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Looking for a Diverse new Fantasy? Check out “Coal!” Coal blends a matriarch society of Queens,
Dwarves and Elves in a race to save a child from a corrupt Princess.
Here’s the Blurb:
Coal has lived most of his life in the fey realm with his elven best friend, but when a human child he promised to protect
unintentionally breaks a law in front of the fey elite, he will have to choose between betraying his best friend or saving the child’s life.
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Book One of the Everleaf Series
By: Constance Burris
One kiss couldn’t hurt, right?
Chalcedony thought, but then, she lost herself in the sensation, and one kiss became many. Coal’s hand brushed through her hair, sending tingles through her body.
“Princess!” someone shouted from behind. Chalcedony leaped off Coal. A royal guard stood a
few feet away with his sword drawn.
“Are you okay,Princess?” the guard asked, looking from Chalcedony to Coal, and back again.
Bren, she remembered. One of Madoc’s personal lackeys. He had ash-blonde hair with
tawny-colored skin. His face was twisted in disgust and anger emanated from his
Coal stepped slowly in front of Chalcedony. She wanted to tell him to stop. Bren was more
likely to hurt Coal than her, but she didn’t want to take her focus away from
the guard. She felt for the hilt of the knife she hid underneath her shirt.
“What are you doing here?” she asked, looking over Coal’s shoulder.
“I was sent to patrol the forest.” His hands shook, but he never lowered his sword.
“Are you going to attack me?” she asked with a haughty toss of her hair, hoping to draw his
attention away from Coal. Bren flicked his gaze towards his weapon, before he
lowered the sword.
“I’m sorry, Princess. Of course, I would never hurt you.”
patrol the forest?” she asked.
This forest hid the door to the human realm, but it was not guarded. Only a select few were
supposed to know it existed. Patrolling would only attract attention. Instead,
an invisible barrier prevented anyone from entering without permission,protected the forest.
“Um,” Bren stuttered, his eyes lowered.
“Madoc sent you, didn’t he?”
“He … um, I was sent to patrol the door,” Bren answered. She closed the space between the two
He met her gaze. “Are you lying to me?”
“No, Princess. I was assigned to patrol the forest today. I didn’t know you would be here.”
She studied him,searching for a lie. She was not a mind reader, but Tetrick had taught her to look past a fey’s surface to recognize emotions and truth. Chalcedony saw fear, embarrassment, and disappointment, but there was no indication of a lie. Perhaps Madoc had set him up.
“Leave my forest before I have you banished for spying on me,” Chalcedony ordered.
“Princess, I’m sorry. I swear I didn’t know you would be here,” Bren said, shaking.
“Are you alright?” Coal reached for her arm, but she flinched and moved away. If she wanted
Coal to live, she could never let him touch her again. Coal followed her over the bridge.
“No. I shouldn’t have done that.”
He was about to argue with her, but everything was different, wrong. The air became denser,
making it harder for Coal to breathe. The trees, the grass, and even the sun
were less vivid. It was as if he were looking through a smudged window.
“Chaley, where are we?”
Chalcedony met his gaze. “We’re in the human realm.”
“I didn’t see any door.”
She placed her hands on her hips. “If it could be seen, everyone would know where it was.”
He turned in a slow circle, drinking in all he saw. The tree’s brown bark was dull and washed
out. The green leaves were watered down and muted. The grass cracked and moaned
underneath his feet as if it were dying of thirst.
He had never stopped to listen to the everyday sounds of life; they’d always been in the
background. But the singing and harmony of the forest had disappeared. This
terrible silence made him feel as if something were missing.
The human realm, Coal decided, was a weak, lifeless version of the fey realm.
Title: Coal: Book One of The Everleaf Series
Author: Constance Burris
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: June 11th 2015
About the Author:
Constance Burris is a nerd, writer, wife and mother. Most of
her stories are speculative fiction. She was lost the moment she read her first
science fiction story in kindergarten about people living on Venus.
When she discovered the story was fiction, she was heartbroken, but it didn’t affect her love for all things fantastical.