Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fur and Frost - A Dragon Love Story - Chapter 11

Zuri rushed into Patel’s burrow unannounced. 

“My Queen,” she panted in her haste. 

She had obviously been running. Belatedly realizing she had barraged into the chamber without permission, she extended a paw and bowed. 

“There has been a death,” she said without ceremony. “Please come.”

Patel rose quickly from her furs and followed her assistant to the entrance of the main lair.

Her sister, Uland was sitting on her haunches clutching her son Morllo to her chest. He was obviously dead. Her two other sons stood to one side. They were battered and beaten as though the three had been in a battle of old.

“What happened,” the Matriarch demanded.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fur and Frost - A Dragon Love Story - Chapter 10

The stag crashed through the snowdrifts in an attempt to make the tree line before the dragon could descend from above. Trenic could have remained invisible until the last moment, his steel grey coat blending with the grey of the morning overcast sky, but the sun had peeked out and sent his shadow to fall in the stag’s path. Now it was a race. A race the stag would lose. It was too far from the tree line. It didn’t have a chance.

Trenic had left the lair before sun break as soon as the storm had blown itself out. He wanted to get out before his father could catch up with him and tag along. His intention was to make a kill on the way to Austere’s hunting den. If he brought the kill along with him then there would be more time for the three of them to visit undisturbed before he and Zodic had to make it home before nightfall. His father would hold off that long, but if they didn’t show up by dark he would have every able bodied dragon out searching for them by morning. It they didn’t return on their own by nightfall it would be presumed that Zodic had not been found and Trenic was still searching and needed help.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fur and Frost - A Dragon Love Story - Chapter 9

“You should have seen him,” Austere said with a tipsy giggle, “he is only half his size when he is wet.”

Patel had asked how Zodic and Austere met and Zodic had allowed the young dragoness to tell the story up until now. However, at this point he spoke up.

“I’m fluffy,” he countered.

“Indeed you are,” Austere said and buried her nose in the fur of his shoulder.

Zodic loved the attention, but didn’t think she would have done it in front of her mother and her aunt if she had not had a bit too much mead. She told Zodic privately on the way here that she was apprehensive about meeting with the Matriarch of the Clan. Her word was law and her approval of him meant everything to their relationship if it was to continue. Austere had not watched her intake of liquid courage.

He curled his wing around her and smiled at her when she lifted her face to his. He thought she was going to nuzzle him and hoped her mead fuzzed brain did not allow it. He breathed a small sigh of relief when she looked back toward her mother and aunt sitting across the low table from them.

“We had a heck of a time getting him dry,” she said. “He has a lot of fur.”

Patel had noticed Austere’s delight in Zodic’s furry coat. Patel’s mind harkened back to the feel of Tallideer’s coat beneath her paw pads and a slight shiver ran down her spine.

“I understand that Tallideer is your father,” Patel said. She had not meant to blurt it out like that. She was not thinking properly.

“Yes, do you know him?” Zodic asked.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Fur and Frost - A Dragon Love Story - Chapter 8

The Frostie lair was alive with activity. Unlike the Furries’ home, where all the sleeping platforms were inside the huge snow cave at the mountain’s peak, most of the Frosties normally lived on the outside in the burrows. However, when the clan woke to the severe winter storm this morning Zodic found out the outside burrows had back entrances into the ice lair. The place was jammed with Frosties all excited about the storm. Patel and her council were trying to do a headcount in order to make sure everyone was in that should be in.

“Not to worry,” Uland told Austere, “your brothers have been out in much worse. They have a nice warm hunting den. We’ll see them when this all blows over.”

Zodic found out first thing this morning when they learned of the storm that Austere had three brothers who were out hunting as she had been when he met her. They were not overdue in any way. The Frosties came and went with deliveries of fresh kills all winter long, but Austere had voiced her concern.

Zodic noticed a commotion taking place toward the west side of the lair. Several larger dragons, including Talbow along with Patel and several of the older dragons, were in a heated discussion about something.

“What’s up with them?” Zodic asked. “Someone missing?”

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cover Reveal for #3 and #4 of The Star Traveler Series

Sherry D. Ramsey has completed the new covers for Old Friends/New Enemies and The Malefactors. They are exceptional. 
I can't wait to get them up for all of you on the eBooks. 
I am also pleased to announce that they will be available in paper by the end of January. 
That makes four down and two more to go.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Fur and Frost - A Dragon Love Story - Chapter 7

“I met him when he and Austere came in,” Patel answered her younger sister when she asked if she had met the visiting Furry.

“Austere is quite taken with him,” Uland informed her sister, “and he seems very attracted to her.”

“And what do you want me to do about it, Uland? He is welcome here, but you know how the Furry leader and council feel about inter-mating among the clans. He is welcome to visit and spend the night to rest, but he needs to go home tomorrow.”

“Austere loves him,” Uland sighed. “You know how that can be.”

Patel shifted uncomfortably on her ruling platform. She just finished her morning business as clan head when her sister arrived. She was tired and not particularly interested in rehatching past life history with her sister. Her days of loving Furries was over. She learned her lesson well.
Zuri, her assistant, put a bowl of refreshing frozen berries within paw’s reach and retreated to the other side of the chamber.

“I do, and I also know how it very rarely works to try and match dragons of varied clans together even if they are close neighbors.” She popped a pawful of the berries in her mouth.

“Patel,” Uland said in her most persuasive voice, “the youngling is Tallideer’s.”

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