Happy New Year! And to start things off with a bang, here’s the first chapter of Trueheart for your entertainment! Pre-order links are at the bottom of the chapter, just in case you find this little taste to your liking and want to read more. Trueheart is available starting January 12, 2016.
Trueheart Copyright © 2015 Mel Sterling
Murder, mayhem. Torture and titillation.
Thomas would do, and had done, anything she asked.
He bowed his head enough to be respectful, though he kept his eyes on the Queen’s. The band circling his left arm below his biceps grew warmer, as it always did in her presence. When she was displeased with him, it burned and throbbed like the stings of a hundred wasps. When she wished him before her, it tightened until he came to her side. As a motivator, it was effective. After two centuries, it was appreciably thinner than it had been when she first wound the filaments of gold-laced bone around his arm. Each strand represented a task, the Queen’s bidding to be done. Only when every strand had snapped and curled away like a broken harp string would Thomas be free again.
He had never dared to ask what kind of bone it was. He wasn’t sure, even now, that he wanted to know. Knowledge wouldn’t change a thing as far as Thomas’s bondage was concerned.
“Those are my possessions. I will not have them taken from me.”
Thomas knew he could not ask the question the Queen’s statements begged. Why was she keeping precious things at the goblin market? Why not somewhere here at court, safe from thieves? The Queen had her reasons, and it was not his place to question them.
But it was appropriate to ask what had been stolen.
“What do they look like, these possessions, my Lady, so I may guard them properly?” Continue reading