The Magic Wood

PART I   Silver-etched ferns dipped into the road, shimmering every now and again as the morning sunlight filtered through the canopy overhead. Leara kept her eyes on the way down into the valley. Though she had traveled the path every day from her cottage in the hills, the path was never the same. The …

It’s NaNo Time!

National Novel Writing Month: It’s NaNo Time! by Shannon Leigh Rivera November means a lot of things—turkey, football, and pumpkin pie. For those of us who write, the month of November means National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo.) It is a month-long writing ‘competition’ where writers from around the world get together (introvert style) and …

Forlorn- Part VII

“Careful!” Saoirse motioned to a patch of half-submerged land that no longer looked safe to stand on. Curls of waterlogged heather poked through the top of the water, waving their delicate blossoms like a siren’s song. Liam stiffened and wiped the corner of his brow, throwing his former betrothed a glare of relief and frustration. …

Forlorn Part V

It was dark by the time the King had left the woods near Saoirse’s home, headed down the mountain to the valley below where Liam’s home and people were waiting for his return. The men who stayed behind with Liam were settled around a small fire just to the south of the witch’s abode. Feeling …

SDS Giveaway!

The Seven Deadly Sins (SDS) Anthology has released three books so far- Sloth, Pride, and Envy. All of these books are available via Amazon. Right now editor and contributing writer Katie Stephens (K.T. Stephens) is doing a giveaway on her blog standardishue.com. So what do you need to do to get your hand on a …

The Jewel of Rajai- Part III

Once we had left the gates of the palace, the carriages were stopped and I was whisked away to my own separate travel coach. We were to travel separately in case of attack but also to keep us from doing anything untoward until our official wedding ceremony before the Rajaian High Priestess. When I stepped …

Forlorn- Part II

Down through the well-worn mountain paths, Saoirse picked through patches of wild autumn flowers scouring for herbs and seeds and whatever else she could find in the heavy mist. Ardal wandered close by and searched under fallen logs and rocky outcroppings for game to chase.  The sun was a faint glimmer in the sky, barely …

The Jewel of Rajai- Part II

After we had returned to the hall Rahmi and I were separated to be prepared for the binding ceremony. I whisked off to a massive chamber where the Queen and her attendants were waiting. They dressed me with smiles and laughter, fawning over my pale hair and skin and my ‘sky eyes’ as one servant …

Forlorn – Part I

The Darkwood Forest was heavy with mist rolling in off the Highland moors. Tendrils grey as smoke curled over the tops of trees, settling down into their boughs like an army of ghostly apparitions.  Cool autumn winds couldn’t lift the unnatural fog once it settled; rather they pushed the mists further down into the glen.  As Saoirse …