Today we’re off to the pub. Author Mysti Parker has brought her cast of characters and friends with her, and she’s invited us to come along. Quick! Don’t miss out on a great night out…
An Evening with the Cast of Serenya’s Song, #3: Sebastian
Setting: The Wasted Witch
Enjoying your ale? Looks like business is good tonight. Which makes it good for me, too. You probably know who I am, but for formality’s sake, I’m Sebastian Crowe, Earl of Summerwind.
No, no, keep your seat. I think I’ll stand here a while. I’ve been away on business for a week, and I like to keep an eye on things. It’s my tavern, and my town, after all. My estate provides the grain for Barnaby’s Ale. It’s good, isn’t it?
Renny! Get my friend a refill, please.
Beautiful, isn’t she? That’s my Serenya—Renny, as we all call her, though you couldn’t tell she carries the title of Lady Crowe by watching this barmaid and entertainer act of hers. One might even think she was ungrateful for the life I’ve given her.
I agree, she seems quite content, but it’s all an act. Like all the men here, gawking at her. That’s the way of it, isn’t it? A man comes back to claim his birthright, finds a good woman, and everyone wants a piece of his wealth. I was an idiot to ever leave all this behind. I suppose I thought that’s what rich, titled young men were supposed to do—roaming the countryside, spending their inheritance as fast as they can. Luckily, I came back to Summerwind before I lost it all. I claimed what was mine, including my wife.
Renny can’t see it. She can’t see what they’re after. All she sees is the good in everyone, thinks everyone has potential. She doesn’t understand that there are those who would do her harm, who would take this tavern, take everything she’s ever known and loved away if they only knew her like I do.
See, I’m the only one who can love her as she is, the only one who can give her a real purpose and destiny. All she has to do is provide me with an heir. You’d think that would be a simple matter. A wife’s duty to her husband. But, nothing’s that simple, is it?
It’s been five years. Five long, damn years of providing for that woman, and what thanks do I get? Nothing but a wife who enjoys men undressing her with their eyes. No doubt, if I weren’t here, she’d be in someone else’s bed.
Like that wood-elf there. A little prince, isn’t he? Just waltzed over there and gave her a rose. I’ve seen enough for tonight. Excuse me, please. Have more ale—the next one’s on me.
Bax! Bring the carriage around. My wife and I have some catching up to do.
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Tallenmere Book Two
by Mysti Parker
In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, no one ever said love was easy…
Serenya Crowe may be a half-elf commoner, but she’s no ordinary woman. With the ability to interpret dreams, and a birth defect that forces her to wear gloves, she’s endured small-town gossip and the cruelty of her husband, Sebastian, The Earl of Summerwind. All she’s ever wanted is to live a quiet life and raise a family. When she meets the new stranger in town, her world and her heart, are turned upside down.
Wood-elf Jayden Ravenwing is an ex-secret agent who wants nothing more than to forget matters of the heart. He left the bustle of Leogard and his failed marriage to make a fresh start in Summerwind. He never planned to fall in love again, especially with the enchanting Serenya Crowe.
When a strange portal opens on the Crowe property at the edge of town, Jayden is thrown into an investigation, knowing that if he fails, Serenya and everyone in Summerwind may die.
Together, he and Serenya must overcome an ancient evil, and their own inner demons, to save Summerwind and find the love they’ve always dreamed of.
Mysti Parker is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and is the first in a fantasy romance series. Mysti reviews speculative fiction for SQ Magazine and is the proud writer of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award.