Sunday, October 11, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors (HIS) (FA) #8sunday

It's Sunday and time for the Weekend Writing Warriors. Participants post 8-10 sentences from a writing project, either published or unpublished.

This is my first time participating from the blog belonging to my new pen name Madeline Archer. While Rose Anderson writes the intimate side of award-winning romance and will continue to do so, Madeline writes the other flavors of fiction. It might be a sweeter love story, an otherworldly walk in the twilight zone, or something dark...

Today it's another bit from the sweeter side of my imagination and it just released yesterday!

The Changeling

First my 10 with details after...

     My uncle oversaw the enormous harvest’s end celebration and the smaller Mummers’ Fair. The latter saw him personally run the first head of cattle through the Beltane fires, fancy that. In short order I gained deeper insight and appreciation for my mother’s family out of ordinary pastimes. Apart from inherent generosity, the Carters were known for their eccentricity. Apparently Uncle Charles’s father, Dunnley, had this unconventionality in spades. The elders here fondly remembered him for the pocket of sweets he regularly doled out to them as children, but it was Dunnley’s pet raven, Rob Roy, that brought him renown. They told me the bird spent the day perched atop the old man’s flat-crowned hat, shatting down the elder's back. 
     From the extensive library I discovered the family was older than Selkirk itself. Their ancient Selgovae tribal roots were planted prior to the coming of the Romans and dug deep into Lowland turf thereafter. It didn’t take long to discover the Carter lands and the people on them had lives as intricately woven as Scottish plaid.


Half-fae Lenox Pendry is surrounded by secrets and none are his to keep. Plucked from his mother’s arms as an infant and raised a changeling, Lenox grows to adulthood unaware of what and who he is and oblivious to the danger unfolding as his birthday draws near. After he’s unwittingly sent to the Scottish Lowlands out of harm’s way, he chances to meet a beautiful healer named Janet Roxburgh. The townspeople believe her to be a witch. It would appear Janet has a few secrets of her own.

Setting the Stage~
In the scene above, still oblivious to the looming danger he's in,
Lennox, now the new laird of Carterhaugh, makes the rounds to meet his late Uncle Charles' tenants. He discovers the generous and kind old fellow was loved by all. Uncle Charles wasn't half as his eccentric father Laird Dunnley Carter.

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  1. Congratulations on the new release - love the cover! I thought you captured the tone very nicely in today's snippet.

  2. Loads of information, but it's all interesting, Rose. Congrats on the new nom de plume--and website.

    I keep forgetting about EQ's snippet Sunday! I do want to give it a try when I have a solid idea of when I'll have something to release. :-) What hashtag do you guys promote it with?