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Prophecy of Stones- Cover reveal!

Here it is, the big reveal of my next book πŸ˜€

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Blurb:

The bond of love can conquer all, but only if it is accepted.

Prophecy states that three champions imbued with the best virtues of the mortal race: heart, strength and soul, will be the ones to save them all from an enemy which threatens to steal the life from their world and those who live upon it.

These three, along with their scribe, his bond mate, and an overly sarcastic oracle, must set off on a journey which will take them through forest, city, swamp and mountain. On this quest they will activate the magical stones which charge the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Tildar and his cult of Dwell.

Yet the closer they draw to journey’s end, the more it seems that it is not the evil which will be their downfall, but the fear of a champion unwilling to accept the bond of their destiny.

Excerpt:

The cottage was as cosy on the inside as it looked on the outside: yellow washed walls, white vases brimming with pink blossoms and a square table covered in a lace cloth. Kai pursed his lips, thinking that the decoration didn’t really suit the tense woman, who now stood to one side with her arms folded and a pensive frown lining her brow.

β€œThis is nice,” Otto remarked with slow words, glancing around the room before turning to Cosmas with wide eyes and a raised brow. His bond mate shrugged at his reaction.

β€œI don’t want to guess why you’re here,” Milana said and ran her fingers through her shoulder length, straight blonde hair. Then her attentions turned on Kai, who shifted under her heavy gaze, as though she could see right through him. His skin burned red and he plopped down onto the chair beside the table. β€œBut I am thinking that with his presence, your visit isn’t purely social.”

β€œAlways so perceptive, Milana,” Sindrin said with a grin, sitting down on the wide window seat and propping his feet onto the top of the table.

β€œAlways such good manners, Sindrin,” she replied, shoving his feet off so as they thumped to the ground.

Kai frowned at the familiar and somewhat jovial interaction. Did they know each other too? He had never been allowed access to the records about the prophecy, Kai had assumed the council kept this from him so as he wouldn’t make judgements about those who would be aiding in the quest. But he had heard tales, and so far, the real heart and strength were nothing as he had envisioned.

Glancing around, it was then he noticed Riff was not with them.

β€œIt is time,” the council servant said, bringing Kai back to the conversation.

β€œNot for me,” Milana replied, crossing her arms once again.

β€œYou cannot refuse your destiny,” the man shouted, slamming his fist down onto the table, a vase wobbling precariously at the force. Kai flinched, it was the first time he’d seen any council servant express emotion, especially with such a strong reaction.

Milana was unmoved by the display. β€œI don’t care for destiny.”

β€œIt is not just your fate that is decided in these times. It is the livelihood of all of us, including your friends,” the red-robed man said, spreading his arms out to gesture to the people gathered behind him. Once again, it seemed that this group was more familiar with each other than Kai had thought. He bit his lip to stop the questions spouting from his lips.

β€œI would really prefer to live,” Sindrin added with a shrug.

β€œYou have hidden from the world and this prophecy for too long,” the council servant said. β€œThe council have allowed it-”

β€œAllowed it?” Milana straightened herself and Kai swallowed hard at the sudden tense atmosphere that had developed, like the brewing clouds of an oncoming storm. He shrunk down in his chair beneath the weight of it.

β€œYou are a part of this world, Milana,” Otto interrupted, gripping the shoulder of the councilman and yanking him back, trying to diffuse the tension. β€œAnd the world is dying.”

β€œI know.” Milana softened as she spoke to Otto, turning her gaze away and frowning.

β€œYou cannot blame the council for what happened back then.”

β€œWe all suffered, Milana,” Cosmas said, leaning across the table she’d taken a seat at to get closer.

β€œI know!” Milana repeated, closing her eyes as though it were too painful to keep them open. Kai’s heart grew heavy at the emptiness that creased the woman’s brow, and again he pressed his lips together to avoid asking what it was that had happened.

β€œYou are one of the prophecy.” The council servant interrupted the silent, sullen moment, Milana bristling at his voice. β€œIt is your duty to give this world back its life and peace, your duty to the Ancients and their council.”

The hollowness was gone, replaced by anger that curled her lip. β€œYou can say nothing to convince me, servant.” She sneered at him, advancing with stiff shoulders towards the man. Kai’s brow rose, surprised to see the servant retreat a step, though he couldn’t blame the man; she may have been shorter than him, but she was as threatening as an angered wolf. Her fists were balled up with barely contained rage. β€œYou cannot sell your false promises of a world of peace to someone who has seen the price of it!”

