14 July 2011

Excerpt Thursday: Eileen Clymer Schwab

This week on Excerpt Thursday, we're welcoming historical novelist, Eileen Clymer Schwab, as she celebrates the release of her latest novel, SHADOW OF A QUARTER MOON, available now. Join us Sunday, when Eileen will be here to talk about the novel and give away a copy! Here's the blurb:

Shadow of a Quarter Moon is the suspenseful and moving story of Jacy Lane, the daughter of a wealthy North Carolina horse breeder in 1839. After Jacy's father is killed in a suspicious accident, Claudia (the woman Jacy knows as Mother) reveals a secret that shatters her world. Jacy is not the well-bred woman she believes herself to be, but rather she is the light-skinned offspring of a dalliance between her father and a slave.

The shocking revelation destroys Jacy's sense of who she is and where she belongs in the world. If her secret is revealed, she will be cast out of "white" society. But as she tentatively gets to know her true mother and brother, as well as a protective slave named Rafe, Jacy begins to see life in the South with fresh eyes. To secure their wealth, Claudia tries to manipulate Jacy into marriage with a well-positioned but lecherous suitor. Claudia threatens to sell Jacy's newfound family, forcing her to make a decision that will take her on a treacherous and life-altering journey.


EXCERPT


North Carolina, 1839, following the accidental death of Jacy Lane’s father.


The next two days blended into one long vigil of sitting in witness of the lifeless body dressed in his finest suit.  Candles were lit around the room and flowers brought in, their fragrance slowly waning to the odor of rotting flesh.  A stream of neighbors and business associates came and went as we awaited Papa’s interment.  Two distant cousins arrived by carriage and were of great comfort to Mayme, though Mother watched them suspiciously.

     They are probably here to poach my land,” she said when I brought her a glass of lemonade. “Greedy vultures, no different than when my brother in-law made our wealth his own after my own father died.”

     “I am sure you are mistaken, Mother.  They spoke to me with great affection for Papa.”

     “Well, I am one step ahead of them,” she muttered under her breath.

     As was custom, Mother, Mayme, and I shared in the task of staying up through the nights to sit with Papa.  However, by the third evening, Mayme was exhausted in mind and body.

     “I will sit with him tonight, Mayme,” I said as I led her to her room.  It was still early in the evening, but her eyes were heavy with sleep.

     “Do not carry the burden for both of us,” she said weakly.

     “Honestly, Mayme, my heart needs this final night to say good-bye.  Papa will be buried tomorrow and I have yet to give up on my hope that he will climb from his box to embrace me.  Perhaps I will accept his fate in the coming hours, when at last he will prove to be at rest.”

     Mayme reluctantly agreed.  The house was eerily silent as I descended the stairs.  Mother had retired earlier and was not expected to reappear until morning.  However, as I entered the parlor, I heard light footsteps scampering down the hallway beyond the door across the room.  They moved too quickly to be Mother’s, so I followed them through the shadows of the house.  The outer door creaked shut as I entered from the dining room.  Spooked by the intruder, I peered through the window and caught a glimpse of a slight figure slipping into the woods.

     My skin prickled at the bizarre occurrence.  I remained at the window until I was certain the prowler was gone and harbored no threat.  When my rush of fear subsided, I returned to the parlor and settled in the rocker that faced the coffin.  The room was gloomy and stifled by the aroma of death.  The comfort of having my father at home dissipated with his departed spirit.  I felt guilty for feeling so, but burying what remained of him would be a relief.  My eyes clouded with despair until the flickering candlelight revealed three rose petals scattered across the floorboards.  I followed their path to the coffin and looked inside.  I could not bear to gaze upon my father’s sunken cheeks, but there, tucked in his lapel was a vibrant crimson rose, and for one brief moment he was my papa again.  I pondered the unknown footsteps.  Who would leave such a loving tribute in secrecy?  The sweetness of the gesture resonated in me as I stroked my father’s dark hair one last time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your job as a future mother is to learn the god's ways and to help your child understand despite the negative reinforcement and conditioning of today's society. Without consciousous parents the child will have no hope, and may even exaserbate their disfavor by becoming corrupted in today's environment.
Your ultimate goal is to fix your relationship wiith the gods and move on. You don't want to be comfortable here, and the changes in Western society in the last 100 years has achieved just that.
1000 years with Jesus is the consolation prize. Don't be deceived into thinking that is the goal.

The gods tempt people for which they are most weak. Artificial Intelligence will create desire in people's minds for the following sins:::
1. Alcohol
2. Drugs
3. Preditory "earning"
4. Homosexuality
5. Gambling
6. Something for nothing/irresponsibility (xtianity)
7. Polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny (Islam)
Much like the other prophets Mohhamed (polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny) and Jesus (forgiveness/savior), the gods use me for temptation as well. In today's modern society they feel people are most weak for popular culture/sensationalism, and the clues date back to WorldWarII and Unit731:TSUSHOGO, the Chinese Holocaust. They used this Situation to bury Japanese atrocities.
It has been discussed that, similar to the Matrix concept, the gods will offer a REAL "Second Coming of Christ", while the "fake" Second Coming will come at the end and follow New Testiment scripture and their xtian positioning. I may be that real Second Coming.
What I teach is the god's true way. It is what is expected of people, and only those who follow this truth will be eligible to ascend into heaven as children in a future life. They offered this event because the masses have just enough time to work on and fix their relationship with the gods and ascend, to move and grow past Planet Earth, before the obligatory xtian "consolation prize" of "1000 years with Jesus on Earth" begins.

The Prince of Darkness, battling the gods over the souls of the Damned.
It is the gods who have created this environment and led people into Damnation with temptation. The god's positioning proves they work to prevent people's understanding.
How often is xtian dogma wrong? Expect it is about the Lucifer issue as well.
The fallen god, fighting for justice for the disfavored, banished to Earth as the fallen angel?
I believe much as the Noah's Flood event, the end of the world will be initiated by revelry among the people. It will be positioned to be sanctioned by the gods and led for "1000 years with Jesus on Earth".
In light of modern developments this can entail many pleasures:::Medicine "cures" aging, the "manufacture" of incredible beauty via cloning as sex slaves, free (synthetic) cocaine, etc.
Somewhere during the 1000 years the party will start to "die off", literally. Only those who maintain chaste, pure lifestyles, resisting these temptations, will survive the 1000 years. Condemned to experience another epoch of planet's history for their ignorant pursuit of xtianity, they will be the candidates used to (re)colonize (the next) Planet Earth, condemned to relive the misery experienced by the peasantry during history due to their failure to ascend into heaven before the Apocalypse.
Never forget:::It is not a house of Jesus.
If this concept of Lucifer is true another role of this individual may be to initiate disfavor and temptation among this new poulation, the proverbial "apple" of this Garden of Eden. A crucial figure in the history of any planet, he begins the process of deterioration and decay that leads civilizations to where Planet Earth remains today.
Which one is it? Probably both:::
One transitions into the other, allowing the gods to wash their hands of obligation to their Chosen One.
Shame.