Monday, October 21, 2013

Fantasy Chat: Magna's Plea and W4WS

 

Today's the official release date of Magna's Plea, my YA Epic Fantasy prequel short story from The Fate Challenges series.

A princess will rise and challenge Fate.

While her father, brothers, and people fight against the Kingdom of Apentha, tenacious eighteen-year-old Princess Magna can only watch the destruction of Amora, her besieged city and kingdom. Her mother, Queen Vyvian, has refused to allow her heir to join the fray.

But Magna won't take no for an answer. She seeks out an end of the war from Prince Cyrun of Apentha, their prisoner. If she can't persuade him toward peace, then Amora may fall.

This short story prequel includes a sneak peek of Reborn, Book One of The Fate Challenges, forthcoming May 2014.

YA Epic Fantasy
The Fate Challenges #0.5
A 5500-word Short Story

To download for free: Amazon / Smashwords / iTunes / Nook / Kobo / Goodreads / Wattpad

An excerpt from Magna's Plea

Amora
12-13 Days of Luquiry
Year 1717 AUC

Tendrils of smoke swirled heavenward. The smoldering stench reached Princess Magna at the top of the palace’s northern tower. She wrinkled her nose at the unpleasant odor, yet it still smelled better than the filth plaguing the besieged seven-hilled city.

She’d vowed to protect Amora. Her heart shattered a little more each day at the devastation afflicting her kingdom.

The once grassy and flower-filled plain sprouted dust plumes from the trampling feet. As the sun neared the western horizon, a bloody hue washed over the battlefield. Tiny, metallic dins and men’s shouts rang out. Magical bursts flashed in the sky like Thean’s lightning, beautiful and deadly. A wooden catapult hurled a human-sized stone slab into the city’s wall. Magna jerked away from the opened window she stood before, as if the object had struck her instead. Rock crumbled from the impact, but the barrier held.

When the reddish orb sank lower, the fighting ceased. War’s chaos parted into two orderly sides, and soldiers crossed the field to gather their dead.

She brushed a shaky hand over her cheeks. Tears dampened her face, and she struggled to turn away from the battle before her. Almost two months had passed since the Apenthans had begun their attack Amora. How much longer could the Amorans—she—stay safe behind their impenetrable wall?


A special thanks to all who've signed up to help spread the word about Magna's Plea this week.

And join me tomorrow (October 22) on Untethered Realms as I talk about what's in store for the Kingdom of Amora.






It's time for another Writers4Writers this week, and we have Alex J. Cavanaugh and Isis Rushdan as the featured authors. Be sure to send out tweets to help these fabulous people out!

24 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Cherie! (I remembered to post today - sad that just remembering is becoming a major accomplishment.) You amaze me with your ability to produce both quantity and quality.

Kyra Lennon said...

You're writing always conjures up such vivid imagery! Congrats on the new release!

Kyra Lennon said...

*Your - sorry, I'm ill and my brain is fuzzy lol!

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Cherie,
Congrats on your new release!

Julie Flanders said...

Congratulations!! I will be posting about this later in the week. Love the excerpt!

Christine Rains said...

Yay! Congratulations! It's an excellent excerpt.

Jay Noel said...

Whoa. Powerful excerpt. Congrats on your release day!!!!

Sharing on my FB page.

Kelly Steel said...

Congratulations and happy release day! Yay! So exciting. And what an excerpt.

M Pax said...

Woo hoo, Cherie! Happy book birthday! We share one now. Awesome.

The Armchair Squid said...

Congratulations and best of luck with your new release!

Samantha May said...

I LOVE THIS COVER AND I'M SORRY I'M TYPING IN ALL CAPS I'M JUST EXCITED :)

Miranda Hardy said...

Yay! I downloaded my copy. Can't wait to read it. Congrats Cherie!

Cathy Keaton said...

Congrats! I'm going to post my blog post on Wednesday this week.

Yolanda Renee said...

Congrats on the beginning! Sounds like you've got a lot of support! Thanks for the interview!

Rachel Morgan said...

Congratulations! I'm looking forward to May next year when we can read the first Fate Challenges novel ;-)

sjp said...

Beautiful cover and gorgeous imagery coming out of that excerpt, I'd be happy to spread the word on what sounds like a wicked adventure ;)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats, Cheri! I'm going to post later on this week. So people won't forget. :) love the cover!

Shallee said...

Gorgeous cover, and the book sounds fabulous. I love fantasy!

Emilyann Girdner said...

Wow! Awesome cover. And the tag line alone makes me want to know much more: A princess will rise and challenge Fate. Very exciting! Congratulations :) I'll post about this soon as well.

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats! Sounds like great world-building and a very strong heroine!

DMS said...

What a tantalizing excerpt and great cover! Yeah! The release date will be here before you know it! Wishing you much success. :)
~Jess

Heather Holden said...

Congrats on the release! I now have Magna's Plea on my Kindle. :)

Romance Book Haven said...

Hi Cherie!

Congratulations! Awesome cover and intriguing excerpt. All the best!

Nas

J.R. Pearse Nelson said...

Great to hear about this new release!! Best of luck with it, Neighbors, and all the other stories you have up your sleeves. :)