Golden Leaf Hall of Fame Spotlight on Paranormal: Maria V. Snyder (Scent of Magic)

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than six weeks away! This year, we have two Golden Leaf Hall of Fame recipients. This achievement is awarded to a published author who has won three times in the same category. Presentation of the prestigious Hall of Fame award will be done during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Over the next several days, we will spotlight these award-winning books.

Spotlight on Paranormal: “Scent of Magic,” by Maria V. Snyder (MIRA), Golden Leaf winner 2013

Scent of Magic cover

“Kerrick, come on out and join the reunion,” Tohon called.

Ah.  He thought Kerrick hid in the forest.  I said, “Kerrick never returned from the north.  He died fighting the tribal warriors.”

“Then you’re in for a shock, my dear.”

What game was Tohon playing now.  Everyone stared to the northwest.  Guess my would be rescuer just got caught.  I followed their gazes and gasped.

The world around me faded.  It blurred into blotches of colors—greens, grays, browns.  Kerrick stood in the center of the big blur, clear and sharp.  His gaze met mine and the hard shell that had formed around my heart crumbled.  Emotions I thought had died, sprang to life, flowing through me until I was dizzy and sick.

Unlike Kerrick.  His face showed no emotion.  He held a strange curved blade in one hand and a sword in his other.  The rain had plastered his hair to his head and soaked through his tunic.  Dark circles marked his eyes.  He’d lost weight.

When he released me from his intense gaze, only Tohon’s tight grip kept me on my feet.  I’d accepted my fate, but Kerrick’s impossible arrival had changed the game in one instant.

Tohon’s evil smile meant he’d figured it out as well.  “Such passionate emotions, my dear.”

“She’s not yours,” Kerrick said, striding forward.

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If you missed it, check out our interview with Maria here.

Catch an excerpt from Storm Glass here.

Catch an excerpt from Touch of Power here.

It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit our website for more information. But hurry, registration closes October 4th!


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