*Waves* Salutations! I love fairytales, in fact I’m extremely fond of the Disney ones. I have a dozen memories of watching fairytale princesses and see HEA’s come to life on the television screen.
When I found out about the Beyond Fairytales Line from Decadent Publishing I knew I needed to request a tale. I lucked out, if you call it luck, by getting a Grimm Fairytale called The Seven Ravens. For a pretty obscure fairytale, I had more luck then some of my fellow BFT Authors (some had stories that were less than a page). My had a clear beginning, middle, and end.
With several months of brainstorming the jackpot finally hit, and I crafted my Alternate History Romance, Raven Pirate Assassin Spy. The book and the cover are coming soon, but in the interim I can share an excerpt:
When Ian Marshall first walked into the jail, he’d expected a fight. Yet only one sentry stood on duty, one guard, a boy more than a man, for someone The Cursed claimed was too dangerous to be left to his own devices.
The rolling down the stairs bit had been an accident. To make sure he hadn’t killed the kid, he checked for a pulse. It was there, but thready. No time to get the fool medical help.
Turning his attention toward the cells, he’d sized up his bounty, a grizzled, more-bone-than-flesh man who stood a few inches shorter and possessed eyes with more intelligence than he let on.
Ian hadn’t planned on the feisty, mysterious woman in the other cell. She smiled. A perfect, white-toothed smile signaling trouble. Teeth like that rarely existed in war-ravaged Europe. Those who had them were in society’s upper echelons, and if you were found with a rare, flawless pearl set, you’d be claimed and sold. Hell, he’d seen men kill to possess a person with unspoiled teeth.
He refused to mess with such a problem. Nope, he’d split with the bounty he came for and leave Trouble in her cell. She’d asked if he had a plan, but it didn’t matter that she’d caught him flying by the seat of his cross seams. With a will came a way, and surviving the past few years had taught him he’d always find a way. So he ignored her.
“Step back, and I’ll get you out of there.” He finished setting the electo wand to EMP.
Tuul grinned in response. The man wasn’t going to do a damn word he said. Thankfully, he had a backup plan. He reached into his pocket and gripped the collar stuffed inside. He’d have to move fast.
The wand touched the bars. The current running through them sparked and then died. Switching to the heat setting allowed him to melt the lock. Once the lock was melted, his target charged the door with a growl. Ian stepped back and readied for the impact, moving himself out of the door’s swinging path and removing the collar from his pocket.
Before the bastard could reach him though, the girl burst between them, shoving her fist into Tuul’s face and knocking him back into the cell.
“What the hell are you doing?”
She marched forward into the cell, stomping on the prostrate man’s bits with her boot heel. “Killing the scag like I promised him I would.”
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