Two Wonderful Events by Susan Hanniford Crowley

This is Heather of Purring Pottery in Colchester, Connecticut

My family spent a delightful afternoon learning hand building and making pinch pots with clay. Heather is a wonderful teacher, and I highly recommend booking a family event with her. We had so much fun.

You can contact Heather through her website: https://purringpottery.com/

Now for the second event! It is more like fabulous news. Lady Fallon’s Dragons is starting to appear in lots of places even Japan! Reviews on the different websites are welcome!

Here is my contemporary dragon fantasy for ages 13 to 113. The links are:

Amazon Print and Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096MNG5BR

Nook

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lady-fallons-dragons-susan-hanniford-crowley/1139650036

Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1088492

Rakuten Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lady-fallon-s-dragons

Rakuten Kobo (Japan)

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BookBub

https://www.bookbub.com/books/lady-fallon-s-dragons-by-susan-hanniford-crowley

Goodreads

https://www.bookbub.com/books/lady-fallon-s-dragons-by-susan-hanniford-crowley


This has all been exciting and as the new ebooks formats come through I will let everyone know. I want you to know that Smashwords has many formats you can buy. You can also review too if you like there if you like.

Thank you.

All the best,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance and now YA novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New Release: Lady Fallon’s Dragons is now available at Kindle and Amazon Print, Nook, Kobo, & Smashwords
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is now available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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Celebrate Juneteenth by Susan Hanniford Crowley

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“Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1866.” From Wikipedia.

Though people have been celebrating Juneteenth for a long time, it has only this year become a National Holiday!

I looked up how to best celebrate the day and found people do many things today!

  • Go to re-enactments, parades, talks, speeches, readings, choir singing, laying flowers on graves to remember
  • Enjoy family re-unions and parties with music and great food
  • Festivals, music concerts, picnics

I am sure I’m forgetting something. If I have, please, add it to the comments so our readers can see it too.

Thank you.

All the best,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance and now YA novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New Release: Lady Fallon’s Dragons is now available at Kindle and Amazon Print, Nook, Kobo, & Smashwords
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is now available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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For The Love Of…Slogging Through by Artemis Crow

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Slogging is such a great sounding word for such a physical act. Today, however, I’m talking about the mental slogging we do when the writing is difficult, when sales are scarce, when you wonder why you’re putting yourself through the effort.

I know I’m not alone when I have those times that I question why I continue to write when so few are reading the books. Word of mouth? Pffft. Sales? I need to look up the word in the dictionary to remind myself what it means. 

Maybe it’s because Mercury is in retrograde until the 22nd, but wow, have these last few weeks been a drain. On my productivity, on my enthusiasm, on my will to keep going. I’m struggling with it all as I write this. But the one question I keep asking is what will I do if I stop writing?

The first and most compelling answer is: I can’t not write. It took me years to figure out that this was my path. It took me years more to learn craft and then decide what I wanted to put out in the world.

My second answer: My series has so many more stories to tell, the world I created can’t be allowed to wither on the vine, the characters need to be seen and read.

Thus, the slogging. As difficult and seemingly impossible it seems to become a successful author, it’s the stories that motivate me to keep trying, to keep writing. Maybe my books will be nothing more than a vanity project, but they are my books. I’ve spent years worldbuilding and character creation. I will not let it all go, no matter how painful it feels now. I will put one foot in front of the other, I will write the books and release them in hopes that readers find them and love them.

This post isn’t meant as a pity party for one. It’s a frank talk about that which so many experience but are too often afraid to bring up. And creatives aren’t alone; we don’t own these feelings. There may be a lucky few who never feel weighed down, but they’re not the majority.

My point is that we all doubt. It’s what we choose to do in the face of that doubt that makes the difference. Me? I’m pulling on my big girl Wellies and slogging through the emotional muck until I come out the other side. When I slip and fall, I’ll scrape the muck off, pick up my computer, and slog through until I finish writing the next chapter, then the next, then the next.

Are you slogging through? Share your story so we can motivate each other to keep going!

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

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Change and the Unpredictable

The school year is wrapping up (and yes it feels late this year but that’s because they started a month late) and we are heading toward summer. My kids, like many others, are overjoyed at the transition, most especially due to this crazy past year and the fact that they won’t be wearing masks Day in and day out as the did during school.

