Book Promo Feature–Craving Beauty (A Wylder Tale #1) by Jennifer Silverwood

YAPC would like to welcome Jennifer Silverwood to the blog today. She is here to share an excerpt and some info about her book Craving Beauty. If this looks like something you would enjoy, please go pick up a copy! Only 99 cents for a limited time only!

Book Description:

Craving BeautyVynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother’s roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.
Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.
A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.

 

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Excerpt:

You have but scratched the surface of a deeper tale, my beauty. But can you guess what any of this has to do with you? Can you know the reason the Wylder Mountains led you to my doorstep?”

“No one goes this far north who values their lives. I knew what I was risking when I came here.” She dared not speak a word of the strange wolves that had chased her to the gates or the crippled beggar who put her on the road in the first place. True, some might think she had been led here by forces beyond her reckoning.

His smile deepened, revealing his jagged white teeth. The reminder of his bestial nature was unsettling to say the least. “And you know there is no escape from this prison you have made for yourself, my darling bride?”

Vynasha shivered and kept her features controlled. Ceddrych had warned about predators in the forest and how they could smell fear. She was not afraid of the Prince or his veiled threats. “Yes.”

“Wonderful!” the Prince exclaimed. “Then have you decided to accept my proposal at long last? For surely you understand this must be the only way.”

Vynasha frowned and thought of Soraya and wondered how many other women had been taken and trapped. How many were faced with the same fate, with no chance for escape? “How many?”

The Prince faltered and his triumph faded. “What do you speak of, Beauty?”

Her jaw clamped shut and she fought the wave of anger threatening her control. “How many other women have you led here? How many have accepted your proposal and lost their lives?”

The Prince stared at her with incredulity and then he stood from his seat, the arm of his chair ripped away. “How can you fail to see that I have fallen in love with you, Beauty?”

She braced herself against the back of her chair when he stalked forward. He fell to his knees and pressed a clawed hand to the corner of the table. “Have I not given you everything you could desire, jewels and knowledge and beautiful clothes? What else must I do to prove my love to you?”

She gaped at him, amazed at his almost childlike sense of giving and taking, as if she were a pet or an object. She knew full well, as she had the night of their meeting, he did not love her. It was impossible for her to feel anything for him in return.

“I—” she began and struggled to pursue her thoughts. “I don’t know if I can give you what you want. You have not given me everything I could desire. You have not given me any freedom, only a pretty cage. You have kept me locked away, long after the blizzard ended. I need to feel the wind on my face again, to feel dirt beneath my fingers.” She forced herself to relax her grip on the chair arms.

“I shall show you a new path. But you cannot stray from it, my beauty. Tomorrow night, follow this path and I shall meet you at its end. I vow to you that I shall give you everything in my power. You will have your bit of earth to claim once again, my dear.”

She let him take her hand in his paw and caress it, even though his touch made her feel ill with pity and sadness.

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About the Author: Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a Jennifer Silverwoodmile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay, Silver Hollow and Wylder Tales.

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