When I first read A Ranger's Tale, I fell in love with Mysti Parker - um, that is her books (phew, recovered there nicely!). I loved her style of writing, the perfectly formed world of Tallenmere and, of course, her characters. Whereas most Fantasy books seem to always conform to traditional archtypes, Mysti's characters feel realistic and fleshed out. They still have the fantasy edge to them, but you can believe that the characters are real people, with real needs and desires. Because of this, you can relate to them and find them incredibly likeable.
Mysti Parker is an author that I have featured on this blog many times and I am honoured that she's taken time out of her busy schedule to do a guest blog for me again. I won't deny that I am somewhat of a huge fan of her work and the hard work that she puts in. And her blog is really inspirational as well, I read it as often as I can. I've even had the opportunity to post a few times on her blog, which I love doing!
When I heard that there was a sequel to A Rangers' Tale, I was excited and wanted to read it as soon as it came out. And today I'm letting Mysti talk a little about her new book - and she's even given us a little excerpt of it as well. How lucky at we? So, without further ado, I hand you over to Mysti Parker. Take it away, Mysti!
Hiya peeps! And a big thanks to Mr. Dan Wright for letting me infiltrate his blog space again. I'm jazzed to announce the second book in my Tallenmere fantasy romance series, Serenya's Song, available now from Melange Books!
In case you’re wondering, Tallenmere is a fantasy world that is rather Tolkienesque. In the first three books, the focus is on the elves, whereas in The Lord of the Rings, our pointy-eared protagonists existed as more of a whimsical side plot. If you enjoy fantasy mixed with sensual romance, you'll enjoy this series!
Readers from every corner of the world fell in love right along with Caliphany and Galadin in A Ranger's Tale and felt the twang of Jayden Ravenwing's broken heart. Now, Jayden, the sexy wood-elf secret agent, gets another shot at love. He's met his perfect match in Serenya, a beautiful half-elf with a love of music and art that matches his own.
Take a look at the blurb and this exciting excerpt to see what's in store for these two:
In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, no one ever said love was easy...
Serenya Crowe may be a half-elf commoner, but she's no ordinary woman. With the ability to interpret dreams, and a birth defect that forces her to wear gloves, she's endured gossip and the cruelty of her husband, Sebastian, The Earl of Summerwind. All she's ever wanted is to live a quiet life and raise a family. When she meets the new stranger in town, her world and her heart, are turned upside down.
Wood-elf Jayden Ravenwing is an ex-secret agent who wants nothing more than to forget matters of the heart. He left the bustle of Leogard and his failed marriage to make a fresh start in Summerwind. He never planned to fall in love again, especially with the enchanting Serenya Crowe.
When a strange portal opens on the Crowe property, Jayden is thrown into an investigation, knowing that if he fails, Serenya and everyone in the town may die.
Together, he and Serenya must overcome an ancient evil, and their own inner demons, to save Summerwind and find the love they've always dreamed of.
Excerpt from Chapter 25:
Jayden caught my gaze. “What is it?”
“Only that…I wish this dance would never end.”
“Maybe it doesn’t have to.” He pulled me close, and his lips brushed my ear. “I love you, Serenya. And I’ll do whatever it takes to prove it to you.”
Pain squeezed my heart. In Jayden’s arms, I felt safe, warm, and wanted. The beauty of his words rushed through me, but they were bittersweet, not knowing what the future held. It was too easy to get lost in the illusion. But, just for a little while, I let go and welcomed the feelings I’d tried to suppress for so long.
We moved as one, like the time we spent in his cabin. Heaven itself couldn’t outshine the tiny space we occupied on the dance floor. The crowded ballroom faded to a backdrop for our masterpiece. Every step composed the notes of our secret melody. We searched each other’s eyes with an unflinching song of hope and possibility.
Whispers cut through our heaven and slashed at my happiness.
“Look at the poor thing. Couldn’t have a baby.”
“I’d wager forty gold the Earl has a bastard child somewhere.”
The dance ended. Everyone applauded in polite appreciation for the musicians. I shook my head to try to clear the voices.
Jayden took my hand. “Are you all right?”
“I think so.”
“I’ll walk you to the bar.”
I put my arm in his and let him lead me there. The voices kept coming.
“Wonder if that wood-elf’s ever seen her claws. He’d run screaming for the hills if he had.”
Jayden leaned close to my ear. “It’s time. I’ll be right back.”
I nodded. He slipped through the crowd toward the ballroom entrance. I scanned the room and pinpointed cliques of guests several feet away. Their whispered voices shouldn’t have been audible, but I watched their lips move as they spoke.
“The Earl’s a saint for marrying her. Or a martyr.”
I wanted to run outside and bury my head in the cool garden soil.
I put my hands to my ears and whispered, “Stop it, stop it, stop it.”
The voices died down to a dull drone. Was Lilly wrong? Was I mad after all? A sharp trumpet blast startled me. The crowd parted for a small procession of clowns, acrobats and musicians from the Traveling Opera. Cheers and laughter grew in volume as the people stopped to look.
I’d completely forgotten that I’d arranged this part for Lilly. She stepped over to me, lifting her shoulders with an incredulous shrug.
I smiled apologetically. “Surprise!”
Mysti Parker is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and is the first in a fantasy romance series. She is also the proud writer of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award.
A Ranger's Tale
A HUGE thanks to Mysti for taking the time to appear on my blog once more! I'll have a review for Serenya's Song on this very blog very soon. Watch this space!
Until next time...
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