Six Sentence Sunday #3

Happy Sunday folks!

This is the start of another beautiful week. I recently signed a contract for one of my novels and I’m steady burning up the keyboard working on more juicy tales for your eager eyes. 😀

Today I’m joining the SSS crew with a post from the gothic horror SHADOWS & DUST

In this scene, a large demon creeps up on the heroine and attempts to devour her.

Six Sentence Sunday #3

“Mmm, I thought I smelled a Huntress,” the demon hissed.

Havoc spun around and simultaneously dodged to the left. A large scaly hand, chains dangling from its wrists, took a lightning fast swipe at her. She flipped back in an attempt to avoid the other swinging limb and fell against the dresser. The room was too small to flee.

“Dangit demon, I don’t have time to tango with you!”

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The Winged Beauty (Part 2)

For your reading pleasure, here is the second part of the prologue from BLACK RAYNE SILENT SCREAMS. (Available at Amazon) If you haven’t read part 1, click here => The Winged Beauty (Part 1)

Thanks for swinging by and enjoy!

 

The Winged Beauty (Part 2)

Water creatures large and small scurried out of Narri’s path as she shot through the ocean in unyielding speed. Vile shrills from the demons above vibrated throughout Arna.

“Destroy them all,” Narri growled, clutching the infant against her breasts.

Suddenly, the awareness of another force spiked her senses. Someone was trailing her. She increased her speed, but the creature matched her pace. The being advanced swiftly, and before she knew it, he was swimming alongside her.

“There are demons hovering over our home, Narri!” he bellowed in fury. “I wanted to stay and fight but Nikena commanded I follow you. What is going on, sister?”

“They are after the child in my arms, Sota. We are to get her to the portal and protect her at all cost.”

He nodded and swam ahead of her. “I will lead to clear the path.”

Mayiki paced nervously along the shoreline, leaving a trail in the sand where his robe brushed. Off in the distance, he could see the battle between Nikena and the demons. The glow of her spirit axe and wings brightened the sky as she beheaded one dark creature after another, creating a shower of black blood.

The sudden ripple of the ocean caught his attention. Cautiously, he stepped back. Then in the midst of a blink, two blurs shot out of the water and landed in front of him. Startled, he stumbled backward and was on his way to the ground, when a pair of big hands grabbed the collar of his robe and pulled him upright.

“Oh, thank you, Sota,” Mayiki huffed, his heart beating erratically. “I can never get use to your sudden appearances.”

Sota regarded him with a warm smile. “And you most likely never will, my friend.”

Mayiki glanced at Narri, quickly nodded then averted his eyes. Heat warmed his face. The sight her beautiful naked body made his insides flutter. He forgot how fast water demons shed their fins and scales when completely out of the water. 

“Well, first things first.” He waved his hand in a circular motion and cast magical beams of light over their nude bodies, clothing them. “Follow me.”

They moved through the copse of trees to make their way into the heart of the forest. Mayiki cut a side glance at Narri, careful not to stare at her stunning mortal image. “Is the child safe?”

Narri eyed the infant in her arms and smiled. “The hard swim across the ocean hasn’t stirred her one bit.”

“Good. We’ll do better if she’s dormant for the trip through the portal.”

They came upon the large tree bearing blue and silver leaves—the elm of spiritual enchantment. Enlightened with magical life, the leaves gleamed bright. As they neared, the elm began to sway, beckoning them closer.

“Stay close, and do not stare at the leaves.” Mayiki pushed away the spiritless corpses of two shape-shifters at the base of the enormous bewitching plant.

Narri and Sota shot curious glances at the dead bodies, then at him.

“I’m aware you two have not ventured this far from the Arna before.” Mayiki kneeled and placed his fingers on one of the victim’s forehead. The gradual cooling of the flesh suggested the tree had devoured their souls only moment ago.

“So that you are informed,” he announced, looking up at Narri, then to Sota. “This plant like creature is a soul seeker.” Rising, he moved closer to the trunk. “If your will is not strong enough, it will absorb your soul, leaving your body limp and lifeless for the wretched scavengers to fight over.”

Sota nodded, a quirky smile gracing his face. “We’ll keep that in mind, in case we come across any more spirit-sucking land creatures created by careless wizards.”

Mayiki couldn’t help but chuckle. His friend’s sarcasm wasn’t lost to him.

“Yes Sota, I take full responsibility for my creation.” He placed a hand on the elm and the other out to his side. “But do not forget, my mind was clouded in darkness when I crafted this unforgivable blunder.”

He murmured a spell to conjure a portal. His staff appeared and filled his open hand. Completing the evocation, he slammed the rod into the base of the enchanting plant. A white light opened in the shape of an oval.

