#Taliaschild: Forbidden magic

Taliaschild, the sequel to Taliasman, continues the tale of what happens after Talia returns to Queen Vina’s palace. In Taliasman, Merda gets her comeuppance and is sent away in disgrace. In Taliaschild, we begin with a peek into Merda’s perspective. How does it feel to be cast as the villain? Take a look, and thank you for visiting for Sunday Snippets. This scene depicts Merda working some of her forbidden magic.

The glowing green calyx hugs the narrow-tipped rosebud, each sepal enclosing the promise of blooms to come. I shiver with the effort to draw up pure, iron will from roots underground and earth pulsating with life. The bud glistens with dewdrops, and I tilt the palm of my hand. My elbow rises in an elastic tug-of-war with the élan teeming underneath my feet.

Cartilage pops in the wrinkled joint of my thumb, and a backlash of channeled energy knocks me onto the ground. The rose withers in the hot summer sun, and I grit my teeth. Collecting the edges of my traveling cloak, I thrust my hand toward the plant in a crackle of will.

The green husks of the calyx lengthen, retract, and peel backward to reveal the tight-lipped inner blossom.

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Taliaschild, a Beyond Fairytales adaptation of “The Snow Queen,” with references to Frozen

Six years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places the priceless talisman around Sonna’s neck, neither can remove the jewelry.

Alarmed at Kira losing the talisman’s protection, Vina and Talia take drastic steps to protect the princess. In the process, the entire earth descends into chaos.

Five years later, nineteen-year-old Sonna forages for two-day-old fish heads while dodging street pimps. The talisman leads her to the mysterious Nicodemus, who offers one command:

“Go to Kira. She needs you.”

Baffled, Sonna embarks on her journey. What can a pauper offer a spoiled princess? Will the street child end up surprising them all?

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Born to a destitute woodworker who wanted a son to carry on the family business, Talia grew up with one phrase on her lips: “If I had been born a boy.” If she had been born a boy, she would have been cherished, supported, and launched into the world with her father’s legacy. As only a worthless girl, she toils all day long to earn her handful of inferior grain.

Far away in the heavenly palace, Queen Vina receives a mysterious coin necklace from Nicodemus, teller of stories. Compelled by the throbbing heartbeat, she scours the earth to come across Talia, enslaved to a family who never wanted her. Rather than admit her motives, Vina purchases the girl with a sack full of gold. Furious, betrayed, and homesick, Talia endeavors to share her misery with the entire palace. Vina, afraid to confess her love, allows herself to become trapped in the role of brutal slave owner.

Talia, bred to expect nothing but misery, faces the first choice of her life. Will she accept love, even if it comes from an unlikely source? Or will she reject the one who offers her everything?

A Beyond Fairytales Adaptation of Our Lady’s Child

On sale for only 99 cents!

Spoonmas and Taliaschild coloring contest!

Wheee! Our wonderful Lynn the Talented Brat (her title of choice) has created three amazing coloring pages for Spoonmas and Taliaschild.

Download the coloring pages below, choose your favorite (or do all three!) and upload your results either here on the blog or at the Facebook party.

Spoonmas and Talia coloring pages, created by the fabulous Lynn the Talented Brat

Coloring pages for Spoonmas and Taliaschild!

Coloring pages for Spoonmas and Taliaschild!

Don’t forget to pick up Taliaschild!

Six years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places the priceless talisman around Sonna’s neck, neither can remove the jewelry.

Alarmed at Kira losing the talisman’s protection, Vina and Talia take drastic steps to protect the princess. In the process, the entire earth descends into chaos.

Five years later, nineteen-year-old Sonna forages for two-day-old fish heads while dodging street pimps. The talisman leads her to the mysterious Nicodemus, who offers one command:

“Go to Kira. She needs you.”

Baffled, Sonna embarks on her journey. What can a pauper offer a spoiled princess? Will the street child end up surprising them all?

And remember, Taliasman is on sale for 99 cents!

‘Twas the Night before Spoonmas

With apologies to Henry Livingston, Jr.

‘Twas the night before Spoonmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a louse;

The wood spoons were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that the Spoon Fairy soon would be there;

Miscreants were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of corner-time danced in their heads

And mamma with her big spoon and I with the small

Had just settled down to spank them soundly–all!

When out on the lawn there arose such a loud cry

I sprang from the bench with awful glare in my eye

Away to the window I flew with my spoon

Tore open the shutters and nearly did swoon

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to sweet spoons below

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear

The Spoon Fairy herself, with jewels and gems dear

With a unicorn and crown, majestic and bold

I knew in a moment all sins would be told

More rapid than eagles her spankings they came

As she smacked, and whacked, and called us by name

“Now, KIRA! Now, SONNA! Now, TALIA and VINA!

Oh, MERDA! Oh AZRA, oh DARI and GINA!

To the corner and bench! to punishment chair!

Now spank away! spank away! spank away, there!

What do you think happens after the Spoon Fairy arrives? Write your own verse!

Taliaschild is now available for sale

Happy Spoonmas Eve! Look what’s available at Amazon! I hear Taliaschild is available at iBooks as well. Let me know if you’ve found it.

Don’t forget to join the Facebook party! Click here for the link. Over thirty authors have come together to provide prizes, games, and fun. There will be special contests, guests, activities, and chances to win from a great pool of prizes.

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Six years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places the priceless talisman around Sonna’s neck, neither can remove the jewelry.

Alarmed at Kira losing the talisman’s protection, Vina and Talia take drastic steps to protect the princess. In the process, the entire earth descends into chaos.

Five years later, nineteen-year-old Sonna forages for two-day-old fish heads while dodging street pimps. The talisman leads her to the mysterious Nicodemus, who offers one command:

“Go to Kira. She needs you.”

