The Swan Princes – An Exclusive Excerpt

Hi everyone! Here’s an exclusive excerpt of the Swan Princes: A Christmas Tail –

Sometimes I truly believe that crying is the one human emotion that can express everything words can’t. Crying for joy, crying as one laughs, crying for help…Well, right now, it was none of those things that had me bawlin’.

Crying out in pain as George Pickskip slammed me in the gut, I had to wonder why he had chosen me as his target. The pain was terrible, my eight-year-old self unable to fight back against his massive size. The pure white snow around me was now rolled with dirt and splatters of my blood.

Having never bothered him at school, I didn’t know why George had followed me from the schoolyard and thrown me in the ditch, deciding to beat me into a pulp. The school bully, I suppose everyone had their turn being his punching bag. Today, it seemed, was to be my turn. No matter how I fought back, he was too strong for me to fight off.

“No one will save you now,” he crowed, pulling a huge wad of my hair out. Tearing the bow from my hair, he sneered and wrapped a hand around my throat as I tried to worm away. “I’m going to make you so ugly that no one will recognize you when you get home!”

He laughed, pulling back his fist to slam me in the face again as I cried. But then he was torn off of me.

Sitting up in shock, I saw another boy tackle him to the ground, and a much bigger one. He beat George with a ferocity that shocked me; kicking him in the gut and then hauling him up by the shirt collar.

“You don’t touch her!” the boy roared, slamming a third, furious punch into George’s jaw. Blood splattered from his lip, splitting as George fell to the ground.

George gave up struggling with a cry and curled in on himself, trying to edge away from the onslaught. The boy let him go; George running away, wailing like a girl at his defeat. My savior stared after George, spitting in the snow after him and turned back to me.

My mouth dropped open in surprise. It was Odetton DePrynce, my father’s boss’ son. Where had he come from? Had he followed me back from school? He had never paid me any attention before.

“Why did you save me?” I asked tremulously, shrinking a little and wondering if he had come to beat me up, too.

An eyebrow went up as he looked down at me, seeming surprised by the question. His eyes narrowed, and filled with some emotion I didn’t recognize. Then he smirked. “Because I’m the only one allowed to bully you. That’s why! Now get up. We have a long walk back.”

As he picked up my bow and put it back in my hair for me, I couldn’t help but stare. Hazel eyes that swallowed my soul met mine, Odsie taking his sleeve and wiping off blood from a cut on my cheek. “You’re a mess. We need to get you home. You coming?”

But as Odsie kindly extended his hand to help me up, something happened that would change my life forever. I took his hand, wanting to never let go as his wrapped around mine. Looking up at my savior, my heart warmed in a way that it never had before.

That was the day I fell in love with Odetton DePrynce.

Hope you enjoyed this exclusive preview of the story! The Swan Princes is available now on Amazon for Kindle.

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Black Friday Book Deals

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Happy Thanksgiving Readers! Here’s A New Exclusive Clip of ‘The Cursed Ellipse’ – Gobble, Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you and your family are having a wonderfully blessed holiday!

To brighten the day of those who aren’t enjoying their day, whether because of work or in-law proverbial hell, here’s an exclusive sneak peek at my WIP The Cursed Ellipse from my Vaktare of All Realms series. Read on ahead and I think you are going to see why I felt this excerpt would be befitting for turkey day…

Unfortunately far from convinced, Heidi’s eyes flickered up to the rear view mirror, checking on the car behind us. But then they widened and focused on whatever was behind us. “Well, my, my. This ought to be good.”

I turned around in my seat to see Peter waltzing up to an enormous tom turkey that had been imperiously strutting across the road after its hens and blocking the car. We could see Brin leaning out the window and yelling after him, but Peter seemed determined. “Peter, I wouldn’t do that if I were you-“

“Get out of the way, you big, stupid oversized chicken! Go on! Git!“ Peter squawked.

“That flock has been living here for years,” Heidi murmured. “But that tom has a formidable reputation for being territorial-“

She never had to finish her sentence. And if she did, I didn’t hear it as I howled laughing.

Peter took one look at the now charging turkey and fled, arms outstretched with a yelp. The attempt he made to flee back into the safety of the car was unsuccessful, however. He gave the car door one haphazard tug before the bird got too close and he had to run for it again.

“Thank you, God,” I murmured as Heidi dug out her phone to film it.

We both chortled as they ran rings around the SUV; Peter running for his life and the turkey following close behind with its feathers fan out. The loud gobbling I could hear over Peter’s cursing did nothing to lessen the hilarity, however. I sat open mouthed as he let out a loud scream to his brother for help, still running.

Brin, of course, made no move to help him (he was probably just as thrilled as we were), other than to shout out his window, “get in, Peter. Get in the car-“

All attempts to remind Peter that he could produce Tru failed as he took a flying leap onto the hood of the SUV. This did nothing considering the turkey was able to fly. It only caused Peter to catapult off just as quickly when it flew up and pecked him in the butt with an irate cackle.

“This is gonna go viral,” Heidi snorted. “His mama is gonna to love this!”

But the hilarity wasn’t done as Brin got out to try and help. He’d no sooner stepped out when one of the hens went after him, enforcing the tom who was still chasing Peter. Brin tried to shoo it away but in the process, Peter darted around the back of the car unaware Brin had gotten out, too, and slammed into him. They both went down with Peter landing on top of Brin. And much to Heidi’s and my glee, the tom then proceeded to hop on top of them both, flapping its wings and still gobbling.

“Peter!”