Mayiki waved them toward the portal. “Do not stop running until you feel earth beneath your feet.”

They nodded and both rushed into the entrance. As soon as they were completely through the portal, Mayiki began to cast the spell to close it.

The perception of a dark presence interrupted the wave of his spiritual energy. Before he could gather his senses and strengthen his power, a force lifted him in the air and slammed him against a nearby tree. He attempted to counter this dark power, but his concentration was broken when a monstrous serpent wrapped itself around his body to bind him to the tree.

Copyright © Yvonne Nicolas 2012

To be continued next Sunday. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

 

The Winged Beauty (Part 1)

Since the 2nd installment in the Dragon Queen series, Black Rayne Scarlet Moon, will be dropping soon, I thought I’d give you a teaser from the first book from the series, BLACK RAYNE SILENT SCREAMS. (Available at Amazon)

Thanks for swinging by and enjoy!

The Winged Beauty (Part 1)

Calroada Island

Demon Realm

From afar, the sharp bray of a blade sliced through the air and seized the night. Followed by the howls of the fallen, a brush of wind wafted the foul scent of demon blood into her senses.

They were coming.

At the place where the ocean met the sandy beach, the full moon illuminated the calm open waters, giving the night a false sense of peace.

As the scent of her wounded lover assaulted her senses, Nikena gazed back along the path she’d traveled and bristled. Nothing but the cold darkness stared back at her.

“Please, be patient, my dear Kaishan,” she whispered in a mental message. “I will retrieve your soul from purgatory and we shall be as one again.”

Clutching the bundle close to her breasts, she turned back to the ocean and moved forward. A spellbinding voice sifted up from the watery plain in song and warmed her bare feet as she crossed. She came upon a large coral reef. It shimmered like the bright orb watching from above.

“Princess Narri,” she softly called.

The song stopped and the water rippled. A burst of wind washed over her, lifting her hair from her shoulders. A playful giggle echoed in the distance as the mystical creature’s head pop out of the water like a curious child.

Narri’s magical presence shifted the breeze and strained the placid ambience surrounding her. The water fairy swam toward her in flashing speed, and then her head disappeared beneath the small waves.

The flutter of Nikena’s gown and flow of her hair froze in mid motion. Time paused, then resumed, bringing back the sound of the night. A pair of scaly hands reached out of the ocean and clamped onto the reef. The princess of Arna, the demon waters, emerged and rested her lamina coated frame on the limestone.

“Shame on you, milady, to make me wait so long to be blessed with your heavenly presence.” Extending her fin, Narri splashed her jestingly. “You should’ve told me you were coming. I would’ve prepared a meal.”

As always, Narri was a colorful dream. Magical hues of lavender and ocean blue scales stretched down her elongated aquatic tail, curves and torso. Small droplets of water seeped into the smooth, fawn shade of her full breasts, and made her appear as if the water hadn’t touched her at all. Bouncy aqua hair, which turned dark brown in the moonlight, dried instantly. Tiny iridescent sea creatures clung to her thick tresses, sparkling like gems.

“How thoughtful of you Narri, but unfortunately this visit is not for pleasure.”

“Aw,” Narri pouted, raking the tiny creature trinkets from her hair. “I was looking forward to splashing around with you again. I notice you are without your armor. Surely you can take one quick swim with me. It will ease your troubled mind, milady.”

Peering deep into Narri’s bright hazel eyes, Nikena gazed upon the image of herself in a sheer silver gown, which flowed gracefully against her mahogany skin.

“Just one little swim…” Narri’s words trailed off when a soft whimper came from the bundle held to her breasts. She gasped. “A child? You’ve brought a child with you?” Excited, she clapped her hands and flapped her fin. “Where did you get it from? Ooh, may I see?”

Nikena brushed the thin veil from the infant’s face and lowered her for Narri’s view.

“Oh my…” Narri scooted closer, nearly toppling off of the reef. “What a beauty.” Leaning in even closer, she inhaled the baby’s scent and stiffened. She swallowed hard and stared up at her wide-eyed. “Milady is this child the—”

“Yes,” Nikena replied.

“But, but you have—no, this is too soon,” Narri stammered, her eyes darting about nervously.

“No Narri. The time is now.”

“Oh no, that means the demons…” She tilted her head toward the dark forest. A storm of black clouded her irises. Her scales and fins turned a shade of onyx. “They are coming. Where is Lord Kaishan? Where are the dragons?” she asked, her mental words laced with panic.

Frowning, Nikena pressed her hand to her heart and looked away. The mention of her demon lover made her chest tighten. “My time is limited, my friend. I must pass a great responsibility onto you for the sake of God’s children.”

“What does milady command?”

