Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Glad to have you back, Mary. I see you have something a little different for us today and it does sound like a fun read. How about you tell us a little about it?

Well, it's a reverse Sleeping Beauty tale where the princess goes on the quest to save the prince.

Princess Kaylee has never had to fight for anything. Her entire life has been arranged, even her marriage. But when Prince Devlin falls under an enchantment, she finds she is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means fighting a dragon.  
Devlin's own sister, Princess Arabella, is behind the deadly plot. She wants the throne 
and will use any means necessary to gain it. Her perfect plan unravels, leaving Devlin caught in a magical sleep that is slowly spreading through the kingdom of Breniera. All Arabella needs to finish her spell and claim the crown is a drop of Kaylee's blood,but obtaining the single drop is proving more difficult than expected.

 To save her betrothed, Kaylee embarks on a quest to find an ancient sword  
and gather a drop of dragon's blood, while trying to stay out of Arabella's traps. But Arabella's traps aren't the only danger. Time is everything. For once the last inhabitant of the kingdom falls asleep, the spell will be sealed, and not even true love's kiss will break it.
What a great cover, Mary. I love it. Can you give us an excerpt to whet our reading appitite?

“There’s nowhere to go, Princess,” Arabella said. “And don’t get any ideas, either. I can finish things just as easily with the hag’s daughter as I can with you.”
          “Kaylee, don’t listen to her. Only your blood will work, ” Sabrina yelled.
          “Silence, wench! Thaddeus, get Princess Kaylee and keep hold of her.”
          Kaylee started, so focused on Arabella she had missed the knight waiting at the edge of the stream. When he stepped into the water, she took a step backward, but his long arm caught hold of her and tugged her toward the bank. She considered struggling, but with his height and strength, it would be useless. Instead, she trudged to the shore, her mind whirling with plans to escape Arabella’s clutches.
          “Kaylee,” Sabrina said. “You must get away from here.”
          “I won’t leave you here with her. There’s no telling what she’ll do to you.”
          “Princess Arabella will not harm Sabrina,” Thaddeus said. “She has done nothing to warrant such action.”
          “I don’t have the same faith in your princess as you do,” Kaylee said. “Not after what she did to her brother.”
          “What she did?” Thaddeus asked.
          “Enough talk.” Arabella pressed the dagger closer to Sabrina’s neck, and glared at Kaylee.
          It was clear the knight had no inkling that Arabella was the most dangerous person in the area. If she could get him on her side, they might be able to leave unharmed.
          “Let her go, Arabella. I’m the one you want.” Kaylee held up her hands in surrender. She gave a low whistle, thankful Arabella didn’t seem to notice. Not knowing what animal ability the other princess possessed made it dangerous to be calling for help, but her options were sparse. Hopefully the birds still in the area were listening. A faint trill rose from below, and Kaylee felt hope spark to life.
          “Thaddeus is going to tie your hands, and you’re going to cooperate.” Arabella tipped her head toward Sabrina, a warning in her eyes. “Unless you would like your friend here to pay the price.”
          “Princess Kaylee will come peacefully,” Thaddeus said. “Why don’t you put that blade away before someone is injured?”
          “Why don’t you tie her up like I ordered?” Arabella snapped.
          Kaylee held her hands behind her back, whistling a longer melody, asking the birds to be ready, to wait for her command. She waited for the rope to bite into her flesh, but Thaddeus made it tight enough to restrain her yet loose enough to keep from chafing.
          “Kaylee, why didn’t you go? I’m not worth you losing Prince Devlin. You must finish the quest and save the prince.” Sabrina’s words ended on a whimper as Arabella dug the blade into her neck.
          “Sabrina!” Kaylee struggled against the bonds holding her. Thaddeus grabbed her shoulders, and she bucked against him, desperate to aid Sabrina.
          “She only nicked me,” Sabrina said.
          “But the spell. That means—”
          “No, Kaylee,” Sabrina said. “She has to have your blood to finish the spell. And it has to be on the special dagger, not this one.”
          “Are you suggesting Princess Arabella is working with you to ensorcell the prince?” Thaddeus asked.
          “No. I’m saying Princess Arabella is the one who be-spelled him to begin with. She needs my blood to finish the curse. A death curse.”
          “Princess? Is this true?” Thaddeus asked, and Kaylee prayed he could be swayed to their side.
          “Of course not. They’re just trying to deceive you so they can go free.”
          “Good sir knight. Were I to blame for the curse put upon Devlin, why would I be here at Paladin’s Sword when I could have been safely back in Palindore by now?”
          Thaddeus frowned. “I don’t know, but my princess has assured me she was not the one to harm her brother. That she saw you cast the spell on him. Why would she lie?”
          “Because the only way she can have the throne is if her brother is dead.” Kaylee blinked back tears at the thought.
          A clatter of rocks echoed around the clearing, and Kaylee felt Thaddeus stiffen. He stepped forward, sword in hand, relaxing his stance when Lady Deirdre and Lady Maeryn stumbled their way around the bend.
          “Well?” Maeryn asked, bending over at the waist and panting. “Have you finished the deed?”
          Arabella grumbled something, and the two girls paled.
          “W-We should have w-waited at the w-waterfall,” Deirdre whined. “Y-You d-didn’t n-need our h-help at all.”
          “I need you to watch the hag’s daughter while I finish things here,” Arabella said.
          “Maybe you should just throw it at her and be done with it,” Maeryn said.
          Arabella bent and pulled a dagger from her boot. Kaylee shuddered, certain this was the end. Devlin had bragged at how perfect his sister’s aim was, and now she would see it first hand.
          “Thaddeus! Bring her here.”
          Thaddeus didn’t move.
          “I won’t allow you to harm her. Your father’s orders were quite clear about that.”
          “I will do as I will with her.”
          Kaylee decided she had waited long enough. The knight was not going to believe her, and she wasn’t going to give Arabella a chance to use her for target practice. She whistled, and the air filled with birds.
          Arabella, Maeryn, and Deirdre shrieked. Thaddeus released Kaylee, waving at the birds as he rushed toward his princess as all good knights would.
          “Sabrina! Follow me!” Kaylee yelled as she stumbled up the path, her hands still bound behind her back.
          Chaos reigned by the stream. Thaddeus waved away the birds, but more swooped in. Maeryn and Deirdre screamed. Arabella gripped the dagger and glared at Kaylee.
          “Let me help you.” Sabrina grabbed Kaylee’s arm and tugged her up the path. Their only hope was to follow the path around the bend and pray there was a place to hide.
          “Don’t let her get away!” Arabella screeched.
Oh, that's a great excerpt. Now I'm going to have to read more.
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  1. So nice to have you here, Mary. Intriquing premise for your tale. Let's hear from the readers.

