Monday 2 December 2013

*Novel Spotlight* Roses by G.R. Mannering

I am so excited to be able to share an excerpt of this novel with you all! I cannot wait to pick it up and dig in, it sounds amazing from the synopsis and the excerpt, I hope you all agree and all go out and pick it up!


She panted in to the chilled air. Snowflakes fluttered around her like ashen butterflies, clinging to her lashes and to the hood of her think cloak. Champ, her warhorse, tore through the night's darkness with clouds of warm breath, and his flanks heaved in the rush of the ride.

Before them in the enchanted quiet stood a castle. It was just as it had been described to her, and she grimaced slightly, for she had hoped that it was not real. The snowflakes whirled around its facade without settling, brushing against the latticed windows and marble arches. It was vast and rich with numerous turrets of coppery bricks that appeared to rise higher until they were lost in the white of the snowstorm. Its outline flickered against the magenta sky and shifted under her gaze, as if it almost was not there.

She swallowed hard and pressed her heels into Champ's sides. The pair made no sound as they approached the gates; the blanket of snow muffled all noise, and Champ's hooves sank deep into its cushioned whiteness. He flicked his ears. She knew that he did not want to approach, but they could not turn back. She leaned forward and laid her cold, raw hand on his sweaty flank to reassure him.

She was not surprised when the iron gates swung silently open of its own accord. She gritted her teeth as she urged Champ on and reminded herself that she was saving the life of a man who had once saved her own.

As the gates clicked shut behind them, she heard the distant roar of a beast.

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