantically against the odds.




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10 thoughts on “Snippet: Painted Trust

  1. An intense snippet and it got me very invested in your heroine already!


    1. Elsa Holland says:

      Many thanks Veronica. It’s my first foray into hybrid genre Romance and Thriller so nice to hear it has an intensity!


  2. nancygideon says:

    OOoooo! Off to an amazing start! Love the visuals and the emotional impact they have on the reader, Elsa. Can’t wait to find out more!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Fantastic snippet! 😀


  4. Wonderful beginning, both descriptive and suspenseful. Welcome back!


    1. Elsa Holland says:

      Thank you Christina and good to be back. Some great snippets put up this week!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Hywela Lyn says:

    Wonderful imagery here – beautifully written snippet – could almost stand alone as a piece of ‘flash fiction’!


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