Good morning everyone! Today I’m delighted to be on the book birthday blitz for The Rue Stone by Janet Stock, and have an extract to share with you. I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom to win yourself a copy!
book blurb & info
The rue is a mysterious and rare being who is rarely seen, and Janna is amazed when one arrives at the inn where she works, looking for a room. The next morning, her life has changed, and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again, but only time and the rue stone know the answer to that question.
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The legend of the rue has been talked about and debated over for many years, and nowhere is there more discussion of this mysterious being that in the inn in the little town of Black Forest. This extract is from the start of the novella, it sets the scene in the inn, and introduces the main female character, Janna.
The inn was nestled comfortably on the edge of a forest, at the top of a clearing, and sheltered by trees.
It had been there for as long as anyone could remember, but still a few of the old folk claimed to know how and when it had appeared.
Some of the elders told of shadowy beings that used to live in the forest. They said these shy ones had built the inn, as a way of ingratiating themselves with the new human settlers of an infant town, now known as Black Forest.
The forest had been home to the creatures for all time past, and they’d wanted to befriend the humans, rather than risk expulsion.
But the gesture hadn’t worked, and the early settlers chased them out as feared, taking the inn as spoils.
Others said that the inn just appeared overnight. One day the clearing was occupied by the delicate moon-blue deer that made their home in the forest, the next, the inn had taken up residence.
The fact remained, that however it was birthed, the inn was the focal point of the surrounding area and was always busy. Day and night, it held locals and travellers of all kinds.
Many strange and mysterious figures had frequented the inn, some not being seen for so many years, that they were thought to be extinct.
As was thought to be the case with the rue.
These were the most enigmatic of creatures, and the patrons spent many a night debating whether these mystical figures still existed. As with the legend of the shadowy beings, there were some who claimed knowledge of the rue, and some, who professed to have seen one in living memory.
The younger members of the town smirked at the old ones’ memories, sniggering as they scoffed at the stories, dismissing the accounts.
Janna wasn’t sure what to believe.
She had worked at the inn for nearly a year, and in that time, she had heard many stories, about many creatures and supernatural beings. So many in fact, that at times they all seemed to merge into one great myth in her head.
Never quite sure what to believe, the strident conversation and the heady, lively atmosphere in the inn, provided a potent stimulus to a young girl.
Many a night she had gone to bed thinking about the creatures, the inn, and any number of other legends that she had heard discussed in the bar. It often resulted in some interesting dreams.
That night, the inn held many travellers who had come inside to escape the forest weather, which was curious itself, having but three seasons.
The first season, inzle, was a constant light and fresh rainfall. Then came a longer period, tumnil, consisting of a dull sky, and a cool, but not unpleasant breeze. Finally, there came a foggy and intensely icy period, wintour.
The inhabitants of the enigmatic town had woken to the first appearance of the wintour fog that morning. By early evening it had introduced a hard frost to its domain.
As she cleared cups away, Janna smiled as she heard the locals, regaling tales yet again. The travellers they were trying to impress sat captive, drinking their ales as if in a trance, the narrator’s voices rising in volume with each story, trying to out-do the next.
about the author
Having written all of my life, I decided to self-publish my writing when I turned 50. I have published four books since then. Two are collections of short stories; Dark & Fluffy; Dark & Fluffy II and 500 Words, which is flash fiction. My latest book The Rue Stone is a fantasy novella.
My passion is medieval fiction, and I am working on my first novel The Little Servant – The Wait’s Son, set in the 12th century, in Lincoln, where I live.
All four books are available on Amazon.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Janet for sharing an extract with us.
I’ll be back again soon!
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