Author: Joni Parker
After Lady Alexin (Alex) breaks the spell around Seaward Isle, the inhabitants can leave the island for the first time in a thousand years. At long last, the Elves and Dwarves can return home to Eledon, while the mortals are given the opportunity to stay or leave through a portal to the mortal world. Alex chooses to stay with her Elf family only to be involved in a mission to rid the Elf World of its most notorious criminal, Sawgrass. Alex must eliminate him before he implements his plan to kill her Water Elf family and take over Eledon.
Excerpt 1: (337 words) Chapter 3
The next morning, Alex retrieved her sword from the armory and hiked to the top of the fortress. The sun peeked over the horizon—its golden hue brightened the dark sky still filled with millions of stars. She took several deep breaths and drew her sword Challenger to admire its shiny blade with stars dancing across it.
After saluting an invisible opponent, Alex began her favorite sword routine called Path-in-the-Forest against imaginary enemies, standing behind unseen trees. Her sword whipped and whooshed through the air as her opponents fell. She paused, panting, taking a reprieve from a particularly good swordsman and leaned against an imaginary tree, holding her sword ready for the next opponent. Silently, she slid her Elfin Blade from its holster on her right thigh and moved it to her left hand. She turned and leapt out from behind the tree with a loud cry, raising her sword above her head, her Elfin Blade poised to block a predicted counterattack.
The Elf servant Eskin shrieked and squeezed her eyes shut. Her hands were clenched in tight fists beside her head, and her body shook.
Alex backed off and inhaled sharply. “Eskin, don’t sneak up on me like that.”
Eskin opened her eyes and placed her hand on her chest, drawing several deep breaths. “I’m sorry, Lady Alexin, but Prince Darin asks that you greet the visitor in the parlor. He’ll be there shortly.”
“What about Lord Odin?”
“He’s gone to see King Pallis.”
“She hasn’t finished dressing.”
“Olivia Richards, the reporter from the King’s Weekly Journal.”
Alex leaned her head back and dropped her arms, groaning. “Not her.”
“Prince Darin said to be very polite and watch what you say.” Eskin clasped her hands in front of her.
“Yeah, right.” Alex slid her sword into its scabbard and flipped the Elfin Blade around, returning it to its holster on her right thigh. Without another word, she strode past Eskin and ran down the five flights of stairs.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Joni left with her family when she was eight and lived for four years in Japan. Upon return to the States, she and her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Camelback High School and attended Arizona State University until she dropped out and joined the Navy. After three years as a Photographer’s Mate, she got out of the Navy, married a career sailor, and returned to college completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. She returned to the Navy as a commissioned officer and retired with over twenty-two years of service. While active duty, she was selected to attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and attained a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree. After her retirement, she traveled the country with her husband in a motorhome until he passed away. Joni returned to the workforce for another seven years and retired again to devote time to her writing. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.
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Trailer for the Seaward Isle Saga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teYsqOs0yjI&feature=autoplay&list=HL1343068571&playnext=3