Promo/Excerpt & Giveaway: AIR: Merlin's Chalice, WATER: Excalibur's Return & FIRE: Nimue's Destiny by Meredith Bond
AIR: Merlin’s Chalice,
Water: Excalibur’s Return &
FIRE: Nimuë’s Destiny
Children of Avalon Series Books 1-3
By: Meredith Bond
Over two hundred years ago the great Merlin prophesied the coming of the Children of Avalon who would fight and, hopefully, defeat Lady Nimuë in her quest to rule and become most powerful Vallen ever. To guide them, he left a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table, Sir Dagonet. Now, after seven generations, it is finally time for events to begin to unfold.
Our story begins with:
Air: Merlin’s Chalice
In one day Scai has gone from being considered unusual by the people of her little Welsh village to an outcast fleeing for her life. Left on the church steps as a baby, she knows nothing of her history—or her abilities. Did she really stop the rain just by wishing it to stop? But she is determined to learn all she can. Travelling alone to find her family seems to be the only way she’s going to find the answers she seeks.
Her journey leads her to the comical old knight Sir Dagonet, who tells her that she is one of a magical people called the Vallen. Together they continue on, joined by the handsome Dylan and the fiery Bridget on a new quest—to find the fabled Merlin’s Chalice, said to hold all the power of the entrapped wizard. Together, Scai, Dylan and Bridget discover that they are the long awaited Children of Avalon, destined to save the world from power-hungry Lady Nimuë—unless she kills them first.
Along the way, Scai finds magic—both in the wind and air that she can control at will, and in the sweet ache of a first love that she cannot.
From Air: Excerpt
It was much cooler in here, away from the warmth of the late morning sun and the blacksmith’s fire. I brushed back strands of my blond hair, so fine they stuck to my face with my drying tears, and concentrated on forming the words in my head that would not sound too stupid or melodramatic. But before I could even complete the thought, the words were out of my mouth, tumbling over themselves like leaves caught in the breeze.
“All of the townspeople think I’m a witch because I know what people are thinking. I know what they’ve done or haven’t done and what they mean to say but don’t. Father even thinks I made the sun come out this morning, although he didn’t say so. We all prayed for the rain to stop, he himself said we did, but…”
“Hey! Stop.” Aron laughed.
My words stopped short. I took a breath and looked up at him. The smile on his face faded as my words settled into him. Grasping my shoulders, he looked me straight in the eye. “Everyone in town thinks you’re a witch?”
The disbelief in his voice mirrored my own exactly, and an air of relief blew through me. I knew he would feel this way. I could always count on Aron.
“I know. It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” I said, beginning to feel better already.
But Aron was no longer laughing, not even a smile graced his handsome face. He was staring at me as if he was really considering whether it could be true.
“No, Scai, I’m thinking about this.” He let go of me and stood back, staring down at the floor for a minute. He began nodding his head. “Yes. It does make sense.”
“Aron! No.” How could he betray me this way?
“But, Scai, wait. You have to admit that you always know things that others don’t. Haven’t you ever wondered about it?”
“I’m intuitive,” I said, with a lift of my chin.
He shook his head. “No one is that intuitive. Do you hear people’s voices in your head? Can you read their thoughts? How do you do it?”
I widened my eyes. He really believed that I was a witch! “No. I don’t.” But then I saw that Aron wasn’t looking at me as if he were scared. He looked…well, he looked interested, even curious.
Next, Dylan continues our story in:
Water: Excalibur’s Return
Dylan has never been good enough. Neither his foster-brother nor his father have ever thought so. But now, finally, Dylan has a chance to demonstrate what he can do in the most difficult of situations. Dylan is the only descendant of the great Merlin and a member of a magical race known as the Vallen. One of the Children of Avalon, he knows he is strong enough to defeat Lady Nimuë. But when Dylan thinks he can take her on on his own, he is quickly shown otherwise.
When not even the love of a beautiful and powerful woman is enough, what will it take for Dylan to prove that he is worthy of taking on the greatest threat Britain has ever faced?
Finally, Bridget will finish our tale in:
Fire: Nimuë’s Destiny
Bridget isn’t sure she has what it takes to be a leader, but she’s about to find out. The witch hunts are getting worse by the day. But when Lady Nimuë kidnaps Bridget’s own family things get personal. Only Bridget, the brilliant Scai and powerful Dylan—the prophesied Children of Avalon—have the power to defeat Lady Nimuë. The question is, does Bridget have the strength of will to lead them through to the end?
When Scai’s childhood friend, Aron the blacksmith, joins their group, Bridget is suddenly faced with a new challenge—this one from her heart. Will her love for Aron get in the way of defeating Nimuë, or will it give her the confidence she’ll need?
Meredith Bond is an award–winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie–published paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart”, Meredith’s heart belongs to her husband and two children. Her paranormal romances include Magic In The Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story “In A Beginning”. Her traditional Regencies include The Merry Men Quartet of which An Exotic Heir and A Dandy In Disguise have recently been republished. Meredith teaches writing at her local community college. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e–retailer.
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