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#Sale • The Yden Collection • #Dragons

ydencollection3dversionbcroppedMonday, March 20th is the first day of spring, and therefore it’s time to catch a dragon by the tail! From 3/20/17 through 3/26/17, The Yden Collection is only 99 cents! (US & UK)

Included in this box set are:

KIRASGRKira • The Yden Prequel Trilogy

Poisoned by an enemy, a young warrior struggles to find an antidote before she succumbs to enslavement. At the same time, she’s desperate to save Dorsit, a Leopard Clan wizard whose youth and magic has been stolen by a murderous wizard on a rampage. As Kira’s homeland is invaded by bloodthirsty legions, she flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mirrum Mountain nymphs and a legendary cure. Hunted by shadow hounds, an army of Cyclopes, and an evil jinn, will her wits and skill as a warrior be enough to survive?

LGWOYSGRThe Last Great Wizard of Yden

Jon Hansen always thought his father’s tales about the magical planet of Yden were fiction. When his father is kidnapped by an evil wizard, however, Jon is forced to dig deeper. His investigation uncovers magical artifacts that will unlock another dimension—if only he can gather his courage to make the journey. On his quest to Yden, Jon encounters wizards, Cyclopes, and a warlord who seem to want him dead. Fortunately, he’s got friends by his side, as well as the ability to draw things to life. Can he and his friends defeat the most evil wizard the magical world has ever known, or will Jon become the latest addition to the Wolf Clan wizard’s gruesome collection of trophies?

DCOYCOVERSGRFinal4Dragon Clan of Yden

As Jon’s formal magical training begins, his budding romantic attraction to Kira jeopardizes his relationship with Brett. At the same time, the Dragon Clan is bringing the Earth-born children of Yden’s wizards back home. Unfortunately, the Fox Clan has also been recruiting these teen wizards for its own sinister plans. The mysterious Guinn of the Fox Clan is searching for a weapon known as the Portal Key and is more than willing to kill for it. Jon becomes increasingly desperate and reckless in his quest to thwart the Fox Clan, but he discovers—too late—his enemy is closer than he thinks.

Secrets of Yden

soysgrcvr2As Jon begins his final year in high school, he and his friends are focused on the future. Unfortunately, a past skirmish on Yden is still having repercussions. Bailey of the Shark Clan is out for revenge, and he has secret support on the Executive Council. Worse, time is stopping on Earth for increasingly long intervals, and only Jon is unaffected. Unfortunately, the search for answers uncovers an ancient prophecy that seemingly spells his doom.

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Last Few Weeks for Secrets of Yden

Yden_Book3The publishing rights to my third Yden book, Secrets of Yden, will shortly be reverting back to me. By contract, I must keep the book off the market for 90 days. So if you’ve been thinking about reading it, act now or temporarily (until January 2017) hold your peace! I don’t believe the book will be available anywhere past October 12, 2016, but exact dates are up to the publisher. ~ Suzanne

Blurb: As Jon Hansen begins his senior year in high school, he and his friends are focused on the future. Unfortunately, a past skirmish on Yden is still having repercussions. Bailey of the Shark Clan is out for revenge, and he may have secret support in the Executive Council. Worse, time is stopping on Earth for increasingly long intervals, and only Jon’s ankh sets him apart. An unstable portal is the cause, but his search for answers uncovers an ancient prophecy that seemingly spells his doom. Can Jon repair the hole in the universe before time stops forever, or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the world?

Click HERE to go to the Yden series Amazon page. Kira: The Yden Trilogy Prequel is still free, and books one and two are in the KU program.

New Name, New Upcoming Release

All my releases from now on will bear my full name, Suzanne G. Rogers, and I hope to have my entire backlist updated on 1/1/16. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the process goes smoothly, but I have Amazon’s number on hand in case it doesn’t! That being said, I’m releasing a new romantic fantasy novella, Whimsical Tendencies, in December.

Blurb: Although she has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, Cypher McCall holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now ruling the country. Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection. Unfortunately for Cypher, however, she’s too beautiful to ignore. After a Cauldian contingent arrives in her hometown, a chance encounter leaves her repulsed by the arrogant Prince Ewan and attracted to his distant cousin, Lord Joss.

