Saturday, February 27, 2021

Hold my bow - snippet from my new fantasy for #WeWriWa and #SnippetSunday

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting snippets from my new fantasy, which was published early in February. I’m happy with the positive reviews for this book and encouragement to continue the series.

Bridget Bramble has escaped from murderous invaders and is traveling to the fabled land of Oakenwald where elves and men live in harmony. In the foothills of the mountains, she finds the path is blocked by a landslide of huge boulders. Luckily, she meets an elf.

In last week’s snippet, the elf, Windswift the Wanderer, offered to guide Bridget over the mountains. You can read it at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/02/windswift-wanderer-fantasy-romance.html

The elf stepped forward to touch the side of the nearest boulder and gazed upward. Its top reared a handsbreadth above his head. “This landslide has blocked the road to the stairway.” He released his bow from its straps and handed it to her, saying, “Hold my bow while I search for a way over the rocks.”

Taking three paces backward, he sprinted to the boulder and sprang to its top, landing catlike on his hands and feet. Without pausing, he leaped onto the next boulder, and bounded onward, climbing higher and farther away. Once or twice, his gray-cloaked figure disappeared briefly behind a projecting rock. A moment later, he popped into sight again. Finally, he vanished beyond a higher cliff and did not reappear. 

Nine lines and here’s a little more:

Bridget glanced at the bow clutched in her fist, a curved length of ash wood. Why had he given her the bow? It was useless as a weapon without the arrows. Had he deemed the bow an obstacle to his climb? Or did he leave it as a token, a promise of his return?  

She waited, afraid he might abandon her along with the bow. And even if he found a way into the mountains, how could she follow the same route? She lacked his height and agility. 

 

Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Windswift the Wanderer - Fantasy Romance - snippet for #WeWriWa and #SnippetSunday

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting snippets from my new fantasy, which was published this month. After escaping from murderous invaders, Bridget Bramble is traveling to the fabled land of Oakenwald where elves and men live in harmony. She reaches an obstacle, a landslide of huge boulders, and meets an elf. Note, Bridget doesn’t tell him that her buttons include magic charms.  

You can read last week’s snippet at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/02/horrid-memories-snippet-from-bridget.html

The last lines were: He swung his hand in a dismissive gesture. “Few lands are safe in these days. Fewer places offer safety for a maid in a boy’s britches.”

His gray gaze speared dread into her heart. How had he penetrated her disguise so quickly? Did he also pose a threat? She shivered, afraid to speak, and scarcely dared to look at his emotionless face. 

Finally, he flattened his hand on his chest and bowed, saying, “I am called Windswift the Wanderer. Will you grant me the honor of learning your name?”

“Sir, I’m Bridget Bramble. Once I was the chief button maker of the village of Woollensted. But now, I’ve lost the path into the mountains.” 

Nine lines and here’s a little more:

 Giving a tiny nod of acknowledgement, he said, “My journey also lies over the mountains and into Oakenwald. If you wish, I will serve as your guide.” A hint of laughter lightened his voice, “I promise not to harm you, Bridget Bramble, maker of buttons.” 

Scarcely able to believe her luck, she bestowed a beaming smile on him. “Thank you, Windswift. I’ll accept your kind offer.”

Thus, they agreed to travel together across the mountains. In Bridget’s opinion, they made an unlikely couple, a tall fair elf and a young woman disguised as a boy.

 


Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Epic fantasy adventure and romance with darker overtones. This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real.  

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Horrid memories - snippet from Bridget Bramble for #WWriWa and #SnippetSunday

 


Happy Valentine's Day!

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting snippets from my new fantasy romance, which was published this month. Bridget Bramble has fled from murderous invaders and is traveling to the fabled land of Oakenwald where elves and men live in harmony. She hits an obstacle on the trail, a landslide of huge boulders, and discovers an elf watching her. He speaks gently to her and she explains about the raiders killing her family.

You can read last week’s snippet at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/02/alone-snippet-from-bridget-bramble-for.html

The final lines were: A hint of sympathy entered his voice, “Sad losses in truth. Sad days of warfare among the tribes of men. Elves prefer our peaceful havens.”

Horrid memories flooded into her mind. She squeezed her eyelids shut to stop the flow of tears. But she couldn’t risk ignoring the elf. He was the first sympathetic person she had met in her hasty flight from the pillaged village. She wiped away the tears, nodded and murmured, “I’ve been traveling alone for six days.”  

“Are you seeking the passage through the peaks?”

“Yes,” she replied in growing confidence. “I’m seeking the land of Oakenwald, which lies beyond the mountain range. My great grandparents traveled from Oakenwald to Barringsland. They settled in the village where I was born.”

10 lines and a few more:

His musical voice became grave, “The journey over the mountains is difficult and dangerous.”

She cocked her head, asking, “What are the dangers?”

“Dangers of falling rocks and violent gales. Dangers from vicious beasts and men.”

She chewed her lip. “I have to cross the mountains. It’s not safe for me to stay in this land.”

He swung his hand in a dismissive gesture. “Few lands are safe in these days. Fewer places offer safety for a maid in a boy’s britches.”

