Here’s an excerpt from book three in the Sword of Rhiannon series, “Sword of Stone”. I’m hoping it will be done by the end of summer.
Time seemed to stand still here in this primeval clearing located in this ancient forest. The birds were quiet as if to show reverence to the King of the Forest that stood in front of her. It lay dormant now, innocent and blameless, though Rhiannon knew that was a lie. The shell’s smooth surface warmed Rhiannon’s hand as her mind fought the calm wanting to race with disquieting thoughts.
Through the dim, dwindling light Rhiannon peered at where her long, sad odyssey had first begun: she stood before the Tree of Jur. Its huge, gnarled truck held up massive branches still full of dark leaves, shimmering in a dry breeze that dared to blow through the forest clearing. She edged a little closer mesmerized by the gaping opening in the tree, its inky darkness so deep the brightest light would not penetrate it. She could feel its draw on her soul calling her home.
She peered up at the living monolith standing before her. Hundreds of human bones hung eerily from the dark branches of the tree gently swaying in the breeze in a macabre dance of death. Flashes of white drew her eyes and gave the tree of bone and mist an otherworldly appearance. The Priests of Jur had hung the bones of their dead upon the tree many years ago in an act of reverence and worship. What they left was a ghoulish spectacle which most people avoided. But Rhiannon had been drawn to the tree’s sheltering arms and promise of home.
Rhiannon stopped before the tree and hesitantly held out her hand. The bark was rough and warm under her fingers. It would still be hours before the tree’s portal opened but she could feel a current running through the tree and the air as if it siphoned power from the forest in preparation. She mindlessly rubbed the rough bark wondering how it would be to walk back into her life in Montana. Matthew and Daniel would be shocked but she knew she would still be welcome. Could she do it? Could she leave Màrrach for good?
She edged closer to the tree as she counted everything she had lost since coming through the tree: her father, Tim, Flath and now Shih ‘Ni. The loss was too great to bare—she could stand to lose no more.
Unaware of time passing, Rhiannon stood before the Tree of Jur as the full moon traveled across a black sky. She felt no hunger or thirst or even a need to rest. She was not aware of Zellan as he grazed and ever so often looked up at her to make sure she was still alright. Her ears were deaf to the night insects or the hoot of a nearby owl. Enthralled by the tree she stood by its side all night like a sentry at her post.
Finally, the moon dipped behind tall pines and the cold stars gave up their twinkling as night turned to dawn and then the sun started to rise turning the sky from pink to blue. Rhiannon felt the humming of the tree before she heard it. Under her caress, the already warm bark turned hot and she pulled her hand away. A thick mist started to poor from the tree and roll across the clearing. The smell of pine was replaced by the aroma of dirt and blood and the tree started to glow an amber color.
This was it. This was her chance to right the wrong that had been done her when she was brought here. The pull of the tree was hard to resist and then she wondered why she was resisting at all. She moved closer to the opening that was now aglow in amber light.
Ever so slowly something started to eat away at her haunted thoughts. A nagging that became louder and could not be ignored any longer. She was being watched! Her pulse quickened as she squeezed the shell in one hand and pulled her sword free with the other. Slowly she turned around ready to face what she was sure was an attack.
Peering through the mist, though, was not the face of an enemy at all. “Rhiannon, don’t,” Kyia pleaded, tears running down her cheeks—Rhiannon dropped her sword to the ground and the amber mist swallowed it whole.
Hope you guys enjoyed this little peek into Sword of Stone. Check back for updates on its book launch.
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I would love to thank Ivy Logan for taking the time to read The Empress of Ventra and for leaving such a great review on her book blog. I highly recommend you check out her site. As always, reviews are like gold to Indie Authors and we covet all that we are lucky enough to receive. Again, thank you, Ivy!
You can read her review of The Empress of Ventra here:
Launch week for War of the Gypsy was a huge success! Many heartfelt thanks to my editor/cover designer/ launch party runner, Courtney Cannon over at Fiction-Atlas.com. I could not have done it without her expertise and skill. Thank you, Courtney!! If you are in need of anything book related (including website design), do yourself a favor and go to her website and check out her suite of author services.
I am happy to announce that I’ve started a Street Team Facebook group! If you’d like to join my Facebook group, please click on the link below.