When she learns the prince plans to tear down the ruins of nearby Castle Augur, Cypher vows to stop him. Although handsome Lord Joss tries to protect her from his vindictive cousin, Cypher can’t bring herself to trust the enemy. At the same time, nightmares and dreams nudge her toward reclaiming childhood memories. She stumbles on a silver key that she hopes will unlock her past, but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Will the knowledge of Cypher’s true identity tear her apart or will it empower her to restore everything she’s ever loved?

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Whimsical Tendencies began as a short story, published by MuseitUp Publishing as Cypher. I rewrote the manuscript, nearly doubling the size in the process. The tale includes wizards, magical plants, ghosts, the living, the dead, and things in between. It’s available for pre-order now, for a December 11th release (just in time for Christmas).

~ Suzanne

New Cover Reveal • THE LAST GREAT WIZARD OF YDEN

LGWOTCOVERCONCEPT4I wanted to share my awesome new cover for The Last Great Wizard of Yden. The dragon artwork is gorgeous, and reflects the artistic ability of the main character, Jon Hansen. If you haven’t read anything about the world of Yden yet, I encourage you to pick up a free copy of the Yden Trilogy prequel, Kira. The story covers the period of time just before Jon finds his way across dimensions to discover his heritage.

NEWKIRACOVERFINALBlurb: Poisoned by an enemy, a young woman struggles to find an antidote before she succumbs to enslavement. At the same time, she’s desperate to save Dorsit, a Leopard Clan wizard whose youth and magic has been stolen by a murderous wizard on a rampage. As Kira’s homeland is invaded by bloodthirsty legions, she flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mirrum Mountain nymphs and a legendary cure. Hunted by shadow hounds, an army of Cyclopes, and an evil jinn, will her wits and skill as a warrior be enough to survive?

Kira is available for the Kindle Here, absolutely free. The Nook version is HERE, also free.

If you enjoy reading about the world of Yden, give The Last Great Wizard of Yden a look. If you like coming-of-age stories with magic rings and artifacts, dragons, wicked warlords, evil wizards, and a little bit of young love, The Last Great Wizard of Yden is for you. It’s $0.99 at Amazon HERE.

The Temporary Wizard of Locklynn • Part Four

TWOLNEWCOVERToday is the fourth and final part of The Temporary Wizard of Locklynn! If you’ve missed any of the other chapters, click the appropriate link: Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three.

If you’ve liked what you’ve read, please let me know!

~ S.G. Rogers

Chapter Four

Starting Over

As the new swarm of woolihoppers began to descend, Kipp materialized in a crackling flash of light. He wove a spell over a herd of yamas that caused the grazing insects to whirr up overhead. Ilene magically blasted them with frigid air, and the winged creatures dropped to the grass like fat brown hail.

“What does your spell do?” she asked Kipp.

“It makes the wool taste foul.”

“Good one,” she said. “I hadn’t thought of that.”

Ilene and Kipp moved across the pasture, working together until the menace was eliminated. When the last insect was dead, Kipp magically swept the frozen woolihoppers into a huge pile. Ilene vetoed his plan to burn the lot, and instead used a reduction spell until the pile resembled an anthill.

By the time the two wizards returned to the farmhouse, Dane Goery had set up several casks of ale to reward his neighbors for coming to his aid. Kipp declined the cup offered to him, and waved off any expressions of gratitude.

“I’m sorry I was late,” he said. “But I’m heading to the other farms right now to treat the yamas against any more woolihopper infestations.”

Kipp vanished in a flash of light and sound like far-off thunder. Ilene wrinkled her nose at the smell of ozone that always accompanied a wizard’s transport. As she sipped her ale, a smile played on her lips. Although Ilene freely acknowledged that Locklynn’s wizard was powerful, Gert had mentioned he was the most handsome man she’d ever seen. Ilene’s shoulders moved in a baffled shrug. There’s really no accounting for taste.

Mayor Henryr approached. “It appears that your approach with Kipp was better than ours. What did you say to him?”

Ilene laughed as she recalled the Bear Clan wizard sitting in the middle of the icy stream, soaking wet. He’d worn a shocked expression only partly due to the temperature of the water. I expect he won’t underestimate a female wizard again.

“You could say I threw a little cold water on the situation,” she replied. “I hope it does Kipp some long term good.”