Baffled, Sonna embarks on her journey. What can a pauper offer a spoiled princess? Will the street child end up surprising them all?

Taliaschild Release Day Party (And Spoonmas!)

We all know (or at least I hope we know) that August 19th is Spoonmas, otherwise known as the day Spoonitarians give a wooden spoon to those in need.

And by “give,” I mean physically hand over as a gift, not “give it to” someone who needs it. I am sure we all know at least one person in need of a wooden spoon that way, but this isn’t Spoonmas. Spoonmas is giving. :D

Maybe your local soup kitchen could use new utensils. Maybe your homeless ministry or refugee assistance center could use help setting up a family in housing. Maybe you want to decorate a spoon and give it to a dear friend as a memento.

Any way you wish, Spoonmas is a day to share spoon love.

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As to the release day party for Taliaschild, here’s the information below. Come and join us! New prizes and hosts are being added all the time.

Come and join the Miscreants for a day filled with fun, laughter, and prizes! Celebrate Spoonmas in grand style, too.

Prize pool from Anastasia Vitsky:
Autographed print copy of Gemstone
Audio or ecopy of Taliasman (winner’s choice)
Feature post or interview for Ana’s Advent Calendar 2015

General prize pool:
Answers in Blood (ecopy) by Michelle Stevens
Her Moonlight Lover (ecopy) by Olivia Starke
Alpha Trine (audiobook) and 1 book from backlist by Lexi Ander
Book by Pol Robinson
Blood and Dirt (ecopy) by Lloyd A. Meeker
Emily’s Magjcal Bejeweled Codpiece (ecopy) by B. Snow
Hunter’s Mark (ecopy) by V.s Morgan
Once Upon a Marriage (ecopy) by Sara Daniel
Two $5 gift certificates to Evernight, from Loralynne Summers
A Man’s Man (ecopy) and/or autographed print of Riding the Rainbow, by Genta Sebastian (print copy to continental US only)
Two Men and a Virgin (ecopy) by Kate Richards
Muse Me Only (ecopy) by Princess S.O. Obriot

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (New York time)

Cindy Rizzo
Delphina Miyares
Anna Kristell
Valerie Mann
Rory Ni Coileain

10 AM: Ronni Meyrick
1 PM: Siobhan Muir
2-2:30 PM: Jessica E Subject
3 PM: Dominique Eastwick (Wiccan Haus)
4 PM: Sharon Buchbinder
5 PM: Lexi Ander
6 PM: Heather Fortman
7 PM: Amy Leibowitz Mitchell
7:30 PM: V.s. Morgan
8 PM: RJ Samuel
8:30 PM: Bee Snow
9 PM: D.l. Jackson
9:30 PM: Lloyd A. Meeker
10 PM: Loralynne Summers
10:30 PM: Wt Prater
11 PM: Anastasia Vitsky
11:30 PM: Genta Sebastian
12 AM (midnight): Courtney Sheets
1 AM: J. Scott Coatsworth

#Taliaschild

Taliaschild, the sequel to Taliasman, continues the tale of what happens after Talia returns to Queen Vina’s palace. In Taliasman, Merda gets her comeuppance and is sent away in disgrace. In Taliaschild, we begin with a peek into Merda’s perspective. How does it feel to be cast as the villain? Take a look, and thank you for visiting for Sunday Snippets.

Talia was the pretty one.

The spindly trunk of the rosebush strains under the weight of the single bud. I send it strength as I cup my hand and lift in a backward arc. Grabbing power from the earth and drawing it through my fingers to the tip of my cocked thumb, I stagger before releasing energy onto the baby growth. My cloak shifts against my shoulders.

When we were children and lived next door to each other, Talia toddled after her father. She ducked behind buildings and stole electricity for his chainsaw. The authorities knew her crimes, but the dimpled smile softened their hearts as she carried tools too big for her.

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Taliaschild, a Beyond Fairytales adaptation of “The Snow Queen,” with references to Frozen

Six years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places the priceless talisman around Sonna’s neck, neither can remove the jewelry.

Alarmed at Kira losing the talisman’s protection, Vina and Talia take drastic steps to protect the princess. In the process, the entire earth descends into chaos.

Five years later, nineteen-year-old Sonna forages for two-day-old fish heads while dodging street pimps. The talisman leads her to the mysterious Nicodemus, who offers one command:

“Go to Kira. She needs you.”

Baffled, Sonna embarks on her journey. What can a pauper offer a spoiled princess? Will the street child end up surprising them all?

Death and remembering how to live

Taliaschild, my upcoming release from Decadent Publishing and sequel to Taliasman, deals head-on with the question of death. Charisan, the white-ribboned potion that causes instant death, is forbidden by Queen Vina but concocted by Merda who calls herself queen.

Merda tells us, in Taliaschild, “Only by embracing death can we live life to its fullest.”

Some people have praised me for working in hospice. They say it’s brave, takes special people, or that they couldn’t do it.

For me, it’s not about being special or brave. I’d rather focus on things that really matter (people who really matter) and the real, pure essence of what it means to be a human being. I need this for myself, as much as it’s about helping others.

At the same time, today I drove home in tears. I chose this. I voluntarily put myself into the life of someone who will die sooner rather than later. Probably within a few months, if not sooner.

I am surprised at how much she has become part of my life, how much I can’t imagine my life without her…and I wonder whether I am crazy (more than usual).

Grief sucks. Death sucks. Loss sucks.

Why on earth would I deliberately add more of this to my life?

And then I remember stroking her forehead, kissing her cheek, and holding her hand. Telling her I love her and hearing her say she loves me, too.

As we get older, there are few (if any) joys without sadness. Love without loss. Happiness without grief.

Today I held the hand of a dying woman, and I asked myself why I would cause myself more pain.

Why?

Because she reminds me how to live.