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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tinsel was plastered to his tiny dragon wings ~ Sweet Saturday Sample

My Sweet Saturday Sample is a morsel from my latest release, an epic fantasy romance, Heritage Avenged: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Two. This is the second of a 5-part series.
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Here’s a snippet of a Christmas morning scene where Lyra is staying at the upper Michigan cottage of her deceased aunt. Lyra is joined by her 220-year-old wizard lover, Cullen, along with his magical owl assistant, Kenzo, and his pseudodragon familiar, Noba. These four are having a fun moment, relaxing between dangerous adventures in the fantasy land of Dragonspeir.

When Lyra made her way downstairs with a stack of wrapped packages, she found her Noba and Kenzo wound up and playing a game of chase through the kitchen and family room. “Stop! You’re making me dizzy,” she declared as she laid the presents under the tree. While Cullen sneaked upstairs to shower, she diverted them with her CD player. “These are special tunes for Christmas. We’ll listen while we trim the tree. Let me eat, and then we’ll find the decorations.”

She nearly choked on her bagel, watching the pair hop about on the rug to Frosty the Snowman.

Cullen quickly reappeared and helped her carry boxes of Christmas things from the storage closet under the stairwell.

She located the miniature lights and handed the end of the last strand to Kenzo. “A job for you—fly carefully around the tree and drape this on the branches. Start at the bottom and work up.”

He proudly took it in his beak and set off.

The little pseudodragon danced from foot-to-foot, almost on top of her. “Lady Lyra, what can Noba do? Noba wants a job too.”

“After Kenzo has finished, hang bits of this tinsel on the ends of branches.”

He grabbed a clawful and skipped to the tree, so excited little clouds of smoke puffed out of his snout.

“You won’t be my familiar much longer if you burn down Lady Lyra’s tree. Keep that fire under better control,” Cullen called out with a laugh.

Lyra was glad to see Cullen relax and enjoy himself. She handed him a small box of delicate ornaments and a collection of unbreakable ones for his helpers.

Kenzo dropped his lights and flew backward. “Watch where you’re flying, Noba! You nearly hit me with your poison tail.”

“Noba sorry. Tinsel sticks to claws.” He tucked in his tail while trying to shake off strands of silver foil wound around his talons.

Lyra sat back and laughed at the three of them colliding as they decorated.

“Come join us,” Cullen called.

She picked up a lid of ornaments, mostly ones she made as a child with Jean, and was soon lost in happy memories as she hung each one.

When they finished, tinsel lay everywhere on the floor, stuck to Cullen’s sweater, in her hair and Kenzo’s feathers. But Noba fared the worst—his spines and wing joints were plastered like they’d been glued in place.

Heritage Avenged: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Two

Lyra McCauley receives an alarming letter from the coroner who evaluated her deceased aunt, originally thought to have died of cancer. The news causes Lyra to take leave from her job and travel from sunny Tampa to the frozen island community in northern Michigan. Questioning whether Dragonspeir magic was responsible for her aunt’s death, she resolves to learn the truth and accepts the Imperial Dragon’s appointment into the Alliance sorcery training. 

Additionally, becoming proficient in magic craft is the only way she can bridge the gap between her mortal human world and her lover’s. Cullen, a 220-year-old wizard, is dependent upon his Dragonspeir magic for immortality. He is her only family now; she cannot lose him.

Evil forces block her and try to steal her inherited scribal aura. Riding a stealth dragon, a cloaked rider pursues Lyra. Both the Alliance and Dark Realm alchemists lay tricks and traps. Her aura equals that of the first and most powerful Scribe, but will Lyra’s novice training allow her to discover the truth? Will she be able to be with Cullen, or will the Dark Realm keep them apart?

I'm looking forward to seeing what sweets some of my fellow authors on this hop will serve. Be sure to check them out on the main blog page for Sweet Saturday Samples.
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, and Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


Patricia Preston said...

I love Noba! Very entertaining sample. Makes me wish it were Christmas, especially with this heat.

Sandra said...

Although my understanding is limitied in this realm of fantasy, I admire authors who can write about wizards and pseudodragons with such skill!

Elaine Cantrell said...

I could use a few mythical creatures to help me out.

Lindsay said...

I love the scene and the characters, human and otherwise in it

Marsha A. Moore said...

Patricia, Noba is cool! He steals hearts. :-)

Sandra, it takes a wacky imagination, but I have a blast with it. Thanks for stopping by.

Elaine, so could I--probably why I created these fun imaginary friends!

Lindsay, thanks lots!