The Shadow & The Sun No. 9 (#8Sunday)

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Welcome back, readers and writers! It’s Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday time and I’m still bringing you snippets from The Shadow & The Sun. The book launched last week and has performed far better than I could have hoped on Amazon.

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I left off with Halina checking out Gethen after being shown into Ranith Citadel’s great room. His cool greeting comes up against her obstinacy and the result is conflict that he solves with sorcery:

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Shadow_Sun_ebook_brightHe made a gesture with his open palm and intoned a few strange words beneath his breath.

Halina’s grip tightened on her dagger, but the room became a blur of green light and icy wind, and before she could pull the weapon or protest, she was sitting on her arse in the middle of the snowy bailey.

“He used his sorcery on me. That insolent fen-sucker!” She stood and stomped up the steps to the citadel’s wide main doors. She didn’t bother knocking; she’d spare no more courtesy on the stinking mage. Halina heaved back the door. She strode through the doorway. And walked right back into the frigid bailey.

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The Shadow & The Sun is now available on Amazon for $3.99.

 

Among the living or the dead, he’s never needed anything from anyone.

Shadow Mage Gethen is a powerful necromancer, keeper of the border between the living and the dead, and brother to the king of Besera. But with his dark powers failing and a vengeful entity attacking, Gethen should be happy when a formidable lady knight appears at his gates. He’s not. The price for her aid is steep—his allegiance in a war against his brother.

In battle or in bed, she’s never met a man she considered her match.

Militess Halina is undaunted by the threat of war between her country and neighboring Besera. She earned her titles by shedding blood and breaking bones. She uses her body to reward soldiers who serve her loyally, and to punish those who don’t. And Halina’s never met a man she couldn’t command or crush.

Until now.

Passion and power unexpectedly ignite when a blizzard traps Halina at Gethen’s citadel. With the evil entity’s onslaughts rapidly deteriorating Gethen’s sorcery, they have little time to understand their unexpected attraction. But could their passion be the key to defeating an ancient enemy that’s hell-bent on obliterating their world?

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Illustration © 2016 Qistina Khalidah

By Monica Enderle Pierce

I'm a Seattle author of fantasy and science fiction books that have been called lyrical, powerful, and sensual. I trust readers to fill the gaps with their own imaginations.

  • Your cheering section has arrived. I am going to gush about this book, and about your writing! Both outstanding! I love these characters, and their chemistry is simply perfect. You wrote such great tension in this story. Wow–everything works…

    Get cranking on that sequel! 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      <3 I adore your enthusiasm, Teresa! LOL! So glad I hit all the right notes for you. (And I'm working on the sequel now. Already 25K in. Hoping to make a July release!)

  • Ed Hoornaert

    Cool. I love her reaction to his magic–funny, believable, and it says loads about her personality.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Ed. She’s got a short fuse, and he knows how to light it.

  • Linda Hamonou

    That’s some funny way of kicking someone out. I wonder if he will have to repeat it and who is going to give up first.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      He’ll come to regret his use of magery on his liege, but not for the reasons you’d expect…

  • Jessica E. Subject

    I love how strong-willed they both are. Great snippet! 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Jessica! Definitely a case of unstoppable force meeting immovable object with these two. 😀

  • Steven Montano

    What terrific interplay! You’re really bringing these two to life, Monica…there is so much to like here!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Aw, thanks, Steven! They’ve been great fun to create. 😀

  • Kim Magennis

    Laughing. “Fen-sucker” – don’t you just love making up swear words. This one sounds quite filthy. Nicely done Monica. I love how she underestimates him!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Oh, yes! Historical epithets are my favorites. I discovered a new one yesterday, jigglestick, and made prompt use of it: Gethen now refers to one of Halina’s unwelcome suitors as Crown Prince Jigglestick.

  • Oh, he is so going to get it! So funny! I love her fiesty reaction to how he “dared” to use magic on her the “fen-sucker”! LOL!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      LOL! He’s baiting a bear, for sure, Elizabeth!

  • Veronica Scott

    I love her determination! Excellent excerpt.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Veronica. She’s a firebrand and great fun to write. (Don’t you love those characters?)

  • Aurora Springer

    Funny! But how will she get past his spells?

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Ah, if I told everyone that, then no one would buy the book! LOL!

  • Haha! I’m glad she’s not the least bit intimidated.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      It takes a great deal to intimidate Margrave Khara, but he’s definitely making a valiant effort. (And he just might succeed.)

  • Cara Bristol

    She’s met her match. The fireworks will be grand.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Indeed! Though it’s a slooow burn. 😀

  • Love this! “she was sitting on her arse in the middle of the snowy bailey. “He used his sorcery on me. That insolent fen-sucker!” ” Her spunk and determination that follows has me cheering for her.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Yay! So glad you like Halina, Chelle. She’s one of my favorite characters. 😀

  • Well, at least she has a challenge on her hands! 😉

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Oh, yes, a big challenge. 😀

  • I love a battle between characters. Great stuff!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Heather! These two definitely battle it out for a while.

  • Joyce Scarbrough

    Did she really just call him a fen-sucker? Oh, it’s ON now! 😉 Love this snippet.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Yes, yes she did. LOL! Halina’s not one to mince words or curb her language.

  • P.T. Wyant

    Well, that’s one way to tell someone they need to take a chill pill!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      LOL! You think? (But it’s not having the desired effect.)

  • DS

    New reader here. Is this going to be available in paperback? Grace Draven promoted this book (awesome cover by the way!) so I got it, loved, read just about everything else you’ve written and am ready for more. 😀

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Hi DS! Thanks for taking a chance on my books and stories. You just made my day!
      The Shadow & The Sun will be released in paperback this month. I’m (not so patiently) waiting to receive my print proof copy from Createspace. Once I’ve reviewed and approved it, the book will go live and I’ll post announcements here and on my Facebook page.
      Thank you for contacting me. I’m heading off to thank Grace for her promo! (She’s so lovely!)

  • Owllady

    LOL! I bet she’s not going to let that stop her! I bet there’s always going to be angry sparks between them, no matter what else happens. I love complicated character relationships 🙂

    Marcia

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Nope, barely slows her down. LOL!

  • Rachel Sanderson

    Beautiful descriptions and a great build up of conflict between them..

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Rachel. 😀

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