This past year has taught us so much and while some of us had experiences we’d rather have avoided, we are all moving forward in way way or another. For me in 2020, I learned that one of my sons just does not deal well with change and the stray from the predictable really made this past year hard for him as a you g person and hard for me as a parent. Change is inevitable and it is the one constant— at least that’s the way the saying goes. We can fight it, sure, but how far will we get? Maybe one time we will have luck or perhaps twice, but not continuously. No, the best way to navigate life’s surprises is to expect the unexpected and learn to adapt.

As a parent trying to teach this concept, it is a work in progress. Some days I make headway and others I don’t but that’s life isn’t it? I simply change my approach and try again in hopes that some of this will stick for the long term.

Happy writing this week!

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Chipmunks Paranormal-Scope

Chipmunks are a gateway to the paranormal creatures that don’t get any credit or respect. First off, some of them sing. They have also been known to dance, to stand up to birds and dogs and yell at them, and to build their door to their underground home opposite my front door. When they see me, they wave and laugh. At least, I think they are laughing.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Chipmunks gather supplies for rough times. It wouldn’t hurt to have extra of some necessities.

Taurus:
When chipmunks party, they go nuts. Invited some friends to a picnic. Don’t forget the chicken and the music.

Gemini:
Chipmunks are mathematicians. First, they calculate home many nuts will fit in their home. Then they get rid of all the clutter to make extra space. Declutter your home.

Cancer:
Chipmunks like to socialize and show they are the alpha chipmunk. There is always one in the workplace. Smile and nod and you’ll do well.

Leo:
Chipmunks cherish their family in friends and keep in touch as often as they can. Often they bring a basket of nuts. Give someone dear a call.

Virgo:
Chipmucks are all about redecorating. Move a nut there, a berry here. Redecorate your home and make it more cozy and cheerful.

Libra:
For a chipmunk, a hawk means trouble. Keep a low profile. Some people just like to argue and you don’t need that.

Scorpio:
Snakes in the grass are avoided by chipmunks. Scams abound right now. Take care with all choices you make involving your private information and money.

Sagittarius:
Sleeping in a nice warm burrow is a paradise for a chipmunk. Plan a vacation to a warmer place. Or you can take up knitting or crocheting blankets.

Capricorn:
A chipmunk will climb the tallest tree to see the world. Their view is bigger than themselves. Go somewhere you’ve never been to expand their friew.

Aquarius:
Sometimes a chipmunk will sit on a rock to reflect. Solitude and relaxation enrich us.

Pisces:
Staying in a burrow too long can make a chipmunk nuts. Plan a walk or a little outing. Get out of your home and breathe fresh air.

All the best,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

Brand New: Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available in Amazon Kindle and Print. Other ebooks formats will follow.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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It’s Here! Lady Fallon’s Dragons by Susan Hanniford Crowley

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I am excited to announce that Lady Fallon’s Dragons is here. It is available in Amazon Print and Kindle ebook.  It is a wondrous tale about contemporary dragons and a young woman fighting for her life. There is a clean romance in it. This book is appropriate for ages 13 to 113, and it is the first in a series.

In the coming weeks, it will also become available in the other online bookstores. I will announce it here as each is released!

Here’s the current link: https://www.amazon.com/Fallons-Dragons-Susan-Hanniford-Crowley-ebook/dp/B096MNG5BR

Reviews are welcome. Spreading the word is always appreciated. Keep an eye out for the upcoming contests.

Thank you.

All the best,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is now available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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Angles

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying to put yourself in some else’s shoes at least once before in your life. Or perhaps you’ve given this sage advice to someone around you. This is essentially a call to look at a situation from a different angle. I’m not talking Math here although the world is full of those types of angles too. I’m talking about understanding where someone comes from or at least trying to.

This week, angles or different points of view seemed to be the resounding theme. Not only do we try to understand where others are coming from but seeing situations from different view points can help us problem solve. We can figure out ways to be smarter with bills or even how to be better parents or friends. We can learn to phrase things in ways others are receptive to. We adapt.

Bottomline, I see this as an asset. No one gets anywhere but hurt by slamming into a wall. Why not be open to a different angle?

Happy writing this week!

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About Lady Fallon’s Dragons by Susan Hanniford Crowley

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Yesterday I received an email from Amazon. Lady Fallon’s Dragons is now on Pre-Order as a Kindle Book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096MNG5BR If you pre-order it, it will be sent to you by Amazon on Sat., June 12th. Woo hoo!

