Episode Three, King Solomon’s Wives: SACRIFICED is live

Today’s the day! Episode 3 is live. King Solomon’s Wives: SACRIFICED is finally available.

I’m so excited about this piece of the series, you guys. Crazy stuff happens. This open-ended, episodic format lets me really dig into the story and explore the whole world of the Wives. And there’s so much more story to tell! I’m just getting started.

Meanwhile, if you want to start at the beginning, the publisher has bundled all three books for only $5.99. (That’s $3 off!)

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In this harrowing third episode of King Solomon’s Wives, Hunters have imprisoned Sumarra. Trapped, tortured and missing her final window to become pregnant, she must find a way out or her ancestral line will perish forever. Time and hope might just be running out.

Her rival, Dilara, is the only Wife with the knowledge and resources to rescue her. But Dilara has other pressing problems: Infighting among the clans, the reappearance of a rogue Wife long thought dead, the Hunters’ continuing attacks, and her own haunting mistake. Will Dilara be able to unite the clans and be the leader the Wives so desperately need?

Dilara has always followed and enforced the rules, but in order to save Sonya, Sumarra, and the sisterhood, she must choose to go against everything she believes, even if it means sacrificing her rank, her integrity, and her own life.

Thanks for following my story, dear friends!

xoxo,

Holly

Release Week Secrets – Friday

To celebrate the release of King Solomon’s Wives: SACRIFICED on Oct. 15th, I get to reveal a little of what’s going on with the Wives in future episodes each day this week! Today’s reveal: Which Wives and outsiders are featured… in Episode *FOUR*? (The episode that’s still only in my head.) :-)

THE WIVES
I’ve got big plans for Episode 4! Readers voted on which Wife they wanted to hear more about at the end of episode 1, and the winner was… Yasemin. So, I’ve been setting her up for her own episode. She and another Athens Wife, Pasha, will feature.

THE OUTSIDERS
As for outsiders, I’ll be following reader votes again and telling Richard Berhanu’s story. (I’ve been dying to, anyway!) I’ll also be telling a little more about Jonah Michaels, because I’ll have to… his story will intersect Yasemin’s!



Thanks for following my release week posts! Episode 3 comes out next Tuesday, Oct. 15th, and I’m incredibly excited. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Meanwhile, if you want to own the whole series (or win a $25 Amazon gift card), there’s still time to enter the giveaway.

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Release Week Secrets – Thursday

To celebrate the release of King Solomon’s Wives: SACRIFICED on Oct. 15th, I get to reveal a little of what’s going on with the Wives in episodes 2 and 3 each day this week! Today’s reveal: Excerpts from Episode 3!

This first excerpt is a little bit of a spoiler, so I’m keeping the character’s name secret! A certain Wife has been captured. She wakes up in a Hunter’s prison…



EXCERPT ONE: [A Wife, whose name I can't reveal quite yet.]

At least I was not alone.

The room smelled like old dust. The lamp on the end table was broken, but the one mounted on the wall gave off dim light. My eyes had long since adjusted to the darkness.

There was a bed, a dresser, and a table and chairs. The bathroom had a working shower and a toilet. A beige quilt covered the bed. The walls were velvet, dark brown with a raised scarlet pattern.

There was me, and there was Nevra, a fellow Wife, whom I met just two weeks ago when I arrived.

Two thick dead bolts locked the door from the outside. A hidden camera watched our movements, or so our captors had said. They spoke to us through an intercom.

“Hands against the back wall,” a voice said now. It was male and scratchy, the same voice that spoke those same words every day at about this time. I didn’t know what time it was because our only window, a twelve-foot area set back from the wall, had been boarded up. No natural light came in to show the passage of time. My first day here, Nevra said she thought the voice came in the evening. She had started scratching marks into the table to number the days. There were twenty-four.

Nevra and I rose and faced the back wall. We pressed our palms against the velvet wallpaper. My hand was only inches from Nevra’s. Her skin was lighter and her fingers shorter. A scar ran down to her wrist. I winced, preparing for pain to come at any second, even though we were obeying.

The door opened and closed. Plastic plates were set on the tile in the entry, and the door opened and closed again. I wondered if it was safe to relax. If we turned around before we were supposed to, there would be consequences. Even now, my wrist burned, reminding me of the metal band our captor put around it, the torture device we couldn’t remove. It was an electric shock conductor, potential punishment for defiance.

