Not Your Usual Host

Hi Readers,

This is a little awkward. I don’t usually host this weekly newsletter, but your usual host is sleeping on the job, and I mean that in the most literal sense of the word. Ran, Sarn’s son, and my adorable nephew, is curled up on the chaise lounge by the sliding glass door that leads to the cement block that’s pretending to be a patio. He’s still holding our Scribe’s cell phone while he snoozes.

The little tyke is out cold from the launch of Hidden Magic. It was ranked #1 in Norse Mythology (Yes, there are Vikings in that book but not in every story) and #1 in fantasy short stories & anthologies! Hooray for that orange bestseller tag!

If you haven’t checked out Hidden Magic yet, now’s a great time because the sequel, Wayward Magic publishes in just under a month! In Wayward Magic, all 20 stories that began in Hidden Magic continue as our brave witches, warlocks, wizards and other adventurers work to achieve their goals. There’s lots of magical mayhem inside!

And, of course, Nulthir is in serious trouble. The kind that might be beyond the ability of his creature friends to solve when the dark magic that attacked him in Hidden Magic tries to take him over. *Shudder* Glad it’s after him and not me. I’ve had my fill of that in my own series. Thank you very much.

We, characters, might have a little party here in celebration of those pretty orange tags. Since children were present (my nephew), we ate chocolate and frozen cherries instead of liquid libations. They were yummy. ❤ While we hung out as characters do when we aren’t in life-threatening situations, Ran kept refreshing the stats and shouting them out to us until the wee hours of the morning. That’s why he’s out cold now.

Where’s his father? Well, that’s what I’d like to know, but I don’t see him in our Scribe’s apartment. I leaned over my adorably sleeping nephew and popped my head through the purple-glowing portal to our world, but my brother wasn’t in his cave. Neither was my half-brother, Miren. Oh, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Sovvan, Sarn’s sister, and Ran’s aunt, which makes me his babysitter until my brother returns. 🙂

But that also leaves me with another problem. We were supposed to continue our current adventure, but it’s from Ran’s point of view, and he’s asleep. So you see my dilemma… I could wake him, and we could find the rest of the cast and resume that adventure, but he’s sleeping so soundly and making the cutest little noises. Maybe I’ll just let him sleep a little longer.

It’s been a while since you and I talked, and I am so excited about my next book: His Angelic Keeper: Hidden! Are you ready for it?

Yes, Curse Breaker: Hidden is still coming. But my book has to come first because I did something awesome in my brother’s book, and to keep that awesome thing from falling into the gigantic plot holes I created in my own series by abandoning it, Melinda had to go back to and finish my sequel first because it has to happen before Curse Breaker: Hidden.

You’re probably thinking I arranged things to get my book out first. I wish I could take credit for that, but I just wanted to save my brother and nephew. I wasn’t thinking about the consequences of my actions when I showed up in Curse Breaker: Falls, or the plot hole I might have created when I did that.

That’s Melinda’s job, right? She’s the Scribe, so filling in the plot holes I *accidentally* created is her job, not mine. I’m just the hero of the story. 🙂 I get to do cool things, as my nephew says, and Melinda has to make it all make sense.

But my second book is much more than the connective tissue between some of my random appearances and disappearances in the Curse Breaker series. I actually cause a fair amount of mayhem that’s all my own! And I have help doing that. 😉

“Auntie Sovvan? What are you doing? Why do you have a big silly smile on your face? Did I miss something?” Ran rubbed his eyes and sat up. A cellphone landed on the throw rug in front of the chaise lounge. He picked it up, shakes his head at what he sees on the screen and powers it off while muttering about a ‘nosy dragon.’

We were supposed to interrogate that dragon this week, but it’s just Ran and me in a scene meant for 6 characters.

“Auntie?”

“What? Oh, I was just telling them about my next book. I’m very excited about it.” I skip to the chaise lounge. My white robes flared around me. All the better to see the lovely purple stripe at the hem.

“Am I in it?” Ran pushes the now-dark cellphone under a throw pillow. Nice try. Now, I want to know what he read on the screen.

“Yes, you are, and your dad too. Um, where is he?” I make a show of looking around as I slid my hand under the pillow and grabbed the phone.

“I don’t know. He was right here when I fell asleep.” Ran patted the seat next to him.

While he looked looked through the portal to check his cave home, I withdrew the phone and concealed it in my bell sleeves. “Maybe he went to work?” I suggested.

Ran looked past me at you, standing by the door where I left you when he woke up. “Maybe. Oh, hi everyone. If you could just give me a minute, I’ll start this week’s adventure. But first, I need to talk to my Aunt about something.” Ran waved to you then said in an undertone, “Auntie Sovvan, why didn’t tell me we had company?”

“You were sleeping. We didn’t want to wake you.” I shrugged and peeked into my sleeve at the phone I was powering up.

“So you started my newsletter without me?” Ran slid off the chaise lounge and rushed to the PC on the kitchen table.

“No, I entertained them until you could take over. I didn’t touch the PC.” I looked at the phone inside my sleeve, but the screen was locked. How could I unlock it?

“Then why are there all these words taking up space in my newsletter?” Ran pointed a shaking finger at a screen that was indeed filled with my words and thoughts. Oops.

I winked at him. “There must be some magic hidden in that computer.”

Oh, come now. You knew we’d go there. It was only a matter of time. 😉 Next week, we promise to be good characters and keep the hijinx to a minimum, so our newsletter adventure can continue.




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