I have a treat today, one that I hope you all enjoy! In case you've missed the fact that recently COLORS LIKE MEMORIES was included in a 4-book package, you can check out the details below :) And one of the other authors, the awesome Mary Waibel, and I thought it might be kind of fun to let our main characters get to know one another a little. So, here's Julia chatting with Arabella!
Julia and Arabella, wandering the aisles of a bookstore, manage to bump into one another: Oh! I’m so sorry! I don’t know how I didn’t see you there. I’m Julia, by the way. You are?
Arabella flips her long, black hair over her shoulder and glares: Not someone who talks to peasants. [She pauses and studies Julia a moment, as if sensing there’s something special about her.] Although, you’re not a peasant are you? No, I can see you’re not. My name is Arabella, but you can call me Princess or Your Highness. (she taps a finger on her lips). Now, what are you? And don’t try and play the innocent here. I can tell there’s something magical about you.
Julia, going a little pale at the thought of someone guessing her secret: I’m not terribly sure I know what you mean. Magical? I certainly don’t use magic. Whatever makes you ask that?
Arabella: I can feel your magic. Well, maybe magic isn’t the right word, but there is something otherwordly about you. Darn princess powers. If only they would work the way they were supposed to, but no, I have to be the only princess whose powers didn’t develop. (she glares at the girl). As princess of this realm I demand you tell me who and what you are.
Julia, taking a step back and glancing around: I’m not looking for any trouble. If you’re going to insist on information though, maybe we can find a place a bit more private? (The two walk out the back, finding their way to someplace quiet where there’s less of a risk of others overhearing what they shouldn’t.) The fact that you can sense anything about me is more than a little disturbing. Again, this isn’t something I normally--or ever--tell anyone, much less a mortal. But I’m here, working for someone, trying to help them. I was sent to make sure they don’t take their own life.
Arabella smirks: Let me guess. You’re here to protect that dimwitted Deirdre. The little fool can’t handle the fact that I want her to help me kill my brother, can she? No, I knew she and her sister were going to be trouble, but you? What kind of magic will you yield to keep her from taking her life?
Julia, laughing: I wish I had some magic to make that happen! Instead, I have to find some way to convince them, and work with them, rather than just make some spell or potion. It would be so much easier if I could wave a wand or something. Can you do that? Do you have any kind of magic?
Arabella sighed: No, all my magic comes from potions. The magic I should have had never appeared, or if it did, I don’t remember it, and it has since vanished. Besides, I have all the magic I need right here. (She holds up a dagger with an extremely sharp point that glints in the sunlight.) This will ensure I take my rightful place on the throne, instead of my incompetent brother and his wife-to-be.
Julia: You really can’t be serious. Your own brother? You’re going to kill him? I don’t think I can let you do that.
Arabella: I’m deadly serious. He’s stood in my way far too long. (She eyes Julia) So, what do I need to do to keep you out of this? Deirdre is your assignment, isn’t she?
Julia: She may be. I should probably be going now. But don’t think I’ve forgotten what you said. I’ll be watching you, Arabella.
Arabella: I’m afraid I can’t let you leave just yet, Julia. No one is going to ruin my future, not even a peasant like you. I will extract an oath that you will not interfere in my plans, and I will not interfere with your assignment. Do you so swear?
Julia, rolling her eyes: Fine. I’ll swear. For whatever it’s worth to you, mortal. But don’t think this is over. There are plenty of other Sary around, whether you recognize them or not.
Read Julia and Arabella’s stories in this special release:
PRODIGIES OF YA I available now at iBooks
Quest of the Hart by Mary Waibel...A reverse Sleeping Beauty tale where the princess goes on the quest to save the prince.
Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston...Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of.
Tex, the Witch Boy by Stuart R. West...Someone is killing the bullies of Clearwell High...what's your average teenage boy witch to do?
Nightmares by Donna McDunn...Emily must accept her gift of clairvoyance and remember her past, when a psychopath returns to kill again.