The request sat on the edge of her tongue. She glanced down at her daughter’s beautiful face, so peaceful in deep slumber. There was so much at stake and to ask the lady of Arna to shed her scales and abandon her home, for the sacred love child nestled in her arms was too much to ask. But there was no one else she could trust.

“Milady, they are drawing near. Please tell me, what will you have me do?”

“Take my daughter from this place and protect her. These cursed demons are not to have her.”

An iridescent gleam glazed Narri’s eyes. “You trust me with such a precious being? I am honored. Where am I to take her, heavenly one?”

“Mayiki will open a portal for your escape. He awaits your arrival in Bahdea, the forest of enchantment.”

Swallowing back her emotions, she gazed at her lovely child once more, said a silent prayer then handed her to Narri. Sadness and grief weighed heavily on her heart as tears threatened to spill down her face. She took in a shaky breath and turned away.

Harboring howls of evil, a dark cloud moved across the bright moon, shading its radiant glow.  Nikena sought her spiritual energy for emotional balance.

“What will you do? Where will you go?”

A steady calm consumed her as the sounds of the approaching demons escalated. The heat of silver absorbed her irises and lightning cracked from the heavens. “I will do what I must.” She raised her hand and called out, “Arise Geantye!”

A bolt of lightning shot from the heavens and filled her hand with her war companion, Geantye, the double edged, spirit battle axe. His energy sparked and stirred, fusing with hers. Together they gleamed in raw power.

Ready for war, she squeezed his leather wrapped handle, and glanced at the silver-eyed creature staring at her through the reflection of the razor sharp blade. “I will distract them to give you time.” She turned to Narri and sprouted her wings.

Tears filled her friend’s eyes. “Milady, wait! Before you give into the call of the battle, please give me a name. Give me the name of your beautiful daughter.”

Nikena straightened her back and glared up into the wickedness that consumed the night sky. “Sharayna. My daughter’s name is Sharayna.”

The zephyr teased her feathers and with a powerful flap of her wings, she ascended from the watery plain and took to the air. The stirring wind engulfed her in a hot rush, fueling her energy.

Against her better judgment, she sucked in her dreariness and searched for one last look at her child, but Narri no longer occupied the reef. A smile of relief curved her lips. “Swim hard, my friend.”

“Where is she, Nikena?” hissed an entity, manifesting out of the blackness which coalesced before her.

He took shape as hundreds of blood thirsty chingi demons separated from the dark cloud. Combined with their foul stench, the sound of their leathery wings flapping in the wind surrounded her.

“You cannot keep her from—”

With the unseen swipe of her axe, she severed the ghastly creature’s head. “You dare to speak of my daughter, demon?”

“You will pay for that, wench!” shrieked another.

She flashed before him and claimed his head before he could strike. Their angry howls over their fallen comrades charged her intent.

She raised her battle axe to the sky, blazing hot silver. “Now, who else wants a taste of my blade?”

Copyright © Yvonne Nicolas 2012

To be continued next Sunday. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

The artwork featured in this piece was created by Kyle Chaney Jr. of Plan B Comics. That’s my boy!

 

Review: The Ghost Toucher by Gerald Rice

In a world where ghosts are an accepted reality, Stout Roost, reality star and host of the Network’s The Ghost Toucher reality series has vanished. But Israel, the spiritual detective they hire, doesn’t exactly have a plan to find him. Kelly Greene, a customer service rep, is tapped to assist the detective, but he quickly realizes that as far as unconventional methods go, Israel’s are insane. He informs Kelly there is an afterworld and it was already populated by pesty ghosts. They also hate humans because they eventually become ghosts and are seeking a ‘clean’ way to exterminate us all. The two learn finding Stout is the least of their worries as they are pursued through metro-Detroit by obsessive compulsive wannabe warriors, mutants who worship an insane deity, weapons from the other side and a mysterious, perpetually pregnant, augmentative woman with a gender complex.

This was one insane story! But insane in a good way.

Let’s see, where do I begin…?

This tale takes you on a journey that is sure to leave you horrified and amused at the same time. I found myself laughing out loud at many scenes, most acted out by the bizarre but handsome Israel. There were so many twists and turns in this story that it left my mind whirling by the end. While this one didn’t give me nightmares like the usual horror novel, it had me anxious to find out what happens next.

Now there were some parts that had me a bit confused. Because there is a large cast and many POV changes, certain scenes jarred the flow of the tale. The plot became unclear and the creature terms and world building left me wondering if I missed an important detail somewhere along the way.

However, following the main character, Kelly Greene, was fairly simple and thrilling. There wasn’t a restful moment from the beginning to end of the book. This poor guy couldn’t catch a break to save his life. Creatures were either out to abduct him for the power he unknowingly had or kill him. Israel, who became his partner in crime, added a quirky flair to the quest and made the read very enjoyable.

