The Delta Pearl 72 — Hide. Plus a DoW-5 Cover Reveal

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.

All aboard!

The Delta Pearl

Chapter 72 — Hide

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Noel Nichols, Unsplash

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

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Group I. Blue Jean Fairy

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.”

Cover Reveal

Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls

The May installment of Dead of Winter is coming soon.

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Dead of Winter: Journey-5 Llyn Pistyll Falls, by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Dead of Winter — The Journeys So Far

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Image collage by Teagan Geneviene

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



Kobo:  Dead of Winter: Journey 3, the Fever Field eBook by Teagan Riordain Geneviene – 1230004609599 | Rakuten Kobo United States

Journey 2, Penllyn




Journey 1, Forlorn Peak



Kobo:  Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak eBook by Teagan Geneviene – 1230004446033 | Rakuten Kobo United States



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55 thoughts on “The Delta Pearl 72 — Hide. Plus a DoW-5 Cover Reveal

  1. Oh, this may be but a snippet, yet an intriguing one. I can’t wait to discover who Cecile is and how she knows Emeraude. Perhaps she’s the lady in the painting? 🙂 Guess I will have to wait to find out. Great new cover, Teagan!

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  2. I can’t wait to learn more about the woman who gives the clockworks life:) Wondeful cover and look forward to Journey 5! Xo

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    1. Thanks Denise. Is she scary voodou or gentle magic? We will have to wait and see. 😀
      Thanks about Dead of Winter. I’m trying to put the finishing touches on Journey 5 today. But a plumbing catastrophe got in my way… Thanks for reading and commenting, my chuckaboo!

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  3. To be discovered, by a woman, and called by name. This would be enough to rattle me good.

    I love the cover (s). I’m looking forward to Journey 5. For a short day, you left us with a lot to think about and a lot to look forward to. I hope you’re having a good weekend, Teagan.

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  4. Oh… so now we have a mysterious Cécile as well… Very exciting! I also love the cover for Journey 5 (I’m coming to the end of Journey 4, so I hope I’ll be ready for the next installment), and love the new cover you’ve shared as well. I know where to go when I get writing again. Thanks, Teagan!

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    1. Olga, I love your books. So, cover or not, I hope you get back to writing. ❤
      "Cécile" was always (if not mentioned) part of this rewrite. However the mambo and voodoo aspect are recent developments in my head. I'm glad you like her mystery. Thanks for commenting, my chuckaboo!


  5. Glad to see this chapter. I was backside over teakettle without my Saturday fix. I’m guessing that Cecile is the lady from the portrait. Love the next cover. Sure I will love the Journey also. Hovering hugs shimmying your way.

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  6. I hope Cécile and Malachite are like the Good Witch and the Bad Witch! But whether she’s good or bad, she knows Emeraude’s name. I’m thinking she’s on the Good Witch side because she spoke so lovingly to the clockwork bookworm! Hope I’m right! 🤗

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    1. Hi Priscilla. Oh yes… now what has Emeraude gotten into?
      Thanks about the cover. I knew I would want to use those ghosts eventually. Although I was actually surprised to have a suitable background also waiting. 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting, my chuckaboo!

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