I’m taking part in Neverland Blog Tours’ weekend blitz for Mortiswood Tales: Kaelia Awakening by the amazing Gina Dickerson! Here’s an extract from the fab book itself.
The path meandered through tall pine trees different to the trees of the woods outside. After thirty minutes of walking, a four-storey high, stone and granite building drew into view. Its crenellated parapet cut castellated shadows in an overcast, pregnant sky but despite the dreary weather, laughter and chatter tinkled in the air. An expanse of lawn spread before the grand building and a cluster of students, ranging in age from the young to the old, peppered the grass, practising what looked like some form of self-defence.
‘We’d better see if there’s an office.’ Calix propped the motorbike under a tree and nodded towards wide, stone steps curving up to double entrance doors.
Large raindrops plummeted from the swollen sky, splatting atop their heads and making Kaelia shriek with laughter. She grabbed Calix’s hand, dragging him behind her as they made a mad dash for the doors.
‘Ow!’ Kaelia slapped a hand against the back of her neck as something stung her. ‘Cut it out!’
‘Cut what out?’
‘Ow!’ Kaelia dropped Calix’s hand and jabbed him in the side. ‘Whatever you’re doing, stop it!’
‘I’m not doing any—ow!’ Calix rubbed at the back of his own neck. He cast his eyes around them. ‘You two!’
Two young women, about Kaelia’s age, smirked. Huddled together underneath a mushroom umbrella, one woman prodded the other.
‘Newbs,’ the first said in a mock whisper to her companion. ‘I bet they don’t even know how to cast a glamour spell.’
The other girl, who was holding the umbrella, laughed. Her poker straight, white-blonde hair shone the colour of liquid metal. ‘You’re right, Cadence. I bet they’re norms.’
Cadence, head framed by a severe, chestnut hued bobbed haircut, agreed. ‘We hate norms, don’t we, Jade?’
Jade nodded enthusiastically. ‘Norms shouldn’t be allowed in Mortiswood Academy. It isn’t right.’ Her voice rose haughtily. ‘What are you even doing here?’
Kaelia bit her lip. She’d had more than her fill of superiority way back at school and college. ‘Come on, Calix, ignore them.’
Calix laughed. ‘Norms?’ he asked Kaelia as they climbed the six steps to the front doors. ‘What are they if we’re normal?’
Cadence and Jade followed them, pressing the canopy of the umbrella into Kaelia’s back. Kaelia clenched her hands; the familiar warmth radiating from her palms. One flick of light would melt the plastic umbrella like a crisp packet in an oven.
‘Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening‘ is the first book in the Mortiswood Tales Series.
Published by Authors Reach
“They’ve been waiting lifetimes for you, Kaelia. They want you and will stop at nothing to have you.”
The warning’s rung in Kaelia’s ears since she discovered she’s far from the ordinary girl who grew up in the coastal town of Margate. She has power. The first time she shows it, death strikes, the second, she loses someone special, and on the third, her mother disappears.
Destiny is coming for Kaelia and there’s nowhere she can hide. THEY have stepped out of the shadows to find her. For generations, there have been whispers of The Chosen One. They speak of a name – Marrock – whose destiny entwines with that of The Chosen One.
Kaelia must avenge the wrongs, uncover who Marrock is, find her mother, and . . . FIGHT
Facing forces of depraved evil, magic, and myth, Kaelia’s search leads her through magical forests and unearthly realms.
Who, or what, can Kaelia trust? Is she strong enough to survive the horror? All she knows is her life will never be the same again . . .
Gina Dickerson lives by the Thanet coast on the north-eastern tip of Kent with her family and playful Siberian husky. She writes dark fiction and is the author of the dark fantasy, adventure, romance series Mortiswood Tales, and Always Golden – a dark, twisted fairy tale, among others. She is a full-time author and has also been a columnist for her local newspaper. She designs under the name RoseWolf Design and is also part of Authors Reach, a co-operative formed with four other authors.
Authors Reach: http://www.authorsreach.co.uk/
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