When Dark Warriors invade her country, it is up to Princess Kamarie to seek out the legendary king’s warrior and request his aid. The feisty princess has spent her life dreaming of adventure and is thrilled to be tasked with such a quest. There’s only one thing that can dampen the princess’s excitement: Oraeyn. The squire views his task of protecting the princess on her journey as an inglorious assignment and makes no attempt to hide his disappointment.
Despite a rocky start to their journey – in which Oraeyn throws the obnoxious princess in a river just to get her to call him by name – the travelers soon learn that they must depend upon one another if they are to locate the man they have been sent to find.
The adventure merely begins when they meet Brant: a warrior with a mysterious past. He joins their cause readily, his heart smoldering with a vendetta Kamarie cannot completely understand. But whether she trusts him or not, the hope of their world rests on the steel he wears at his side….
In an attempt to manipulate the future, a family and a nation are forced to decide between two brothers. Guided by a prophecy spoken hundreds of years before, the King and Queen of Llycaelon have set their course. Their goal: to fulfill the prophecy and save their nation from a dire fate.
Rhoyan has always understood and accepted his own role as second born and perpetual prince. He looks forward to the day when he will be a warrior in his older brother’s guard. When Rhoyan is sent on a quest filled with unimaginable danger, nobody anticipates the greater repercussions.
As Rhoyan journeys far across the seas on his appointed trial, he will battle creatures of legend, suffer shipwreck, endure captivity, and lay claim to a fallen star. When tragedy strikes, Rhoyan must struggle to return home believing his quest has failed. However, the home he left no longer awaits him and the true test of his strength and character has only just begun.
Long before Aom-igh needed a champion, Llycaelon had a Second Son.
The years of Oraeyn’s short rule have been peaceful, but now ominous nightmares plague his sleep and cling to him during his waking hours. When two of his most trusted advisors disappear without a trace and not even the power of dragons can locate them, the fell promise of the king’s nightmares becomes reality.
From the furthest reaches of the world, an ancient enemy stirs. Stretching beyond his crumbling prison walls, this foe seeks to bring life to the darkest of shadows. His army marches towards Aom-igh with deadly intent, threatening all Oraeyn holds dear.
Aided by dragons, and with the warrior Brant and Princess Kamarie at his side, Oraeyn must journey into the wilds of a forgotten realm. Trusting in the wisdom and skill of the enigmatic minstrel, Kiernan Kane, the companions race against time in search of Yorien’s Hand, a relic that may hold the power to save them all.
Advancing his growing power, the Dread Prince breaks free of his prison and brings a faction of dragons under his control, stirring unrest and hatred in the newly united kingdoms of Tellurae Aquaous.
When the dragon wards of Kallayohm are targeted in a ruthless attack, the High King travels there to administer justice. But the trial results in a crippling blow that leaves him reeling.
On the heels of defeat, an unexpected message from the erstwhile Minstrel arrives, pleading with his friends for rescue. Together, the High King and his companions must follow the fragile trail, braving peril and darkness that will test the measure of them all…
After a busy morning tending her father’s bees, Gwyna takes to the woods with her bow. But danger prowls the shadows.
When she stumbles upon a wounded dragon, Gwyna must decide between two perilous choices: stand and fight, or try to escape. She knows she might be able to make it to a mystical doorway on the other side of the forest, but nobody knows what lies on the other side of the portal. The unknown might be her only chance for survival, but it could also spell her doom.
This short story gives a glimpse into Tellurae Aquaous’ history, hundreds of years before the advent of the Minstrel’s Song series.
Originally published in the Fellowship of Fantasy: Mythical Doorways Anthology
Destined for Greatness
Kendall is just an innkeeper’s assistant, but he believes that he is destined for far grander things in life. However, the Fates, if they actually exist, do not seem to agree with him. In fact, he’s starting to think they downright have it out for him.
When a strange encounter with an old woman hands him a chance to confront the Fates themselves, Kendall knows it might be his only chance to prove to them that his destiny is brighter than the threads they’ve been weaving for him.
(a short story originally published in the Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales anthology from Fellowship of Fantasy)
Rediscover the ENCHANTMENT in this collection of five different retellings of the timeless classic: Beauty and the Beast.
A ship bearing the souls of sinful sailors drifts upon a ghostly sea. An abbey looms as the final defense between mortals and ghouls of the underworld. In the stillness of a throne room, statues stand forever frozen in a moment of terror. Monsters and men stalk their prey deep in the jungle’s shadows. A rose blooms in the dead of winter, sheltered in the ruins of an ancient Scottish castle.
Stone Curse By Jenelle Schmidt – 3rd story in the collection
Years ago a terrible curse swept over the revelers at Thorndale Castle, turning them to stone and transforming Prince Barend himself into a hideous beast. But Karyna, a former lady-in-waiting, will not abandon either her father, who stands in the throne room among the other statues, or the prince. Indeed, she sets out alone on a dangerous quest to find the one responsible for this dreadful spell. If she can but discover the reason why the stone curse was cast, perhaps she can also discover the solution.
He Whistles for the Cricket
This book, He Whistles for the Cricket by Gwen Walker, was written by my Grandmother. It has inspired me throughout my life and is one of my favorite books of all time. In 2011, I edited and published this book for my Grandma, who, sadly, died many years ago and never got to see her story in bound form. It is my pleasure and privilege to share it with the world, I only wish she could have lived to see how much enjoyment it brings to others.
Miriam has always wanted a dog. But times are hard, and her father’s health problems mean that there’s very little money left for luxuries after feeding the family and paying for medical bills. When her neighbor’s dog has puppies, Miriam spends as much time as she can playing with them, and pretending they are hers. But when tragedy strikes, and only one tiny pup is left alive, it is up to Miriam to find someone to care for him.
‘Twas an Evening in Bethlehem
‘Twas an evening in Bethlehem and all through the day
Many guests were arriving from far, far away…
The inn is full, but when a young, expectant couple arrives on their doorstep, the innkeeper cannot turn them away. Follow this beloved tale through the eyes of the innkeeper’s young daughter as she witnesses the glorious surprises of that very first Christmas and rediscover anew the gift of the manger that ultimately points us to the cross.