Dragons and Portals, Oh My!

Hi Readers,

We hope you’re staying safe. We’re not since we’re in the middle of a dangerous adventure, actually three of them, which will be on sale as soon as they’re done.

What are those books?

  • His Angelic Keeper: Hidden (takes place during Curse Breaker: Falls and Curse Breaker: Sundered)
  • Curse Breaker: Hidden
  • His Angelic Keeper: Fallen (will take place either during Curse Breaker: Hidden or before the sequel to Curse Breaker: Hidden depending on how the story plays out)

That’s the plan so far, but as we, characters, make decisions that could change. The three books are part of a mega-crossover between our two series. It wasn’t supposed to be this way, but we (Papa and I, Ran, his son,) needed help. So naturally, we called Papa’s sister, Sovvan. She helms our sister series, His Angelic Keeper.

We got more than we bargained for when we asked for her help. We didn’t know she was in the middle of her own adventure (who allowed that?).

In a previous newsletter, I said there are two scenes in Dragon Spells that take place during His Angelic Keeper: Hidden. It’s looking more like those scenes will be in His Angelic Keeper: Fallen. So if you’ve read or are reading Dragon Spells now, you’re actually getting a glimpse of events happening two books into the future. Pretty cool, huh?

What are those scenes?

They involve a certain clockwork creature who gives Auntie Sovvan some serious trouble in Dragon Spells. This creature might be reprising that role in His Angelic Keeper: Fallen.

We’re going to continue our preview of Dragon Spells this week. Last week, Papa faced off against the Newsletter-Dragon. This week, I get in on the action—well, sort of. You’ll see what I mean.

Stay safe and enjoy.

Dragon Spells

by Melinda Kucsera

(Read Part 1Part 2Part 3part 4, part 5 of our special preview. Buy or read Dragon Spells here.)

Chapter 5: Secretive Bears and Their books

[Mount Eredren, Shayari]

“If I knew what you were reading, I wouldn’t have to ask.” I flopped onto the mattress beside my stuffed friend and his ghostly inhabitant. It didn’t pancake under me because I only weighed a fraction of what Papa did. I didn’t care if this put me in sword range. I needed to see those pages and the words written on them. I couldn’t read, but I could memorize the shapes of the letters and draw them later for my uncle, who could read.

Bear turned the page to a blank one. No fair. “If you’re good, maybe I’ll read you some of it.” Bear adjusted his hold on the book as the door flew open.

Papa slid backward across the uneven stone floor of our cave on a thin layer of magic. Green lightning raced over his boots, stopping him well short of the wall.

“Papa!” I sat up and crashed into a sparkly wall of magic pressing me into the mattress. Darn it. Papa was doing his protective thing again. “Let me up. I can help.” I shoved at the magic holding me down until a fireball struck it. Maybe Papa was onto something with this whole shielding thing.

“I’m fine. Stay where you are.” Papa waved at me. His green eyes blazed with magic, and his hands were all lit up too.

Indeed, he looked okay. His green tunic and trousers were a little singed in places, and his equally green cloak was mending a tear in itself. A half-dome of green energy stood between Papa and the angry dragon pushing on it. He fell back a step as the shield collapsed inward, hugging him more tightly. The dragon raised her horned head for another go at him, but her gaze caught on the fiery-purple hoop floating nearby.

Uh-oh. I’d paid so much attention to the dragon and Bear; I hadn’t noticed the portal had appeared in the back corner of our cave.

“So that’s where you’ve been hiding it.” The dragon sidestepped Papa, and his shield, and dove through the portal.

“We have to stop her.” I pushed against the magic that was still holding me down. “Let me up, Papa.”

A loud crash drowned out whatever Papa had been about to say as the portal started shaking.

“Why’s it doing that? It’s never done that before.” I stared in fascination at the dancing portal.

That purple-glowing hoop functioned as a magical doorway to our Scribe, Melinda Kucsera’s, apartment. Through its quaking aperture, a slice of her living room went in and out of focus. I just hoped the computer I used to send Melinda’s newsletter each week was okay. The dragon who’d just left had tried to take it over on more than one occasion. I had to get to that computer and stop her.

Papa’s magic released me as he passed the mattress, and I grabbed a handful of his pant leg to stop him from doing that protective parent thing and declaring that I had to stay here or some other nonsense. Because that wasn’t happening, and he should know that by now. “I’m coming with you.”

“Of course, you are.” Papa bent and set me on my feet.

“Where you go, I go,” I reminded him, just in case he was having second thoughts about that, and right now, we needed to go through that portal. We couldn’t allow anything dangerous near our Scribe, and that included angry dragons. “Are you coming, Bear?” I glanced at my stuffed friend.

Bear turned another page. “Not right now. You run along without me.”

“Are you sure about that?” Because the book he was skimming didn’t look like it was all that unputdownable. No more swords had appeared, and its pages didn’t glow anymore. The book looked ordinary in his paws now.

In answer to my question, Bear nodded his bulbous head. His stitched lips didn’t so much as twitch when he spoke, but I heard his words loudly and clearly, and so did Papa. “I’ll be along later. Give the dragon my regards.”

“Okay.” It was weird that Bear wanted to stay here, but he’d been disappearing from our adventures quite often lately. He must be up to something. I’d have to figure out what after we dealt with the dragon. She was dangerous. Bear was just cryptic.

“When my brother returns from school, tell him where we went.” Papa pointed to the portal then had to shield his eyes when its glow intensified, turning it white-hot for a moment before it faded back to its usual purple.

“Will do. You have my word on that.” Bear waved without looking up from the page he was reading.

“Ow.” I rubbed my smarting eyes. Papa had blocked some of the light with his body because he was more than twice my height, but that light had been way too bright. Something must have gone very wrong on the other side of that portal. I rushed toward it before Papa could stop me.

***

Dragon Spells is available at Amazon.com. Get your copy now to read what happens next. Find out who wins, and who gets barbecued.




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