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This week I'm teasing from THE VALKYRIE'S SWORD, my paranormal romance new release. It should be out to you by the end of this month! Svanhild is a fallen valkyrie and she's gone into town for groceries and toiletries. But things aren't always as they seem.
She snorted and headed for the grocery store. Home didn’t exist, not since her exile. But she couldn’t shake the feeling.
The world twisted a moment as she stepped over the threshold, shifting on its axis then settled back into normalcy. Svanhild blinked and scanned the interior of the store. It appeared to be like any other general store with one side being groceries and food, and the other for clothing and hardware items. But the building on the outside couldn’t match the inventory.
It’s like the tent in Harry Potter.
She grabbed a basket and perused the shelves, listening to the sounds of other shoppers. Most were quiet, but a few chatted with the clerks or a companion. She kept to herself until she’d found what she wanted and took it to the check stand. The cashier positively sparkled, and not euphemistically. Swirls of magic curled off her shoulders and fingers, and Svanhild’s Valkyrie powers responded.
“You must be new here. Welcome to Three Lakes.” The cashier smiled and her lavender eyes twinkled.
Svanhild inclined her head. “Thank you, I am. This store is…curious.”
The woman laughed and the world brightened around her. “Yes, very curious. I’m Gemini.” She held out her hand.
“Oh, that’s a pretty name. Where is it from?” Gemini rang up her purchases as she tilted her head like a curious bird.
“Norway.” Svanhild liked Gemini for all that she was a fairy. A big one, too, at about human-sized, but she kept a wary eye on her. Fairies were notorious for being mercurial. Friendly one moment, raging terrors the next.
“Oh, Norway. I think my good friend Kate Blackamber has family up that way. Have you met Kate yet?” Gemini’s voice, while still friendly, had a serious edge to it and Svanhild eased back a step.
She shook her head. “I don’t believe so.”
“Oh, you really should. That’ll be sixty-five forty-one.” She took Svanhild’s money, counting out the change. “She lives up the road a bit and she’s a big fan of meeting newcomers to our town.”
“What, is she the mayor?” Svanhild snorted as she tucked the change away.
“No.” Gemini sobered. “Morukai.”
Svanhild blinked and swallowed hard. A Morukai? She thought they were myths. Helvete, they’re more mythical than Valkyries. She nodded slowly. “Thanks, I’ll be sure to drop in. I’m working with Bart Fisher at the service station down the road.”
“Oh, that’s wonderful.” The sunshine returned to Gemini’s voice and Svanhild breathed a sigh of relief.
She could take Gemini in a fight if need be, but she’d rather not. Fairies were unpredictable when riled and their magic could be powerful. Peace seemed the better part of valor.
“Thank you so much for coming in today, Ms. Bjørnsdottir. It was lovely to meet you. Don’t be a stranger, now.”
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