I have to warn you, this book leaves you hanging and wanting more. Seems to me like there’s going to be a book 2. If so, I can’t wait to read it.

I give The Ghost Toucher 4 dragon hearts:

  

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Review: Vampire Hunter D Vol. 3 ~ Demon Deathchase by Hideyuki Kikuchi

The third volume of the popular Japanese series comes to America in Vampire Hunter D: Demon Deathchase. The vampire hunter known only as D has been hired by a wealthy, dying man to find his daughter, who was kidnapped by the powerful vampire Lord Meierlink. Though humans speak well of Meierlink, the price on his head is too high for D to ignore and he sets out to save her before she can be turned into an undead creature of the night. In the nightmare world of 12090 A.D., finding Meierlink before he reaches the spaceport in the Clayborn States and gets off the planet will be hard enough, but D has more than just Meierlink to worry about. The dying man is taking no chances, and has also enlisted the Marcus family, a renegade clan of four brothers and a sister who don’t care who they kill as long as they get paid. Beautiful illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano complement the post-apocalyptic plot, filled with chilling twists. Co-Published with Digital Manga Publishing.

Great read!! Mr. Kikuchi most certainly did not disappoint. I am a big fan of the movie Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, which was inspired by this book. Although the plots somewhat differ from one another, they both held me in suspense. I immediately became attached to the heroine of the tale, Leila Marcus, the sister of the infamous Marcus clan. Believe me when I say, this chick had it rough. Being the only female in the clan, she suffered emotionally from lost relationships, and physically by the hands and sexual needs of her brothers. Of course when she crosses the path of the beautiful Vampire Hunter D, who was hired to seize the same target as the Marcus clan, she falls for him big-time and gives into the urge to protect him, just as he protects her. As usual, D is cool and unmoved, but it becomes very clear throughout the story that he has a certain fascination with Leila. But don’t get it twisted, this is not a romance tale.

The horror aspect of the story made it all the more enjoyable. God, I can’t help but love Kikuchi’s wild imagination! There are scenes in the story that are greatly drawn out, but this is a unique writing style of Kikuchi’s that I happen to enjoy. It just pulls me deeper into the scene. There’s some serious head-hopping, which is a little jarring if you’re not used to it. However, the story is so intriguing that the head hopping is easy to overlook. Fabulous job Mr. Kikuchi. I can’t wait to read the next one!

I give Vampire Hunter D (Demon Deathchase) 5 dragon hearts:

  

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Review: Shades of Green by Ian Woodhead

Holburn was just like any other northern English town, at least on the surface. Buried below the local woodland, something had begun to tunnel up… Within hours, Holburn suffers a drastic transformation as invasive, bizarre plant-life infest the town, the population and wildlife transform into rampaging, blood-thirsty beasts. A handful of survivor’s battle to stay alive and search for answers.

Whoohoo, this one gave me the shudders and nightmares.  To me, a horror story isn’t good unless it has me tossing and turning at night. J

Now on to the review… I must admit, I was a little concerned after reading the first few chapters of this book. The direction was unclear and the premise was a bit confusing. There were some sections I had to read twice to get a grasp on what was happening. Because it often joggled from past to present (without warning) it not only made the read jarring, but the age of the main characters not very clear. Damian and Alan’s age wasn’t truly cleared up until the middle of the story. There’s a big cast of characters to follow, which usually doesn’t hinder a read for me, but the many errors and inconsistencies in this story made it difficult to continue.

However, I’m glad I did!

A quarter into the story, I couldn’t put it down. The storyline was both engaging and thrilling.  The creatures were believable and the world building was outstanding. I only wish this story would’ve been edited. If you can get past the overabundance of errors, you will really enjoy the story!

I give Shades of Green 3 dragon hearts:

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Review: Goners by Gerald Rice

5 tales of horror from the author of “The Ghost Toucher”. Meet Murray, an entrepreneur whose dreams are about to be dashed by a barely remembered superstition, Terence, a loner who finds his long lost live in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, an office worker who realizes idiots have literally taken over the job, a magician whose tricks become surreal even to him and a couple about to get serious in the middle of a cross-state trip.

If you like a good horror story. Pick up this novel!

Once you begin reading, you won’t stop until you reach the end. Mr. Rice has created a collection of short horror stories in Goners that has made me a fan of his. Each story was engaging, suspenseful and thrilling. I was drawn into this world of zombies, freak happenings, mad scientists and demented magicians, and although, some moments had me nervously nibbling at my nails and looking over my shoulder for the unknown, I enjoyed every bit of it!

Well done, Mr. Rice. I’m anxious to see what you come up with next.

I give Goner 5 dragon hearts:

 

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