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.  

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30 comments:

  1. If it's unsafe, that elf must help her on her journey then!

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    1. Yes, although she is not helpless and her magic will be important for their survival.

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  2. I hope he'll help her considering it's not safe.

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  3. It looks like nowhere is safe. Is he going to help her going through the mountain or is he going to offer some alternative protection?

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  4. Your word choice is wonderful--the images it creates. "...a maid in boy's britches." --wonderful. ;-)

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  5. Love him for the kind bluntness she needs to hear. I think she's found her helper.

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    1. She has, although he can't protect her from every danger.

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  6. Great set up for a world that will be unfriendly, and a reason to team up.

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    1. Indeed. She's desperate for a guide, and he's not invulnerable as she will find out.

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  7. True enough that fleeing the dangers in one place don't guarantee safety in another. Good point. Enjoyed the snippet!

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  8. Really loving this story! It's giving me some Lord of the Rings/Hobbit vibes, which is awesome because I adore that series. Looking forward to more!

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    1. Thanks - I appreciate the complimentary reference.

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  9. Sounds like she's going to have a rough time of it, with or without the elf! Great snippet!

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  10. As she said, she can't stay where she is. Hopefully the elf will help her.

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    1. Yes. So many violent deaths are difficult to forget.

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  12. She's between a rock and a hard place. Danger no matter where she goes. I hope he'll help her.

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  13. Hmph! Put a long skirt on the elf and see how well HE does travelling through the wilderness. I admire her practicality. And I admire the world-building you're doing in this.

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    1. Thank you. I agree about the skirts. Bridget is lightly disguised in a man's clothes, although she's wearing trousers not britches.

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