Sword of Stone Excerpt

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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Another Great Review for The Empress of Ventra!

http://myBook.to/EoV

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:

https://fantasybooksivylogan.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/the-empress-of-verna/

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Author and Character Interviews with Meeting With The Muse

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:

https://www.facebook.com/kelly.blanchard.3

You can read my Author Interview here:

https://meetingwiththemuse.com/2017/02/08/author-interview-melissa-e-beckwith/

You can read my Character Interview with my main character, Rhiannon Kossi, here:

https://meetingwiththemuse.com/2017/02/10/character-interview-melissa-e-beckwiths-rhiannon/

Many thanks to Kelly Blanchard for inviting me to be interviewed by The Muse.  I had a wonderful time.

You can find Kelly on:

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/kellannetta

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/kelly.blanchard.3

 

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Blanchard/e/B01CZ7HJGS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1486760053&sr=1-2-ent

 

GoodReads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4262345.Kelly_Blanchard

 

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Empress of Ventra up for Pre-Order Now

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NBNZ6VJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482851652&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Empress+of+Ventra

She had questions about her past.  The answers she received took her to another world and changed her life forever.

 

Suffering from vivid nightmares, Rhiannon Kossi is sure that she’s been lied to about her childhood.  Seeking the answers to long forgotten questions, she is mysteriously taken from her quiet, simple life on a Montana cattle ranch and thrust into a new, violent world where she is forced to either fight or die.  In her quest for answers to her past Rhiannon must accept hard truths that will forever change the course of her life…that is, if she can stay alive.

You will get lost in this spell-binding journey through a breathtaking world of legendary battles, dangerous quests, an ancient prophecy, forbidden love, and brutal self-discovery in book one of the new page-turning epic fantasy series, The Sword of Rhiannon: The Empress of Ventra.  Buy The Empress of Ventra today.

 

Here’s what people are saying about The Empress of Ventra:

“Easily the richest novel I’ve read in a long time.”
–K. Keeton

“Wonderfully descriptive work that transports you to another world.”
–Marina Iwaski

 

Q & A With The Author, Melissa E. Beckwith:

Q: Your writing is very descriptive and flowing. Who were some authors that inspired your work?
A: There have been many throughout the years, to be sure. It was after reading Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series that I really started to get serious about writing. Then I discovered my love for fantasy and started to read everything from Robin Hobb and Jennifer Roberson. I’m also captivated by Juliet Marillier, Katherine Hurley, Jeff Wheeler and George R. R. Martin, of course.  Historical fantasy is also another genre that I love, especially writers like Naomi Novik and Libbie Hawker.

Q: How long did it take you to write The Empress of Ventra?
A: Well, the idea for the Sword of Rhiannon series has been rolling around in my head for probably twenty years. Then I studied the craft of writing for many years. So the writing, editing and learning process has been going on over the last sixteen years, I’d say.

Q: What kind of readers do you think your book will appeal to?
A: I think anyone that loves a good epic fantasy story with some romance, sword and sorcery, myth and legends and fairy tale stuff with some time travel thrown in will love The Empress of Ventra.

Q: What is the name of the next book in the series and when will that be out?
A: The next book in the series is called “The War of the Gypsy” and it will be out in February of 2017.

Q: Where can people find you on the internet?
A: People can go to MelissaEBeckwith.com and find out more about me and my books and even sign up for my email list to receive exclusive offers and free books. I’m also on Twitter @M_E_Beckwith, on Facebook @AuthorMelissaEBeckwith, and Melissa E Beckwith on Goodreads. Come find me!

Get lost in a captivating new world today and buy The Empress of Ventra.

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