Wednesday, June 19, 2013
WHAT LURKS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS? ...
An icy wind swirls frigid flakes of varied lace patterns along a rocky trail. Haunting fingers branch from slumbering trees toward a lowly horseman. In the distance, on the highest peak, seven turrets pierce a veiled silver sky. The rider lowers his head as shoulder-length ebony hair whips across his face.
The days of summer and its warmth are long gone ...
* * * * *
Porcelain and metal crash onto a stone floor. A teen boy’s trembling hands reach out for the pieces, his world forever in darkness.
“Not again!” a shrill voice calls out.
He gathers up the broken shards into his apron. Heat burns through his cheeks as he feels his way toward the garbage bins.
* * * * *
A sharp blade swishes through the air seeking its target. It misses. Sweat rolls down the swordsman's face. A moment passes. He sucks air through clenched teeth. Stench from an unwashed body assaults his nostrils.
He steps further into the darkened corridor. Silence louder than an explosion weighs upon him like a two-ton boulder. Racing heart beats pound his tunic. He turns the corner as a shadow shifts from behind a massive column and inches closer ...
* * * * *
Dainty finger plucks mint leaves off a stem and drop them into a boiling cauldron. Swirls of vapor caress her fine features as she inhales the brew.
“This shall do nicely,” she says to her furry companion. Emerald eyes flash in the flickering flames. The cat’s hackles raise from a knock on the door.
“What is it?”
“His majesty anxiously awaits your arrival.”
“I shall be there shortly.”
* * * * *
As shrieks throughout the kingdom break the silence, a monster licks its talons from another human feast.
Weak sunlight attempts to burn off the mist at dawn, as a fair-haired man straps a sword to his back. Heavy boots leave imprints in the snow with each step he journeys toward his final destiny.
* * * * *
The Kingdom of Wintermill is not unlike any other. Many mysteries are locked behind closed doors ...
The Men of Foxwick by Cherie Reich
I hope you enjoyed my intro of Cherie Reich's newest collection. These shorts sound so intriguing, don't they?
I can't wait to delve into this enchanting world. What else will we discover?
Below is Cherie's blurb and information. Please drop by her blog to congratulate her.
GOOD LUCK, CHERIE!
Men of Foxwick by Cherie Reich is now available! This fantasy short story collection features five men from the Kingdom of Foxwick.
A blind teen seeks a place in the kingdom. A dragon seer journeys to Wintermill to spy on the queen. A sword master’s worst fear comes true when he fails to protect the royal family. A king falls in love with an herb witch, but will she feel the same way? A hunter will rise to the challenge to hunt down a man-eating monster.
Short stories in this collection: Blind Scribe, Dragon Spy, Sword Master, Courting Magic, and Monster Hunter
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About the Author: A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror series Nightmare, a space fantasy trilogy titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.
Her debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.
Also, Cherie has a special announcement for her email newsletter subscribers. Click here to sign up for her updates and receive a coupon for a free copy of Women of Foxwick.