In the tavern’s common room after dinner that night, townspeople exchanged enthusiastic stories about the fierce battle against the woolihoppers. Ilene joined in from time to time, but she mostly enjoyed listening to the conversation. Her mood was tinged with sadness; now that Locklynn’s wizard had emerged from his hibernation, she would be moving on… but when? Strange how quickly I became attached to this place.

Gert slid into the chair next to Ilene and gave her a worried smile. “Are you all right? Your green eyes look a little blue.”

“I’ll be fine, thank you. I suppose I should leave tomorrow so you can rent out my room for the festival.”

“What? I thought you were getting along famously here. Why do you want to go?”

“It’s not like I have a choice. With Kipp back on duty, I must look for another job.”

Gert frowned. “It doesn’t seem fair somehow.”

“I knew the job was temporary from the beginning,” Ilene said. “Perhaps after I get settled into my next position, I’ll come for a visit, to see how you’re getting along.”

“Promise me you’ll stay in Locklynn at least until after the festival,” Gert said. “There’s plenty of work for you to do until then.”

The steel band tightening across Ilene’s chest suddenly eased. “Only if you let me add extra guest rooms to the tavern. You can always use the extra accommodations even after the festival is over.”

“You have a deal, even though I’m getting the better bargain.”

Over the next few days, Ilene was too busy with festival preparations to contemplate her departure. Gert mentioned that Kipp was working out at the festival grounds, helping to erect a dance pavilion and food booths.

“It’s so wonderful to see him out and about as a part of the community again,” she said.

“That’s great.” Ilene forced a smile. “I’m glad the town is in such good hands.”

At last, people began to pour into Locklynn in anticipation of the festivities. All the rooms at the Spinning Wheel Tavern were full, even the extra rooms Ilene had created in the back. In addition, most of Locklynn’s residents let tourists rent their spare bedrooms. Visitors erected tents in the fields—so many, in fact, that the area resembled a campground. Taverns and shops were bursting with customers, and Ilene was glad she’d put so much effort into renewing the street and buildings. For such a small town, Locklynn looked its best.

Her brother Ian arrived on the first day of the festival, bringing with him a large contingent from Spriteburg. The group included several merchants in search of Locklynn wool and finished products. It was with a great deal of pride that Ilene watched the spirited haggling over vibrantly colored lots in the marketplace. Ian nodded toward the vast array of wool skeins.

“I recognize your handiwork, Ilene,” he remarked. “You’ve always had a fine eye for color.”

“You’re too kind, Ian,” she replied. Ilene suddenly noticed the lightweight cherry-red muffler around his neck. “What a beautiful scarf! Did you buy that from one of the booths?”

“Naw, I won it in a game of cards at the campground this morning. Poor lad never knew what hit him.”

As Gert strolled past just then, she gave Ian a saucy wink. Surprised, Ian had to look around to make sure her gaze was directed at him.

“Aye, she wants you to introduce yourself,” Ilene laughed. “Her name is Gert, and she’s my landlady, so be nice.”

“How’d I get so lucky?”

Ian loped off in pursuit. Moments later another man came to stand by Ilene’s side. She glanced up and her mouth went dry. The stranger was young, clean-shaven and terribly handsome, with broad shoulders and a shock of thick red-brown hair.

“Welcome to Locklynn,” she said. “You must be here for the festival.”

“Thank you, I am. The town looks much better than the last time I was here. Gert tells me you’re the new wizard?”

“Aye,” she replied, without thinking. “Well, actually, no. I’m just temporary.”

“Really? Maybe you should stick around,” he said. “I’ve heard the regular wizard is a useless lump and a lazy lout to boot.”

Ilene looked him full in the face. She gulped when she realized the man had one green and one blue eye. Although they were different colors, both eyes were mesmerizing.

“I don’t know him at all, to be truthful,” she replied. “We didn’t exactly meet under the best of circumstances.”

“Maybe you two could start over,” he said. “If you’re willing.”

Ilene noticed Ian had cornered Gert next to a booth selling freshly poured battercakes and lemonade. “It won’t be easy. Do you see my twin brother Ian? If Locklynn’s wizard can manage to get on his good side, I might change my mind.”

“It’s already been done,” Kipp replied.

“How do you know?” Ilene asked, surprised.

