I hope all is well with you. It's March already! Where is this year going?! Hey ho. I have much to share with you this week. The revision of book 3 Tagan's Chase is going ahead apace and should be available by the end of the month, maybe before if I can manage it. Check out the sneak peak below!
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Tagan's Chase (Book 3) Sneak Peak
"Uncle Herck was standing at the bar, talking to a gentleman who I knew to be a close advisor to the King, but as soon as Herck saw me he brought his conversation to an end and turned towards me.
“Sophie, you look stunning! That colour really suits you,” he said, kissing me on both cheeks.
“Thank you Herck. It’s good to see you. How are you? We haven’t seen you for a while.”
“I’ve been particularly busy of late, but I’ve managed to take a few days this time.”
“Oh good! Have you brought anyone with you?” I said, looking over his shoulder, in the hope that there might be a lady in tow. I couldn’t understand why he always came alone, surely there was a special someone, he was a particularly eligible batchelor.
“Why would I bring a woman, when I have you, Leylana and Elaya to keep me company?” He gave me a wink.
“Luckily for me, I am the only single one left,” I said, engaging in his banter.
“My nephew is a fool. If I was a few decades younger, I’d whisk you away so fast your feet wouldn’t touch the ground.”
I laughed, flattered by his compliment.
I glanced across at Ahran who was doing some kind of up tempo waltz with one of Elaya’s girlfriends. “If he carries on like that,” I said. “I may be tempted to come with you regardless of the age difference.”
Herck threw his head back and roared with laughter clearly enjoying my flirtation. “I may have to hold you to your word. Now, what will you have to drink?”
“Oh, just water please.”
He asked for a glass of water and ordered himself another drink. “Shall we sit down and you can tell me all about how the farm is doing and what Toby has been up to?”
We found a table a little way away from the dancefloor and sat down.
“It’s just the hardcore partygoers left I see.” My eyes did a sweep of the emptier tables surrounding the dancefloor.
“Yes, the sour faces have left thank goodness.”
“Do you mean the court elders?” I knew that Elaya’s marriage to Tigor was not a popular one.
“Some of the elders and some of the younger courtiers who need to keep up with the times.”
“I think Tigor is a perfect match for Elaya, anyone can see that they are completely in love with one another. I know Elaya has broken with tradition by choosing Tigor, but surely love counts for something?”
“It’s not about tradition or love, it’s about blood.”
“Blood?” I asked.
Herck nodded. “By marrying Tigor, Elaya is weakening the royal blood line.”
“Surely that’s a good thing,” I said, thinking about some royal misfits in history who had come about from parents who were too closely related.
“No, it isn’t. Royal bloodlines are positively encouraged to marry to maintain the purity of our royal families who are considered to be the descendents of our founding forefathers.”
“But surely they risk genetic disorders.”
“There is sufficient distance between our royal families for that not to be the case. And even if there isn’t, it is better to maintain the purity of the royal bloodlines than it is for royal blood to mix with that of the less pure. Any undesirable consequences can be screened and dealt with through genetic purification.”
“I’m sorry, I’m not sure I understand what you mean?”
“When women first fall pregnant here, I’m talking women of royal or noble birth, they are screened for genetic disorders and if there is any doubt that the child may be born with an abnormality the corrupt gene is stripped from the child’s DNA before the embryo is fully formed.”
“Oh my god! Really? That’s incredible.”
Herck nodded. “Yes, I suppose it is, and necessary when it is so important to protect our Ancient Sapien bloodline.”
“What do you mean?” He had totally lost me.
He drew a patient breath. “Let me give you a little lesson in Ramian history.” Herck leaned a little closer. “Our world was colonised by Sapiens some time way back when...”
That's it for now! I can't wait for you to read the rest!
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