The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed.
The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long?
Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.
Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.
An excerpt from Silent Orchids…
“I guess I’ll take one of these toss pillows,” Finn joked and promptly tossed it to the couch.
“Throw pillows,” Kaeleigh corrected, “Decorative throw pillows to be exact.”
“Oh, excuse me then,” Finn rolled his eyes. “You won’t mind if I throw them then will you?” And with that, he threw two more much like you’d throw a baseball, if a baseball were several times more square and tasseled.
Kaeleigh watched in mock horror as he threw her pretty pillows so rough… so… so like a boy! “What are you doing, Finn?”
“Go to bed, Kae, I’ll sleep on the couch to keep you company in case you have another bad dream or need anything,” Finn said and headed back to the couch to his makeshift bed.
Kaeleigh got into her bed, feeling slightly guilty that one of her best friends, who had been so great to her tonight when she needed a friend, was going to sleep on her springy and not-so-comfortable-for-sleeping couch. After all, things seemed back to normal and Finn had spent the night before and it was no big deal, although Chel was usually there too. He’ll be fine out there on the couch. The couch squeaked as Finn plopped himself down and made himself comfortable, or at least tried. Every time he turned over or adjusted his position on the couch, it squeaked. Ughh! I’ll never get any sleep with all that racket out there.
“Finn, you don’t have to stay out there.” Kaeleigh’s shout sounded muffled from under her comforter.
“I’m fine, I’m not leaving you tonight. You’re still a bit shaken up, I’ll stay the night... or what’s left of it,” Finn replied in a tired voice.
“No, I mean you don’t have to sleep out there on the couch, there’s plenty of room in here,” Kaeleigh said, looking at her king-sized bed.
“I’m good, Kae. Go to sleep.” Finn yawned.
“Please, Finn?” A slight tremor in her voice revealed the depth of her fear at returning to sleep.
“Well,” Finn began as he rose from the couch, “Your bed is more comfortable, but only if you’re fine with it.” He leaned against the doorframe into her bedroom. “You can’t tell Chel we had a slumber party without her though, she’ll never forgive us for that,” he said with a playful grin as he walked in her room.
“Tell me about it! She hates to feel like she’s missed anything. The other day when we had lunch without her she went on and on about it that whole day,” Kaeleigh rambled dramatically. “It’s our secret,” she said, scooting over to the far side of the bed to give Finn space. Her room wasn’t that big, but when Chel had lived there they had decided to share so they made the king bed fit. It always made them laugh when they reminisced about their acrobatic maneuvers attempting to get it in the door and turned properly inside the room. Smiling, she thought, See, totally normal, no big deal. Then she heard his belt buckle as he was taking it off. Kaeleigh quickly flipped over and froze. Her gaze fixated at the opposite wall, blushing like a little girl at the thought of a boy in her room taking his clothes off. Nervously, she smoothed the hair away from her eyes and clutched her pillow within her talons. Why am I freaking out? Realizing Finn was laughing, she rolled slightly back toward him.
“What’s so funny?”
“You.” He looked in her eyes and took in her face with a humorous twinkle in his eyes, but there was also a hint of something else—something resembling desire. “Don’t worry, I’m just taking off my belt.” He held it up for her to inspect. “It’s uncomfortable, but everything else is staying on unless…” Finn waggled his eyebrows suggestively at her, “you want it to come off, Kaeleigh,” he said teasing her but equally making fun of her. Kaeleigh’s mouth fell open in mocked shock.
“Shut up and go to sleep.” She threw a pillow at him and rolled back over. Of course he’d be the perfect gentleman. At least she was pretty sure he would be. “Good night, Finn, thanks for being here.”
“That’s what I’m here for.” Finn lay down on his side of the bed and got comfortable. “Maybe my being here will keep the bad guy in your dreams away.” He paused. “Good night, Kae.” Finn rolled the opposite direction, but did not fall right to sleep. His eyes wide, realization hit Finn that he had slipped. Hopefully Kaeleigh had too much to think about that she would not catch what he had said, but he knew her better than that. Something was changing and it killed him that he couldn’t talk to her about it. If he could only get her to talk to him about it.
Kaeleigh smiled, fully satisfied from the middle of the night fun. As she drifted asleep his last words about the bad guy kept rolling through her mind.
Title: Veiled Shadows
Evil is an untreated disease in the once beautiful realm of Alandria.
Kaeleigh is faced with a revelation that she must reconcile. She will decide if discovering the truth is worth the unknown consequences to both herself and her friends.
Daegan, the Ferrishyn warrior, is conflicted by more than his loyalties, and is confronted with emotions he doesn’t know how to deal with. A choice must be made. A choice… that may cost him more than he ever wanted to give.
The Droch-Shúil—enforcers and servants of the ancient darkness—continue to cast their shadow over Alandria seeking those who can be turned to their side.
The magic of The Orchids is growing, but not everyone will survive what is to come.
Veiled Shadows is the second installment in The Age of Alandria series: the story of the Sol-lumieth’s quest for freedom of self and the power to battle the evil of the Droch-Shúil.
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