“I let Ian win that scarf off me just this morning,” Kipp said. “Plus, Gert’s my cousin.”

THE END

pagebreakI invite you to visit the world of Yden:

The Last Great Wizard of Yden

LGWOYSGRJon Hansen always thought his father’s tales about the magical planet of Yden were fiction. When his father is kidnapped by an evil wizard, however, Jon is forced to dig deeper. His investigation uncovers magical artifacts that will unlock another dimension—if only he can gather his courage to make the journey. On his quest to Yden, Jon encounters wizards, Cyclopes, and a warlord who seem to want him dead. Fortunately, he’s got friends by his side, as well as the ability to draw things to life. Can he and his friends defeat the most evil wizard the magical world has ever known, or will Jon become the latest addition to the Wolf Clan wizard’s gruesome collection of trophies?

DCOYCOVERSGRFinal4Dragon Clan of Yden

While balancing the rigorous demands of regular schoolwork, Jon eagerly begins his magical training on Dragon Isle. At the same time, the Dragon Clan starts to search for other Earth-born sons and daughters of Yden’s wizards. Using a purloined map, however, the Fox Clan has already begun recruiting the children of Yden for their own sinister plans. Jon soon discovers Guinn of the Fox Clan is searching for a magical artifact called the Portal Key — and he’s more than willing to kill for it. Worse, Guinn’s desire to settle an old score puts Jon directly in his sights. As Guinn’s schemes fall into place, Jon is forced to hurt a close friend to protect her. Can he learn enough magic in time to thwart Guinn’s ambitions? Will he find the inner strength to survive injury, bitter betrayal, and horrendous loss? The fate of Earth and Yden hangs in the balance.

Yden_Book3Secrets of Yden

As Jon Hansen begins his senior year in high school, he and his friends are focused on the future. Unfortunately, a past skirmish on Yden is still having repercussions. Bailey of the Shark Clan is out for revenge, and he may have secret support in the Executive Council. Worse, time is stopping on Earth for increasingly long intervals, and only Jon’s ankh sets him apart. An unstable portal is the cause, but his search for answers uncovers an ancient prophecy that seemingly spells his doom. Can Jon repair the hole in the universe before time stops forever, or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the world?

KIRASGRKira: The Yden Trilogy Prequel

Poisoned by an enemy, Kira struggles to find an antidote before she succumbs to enslavement. At the same time, she’s desperate to save Dorsit, a Leopard Clan wizard whose youth and magic has been stolen by a murderous wizard on a rampage. As Kira’s homeland is invaded by bloodthirsty legions, Kira flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mirrum Mountain nymphs and a legendary cure. Hunted by shadow hounds, an army of Cyclopes, and an evil jinn, will her wits and skill as a warrior be enough to survive?

The Temporary Wizard of Locklynn • Part Three

TWOLNEWCOVERToday I’m posting the third part of my short Yden story, The Temporary Wizard of Locklynn. (If you missed Part One, go Here. Part Two is Here). In TWOL, new wizard Ilene is trying to find her first job on Yden. Unfortunately, she’s challenged by the traditional patriarchal system in which she, as a female, must prove her abilities. Come back tomorrow for Part Four. Enjoy! ~ S.G. Rogers

Chapter Three
The Woolihoppers

Mayor Henryr’s chores seemed to multiply like the musical wildflowers that sprouted up alongside the roads, and Ilene dove into her work with relish. The town’s residents had pent up demand for a wizard’s services, and it seemed as if she’d arrived just in time. Her stay lengthened into weeks—long enough for her to realize she’d stumbled into a unique and whimsical place. Locklynn’s stone cottages, streams, and verdant countryside reminded her of Scotland, where she’d been born. The town was originally founded on textiles, and a great many of the surrounding farms raised furry creatures called yamas. The horned and winged animals resembled a cross between sheep dogs and llamas—if llamas had small wings, of course. Ilene paid house calls to the outlying yama farms, where she would enchant the animals to produce different tints of wool. Afterward, the yamas tended to flock by hue. From a distance, the grassy fields appeared to be covered with moving streaks of color.

