I have some awesome things for you today! The Fey Hearted cover is pure magic. I thought I loved my other covers, but this one outshines them all.
As a child, Rose is told that the world is full of magic, mythical creatures, and mystery. As an teen, Rose knows that the world suits people who have ordinary hopes and dreams very well, but leaves people like her unsatisfied.
When a fey takes her through the Slit, and into a world she never knew existed, Rose is torn between the life she’s known and the magic from her dreams. The fey give Rose a simple choice: She can return home or she can spend the rest of her life in the fey world. However, there’s a steep cost. If she stays in the fey world she can never see her family again. If Rose is unwilling to remain, she will be returned to the human world with no memory of her night in the land of magic.
Rose accepts the fey’s offer and is introduced to the things she’s dreamt of her entire life. For a time, life finally lives up to her expectations, but when Rose hears that her grandmother is ill, she must find a way back to the human world to say her goodbyes. To see her grandmother, Rose must break the magic holding her in the fey word, find a way though the Slit, and escape the fey who stand in her way.
I’m currently planning a December release. Now, that’s a long time to wait. To tide you over, I have an excerpt! Remember, this is unedited and subject to change prior to publication.
Fey Hearted Excerpt
Outside was a path illuminated by globes of light that were floating in the air. At first glance they appeared stationary, but a longer looked proved that they were drifting. The path itself was a track worn smooth from the passing of feet. The trees looked the same as the ones in the park near her house, though there were more of them, and other than then tingle of energy in the air, the place seemed entirely normal.
As she walked, Silverlight glanced at her, a couple of times before he spoke. “It’s beautiful here, and there’s always a plant to help or an animal to heal.”
Rose nodded, her eyes locked on the lighting bugs flying around. At first they had seemed like the ones she’d ever seen back home, but then she noticed that they glowed in a different colors. There were blues, reds, greens, purples, pinks, oranges, and the traditional yellow. They were moving around the trees, making them look like they had been decorated with Christmas lights.
“Our settlement is called Veles.” Silverlight spoke quickly. “Many of the creatures of human lore are real. They live here. If you stay you’ll be able to meet them.”
“Silverlight,” Waterfall said.
Silverlight stopped talking and Rose tore her attention away from the lightning bugs. There were moths flying through the air, darting near the lights before flying away. A few of them looked to be the moths that would’ve been at home in her front yard, but then there were ones in glowing greens and bold purples. One, with long pointed wings, was as big as a dinner plate.
“Don’t be frightened,” Waterfall said.
“Of what?” Rose asked, looking around. Something zipped past her shoulder and was lost to the night.
Rose started to ask what had flown past her, but closed her mouth when a small white dragon flew over and hovered in front of her. It wings were flapping quickly, and is tail was curled. The dragon’s ears swiveled and it sneezed before flying away.
“Was that an illusion?” She hoped it was real. Rose had always wanted to see a real dragon.
“No,” Silverlight looked hurt. “We do not trick people into joining us.”
Waterfall whistled and the dragon came back. It looked at him for a moment before flying back over to Rose. She reached out a hand and the dragon moved until her hand was on its head. Rose gently moved her fingers over the top of its head.