The Indie Spotlight: Guest Post and Giveaway with Heidi Garrett
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Please welcome Featured Author Heidi Garrett to the Indie Spotlight. Heidi is the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series, which is inspired by the 15th century French fairy tale, Melusine. For today’s spotlight, Heidi has written an exclusive previously unpublished original tale titled, “The Tale of Josefina and the Silver Basin, Ormrun” just for our readers and she’s also offering a neat giveaway, of faerie inspired food, a bracelet, and copies of both books one and two in the series! Enjoy!
Title: Nandana’s Mark (Queen of the Realm of Faerie, #1)
Published: August 14th 2012
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Dark visions haunt the half-faerie Melia, but try as she might, she can’t chase away the images of destruction linked to her father’s obsession with Umbra–the mortal ash accumulating in the Void. Looking for a way to put an end to the visions, she visits the Illustrator and receives a strange mark meant to bring her help. Before it arrives, a tragic accident occurs and a family’s dark legacy unravels.[/note]
Title: The Flower of Isbelline (Queen of the Realm of Faerie #2)
Published: December 18th 2012
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The half-faerie Melia wants to save her sister from a false marriage, and their world from a dark power, but her sister is determined to pursue their father’s damning legacy. Even if the cost of denying true love is apocalyptic. [/note]
Title: The Dragon Carnivale (Queen of the Realm of Faerie, #3)
Expected publication: June 18th 2013
Energies in the Enchanted World are shifting and new alliances are forming; the Battle of Dark and Light has begun. The half-faerie Melia is desperate to make things right with Ryder, the young priest from Idonne, but first she must warn the halfbloods in the Mortal World that Umbra is coming for them, and face the powerful Dragonwitch and her spectacular Dragon Carnivale.[/note]
The basin, Ormrun, has a long history. The Tale of Josefina and the Silver Basin, Ormrun chronicles one of the chapters. Sevondi is a dragonwitch and one of the main characters in The Dragon Carnivale, The Queen of the Realm of Faerie Book 3. Josefina was her great-great-grandmother.
Please enjoy this never previously published tale exclusively at Mother. Gamer. Writer.
The Tale of Josefina and the Silver Basin, Ormrun
Upon holding the silver bowl with the bejeweled rim in her hands, Sevondi’s great-great-grandmother Josefina desired it. The muannaye barely listened to the dwarf’s ravings as she ran her finger pads across diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. The touch of the gemstones awakened something within her.
The dwarf fidgeted, bounced on his toes, and scratched his head. He looked over his shoulders as if some horror chased him. The thing that registered with Josefina as she studied the basin was his desperation to leave the Realm of Faerie. He intended to sail for Misgradde. There was nothing strange about that. A huge population of dwarves lived in that country, and Josefina had no doubt the fare was expensive.
The caravan of peddlers the dwarf traveled with listened to the exchange with half-an-ear and bored expressions. Their horses grew restless. They murmured among themselves that the price the dwarf demanded for the bowl was too high; no one would pay gold for a bowl, no matter how beautiful it was.
Josefina ignored them all, and without even bargaining, paid the exorbitant sum the dwarf requested. It was a pittance of the blood money her lover, a sorcerer from Kyrakkos, had left her when he’d stolen her son.
Once she’d purchased the bowl, the dwarf shoved a second package wrapped in a filthy cloth at her. Long and narrow in shape, the thing repelled her. The dwarf told her it was a sword, but in those days swords were common in Faerie. Several hung on the walls of Josefina’s home, family heirlooms. She didn’t need or want another one. She pushed it away.
The dwarf’s eyes shrank as he took back the sword. He assessed her with greater care.
“Never fill the basin with water from the Great White Sea,” he warned.
Josefina waved her long hand and smiled to humor him. He was obviously mad.
The moment the caravan disappeared on the horizon, the basin’s master—seeking sympathy—called to Josefina. The bowl whose name was Ormrun had been forged to set Isolt of the Waters free.
An ancient elemental from the Mortal World, trapped by a Dark Lord’s curse beneath the Ruadain Mountains, Isolt’s corporeal form had dissolved. The death of the son in her womb had been one of slow anguish for mother and child. The once gracious Isolt had turned despairing and bitter.
With only breath and consciousness remaining, Isolt had slipped into the Parallel of Shadows. Eons later, when the dwarves Haff and Gweff betrayed her, the basin they’d forged to release her grew dangerous.
Thus the dwarf’s warning to Sevondi’s great-great-grandmother.
But Josefina knew what it was to lose a son. Although her daughter Regina was still with her, the wound from her husband’s theft remained forever fresh. That he’d left her piles of gold as payment for the thievery of her own flesh and blood had only deepened Josefina’s outrage.
It was Isolt’s husband, the god Vulcan, who’d entombed her with black magic in the first place. Josefina empathized.
Gathering her daughter and the bowl, Josefina traveled to the Dark Land’s coast. In those long ago days, Tyrannis was still known as the Dark Lands. When they arrived at the beach, she shooed Regina to a distance, and defying the dwarf’s instruction, filled the bowl with water from the Great White Sea.
A towering inferno leapt from Ormrun, engulfing Josefina in flames. Regina watched in horror as her mother burned. Nothing remained but bones, bleached white and dry as driftwood, on the sand, and the unscathed silver basin, gemstones sparkling on the rim, beside them.
Regina vowed to end Isolt’s quest for release. She buried Ormrun deep beneath a sapling yew on the edge of the Balyudor and never spoke of the bowl or the dwarf or the misfortune of it all again. She couldn’t bear to. Whenever anyone asked, she told them her mother had sailed to Kyrakkos. Josefina’s husband, the great black sorcerer, had sent for her.
The Dragon Carnivale is scheduled for a June 18, 2013 release. Isolt of the Waters and Other Tales of the Realm is scheduled for a September 2013 release.
Heidi Garrett is the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series. Her personal message to all her readers is:
Once upon a time, you lived in an enchanted world, too…
There is magic in all our lives; sometimes we need to look through different eyes to see it.
The Queen of the Realm of Faerie includes many strong female characters within an intricate fantasy land. It is also a fairy tale fantasy.The first book, Nandana’s Mark, is one of those free ebooks; the second book, The Flower of Isbelline, is now available; and the third book, The Dragon Carnivale, will be released in June 2013.
The series was inspired by the 15th century French fairy tale, Melusine.
Heidi’s hope is that when you read her books, you will rediscover the enchantment in your own life. She currently resides in eastern Washington with her husband and their two cats. So far, she loves the snow. Being from the South, she finds it magical.
Learn more about Heidi and enjoy her stream-of-consciousness reading journal, Eating Magic, at: www.heidigwrites.blogspot.com.If you want to say hello, give her a shout out on Twitter at @heidigwrites or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/heidigwrites.t[/note]