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Excerpts From Unfinished Novels #4: Glass Hearts - Roundup

Hello! Welcome to the roundup for excerpt #4 from the Unfinished Novels, I hope you’ve enjoyed all the material released and the excerpt itself. Thank you to everyone who started following me, and who liked and reblogged the posts, you are all brilliant!

Without further ado, here’s the roundup for excerpt #4: Glass Hearts.


‘Blue Caravan’ – Vienna Teng

‘Password’ – Ludovico Einaudi

‘You’re Gone’ - Marillion

Genre: fantasy romance

Warnings: mild sexual scene, mention of violence

Word Count: 3,051

Summary: Spurned on by diaries from her forgotten youth, Ellie travels far and wide in search of someone who can help restore the memories she took from herself, and help her find her long-lost love.

Excerpt is from the start of the book, around chapter ¾.

‘I found a spell that will reveal my soul mate to me; I’m going to try it tonight.

Oh my Gods…she’s amazing; funny, clever, and absolutely gorgeous. Her name is Angela and she is an angel.’

Ellie shivered and pulled her cloak tighter around herself as the fierce easterly wind dragged sheets of icy rain with it, pelting the side of her face and extinguishing any hope of sustaining a fire; without a flame she had no hope of creating a charm to keep herself warm. She had hoped to try and find a more sheltered place in which to make camp, but the wind and rain were getting worse, signalling an incoming storm. Sighing, Ellie scanned the area around her and managed to spy a small copse where she should be able to set up a shelter for her horse and anchor her caravan. She quickly directed her horse to the copse, and once there, worked as quickly and efficiently as possible to get a shelter up, set Milly up under it with a blanket and a bucket of oats once she’d been rubbed down, and then made her way inside her caravan. By the time she entered her small home she was soaked through; her teeth were chattering and her fingers felt numb and useless as she struggled to light her lantern. She could barely grip the flint properly, and she cursed as she failed to get a single spark. She angrily threw the flint on the table and slumped into the nearest seat, curling up and bringing her fingers to her lips so she could breathe warm air over them while rubbing them together. She started shaking, but eventually the strength returned to her fingers, and she hastily took up the flint again.

This time she was met with success and she soon had her lantern and the stove lit, their flames creating shadows that danced merrily around the caravan walls. Once the flames were strong enough, Ellie shed her wet clothes, closed her eyes and pulled what heat she could towards herself, wrapping it around her body like a blanket. The effect was immediate; her body instantly felt warm and the strength returned to her bones. She revelled in the heat for a while longer, and once her body had fully dried she grabbed a pair of undergarments, britches, and a loose tunic, and quickly dressed. She held the warmth around herself as she cooked and ate her dinner, and it wasn’t until she was buried under several layers of blankets that she finally let it go, extinguishing the fire in the stove and lantern in the process. She sighed and buried herself further under the blankets, closing her eyes in anticipation of a good night’s sleep.

Which was not meant to be.

After what seemed like an eternity of tossing and turning Ellie officially gave up on sleep and gave in to the thoughts and questions banging away in her brain. Luckily there was enough heat left in the embers of the stove to allow her to light the lantern from her bed, and once the caravan was once again basking in the glow of its flame, she reached under her mattress and pulled out the old, leather-bound book that was the cause of her journey. She opened it and read through the entries for what must have been the twentieth time, her heart still pounding at the now-familiar words. She couldn’t believe that it was all true; she’d long thought it all a dream, a fantastical fantasy, that she had experienced a love beyond anything she could have hoped for. But her diary, hidden for so long, told her otherwise, told her that it was true, that Angela was real. And that it was her fault she was gone. Tears welled up in Ellie’s eyes as she read over the last few entries.

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My newest cover work for author Sy Itha, for her upcoming Fantasy Lesbian Fiction novel, The Broken Coil.

I also designed the title plate for the book, which was just as much fun as painting the cover!

I’ll be posting a process for the book cover shortly - for those who are interested in seeing how it was painted - once I’ve properly assembled the photos of the steps.

A scene between two rather tough looking girlfriends in Target today:
  • Girlfriend 1: Oh my god, they have Star Wars onesies!
  • Girlfriend 2: *doesn't even look* Yeah, and you already have one in the garage at home.
  • Girlfriend 1: THEY HAVE SUPERMAN ONES TOO!!!
  • Girlfriend 2: WHAT?!?

[image description: a graphic with book covers in the background and the text “Lesbian Medieval Fantasy Books”. The covers are: Lady Knight by L-J BakerWatchtower (Chronicles of Tornor #1) by Elizabeth A. LynnFires of the Faithful by Naomi KritzerThe Privilege of the Sword (The World of Riverside #2) by Ellen KushnerFire Logic by Laurie J. MarksThe Warrior’s Path (When Women Were Warriors #1) by Catherine M. WilsonStrands of Starlight (Strands #1) by Gael BaudinoSword of the Guardian by Merry ShannonKushiel’s Dart (Kushiel’s Universe #1) by Jacqueline Carey]

Lesbian & Bi Women Medieval Fantasy

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