This week’s snippet is from book four of the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot series, which I’m writing as we speak. 🙂 It’s titled THE ELF GUARDIAN and is due out early next year.
The quandary in the beginning of the story is that a defrocked but flashy paranormal investigator named Chiara DeLuna comes to the forest to investigate the Montana Vortex, hoping to make her name again. She arrives just as the elves are about to conduct their solstice ritual–collision course ahead! But first she finds Lane Donatelli, who’s written a “novel” about his friend Jelani and the elves, considering him an expert. When she goes to pick his brain, he realizes she’s much too close to discovering the truth.
“You’re effing delusional, that’s what’s wrong with you.” Lane leaned as close to the table as he could get, his generous paunch in the way. “You see things that aren’t there. That’s why that amusement park haunting was a bust. Why you couldn’t find a speck of alien dust in that mountain community nearAsheville. And have you already forgotten that ghostly schoolgirl roaming the halls of that tornado-destroyed town? Oh, wait. We never saw her on your show. Because she didn’t exist.”
Each example he gave ripped some support out of that smarmy grin, and her eyes grew wider, and when he’d finished, the pen slipped from her fingers. She looked like a different person. Maybe even someone real.
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United we stand–a phrase we’ve heard so many times. Three little words that sound so easy, but don’t always make it there.
In TRIAD (see link above), three different factions in one area of space– the Solarii, the Khimeyr and Dragonfleet, each sympolized by the insignia in the circles on the cover– must come together to fight a vicious band of space pirates, or they will all fall.
The divisions and grudges that threaten to keep them separated are long-held and nearly impossible to overcome.
It falls to the female leaders of each group to draw their males back from the raggedy edge and into a cohesive fighting force. Here’s an example from the group called the Khimeyr, who have arrived at the Solarii bases, their forces decimated after several previous bad decisions. Catava Rolon, who took over after their leaders were killed, does her best to rally her less-than-enthusiastic troops:
“This was a bad idea,” he grumbled, pushing past her to enter.
“What makes you say so?”
“Things locked up tight, no computer access, rationed supplies. Seven new graves out t’ graveyard. Mayhap we came here to die with them, eh?”
“No.” Her tone was firm. “No more dying. We’ve got to turn this around.”
Pomeroy snorted. “And their better-than-you attitudes? Worse than old Space Force days. Like as not they’re asking for an ass-kickin’.”
Catava frowned and straightened her collar. “I know it’s not easy. Dare, I’m counting on you to set a good example for the rest. We’ve got a bigger battle ahead of us, dealing with Estrella.” She stared at him, eyes hard. “Isn’t she the target? Isn’t Dragonfleet our enemy?”
“Don’t mean I have to like it.” He growled, his hands fidgeting, picking at his shirt.
She allowed herself a smile. “No, it doesn’t. As long as you do it.”
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