FLAMES OF ICE
Outside my window, the snow fell slow, silent, a cruel, greedy lover caressing the earth.
It was magical, wonderful, and . . . terrifying. I watched as it sifted down from the sky, covering the world in soft white death. It was killing everything.
Winter had arrived and had never left. The frost had turned the land barren. Nothing grew, and what food there was wasn’t even enough to feed the animals. People were hungry and desperate.
The seasons were no longer in balance. As Queen, my life was intricately bound up with the life of my world. It was my duty to protect my people.
But I’d failed. Faery was dying and it was all my fault. The mission I’d summoned my three dragons for was a last, desperate attempt to turn things around and save my world.
Originally published in the anthology "A Bite of Frost".
FLAMES OF TRUTH
I was lost in midst of an eerie silence. It was cold, and darkness was all around me. My hair floated lightly in the air.
No, not in the air, in water. I was immersed in water. Icy water that burned in my lungs. I was drowning and couldn’t breathe.
Desperately, I kicked my legs and moved my arms, but I could never reach the surface. Little by little I felt my strength ebbing away. It was too dark and I was so tired—but I couldn’t give up.
I didn’t want to die.
I tried to push off with my feet, hoping to feel something solid beneath me, but there was nothing but the fluctuating darkness.
It was swallowing me and I didn’t know what to do. The two things that had always scared me the most were water and darkness, so I wondered how the hell I’d ended up there. Why couldn’t I have an instantaneous, painless death?
The lack of oxygen was making my head spin. I kept fighting, though every cell in my body was screaming at me to give up. I had to breathe. Opening my mouth, I inhaled desperately. Water flooded my lungs, but it didn’t hurt anymore.
My body became heavy and rigid and the darkness devoured me.
I awoke with a start.
My name is Emma Jones. I'm a typical seventeen-year-old . . . except that I can see the future.
Or, at least, what might happen in the future.
I’ve never revealed my secret to anyone. I’ve always tried to fly under the radar and not attract anyone’s attention.
But this year there are some new boys at school. There’s something different about them.
I have a feeling things are going to change for me this year.
The new edition of FLAMES OF TRUTH has been translated and edited by Annie Crawford.
Annie edited the TOUCHED series by Elisa S. Amore.
FLAMES OF FEAR
At least, what might happen in the future.
I've never revealed my secret to anyone. I've always flown under the radar.
Or, I had tried until the Drakon brothers came into my life and turned my world upside down.
Cam, Kai, Dave and James fascinate, intrigue and attract me in ways I can’t explain.
I should ignore my feelings. . .and yet, I can’t.
Things are changing, dragons really exist and there’s a new whole world waiting for me.
I can no longer deny what I really am. I have to give up and meet my destiny now.