Yamas were shorn in late spring for their gloriously abundant wool, and the town always hosted a shearing festival in celebration. Since an influx of visitors contributed greatly to the town’s fortunes, the more prominent citizens worked to make sure the upcoming festival would be a tremendous success. To that end, Ilene connected Locklynn to the Wiznet magical mailbox system rapidly spreading across Yden, and festival announcements were sent out by the hundreds.

Ten days before the festival, the mayor pounced on Ilene as she left the tavern for work.

“We have a problem, Wizard.” His expression was uncharacteristically sober. “An infestation of woolihoppers has settled at the Goery farm and they’re eating the wool straight off the yamas.”

“Woolihoppers? Are those some kind of insects?” Ilene asked, baffled.

“They swarm most often after we’ve had an unusually dry winter.” Mayor Henryr wrung his hands in a panic.“If we don’t stop them, they’ll eat through the town’s whole crop of wool, and the festival will be ruined! Kipp would know what to do, but he’s holed up in his house and won’t come out.”

“What a galoot! Take me to the man and I’ll see if I can talk some sense into him.”

Ilene and the mayor set off at a good clip. Just outside town, the mayor led her onto a weed-choked path through a swath of forest, and shortly thereafter to a picturesque stream. Although it was spring, the water’s edge was still crusted with ice. When Ilene paused on the footbridge to admire the view, a fat laughing frog on the bank giggled, releasing a wave of toxic magic.

“Watch out, Mayor!” Ilene exclaimed.

She automatically blocked the wave, but it hit Mayor Henryr even as he ran to the far side of the bridge. He was obliged to put his hands on his knees, gasping for breath, until his lengthy fit of laughter passed. Ilene was not amused.

“A laughing frog is a nasty sort of creature to have guarding the bridge,” she said. “I gather Kipp of the Bear Clan is unfriendly.”

“He used to be as sunny as can be,” the mayor said, wiping tears of mirth from his face with a large red handkerchief. “It was love gone wrong that changed him.”

“If that’s all it takes, we should all be warped,” Ilene muttered.

As Mayor Henryr and Ilene drew closer to an underground dwelling built into the side of a hill, the wooden door and rounded windows suddenly faded away until they became a seamless part of the grass. In spite of her annoyance, Ilene was impressed.

“Not a bad illusion,” she admitted. “You can’t be bothered with visitors if they can’t find your door.”

“It’s Kipp’s way of telling us to leave,” the Mayor whispered.

“It is, is it?” Ilene cupped her hands around her mouth and aimed her voice at the hillside. “Come out and face me, you useless lump of a wizard,” she bellowed.

“I wouldn’t address Kipp in that fashion,” the Mayor gasped, wide-eyed. He edged backwards. “You could make him mad.”

“That’s exactly what I intend to do,” Ilene replied. “Getting his dander up might snap him out of his depression. Don’t you suppose he’s been coddled long enough?”

When Mayor Henryr made no reply, she glanced over. The man had turned tail and was dashing across the footbridge as fast as his legs could carry him. How like a politician to cut and run when things get difficult, she thought. Undeterred, Ilene literally rolled up her sleeves, cast a reveal spell to locate Kipp’s front door, and then pounded on the thick wood with the meaty part of her fist. “You’re needed, you lazy lout! You’ll have no peace from me until you show yourself.”

When the door burst open, Ilene stumbled backward. Her first glimpse of the Bear Clan wizard was fearsome. Kipp was as thin as a bowl of gruel, his clothes were unkempt, and his wild reddish-brown mane had obviously avoided a hairbrush for quite some time. The lower half of his face was covered in a bushy, ginger-colored beard, which served to draw attention to his unusual eyes. One was bright blue and the other was green, and both were flashing with anger. Strangely enough, however, Ilene’s Clan ring wasn’t warning her that the wizard was dangerous.

“Get away from my door, woman,” he thundered. “You’ve got the manners of a stray dog infested with pixienits.”

“Speaking of infestations, while you’ve been sulking underground feeling sorry for yourself, the Goery farm has a nasty problem with woolihoppers,” Ilene snapped. “If it’s not too much bother, give me the spell and I’ll deal with the pests.”

“What are you going to do with a spell?” Kipp scoffed.

“I’m an Eagle Clan wizard, you odd-eyed hermit.”

“Ha! A slip of a girl like you—a wizard? You’re joking.”

