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Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Forest is Alive to Awaken the Master World Tree ~ Sweet Saturday Sample

My Sweet Saturday Sample is a morsel from my latest release, an epic fantasy romance, Lost Volumes: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Three. This is the third of a 5-part series.
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In this scene, Lyra and Cullen are in the dense forest of Silva Caliga, filled with talking trees and tree keepers. The Lady of the Forest, Ysmena, is a guide for the couple. They are there in search of a path through the portal at the top of the great master World Tree, leading into the foreign land of Aria. They've heard rumors that one of the missing Books of Dragonspeir is there. Those ancient books contain magic which the Alliance needs to overthrow the Dark Realm.

As the lantern light of the Lady of the Forest fell on surrounding trees, they lifted their roots and crept a few yards away.
Ysmena bowed her head, then lifted her staff high. “Blessed World Tree, I respectfully request your counsel.” Her light shimmered along his bare branches, dotted with swollen leaf buds.
He remained still, but the Lady of the Forest didn’t waver.
Birds and chipmunks darted in all directions on limbs of nearby trees, but none perched in the World Tree. Their chattering escalated to a frenzy.
Despite the chaos, Ysmena resembled a statue. The features of her face formed hard angles as though they were chiseled. The hems of her gowns never quivered.
Following her example, Lyra stood as still as possible. Although Cullen’s forearm brushed against her shoulder, she didn’t dare extend her aura out of her body to communicate with him.
He kept a tight grip on his wizard’s staff and his gaze fixed on the World Tree.
Trying to understand what was happening around her, Lyra’s clairvoyant power pulsed under her skin, and much more ebbed just below. She sensed frequencies given off by hundreds of lesser magicals. She felt the humming of early spring wildflowers—trout lilies, hepatica, and trilliums.
Movement at the ground attracted Lyra to roll her eyes down. A patch of wake-robin trilliums rotated their triplets of petals like miniature pinwheels.
She glanced back to the World Tree, but saw no change.
Cocooned caterpillars sent waves of energy. Lyra sensed their eagerness to break free and flutter as butterflies around Ysmena’s lantern that called to them.
Without motion, Lyra’s others senses became more keen. The rich, damp smell of organic debris tickled her nose, and she repeatedly fought back sneezes.
After what seemed like ten minutes, she detected electric vibrations of fluid moving upward inside the World Tree. It seeped into his branches bathed in Ysmena’s aura. Slowly, his twigs began to wave, clench and release. “Lady of the Forest, you wish to consult with me?”
Ysmena relaxed her shoulders. She lowered her staff and planted its stumpy wooden base into the soft loam.
Lyra’s breath, which she hadn’t been aware she was holding, came out with a soft whoosh.
Ysmena arched her neck and upper back. She looked high on his trunk where furrows of bark formed thick, close brows. “These two friends seek information about Aria. They’re needing to find a missing Book of Dragonspeir. Can your knowledge help them?”
The brows of bark rose, allowing deeply set eye sockets to project outward and rotate onto the couple. Fissures comprising his lips undulated up and down, and his sap flowed upward more quickly.
Lyra clamped her hands together to keep herself from addressing him.
“Friends of Silva Caliga to be sure, but why should I help? Who are the two of you?” the World Tree asked in a gruff voice.

Lost Volumes: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Three

When Lyra McCauley learns residents of Dragonspeir’s Alliance are suffering with a deadly plague, she doesn’t heed the warnings of her fiancĂ©, wizard Cullen Drake, to remain safe in her human world. After all, she’s the present Scribe—one of five strong women in her ancestry who possessed unique magic, each destined to protect the Alliance against the evil Black Dragon of the Dark Realm. With Cullen dependent upon Alliance power to maintain his immortality, the stakes are doubled for Lyra.

She leaves her college teaching and puts herself at risk for the community afflicted by black magic. To find a cure, she and Cullen travel into the vile, lawless underworld of Terza to strike a bargain with an expert. Their efforts further enrage the Black Dragon, vowing to decimate the Alliance and avenge the murder of his heir. 

Lyra must secure the three lost volumes of the Book of Dragonspeir. Written by the three earliest Scribes, each book contains energy. Possession of the entire set will enable overthrow of the Dark Realm. Following clues into dangerous lands, Lyra and Cullen seek those volumes. His assistants, Kenzo the tiger owl and Noba the pseudodragon, prove invaluable aids. Only if they succeed, will the Alliance be safe and Lyra reach closer to the immortality she needs to live a life with Cullen.

About the series~

The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications. 

Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.  

When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.

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, Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED, and Book Three, LOST VOLUMES. 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.