The book is a wondrous tale about contemporary dragons and a young woman fighting for her life. For ages 13 to 113. It has a sweet romance and very dragony.

Excerpt:

Alice took her over to a table where a dark blue cloth covered a birdcage. “This,” she said, “is a Lyra.”

With a sweep of her hand, she pulled off the cover revealing what seemed at first glance to be a small blue and gold bird.

Aleasya looked again. With her heart caught in her throat, she couldn’t breathe only gasp. She couldn’t believe her eyes, and couldn’t take her eyes off it. How could it be true? How could she believe? Looking right at the creature, how dare she not?

“Are you all right, my dear?” Alice asked.

Aleasya nodded and gave her ring a spin. The ring hummed. Remembering her father made her feel grounded.

“You’re wearing a dragon prayer ring!” 

“Yes, it was a gift from my father. He got it on a trip to Tibet. It has two parts; the outer part spins.” Returning to the subject at hand, she asked, “Is it really a dragon?”

“It is,” Alice answered. “Hush, it’s waking. You want to be polite now. After all, you’re just meeting.” The little animal stirred and stretched out its wings. These weren’t feathered golden wings but smooth and stretched like a bat. Tiny bright blue scales covered the body and head. Gold talons gripped the bars of the birdcage, and two golden eyes now fixed on her. The small creature hopped over to the closest bar. When Aleasya stepped closer for a better look, the dragon tilted its head. 

The beauty and wonder of what only could be a dragon transfixed her. Here was the creature of her dreams. Everything she knew to be real said this couldn’t be happening. But her heart knew better, and Aleasya fell completely in love with this perfectly wonderful being. She couldn’t stop trembling with excitement.

The dragon trembled too.

“The Lyra is the smallest known dragon in the world,” Alice continued. “They are nearly extinct in the wild, found in only a few remote locations. The Lyra is famous for its song, which is said to give the listener pure ecstasy. This Lyra has not sung since arriving in my store. The legends say that when a bond is made between the Lyra and its human companion, the Lyra will love that person with great devotion all of its natural life. Although small, it is fierce in protecting its companion. The Lyra loves its human so much, that if it is rejected, it will die from a broken heart.”

A tiny but long forked tongue flicked through the cage bars and licked Aleasya’s hand. It was exactly like her dreams. Her gaze locked with the dragon’s, and something deep inside clicked. But she was afraid. 

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Pre-order today and start your summer with dragons! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096MNG5BR

All the best,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is now available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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For The Love Of…Bryn’s Flight by Artemis Crow

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Having just released Cancer’s Moon, the 7th book in my Zodiac Assassins series, it’s time to return to the first draft of the next book, a short novel titled, Bryn’s Flight. Bryn is a Valkyrie, who has come to Colorado to convince a former Valkyrie horsemaster, named Rota, to help save the horde before they die out.

I love horses so this book is such a pleasure to write, and Bryn is filled with bravado and snark, making it doubly fun. So here’s an excerpt! I hope you love it!

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It took the men far too long to stop their tear-inducing guffawing. Bryn sat in sullen silence until they finally wound down.

Mr. C pulled a handkerchief out of his pocket and dabbed at his face to dry it before lobbing a box of tissues like a football at the two men guarding the door.

Ira decided to forego a tissue, using his sleeve to swipe at his tears and the snotty nose that she couldn’t see, but could hear because he sniffled every five seconds.

“You want to get in the ring with Rota?” Mr. C asked, a fresh round of laughter bursting out of him. “She will eat you alive and spit out your bones.”

Bryn’s spine snapped straight at the insult that the human couldn’t possibly realize he’d made. “I took care of your sons well enough.”

Mr. C’s laughter stopped abruptly. “You’d be smart to keep your mouth shut and your hands to yourself where they’re concerned. Do I have to warn you a second time?” 

Yep, that got his attention.

“No, I got it,” she said, in a sing-song voice.

His eyes narrowed again.

“I came to fight Rota. If she’s so good that she can wipe the floor with me, why not put me in the ring with her to teach me a lesson?”

“She’s got a point,” Ira said.

Ever the helper, that one.

“Teddy is slated to fight her tonight,” Mr. C said.

Bryn bit the inside of her abused cheek to stop the snark poised on her tongue. Another name ending in –y. Seriously. Any moment now, her mouth is going to start bleeding from all the biting. 

