A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Taking Out the Trash

Taking Out the Trash

A twig snapped as the wind blew through the trees.

Stacy paused to listen, looking around to see if anyone unexpected was around. Nothing was worse than having others intruding where they didn’t belong. Except a sister that’s freaking late.

A couple of minutes later, her sister pushed through the brambles on the other side of the path. Grunting, she tried brushing them off her jacket.

“Will you chill? You should’ve taken the path.”

“Shut up. He’s dead, you know. The poison worked, though I would’ve preferred something sharp.”

“This was cleaner.”

“Whatever. At least Dad won’t do that anymore.”

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In the Books featuring A Clash of Sword and Stone – Prequel to the Stoneweaver Saga by Cade Valion

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring A Clash of Sword and Stone – Prequel to the Stoneweaver Saga by Cabe Valion.

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About the Book: When a failed expedition leads to the deaths of an entire cohort of Nenevah’s soldiers, she sends her top spy and assassin, De Mauriac, to accomplish the formidable task of acquiring an asset she desperately needs. A slave to his addiction for the ‘blossom on the vine’, De Mauriac must bring back his quarry or the sorceress will let him perish from withdrawal.

To travel through the bandit infested Scabrous Hills and onward into the Poisoned Waste, De Mauriac relies upon a cutthroat band of brigands for protection. Haunted by his past and facing an impending mutiny from the brigands, he discovers his target to be only a boy, known as a ‘stoneweaver’, who has a prodigious natural power to bend stone to his will.

After the kidnapping, De Mauriac and his men soon find that their lives are at risk when the boy begins to use his magic to exact revenge upon them. Finding inspiration in the boy’s rebellious nature, De Mauriac begins plotting a means to defy Nenevah and acquire his own freedom.

A Clash of Stone of Sword is a prequel novella to The Stoneweaver Saga, an epic fantasy series, combining gritty old western inspired characters with a coming-of-age tale that features dark and surprising twists.

My Review: I took a little break from reading Epic Fantasy to recharge, and I’m pleased to come back to the genre by reading this book.

The story starts out narrow in scope and slowly expands as the story unfolds and we’re exposed to the world around De Mauriac. Well written and fast moving, the story is engrossing as it uses our curiosity to draw us in further with the origins of the child’s family and why they were in the middle of nowhere.

The characters were well developed and engaging. De Mauriac has a surprising amount of depth and surprises despite having his driving force explained early on. When he finds the child, their interactions are entertaining and dark as neither has anything to live for until later in the story. Sorry, but that’s all I can say without giving away spoilers.

Overall, this is a great introduction to a new epic fantasy series I highly recommend for those interested in darker stories.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Prep Work

Prep Work

“Will you lighten up? What’s the worst that could happen?” Raul stared at his friend, shaking his head at the expected answer.

“He could say now,” Janice’s face lowered so she wouldn’t see Raul’s disappointment.

“And?”

She looked at him in shock. “Isn’t that enough?”

“No. Him killing you, raping you, kidnapping you are worse. Saying no is painless in comparison.”

She chewed her lip. She knew he was right, but that didn’t mean it didn’t bother her.

“Look,” Raul rested a hand on her shoulder. “Just imagine if he says yes. Then I won’t have to kick his ass.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Morning Companion

Morning Companion

Jason yawned and rolled over, wrapping himself in the blanket. It was his day off and he had no intention of getting out of bed until the PM. A sniffing behind him told him Max had other plans.

“Go away, Max. It’s still bedtime.”

In answer, Max burrowed under the blanket, causing Jason to jump when his cold nose touched his neck.

“Damn it, boy…”

A series of licks cut him off as Max pressed closer, snuggling against Jason.

“I love you, too… Max… Max… Fine, I’m up. You happy?”

Max yipped.

Jason rubbed Max’s ears and the Dashund sighed.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: The Bite That Kills

The Bite That Kills

“Get away! Get away from me!” After hours of screaming and pleading, Terrance’s voice was hoarse and barely came out as a whisper.

Nothing he said made a difference, he knew that, but he had to keep trying. It was the only thing he could do. No matter how many times he’d squashed, smeared, and drowned them, they kept coming back and eventually cornered him.

If not for their halted gait on broken legs, they would’ve gotten him already. Though he’d given up trying to kill them, one thought kept repeating: How in the hell do you kill zombie spiders?

 

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Self-Indulged

Self-Indulged

“I never thought I’d meet someone like you; I mean, how cool is it to find someone that knows me so well?” Todd couldn’t help but smile as he tied his tie. It was hard for him to contain his enthusiasm> It wasn’t often someone met the person of their dreams.

All it’d taken was being honest with himself. Easy, right?

He sighed contentedly and turned, focusing on a picture of his face glued to the head of a mannequin. “Not many can pull it off, but you did just that. Way to go, Killer. You’re one in a million.”

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please welcome back Vic Tomlinson! 🙂

Angels by Vic Tomlinson

I came upon a
green grassy meadow
with monarch butterflies.

It was a sunny day
and the sky was bright blue.

A stream trickled
through the meadow.

I saw an elderly lady
sitting in the grass
beside the stream.

Then I saw two angels
standing by her side.

They were clothed
in white and their hair
was a golden yellow.

They took the lady
by the hand
and suddenly disappeared.
She must be headed home.

Powerful poem, Vic. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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