February Newsletter!

So, last month I started an author newsletter… I thought I would share this months edition and see what you thought. What else would you expect to see in such a newsletter?

 

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The February Newsletter!
Happy February!

I hope everyone has been well and settled now that the holiday period is behind us once more. I for one am grateful the craziness is over again for another year and I can get back to working on the 1001 ideas that I have swimming through my head.

The Last Dragon Rider
Over the Christmas and new year period I spent most every spare moment working on the first round of edits for The Last Dragon Rider as they were due back at the beginning of this month. I am happy to say that I completed them with a little time to spare. I even added a fun new scene. I was pretty excited about that as it will add a little something more to a later scene. *Rubs hands together evilly*

The other exciting Dragon Rider news is that I have received my final book cover. It’s going to be a real book! I’ll admit, it still feels so surreal at times, like it is all happening to someone else. But it’s definitely real now. I absolutely love it so much and I am super excited to show you all. Just not quite yet. Sorry.
What I can share with you is the OFFICIAL blurb and tagline which will be on the book. You’ll find that below.

Phoenix Rising
While I await the return of my second round of edits, it’s time to dive back into Phoenix. Book two is coming along slowly, but I’m now happy with where the outline is headed. Finally! Book two has been a bit of a struggle for me to get started due to having to begin basically from scratch. More on that HERE.

I’m four chapters in and have been able to use some of my older scenes with a little tweaking. And I am falling in love with these new characters as well as a few returning favorites from Dragon Rider. I’m excited to share more of my progress as this book comes together.

The goal is to have the first draft completed by June. So, I had better get typing.

Midnight Redemption
Unfortunately this project has been sidelined for now, BUT if my plan to have my first draft of Phoenix finished happens, I can devote some time to finishing off Midnight. Midnight Redemption holds special meaning to me since it is the first novel I ever started writing way back when I was only sixteen. It is currently only about 5-6 chapters from the first draft being completed.

So, with a little bit of luck, I can have two books finished this year. Here’s hoping.

Thanks for reading!
Errin Krystal
Official Tagline!
Can a love so hot it rivals a dragons flame, survive the turmoil of war?
Official Blurb!

Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince Flintathriël fights to bring a stop to a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, they must find the Book of Souls – an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.

When the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard child of the dead king, Flintathriël finds himself fighting to not only save his people from this new threat but also trying to keep Sairalindë safe when Mnuvae takes over the dragons in her attempt to win back the kingdom she believes is rightfully hers.

The love Flintathriël and Sairalindë share shines pure and true, but when the smoke of the battle clears, will their hearts survive the aftermath of war or will the ir love become a casualty that cannot be revived?

Book Recommendation

The Intuitives By Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown (YA Urban Fantasy)

Highly recommend this book! Check out my review HERE.

If your a fan of YA Fantasy, I’d also recommend the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

February Featured Book

After returning home from her father’s funeral to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Mackenzie Clair is looking for a fresh start. She thinks she’ll find it in her favorite childhood vacation spot, but returning to Donn’s Hill awakens more than nostalgia. Mac regains a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead, and the poltergeist haunting her apartment is desperate to make her use that gift to find his killer.

Aided by her new roommate—a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker—and the ghost-hunting crew of the nationally televised show Soul Searchers, Mac struggles to learn how to use her powers. But she’d better get a handle on them fast, because someone in town is hiding a deadly secret. If Mac can’t somehow divine the truth, Donn’s Hill will never be the same.

Coming 3.3.2017 
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Currently Reading

Heir Of Fire By Sarah J. Maas
Discovered the Throne of Glass series through Bookstagram. Just adore her work.

Exclusive!

As you can see, my banner is so close to being completed by the talented artist Ryuutsu.
Soon you will be seeing this around my social media pages. The next newsletter will have the completed banner as the header. 😉

The Daring Adventures Of Adric Drysten #2

Read part #1 HERE

“No one should smile like that at an assassin.” Adric took a step backward as she advanced on him, his back coming up against the cold stone wall.

“I do.” Korina’s soft lips pressed against his and his body trembled at her first tentative touch. Her cool fingers brushed against his cheeks as his own hands flattened against the wall. Stolen glances and hidden smiles were one thing, for this he would surely find himself upon the executioner’s block, prison if he was lucky.

He ached to touch her, yet he dared not.

“You can hold me Adric, tis alright,” she whispered against his lips, reaching to place his hands on her narrow waist. His heart raced and his pulse quickened as she kissed him again, her tongue dancing across his lips, the sweet scent of lavender was intoxicating.

