There was a reading of Red August at Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast in Baltimore this past Saturday. Actors Erica Smith and Will Hardy read excerpts from the book and we enjoyed warm cider with a tiny audience.
This particular excerpt is one of about four I will post.
The excerpts I chose include those where August and Faolan have interaction. I came to realize that the excerpts may give the impression that the book is straight romance, but it’s a fairy tale adaption of Red Riding Hood set in 1980s small town Maryland.
Find out where to buy Red August by visiting HLBrooks.com.
This is an excerpt from the book Red August, by H.L. Brooks – read by actors Erica Smith and Will Hardy. It is available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Nobel and iBooks, among other places. Links can be found at http://www.hlbrooks.com
In this scene Red and her handsome neighbor meet for the first time. She is new to town. She’s had a rough several months, including having been assaulted by somebody, which she is trying to heal from. On this night she watches something kind of naughty on TV and falls asleep and wakes up restless in the middle of the night, so goes for a walk along her property.
This reading took place at Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast in Baltimore, Maryland.
*This is an abridged version meant to be read out loud.
What if you found out that you were descended from a long line of clandestine fighters, and that your family was still at war? Or that the love of your life was something other than human? August Archer thinks she’s a normal teenage girl—even though she has been having disturbing and erotic dreams about wolves lately. Still grieving over the loss of her bookish, charming father, and wondering over his final gift of a red hooded cloak, August is uprooted from her New York City apartment to a tiny town in Maryland, and the rambling Victorian house where he grew up. There she meets a wise woman with a gift for herbal medicine, the gentle old man who keeps the house in repair and the grounds thriving, and her new neighbor: an enigmatic, irresistibly fascinating man who refuses to talk to her, yet who seems to know her better than she knows herself, and fuels her most intense romantic fantasies. But it’s when August begins to coax her feisty Scottish grandmother out of her self-imposed catatonia that a strange tale of werewolves and hunters emerges—one in which the man of her dreams may be her family’s oldest enemy—in this modern-day telling of the Red Riding Hood story.