Book Excerpt Outcasts of the Worlds

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Book Excerpt

From Chapter 8 – Shedding Skin

            Chari was conditioned to wake with the sun, and soon rose and began her day. Bereft of priestess duties, she left her sandals behind, hiked up the wraps around her legs, retied them in place, and climbed down the rocks to the shore below to catch what she might for breakfast. Dozens of crustaceans skittered along the shore, and she suddenly wished she had a better idea of how the fishermen took their catch. Having only ever needed to take what she wanted, Chari had put little thought into how those things were gotten or made.

            For a moment, she felt inspired and picked up a large rock to smash one of the crabs with, but when it came time to deliver the killing blow, she found she didn’t have it in her. Killing felt hypocritical now, after spending years of her life preaching against it. She hadn’t forgotten the double standards that women like

Inquisitor Thunau lived by, nor she herself, who had had fresh meat most of the days of her life. She recalled the rifle, back at the camp. How childish, to train with something that could be used to kill and find not the nerve for it.

            Chari felt mocked by something so tiny, which had none of the woes and worries that she did. Contempt for the crab built as it shuffled back and forth, until finally she found the courage to let the rock drop. The creature beneath broke and cracked but didn’t quite die. Feeling worse, she lifted the rock up again. She wanted to touch it, to apologize—she even considered healing its injuries. But to have one’s whole body crushed and survive … it would hurt her as much as it had hurt the creature. If killing was cruel, even to survive, so too was letting something suffer because she lacked follow-through.

About The Book

OutcastsFrontTitle: Outcasts of the Worlds

Author: Lucas Aubrey Paynter

Genre: SciFi Fantasy

Beyond the remnants of Earth lie many worlds, connected by pathways forgotten and invisible. They were left by the gods and have been found by Flynn.

A confidence man. A liar. A monster. Flynn has seen himself for what he really is and has resolved to pay for everything. Even if it means spending the rest of his days locked in Civilis, a tower prison for society’s unwanted – “half-humans” gifted by the fallout of nuclear holocaust centuries past.

Jean, a prisoner in the neighboring cell, has different ideas and despite himself, Flynn finds himself joining her daring escape. After rescuing her friend Mack, the three flee Civilis as Flynn pieces together the hours before his capture and finds himself drawn to an abandoned facility where a rift to another world opens at his nearing.

Together they will venture farther beyond the stars than humanity ever imagined, find others like them that will never belong, and tangle with forces both ancient and immortal. They stand alone, hated and scorned – and the last hope of making things right in a cosmos gone terribly wrong.

Author Bio

IMG9776Lucas Aubrey Paynter holds a Creative Writing degree from California State University Northridge—which looks really good when one talks about how they want to write for a living. A fan of engaging storytelling in any medium,  he spent years developing the worlds, characters and conflicts that Flynn and his company encounter, before settling at his desk and writing Outcasts of the Worlds, the first part of a much larger tale to come.

Currently residing with his wife in Burbank, California, Lucas enjoys reading in a variety of formats, potentially overanalyzing character motivations and arcs, and the occasional good, stiff drink.

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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/outcastsoftheworlds
Twitter – @OutcastWorlds
Website – www.outcastsoftheworlds.com
Book Trailer – http://youtu.be/7lL9bHigFyc

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