A Teaser

Saturday, April 30, 2022
Zasha ALTERED woman White horse Dorota Kudyba Pixabay
Pixabay image altered
I’m still not around the blogosphere in general.  My work on the conclusion of the epic fantasy series, Dead of Winter, has been even slower than I feared.  I never dreamed it would take me this long.  I don’t lack inspiration or motivation, and I know the story.  It’s my “stuff” holding me down in an unfocussed abyss.
However, I was working on bringing a favorite character back into the thick of the ending.  In my original version, it was focused almost entirely on Emlyn, the main character.  This does not include any sort of spoiler, and I suddenly wanted to share a snippet from it.

Zasha, Looking Like May Day

Pixabay image altered by Teagan
Pixabay image altered by Teagan

The stable behind the Golden Book was filled with horses.  Most of them had been rescued from the battlefield by Gethin Gwilym, the equerry to the Deae Matres.  Zasha was too focused to give any thought to who was or wasn’t in the large barn.

Gethin had worked with Osabide to collect herbs for a concoction to calm the horses who had been traumatized in the fighting.  He mixed chamomile, valerian root powder, and oddly, catnip.  Then he filled a cored apple with the mix.  The animals eagerly ate the treat.

Several of the summer’s bane wreaths hung from Zasha’s arm.  Shifting the wreaths, she picked up one of the apples.  She walked briskly to the stall where her beloved white mare waited.  With a grunt, she hefted the saddle up onto Kiska.  Then she led the mare through the barn.

Holding up the Staff of Ancient Chieftains, she inspected her handiwork.  Maybe it was sacrilege, but Zasha followed an intuitive urge.  With an awl, she made tiny holes in the staff, just below the place where Red Eye crowned it.  She glued the thin iron arrows into the holes.

The magic of the staff is uncertain in my hands.  I don’t know if adding the iron will make it more effective against nightwalkers… or if it will change it at all, she thought.  But if I can’t make the magic work, at least I’ll have an iron spiked quarterstaff.

She opened some of wreaths and tied them together, creating one large garland of summer’s bane.  She encircled Kiska’s arched neck with it, and then stroked her nose.  She pinned the remaining wreath to her own head.

“We look like we’re riding to a festival for the first day of spring,” she remarked, looking down into the water trough at their reflection.  “Would that it were so.  Forgive me, my friend… for knowingly riding you into harm’s way,” she added, patting Kiska’s neck.


I won’t forget The Armadillo Files — and I hope you don’t either.  I’ll be back with Fang and Dilly and company.  Hugs on the wing.


Dead of Winter — All the Journeys

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Wishing you an easy coast down the other side of this midweek hump.  I love to hear from you, so friendly comments are encouraged. Hugs on the wing!


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54 thoughts on “A Teaser

  1. I’m ready I’m ready I’m ready! I reviewed Journey 13 (and almost all of them). I love this series. I’m sorry it takes so long to put each segment together, but from your readers’ perspective, it’s worth it!! xo

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    1. Pam, you jewel. Thank you so very much. I’ll look for your review so I can share it. (I don’t always have the guts to look for reviews, LOL. So, I don’t often see them.) I’m trying to bring as many of the important characters into the ending as I can.
      Actually, I just finished an image of Tajín (for the chapter interior). I was so in love with it that I made a color version with a backdrop of his native Bandihar. I’ll show it in a post this weekend. I’m so happy that you are part of these Journeys. Hugs on the wing!

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      1. I LOVE being part of the Journeys. I should have told you I reviewed #13 – did it a while ago. However, I deleted Twitter from my social media, so couldn’t show it there. Sorrreeee. Keep it up, my writer friend. xo

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    1. Mark, thanks for your encouragement and for saying that. I’ve been hugely down on myself for taking so long. Of course all the wild fires across New Mexico have added a lot to my usual level of anxiety, so that makes me even slower. Wishing you a lovely May — oh, and May the 4th be with you. 😉

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  2. Wonderful teaser, Teagan. You amaze me with your creativity and steadfastness. Congratulations on this incredible writing journey. ✨🎉✨

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    1. It seems like so much time, though. I tried so hard to publish these each month. I knew it would take longer, since this one is actually almost all new writing. But still… Anyhow, thanks for visiting and for the good wishes, my friend. Hugs on the wing.

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  3. I like Zasha, Teagan, but then, I like a lot of the characters that have been with us since the beginning. 🙂 I know that you’ll get there and we’re all happy to wait for the conclusion to your epic tale. A great teaser. Hugs and Happy Writing!

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  4. I’m glad to see Zasha again. I like the story when she’s around. The snippet is wonderful. If it’s an indication of what’s to come, then I can wait. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a proud week.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this snippet, Teagan. It is gorgeous and enticing (and it hints at dangers as well). Take care and thanks for working so hard on the story. Have a lovely weekend!

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  6. Teagan, I like Zasha and her horse, Kiska. Even though the festival garlands don’t mean they are going to a festival. It’s a calming thought as they ride into harms way. Energy & good thoughts as you finish the journey. Hugs, my moon sister. 📚🎶💐 Christine

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    1. It’s good to see you, Christine. Yes, those wreaths have been in a couple of the Journeys, but I didn’t want to elaborate here for those who haven’t read. Maybe I should have — it would have given the snippet a more ominous tone.
      I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. There are so many fires. Hugs winging back to you, moon girl.

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      1. If Zasha is a new character, I think the wreaths could stand alone without elaborating. Snipits are short. Less is more. All is well here. Getting info together for the book launch second week in May after the Mother’s Day hype is over. Hugs back, moon girl. I like that special connection. 📚🎶 Christine

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