Super Excited to be participating in this tour. Veiled Shadows will be released on October 1st 2013.
Veiled Shadows Synopsis:
Shadows linger where light is obstructed, and truth is veiled.
Evil is an untreated disease in the once beautiful realm of Alandria.
Kaeleigh is faced with a revelation that she must reconcile. She will decide if discovering the truth is worth the unknown consequences to both herself and her friends.
Daegan, the Ferrishyn warrior, is conflicted by more than his loyalties, and is confronted with emotions he doesn’t know how to deal with. A choice must be made. A choice… that may cost him more than he ever wanted to give.
The Droch-Shúil—enforcers and servants of the ancient darkness—continue to cast their shadow over Alandria seeking those who can be turned to their side.
The magic of The Orchids is growing, but not everyone will survive what is to come.
Veiled Shadows is the second installment in The Age of Alandria series: the story of the Sol-lumieth’s quest for freedom of self and the power to battle the evil of the Droch-Shúil.
Here is a teaser…..Enjoy
Excerpt from Chapter Eleven
There was a slight breeze and she lifted her face into it and breathed deep. It was fresh and it caused her to relax until she felt a slight tingle along her spine that made her feel like she was being watched. Willing herself not to panic and look about frantically, she bent down as if she meant to tie her shoe and tried to look behind her through her veil of hair. She couldn’t see anything, but the tingling she felt grew stronger and gave her a mysterious indication that a presence was closing in on her. Suddenly realizing how stupid it was for her to have come out here alone, at least without any kind of weapon, she looked around her for something she could use. Nothing but those smooth stones, so she grabbed a couple of those if for nothing else than to hurl them and cause a brief distraction while she ran back to the house screaming. The sudden image released a nervous laugh out of her even though she kept it silent.
“That wouldn’t stop me if I intended to harm you,” a deep and familiar voice chuckled as he came out from behind some trees moving silently.
Letting out a sigh of relief, Kaeleigh dropped the rocks she was clutching. “You could have just told me you were there instead of lurking, Daegan!” Irritated, she added, “How long have you been there?” She was surprised she hadn’t heard him approach, or felt him for that matter. She had been able to feel his presence when he had been around before; she must have really been out of sorts when her panic attack had come on the way that it had.
Daegan stalked closer to where she was now standing with her hands on her hips. “Long enough to watch your very covert move to try and see who was behind you.” Again he laughed.
Even though it was at her expense she couldn’t help but smile at the sound of his laugh. It touched something deep inside her and she wanted to hear it again. Kaeleigh wanted to be annoyed, but lost the willfulness behind her remark. “What, that wasn’t stealthy enough for the warrior’s approval?” Then a sudden thought dawned on her and her irritation flared back up. She could tell that he noticed too as his relaxed expression was suddenly on guard again. “You’ve been following me, haven’t you?” Kaeleigh started pacing by the stream in short back and forth steps as she started in on a rant. “You don’t even need to answer that! I can’t even have a few minutes to myself to have a minor breakdown? I wasn’t stupid! I didn’t go that far, which you of course know.” She continued for another minute, going on about being a “big girl” and about “taking care of myself and have for many years,” clearly irate about the need for privacy to Daegan’s complete confusion.
“Kaeleigh.” Daegan’s commanding voice broke through her ranting and she immediately felt embarrassed and immature. He was still just standing and focused on her with an intense gaze a good twenty feet away by the tree that he had just come out from behind. His arms were crossed accentuating his very strong build and tight muscles. Not even giving her a second to blink, he was right in front of her, almost touching her but not close enough. His eyes pierced her with fury along with something else akin to being insulted. “I gave an oath that I would protect you!” he spat out a little more gruffly than he had intended to.
“So? If I run away from you, that’s on me… NOT on you. My choice!” Kaeleigh spewed back at him as she took a step closer.
With even more anger Daegan fired back, “Then you do not trust me to be able to fulfill my vow to you. You dishonor me by taking it so lightly. You do not understand a warrior’s vow.” He took a step backward and, giving her a mocking bow of his head, he turned to stand guard back by the tree from whence he came.
Kaeleigh’s shoulders sagged in defeat. “Daegan. Wait. I didn’t mean…” She jogged to catch up to him and grabbed his upper arm. When her delicate fingers gripped his very firm muscular bicep, there was a brief shock similar to what she had experienced before at his touch but this was almost painful. Quickly, she pulled her hand back to her chest, eyes wide with a shock. He spun back toward her, apparently also surprised as his eyes widened a fraction from the glare he had meant to bestow upon her and moved instead to the place where she had touched him… to the marking on his arm distinguishing him as one of the elite guards, then back to her with a hint of confusion and now concern.
“Daegan, I’m sorry,” she said genuinely. “I didn’t mean to dishonor you. I appreciate your service to me and my friends thus far, and I…” Kaeleigh swallowed her pride and her fear of being out of control of her own well-being. “I’m choosing to trust you, Daegan. I don’t give that easily, you need to know—whether you deserve it as my sworn protector or not.” Finishing her words, she looked back up into his eyes where she stared far longer than what was appropriate, but she couldn’t tear hers away.
He knew he was asking something of her that he hadn’t ever truly given to anyone before. Daegan knew it wasn’t fair, but he challenged her and she accepted. She was brave. He took another step closer. They were mere inches apart. She looked up at him with determination mixed with vulnerability at her choice. Daegan could see all the gold flecks of her eyes and how they sparked when her emotions were charged as they were now. Her chest rose and fell more frequently the closer they stood. He could lean in… but he wouldn’t. He couldn’t. Daegan took a step back for both of them, breaking the spell that was drawing them close.
©2013 Morgan Wylie
Morgan Wylie Bio:
Morgan Wylie, originally from the Pacific Northwest, now resides near Nashville, TN with her husband and daughter. She and her husband work everyday at their individual and combined creative pursuits while she learns to balance being “Mama”, wife, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head.
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