 


Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Epic fantasy adventure and romance with darker overtones. This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real.  

Available at: AMAZON   iBooks   B&N   Kobo  GooglePlay   Other


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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Alone? Snippet from Bridget Bramble for #WeWriWa and #SnippetSunday

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting snippets from my new fantasy about a witch and an elf. The book released last week. Bridget Bramble flees her home when invaders plunder the village and kill her brother. She decides to travel to the fabled land of Oakenwald where elves and men live in harmony. After walking for 6 days, she encounters a landslide that blocks the trail. But a mysterious stranger is watching her.

You can read last week’s snippet at: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/01/a-stranger-is-watching-snippet-from-new.html

The final lines were: In a flash of insight, she guessed the origin of his weirdness. He must be an elf. How marvelous.

We continue with minor changes from the original.

In a gesture of good will, she released her dagger and twined her fingers over her chest. Her locket and charmed bracelet were within reach. Still wary of his intentions and unsure of the proper etiquette, if any, for addressing an elf, she cocked her head in an unvoiced question and waited for him to speak.

He watched her in silence for an age.

More questions raced through her mind. What was an elf doing on the borders of Barringsland? Would he harm her? Elves were not deemed malevolent, however, she knew little about them in reality. Granny had spoken in hushed tones of the beautiful folk. Other villagers warned of elven magic and their disdain for humans.

End of official 10 lines, and read on…

At last, the elf blinked and said, “Alone? Why are you alone, little one? Alone on the road to the mountains?” His voice was as light and lilting as if he were chanting a melody.

Unwisely or not, she blurted out the truth, “Yes. I’m alone. My family’s gone. My neighbors were killed or captured. Raiders burned our homes.”

A hint of sympathy entered his voice, “Sad losses in truth. Sad days of warfare among the tribes of men. Elves prefer our peaceful havens.”

 

Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Epic fantasy adventure and romance with darker overtones. This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real.  

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Saturday, January 30, 2021

A Stranger is Watching - snippet from new #Fantasy Romance for #WeWriWa and Snippet Sunday

 


Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. Reading is a safe pastime during the pandemic. Sample the work of a new author. Read snippets of stories in different genres.

I’m posting snippets from my new fantasy about a witch and an elf. The book is due to release next Wednesday (Feb. 3rd). The main character, Bridget Bramble, flees her home when invaders plunder the village and kill her brother. Her great-grandparents traveled from the fabled land of Oakenwald where men and elves live in harmony and she decides to backtrack along their path with the aid of their travel journal. After traveling alone for 6 days, she has encountered an obstacle in the form of a landslide that blocks the trail. But somebody is watching her.

You can read last week’s snippet at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2021/01/danger-in-shadows-snippet-from-new.html

The final line was: A hooded figure stood in the shadows under the trees. 

 She stifled a startled gasp. How long had this person been watching her? In this wild region, any stranger might be a threat. Under cover of her cloak, she gripped the handle of her dagger. The blade was sharp, yet it was little defense against a larger and stronger opponent. Subterfuge was her best weapon.

The mysterious individual stepped out of the shadows. The person brushed off the hood to reveal a solemn face as smooth as a boy’s, cold gray eyes and long pale hair. The man was tall and slim. His hands hung at his sides, empty of weapons, although a bow was strapped on his back and a sheathed sword hung on his belt.    

That was the official 10 lines, but I’m sure you’d like to read a little more. It’s slightly shortened. 

He wore a lichen-gray cloak pinned with a bronze brooch fashioned like an oakleaf. Under the loose fold of his cloak, his tunic was the deep blue-green of pine needles, an unusual color for a dyer to achieve, and his nether garments were bark-brown trousers.

He stood on the edge of the trail and stared at her. His cool, handsome visage offered no hint of emotion.

Who was he and what did he want? The longer she gazed at him, the more she sensed his strangeness and a tickle of magic like she felt on touching her locket. Was he a human male or something else? In a flash of insight, she guessed the origin of his weirdness. He must be an elf. How marvelous.

 

Fantasy romance. A young witch escapes the destruction of her home and embarks on a perilous quest for the fabled land where elves and humans live in peace.

In a land threatened by cruel invaders from the east, Bridget Bramble lives in a small village where she barters herbs and carved buttons. When marauders target her village and murder her family, she flees into the woods. Armed with her Granny’s advice and a bag of magic buttons, she sets out on the perilous journey to Oakenwald, the fabled land where elves and men live in harmony. As she travels farther from home, she encounters malicious creatures from the worst kind of folktale.

Lost in the foothills of the mountains, Bridget meets the elf, Windswift the Wanderer. He offers to guide her across the mountain range. But what is the elf doing in human lands? Can an ordinary, or almost ordinary, human girl trust a cold hearted elf to lead her to safety? 

Epic fantasy adventure and romance with darker overtones. This story weaves elements of folklore and a quest for a safe haven in a land where magic is real.  

Pre-order at: AMAZON   iBooks   B&N   Kobo  GooglePlay   Other

[Releases on Feb 3rd.] 

I’ll be happy to reply to your comments. 

Please return to http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ to sample the works of the other writers.

Find a catalog of my published stories HERE.

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