Nevra shook her head slightly, indicating she wanted me to wait…


EXCERPT TWO: DILARA
Too many bags. Too much to carry. I couldn’t bring everything back to camp when I returned from getting supplies and groceries in Dalton. I would have to recruit a few girls to come back to the car with me for the rest.

Camp was two miles away. It was a sad set of tents with clotheslines hung between, spread across a half acre of land. Woods and little hills surrounded the area. It was a few miles’ walk to the highway, and the highway was twenty-five miles from town. We’d lived like this for four weeks now, while I and the other leaders around the world regrouped and tried to come up with a plan for rescuing any sisters captured in the attacks.

Assuming they were still alive.

As I walked, I thought through the plan we’d been following so far. We’d been exchanging information and following leads. We’d learned a little about one Hunter in Georgia, because one of my charges had stupidly been interacting with him. The Hunter’s name was Jonah Michaels. But he was young, and not an important player, so my research hadn’t given us much to go on.

Flashes of the attacks still ran through my head sometimes: My sisters running like scared animals through the woods behind our house. Older Wives helping the younger. A Hunter slitting Ceydin’s throat.

The memories weren’t getting any less painful, and it wasn’t getting any easier to survive here in the middle of nowhere. No one was happy, even though I was doing the best I could. At least I wasn’t letting my girls slack off. We ran escape drills and exercise routines every day.

Except today, apparently, while I’d been gone. The second I reached camp, little Nezaket came running over and threw her arms around my waist. She looked up at me with sad eyes, her tangled red hair falling sloppily around her face. I nearly dropped the grocery bags. I noticed she was wetting my T-shirt with tears.

A few others gathered around, wiping tears away. They looked bedraggled in dirty T-shirts and worn shorts. Their faces were red from the sun and heat, even though it was still morning. They all talked at once, and not in complete sentences, so I couldn’t understand what they were saying.
“Quiet, everyone. Can someone tell me what’s going on?”

Finally, my responsible nineteen-year-old, Harika, walked over hugging herself. Her eyes were reddened like Nezaket’s. She said, “Mina’s gone.”



Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow, I’ll do one final reveal. Then next week, Episode 3 goes live! Meanwhile, if you want to own the whole series (or win a $25 Amazon gift card), feel free to enter the giveaway!

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Release Week Secrets – Wednesday

To celebrate the release of King Solomon’s Wives: SACRIFICED on Oct. 15th, I get to reveal a little of what’s going on with the Wives in episodes 2 and 3 each day this week! Today’s reveal: Which Wives and clans are featured in episode 3?

THE WIVES
Episode 3 goes back to the beginning; it features Sumarra and Dilara. Dilara learns where her captured sisters are being held, and she races to try to rescue them… after having to cover up some mistakes she’s made along the way.

There are new Wives featured in Episode 3, too…

Verda is the superstitious leader of the New Orleans clan, come to help with the rescue, though she and Dilara clash about how to go about it.

Nevra is a risk-loving Wife who’s inside the Hunters’ prison, trying to get out.

THE CLANS
Vedra continues the inclusion of the New Orleans clan. But Nevra brings a new clan into play. She’s from Chicago, a clan known for its focus on military-esque discipline.



Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow, I’ll post excerpts from Episode 3, including a few paragraphs from a Wife being held in the Hunters’ prison. Meanwhile, if you want to own the whole series (or win a $25 Amazon gift card), feel free to enter the giveaway!

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Release Week Secrets – Tuesday

To celebrate the release of King Solomon’s Wives: SACRIFICED on Oct. 15th, I get to reveal a little of what’s going on with the Wives in episodes 2 and 3 each day this week! Today’s reveal: Snippets from Episode 2.

Yesterday, I revealed the two Wives featured in Episode 2. (Sonya and Mina!) Today, I’ve got excerpts from their chapters…



EXCERPT ONE: SONYA

He was a tall, heavy man, so I poured an extra-large dose of chloral hydrate into his glass of whiskey. I shook the drink and watched the powder swirl and dissipate. I set it on the nightstand and then wrung my hands as I waited for him to return from the bathroom. I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but this act of thievery—and all my others—were the only way I had of providing for the one who depended on me.

The man stooped to avoid the doorway as he came into the hotel room. His face was red and flushed, probably from the alcohol he’d consumed since I’d met him a few hours earlier. His name, he’d told me at the casino bar downstairs, was Henry Chathem, and he’d come to Vegas from Iowa to celebrate his retirement. When he’d ordered a drink, he’d given the bartender a proud smile and revealed a stack of cash in his wallet.

