Under These Restless Skies will be released on February 20, and every day until then, I'll be posting a small excerpt. You can check out the book's blog here, including more excerpts and information on the Tudor historical characters in the story, and the legend of the selkies on which the story is based.
Anne snapped her fingers. “Give it to me!” she said, her tone sharp and brooking no disobedience.
The maid obeyed, hanging her head. Anne glanced down at the paper and froze. Emma, who had gone over to take a seat on her stool by Anne’s chair, peered up to see what had shocked Anne so.
It was a drawing, crude but effective. Over some words, which Emma could not read, Anne Boleyn was sketched on the paper, but her long, swan-like neck ended in a stump. Her head lay in a basket by her feet, the dead eyes staring at nothing.
It was those eyes that chilled Emma, and that night she would struggle to explain to Will why those empty, staring, black eyes had horrified her so, and would wish he could see into her mind because her words were not adequate.