She drew back, brushing a strand of silken black hair behind her ear, gazing up at him.

“Have you never kissed anyone before Adric?” He averted his eyes from her tender gaze and dropped his hands from her waist. Had he been that terrible?

“There were no girls at the academy princess.”

“Adric, I think tis alright for you to call me Korina now.” She leaned close, her warm breath in his ear. “We did just kiss.” She smiled.

“No girls? What about boys?” Adric shook his head. Though it was not uncommon for the young men of the academy to seek pleasures with each other, he had been entirely too dedicated to his training. He had been their most promising recruit, fetching the highest price for the masters.

“I’m glad,” She cupped his face between her palms and pressed one last soft kiss to his cheek before she turned from him.

“Why?” Amethyst eyes gazed back at him. “Why are you glad?”

“Because it means I was your first… and you were mine.”

****
“Wake up mutt!” The jailer kicked him hard in the ribs, jolting him violently from his dream. “You have company.” Adric blinked into the sliver of light shining through the open door, as an unconscious body was tossed unceremoniously into his cell. The door slammed shut moments later, the light bouncing off the amethyst stud in the mans ear.
****
Adric shuffled his feet, the small trinket burning a hole in his pocket, staring intently at her door. It was not getting any easier to see her dance and laugh with other, much more suitable young men.
He had watched for over a year as suitors fawned over her, practically bowing and scraping for the princesses favor. He also watched as they brushed too closely and whispered gods knows what into ears. Their hands lingering on her waist, and hips, brushing across her bare shoulders. Their eyes hardly concealed their lust and she could do little more than wave them off with a laugh and gently pry their hands from her person. All while he could do nothing more than watch on. He could never truly be anything to her.

Tonight was her eighteenth birthday, and it was only a matter of time before she was pushed into marriage. Even though she professed to love him, Adric was no fool, he knew their chaste little romance could go nowhere. She would marry and be sent away to where he could not follow and the thought made him sick to his stomach.

He took a deep breath, and tapped on her door, careful to watch the halls. She opened the door, all smiles, and ebony hair loose about her shoulders, the dark kohl about her eyes smudged in her attempt to clean it off.

“Adric?”

“I wanted to give you your birthday gift. I couldn’t find a moment with you sooner.” Adric pressed the tiny wooden box into her palm. He didn’t earn wages, he was somebody’s property after all, but he did get a half day once a week, in which he ran errands for old lady Margot, and taught the bakers sons to fight, earning himself a few silvers.

“I know you cannot wear it, but I wanted you to have it anyway.” She opened the box and her eyes lit up as she picked up the small silver ring, set with a tiny amethyst. His heart soared when she slipped it onto her slender fingers.

“You like it then?”

“Oh, Adric.” She leaned up, planting a kiss on his cheek. She drew back, eyes wide, her lip trembled.

“You don’t like it?”

She took a deep breath, and stepped back into her room. He turned to move back to his post. “No, Adric… I love it.” He swallowed hard as she reached for him with trembling hands.

“I just had something else in mind you can give me for my birthday.” He drew his brow together in confusion as she chewed her lip. “You love me don’t you Adric?”

“Of course I do.” She grinned and he was lost.

Before he could protest she pulled him inside, toward her bed. Korina pushed him down onto the plush bed and straddled his thighs, stripping him of his tunic. Then it was all eager lips and desperate hands.

****
A grin split his lips when he thought of that first awkward night. He had learned quickly after that, he had been barely nineteen himself at the time. After, there had been nights her nails had dug so deep into his back she drew blood and his hand firmly closed over her mouth to silence her moans.

Adric tried not to let his memories be tainted by bitterness, but as always, the resentment crept back in. He was a fool, he should have known it had been all a game to her.

Gods! Why was he even thinking of her! He’d been rotting in this cell for gods knew how long. Why was he torturing himself with this nonsense?

Adric snorted, he knew why she was suddenly at the front of his thoughts. His last job had taken him back to Cil-Gariah and he was currently residing in the prison he had once thought he would be lucky to be in.

Oh, how naive he had been back then.

****
Rain bucketed down from the sky, his hair hung plastered to his skill, his arms wrapped about himself, shivering from the icy cold. He waited for her, everything was ready. She was supposed to meet him under the great willow tree hours ago.

She promised they would be together. Promised that she loved him. Promises he discovered she had no intention of keeping.

In the end it had all been a lie.

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