“I wouldn’t mind a celebration,” I’d told him, thinking of how badly I needed that money.

In the hotel room now, he stumbled over and sat by me on the bed. He seemed uncomfortable in his giant body. His hair was gray and thinning, and he smelled like cigars. His thick presence contrasted the sheer curtains of the rooms here at the Excalibur, and his feet looked especially wide compared to mine in my open-toe shoes. The furniture was chipped and broken, and the carpet was dull and smelled of sand, but outside, Vegas glittered. Colored lights decorated the skyline like Christmastime.

My phone buzzed on the nightstand. It had buzzed on and off the past few hours, but I’d been dealing with Chathem and couldn’t answer. I tried not to look at it, and I tried not to worry what the continual calls meant…


EXCERPT TWO: MINA
“Mina, Mina, Mina, stop daydreaming and pay attention! Be careful for godssake.” That’s what my sisters always said to me when I was younger. “I swear, Mina, I’ve never met anyone so prone to…” Insert spilling, dropping, forgetting, falling, or failure. I’d heard it all my life. But this time, they were right. I’d really screwed up.

I slipped out of my tent early this morning, leaving Bahar, the sister I was closest to in the world, sleeping inside. The air was already hot as I tiptoed past my other sisters, around their tents in our new home, a sad camp on some abandoned land between Dalton and Lakemont, Georgia.

This was my new life, the aftermath of the Hunters’ attack that had happened only a few weeks earlier. I was living with Dilara’s group. Twenty-six of us struggled to survive. We were fugitives and homeless. We lived like drifters with no running water or electricity. Dilara kept saying our money supply was dwindling.

I whimpered as I stumbled over a branch, and I checked behind to see if anyone had heard. None of my sisters peeked out of their tents. Maybe I hadn’t woken them. My life and Bahar’s depended on me being quiet. I couldn’t let any of the other sisters see me heading for the woods. I couldn’t afford to let them wonder why, or they’d start asking questions, and they’d figure out what had really gone down the night of the attack. My worst screw up ever…



Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow, I’ll reveal what’s going on with the Wives in Episode 3. Meanwhile, if you want to own the whole series (or win a $25 Amazon gift card), feel free to enter the giveaway!

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Release Week Secrets – Monday

To celebrate the release of King Solomon’s Wives: SACRIFICED on Oct. 15th, I get to reveal a little of what’s going on with the Wives in episodes 2 and 3 each day this week! Today’s reveal: Which Wives and clans are featured in episode 2?

THE WIVES
Episode 2, (King Solomon’s Wives: ADDICTED), focuses on two Wives. The first is Mina, who makes some big mistakes in Episode 1 and is looking for a way to redeem herself. She takes some pretty drastic action.

Episode 2 also features a new Wife, Sonya… She’s rogue, living on her own in a faraway city, without any help from her sisters. She left her clan for love, but now her husband is addicted to her. Worse, if her sisters ever find her, ancient laws will demand his death.

THE CLANS
Mina and Sonya come from the Athens clan. But a new clan comes into play when rogue Wife, Sonya, encounters Mehve… from New Orleans.

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow, I’ll post snippets featuring Mina and Sonya. Meanwhile, if you want to own the whole series (or win a $25 Amazon gift card), feel free to enter the giveaway!

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Episode Three Cover Reveal!

Today’s the day! See below for info on an awesome giveaway (Amazon gift cards! Book bundles!)… but first, here’s the cover for Episode 3 of my King Solomon’s Wives series! The new episode will be available October 15th. You guys. I’m so happy. I *love* the cover…

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In this harrowing third episode of King Solomon’s Wives, Hunters have imprisoned Sumarra. Trapped, tortured and missing her final window to become pregnant, she must find a way out or her ancestral line will perish forever. Time and hope might just be running out.

Her rival, Dilara, is the only Wife with the knowledge and resources to rescue her. But Dilara has other pressing problems: Infighting among the clans, the reappearance of a rogue Wife long thought dead, the Hunters’ continuing attacks, and her own haunting mistake. Will Dilara be able to unite the clans and be the leader the Wives so desperately need?

Dilara has always followed and enforced the rules, but in order to save Sonya, Sumarra, and the sisterhood, she must choose to go against everything she believes, even if it means sacrificing her rank, her integrity, and her own life.

And here’s the giveaway. Enter as often as you like!
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