She managed to remain silent, though, waiting for the men to work it out.

“Teddy will do whatever you tell him,” Ira pointed out helpfully.

“That he will, that he will.” The boss man studied her for a moment, before picking up his phone. “Sully.”

Bryn closed her eyes and held her breath. Do not laugh, do not laugh.

“Yeah, Sully, tell Teddy he’s off the slate tonight. No fight for him. Maybe next week. Yeah, I know he’ll be mad, but tell him I said so. If he doesn’t like it, he can go fight with some other outfit.” He listened for a bit. “I have another fighter for Rota.” He looked at Bryn and sneered. “It’s going to be a bloodbath, so tell her she should wear her old costume so she can just throw the bloody rags away.”

He hung up the phone and linked his fingers together. “Take her to the locker room, the far one.”

“That one’s still being repaired,” Ira said. “No one’s supposed to go in there.”

“You will with her. Make sure she doesn’t run.” Mr. C waved a hand in the direction of the door. “Go, I want her ready in time.”

Ira squeezed Bryn’s head and lifted her out of the chair.

Not fun, but at least her spine straightened to its normal length after some pop-pop-pops.

The huge man turned her toward the doors before releasing her head and taking her arm. “Come on now. You’re getting what you want,” he said, leading her into the hallway, the double doors closing. “You’re not going to like it.”

Bryn trotted to keep up with the man. There was no staying next this guy without some hustle up.

They entered the main space together. The crowd roared their feral pleasure, their fists jabbing and uppercutting the air as if they were the combatants slugging it out. Ira turned right and they walked next to the outer wall down the length of the warehouse. 

He pushed open a large swinging door that he had to turn sideways to enter, Bryn pressed hard against his body, her face shoved deep in his gut.

They popped through and she took a much-needed breath.

“Whoa,” she called out when he jerked her forward, almost pulling her off her feet in his rush.

They passed a long locker room that was filled with half-naked, and completely naked men—stellar specimens they were not—that Ira tried to shield from her view. 

Despite his best effort, she got more of an eyeful than she wanted to remember.

“Sure is cold here in Colorado,” she remarked, trying to blink it all away.

“Not this time of year,” Ira said, completely missing the point.

She rolled her eyes and looked ahead. There was a door to their right with a women’s restroom sign on it that someone had Picassoed with ginormous, lopsided boobs in Sharpie. “The Louvre is calling,” she whispered under her breath as they passed it by for the doorway at the end blocked by a plastic tarp.

Ira pulled the tarp aside and led her in. He walked her to the sole bank of lockers and opened the one that had “Rota” written on it, again in Sharpie. Inside, lay a folded pile of clothes.

“There’s shorts and a sports bra in there. And a chest protector. Boss doesn’t want any titties to get hurt, you know, for when you have babies.”

Bryn snorted at the thought. Babies. As if.

She pulled out the clothes, skimpy as they were, and put them on a wobbly bench. “Ira, you’re going to have to release my arm so I can get dressed.”

He pursed his lips but let her go.

The man seemed a lot nicer than his boss. Wonder how he ended up here?

She raised a forefinger and gave it a whirl. “Turn around, big guy.”

“Mr. C said I had to keep my eyes on you at all times,” he said, his discomfort obvious.

“Okay. Guess I’ll do the turning.”

She turned away from him and pulled her shirt out of her pants, unbuttoning it quickly. She dropped the shirt on the bench then removed her bra.

Ira sucked in a breath. “Oh, that must have hurt.”

She knew the visage her back presented; the rest of her was just as scarred from training and fighting and the horses she’d tried to fly and couldn’t. Years of injury and damage had riddled her with the evidence of her failures, but she didn’t care about the scars appearance, she cared that they existed at all. 

But tonight was going to change everything.

Bryn dropped her pants, standing naked in front of the man guarding her.

Again, Ira proved he had a much softer heart than his size and gruff manner suggested. He hissed at the sight, but this time he didn’t comment.

There was nothing to be said, by either of them.

She slipped on the shorts and chest protector, followed by the sports bra. “Like to keep your women fighters scantily clad, don’t you?” she said, facing him.

His face was beet red. He hadn’t looked away, not for a second and he was abashed by the experience. 

Sweet.

“The men only wear a cup and shorts.”

