I tried to run forwards to Griffin's side but my mother's hands wrapped around my arm, yanking me back to my place. Wordlessly, she dug her nails into my skin and we both watched as my father declared Francis the winner and called for medics. The scene blurred past me as if I weren't a … Continue reading Chapter Four: Inconsistent Identity
I wiped tears from my eyes and turned to look at Griffin. He stood quietly next to my empty throne, his eyes intently on mine. He descended the stairs and stood before me, wordless. “Thank you. I don’t know how to repay you” I whispered, stepping into his arms. As my grandfather’s image faded, the … Continue reading Chapter Three: Three Warnings
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
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
“You can’t make me love somebody!” My voice bounced loudly off the stone walls as I strode down the dark corridor. The morning sun was yet to appear over the pine trees that skirted the Eastern edge of the castle grounds, leaving the wing shrouded in their shadows. “I am not making you love them! … Continue reading Chapter One: Dark Attraction
As the penultimate sneak preview of Eleri's Kingdom, I would like to offer you a quick guide to the royal family and their courtiers. The RoyalsFerdinand d'Elysia: Eleri's paternal grandfather, the first King of Asile, granted power from the Sun. Ferdinand led the magician factions in the Dark War against persecution from humankind. Upon winning the … Continue reading Who’s Who?
“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
“I was really hoping you wouldn’t be like they said.” He fell back onto an old chaise longue, crossing his legs and placing his hands behind his head. “And what did they say?” I stood awkwardly in my place. “That you were sheltered, uneducated, but wickedly powerful.” He picked dust from his trousers and flicked … Continue reading Eleri’s Kingdom: An Introduction