Monday, June 9, 2014

WHO LURKS BEHIND THE MASK? ...

Thousands of torches dot the winding hillside road. Their light dances on this inky, starlit night as an endless parade of horse drawn carriages glitter from feathered plumes, waving in the casual breeze. The queue moves slowly, and as each carriage pulls up to the medieval arched entry, masked strangers step out and climb the cobbled steps, entering into the gleaming marble hall.

Banners from nine different provinces flow from guilt poles, forming a colorful welcome to each royal guest.

Upstairs in the farthest corner of the castle, a jeweled crown is woven into the golden locks of a young woman. Her heart patters as she steps in front of the looking glass. Two hand maidens finish lacing up the back of her gown.

"You look beautiful your highness," stutters the youngest of the two. Emerald eyes flash from the reflection and into the servant's widened brown eyes. 

She nods. "Thank you, Arabella."

Trumpets echo throughout the massive halls and shivers race through Princess Zoe's body. She squares her shoulders and stretches to her full height. "It is time for me to meet my future husband." 

Arabella rushes to the princess's side and hands her a glittering mask. She bows. Princess Zoe gently takes it by the handle and steps toward her destiny.

One last carriage inches its way to the front. The footman opens the door and a booted leg hits the cobbled stone with a heavy click. He straightens to his considerable height and adjusts his metal mask dusted with fine marquisites. 

He jets up the stairs and into the grand hall. Hundreds of guests congregate at the base of a massive, multi-storied stair case as twenty or so trumpeters toot another announcement. He stops and stares at the top of the landing, his view unobstructed. 

A sentry calls out, "Her royal highness, Princess Zoe!" 

Princess Zoe turns her head to one side of the crowd, smiling at her guests. As she pivots her neck in the opposite direction, she rests her eyes on the one man who stands head and shoulders above the crowd. A breath escapes her. She composes herself and glides down the staircase like a breeze over a wheat field.

She greets each one of the eight princes with a polite air. And continues to the ninth. The remaining guests part as she steps toward the mysterious man who watches her every movement. A stoic figure, carved in granite. Flickering torchlight illuminates his hazel eyes as she stops before him. He bows. 

"Princess Zoe." His lyrical baritone voice sends electric shock waves through her body.  

"And your name, Sire"

He remains silent and extends his arm.

Another breath escapes her...

Why all the mystery?

What does he have to hide?


The Mystery Prince

by



Mary Waibel



Will Princess Zoe find her true love with this mysterious prince?

Or will his secret tear them apart?

A magical device may be their only chance...


First, I must say this is one of the most beautiful covers I have seen. And the mysterious circumstances of this premise has certainly peeked my interest! Let me be the first to congratulate Mary. She is an amazing writer and I know her newest novella will be a big hit! 

ALL the best MARY!

Please drop by Mary's site and wish her well. And snap up a copy of this book. I know I will...


Buy Link:


You can find Mary Waibel at:

https://twitter.com/mewtweety14

Thanks for dropping by today everyone. I hope you enjoyed my newest intro....

Have a great day everyone.

77 comments:

  1. Another great intro! First I thought you were leading into a new story of your own. I think you could write that genre very well.

    ReplyDelete
  2. What an intriguing introduction and a great cover. Congrats to Mary.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Liked your intro, certainly captured me. Off to check out the book.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oops, the link doesn't work. Forgot to say love the cover.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks so much, Michael! Loved reading your interpretation.

    I agree, Alex, I think Michael would do a great job with fantasy.

    Thanks, Susan.

    I love to cover, too, Jo. Charlie does a great job on her designs. If the link still isn't working, you could try this one: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KU6TSY8

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad you liked it, Mary! You're so welcome! And I really do think the cover is fantastic! Can't wait to read it!

      Delete
  6. Michael, did you write this lovely blurb! ***sigh***i really don't understand why a publisher hasn't picked you up. Really.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Shelly! Yes, I did write it. Actually I would really enjoy doing it for a publisher, but I do freelance blurbs for authors as part of my service as you may know.

      Delete
  7. Very nicely done. You really have a gift for this sort of thing.

    mood
    Moody Writing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He really does a great job with them.

      Delete
    2. Thanks, Mood! I enjoy writing them, so maybe that's why I have the knack.

      Thanks, Mary.

      Delete
  8. Congratulations, Mary! Sounds like an interesting read.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Stephanie! It was lots of fun to write.

      Delete
  9. What a great intro, Michael! Good luck with the book, Mary. Nice cover.

    Mary Montague Sikes

    ReplyDelete
  10. Licks lips and swallows lump in throat. What next?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What I find amazing is Michael wrote Zoe's words almost word for word, and Tristan's response was quite similar!!

      Delete
    2. Thanks Lee... I guess you'll need to get the book. LOL.

