Welcome to my home on the web. You may have noted the mountains in the banner are the misty Blue Ridge of North Carolina. Did you know time traveling Highlanders live there? Read about them in the Highland Gardens series. Curious about the big cat? Florida panther~from the Crimson Storm paranormal novel, Sea Panther.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - Just Beyond the Garden Gate

For today's Sneak Peek we'll visit with a secondary character, Caitrina, a banished faerie princess who is challenged by the High Queen of the Fae to unite a most unlikely match. For more Sneak Peek fun, check out the other participating authors by clicking the link below. Hope you enjoy this wee snippet!

Caitrina hovered at the edge of the wood, cloaked in the glamour of invisibility. She raised her arms over head in a languid stretch until her spine aligned with a soft crack. It felt so good to have shed the gardener glamour. Posing as a human in the twenty-first century was taxing beyond measure.

She ran tactile fingers over her silk gown, relishing its soft luxury and drew in the fragrance of fir with bliss. Magic hummed. The verdant forest nearly crackled with her power. Her smile widened as sparks ignited and flashed between the intended couple.

The plan progressed as intended. She clapped her hands, more pleased than she’d been since forced to leave the shores of her beloved faerie paradise Tir-nan-Óg—land o’ heart’s desire—centuries ago. She would outwit the queen and win the first part of the challenge.

Easy as snapping her fingers. Almost.

When Laurie ran after the MacLachlan chief, Caitrina purred like a feline who’d caught its prey. Satisfaction shimmered within her mind, but then she thought about Oonagh and her stomach clenched. The High Queen of the Fae believed the challenge would force Caitrina into an eternity of servitude. She curled her hands into fists. No way would she let that happen.

A change in atmospheric pressure prickled over her skin. Sensing Munn nearby, she stilled, closed her eyes, and summoned her image with a mere thought. Without a whisper of sound, her form emerged and took shape. Inhaling sharply, she spun to face the meddlesome brownie.

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  1. Fun snippet! I loved the magic and now I want to meet that meddlesome brownie. Congratulations on making the finals in the Golden Heart! :)

  2. Thanks so much, Delynn! Finaling in the GH was a dream come true. Glad you like my fae creatures. :)

  3. Enjoyed the snippet, Dawn. Congratulations on being a Golden Heart finalist. Hope you can make it to RWA this year. It's so much fun when you're a finalist!

  4. Hi, Linda! Thanks for stopping by. I'll be in Atlanta. Will you?

  5. Mmm, brownies...
    I love modern fairy stories, particularly when there's a hint of the dangerous natures that old-school fairies possessed. Caitrina seems like she has a devious streak and could be a lot of fun.

  6. Hello, rlee! Caitrina is capricious, but so is the mischievous brownie trying to thwart her. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the sneak peek at 'Just Beyond the Garden Gate'.