That old saying is true - you don't know what
you've got until it's gone...
Blogger wouldn't open for me all day
yesterday or this morning - I missed it!!
Even though I don't post daily I still stop
in a read all my faves each day.
A lot of comments are gone now, so if you
did post and I haven't replied I apologize
now - I think Blogger ate them!!!
Now to play catch up... Be sure to stop
by tomorrow I have Rie McGaha here
discussing her time travel fantasy book
Here's Thursday's Excerpt on Friday.
This is a first peak at a new one I'm working
on the first in the Sisters of Heart trilogy -
The Witch That Lies Within
Tiring from the words they had all said to her many times before, Alana raised her hands in the air and sent a gust of wind through the circle. “I cannot bear to hear this again, sisters.” She turned and watched as Ella and Jane nodded to one another. “I am not taking part in your scheme of evil darkness.”
Ella snorted in an unpleasant manner. “You would break your word to each present here?”
Alana took a step back, bringing her close to the water’s edge. “I would not.” Her eyes quickly met that of Eden and Bridget before she finished. “I would choose to revoke all I that I have been given than do unjust things to others that cannot defend themselves from your dark ways.”
Lenora gasped. “You would not...”
Alana raised her hands. “I would exactly.”
Jane stepped in front of Ella. “For you to revoke your gifts, would you not be obliged to take all of ours?”
Alana shrugged. “Mayhap it will, no one can be certain.”
Ella shoved Jane out of her way. “You would not dare to try, young sister...”
Eden bent down at Alana’s feet and opened the bundle. Alana opened her hands in front of her and bit her lip to stop from hissing as her sister placed small scores on her palms. Keeping her focus on the three opposed, she prayed they could not see. When Eden straightened and walked past Bridget, she knew the task was complete.
Alana clasped a hand each of Eden and Bridget and raised their arms, the blood from the shallow scores upon their hands mixed and brought to her a heat of power that only she could have bared.
“Sister, Eden, stop them!” Lenora cried.
Alana closed her eyes and felt the winds circle her with recognition. Beneath her feet the ground quivered, waiting for her to speak to it. As she opened her eyes and focused on the three sisters she did not now touch, she felt the spray from the water at her back cover her in small droplets. “I cannot be part of something that goes against all that I feel to be right, sisters.” Tilting her head she looked at Jane. “Join us in protecting what is just.”
Jane’s eyes widened and for the briefness of a heartbeat, Alana thought there was a small chance she might agree, but she shook her head and stepped beside Ella. Woefulness filled her insides, even though she knew the outcome days before, her heart begged her to attempt. “Lenora?” Once more she waited even though she knew another sister was lost to her. Lenora backed further away and looked at the sand under her feet. “So shall it be,” Alana whispered.
Inhaling slowly she raised her eyes to the moon whose rays bound her to the sky above. “I call ...”
“Wait!” Ella’s voice was filled with panic. “We can speak more of this and draw an end that pleases each one of us together.”
The fear jolted into her from the hands she held. Without looking at Ella, she sought to feel what was in her soul. Pain enveloped her heart as the truth coursed into her. “Why speak of falseness, eldest sister? I know what lurks in your heart and I must protect the innocent you wish to cause sufferance to.”
Raising her hands higher she spoke to the night. “I call upon the night and all of her energy, come to me and abet me with this, my last task.” The winds swirled coloured leaves around her, she smiled and let the magic wash over, feeling the warm welcome of it just once more. Lightening streaked through the clear sky above, she inhaled the power. “I seek to bind this three and three from doing any harm.” A circle of flames burst around them, flicking as long tongues of three feet high, blocking the outside from entering and the six from leaving. “I send for safe keeping all that we have, the gifts that you gave, to our furthest ancestors to keep within until there is a dire need of them.”
A stinging traveled along her flesh as the energies gathered, waiting for her leave go of. “When a time comes that this three and three be together once more, awaken and come again...” So much power was collecting inside her she had no choice but to cry a single tear, knowing that this was the last time she would feel it in this body. “Collect inside the generations and carry us forward to a time long from now.” She could hear crying, but was not to take a chance to see which sister or sisters it came from. “Select the one that bear good will and a honest heart and make her remember. Remember the times of this six and behold the gifts we pass to her.” A clap of thunder sounded across the sky, its cry echoing over the lake until it faded back into the night. “I thank you from deep within and now set you free...”
A strong tunnel of wind gust through the circle, stealing any more she had to speak. Opening her eyes wider she watched as each sister dropped to the ground, leaving her the last one standing. A burning washed over her, pulling at her until she thought she could bear it no longer, and then it was gone. Emptiness filled her as the flames swallowed into the ground. Behind her the water was now lying calmly as it had been when they had arrived. The earth was now silent, as it had been. The rays of the moon seemed no more than a light in the darkness, without power and purpose.
A draining feeling passed through her, causing her legs to weaken under her until she dropped onto the sand and panted to seek to breathe once again. Looking around, the others didn’t move, they just lay where they had fallen without a word. When she glanced upon Ella, the hatred was clearly on her face.
“I will have vengeance.” Ella hissed at her.
Alana rolled onto her back and looked at the sky, feeling like nothing more than a child again. “You may seek to strive for such.” She answered softly. It was wondrous to feel this once more.
Was she floating? See seemed weightless enough to be. Squeezing her eyes shut, she counted to ten before opening them again.
Hovering above a lake, she could see her own shadow cast on the water from the moon above her.
A dream, it had to be a dream. The last time she checked none of her life skills involved floating.
Glancing around, she didn’t recognize the area below her. People were walking through trees, or maybe those were just children...
Where was she?
A voidness came over her, she felt like she was fading...
What was that ringing noise?
Bolting up, Teegan looked around to realize she was in her own living room.