The King & His Queen Excerpt

A brief excerpt from The King & His Queen

Available February 2017

donnafletcher_thekinghisqueen_200Talon’s heart slammed against his chest when he caught sight of Hemera up on the thatched roof, on her knees, gripping a saw in her hand.

“Hemera!” Talon cursed himself when she startled and stretched her hands out for balance and to keep from falling off the roof.

“You might want to try talking to her more calmly,” Paine suggested and received a scowl from Talon that stabbed at him like a sharp knife, though did not penetrate… a smile being his shield.

Talon came to stand a short distance away from the ladder leaning against the roof. His voice remained strong, though he did not bellow at her.  “Get down from there now, Hemera.”
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Win a copy of The King’s Warrior before it’s released!

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I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of The King’s Warrior, 2nd book in The King Pict Series. Tentative release date September.

To celebrate I’m giving away three advanced reading copies of The King’s Warrior before it’s release date, leave a comment here and you’ll be entered. The three winners will be chosen and notified and posted here just before the release date.

Watch for excerpts starting in August!

A big thank to Kim Killion for another fabulous cover!

What’s Happening in 2016?

downloadAt the start of the New Year, I always plan an aggressive writing schedule for myself. Then I realize that there are only so many hours in a day, not to mention those unexpected times that life throws at you. So, I’m going to share with you my list of what I would like to accomplish in 2016 and I’d like you to share with me your list of what you would want to see from me in 2016!

 

The Pict King series

The King’s Executioner, Book 1 – Spring 2016

The King’s Warrior, Book 2  – Summer 2016

The King & His Queen, Book 3 – late 2016

2 Cree & Dawn Short Stories – release dates in 2016 to be determined.

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Updates!

DonnaFletcher_HighlandersWinterTale_200pxAn excerpt of Highlander’s Winter Tale A Cree & Dawn Short Story will be sent out to my Book Alert List some time in November.

Look for the cover reveal of The King’s Executioner, also in November. In December an excerpt of The King’s Executioner will be sent to my Book Alert List. So, if you don’t want to miss the excerpts subscribe now.

Fingers crossed, or I should say with fingers typing away, Highlander’s Winter Tale A Cree & Dawn Short Story will be available in time for Christmas.

I’m still not sure of a release date for The King’s Executioner, though it looks like it will probably be some time in February 2016. I will keep you posted.

Lots more in the works for 2016. Will let you know more along the way! Now back to work so I can get everything to you sooner rather than later!

Enjoy the weekend!

Look what’s coming next!

The Pict King Series

The King’s Executioner, Book 1 Tentative release date late Dec. 2015 or early Jan. 2016

The King’s Warrior, Book 2

The King & His Queen, Book 3

 

The Picts were known as the ‘painted people’.  Since little was chronicled about them, mystery and myth surround them, leaving my imagination to run wild.  Though, there is a legend that fits the King who introduced himself to me and demanded I tell his story.

The legend says the first Pict King reigned for 100 years and he had seven sons and they spread out across the land that eventually became Alba and then Scotland. So journey with me back to the Early Middle Ages to a people that were barbarians to some, but to others they were mighty warriors, their honed bodies tattooed with symbols of importance and protection. To a people who were skilled craftsmen, builders, farmers, healers, and much more.

Journey with me to Pictland and meet the mighty King Talon…

babbling brook St. Kevin Monastic Site gelndalough Ireland 2013It is said the land is thick with woods that are magical and rolling hills covered in purple heather are everywhere. Lochs, streams, and seas run plentiful with fish and other creatures, and the sacred mist holds the mountain tops captive, freeing them briefly only now and again.

One man reigns over it all…King Talon. It is said that he can tame the wild beasts, calm the angry seas, and make the land tremble in fear when he walks upon it.

Relative peace prevails because of him, though there are some who seek to dethrone him. So far, they have not succeeded. King Talon conquers all in his path. Some believe he has struck a deal with evil while others insist that evil wants no part of him. Others claim he was sent from the Heavens, for only the Mighty One could create such fine features.

Men respect him and come from all regions to serve as one of his warriors—if accepted. And as for women, there is not a single woman who can satisfy him or touch his heart.

More importantly, however, is his legacy. He wants sons to send throughout the land so that when the tribes unite and form one powerful homeland, his blood will run through the man who unites them all. But the task of finding a wife who will give him many sons is proving difficult. After two childless marriages, tongues whisper that the mighty King is not capable of fathering a child. King Talon will soon silence the wagging tongues, for he will let nothing stop him from finding a child-bearing wife and securing his place in history.

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The King’s Executioner

Book 1

The Pict King Series

Talon, King of the Picts, has entered into an agreement with Cathbad, overlord of the western region to wed his daughter Anin. Blyth, Anin’s mother, has given her husband four fine sons and King Talon hopes Anin will do the same for him. Unfortunately, Anin’s mother wants no part of the agreement. She intends for her daughter to live a pious life, free of a husband’s dictates, which is why she sent Anin away as soon as she learned of the marriage agreement. No amount of threats or persuasion will make Blyth confess her daughter’s whereabouts and so King Talon sends the one man he knows who can make the woman talk and bring Anin to him…his executioner.

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To kickoff the new series, I’m holding a Mystery Giveaway! You could win a copy of The King’s Executioner or an Amazon Gift Card or both. You won’t find out until the winner is chosen. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on the new series in the comment box. The Mystery Giveaway will run through September with the winner being announced Oct.1, 2015. The winner will be chosen through Random.com

Good luck all and look for more updates on The Pict King Series!