Get Possessed with J. Liz Hill: A Sneak Peek Into Possession
TODAY’S BREW: I already told you. I drank a bunch of coffee. Jeesh.
(editing note from Kristen: we can’t get the picture of Possession’s cover to post in here for some reason. To see more, please visit Julie’s Blog)
We are honored to have our sweet friend, Julie Elizabeth Hill, give us a sneak peek into her upcoming novel, POSSESSION, the sequel to BOUND. She’s a wonderful friend, a dedicated and brilliant writer, and we wish her every bit of luck that there ever is, ever.
(Book 2 of the Mirrors of Bershan)
By J. Elizabeth Hill
“I never meant any of this, least of all for you to pay the price of my pride.”
After binding themselves to each other through their magic, Faylanna Derrion and Tavis journey back to her ancestral home, Iondis, intent on restoring the estate to its former beauty. From the moment they arrive, they find the secret horrors of the place aren’t exhausted yet.
Faylanna finds an old journal of her father’s, one that shakes her understanding of her own past. Worse, Faylanna and Tavis are both nearly killed when attacked by one of the men set to guard the Ninth Mirror of Bershan, still residing at Iondis. In the aftermath, he disappears with the newly-found journal. Sure there is more to this event than they know, Faylanna and Tavis return to the capital, Rianza, for help.
More secrets await them there, ones kept for years by people Tavis never suspected. When the truth is revealed, it alters his present and future completely. Can he rise to the challenges this new fate presents him with or will the change be more than he can handle?
The truths each learn about themselves and those they thought they knew will test Faylanna and Tavis’ love for each other. Will they be able to endure the pain and chaos they face, or will it tear them apart?
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Excerpt (from Chapter 4):
“Faylanna?” Tavis said, worry coloring both his voice and the bond. “What-?”
“This date. It’s the day my mother died. ‘A’ arrived the day before she passed. I don’t remember any of this though. What’s going on? What happened?” She felt tears start to form and breathed deeply, trying to reassert her self-control. She looked up into his eyes, letting their wonderful, brilliant green soothe her. “What did he do, this ‘A’ that I don’t remember? I don’t understand. And where are the rest of the pages?”
Tavis looked down and hesitated. Her eyes followed his and she saw her name. The journal began again after the torn out pages, but her name headed the entry, right after the date. She began to read again, and it was immediately clear that he had been writing a letter to her, not a journal entry. This time, it was harder to read, and his sloppy writing was only part of the reason. There were stains on the paper that she thought were from tears, and brownish smudges that she was afraid might be long-dried blood.
“18 Gardeo. Faylanna, my daughter, dear Lords, what have I done, what have I allowed? Stupid, prideful, wretched, cost me everything. Forgive, please, sweet child, forgive what I let them do. Too late by the time I knew. Never knew the cost, should have refused, but too late. Couldn’t stop them. Tried, oh Lords of Life must know how I tried, and the cost of that too, more than I ever knew. If only I had known! Pella, my beloved, lost, gone, no more. Both of us lost her, but you will never know why or what happened. Only I will know my misdeeds! Can’t even bring myself to walk into her room in the days since. I want to stop it still, for her sake, my
Pella’s sake, and for yours but he says it’s too late to stop now, too late to change the plan. Trapped by my own stupidity. I’d live with it if I were the only one to pay the price, but you, Faylanna, I fear you will pay an even higher price than I have. My lovely little girl, can you ever forgive my foolishness, to have let them do this to you, to have trapped you with me in this? He threatens you every time I try to resist, says that if I don’t cooperate, you will be the one he hurts. I cannot bear this! I must find a way to make this right, find someone to protect you, someone stronger than I am. I will, I must. Forgive me. I love you, Faylanna.”
Her hands were beginning to shake now. She could hear in these words the echo of things he’d said, particularly his last words to her.
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About the Author
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Julie Elizabeth Hill exported herself to Vancouver, British Columbia after many years of staring longingly at the map following every snowfall. For as long as she can remember, she’s been making up stories, but it wasn’t until high school that someone suggested writing them down. Since then, she’s been hopelessly in love with story crafting, often forgetting about everything else in the process.
The first book in the Mirrors of Bershan trilogy, Bound, is available from:
Barnes & Noble
Twitter – @jlizhill
Blog – http://jelizabethhill.wordpress.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Elizabeth-Hill/345946002103430
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