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12 Days of Christmas Excerpts Contest Day 8

A pot broke in the kitchen. The cook screamed and chased the thief outside, but the wily youth escaped with a loaf of bread to fill a painfully empty belly. The wizard noticed and Woden smiled, savoring his reaction. There again, the girl who’d mourned an old woman’s death. She was the one. She would change everything. If only the wizard and his king could accept the counsel of a woman. Another shift and there was the young prince, barely thirteen years old, strapping on armor and climbing the stairs to the battlements. He gravely surveyed the armies before him and directed the archers in their assault. A shout went up too late. _____’s faithful general grabbed the boy, shielding… Read More »12 Days of Christmas Excerpts Contest Day 8

12 Days of Christmas Excerpts Contest Day 6

“You presume me immune to Honorine’s charms?” “I know you to be.” Her fingers travel over my arm. “Innocence was never a lure for you, not even m-mine.” _____ was an innocent the first time she rode alone through the night, slipped into my castle and beneath my bed sheets. Innocent in body, perhaps, but in no other way. I was the one seduced. The reminder makes me chuckle. I take her fingers in my hand. “I’ve always wondered just how innocent you really were,” I say. “And what precisely did you tell Honorine about that night to make her stoop to this?” Surprise, guilt, and finally hurt flash in her lovely eyes. She masks them quickly with an easy… Read More »12 Days of Christmas Excerpts Contest Day 6

12 Days of Christmas Excerpts Contest Day 5

“Y-you know who I am?” He chuckles, more of a scoff. “Oh, I know.” He turns and I see his profile, backlit by the fire. He has long wooden stick in his hand to tend the fire; there are no iron pokers in this room. Nothing he could use to free himself. “You think I don’t hear your sniveling voice every month? You think I don’t smell that disgusting sewer water you call perfume all over my home?” He shoves to his feet and I flinch. Worse, he notices. Though I cannot see his face clearly, I … sense his amusement. “I hear the servants talk about you like some goddamned salvation. They all think you’re a saint come to… Read More »12 Days of Christmas Excerpts Contest Day 5

12 Days of Christmas Excerpts Contest Day 3

A whirlwind rises around me, so powerful I’m afraid it will lift me off my feet, and I don’t understand how the cards can be so still on that barrel, so steady, as if my future is already written in stone and it’s only my denial that tries to make me stray from the path set out before me. I fight it with all of my might. There is wilderness ahead, danger I can avoid if only I turn my feet around and go back the way I came. The pull of destiny and my need to escape it tears me asunder, and in my mind I scream for the hag to turn the last card. Finish this—save me somehow.… Read More »12 Days of Christmas Excerpts Contest Day 3

12 Days of Christmas Excerpts Contest Day 1

“What weighty business troubles your mind, my king, to furrow your brow this late at night?” he asked, deepening his voice and biting back a grin. _____ started and spun around to stare at him, but the moment recognition dawned, the ruler of _____ rushed forward to embrace him. “My son,” he cried. “My boy!” Ceremonies were for kings. There would be time enough for them tomorrow and the next day, and the next. After ten years, this was all _____ had wanted. To embrace his father without crowds of witnesses watching their every move and gesture. “I’m home,” he said as his father wept with joy. Possible points: 9 Complete contest rules here.

The Beast gets a new ending

I am breaking my own rule and rewriting the end chapter of The Beast. I am not happy that I have to do it, but it must be done and I am just OCD enough to want to do it.

The Royal Wizard Now In Print!

This story truly is very near and dear to my heart and I was stunned and humbled by the wonderful response it’s gotten already as an eBook. You, my dear readers, have shown me so much love in the past few months I wanted to do something special to celebrate it.

The Royal Wizard Now (FINALLY) Available!

When I finished the first “official” version of The Royal Wizard in 2008, before I thought I had any hope in the world of getting it published, I “pseudo-published” it just for myself. I sent off a copy for an official Copyright, and then I formatted the word document to look just like a real book (without really grasping the concept of the page break yet, so imagine a lot of line breaks being counted off) and created a cover from images I found online and loved. I printed one copy, had it bound at FedEx Kinkos, and placed the 8.5″ x 11″ booklet on my bookshelf among a small handful of first editions, which will probably never see the… Read More »The Royal Wizard Now (FINALLY) Available!