I am SO excited. *Jumps up and down a few times. One of my closest writer friends, Mireille Chester, has offered to give me and you guys a lil' taste of Destiny, the last book of her Chosen One Trilogy. If you haven't read the others, well...hurry! You can get them here and here. Before I give you the excerpt of Destiny, I should just mention that if you love the romance aspect of paranormal and fantasy books, these are a must-read. Ok, Ok...without further ado:
Jasper pulled me to his chest and rested his chin on my head. “Shush. It’s alright, Shlova.” The words were reassuring but his voice was tight and I could hear his heart beating hard under my ear. I looked up and had to keep back more tears that threatened to come at the sight of him. His eyes were closed, his jaw clenched.
“I’m so tired of this,” I whispered.
He took a deep breath and let it out. “It’s almost over.”
Dodge moved closer and nuzzled my face. I’m sorry, Hayden.
I brushed the tears from my face and rubbed his nose. “It’s not your fault, Bud.” I heard a chirp from up above and I looked up as a blue bird flew down to sit on my knee. I pet the little head. “Hey, you.”
She looked from me to Jasper.
“She says there are no packs of any kind for a day’s travel in any direction.”
“Thank you,” I said. “Could you do me a favor? I need to get a message to Melana.” I could feel everyone looking at me. I focused on the bird so I wouldn’t change my mind. “Could you let her know that we are heading to Howel to see if I can help heal Damian? Tell her we’ll be marching straight from there to Paradin. Enough is enough. I’ll let her know when we leave Howel and we’ll meet her somewhere.”
She bobbed her head and flew away.
“Hayden?” Tara’s caramel colored eyes looked straight into mine. “Are you sure?” I knew she’d been secretly hoping we could delay the fighting until after the baby was born.
I nodded and looked up to see Jasper’s reaction. His eyes were closed. I watched as he swallowed and took a deep breath. He opened his eyes, looked at me and nodded.
“Tomorrow, Hayden, Dodge, Matthew and I will head to Howel with Rainen, Harold, and Gina.” He looked around at everyone. No one argued with him when he had this look on his face. Well, maybe just me, though at this point in time I agreed with what I knew he had decided. He was thinking ahead and when it came to battles and strategies he was one of the best.
“The rest of you head back to Sageden. We’ll need everyone ready when we get there. Rally everyone. Send runners to reach those who live farther away. Shanus, alert the Scannoves. Phlann, I need you to get to the Winged Ones’ meadow. Find Taleessa. She’s the black filly who got her wings just before we left last year. Send her to the Northern Regions. She got her ruby from Faren. The two of them need to get together and alert the dragons.”
WOW! I cannot wait to sink into this one. If you want it, sneak over here and grab it up for yourself. Or, learn more about Mireille over at her blog, and find out the rest of her Destiny tour dates!
P.S. Mireille...*big hug* I am SO proud of you! :D