      You made it easy for me Mary, the blurb you sent had enough information for me to zoom in on Zoe's and Tristan's emotions.

      Delete
  11. I agree this cover is gorgeous. And it engages my imagination. The story sounds great. Good luck to you, Mary!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Carol. Charlie is just so fantastic to work with. This is the third cover she's done for me, and I've loved each one!

      Delete
  12. What a lovely cover!
    Congrats Mary!
    And once again, Michael's done such a great job with the intro...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Michelle!

      And yes, Michael did a great job.

      Delete
  13. Medieval fantasy love story! Sounds so enticing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I like the sound of that. (I usually say fairy tales with a twist :-) )

      Delete
  14. Congrats Mary! Love the cover.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great intro. I'm so curious now. And congrats to Mary

    ReplyDelete
  16. It is a beautiful cover. Michael. And Alex is right: I think you could do this genre well. All my best to Mary Waibel.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, I'm sure you remember my first novel was a fantasy, It is my FAVORITE genre. Love it! And anything set in medieval times has always interested me. Magic was such a big part of their beliefs...

      Delete
  17. I don't read a lot of romances, but this is one I would seriously consider. (And the cover is amazing!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jack. I was so excited when the cover came into my inbox, and we did very few changes to it.

      Delete
  18. This looks and sounds awesome, Michael. This is captivating:
    '...glides down the staircase like a breeze over a wheat field.' Love the imagery.
    Congratulations to Mary and congratulations to you for your wonderful intro. Can't wait till you do mine, lol!

    Denise

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Denise. And yes, Michael's imagery was amazing!

      Delete
    2. Hey, Denise,

      You know I'm ALL ABOUT imagery and atmosphere. LOL.... Thanks!

      Delete
  19. Great intro, Michael!
    Congratulations, Mary!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. What an amazing intro! It's so vivid and the wording is rich. Well done, Micheal!

    Congratulations, Mary! The cover art is stunning! I love how the colors and images are blended beautifully. I wish you much success. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thansk Chrys. The colors were perfect, and I loved the sparkle lights Charlie added to it to give it a fairy/party atmosphere.

      Delete
    2. Thanks so much, Chyrs, I'm glad you liked like. I did very much enjoy writing it.

      Delete
  21. Well, only if you promise to read us the book yourself as some bedtime reading, Mikey ... :)))

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ... yes... me knows me is too naughty, Mikey....
      Congrats to Mary on her book :)

      Delete
  22. I think that we will always be enamored of royalty. Princess Diana re-sparked the public's infatuation and now we have William and Kate (and baby) to ensure that the love lives on.

    This book is well-timed and intriguing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true, Robin. I remember watching her wedding. In fact, I found pictures of the wedding that I cut out of a magazine a few years back in a box of things I collected.

      Delete
  23. Ah Michael,

    And thus, your intro doth immerse the reader into a world of wondrous enchantment.

    Mary, your book entices and hearty congrats to you. Wishing you the very best.

    Sire Gary :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your kind words, Good Sir :-)

      Delete
  24. Wonderful intro! Makes me want to find out what's behind that gorgeous cover!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jemi. I cannot say enough about Charlie's talent with covers.

      Delete
  25. Congrats to Mary! What a beautiful cover-intriguing! I agree with you, Michael!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Reads like a fairy tale in very poetic visual language Love the idea of a mystery prince and indeed a great cover
    Good pick

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Michael really has a great way with words. And mystery princes are so much fun!

      Delete
    2. Thank you, Marja. What a nice compliment!

      Yes, Mary's story is truly inspirational and has a great premise!

      Delete
  27. Oh I've been rocket launched into the fairytale stratosphere! Congrats on the book! Yummy cover and oh... the mystery! :)

    shahwharton.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Shah! I love that- the fairytle stratosphere! :-)

      Delete
  28. Something tells me the world is ready for more/original fairytale-esque stories, and this is jumping on the boat. Congrats, Mary! Sounds like an intriguing read. :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Congrats to Mary, love the cover. And Awesome intro, Michael!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Cathrina. (BTW- I love your name!!)

      Delete
    2. Thanks Cathrina!

      Glad you enjoyed it! And, I have to agree with Mary, you do have a fantastic name!

      Delete
  30. Thanks for the lead. I'll check it out.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Wow that's an intro. If I ever write a book I want you to introduce me!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it OE... I'd be delighted to intro your book when you do!

      Delete
  32. It is a great intro- Michael certainly does an amazing job with them (especially seeing he didn't read the book, just the cover copy)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah, thanks Mary! So happy you liked what I wrote. Your cover copy was perfect to work with. I gleemed so much out of it.

      Delete
  33. Such an evocative intro Michael! I love the way you set the scene!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, Johanna, he has a great knack for setting scenes

      Delete
  34. Thank you, Ladies... I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    ReplyDelete