Thank you & A Special Preview

Hi Readers,

We want to take a moment to thank you for supporting us and all the authors of Rogue Skies. We set an ambitious goal of making the USA Today Bestseller list, and it was a great run. No matter what happens, we did our best, and we’re grateful for all your support.

(This is Ran, your usual greeter/newsletter host. Melinda, my Scribe, is taking a well-deserved rest, so I’m in control of this week’s newsletter and her pc until Papa notices I left our cave through the portal conveniently located in our cave.)

While we wait for USA Today to tally all the sales from last week, we’ll begin our coverage of Rogue Night, the sequel to Hunter’s Night (our Rogue Skies book and Robin’s first adventure).

Did you know that Robin’s second adventure, Rogue Night, is 30% longer than Hunter’s Night? That means there’s lots more magical mayhem! I even get in on that! (I’m still just a baby, but I’m very precocious. I don’t let my pint-size stop me from giving the Wild Hunt a run for their—er—magic? 😉

So, what’s Rogue Night about?

They took her daughter. Now, she’s hunting them.

Robin has no choice. She must ask the Rangers of Mount Eredren to aid her in her quest to save her baby. But first, she must convince them of the truth—the scourge of the enchanted forest is now kidnapping young children. That task might prove deadly if she’s not careful. Enemies are everywhere under the mountain, and they’re targeting her.

For Robin, failure is not an option. She’ll do anything to save her daughter even call forth a magic she doesn’t understand and risk the deaths of everyone under the mountain to gain the help of the one person who could find her daughter.

Rogue Night is the second book in the female-led epic fantasy adventure series, Robin of Larkspur, starring a young woman warrior who could become the most skilled witch their world has ever known. Christian Fantasy meets epic fantasy in this fast-paced narrative pitting Robin against shapeshifters, pagan deities, demons and other supernatural creatures who will do everything in their power to stop her from fulfilling her destiny.

Fans of Nicholas Eames, Julliet Marillier, Michael J. Sullivan, Mercedes Lackey, Brent Weeks, Margaret Weis, and Tracy Hickman will enjoy Robin’s struggle to save her daughter. Get Rogue Night today!

And now we bring you a preview of Rogue Night, the sequel to Hunter’s Night.


Rogue Night

A Robin of Larkspur Novel (Book 2)


Chapter 1


“My baby.” As those two words echoed through the tunnel, they attenuated until they filled the darkness, leaving no room for anything else, not even the breath Robin struggled to take as fear and loss constricted her chest. But she put one snowy boot in front of the other because she had to. This was the only path open to her now, and Robin would damn well make it work.

Each step was an effort because it took her away from her daughter. Robin felt that keenly now, and a small voice kept screaming at her to turn around and find those wolves. Their collars were the key. They held the only clue she’d found to her daughter’s kidnappers.

If only she could get her hands on one. But those wolves were gone just like her daughter. Damn her for not being fast enough to grab one by the scruff of his neck. Robin swayed as that event replayed, but she still didn’t know what she could have done differently.


EARLIER


Robin landed on the gravel path leading up to the doors of Mount Eredren and braced herself for a fight. When it didn’t come, she sat up and met the wolf’s glowing green eyes. In his eyes, she saw that gloating Huntress in all her half-naked, furry glory, confirming her guess. That baby-stealing bitch had sent those wolves after her. Her hunch had been right, but it was a hollow victory.

“Thank you.” Robin reached out to ruffle the wolf’s sable fur then thought better of it and let her hand drop onto her lap. He was an alpha, not a pet.

The alpha nodded and whined in pain as a flash parted his glowing green collar. It fell off and vanished before it hit the ground leaving a luminous green thread behind. He backed away from it and growled at Robin when that thread crawled toward her.

She crab-walked away from it, but it launched itself and wrapped around her ankle, adding to her collection of glowing things. Robin tensed and waited for something to happen, but nothing did. There wasn’t even a tug from the leash it had been part of. Damn it.

The leash was gone, and so was her only clue to the whereabouts of the Wild Hunt. That new thread just glowed around her ankle. Robin dropped her head into her hands. She’d been so close to finding the answer she’d sought.


NOW…


Robin blinked as the tunnel came back into focus, not that there was much to see other than rocks, rocks, and more rocks. Was the tunnel spinning, or was she? She leaned on her bow case and felt lightheaded and alone. There was no one else in the tunnel.

The chunk of white lumir crystal dangling from a button on her red coat had grown a fuzzy halo. That couldn’t be good. It was the only light in a tunnel that must be part of a maze because each twist and turn only presented her with another intersection, and it looked exactly like the last one.

Three identical pathways led into the darkness on three separate paths. Which one led to the mage she sought and the help she needed?

“They took my baby,” a woman said, but her voice seemed to come from everywhere at once.

“They took mine too,” Robin said too softly to interrupt those heart-wrenching sobs. Which tunnel would take her closer to that woman? Oh Lord, she was so lost. Robin had no idea which way to go. Which would take her to the woman who was living her personal nightmare?

A green glow reached out of her coat and into the darkness, stretching its spherical nimbus into an ellipse whose narrower end pointed to the left-hand tunnel. Robin ran a finger along the green-glowing links of her necklace and wondered again about the mage whose power had combined to make it. What would he be like?

Robin regarded the tunnel the remnants of his magic pointed at. He must be down that way. But could that woman also be down there? She needed to find both, but his power just pointed unerringly to the left, so she went that way because gaining his help was paramount. Robin couldn’t find her baby, or that other woman’s child if the same people had kidnapped them both, without that mage’s help. “But will he help me?”

She touched her necklace again and got nothing from it, no promise of aid, no reassurance, just a not-so-gentle nudge toward the left-hand tunnel.

Robin leaned on her bow case as she pushed on, using it in place of a walking stick. The case she kept her bow in was big enough to stand in for a walking stick. At six feet dead even, it was a hollow tube made of a light but tough woody vine.

Her unstrung bow fit snugly into it, but the case was still thicker than a traditional walking stick and heavier too. But it was still quite effective at propelling her forward over the uneven ground. It was the perfect probe too. It had revealed several deadly drops and quite a few large holes in time for her to avoid them.

The metal capping her bow case’s base glinted in the lumir light, and Robin froze as a feeling of déjà vu swept over her. But she couldn’t have done this before because today was the first time she’d ever visited Mount Eredren. But that feeling only intensified as she probed the darkness with her bow case for any more traps.

She hoped Strella had better luck finding help for Cat, but Robin sincerely doubted that. Strella was probably around here somewhere and likely getting just as frustrated when yet another bend revealed either another intersection or worse, a blank wall.

There had to be people around here somewhere. Robin had sensed them during that strange moment when she’d connected with the mage whose power had created her necklace, and she still needed an explanation about that. How had she connected to him?

If Robin could figure that out, she’d be one step closer to finding him. She tapped her finger against the green-glowing links on the chain around her neck but got nothing from it except light. There was still no sign this place was even inhabited. It felt abandoned, but that was impossible. Rumor had it this place was packed with people. Where were they? Robin had seen no one since parting with Strella. That goodbye had punched a small hole in her heart. Strella had become a good friend, and the events of that day had made it clear Robin needed all the help she could get. She just had to find some.


To be continued next week as part of our special launch festivities! Don’t wait! Get your copy of Rogue Night now!




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