Although Ilene never laid a physical hand on him, Kipp suddenly flew through the air and landed in the icy stream nearby with a huge splash. Ilene stood on the bank glaring at him, with her arms akimbo. “I’ll thank you not to underestimate a female wizard in the future.” Ilene tossed her head. “Enjoy your bath. From the look of you, doubtless you can use one.”

Ilene used the magical transporter cuff on her wrist to travel directly to the Goery farm, where she’d worked the day prior. Unfortunately, she materialized into the center of pandemonium. Unhappy yamas were bleating and flapping their wings as brown flying insects the size of Ilene’s hand nibbled at their wool. She shuddered; the swarm was so thick that she couldn’t take a step without treading on the distasteful creatures. Poor Dane Goery and his family were shearing fleeces as fast as they could in an attempt to save their crop from the jaws of the woolihoppers. Half the town had turned out to help, but it was a losing fight. As soon as the insects had been beaten off one yama, more woolihoppers took their place.

Mayor Henryr rode up a horse, and jumped to the ground. “Is Kipp coming?”

She shook her head. “I’m afraid we’re on our own, but I’ll do what I can.”

Ilene jumped into the fray, using magic to draw off large numbers of woolihoppers and freeze them. It was slow work, but for a while it seemed as if they were winning the battle. When another huge swarm of insects crested over the horizon, however, there were gasps of dismay.

“We’re ruined,” Dane Goery moaned.

Tomorrow is the fourth and final chapter!

pagebreakVisit the world of Yden:

The Last Great Wizard of Yden

LGWOYSGRJon Hansen always thought his father’s tales about the magical planet of Yden were fiction. When his father is kidnapped by an evil wizard, however, Jon is forced to dig deeper. His investigation uncovers magical artifacts that will unlock another dimension—if only he can gather his courage to make the journey. On his quest to Yden, Jon encounters wizards, Cyclopes, and a warlord who seem to want him dead. Fortunately, he’s got friends by his side, as well as the ability to draw things to life. Can he and his friends defeat the most evil wizard the magical world has ever known, or will Jon become the latest addition to the Wolf Clan wizard’s gruesome collection of trophies?

DCOYCOVERSGRFinal4Dragon Clan of Yden

While balancing the rigorous demands of regular schoolwork, Jon eagerly begins his magical training on Dragon Isle. At the same time, the Dragon Clan starts to search for other Earth-born sons and daughters of Yden’s wizards. Using a purloined map, however, the Fox Clan has already begun recruiting the children of Yden for their own sinister plans. Jon soon discovers Guinn of the Fox Clan is searching for a magical artifact called the Portal Key — and he’s more than willing to kill for it. Worse, Guinn’s desire to settle an old score puts Jon directly in his sights. As Guinn’s schemes fall into place, Jon is forced to hurt a close friend to protect her. Can he learn enough magic in time to thwart Guinn’s ambitions? Will he find the inner strength to survive injury, bitter betrayal, and horrendous loss? The fate of Earth and Yden hangs in the balance.

Yden_Book3Secrets of Yden

As Jon Hansen begins his senior year in high school, he and his friends are focused on the future. Unfortunately, a past skirmish on Yden is still having repercussions. Bailey of the Shark Clan is out for revenge, and he may have secret support in the Executive Council. Worse, time is stopping on Earth for increasingly long intervals, and only Jon’s ankh sets him apart. An unstable portal is the cause, but his search for answers uncovers an ancient prophecy that seemingly spells his doom. Can Jon repair the hole in the universe before time stops forever, or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the world?

KIRASGRKira: The Yden Trilogy Prequel

Poisoned by an enemy, Kira struggles to find an antidote before she succumbs to enslavement. At the same time, she’s desperate to save Dorsit, a Leopard Clan wizard whose youth and magic has been stolen by a murderous wizard on a rampage. As Kira’s homeland is invaded by bloodthirsty legions, Kira flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mirrum Mountain nymphs and a legendary cure. Hunted by shadow hounds, an army of Cyclopes, and an evil jinn, will her wits and skill as a warrior be enough to survive?

Temporary Wizard of Locklynn • Part Two

TWOLNEWCOVERToday, I present the second chapter of my Yden short story, The Temporary Wizard of Locklynn. If you missed Part One, go HERE.

