Chapter Six: Murder on the Winter Terrace

My time spent tossing and turning that night was in vain as the news that woke the Palace in the early hours of the morning would overshadow even my mother's rage. I had barely drifted off for five minutes when a piercing scream pulled me from my sheets. I grabbed my robe and rushed after … Continue reading Chapter Six: Murder on the Winter Terrace

5 Tips to Create a Strong Antagonist

Today's post is part of a two-post collaboration with the wonderful Benet Stoen. She approached me a couple of weeks ago to combine our minds on the age old protagonist/antagonist challenge. Plenty of people offer advice on how an antagonist should be credible, or how a protagonist shouldn't be perfect. So if you'd like to … Continue reading 5 Tips to Create a Strong Antagonist

Chapter Two: Flawed Expectations

Defiance and agitation interrupted my sleep that night. Waking up was not a choice but the sunrise beckoned me from the comfort of my sheets. I combed through my memories of dancing and drinking until I found my mother’s warning. Rarely did she express an opinion that contradicted my own, and yet she was adamant … Continue reading Chapter Two: Flawed Expectations

The Three Candidates

“Three young, handsome men have risked reputation and life to be chosen for these Trials, for a chance at your hand in marriage. Surely one of them can win your heart, too.” - Queen Olivia, Chapter One: Dark Attraction Francis Alexander A powerful Caeli magician with strong political links to the throne, Francis is the distant nephew … Continue reading The Three Candidates