β€œYou must go,” the council servant protested, but his voice quavered and he stumbled back into a chair as she loomed over him. Kai gripped his satchel and tightened his lips, fearing to let any noise escape him.

β€œI will not,” she said through gritted teeth. No one refused the council, no one dared, but glancing between the quivering servant and the small but intimidating woman leaning over him, it seemed she would. This woman was far from the embodiment of heart she was supposed to be and Kai was relieved she didn’t want to travel with them, his palms sweating at the thought.

The door suddenly creaked open and Riff stepped inside, ducking beneath the frame and bringing with him a much-needed gust of cool air, which blew away the hostility in the room.

It was in that moment that Kai watched in confusion as Milana’s angered expression drained, replaced by something else, an expression Kai couldn’t quite recognise. Her lips parted, her breath slowed and her once narrowed eyes, widened and glistened. For the first time since entering the house, the threat pulsing from her dissolved.

β€œRiff…” She breathed his name, which seemed to struggle to make it from her mouth.

There was a silence that invaded the room, so thick it threatened to choke Kai and he gasped in short pants at the air as he remained silent.

β€œHello, Milana,” Riff replied, to which she blinked a few times, as though the man before her were not real.

β€œGuess we know what she was hiding from,” Sindrin muttered from behind his hand, receiving a swift kick to the shin from Otto. β€œOw!”

Milana and Riff continued to stare at each other, apparently forgetting that anyone else was in the room.

There we have it, my next book! πŸ˜€ I’m so excited.

Prophecy of Stones is a fantasy romance and a tale of love, adventure and discovery!

It will be released on July 31st.

I made the cover myself, the runes on the front I also created and drew, and are specific to the story inside.

What do you guys think? Does it sound like something you’ve be interested in reading? Did you enjoy the excerpt?

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61 thoughts on “Prophecy of Stones- Cover reveal!

    • No it’s not, I can’t believe how fast July is going, in fact just how fast this year is going by in general! πŸ˜€

      Thank you for the kind comment πŸ™‚

  1. Woot! This looks great and the cover too. I’m impressed that you created and drew the the runes yourself! Good luck with the release! Anything I can help with, let me know. πŸ™‚

    • I like it when I can create something specific to my books πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for the offer! I’ve been so excited but nervous to reveal, it’s really relieving to receive kind comments like yours πŸ™‚

    • Yes, I did do all my own covers πŸ˜€ I had very specific things in mind when I thought of them, and I’m pleased how they turned out!

      Thank you so much for your supportive comment πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much, though not published quite yet! Next week, which is scarily close πŸ˜€ Where has this year gone?!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you like it πŸ˜€ I tend to have an idea in my head of the cover I want, so sometimes I think it’s easier to do it myself then try to explain something so specific to someone else!

      Thank you so much for the kind comment πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you like it πŸ˜€

      I’m very lucky to be able to write full time, and that’s exactly what I do. If I’m not writing, I’m planning!

      Thank you so much for your kind comment πŸ™‚

  2. This sounds really good, and the cover is beautiful! Keep up the great work! I hope I can be as dedicated as you are one day. πŸ™‚

    • I am really excited about this book πŸ˜€ It was great fun to write and quite a bit different to my other books!

      Thank you so much for your support, I am really grateful πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! I’m really excited to get this story out into the world for people to enjoy πŸ˜€ I certainly had great fun writing it!

      Thank you for your supportive comment! πŸ™‚

  3. That’s like ten days from now! You work fast. And that is an amazing cover. I don’t know how you do it – seems you’re talented in more than one facet of creativity.

    • I know, I can’t believe how fast this month has flown by! πŸ˜€ I am really excited but still very nervous about release day, though everything is going smoothly so far.

      Thank you so much for your support and kind words! πŸ™‚

      • There’s a saying in the Army, or maybe it’s just my branch, who knows, but it goes, “Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.” I think that may apply here haha.

  4. Love the cover and the blurb makes me want to read the story–its so exciting to hear about your stories πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you like it, I struggled with the blurb for ages, so I’m pleased with how it came out in the end πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your kind comment πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much πŸ˜€ I was really pleased with the cover in the end, it really gives a feel of the story inside.

      Thank you for dropping by my blog and commenting! πŸ™‚

  5. I’m still impressed with how well you put together covers. That’s professional quality, there. Maybe a service you could sell to other independent authors?

  6. Wonderful cover! It’s really eye-catching (and I have a thing for runes). I’ll keep an eye out for this novel.

    • I’m glad you like it πŸ˜€ Took ages to design the runes to look unique and fit with the story, but it was definitely worth the time and effort!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

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