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Sample Sunday: Of Gods and Kings 2

To give you a taste of what’s in store, I’ll be sharing samples of my available books. For the end of 2022, as I’ve run out of “available to buy” books to showcase, I’ll be giving you a RARE insight into some WIPs.

I’ll use the 7/7 Challenge (where authors post seven lines from page 7 of their WIP) as inspiration. I’ll be posting (approximately) 7 paragraphs of page 7 (unless they have spoilers, then I’ll choose the previous/next chapter) If more is needed, for context, then I’ll add more.

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Captive Prince

Of Gods and Kings, Book 2

BLURB

The kingdom of Jakra believe their King still suffers from the sickness that killed his parents, the King and Queen. They believe that his brother survived nearly ten years before succumbing to the family curse. And they believe that he appointed Lord Yulis, a foreign dignitary, to be his regent.

The kingdom of Jakra have been lied to.

Only Lùcas Catan, the last surviving heir of the Catan bloodline, knows the truth. Only he knows how ruthless Lord Yulis can truly be. And that his only hope of freedom lies with the legendary Eamwulf. Protectors of his family line going back to the first, Deacon. If only Lùcas knew how to call on them.

Too young to know the secrets of the kingdom when he was imprisoned and his family murderer, Lùcas waits. Hoping and dreaming of freedom. And of an Eamwulf who cannot possibly be real, but who gives Lùcas a reprieve from his cell, even if only in his mind.

Can the little magic he has make the Eamwulf real? Or will Lùcas have to save himself?

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7/7 SAMPLE

Yulis didn’t dare try to take the book away from Lùcas after Acheron’s unwitting observation. Nor did he wait another minute before ordering the guards to remove him back to his cell until he was ‘of further use’. Shutting Lùcas in the private room with the man, all alone.

If he’d had any strength left, he might have gouged his eyes out. As it was, they both knew that it took all of his energy to create such an effective illusion, to delve into the mind of someone Yulis wanted answers from. They both knew that he was weaker now than he’d ever been.

“My payment?” Yulis had the cheek to ask, as he pushed himself from the wall and approached the chair where Lùcas remained seated.

Gazing up at the man who held him captive, he wished that Yulis wasn’t smart enough to wear gloves, and clothes that covered his wrists and ankles. If the man had left one reachable inch uncovered, Lùcas might have been able to have him on his knees, begging for mercy in two seconds. As it was, none of his mental tricks worked on him. The moment his talent manifested itself, Yulis had a mage create a talisman that meant magic couldn’t be worked on him unless with direct physical contact. Making him the only person Lùcas needed to touch to harm.

How ironic.

“Considering everything that’s happened here, I think letting you live is payment enough,” Lùcas informed him honestly, hating the reminder that he had lost his brother, that he would never see him again, and that it was all Yulis’ fault.

It was the one thing the man actually regretted. Probably because he’d intended to use Sandulf against him, to raise his brother to be as vicious as he was and had hoped that flaunting Sandulf in front of the nobility and the other Regions would secure his place as king. Instead, he’d inadvertently forced Lùcas to kill his own brother.

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Elaine White is the author of multi-genre MM romance, celebrating ‘love is love’ and offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, exploring all possibilities within the romantic universe.

The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector’s Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016’s Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) Elaine is a self-professed geek, reading addict, and a romantic at heart.

You can keep in touch with Elaine on the following sites:

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