by Sue Perkins
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
Ash’s silvery purple hair sets her apart from her peers and at the magic college of Spires a few senior maeven consider her magic to be alien and unsuccessfully try to expel her. Ash feels a compulsive attraction tempting her to enter the broken North Spire. She believes this off limits ruin holds the answer to her origins, but is not willing to take the chance of expulsion from Spires.
Orm, Ash’s equally talented classmate, is determined to support the girl he considers his soulmate, and promises to help her find out the secrets of the North Spire when they reach the end of their third year.
At the end of the first year, Ash nervously waits to see if she will be allowed to continue at Spires, or will she be sent home in disgrace.
A young woman stood in the doorway with a Spires cloak over her arm. Ash could tell by her clothes the woman did not come from a farming community. Her dress frills on the light material floating in the air movement from the corridor, would have been considered unnecessary by Tulia.
“Oh.” The newcomer paused for effect. “I thought I would have a room to myself.”
“It’s cozier when there are more of us,” Rupe told her. “I’m Rupe, this is Ash.”
“Charmed, I’m sure. My name is Ceku Atania Beland. You may call me Ceku. I wonder where the servant is with my bags.” The young lady entered the room and looked around. “I think I’ll take this bed.”
Ceku seated herself daintily on the bed nearest the door and placed her cloak beside her. Ash hoped their new roommate wasn’t as stuck up as she appeared. Maybe offering some help to the other girl would make her more friendly.
“Hilso said we were to leave the bed by the door for the second year student.”
“Nonsense. This is the best bed. I shall sleep here.”
All three of them jumped at the brusque command. A tall dark haired girl stood in the doorway glaring at Ceku.
“I shall do no such thing. Do you know who I am?”
“Yes, I do. You’re a first year student and any other rank you hold outside Spires doesn’t count here. Now move yourself and get your bags. They’re still sitting in the courtyard.”
“The servants will no doubt bring them when they have time.” Ceku still didn’t move from the bed.
“I’m Uma, your second year roomie.” The girl introduced herself to Ash and Rupe then turned to face Ceku and muttered something under her breath.
Ash barely managed to suppress her laughter when the stuck up young woman slid off the bed and landed on the floor. The surprise still showed on her face as she slid across to the vacant bed on the other side of the room and her cloak followed obediently behind her.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sue Perkins grew up in Devon, England and emigrated to New Zealand with her family. Sue and her husband now live at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Her interests include writing, reading, genealogy and aqua jogging.
Sue’s book genres include romance, fantasy romance, young adult fantasy and middle grade fantasy. Her first romance book was released in May 2007, quickly followed by a fantasy trilogy. She now has many books published in all the genres. Her aim for the future is to write a full-length epic fantasy novel. The outline is complete, and Sue is hoping to find time to finish the first draft by the end of 2017. Meanwhile she carries on with her current fantasy series – Rak Shoma, a blend of magic and fantasy.
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