If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you may remember me gushing about Anna Elliott’s “Twilight of Avalon” last May. In fact, it even made my ‘Best of 2009’ list at the end of the year. Well, the second book in the trilogy, “Dark Moon of Avalon” is being released September 14th. I can’t wait, I’m hoping to get a copy from the publisher in my hot little hands any day now.
If you also can’t wait for the next installment in this series, or if you want to check out Elliott’s writing style and see if this is for you, she is currently giving away a couple of short stories electronically on her website. The first one, “The Witch Queen’s Secret” is available right now in .mobi, .epub, . pdf, or as .xhtml to read on the web. All are free, unless you want it delivered wirelessly to your Kindle, that costs $0.99 (due to Amazon policy).
Here’s Elliott’s description of the story:
The Witch Queen’s Secret: a free short story set in the Twilight of Avalon universe
The Witch Queen’s Secret features a minor character from Twilight of Avalon, but it’s self-contained; you don’t at all have to have read any of the Twilight of Avalon trilogy to understand it. A bit more about the story:
In the shadow of King Arthur’s Britain, a young mother will need all her courage to save the Queen’s castle from the hands of a traitor…
Dera owes Britain’s former High Queen Isolde her life. But as an army harlot, the life she leads is one of degradation and often desperate danger, with small hope for the future either for Dera or for her small son.
Through a Britain torn by war with Saxon invaders, Dera makes her way to Dinas Emrys, last stronghold of Britain’s army, to beg Queen Isolde’s help once more. Isolde offers Dera a new life, both for herself and for her child. But when Dera and Isolde uncover a treasonous plot, Dera must leave her little boy and undertake a dangerous mission, the outcome of which comes to her as a stunning, but wonderful, surprise.
And as she risks her life, Dera also draws nearer to Queen Isolde’s most closely-guarded secret: one that Britain’s courageous witch-queen may be hiding even from herself.
Gah! This is making me wish I had an ereader…