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I've seen other authors doing this and it looked like fun, so here I go!

The first excerpt is from Arrow, so it comes with a mild spoiler warning for that book and a not-so-mild one for Rebel a.k.a. Wayfarer:

‘May I ask you a personal question?’

Rhosmari managed a nod.

‘Do you love my son?’

She was taken aback. Love? What did that have to do with anything? Certainly she had liked and respected Garan, and his appearance was not unpleasant – though he did have the poured-milk hair and pallid skin common among the Children of Rhys, both of which Rhosmari was glad to have escaped herself. She had seen no reason not to pledge herself to him, knowing that the alliance would benefit both their houses and likely make one or both of them Elders someday.

And yet, though Garan had always been gracious and kind to Rhosmari, he had never touched her, or shared with her the deeper thoughts of his heart. Nor had Rhosmari told him of her own private longings and fears. There had been no reason to believe that their marriage would be any different from the partnerships of most faeries – a practical arrangement that would produce two or three children and bring them respect within the community, but nothing more.

‘Not like that,’ she told Lady Arianllys. ‘I do care for him, but...’

‘Then it was not for his sake that you chose to undertake this journey. But is there not someone in your thoughts that you would like to see again? A certain young human who lives near the Oakenwyld, perhaps?’

Heat flooded Rhosmari’s cheeks. ‘No!’

The Lady Scholar smiled gently. ‘I apologise,’ she said. ‘I was unkind to test you so. Yet on the day when Linden and Timothy came before the Elders...Gwylan may have been watching Garan’s face, but I was watching yours.’

And the second is from Ultraviolet, coming June 2011 in the UK and September 2011 in the US:

I was sitting in the library, gazing out the window at the steel-wool clouds and the pine trees dripping with rain, when Dr. Minta appeared in the doorway and beckoned me over.

"I'd like to introduce you to someone," he said.

My gaze slid past him to a pair of tranquil blue-violet eyes, and my heart did a little somersault in my chest. "Uh... sure," I said.

"This is Dr. Sebastian Faraday, a graduate student in neuropsychology from the University of South Africa. He's here for a couple of months while he works on his thesis."

Dr. Faraday stepped forward, offering me the strong square palm and long fingers of a surgeon. "Hello," he said.

Just one word, yet it resonated through my bones like a cello. My muscles slackened, and my tongue felt thick and heavy. I couldn't speak.

Dr. Minta gave a little cough. He murmured, "Perhaps it isn't the best time...?"

"Sorry," I said, collecting myself and thrusting my hand into Faraday's. "Hello."

He shook it once, in a professional but friendly sort of way, as Dr. Minta continued, "Dr. Faraday is conducting a study, and he's looking for volunteers. I thought you might like to participate."

If it involved listening to Dr. Faraday talk, I thought I might too. "What would I have to do?" I asked.

"Nothing difficult or uncomfortable," said Faraday. "Just a simple visual test, where I show you a few pictures and you tell me what you see."

Dark chocolate, poured over velvet: that was how his voice tasted. I wanted him to follow me around and narrate the rest of my life. "That's all?"

"For now, yes," said Faraday. "At this point I'm just looking for patients who might qualify for further testing. I'm sorry I can't pay you for your time, but at least it would be something different?"

His eyes crinkled as he spoke, as though he'd guessed how tedious I found my daily schedule and how glad I'd be for a chance to escape it. He was right, but still I hesitated. If I passed his test--or failed it--what would that mean? What if it proved there was something wrong with me?

On the other hand, it might also prove that there wasn't. And if I was going to convince Dr. Minta to let me go, I needed all the support I could get.

"Okay," I said. "I'll do it."

Date: 2011-02-14 08:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] kiwiria.livejournal.com
Cannot WAIT to read "Ultraviolet"! You sure you don't need a Dane to review an ARC for you? No? Alright then, I'll just sit here and work on my patience then ;-)

Already have ordered Arrow off amazon.co.uk :-)
Edited Date: 2011-02-14 08:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-02-14 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
I am delighted that you are eager to read it! I am eager for people to read it too! And I hope you will enjoy ARROW.

Date: 2011-02-14 08:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] grav-ity.livejournal.com
ooooh, I like this new Valentine's Day tradition! (Even though Maggie NEARLY KILLED ME!)

Date: 2011-02-15 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
I have not listened to Maggie's excerpt yet! I need to read LINGER first -- am very behind!