Bryn stepped into the huge guy, stood on her toes, and pounded his shoulder; her manner gruff even as she tried to reassure him. Strange that she could feel sorry for the man. “It’s okay, Ira.”

She pulled her silver and black-striped hair back and took a hairband from an open bag in the locker. Securing the thick mass, she rolled her neck. “I’m ready. Is it time?”

A bell rang and the crowd roared. The bout was over.

He nodded. “Come.”

He lead her quickly past the men’s locker room—this time she studiously studied the floor—and out into the open space of the warehouse. 

Men stepped aside to give Ira room to pass, their eyes falling on Bryn and staying there, their speculation almost as sure as a touch. She wouldn’t have been surprised to have one or more of the men reach out and squeeze her arms and thighs, checking the thick muscle she’d curated over the years. Hell, with this crowd she wouldn’t be surprised if they checked her teeth, like horse traders.

Bryn didn’t care though; she only had eyes for the rapidly approaching cage.

Just before they reached it, Mr. C and his henchmen stopped Ira. “Hold here a second while I announce the fight,” Mr. C said.

Ira nodded once and held Bryn back, surrounded by a crowd so thick that she couldn’t see inside the ring.

Her heart flopped in her chest when the microphone squawked. She closed her eyes and breathed slow and deep as she listened to the blowhard announce that there had been a change in fighters for the premiere bout of the night. 

The crowd muttered and shifted restlessly.

Mr. C went through what seemed like an old spiel about his business and cage fighting, until Bryn’s calm started to fray.

Finally, he announced Rota. No fanfare, no windup about Rota. He just said the name and the men went wild. Even Ira’s grip on her arm tightened.

The chainlink gate squeaked as it opened.

The chant “Rota, Rota, Rota,” started to Bryn’s left and wound its way through the crowd until the din was deafening.

Just when she thought they would never shut up, Mr. C announced that a new fighter had come to challenge Rota.

“That’s our cue,” Ira said, pulling her forward.

They reached the entrance and the crowd murmured when they saw her, talking among themselves as they assessed her.

Ira pulled her inside the ring and released her arm.

But Bryn barely felt her freedom; her eyes were on Rota’s back as the woman gripped the cage fence and leaned, her head down.

Years.

It had taken Bryn years to get to this moment, the opportunity that she could not fail. Not if she stood a chance of saving her people. 

“Hey, what’s your name?” Mr. C asked, leaning close with his hand over the open mic. “If for nothing else but your tombstone.”

Bryn kept her eyes on Rota’s back, anticipation about to choke her. 

“Just call me…The Valkyrie.”

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

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Eagles Soar Paranormal-Scope

Eagles are not really paranormal creatures. They don’t have to be. They own their own power. There are only 14 species of eagles, so an eagle is an unique creature. They prove to us that you don’t have to be paranormal to soar.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Bald Eagles can soar up to 10,000 feet. You have the potential to soar to great heights.

Taurus:
Golden Eagles are about 50% larger than Bald Eagles. Larger does not always mean better.

Gemini:
Steller’s Sea Eagle like to eat a varied diet. This is the time to grow through your receipe books and make something new and delicious.

Cancer:
The American Harpy Eagle love the rain forests. Consider planning a trip to a new locale, even if it’s just a day visit.

Leo:
Black Eagles mate for life. It is devoted to their special someone. Spend time with someone you cherish.

Virgo:
The Brown Snake Eagle depends on speed to avoid the snakes it encounters in Africa. Staying in shape is important. Consult with your doctor as to the best exercise for you.

Libra:
The Crowned Eagle has feathers that stick up to form their crown. Add something fun to your wardrobe.

Scorpio:
The Booted Eagle likes to winter in the tropical parts of Africa. Enjoy your warmer weather.

Sagittarius:
The Crested Serpent Eagle are incredibly patient. They sit and wait for food to come to them and it works. Something you are waiting for may need more time.

Capricorn:
The Little Eagle loves the forests of Austraila, sitting in the trees and enjoying nature. Bring some nature into your home with a plant or two.

Aquarius:
The Solitary Eagle likes to be by itself in mountainous areas. Sometimes be alone inspires our creativity. Other times it’s good to connect with others.

Pisces:
Eastern Imperial Eagles travels over a large range. It carries with it a huge viewpoint of life. Take a bigger view of things and you will surprise yourself with how much you know.

All the best,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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