As a member of my Street Team, you will receive all my future books for FREE. That’s right. You will receive an Advanced Reader Copy of my books before they are even available to buy. You will also receive any future swag that I might make up for future books. In the Facebook group, from time to time, I’ll ask for opinions on works in progress, characters, or cover design. Your idea could end up in one of my books! All that I ask in return is that you read your ARCs when you get them and leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads the week of book launches. Also, during book launch week that you promote my new book, at your leasure, on your social media platforms. That’s not tough, right? I hope to see you over at the group!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and has been able to get lost in a few good books!
My husband, Richard, and I on Pensacola Beach, Florida during our 30th wedding anniversary trip in April.
In honor of the launch of War of the Gypsy this week, my series starter, The Empress of Ventra: The Sword of Rhiannon: Book One is FREE for a limited time. If you haven’t already, pick up your FREE copy now. Get lost in Rhiannon’s world and go along with her and Flath on a dangerous journey to find answers to her past, that is, if she can stay alive!
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This week I am so excited to announce that both my Author Interview and my Character Interviews were published on Meeting With The Muse. I had so much fun being interviewed by Kelly Blanchard. I was so nervous for my very first ever interview but Kelly calmed me down and after a while, I was able to relax.
Kelly takes an interesting and very creative approach to her interviews. They read like little stories. I highly recommend you go and check them out.
You can find Kelly here:
You can read my Author Interview here:
You can read my Character Interview with my main character, Rhiannon Kossi, here:
Many thanks to Kelly Blanchard for inviting me to be interviewed by The Muse. I had a wonderful time.
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I read this book a few months ago but I so thoroughly enjoyed it, I want to post my review here. This is a must read, for sure!
Libbie Hawker is now one of my most favorite authors.
Review for Tidewater
This haunting tale of the life of Pocahontas will stay with you for a long time to come.
Tidewater is skillfully written and expertly researched. Hawker is a master at gently weaving beautiful prose into an elaborate, sweeping tapestry of a compelling story. You, as the reader, are transported to 17th century Virginia and you get to immerse yourself into the rich, bold lives of Pocahontas and her family and the hard choices that she ultimately has to make.
Libbie Hawker is one of those writers that can capture you from the first few words of a book and hold your attention and loyalty until the end…then you desperately go looking for her next book to read. Her prose is so lyrical and poetic, her words almost read themselves, giving you bright, deep worlds that you luxuriate to live in for a while.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves an exceptional story. Especially a story with a strong female character.
Here is a link to her website: http://libbiehawker.com/
Here’s where to buy it:
I just finished Juliet Marillier’s Den of Wolves. I have been a huge fan of Marillier’s for a while now. I just love her style of writing and re-telling of Celtic myths. She has such a natural flow to her stories and they truly are a treasure to read. Here is my review and a link to buy her book.
Book Review for Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
An exceptionally well-written, spell-binding journey through myth and fairy tales
Den of Wolves is the third (and last?) in Juliet Marillier’s Blackthorn and Grim series. The first two books are Dreamers Pool and Tower of Thorns.
Like all Marillier’s books, Den of Wolves is exceptionally well written, evocative, and has an interesting story that pulls you in. In this book, Blackthorn and Grim help a young girl who has some strange abilities and a tedious home life. Together, they help this girl gain self-confidence and discover things about herself and her past that change her life forever. Things also change for Blackthorn and Grim!
The story arc finally comes to an end in this third book of the series but the end of the story leaves tantalizing openings for much more to happen in Blackthorn and Grim’s world. I, for one, hope Marillier continues to write more in this great series.
If you haven’t given Juliet Marillier a try I highly recommend starting today! You won’t be disappointed. If you love Irish myths, retold tales, or anything Celtic, you must read Juliet Marillier and you will be an instant fan!
Here is her website, go check it out: http://www.julietmarillier.com/
Here is where you can purchase Den of Wolves:
The Empress of Ventra Launch Party was a great success thanks to the hard work and skill of Courtney Cannon at http://www.Fiction-Atlas.com
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I would like to thank all the authors who lent their support to making the 3-day event a huge success. Within the Indie comunity, the friendliness and willingness to help each other out continues to surprise me.
Thank you all, again!