The Shadow and the Sun No. 1 (#8Sunday)

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I'm baaack and I have a new novel to pull from for Weekend Writing Warriors! I've missed the feedback and camaraderie of WeWriWa and can't wait to see what everyone's working on. So, without further ado, here are the first eight sentences of The Shadow and the Sun.

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“Winter’s come too soon, my friend.” Gethen slid his fingers through the thick, black coat of the wolf that walked beside him.

Where had all the rime and fog come from? He and the wolf wended their way through Ranith’s thick forest. The black oaks and silver pines were covered with spiky white hoarfrost, and the ground was hard and icy. Autumn had lost its color before it had fully bloomed; gone were the fiery golds, jewel reds, and dusty purples that he expected from the forest upon the tor called Kharayan. Instead, the woods and ruins were dark and forbidding, smothered by the unnatural, gray brume that seeped from the ground and the air.

“Much too early. I want to know why and how.”

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Spoooky!

I'm shooting for an early-March release for this one. It falls into the fantasy romance (medieval) and sword and sorcery genres. And here's the book description:

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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Thanks for reading and commenting. A little more tweaking and this sucker will be ready for publication. (It'll feel good to have another novel out, finally!)

Please check out all the other WeWriWa snippets this week. Many great writers to be discovered and revisited!