Saturday, January 17, 2015

Snippet Sunday - A Centaur's Solstice Wish - Magical Time of Year


Welcome to the Snippet Sunday on the Weird, the Wild, and the Wicked. Thank you so much for visiting. If you choose to comment today, I really appreciate it. The snippets are from my upcoming release, A Centaur's Solstice Wish, a companion tale to Take the Reins, Book 1 in the Rifts series. This new story is a sweet male/male fantasy romance and will be released on January 26, 2015.

In this snippet, Sedgewick is in the infirmary on Christmas Eve, nursing a dislocated shoulder. Bethany from Take the Reins is the Master Healer of the herd and shares her wisdom about the holidays.

"It's good to have brothers-in-arms, or sisters as the case may be, who have your back." Sedgewick turned his gaze out to the snowy night. "I often wish to have such companions."
Bethany raised an eyebrow. "You don't have that now in your cohort?"
Sedgewick shook his head and glowered. "No, I'm a terrible soldier and the other men know it. This injury just confirms it. So I'll just have to go on wishing."
"Where I grew up there's this belief that at this time of year, magic really happens for those who don't have any." She waved the hand glowing with her healing magic. "I didn't always have this ability, so I don't count. But the saying goes if you make a Christmas wish, the magic of the season makes it come true."
Sedgewick snorted. "You think the Goddess Epona will grant my wishes just because it's snowing outside?"
Bethany gave him a secret smile and shrugged. "I don't know, Sedgewick, but the energy at this time of year is different, more magical and mysterious."

Everyone needs a little holiday magic. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, SJ Maylee, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Sarah Wesson.

The cover is coming soon, but here's the blurb to Take the Reins, Book 1 in the Rifts series, available everywhere now:

Social change is normal for a senator’s daughter, but affecting gender politics in centaurs wasn’t on Bethany’s agenda.

All Bethany Stanton needed was time away to think. She never imagined a walk with her horse might lead her so far from home. When she steps through a rift between worlds at an old archaeological site, she realizes she has bigger problems than marriage to the man of her nightmares. Like a herd of centaurs with distressing views on gender equality and “mythical” humans.

As part of the Supernatural Anomalies Investigative Field Unit, Major Stephen “Mack” McMacken has seen and done more weird stuff than written in a science fiction novel. When called in to track down a U.S. Senator’s missing daughter, Mack figures it’s more a case of runaway rich girl than supernatural mystery. Until his team finds the portal and he’s nearly torched by a dying phoenix.

In a world ruled by mythical beasts, Mack and Bethany find themselves on trial for endangering the centaur village. With the only escape route they know gone, working together to establish their innocence might prove easier than avoiding seductive Sirens and ravenous native beasts.

And then there’s the not-so-simple matter of finding a way back home…


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29 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this story. I love the glimpses I've had of the main characters in it.

    (And the humans being mythical characters reminds me of Xanth, where unicorns are real but horses are mythical.)

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    1. Yes, I remember Xanth! Darn mythical horses. Thanks for commenting, P.T. :)

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  2. The "secret smile" got my attention.
    But, if it's secret, can he see it, or just feel it. It's easy to tell when someone is smiling in a phone conversation and this got me thinking.
    Nice 8!

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    1. Oh the secret smile is visible, but it holds knowledge rarely shared. Thanks so much for stopping by, F.C. :)

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  3. This is a sweet snippet that gave me the warm fuzzies. I need the smile today. Nothing bad going on, just stressed. Great scene. I can't wait for more and the cover. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. Sedgewick holds a lot of warm fuzzy moments. :)

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  4. Loved the sweet snippet. I agree, everyone could use a little magic in their life. :)

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    1. Yep, Sedgewick just has to take the chance. :D Thanks for commenting, Karen.

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  5. I don't even know Sedgewick, and I want him to get his wish! :)

    Will his story also be available on Amazon, Siobhan?

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    1. Yes, Sarah, it will be on Amazon, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and Barnes&Noble. :)

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  6. Love this snippet! It's so sweet <3 We could all use some magic. BTW I love the cover!

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    1. Thanks, Elyzabeth. The new cover is coming soon and I've seen a mockup of it. Woot! It's sexy. :)

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  7. This is such a sweet scene, I'm ready to make a wish too. Great snippet!

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    1. Thanks, Gem. There's magic in the air. :)

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  8. Very nice. The scene feels warm and close. Magical indeed.

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  9. That last line though! Can't wait to read more.

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    1. Haven't you felt the energy around Christmas, Cecilia? Miracles tend to happen. :D Thanks for commenting.

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  10. I like it, full of possibilities and magic. Another excellent excerpt from this fascinating world you've got going.

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    1. Thanks, Veronica. I love playing with magical worlds. :)

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  11. I love this nice, comfortable and friendly conversation. It just gives such a pleasant feeling to add to the magic she talks of.

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    1. Thank you, Chelle. Bethany's pretty wise. :)

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  12. Lovely snippet. I like the sentimental thought about xmas and its possible magic. Well done.

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  13. And he can always try, that doesn't hurt either.

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