A strong willed medieval heroine faces deception, uncertainty and betrayal in search of a way to save her father... and herself.
Who am I?
I am an author. I know, simple statement, but it isn't one I thought I would be saying a year ago. I still like the way it sounds.
I am an author.
What is My Project?
My debut novel is almost ready to be published. The only thing it needs now, aside from finishing up the round of critiques it is currently in, is professional editing.
I have an editor lined up to begin working on Cornerstone in September.
Cornerstone is a YA (Young Adult) Fantasy. While it can stand alone, it is intended to be the first of a trilogy.
How will the money be spent?
My editor has given me a quote of $400. I will also be expanding my web presence. I currently use blogger and blog frequently, but I will be designing a full fledged website to market myself and my books. If there are enough funds, I will pay someone else to do it, instead of using the build-a-site tools that most hosting companies provide.
If after that there are any funds left over, I will put it towards the purchase and postage for review copies of Cornerstone to mail to Book Review Bloggers to help drive sales.
And should there be any funding remaining after that, It will be applied toward the sequel.
Can I Preview Cornerstone?
Of course you can. (Please remember this has not been professionally edited.)
The prologue and first chapter are available on my blog, and I am including the prologue here for your convenience. While the majority of the story is told from Emariya's perspective, the prologue is set sixteen years earlier, and shows the cataclysmic events that change the world for our characters.
Lady Valencia Warren's head snapped up as surely as if someone had called her name. Placing her infant daughter in her maid's waiting arms, she hurried to the door.
Valencia didn't bother to grab her cloak before stepping outside; knowing what was coming chilled her more than the cold morning ever could. Her keen gaze searched the hill beyond the estate wall, fighting the wind's determined bid to block her view. Blonde strands whipped across her face as she watched the two small dots, moving purposefully closer, closer still.
There was no time for fear. As Valencia raced back inside, her maid reappeared leading Reeve by the hand. The maid's own daughter trailed behind, one sticky hand clinging to her mother's apron. Ignoring the question in her maid's eyes, Valencia took her infant daughter from Mairi's arms, kissing the fine blonde halo of curls on top of her head. “My hope lies with you,” she whispered. Valencia swallowed hard, nearly choking on the lump forming in her throat as she handed Emariya back to her maid.
Valencia glanced toward the doorway behind her. She was running out of time. She crouched down in front of her son Reeve, looking him straight in the eye. “I need you to go with Mairi. Be very, very quiet. I am counting on you to protect your sister, do you understand?”
Her son frowned around the thumb lodged between his lips.
With a quick hug, Valencia kissed him on the forehead. Moving without thinking, she led the maid and the three children to the small cellar beneath the kitchens. The little hollowed out recess would be dark, but they would be hidden.
“Take the children, and by the Gods keep them quiet no matter what.” Valencia ushered them into the hole.
“Mi'lady, who comes?” Mairi's voice quivered.
“It matters not who comes. Only who survives.”
As soon as they were tucked securely inside, she slid the thin stone across the floor, disguising the entrance. She piled a sack of flour strategically on top of the stone before at last heading back outside.
An ordinary woman would have prayed as she stood stoically on the steps, waiting. If Valencia had been an ordinary woman, the men would not have been coming for her. Valencia was relatively certain she wouldn't live long enough for her son's frightened expression to haunt her.
The heavy brown cloaks draped securely around their shoulders wore the dust of many days travel. Their sun darkened faces were set, steeled against the task before them. Deftly leaping off his horse, the taller of the men strode toward Lady Valencia. The first rays of sunlight glinted off the circular pin fastened to his cloak.
“Why?” he said.
Such an ambiguous question, but Valencia didn't ask what he was referring to. Loathing boiled unfettered just below the surface of his shrewd eyes. And fear, there was definitely fear. She could see it easily on the second man. It all but radiated off him.
“It was the only way.” Sadness colored her words.
“Check inside, make sure there are no others. It ends here,” the tall man said over his shoulder. His partner was still sitting uneasily on his small bay mare. At the barked command he slunk to the ground.
The tall one turned back to Lady Valencia. “You would risk all of us, for what? This?” Anger made his voice hard as he grabbed her by her hair, dragging her inside. She followed best she could, half standing, half stumbling. Releasing her, he shoved her to the floor near the ancient hearth. He looked up as his partner's footsteps echoed up the stone steps and into the front hall.
“She's alone.” The second man wouldn't meet her eyes. “The servants must have gone with Oren.”
Hearing his name, a small sob escaped from her lips.
“I think I saw stables out back, check them. We'll need fresh horses. I'll be along.” His cold eyes bore into hers while the other man made his way out. “Did they tell you what would happen if you came?” He pulled a small steel dagger from a fold in his cloak.
If you want to read more, or you want to keep up with my progress, please do feel free to visit my blog. (It is in my bio section)
Video music credit to Tom Fahy
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