Also, I see that I am tragically lacking in romantic icons.

Date: 2011-02-14 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fandoria.livejournal.com
I love them both! I can't wait to read both books.

Date: 2011-02-15 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
Thank you! (And I never get tired of that icon.)

Date: 2011-02-14 08:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
I'm really looking forward to Ultraviolet - it will be something exciting to read after part one of Finals!

Date: 2011-02-15 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
It is very different from the faery books, but I hope people will like it!

Date: 2011-02-18 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessanndi.livejournal.com
I think people will like it. I couldn't put it down and we are about to introduce ourselves into the mystery that is the chocolate Mintie

Date: 2011-02-19 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
Oh my word, do you realize that ALL THIS TIME I had no idea that you were [livejournal.com profile] jessanndi?!


I am very glad you liked the book, in any case, and I hope you all like the Minties!

Date: 2011-02-14 08:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] infiniteviking
That is an excellent tradition, and though the excerpt from Arrow is lovely and intriguing, the one from Ultraviolet makes me jump up and down in glee (and think "oh, I think I remember that scene from before!") and go is it September yet. Thanks for the teasers!

Date: 2011-02-15 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
Yes, I felt a bit bad about posting something I'd posted (albeit in another form) before, but anything else would be too spoilery! Glad you're still excited about UV after listening to me blather about it for years and years... :D

Date: 2011-02-24 01:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] infiniteviking
*grins* It was a welcome glimpse of the story as it is now. And yeah, definitely still excited. :D

Date: 2011-02-14 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olmue.livejournal.com
Ahh...Ultraviolet. I'm so glad you brought up The Book Depository...it's making those UK books so much easier to get. *calculates distance to June*

Date: 2011-02-15 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
The US edition will have exactly the same cover and title, I am happy to say! So if you can bear to wait until September I would be glad of your domestic support...!

Date: 2011-02-15 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olmue.livejournal.com
True...we do want this to do well in the US. Hm. Maybe I will have to set it as a prize to myself for accomplishing something. *goes off to think up a truly stupendous feat*

Date: 2011-02-14 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarvenartist.livejournal.com
Eee! The ULTRAVIOLET snippet made me squee so loud! This, plus the excerpt included at the back of ARROW...oh, I am SO anticipating this book. *vibrates with excitement*

Date: 2011-02-15 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
That excerpt is from an old draft, actually; the final draft starts in a different place! But the stuff in that excerpt does end up in the final book, albeit in a slightly altered form...

I am very happy you are excited about it!

Date: 2011-02-14 09:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] yunitsa.livejournal.com
So excited for Ultraviolet, OMG. I've always loved how you write romance, and "I wanted him to follow me around and narrate the rest of my life." definitely sounds like a familiar emotion...

Date: 2011-02-15 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
It's funny that I love romance and yet I always seem to end up writing books where the romance is Really Not The Main Point. I'm very glad you find my stories romantic anyway! :D Thanks.

Date: 2011-02-14 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brandy-painter.livejournal.com
I just ordered Arrow today and now I'm even more excited about its arrival.

And I think I'm just going to have to go ahead and order Ultraviolet when it comes out too.

If it involved listening to Dr. Faraday talk, I thought I might too.
I wanted him to follow me around and narrate the rest of my life.

Hee, hee. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Date: 2011-02-15 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
*beams* I hope you will enjoy ARROW, after those lovely reviews you gave the other two! And so glad you are interested in ULTRAVIOLET.

Date: 2011-02-15 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mary-j-59.livejournal.com
Okay - the expansion. I love Garan's mother's perceptiveness - how she knows more about Rhosmari's feelings than the young girl herself does! And the descriptions of Dr. Faraday's voice are intriguing, to say the least. I will need to get my review of "Arrow" up as soon as I can - this series keeps getting better, and I am really looking forward to reading "Ultraviolet". I am also (being a slow writer) extremely impressed by your industry!

Date: 2011-02-15 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mary-j-59.livejournal.com
And I will add this, after all. I think it's neat that you have a connection to Africa (actual or implied) in both the books you quote.

Date: 2011-02-15 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunsethill.livejournal.com
Lovely getting the excerpts. I too just ordered Arrow from the Book Depository (thanks also for the recommendation. So easy to order and so reasonable). My children (12-18) are really excited to finally be able to read it. But I must confess that *I* am really waiting for Ultraviolet! So yummy. ;-)


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