Scales and Stingers
Scales and Stingers
by K. M. Warfield
Thia Bransdottir is shunned for being half Fallen, a race feared by many. She tries to disguise her lineage, but her lilac eyes make it impossible. When her Father is killed, she is taken to the cloister to be a servant of her faith. Jinaari Althir is sworn to protect Thia from the disgraced half of her heritage. Under his holy vows, he must keep others from killing her for their prejudice and using her for her power. He must succeed, there is no room for failure. Trust for someone like Thia is difficult. Jinaari may say he is there to protect her, but can he truly do his best when he knows she is of the Fallen? Will Thia stay safe in order to fulfill her purpose or is she fated to die for her origins?
Placing the waterskin on the table, she carefully wrapped her box in its coverings. “Who’d you steal the box from?”
She stared at him. “No one. My father made it for me.”
He snorted. “You expect me to believe that? I know the work. My mother had one she prized.” She started to open her mouth and stopped as he raised his hand. “I know it’s not that one. The acorns aren’t in the same place. Still, I know the craftsman was human. There’s no way you’re related.”
“My father’s name was Bran, and he was human. He raised me on the surface. My mother was Fallen, yes, but I don’t even know her name.” She finished wrapping the box and slid it into the belt pouch. Removing her tunic, she picked up the chain shirt. “I don’t know what happened to your family, Alesso. I only know what happened to mine. He was the only family I had, and Drogon turned our village against me. Against him. The last time I saw my father, he was lying dead across the threshold of our home after the looters set it on fire.” She let the weight settle on her shoulders, then reached for the tunic. “I know you don’t like me. The feeling’s mutual. But you’re the one who asked me to accept you as my Champion.”
“You didn’t have to accept, witch,” he growled at her.
“Yes, she did.” Adam’s voice cut in.
About the Author:
Born in the late 1960's, K. M. has lived most of her live in the Pacific NW. While she's always been creative, she didn't turn towards writing until 2008. Writing under the pen name of KateMarie Collins, she released several titles. In 2019, the decision was made to forge a new path with her books. The Heroes of Avoch series, along with a new pen name, is the end result.
When she's not writing, she loves playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends, watching movies, and cuddling up with her cat. K. M. resides with her family in what she likes to refer to as 'Seattle Suburbia'.
Q&A With the Author
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Being able to bring life to characters my friends created, and make them immortal in the process.
Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?
The rest of the trilogy is complete! I'm working on two other potential books/series set in Avoch, but anything I could share would be a spoiler.
Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?
I really enjoyed the world I created. Writing in it, discovering places as the characters found them. I'm likely to keep writing books set in the world, as long as there's a demand from readers for more stories.
How long have you been writing?
15 years. I wrote under another pen name for a time, got published through another press. I took my rights back in 2019, decided to switch up my pen name. I'd formed some bad habits while at the prior house. I got rid of those, found my voice again. Along the way, I fell back in love with the process. This series is the best thing I've ever written, and I can say that without feeling like I'm bragging. It's something I would want to read.
Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?
If you've ever felt alone...that people around you didn't see you for who you are. That they only saw the person they wanted you to be. Read this book. It'll give you hope that you can find those people who choose to call you family, warts and all.
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