Hear the first chapter of the audiobook for Darkness United by KC Luck @kc_luck_author narrated by Violet Dixon on this episode of Book Clips, the mini podcast that gives listeners a taste of a book.
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If the lights go out forever, can love survive?
Twice now, Taylor, Jackie, Lexi, and Anna have faced the darkness brought on by a catastrophic solar storm. With the help of Sam, Laura, and a group of faithful friends, they have rebuilt their lives in a world without power. But when new threats arise, each must find a way to survive against the odds as well as continue to rely on each other.
The end of the world is only the beginning.
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Transcript for Today’s Show
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you were listening to book clips a mini podcast in which authors and erasers do readings from novels check out the show notes for the synopsis and by links for this book darkness united the darkness trilogy book 3 written by KC Locke narrated by violet Dixon chapter 1 the farmhouse was warm from the fire in the new cook stove which they installed only a few weeks before candles burned for light and gave the space a cheery feel everyone bustle about getting ready for the Thanksgiving feast wild turkey potatoes the last of the seasonal vegetables and freshly baked rolls from the Dutch oven rounded out what was sure to be a perfect meal Anna Scott was setting down dinner plates on the crowded dining room table when she heard a knock and then the front door opening any turkey left came her friend Taylor’s voice nope Anna’s wife Lexi Scott called back placing silverware beside each plate as Anna put them down not even a wishbone Lexi’s sister Jackie whisked into the room holding an unopened bottle of red wine well I guess Taylor and I will just have to go drink this in the barn loft alone then she said and in his eyes widened with surprise bottles of wine in astoria were scarce setting down the last dish she moved to give Jackie a hug in greeting where in the world did you find a bat she asked embracing her sister-in-law she heard Taylor chuckle believe it or not she’s had it for over a month Taylor answered been keeping it for our Thanksgiving celebration Anna was even more shocked Jackie was an amazing woman and a true friend but her love of wine was well known I don’t know what to say Anna and Jackie that is incredibly special the woman smiled as she tilted her head at Taylor Taylor bet me I couldn’t do it she said so of course I had to do it as everyone laughed Sam Quinn wandered into the dining room with her hands full of glasses I had to what she asked with a grin Anna reached to help the woman with the fragile cargo as Taylor plucked the wine bottle from Jackie’s hand and pulled her into an embrace not let me get the upper hand that’s what Taylor said with a husky chuckle there was no mistaking the chemistry between them now I’m gonna go open this bottle so it has a few minutes to breathe I intend to have you fully enjoy it dear Jackie playfully pushed Taylor away and and loved watching the interaction things had not always been so carefree between the two and it made her heart warm to see them finally happy as Taylor left and Sam placed the last of the glasses Anna stood back and inspected the table people would sip elbow-to-elbow she knew no one minded the house was filled with friends and family who survived hard times by pulling together she felt Lexi Slipper arm around her waist and pull her in close Anna lifted her head to look into the blue-gray eyes of her wife and smiled hey Lexi said hey back Anna answered and she had a hundred times before happy Lexi asked and Anna signed she was indeed the people she loved most in the world were about to sit and share a bounty they created by working together I am she answered more than I could have imagined as the room full of men and women reveled in the festive air around her Meg O’Grady knew the pretty brunette in the Corps the old pub was checking her out over the last hour whenever she let her eyes wander in that direction the woman gave her a little smile just before glancing away in the dim moonlight thrown by oil lamps spread around the room they could not decide if the shyness was legitimate or just a clever way of keeping her attention either way she was definitely interested even if only for a night before she made a move her first mate Jimmy sauntered over with a pair of mugs of dark beer he held one out for Meg try this he said and Meg rolled her eyes I’ll stick with a hard cider thanks she said ever since the power went out whenever I try someone’s attempt at beer it sucks nope try it cost me extra he said with a warm chuckle so enjoy it taking the drink with a shake of her head Meg tapped it against the rim of his mug and then swallowed deep she was pleasantly surprised by the flavour whoa she said looking down at the foamy contents this is actually really good she said it she suddenly felt someone at her side glancing over Meg saw the brunette sidled up beside her I certainly hope so the woman said with a hint of a blush my brother and I made it make raised an eyebrow my compliments then she replied I have had a few other attempts as of late and they were horrible nothing compared to this the brunette nodded clearly gaining confidence as she talked about a craft well since today is Thanksgiving we worked hard on a special batch she explained no small feat in a world without electricity but I think the pumpkin spice is the difference-maker Thanksgiving today Meg asked with raised eyebrows the brunette laughed and put and lately Oh Meg’s arm the touch was warm and a small tingle went through her