Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the author of the award-winning Tales of Goldstone Wood series, adventure fantasies told in the classic Fairy Tale stule. She makes her home in Raleigh, North Caroline, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and on long-suffering dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University.
I am very pleased to be part in the Dragonwitch blog tour! Anne Elisabeth has so kindly given me a sneak peek of Shadowhand, and stick around for the giveaway at the end!!
And now....for the Shadowhand sneak peek!
|Psst...ain't the cover gorgeous??|
By Anne Elisabeth Stengl
It must be a dream or an illusion brought on by the magic intoxication of Nidawi's presence. It must be, for how else could he see, even through dark and rain, that form in white rags, her hair falling free in red-gold tatters below her shoulders, her icy eyes fixed upon him in unbelief. His bride: his beautiful, broken, terrible bride.
"Daylily!" he cried, and took three strides. But he had not taken a fourth when, with a roar that shook the orchard, Lioness sprang over his head and charged; charged in streaking, snarling fury right at that vision which was no vision, but which breathed and moved and looked right at him.
"No!" Foxbrush shouted, though he did not know he shouted. Like one in a dream, he could not run, could not make his limbs move, straining against the pull of resisting time. Seconds, half-seconds, were hours too long, for the white lion bounded with the speed of lightning.
Daylily shook herself free of her shock at seeing Foxbrush in this of all places and focused her gaze fiercely on that which approached. It was not a wolf. It was not! It was a Faerie beast, an invader, and her enemy.
She snatched the Bronze from around her neck and crouched, prepared for battle.
Save our land!
The Lioness leapt, and Daylily, though her arm was none too strong, would have driven her sharp stone up and into her flesh as she descended, had the great cat not turned in the air at the last and landed to one side. Lioness lashed out, claws flashing, but caught Daylily's gown and not Daylily herself. The lion’s second swing struck Daylily in the side, sending her crashing to the ground and her Bronze stone spinning through the air.
Daylily bared her teeth and reached for the stone, but Lioness pressed her to the dirt with an enormous, crushing paw. Claws tore into Daylily's shoulder and she screamed. Her voice pierced the rain and the thunder and Foxbrush's heart, and he screamed as well and threw himself at the lion.
But just as he did so, a savage yell rang out, and a wild man in skins, his hair pulled back in a long braid, fell from the branches of the fig tree above and landed square upon Lioness's broad back. With strength greater than his size indicated, he unbalanced her, pulling her off Daylily so that both of them rolled across the ground. Foxbrush narrowly avoided losing his face to Lioness's flailing claws, and found himself standing clear, staring down at Daylily's flattened form.
Nidawi caught Foxbrush's arm and pointed at Daylily, screaming, "Kill it! Kill it, my king!"
Yes. You may tell me how awesome that was. You may say how you hate you have to wait for the book to come out.
Because those are my exact thoughts.
Okay, giveaway time! The giveaway goes through the 16th, and Anne Elisabeth will announce the winner on the 16th.
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And now, if you're interested in following the rest of the tour, here are links!! Starting from Day One of the tour, and continuing on. :)
July 14 - Day 1
July 15 - Day 2
July 16 - Day 3
And then, Day 17!
The winner of the giveaway announcement!
A closing post to the tour. :) It will be on Anne Elisabeth's blog.
Next blogger up on the tour is Makai Queen's interview! Have fun!