Ugh, COVID is not fun. I’m mostly recovered, except for the fatigue. Just walking up and down the steps in my house can wear me out by the end of the day. Which means, of course, more napping and less writing.
BUT I have a schedule to stick to! “The Brave Little Thrall,” which I’ve been posting from for the past month, should be up on Amazon by tonight, and book 2 in my Heartsbane Saga series, Sleeping Shaman, will hopefully be out December 1st! So, with that new release on the horizon, I’m switching to that story for the next few weeks.
Sleeping Shaman picks up where book 1, Captive and the Cursed, left off. MC Nyah, accompanied by her 15-year-old sister Payton and Payton’s sweetheart Dar, has left her village and gone to the capital city to find her fortune. Or so she thought.
This is from chapter 1. Prince Brandulfur escorted Nyah, Payton, and Dar to an inn, then gave them some money to get settled in before wishing them a nice life and taking his leave.
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“Payton, you and I will take this one,” I said as I opened the door to one of the two rooms I’d rented for us. I pointed down the hallway. “Dar, you’ll sleep there.”
“Thank you, Bhantiarna,” he said as he opened his own door.
“You dinnae need to call me that. I’m not the tánaistae’s betrothed anymore.” Wynne, my former sweetheart, was the son of the toísech, the village leader, and I’d had a title as well. I’d been trying for months to get Dar to stop using it, but to no avail.
“Why can’t Dar and I share a room?” Payton asked, her fists on her hips.
I looked at her with a raised eyebrow.
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And the rest of this scene:
“What? We shared a bed while you were traipsing around with the barbarians.”
Dar quickly slipped into his room and shut the door.
“You make it sound like I chose to join his army,” I said.
“But you did. You went there and told them you were joining them.”
“I only did it so that you wouldn’t have to!”
Payton threw up her hands. “I dinnae ask you to do that!”
“So I should have left you with them?”
“I dinnae know why you’re punishing me for what happened.”
“Not sharing a bed with Dar is not punishment.”
“It sure seems like it!”
“Had you been able to control your…your…your feelings in the first place, you never would’ve been attacked by those barbarians and we’d still be safe at home in Orllewinol.”
“Is that what you’re punishing me for, then? I hate you sometimes, Nyah.” She strode into the room and slammed the door behind her.
“I hate you too sometimes,” I called through the shut door.
Her response was a loud thud as something, maybe her shoe, hit the door.
I sighed. Our new life in Eburwicke was not off to a good start.
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About Sleeping Shaman, available now for preorder from Amazon:
The desert holds many secrets. Will death be one of them?
Nyah thought she’d fit in better in the capital rather than in her tiny village, but life in the big city is tougher than she anticipated. When she stumbles across a familiar face, she gladly jumps at the chance for a new adventure with her barbarian friends. They’re headed to Egwu’s home country where they hope his scholar father can translate Heartsbane, the book that holds the cure for Prince Brandulfur’s debilitating curse.
Their plans change as soon as they arrive and discover that Egwu’s family is missing, most likely cursed as well. And meanwhile time is running out for Brand, who grows weaker every day.
Nyah vows to save her friend by solving the mystery of Egwu’s missing family, but she didn’t anticipate all the obstacles in her way: a deadly rivalry between two families, a clash of powerful cultures, and a budding romance that seems destined for heartbreak. She’ll need all her wits to outsmart her opponent—that is, if she can even figure out who it is.
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Don’t we all hate our siblings sometimes? lol this is a great snippet! Glad you’re feeling better these days. Hope the fatigue wears off soon!
To think what I missed being an only child. LOL I hope this little spat blows over soon. Otherwise things could get pretty bad between them. Great snippet! So glad you’re feeling better!
Glad to hear you’re improving steadily, healthwise! Yes, so far things don’t seem to be going well for the little group at all. Somehow I bet it all gets worse! Enjoyed the snippet, the emotions came through clearly…
Welcome to life with a horny teenager! No wonder she’s eager to take off with her barbarian friends again.
Wow! You’re a busy girl! Congrats on the release, then congrats again on the release! Happy thanksgiving.
Sounds like typical sisters fighting. I’m sure they’ll talk it out soon enough.
You’ve done a great job of creating a believable sibling relationship. Do you by chance have sisters?
Great banter between siblings. Definitely realistic.
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