she once again wondered where things might be headed between them although she seduced a few women in the different seaports coming south she never assumed yes in the United States today is Thanksgiving she said but let me guess you are coming down from Canada somewhere before Meg could answer Jimmy jumped in on the conversation we are milady he said with a grin Graham Island British Columbia in fact wandering our way to warmer weather meg took a sip of her beer while wondering if a firm kick in Jimmy’s shin would be subtle enough to get him to evacuate the immediate area apparently her glare over the rim of her mug was sufficient oh hey I think I’ll get in line for some turkey he continued dropping Meg a wink I think that’s a great idea meg said with a smirk save me something Jimmy gave the brunette a small salute with his mug as he moved off ma’am he said a pleasure the woman smiled the pleasure is mine she said as Jimmy walked away after a pause she turned her look back to mink their eyes met and a spark of attraction jumped between them the tingle Meg felt earlier turned to a low heat and you the Brennan asked is it a pleasure to meet you Nick cocked an eyebrow and considered the woman for a moment undoubtedly not a lot of lesbians wandered through her town these days she was merely taking advantage of an opportunity so who am I to judge she thought as a smile grew on her face even though Meg knew she would be back on her boat first thing in the morning and probably never returned here again she was more than willing to embrace the moment I like to think so she murmured and the brunette ran her hand down Meg’s arm to take her hand I know where there are an extra few bottles of the spear you like if you’re interested she offered shall I show you make toss down the last of her beer and stepped away from the wall I’d like nothing more she answered and let the woman lead her at the door as she walked across the nearly empty mess tent at Camp Aberdeen major grace Hamilton the reason the food on her tray was especially unappetizing looking was because she was so late through the chow line still the gray hue of the turkey and the gelatinous brown gravy over lumpy mashed potatoes was attractive it certainly was not the Thanksgiving dinner she used to make with her friends and the random young soldier who had no other place to go I wonder if that is still happening anywhere she thought she took a seat on a vacant tables bench somehow it seemed unlikely picking up her fork the light bulb hanging from a cable above her flickered dim and then brightened for a moment grace looked up and the flow of electricity settled as the light returned to a steady glow the Corps of army engineers only just a week ago patched together a network of cabling to draw power from the refurbished Bonneville satellite power station nearby the number of kilowatts generated was still nominal in the big scheme of things but light was light in Grace’s opinion she knew it was only a matter of time until the smart men and women of the Corps figured out how to coax more output and maybe some things can go back to being a little more normal she thought while digging into her mound of potatoes on her plate she took a bite chewed and forced herself to swallow the taste was beyond horrible but wasting food was not an option there was barely enough to go around as she spooned up another bite she saw a corporal from one of her MP watch details come into the cavernous tent and glanced around seeing her he walked to her table came to attention and saluted grace returned it before motioning to the other bench eddies corporal Mac she said unless it’s urgent sit down and make your report the young man relaxed and slipped onto the bench opposite her she saw him glance at her tray of food have you eaten grace asked no ma’am he answered not yet I’m on duty for another two hours grace did not have the heart to tell him he was not missing much she just hoped there would be enough left to feed him and the rest of those still out watching the perimeter in the cold rain picking up the roll from her plate she held it out to the young man eat this she said and he grinned as he took it she watched him scarf it down in two bites then he seemed to catch himself and sat up straighter it was unusual for an enlisted corporal to sit down with a major let alone eat her food sorry ma’am he said and grace gave him a small smile there had been a time when following military rules to the letter mattered to her but lately her thinking started to change recently the government was doing a lot of things she did not condone just make your report she said corporal Mac wiped his mouth with the back of his hand before answering yes ma’am he answered another party has been detained they are being escorted to intake grace nodded she assumed he was there to tell her as much but hoped her guess was wrong land or sea she asked Camp Aberdeen sat on the shore of a harbor so boats occasionally wandered in although most new arrivals came up the highway to the east land BAM corporal Mac answered about a half dozen people I think pushing her tray away grace stood as an officer in the US Army Military Police Corps she was assigned the task of interviewing all refugee parties upon arrival to Camp Aberdeen it was a job she hated watching the hopeful faces of men women and children changed to dismay as she explained the new laws to them was slowly crushing her spirit darkness United the darkness trilogy book three written by KC Luck narrated by a Violet Dixon you have been listening to book clips check out the show notes for the synopsis and by links for this book if you are interested in showcasing your novel then check out the show notes for more information