  2. Thanks so much for having me here, Lorrie. I had a lot of fun writing this one!

  3. Great excerpt! It made me want to read on and find out what happens!

    1. Thanks Marcy! That means I picked a good excerpt. They're supposed to make you want more :-)

  4. This looks like a lovely time outside of time read. good luck with it Mary, Anne

  5. A fairy tale with a twist. Great excerpt.

  6. Replies
    1. Thanks, Erin! You brought a smile to my face. At least I think it's a smile- hard to tell with the novocaine!

      BTW- you rock, too! And so does Lorrie!!!

  7. LOL! You trip me out, Mary! Thanks!! <3

    Woo-hoo to Lorrie for the awesome hosting!

  8. Just call me Mama Rock, Mary. lol.
    Thanks Erin, hope to see you here one day in the future.
    This is really fun, Mary. Such great comments.

  9. I't a blast, Mama Rock! :-)

    Thanks so much for hosting me!!!

    1. LOL! Should have looked at that closer!

      I meant, IT'S a blast, Mama Rock!

      But, I know you know that!

  10. Lorrie- I think I'm on the schedule for the end of June! Can't wait! :)


  11. Hi Mary, sorry I missed this yesterday, but I actually got out of the house for lunch and shopping.

    Your book sounds great, I loved the excerpt, and nothing is more enticing than a handsome knight, who will hopefully, help save the day.

    Best wishes, and good luck with your book.

    1. Thanks so much, Leona! There's just something about those handsome knights, isn't there?

  12. Thanks for the interview! Many congrats on the release of Quest of the Hart, Mary!!!!! Way to go! :)