Feb 27 2012 10:19am

Tohrment’s Torment in Lover Reborn: Sneak Peek!

Lover Reborn by J.R. WardYou can’t wait until March 27—can you?

Now, thanks to the generosity of J.R. Ward, you can have a taste of Tohrment prior to the official release of Lover Reborn. The first four chapters are available through Shelfari.
 Edited to add: The chapters have since been taken down, but meanwhile, here are the first couple of pages:

“The bastard’s taking the bridge! He’s mine!”

Tohrment waited for an answering whistle, and when it came, he tore off after the lesser, his shitkickers slamming into puddles, his legs going piston, his hands fisting hard. He passed Dumpsters and parked POSs, scattered rats and homeless people, jumped over a barricade, vaulted over a motorcycle.

Three a.m. in downton Caldwell, New York, gave you just enough obstacles to keep shit amusing. Unfortunately, the little gnat of a slayer up ahead was taking him in a direction he didn’t want to go in.

As they hit the entrance ramp to the westbound bridge, Tohr wanted to kill the fool—natch. Unlike the blocks of privacy you could find in the maze of alleys around the clubs, you were guaranteed traffic over the Hudson, even this late. Okay, sure, the Herbert G. Falcheck suspension special wasn’t going to be choked with cars, but there were going to be a few—and God knew every human behind the wheel had a goddamn iPhone these days.

There was one rule in the war between the vampires and the Lessening Society: Stay the fuck away from humans. That race of nosy, upright orangutans was a complication waiting to happen, and the last thing anyone needed was widespread confirmation that Dracula wasn’t a product of fiction, and the walking dead weren’t just a TV show that didn’t suck.

Nobody wanted to frontline on the network news, the papers, the magazines.

Internet was fine. No credibility there.

This down-low tenet was the the single thing that the enemy and the Black Dagger Brotherhood agreed upon, the one deference that was given by both sides. So, yeah, the slayers could, say…target your pregnant shellan, shoot her in the face, and leave her for dead, taking away not just her life, but your own. But God forbid they rile up the humans.

’Cuz that would just be wrong.

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1. Darlynne
I am such a huge fan, but, please, someone get out the red editing pencil. Having said that, however, thank you for the opportunity to read these first chapters. It's good to be back in Caldwell.
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
@Darlynne -- We apologize; the typos on this page were made by us in quoting the excerpt and not the author's/editor's/publisher's mistakes. I've fixed a few, but please let me know if you spotted others I didn't catch. Thanks!
3. Darlynne
Oh, goodness, sorry, it wasn't you. My comment about the red pencil was directed at Ms. Ward's publisher, not anyone at H&H.

Leaving aside the repetitive sh*tkicker reference, the first thing that pulled me out of the story was this:
Unfortunately, the little gnat of a slayer up ahead was taking him in a direction he didn’t want to go in.
I shouldn't let grammar get in the way, but it does, and it makes me wonder why no one--editors, early readers--catches things like this, especially for such a hugely successful author. I also understand that turning nouns or adjectives into verbs (e.g. "nobody wanted to frontline") makes for interesting or fresh writing, but sometimes it's a struggle to stay with the story.
4. LisaH
How can we read the first 4 chapters on shelfari? i don't see a link or excerpt anywhere on the website. :
5. Lege Artis
@LisaH- In the left corner, just under the cover image, there is a button "read the first chapter free". That's it.
6. Rose In RoseBear
So, okay, if you read it ...

Did you laugh out loud at any point? Did you react in other ways? Did you wish you hadn't read it, and had just waited for March 27th?

I did laugh outloud, more than once, and I do want to know how JM and Xhexania resolve the problem of spouses working together ... but there's that in me that kinda wishes I hadn't read it, at least not a month away from publication ...
7. Rose In RoseBear
@redline: Thank you so much for the yeoman work in bringing us this delightful tease of an excerpt!
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