Saturday, December 31, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday

For this week's six I thought I'd start the new year off with a snippet from my upcoming release with Rebel Ink Press 'The Arrangement' Book One of the Resistance trilogy. First the blurb:

Elsa Mostek is a young Jewish woman who is forced to move with her family from the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943. She immediately draws the attention of Nazi Officer Friedrich Weiss who inexplicably shows favor towards her and helps her escape harm many times thanks to the power he wields in the camp. Aware that many of her fellow female prisoners are bartering their bodies for survival and in
desperation to save her starving family, Elsa makes an offer to Friedrich.

What Elsa does not know is that Friedrich is a spy with the German Resistance that has infiltrated the Nazi regime. He must keep up the pretense of loyalty to Hitler's cause as he sends secrets to those on the outside.

Friedrich doesn't want to take advantage of Elsa but can't help wanting her. As the misery of his position increases, she offers him the only light left in a world of darkness and despite his best intentions, Friedrich gives in to her offer. Passion explodes between them, giving them a reprieve from the monstrous world they inhabit, though both know it can never last.

Now my snippet:

“Come. We’re already late,” he said.

“Dammit, Friedrich. You’re not any fun at all,” the shorter man complained.

“She’s a Jew. You don’t know what you might catch,” the taller man…Friedrich…warned with such derision that Elsa wanted to slap his face.

She was untouched and proud of herself for keeping her virtue in tact when so many of her friends were selling themselves food and protection. God willing it never came to that for her.

“I’d slit my throat first,” she grumbled under her breath but the one called Friedrich must have heard her because his eyes held hers for a moment and Elsa couldn’t breathe until he turned away, pulling his friend with him.

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Angela Guillaume said...

Oh I love your setting! Refreshing and original. Great snippet, I'll be following your posts. And best wishes for 2012! x

Cara Bristol said...

What a! Tremendous depth here.

Skye Warren said...

Oh, my gosh, that was so intense. Wow, wow. I want more, but I don't know if I can handle it. Very original, like Cara said.

Jessica Subject said...

I'm very intrigued by the blurb and your six. Definitely something I would read. :)

All the best in 2012!

Zee Monodee said...

Very powerful six! I love your premise and the time period - I'd love to get my hands on this one :)

Naomi said...

Great first 6 of the year. Well done

Anonymous said...

What a POWERFUL story! I want to read it!

KellyHitchcock said...

I want to read it too! Sounds like a story with a lot of prosaic depth.

Ursula Grey said...

Amazing six ~ adding it to my tbr list. Well done!

E. Jamie said...

@Angela I love WW2 set romances and think that will be one of my genres for more books in the future.

@Cara Thanks so much! I wasn't sure how people would accept the premise but I'm so glad you guys are excited about it!

@Skye I think this is one of my most heart wrenching angst filled tales (think We'll Meet Again times 100) considering the set up! I think you'll be able to handle it (smiles)...but you might want to invest in Kleenex stock cause it'll go up with this one. (laughs)

@Jessica I'm so relieved you want to read it! (laughs)

@Zee Thanks so much. The release date has been tentatively set for February.

@Naomi Thankie muchly!

@Sarah I'm honored! I'll definitely let you know when it comes out.

@Kelly Definitely an epic tale. We follow Friedrich and Elsa's story through 3 books. The Arrangement is Book 1.

@Ursula Thankie muchly!

Karysa Faire said...

I love the premise (and your snippet). The fact that he's a spy is his redemption--I'm very curious to know how your heroine comes to terms with her attraction to him before she finds out the truth.

(The only thing is that the imagery of your blog didn't sit well with me given the seriousness of the setting. It felt almost disrespectful to the real life stories of people who went through that. On the other hand, it totally makes sense for the other writings that are listed. Not sure if this is helpful feedback or not, but I felt compelled to share it with you.)

E. Jamie said...

@Karysa Thanks for your comment! Yep, all of my books are erotic romance including The Arrangement, hence the background. I hope the reader enjoy's Elsa's journey with Friedrich exactly for that reason you mentioned, she doesn't know who he really is until later. I hope it makes it a compelling read! I will say, I researched a lot for this trilogy and besides the characters of Friedrich and Elsa and a few of my own plot twists, I didn't have to make up much.

Jenna said...

Powerful historical setting. I've only seen a handful of romances set during this time and none set in this place. Fantastic premise! I would love to read this one. Wonderful six!

E. Jamie said...

Thanks Jenna! I'm so glad it's peaked your interest! I wish there were more WW2 set romances so doing my best to fix that with this one and We'll Meet Again.

Monica Enderle Pierce said...

Great tension and intrigue in this snippet. I feel for both of them already.

E. Jamie said...

Thanks Monica! They have an incredibly painful, romantic, passionate journey ahead of them!

Babette James said...

Great tension in this. Very good six! Happy New Year :)

E. Jamie said...

Thanks Babette! You too!