Monday, April 2, 2012
Her Frozen Wild by Kim Antieau Giveaway!
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Part One: Bewilder
The Altai, Siberia ca. 500 B.C.E.
The needle slipped out of her arm, and Ulla kissed the spot where it had been, tasting her own sweet blood, her salty sweat, and the clay, horn, and mountain mixture that now bubbled beneath her skin as part of a swan the embroiderer was creating. A deer grazed on her thigh; a spider made her fingers part of her web; a snake crawled up her leg; a bear’s claw pricked her heart.
Outside the timeless cave, the others danced and sang. Ulla sat at the edge of the cave while the women needled her. She tried not to sway to the beat of the horse-hide drums. The broad sky was amber and rose with dusk. She felt the roaring inside herself, bubbling, gurgling, tearing at her. The dancers undulated and shook, each moving in such a way that Ulla did not know what she saw, no matter how often she blinked. Was that an eagle or a girl? A fox or a man? A leopard or a woman?
The fire burned her face, and the embroiderers hummed. She was becoming. Was . . .
“Are you, She-bear?” She smelled him in this cave that reeked of humus and bear before she heard him, felt his hand on the small of her back. His fingers always found her soul. “You don't have to do this. You are already one of the People.” He kissed the sweat from the back of her neck. Then he was one of the dancers, twirling the night into existence.
She felt the needle go into her skin, deeper and deeper, and she wanted to roar.
The coriander-colored dirt, heated by the fire—or was it by her own body—tickled the soles of her feet.
She gasped as the needle came out again.
“We are finished,” the embroiderer whispered.
The drums sounded like horse hooves.
War was coming. Or war was leaving.
“One more,” she whispered, pressing her hand against her buttocks. “Right here. A wild rose. A tiny red wild rose.”
“But it isn’t like the others,” the embroiderer said.
The dancers whirled faster. Everything pulsed.
“I want it anyway,” she said. “It’s a message for someone back home.”
The embroiderer picked up the needle and pushed Ulla’s message through time.
Read the reviews!
"This was a powerful, life shifting book for me. It has everything: love, danger, romance, mystery, desire and so much more. I can not recommend it highly enough. If you are looking for a book that touches your heart (and at times even rips it out) give this a try."
--Marykatherine Meyer, Amazon reviewer
"Overall, great message, superb details, and interesting character development."
--USMCwife329, Amazon reviewer
Her latest book is Her Frozen Wild.
Learn more about Kim and her writing at www.kimantieau.com.
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