I thought I might try something a little different this week for my marketing post! 😀
So here is a short piece I wrote about Milana and Riff’s first kiss.
Milana and Riff are characters from my newest book, Prophecy of Stones.
It’s not an excerpt, but a kind of backstory piece I wrote in under fifteen minutes for a writing exercise. I hope you enjoy it!
“Are we there yet?” Milana asked, waving her hands about before her, unable to see through the thick material of the blindfold tied around her eyes.
“Almost,” Riff replied. She relaxed when his fingers curled around hers, helping to lead her onwards over the rough, rocky terrain that pressed even through the soles of her heavy boots.
“We’ve climbed a mountain-”
“It was little more than a hill,” Riff interrupted.
“It felt like a mountain.” Milana steadied herself as the path became smoother. “And now you have to blindfold me?”
“It’s a surprise.” Riff continued to lead her forwards and, even through the blindfold, she could tell that wherever they’d just entered was bright.
The light pierced through the dark material and she frowned at the sudden change. The howling wind had stopped, only silence and the echo of dripping water surrounding them like the chimes of a musical instrument.
When Riff’s fingers fell from hers, she tensed, but then the knot of the blindfold was untied, the smooth material falling against her cheeks as it was pulled away. Milana blinked a few times to adjust her eyes to the intense brightness that battered against her. When her vision cleared, she let out a long breath, unable to form her amazement in words.
“Do you like your surprise?” Riff asked, his arm wrapping around her waist.
Milana nodded, staring around the cavern, her eyes wide and her breath stolen by the magnificence. Though she’d heard of the glow stones caves, she’d never actually seen one, they were far too protected to get anywhere near without guards shoving a weapon of some kind towards her and sending her back the way she came.
“This is…” Milana stepped further in the cave, the clear sparkling light bathing her in a white glow. “Incredible.”
“I thought you would like it.”
Milana shivered when Riff brushed a strand of hair away from her face, her attention no longer captured by the glow stones, but the man beside her. “You know me well.”
“I hope so,” he said with a gentle smile forming on his lips.
Milana raised an eyebrow and folded her arms. “And you thought bringing me here might just help you to get to know me even better?”
Riff stuttered on his reply, rubbing his hand over the back of his neck.
“Don’t worry, Riff,” Milana said with a soft laugh, saving him from the blush that was rising to his cheeks. “It worked.” She gripped the collar of his shirt and yanked him close to her. Curling her fingers around his neck she had to tip toe to press her lips against his. His lips were soft and warm as they moved against hers in a rhythm that seemed designed only for them, his arm curling around her to press her closer and deepen the kiss.
For years she’d wished to kiss him and the experience did not disappoint.
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 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.
Prophecy of Stones is a tale of adventure, love and magic.
This is a scheduled post as I am away on the weekends and won’t be able to reply to comments or emails until Monday. Have a great weekend! 🙂