Brin sat up with an angry grimace as Peter tried unsuccessfully to squeeze himself under the car to escape. All the fun ended as Brin promptly aimed a sleeping intent at the unsuspecting birds. They wobbled on their legs a few times and then fell over. Peter cursed and rubbed his ass, watching indignantly as Brin kindly picked it up and deposited it off the road.

Heidi at this point was too busy uploading the video to the internet to notice Fae staring out the back window. Fae had jumped up to watch, too. She turned to me, luminescent eyes aglow with humor. “Now that was entertainment.”

Did you enjoy this clip? It has roots in real life, as my father was once chased around our car just like this! It provided the perfect basis for this scene from my upcoming novel, The Cursed Ellipse from my Vaktare of All Realms series.

If you wish to read more of my writing, make sure to check out my Black Friday Book Sale here. I have a few freebie books and 75% off my newest novel, Wings of Caligo, so make sure to check it out!

I wish you and wonder Thanksgiving and a blessed holiday season. Keep an eye out for more posts from me over the next few days. I’ll be releasing excerpts from several of my upcoming books, including Robin Hood: The Delunian Kingdom, so stay tuned!

– Author Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

Book Cover Re-design Reveal: Wings of Caligo

Okay, folks. Here is the newly redesigned cover for Wings of Caligo! I loved the old cover, but too many of my readers felt that it gave off a ‘YA novel’ vibe because the color was so bright. And as those who have read the story know, there’s too much action for the story to fit the YA bill. It’s action, adventure and romance fantasy. So here we go: the new cover. What do you think?

Vs. the old cover:

Let me know what you think of the new cover! I always want to hear what my readers think!

A Review – Praise For Wings of Caligo

In this excellent story, a story which shines light on interpersonal relationships and the relationship between two societal factions, Ms. Heron-Heidel weaves an intelligent and compelling tale which, if one wants to see what she’s actually saying, teaches us why all of humanity should and must tear down the walls that we have put up between each other in order to make a better world. It is vastly different than her first book, but that is fine with me. Why? An author, and an author of a caliber such as she, should have a range which can handle whatever genre they write in. This story exhibits the inescapable fact that Ms. Heron-Heidel is a force to be reckoned with any genre she may choose to write in. Once again, Ms. Heron-Heidel, KUDOS TO YOU! Another fine job.
Author T Garth Connelly

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I want your opinion folks! Do you feel this cover is appropriate for the hotly anticipated second book in the Destiny in the Shadows series? What do you think of when you see this cover? Comment and let me know!

– Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

Author and Filmmaker

If you haven’t read the first book in the Destiny in the Shadows series, STILL DEATH, you can read it for free! I’ll send it to you immediately just for joining my VIP readers club!

Burn – An Excerpt From Wings of Caligo

“I knew I had gone too far in a millisecond. I was in way over my head but I wasn’t complaining.

I was surprised when the spark I could usually see in his eyes turned to a full-on burn. It wasn’t the ‘bait taken’ type of look I had been expecting. It was something else, something deeper, ignited within him. It was completely intimidating to me and yet it wasn’t. I was trapped in his eyes, just like I had always been trapped by his soul. They were trying to tell me something, but I was too lost in the alarming feeling of losing control.

In that moment Dare left absolutely no more question about what he wanted. He was eyeing my lips with open desire, flames glowing bright within their green depths. The air thickened around us and time stood still as I forgot how to breathe. I don’t know how long we stood there, transfixed. He seemed as unable to move from that moment as I was; that is until his eyes came up to mine, daring me to respond in kind.

I was being seduced by the urge to break my own rules, the ones I had hastily created to protect him. I wanted to go for it, finally let go and have what I wanted. It would be so easy to reach out and let it happen. It was tantalizing me. All of the reasons I knew for hanging back were evaporating in the back of my mind. All of the reasons except one…”

Thanks for reading this excerpt from Wings of Caligo! Make sure to check the book out on Amazon, free for Kindle Unlimited readers!

The Reviews Are Rolling In: Wings of Caligo

The reviews are coming in for Wings of Caligo. Here’s what one fellow author had to say:

In this excellent story, a story which shines light on interpersonal relationships and the relationship between two societal factions, Ms. Heron-Heidel weaves an intelligent and compelling tale which, if one wants to see what she’s actually saying, teaches us why all of humanity should and must tear down the walls that we have put up between each other in order to make a better world. It is vastly different than her first book, but that is fine with me. Why? An author, and an author of a caliber such as she, should have a range which can handle whatever genre they write in. This story exhibits the inescapable fact that Ms. Heron-Heidel is a force to be reckoned with any genre she may choose to write in. Once again, Ms. Heron-Heidel, KUDOS TO YOU! Another fine job.

– T Garth Connelly, award winning author of the Pathos

Thank you, Mr. Connelly! You can visit his blog and read the full review here.

Wings of Caligo is available on Amazon in Kindle Unlimited, ebook form, and in paperback editions. Happy reading!

– Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel

Wings of Caligo Is Here With A Special Deal For My Readers!

Hello everyone! Wings of Caligo is officially here!

It’s been a crazy journey, but it’s finally ready for you all to read. In truth, I couldn’t have done it all without you, my readers.

So in thanks, I want to thank you all for your constant support and love by offering a special deal today only. For anyone who purchases Wings of Caligo on Amazon by 12 PM CST, I’ll send you a free copy of the Legends of Arestina prequel novella, DIVIDE, as an added bonus. All you have to do is send me a screenshot proof of purchase and I’ll send it to you at no charge.

Thank you all again so much! If it weren’t for my wonderful readers, I wouldn’t be able to write these books!

You can email me the proof of purchase at mlheronheidel@yahoo.com.

Until next time,

Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel