ATO- L.H. Nicole- that is me!
Okay, okay….sheesh, maybe I’m not the star of Claiming Excalibur but I dare you to not like me. Who wouldn’t like me? I’m a half Imp half Fae trickster who is going to give you two new peaks at Claiming Excalibur right here today. Of course there’s also a giveaway (I swear she’s obsessed with them) that includes a $15 gift card, signed copies of both Legendary and Claiming Excalibur and another eBook pack!
PLUS I’ve had my fun with Amazon and the other online booksellers and put Legendary (Legendary Saga #1) on sale for $0.99! That’s right…you can get all caught up on the adventure, romance and magic of it all before moving on to book 2!
Excited yet? Good
But first things first:
Aliana Fagan has done what many thought impossible: she’s awakened King Arthur from his fifteen-hundred-year sleep, reunited the Knights of the Round Table, and even beaten Mordrid and Morgana LeFay in battle.
But the Destined One’s quest has only begun.
Before the knights can “unearth and reclaim their lost relics” they must survive the trip to Charleston, South Carolina and meet the newest member of the Round Table. If King Arthur’s men thought Aliana and Lacy were tenacious, they’ll be even more surprised by Dawn, the third member of the fem-trio.
Deadly secrets, unexpected allies, and a traitor lurking in the shadows await Aliana and the new Round Table as they continue their search for Excalibur. Their only clue is a beyond confusing poem from a mysterious book that speaks of a terrifying creature guarding the legendary sword. Trying to build a somewhat normal relationship with Sir Galahad adds a whole new level of complexity to Aliana’s task, especially when several among them suspect the White Knight may not be wholly himself. Her friendship with King Arthur grows closer, and when circumstances become intense, he may finally get the chance with Aliana that he’s been pining for.
Mysteries, legendary quests, and haunting memories will either unite the members of the New Round Table or fracture their bonds. Aliana and her crew only have seven months before the planets align and Mordrid can seize the power he needs to conquer the seven realms. Can the Destined One keep her new family together and lead Arthur to his destiny of saving the realms? Or will a centuries-old plot for revenge finally spell the king’s end?
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Now, me being the crafty and outrageously devilish trickster that I am, I got into the early copy of Claiming Excalibur and pulled two, well….interesting scenes that have not yet been seen! I’ve borrowed one of the first fight scenes in Claiming Excalibur that includes a good look at the mysterious book Aliana dreamed of in the end of Legendary and a chance to get to know our newest lady of the Round Table: Dawn. That girl is going to be trouble, I like her already
Arthur crouched and pulled the volume free. The edges of the wrapping and spine were well worn, as if the book had been opened often. He handed the book to Aliana.
It looked about the right size. After an unsure glance at the others, she slipped her index finger under one of the torn edges and pulled.
The paper ripped easily away, like unwrapping a present. Turning the book over, she studied the brown casing and yellowed pages, her gaze going to the cracked spine. On it was a faded red shield with a dull yellow Dragon rearing back, wings spread to take flight.
“That’s my family’s crest,” Arthur confirmed.
“And this is the book from my dream.” Aliana’s astonishment turned to concern and confusion. “Why would Uncle Joe keep it wrapped in crappy paper to hide it?”
“We’ll have to discuss that later,” Arthur decreed. “We have what we came for; we should go.”
Aliana asked Dawn to hide the book in her messenger bag, and Wade led the way out of the office and down the hall. Dagg locked the door before returning to Aliana’s wrist. Galahad and Arthur flanked the girls, their eyes scanning the nearly empty hall.
“Why do I feel like I’m in the middle of an honor guard?” Dawn whispered loudly enough for the knights to hear.
“I’d like to know why we’re freaking out so much,” Aliana fake- whispered back. “I’d think we’d look much less conspicuous pretending to be normal students.”
Galahad took Aliana’s hand. “We’re just being cautious,” he said, but his stance relaxed and the pace Wade set slowed.
Aliana was used to seeing this part of the college more crowded. Now it felt more like a creepy movie ghost town minus the rolling ball of tumbleweed. She shook her head, dispelling the paranoid thought. The school was always a lot less crowded during summer.
They made it out of the building without incident and were halfway across a small, deserted quad. Wade pulled out the car keys, chirping off the alarm system as they neared the SUV.
“When we get back we need to —” Arthur was cut off when an unnaturally bluish-gray cloud swooped down from the sky, wrap- ping around the group and trapping them in a smoky wreath. A gray, fox-like creature with matted fur and three tales jumped from a tree and stared at them with glowing red eyes. Its tales twitched as it hunkered down, like it was waiting to pounce. Yellow ooze dripped from its sharp teeth.
“Get behind us!” the three guys ordered together. Dagg leaped from Aliana’s wrist, taking his true form. The guys pulled their swords from out of nowhere, getting into fighting position. The jewels on Arthur’s fire Elf sword gleamed.
“Where the hell did your weapons come from?” Aliana gasped. The scabbards that had held the swords were now visible, strapped to the guys’ backs.
“Merlin’s idea,” Galahad answered, studying the cloud.
“Didn’t think the old timer had it in him,” Wade joked, but he didn’t smile.
As quickly as the cloud came, it vanished, leaving behind a dozen disfigured monsters. Their black, tattered clothes showed gray, cracked skin, and their claw-like hands held long sticks with dozens of sharpened barbs. They had Frankenstein-ish, lightning-struck spiked hair and lidless, dead eyes circled with black like raccoons. Their mouths gaped, revealing sharpened, yellowed teeth, as they lumbered around their trapped prisoners.
The girls stood back to back behind the knights. Aliana kept an eye on the monstrous little TreTale. Dawn gripped her bag, holding the book tightly to her side.
“I feel like I just landed in the middle of a Power Rangers fight scene,” Dawn said, trying to hide the tremor of fear in her voice. “What’s next, a flying monkey in gold armor saying ‘Attack them.
Bring me the book’?”
“Not the time, Dawn,” Wade warned as Dagg growled.
I told you she’d be my kind of trouble! Though I’ve got to question her for quoting the Power Rangers, even if she did at least have the good sense to reference the original series. Originals are always the best aren’t they?
But I promised you more than this one look, so click the link below to be taken to the prologue of Claiming Excalibur, and that part does star me! You’ll need a password to read it though, so here it is: Puck
But wait, there’s more! Including the new and improved playlist for Claiming Excalibur. And let me just say, Queen Titania’s got the whole Dark Horse thing covered.
I’ve also gone ahead and made LH’s Pintrest board for Claiming Excalibur open for public consumption. I have to have a chat with that girl….I’m no where in there yet. but have no fear, dear readers, I will be there soon!
I think that’s enough for today, I hear LH coming back from work….wait until she sees what I’ve done! Hehe. She’ll thank me in the end. I’ll see you readers soon.