I'm offering snippets of IN DEATH'S SHADOW, Book 3 in the Rifts series. Quinn and Maia have entered the Windbreak Keep and have encountered Moriah, the Chatelaine of the Aerys people. She is meant to give the Keeper of the Key the tools to take her proper place.
“This is for you. It’s the Key Keeper’s Book. In it you will find explanations about your mother, Reuben, and what you will need to do to recover and keep the Key safe.” Moriah handed the book to Maia. “This book must not leave Windbreak Keep, but it will always be here for you to refer back to. It’s meant for you, Keeper, but it must remain here.”
The ghostly woman bowed her head over the book. “I shall leave you now. If you require anything, you only need ask.”
Maia stood dumbly as Moriah whisked herself out of the door and closed it behind her. Her head swirled with all the information she’d been given and she wasn’t sure what to do next. Rest, probably. Or read the damn book.
She glanced down at the leather-bound folio and slowly unwrapped the silver button. The leather smelled old and unused, but remained supple. She opened the cover and stared at the front page. Writing decorated the mottled paper from a few inches below the top to the very bottom edge and she stared at it a long time, trying to understand what she saw.
“Well, are you going to read it?” Quinn’s voice came out dry.
She looked up at him, her gut sinking. “I can’t.”
That puts a damper on things. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Gem Sivad, Jessica Subject, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb to THE IN DEATH'S SHADOW:
After three hundred years, Princess Maia is done with dryads.
Imprisoned by the wood folk for a crime she didn’t commit, Princess Maiasora Silvercloak wants her life back. If she finds the Key to the Twelve Realms and returns it to the dryads by the summer solstice, she’s free. Too bad she has no clue where to look. And the dryads’ solution might kill her.
Master Assassin Quinn Tarlen wants safe passage across the dryads’ forest after his last contract put him in the crossfire. The dryads offer him a deal: Escort a princess on her quest to find a magical artifact and he’ll be released. One catch: she’s the daughter of the king who killed his brother.
Spell-bound together, they must scour the world for the pieces of this artifact without getting killed or killing each other. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan as they race against time to secure the Key before the deadline. But nothing’s ever simple when magic is involved and death isn’t the worst outcome if they fail to find the Key.
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