Saturday, May 1, 2021
Happy May Day. Sorry for the delay — there was a WordPress scheduling error. Thank you for coming back to the river, my chuckaboos! This post is a bit of a hodgepodge. There’s a featured image from my Designed & Ready Book Covers service. Plus I’m finishing up Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls. Scroll to the end for the cover reveal.
This time I only have a tiny snippet of The Delta Pearl for you. Time to light a shuck and get up to the Geostrophic Pearl where we left Émeraude hiding and perhaps fearing for her life.
The Delta Pearl
Chapter 72 — Hide
Holding my breath, I prayed that somehow, I wouldn’t be seen. A form cast a shadow toward me as it blocked the light that streamed through the doorway. The rustle of the taffeta fabric was so close that I was sure I could put out my hand and touch it.
“Where are you, Apatite? Little bookworm, mon petit chou! Ah, there you are. If not for your bright-bright blue apatite eyes I might never find you,” a woman with a heavy Cajun accent exclaimed. “I see you’ve found my handkerchief. How nice. It was a good day that I put the gris gris on you, no? Malachite makes the clockwork lovelies, but Cécile’s konesans and her gris gris makes each of you lively. Now, come to Cécile. Here’s my hand,” she added cheerfully.
The ap-pat sound of the clockwork bookworm was soft as it moved across the desk. A childlike chuckle came when it apparently hopped onto the woman’s hand. The soft hum of the lullaby came again.
I sensed a slight movement. Crossing my fingers and squeezing my eyes shut, I hope she turned to leave.
“Émeraude. Come on out, cher. Else you’ll get a crick in your neck,” she stated.
I gulped. Being discovered was no surprise. However, I was astonished to be called by my name!
End Chapter 72
Hmmm… Her tone is friendly enough, but we haven’t gotten a look at the mystery person yet. I gather she’s a gris gris casting mambo to be reckoned with too. That should be a little intimidating even to the most stout of heart. Until next time, my chuckaboos!
Featured Designed & Ready
If you look at the headings just below the 1920s banner at the top of the page, you’ll find one for my Designed & Ready Book Covers service. Several new covers are waiting for stories. Here’s a shout-out from Roberta Eaton Cheadle who has one for her upcoming anthology, “Behind Closed Doors, a collection of unusual poems.”
Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
The May installment of Dead of Winter is coming soon.
Dead of Winter — The Journeys So Far
If you haven’t already joined the journey, you’re just in time to curl up with a nice-sized bite of reading. You can catch up before the fifth installment is published.
Journey 4, the Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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