Chapter Two

Cry Me a River

Ilene accompanied Mayor Henryr into the rustic Spinning Wheel Tavern, where they discussed the town’s priorities over a mid-day meal. The lamp-lit tavern was so dark inside that Ilene was obliged to fashion a small everlasting orb in order to see her chicken potpie properly. She hoisted the shining sphere upward until it came to rest underneath one of the heavy wooden beams overhead.

“I daresay my wife would enjoy an everlasting orb at our house,” the mayor said, impressed. “It’s so difficult for her to knit by lamplight after both Yden’s suns have set.”

The Mayor bent over to scribble that task on the top of what was proving to be a lengthy list. Ilene’s spirits rose; her stay in Locklynn seemed assured⎯at least for the near term. At minimum, she’d be able to count on Mayor Henryr as a reference. If the town’s wizard remained absent, perhaps the job would continue indefinitely.

After the lunch crowd thinned out, the mayor beckoned Gert over. “Ilene, allow me to introduce Gert, the owner of this fine establishment. Gert, this is Ilene of the Eagle Clan.”

“We’ve met.” Gert gave Ilene a broad smile. “I’m glad you didn’t let Natty chase you away. He bleats a lot, but he’s harmless.”

“Do you have a room to rent to our temporary wizard?” Mayor Henryr asked.

“Aye,” Gert replied. “But instead of payment in gold, I’ve got a great many tasks that need doing around here. I’d even throw in meals.”

“Done,” Ilene said. “I’ve never had better chicken potpie.”

“Good.” The mayor rubbed his hands together. “I’ll let you settle in today, but I’ve got a mountain of work for you bright and early tomorrow morning.”

The man left, and Gert showed Ilene to her room on the second floor of the tavern. The space was clean, but a trifle cozy. In fact, the bed was wedged underneath the steeply sloping roof. Nevertheless, the room received a lot of natural light from the window opening onto the town square. Ilene dropped her knapsack on the bed and gave Gert a smile.

“I like it.”

“I’m sorry it’s so small. Don’t sit up in the middle of the night or you’ll hit your head.” Gert glanced at Ilene’s knapsack. “Is that all the luggage you have?”

“Actually, my bag holds a lot more than you’d think. There’s an enlargement spell on the inside.”

Gert peered at the bag suspiciously, as if it were about to explode. “I don’t mind admitting that magic sometimes makes my head whirl. I can’t wait to see more of your work.”

“Well… you don’t mind if I make some minor adjustments in here, do you?” Ilene asked.

“Be my guest,” Gert said.

Ilene magically raised the roof several feet, and extended the walls out until the room was spacious. Gert gasped and her jaw dropped.

“Don’t worry, there’s no visible change from the outside of the tavern,” Ilene said quickly. “I’ll remove the enlargement spell, if you like, when I leave.”

“I’d rather you didn’t,” Gert said. “In fact, you can enlarge my room across the hall next.”

The rest of the afternoon, Gert kept the temporary wizard busy working spells. Ilene’s magic ensured that the bread oven would always be the proper temperature for baking and the casks of ale would remain icy cold even on the hottest days of summer. Ilene magically repaired the fabric cushions that covered the benches and chairs, and changed their color from a faded, stained beige to an attractive clover green. To Gert’s delight, Ilene enchanted the decorative spinning wheel in the corner with a perpetual motion spell. Just for fun, she also added an illusion spell that made it appear as if the device were producing spun gold. The end product rather resembled her landlord’s long, blonde locks.

Gert stared at Ilene’s handiwork in amazement. “Not only are you a real wizard, but you’re creative, too. I would never have thought to enchant that spinning wheel. I bet once word gets out, folk will come in just to watch it spin.”

“I hope you don’t mind if I try new things.” Ilene tucked a strand of her black curly hair behind one ear. “Wizards are tasked with making life easier for people, but it doesn’t have to be dull.”

“I welcome new things. Can you put a spell on my Tavern to keep it full of customers?” Gert asked, only half-joking. “Locklynn is dying, I’m afraid, and my business with it.”

“I’ll do my best to spruce up the place in the time I’m here,” Ilene replied. “Locklynn is halfway between two big towns. In top form, it’ll be a charming place for travelers to stop. I can already see its potential.”

