My second and last post of today is on the blog tour of Raven Storm by Emma Miles, and I’m bringing you an extract. Enjoy my lovelies!
book blurb & info
Fear walks with those in power.
Divided, the land of Chem hangs in the balance. In the west the Ravens seek to bring safety to women, and an end to slavery. In the east the remaining covens cling to their power, refusing to give up their way of life to foreign invaders. Across both lands the priests whisper and plot, their gods a shadowy threat hanging over them all.
To protect their young family, Kesta and Jorrun have made their home in the Raven Tower of Elden. Unable to abandon their responsibility or friends, they remain embroiled in the fight to the north. Whilst peace and friendship blossom between the Fulmers, Borrows and Elden, the arrival of strangers turns the court of Taurmaline upside down.
The history of the Fire-walkers is about to catch up with them, and the Fire-spirit’s truth will be revealed.
Formats available: Paperback & eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
In this extract Temerran, Bard of the Borrows, visits the court of the King of Elden, where he hears news that freezes his soul.
‘Temerran!’ King Bractius stood, holding his arms out wide as Temerran approached the throne. His brown eyes seemed to hold genuine warmth, as did the tone of his voice; but you could never be sure with the King of Elden.
‘Your majesty.’ Temerran halted to give a dramatic bow, a charming grin lighting his face. ‘I am honoured to be here.’ He turned his gaze on the young queen who remained seated at the king’s side on a smaller throne padded with purple satin. She’d gained a little weight in the last three years and it looked good on her, softening her face and giving shape to her figure. They had relegated the harsh black chair that had once stood beside the king for the use of his sorcerer, to the corner of the room. Jorrun did still sometimes sit in on audiences with the King, but it was much rarer these days.
‘How are the twins, your majesty?’ Temerran had no real interest in the princesses, other than to be polite. Babies and children weren’t something that appealed to him. The prince, however, was a different matter. Young Lucien had started to develop a very interesting personality.
Ayline’s face lit up with a smile. ‘They keep me busy. Eleanor is a quiet baby, but Scarlet is already walking and interested in everything.’
That was one thing Temerran had to give the queen credit for; she hadn’t handed her children off to a nurse, as most women in her position would, but was raising them herself for the most part.
‘With the arms master.’ Bractius frowned. ‘Although he doesn’t seem to have taken to the sword as much as I’d like.’
‘He’s only seven,’ Ayline muttered.
‘At seven I could kill a man,’ Bractius scowled. He sprang forward suddenly, jumping off the raised dais. ‘Come, Temerran, have a drink with me. Tell me news of the world; I have something intriguing for you in return. The timing of your visit couldn’t be better.’
Temerran smiled and followed the king to the long table at the side of the room. Bractius grabbed up a pitcher of foamy dark beer and poured them both a tankard. Seven years ago, this man had accused Temerran of murder and had him imprisoned within the castle with his men from the Undine; now he acted as though they were the best of friends and that chapter of their lives had never happened.
Temerran told Bractius all he believed it was wise to divulge of his recent visits to Chem, the Fulmers and his own Borrow Islands.
‘You’re aware Jorrun and Kesta have both gone off to Chem?’ Bractius drained his tankard and re-filled it.
Temerran glanced up at Ayline. The queen hadn’t moved from her seat but was watching them avidly.
‘Typical when I could do with them here,’ the king continued. ‘Although you might stay and give me a good pair of eyes and ears?’
‘What’s happening?’ Temerran’s curiosity woke as he picked up on the king’s excitement and wariness.
‘We have visitors coming. Just over a week ago a large ship found its way to our southern coast carrying a delegation from a far-off land. I’ve sent warriors to meet them and escort them here.’
Dread slowly crept through Temerran, stiffening his muscles. ‘What land?’
‘They call it Geladan.’
Temerran froze. ‘I have heard of it.’
about the author
I often get asked when I knew I was a writer; the answer is always. A writer is what I am, it’s in my soul. There have been times in my life when I couldn’t write, and times when my writing has been the only thing that kept me going. I think I always longed for something deeper from life, something more meaningful, and I found it in my imagination and in the music of words.
It was poetry which first caught my attention, and whilst my younger cousins called for ghost stories it was animals I first wrote of. I think I gravitated toward fantasy because of the freedom it gives, I could create my own worlds and decide my own rules. My Wind’s Children trilogy was born from an image that came to me whilst daydreaming, of a young man sitting alone below a bridge. I didn’t know who he was; it turns out neither did he, but we found out together.
I’m now working on my seventh book and love writing more than ever, it’s an addiction, an obsession, but one I now share with my wonderful writing family. My beta readers, my editor, and you, my readers, having you with me on my journey means the world to me.
I write as much as I can around work, but I also try to squeeze in a ridiculous amount of hobbies! I’m a wildlife photographer and do a little archery. I paint, sculpt with clay, withies and driftwood, preferring to be outdoors if I can. I still have a love for the theatre, having started out in life studying backstage crafts, and a great love for language. I speak a little French, Romanian and Italian, ma non molto bene!
Thanks for reading this. If you read any of my books and love them, please come say hello and tell me, you’d be surprised at how much that means to an author.
Take care of yourself.
Organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Emma for providing us with an extract!
Have a wonderful day all, and I’ll see you today!
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