Naomi eyed the straight razor she’d
nipped from Mr. Baxter’s shaving kit. He wouldn’t mind that she used it to cut
the donations from the aged, spotted backs, wrinkly thighs and flabby arms of
the residents. She reckoned he would be mighty proud to have been so involved.
Now it was her turn to make a donation. She still had a few squares left to
work into the quilt, but that could wait. This was more important. They all
should give their fair share.
She took up the razor and turned it
on herself. Naomi cut away her fair share with a few determined slices, not to
mention a whole lot of wincing and hissing. Using the corner of the razor, she
peeled back the edge of her square, just a bit. She grasped this loose end of
flesh and yanked, pulling along the guidelines she had worked into her own
calf. The bloody square came away in one piece, then slipped from her trembling
fingers with a wet slop to the floor. No bother. A little dirt wouldn’t make it
any worse for wear. She planned on washing the whole quilt when she was done
Lightheaded and nauseated, Naomi
picked up her needle and went back to work.
The voice guided her tired hands,
assuring her that this was the right thing to do.
For the community.
Praise for Sundowners:
"Tonia Brown's characters crawl slowly out of the story, sit beside you and nestle their heads on your shoulder, smiling slyly as you cringe away, unable to put the book down because you're already hooked and they know it. Brown is one of the most talented writers to emerged from the horror scene in recent times and I, for one, will be there for every new release." ~Gina Ranalli, author of MOTHMAN EMERGED
"Sundowners Is one of those stories that gets under your skin. Page after page you are sucked into the characters, but you know something bad is right around that corner, and you don't want anything to happen to these dysfunctional siblings." ~Armand Rosamilia, author of the DYING DAYS zombie series
"If you haven’t read Tonia Brown, you’re missing out on one of the finest voices in dark fiction. Sundowners is Brown at her best, and you’d do well to give it a whirl." ~Pete Giglio, author of SUNFALL MANOR and co-author of THE DARK
"Tonia Brown's Sundowners is one of the most engaging books I've read this year! This southern-flavored horror is so well-written that I found myself re-reading sentences constantly. Ms. Brown drew me right in and made me late coming back from lunch more than once." ~Stephen A. North, author of DEAD TIDE and DRIFTER