Tag: The Dark War Trilogy

K: The King’s Paladin Opening Scene

K: The King’s Paladin Opening Scene

As I promised yesterday in the introduction to Ammadeus Maste’s interview, today’s excerpt is from The King’s Paladin, the third book in The Dark War Trilogy. I don’t know this one quite as well, I don’t have it fleshed out quite as well as the other two yet, but I look forward to further developing and writing it in the semi-near future.

Without further ado, here’s the opening scene.


Coraline ran down the hallway, heart pounding. Fear was mirrored in her kaleidoscopic eyes as she wrenched open the door to her mentor’s room. There he was Continue reading “K: The King’s Paladin Opening Scene”

Character Interview: Ammadeus Maste

Character Interview: Ammadeus Maste

Ammadeus is a mentor character to Coraline in The King’s Paladin (which you’ll be getting an excerpt of tomorrow). You’ll see that he’s pretty brooding and mysterious, and he’s a seer (the only one in the word, I think) which places a lot of responsibility upon his shoulders. I hope you enjoy his interview. :) Continue reading “Character Interview: Ammadeus Maste”

H: The Heart of the Baenor Tavern Scene

H: The Heart of the Baenor Tavern Scene

The Heart of the Baenor (as it is currently called. It really needs a new title.) is my Camp NaNoWriMo project. I’m editing it and finishing it, because I stopped last July and it’s now about ten chapters short but the writing is a mess and I need to remind myself what’s happening, so I’m editing it up to that point and then I’ll finish it and edit that. So far it’s actually been pretty fun to edit (editing is a lot nicer when you don’t have to rewrite the whole thing from scratch. ;D) and I’m looking forward to making it as good as I can. Here’s a scene that introduces one of the two main characters. Enjoy!


Catessa stopped on top of one of the tallest buildings in the city and looked over her shoulder one last time for anyone who might have followed her. There was still no one. Continue reading “H: The Heart of the Baenor Tavern Scene”

Character Interview: Coraline Seralen

Character Interview: Coraline Seralen

Coraline is the main character of The King’s Paladin, book three of The Dark War Trilogy and the one I talk about least (because it’s the one I know the least…). She’s a terrified mess for a lot of the book, thrust into a job she doesn’t think she’s ready for, but she has the most tender heart ever and loves helping and healing people. Enjoy her interview. :) Continue reading “Character Interview: Coraline Seralen”

Snippet Sunday – Meeting Elashor (from The Shadow Raven)

I actually wrote some of The Shadow Raven this week! Hooray! For a couple of days I even thought I was unstuck. (Spoiler alert: I was not entirely unstuck. I was only unstuck enough to write one chapter, and now I’m stuck again and don’t like how things are going.) Whether or not I’m unstuck now, you finally get a TSR excerpt today. Enjoy. :)


Nissa flew over the city as fast as her wings would take her. She didn’t know where she was going, only that she needed to get away. Away from Detren, away from the castle, away from her new life.

Her wings tired as she flew a mile out to sea, and she turned back. When she arrived back at the harbor, she set down at the opening to the castle tunnel and shifted, panting and leaning back against the wall of an old abandoned tavern. Her hair was a mess, as if she’d flown as a human and the wind had tossed it.

“Were you running?”

Nissa looked up at the unfamiliar voice and brushed her hair out of her face with a shaking hand. A dark-haired man with a scar across his neck looked at her from curious black-brown eyes. “I don’t see what it matters to you.”

He shrugged. “I have an interest in runners.” He extended a hand and the edge of a tattoo peeked from below his sleeve. “Elashor Theberos.”

Nissa shook it, though her mind told her not to trust him. Someone who could survive an attempted murder, as his scar attested, wasn’t someone to trust. “Nissa Quail.”

Something flashed in Elashor’s eyes, but Nissa wasn’t quick enough to identify it before it was gone. “Nice to meet you. If you’re worn out like that, you must be hungry. Can I buy you lunch?”

“What do you want with me?”

Elashor laughed. “A girl who doesn’t trust too easily, eh? Who says I want anything with you? Maybe I just want to help out a girl who needs a meal and doesn’t appear to be carrying any money.”

“You don’t seem like the type to help someone without an agenda.”

“Just have lunch with me.”

“I’m not really a fan of pushy people.” Nissa moved to step around Elashor, but he moved into her way.

“I’m interested in hiring you.”

Nissa looked up at him, meeting his gaze. “For what?”

“We can discuss it over lunch.”

Nissa rolled her eyes. “Insistent, aren’t we?”

Elashor’s response was a slight smirk.

“Lunch it is,” Nissa said.

Elashor turned and led her through the streets to a small, yet still elegant, restaurant near The Silent Sail Tavern. They were taken to a small table near the middle of the dining room and given their menus. Nissa scanned hers quickly, deciding on her meal and spending the rest of her time trying to figure out Elashor as he took far longer than was normal to select his own order. The tattoo on his arm intrigued her, but she couldn’t see nearly enough of it to ascertain what it was, and she didn’t think he’d just answer her if she asked.