Ties of Smoke
by Claudia Herring
Lady Lavinia Bramley is master of a Djinni.
Lavinia runs away from her husband to make a life with the djinni Yasir, but it’s not what she thought, not pearls and flying carpets and wishes come true . . .
Her desperate efforts to find happiness with Yasir are foiled by her husband’s reappearance, murder attempts by the jealous magician who cursed Yasir to the urn, and Yasir’s desire for revenge.
Lavinia finds love, and loyalty, are as ephemeral as ties of smoke.
Chapter 2: page 5
With a piercing screech the creature leapt at her. Lavinia shrieked, flinging her arms to protect her face, but the furry beast clamped onto her forearm with its bulbous fingers. She tried to shake it loose. The creature dug in, hanging on, the bundle clamped in its pointed yellow teeth. She lowered her arms. Why, the animal resembled a baby monkey, orange and pink, as small as a doll.
Lavinia seized the cloth in its mouth and pulled, enduring the monkey’s ineffectual slaps. The creature’s hind feet, rubbery and hard, dug into her chest as it pushed off in a flying leap and landed on a life-sized bronze statue of a harem dancer. Hopping from foot to foot on the dancer’s outstretched arm, it took the cloth from its mouth and spat a stream of yellow-green saliva. She looked at her dress, a putrid green streak over Yasir’s dried blood.
“Why you little imp!” Lavinia kept her eyes on the monkey and picked up a sandalwood cane resting against the couch.
The creature swung by its striped tail from the dancer’s arm and squealed, jagged teeth in a fierce grimace as it shook the bundle in its wrinkled orange fingers. She brought the cane up slowly behind her, dodged another streak of foul-smelling saliva, and aimed for the cloth. The cane thumped on the monkey’s tail and bounced off the dancer’s arm with a startling clang.
Howling, the beast fell to the floor, the bundle landing at Lavinia’s feet. She scooped it up, dropped the cane and dashed away.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Claudia Herring aspired to be a baton twirler when she was five and an archaeologist at thirteen. When she became a graphic designer and an author of fantasy, she decided she’d hit upon the perfect compromise.
Along the way she worked as a gift wrapper, a server in a Mexican restaurant at an amusement park (where she rode the Black Dragon at midnight—an actual ride, not a sexual allusion) and an illustrator in medical graphics (where they featured videos on wound healing during lunch) at the Texas Medical Center.
Her novel, His Master’s Bride, a historical fantasy with romantic elements set in Regency England, won first prize in the Houston Writer’s Guild Novel Competition. Ties of Smoke is the second in the series The Djinn Chronicles.
When she’s not delving into the world of the Djinn, Claudia is practicing yoga to go to that hushed space where she imagines and plots her next fantasy novel.
If you like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series or Carol Berg’s Soul Mirror series you’ll love His Master’s Bride and Ties of Smoke.
Amazon author: http://www.amazon.com/author/claudiaherring
TIES OF SMOKE on amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Ties-Smoke-Novel-Djinn-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B01M2BXKD9/ref=sr_1_1
HIS MASTER’S BRIDE on amazon: http://tinyurl.com/mg83vjj
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