Serpent Daughter – Snippet 41

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 41 “Sleep, little creature. Sleep and dream no more.” Chapter Nine “Therefore,” Zadok Tarami said, “one must not marry frivolously or with a double mind, but as a solemn, if joyous, act of will.” The...

Domesticating Dragons – Snippet 02

Domesticating Dragons – Snippet 02 CHAPTER TWO The Waiting Game I left Reptilian with a good impression and a handful of vague promises. Evelyn said that they’d proceed with a license for my simulator. If it did as I promised for their genetic engineering...

Domesticating Dragons – Snippet 01

Domesticating Dragons – Snippet 01 DOMESTICATING DRAGONS Dan Koboldt To Sadie, our favorite miracle. CHAPTER ONE Reptilian Three years, five months, and thirteen days after my dog died in the canine epidemic, I walked up to the door of Reptilian Corporation...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 40

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 40 Iron Andy Calhoun was famous well beyond Appalachee, and Youngstown was basically Appalachee, anyway. “Mr. Andrew is indeed here,” the hostess said. “He has already reserved your room, which is number eight,...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 39

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 39 # Cal rode the coach without companions. Charlie Donelsen was meeting with Rupp and Bondí, organizing Bondí’s testimony before the Assembly. The Creole accountant had brought with him from New Orleans ledgers indicating...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 38

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 38 Was he prepared to make his leap? “Mr. Franklin,” he called. Temple Franklin groaned as he levered himself down from the top of a prison wagon. He gripped iron-bar handles set into the sides of the vehicle, and hissed at...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 36

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 36 “Whole thing’s jest gone to stupid.” Chapter Eight Two men joined Sarah in the sanctum. One had long dark hair and mustache and wore a stylish German hat; the other was darker skinned, maybe an Indian, and wore a...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 35

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 35 “What else did the song say?” Cathy asked. “Just about nothing. Alzbieta only knew one verse, and my father sang it in his delirium, so it might have been nonsense, anyway. Now that I think of it, it had another...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 33

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 33 He paid three Texians to help him build it and to help him fire it. They were fascinated, averring at first that it couldn’t possibly work, and then hooting and slapping their broad-brimmed hats against their knees when it...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 32

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 32 “Was Hannah reckless, or was she bold?” Chapter Seven Calvin Calhoun was packed to leave in three minutes. It was easy enough — rifle, powder, shot and accouterments; a second set of clothing, rolled up in a...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 31

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 31 They sent tokens. If it came to another battle, the queen would be assailed on two sides, and defended by an army of tokens. The thought that one of Cahokia’s enemies was Simon Sword, the legendary bugbear of the Mississippi,...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 30

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 30 # Temple Franklin rode west atop the foremost of the thirteen wagons that left the Walnut Street Prison. Thirteen wagons, one for each of his grandfather’s virtues, though Temple could remember what the virtues were only with...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 29

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 29 # In a grove of trees on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Nathaniel settled into a cross-legged sitting position and pulled his drum into his lap. Margaret gripped a low-hanging dead limb of one of the elm trees and yanked it off....