Readers on Deadline (ROD) is a monthly Deadline Dame feature where we post an intriguing image and invite readers to be inspired and share the results in up to 250 words right here in the comments.
There’s a two week deadline, so entries will have to be in by midnight when Dame Rinda posts her next regular Deadline Dames post, which is midnight June 16th. The Dames will pick the entry that most intrigues us, post that entry in the next month’s ROD along with a link to that writer/reader’s site-if there is one. And you get a prize!
( We’d like to add a request for our readers not to re-post pictures. Some are stock photos and those are fine, but quite a few of them are used with written permission from the artist. Thanks! )
Last month’s winner is Cat! Congratulations Cat! If you have a website, let us know so we can link you.
“Where am I going?” I was pissed off that I had to drive this hunk of metal. We could have stolen a Mustang, but we were supposed to blend in, so I was stuck driving this POS.
“Could you relax? It’s not like we’re late or anything.” Lio said, startled into a laugh, his voice floating to the driver’s seat.
“Explain to me again why the Portal transported us here, so far from our destination?” I snarled, glaring at the cows grazing the fields, pissed off that everything I looked at reminded me of her. The dark wings in my chest beat in time with the throbbing of the blood and anger in my veins, as I pictured her with that human.
“You’ve gone dark on me,” Lio remarked. My eyes locked with his in the rearview mirror.
“I can hear it, too.” I kept my eyes glued to the temporarily sunlit road.
“How does my soul sound?” he asked, hesitantly. I felt the pity temporarily dissolve the darkness in my chest.
“Cursed. We sound cursed.” My hands gripped the wheel more tightly. “Where the hell am I going?” I asked, again.
His arm came into view, his index finger pointing to the mountain in the distance, white smoke billowing from its peak, the village covered by dark clouds.
“What the hell is over there?”
Lio leaned forward, and glanced at me. “The human we’re supposed to save.”
I returned my eyes to that mountain. “But, humans can’t do that.”
I am SO excited about this next ROD image!! It’s by an extremely talented young photographer who shares behind the scenes footage of her photo shoots. There is a ton of writing inspiration to be found in her work. I urge you to explore, purchase prints even. I’d like to have several in my office. Her name is Michelle Monique. I expect we’ll see a lot of wonderful work out of her. (We’re using this image with written permission, so please don’t copy and post it anywhere. Thanks!)
This months winner will receive a copy of Dame Rachel’s newest release!
Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.
Until something does.
Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.
And so is someone else…