“I’m so glad you’ve come, Ilene. We all love Kipp of the Bear Clan, but he hasn’t been around very much since he lost his wife,” Gert confided.

“So I heard,” Ilene said. “How long has it been?”

“Oh, I think we’re coming up on three turns now.”

Turns were roughly equivalent to years on Ilene’s native Earth.

“The wizard is still unable to work after all this time?” Ilene asked, taken aback. “He and his wife must have had a long marriage.”

“They were married less than a turn, but Kipp was inconsolable when Ferra left.”

Ilene was confused. “Left? The mayor told me she died.”

“Out of respect to Kipp, we all pretend that’s what happened,” Gert said. “Ferra was a very attractive girl, and she had ambitions that couldn’t be satisfied in a small town like Locklynn. Kipp can’t quite get over her.”

Ilene’s sympathy for the Bear Clan wizard was rapidly dwindling. “Forgive me for saying so, but Kipp sounds like a big baby.”

Gert stifled a laugh. “You’re right, of course, but he’s our big baby.”

“This romance nonsense is more trouble than its worth,” Ilene said. “I don’t think I’ll ever marry.”

“Why would you say a thing like that? I’ve already had several good-looking lads ask me about you.”

“I’d never consider seeing a man unless he was the best of friends with my twin brother, Ian. And in the second place, it would take more than a comely face to make me fall in love. Kipp of the Bear Clan must be daft.”

“It probably seems that way, but don’t be so very hard on the man. In his defense, Ferra was extremely beautiful.”

“Looks aren’t everything, Gert.”

“You’ll want to remember that when you meet Kipp.”

“Why?”

“He’s the most handsome man I’ve ever seen.”

Come back tomorrow for Part Three!

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The Last Great Wizard of Yden

LGWOYSGRJon Hansen always thought his father’s tales about the magical planet of Yden were fiction. When his father is kidnapped by an evil wizard, however, Jon is forced to dig deeper. His investigation uncovers magical artifacts that will unlock another dimension—if only he can gather his courage to make the journey. On his quest to Yden, Jon encounters wizards, Cyclopes, and a warlord who seem to want him dead. Fortunately, he’s got friends by his side, as well as the ability to draw things to life. Can he and his friends defeat the most evil wizard the magical world has ever known, or will Jon become the latest addition to the Wolf Clan wizard’s gruesome collection of trophies?

DCOYCOVERSGRFinal4Dragon Clan of Yden

While balancing the rigorous demands of regular schoolwork, Jon eagerly begins his magical training on Dragon Isle. At the same time, the Dragon Clan starts to search for other Earth-born sons and daughters of Yden’s wizards. Using a purloined map, however, the Fox Clan has already begun recruiting the children of Yden for their own sinister plans. Jon soon discovers Guinn of the Fox Clan is searching for a magical artifact called the Portal Key — and he’s more than willing to kill for it. Worse, Guinn’s desire to settle an old score puts Jon directly in his sights. As Guinn’s schemes fall into place, Jon is forced to hurt a close friend to protect her. Can he learn enough magic in time to thwart Guinn’s ambitions? Will he find the inner strength to survive injury, bitter betrayal, and horrendous loss? The fate of Earth and Yden hangs in the balance.

Yden_Book3Secrets of Yden

As Jon Hansen begins his senior year in high school, he and his friends are focused on the future. Unfortunately, a past skirmish on Yden is still having repercussions. Bailey of the Shark Clan is out for revenge, and he may have secret support in the Executive Council. Worse, time is stopping on Earth for increasingly long intervals, and only Jon’s ankh sets him apart. An unstable portal is the cause, but his search for answers uncovers an ancient prophecy that seemingly spells his doom. Can Jon repair the hole in the universe before time stops forever, or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the world?

KIRASGRKira: The Yden Trilogy Prequel

Poisoned by an enemy, Kira struggles to find an antidote before she succumbs to enslavement. At the same time, she’s desperate to save Dorsit, a Leopard Clan wizard whose youth and magic has been stolen by a murderous wizard on a rampage. As Kira’s homeland is invaded by bloodthirsty legions, Kira flees across the country in a bid to reach the Mirrum Mountain nymphs and a legendary cure. Hunted by shadow hounds, an army of Cyclopes, and an evil jinn, will her wits and skill as a warrior be enough to survive?