QSFer T.A. Creech has a new MM Fantasy book out:
Tae’liamath and Einith are hired on to help an Archmage find his lost knight. Neither expected how much it would change their lives. Neither expected to find their happiness together, as they helped another recover his own.
When an Archmage needs a guard to see him through the enchanted Alahanai Forest, dwarf Einith Redstone jumps on the opportunity. The amount of coin offered for the contract is enormous, and he wants to help a fellow dwarf find his Heartstone. And then Einith is stunned when the enticing elf Tae’liamath joins them as their guide.
Their journey through Alahanai is more dangerous than expected, physically and personally. Between the search for a missing knight out of legend and a bond unexpectedly formed, Einith and Tae find themselves growing close, and their emotions are sent reeling. With a Heartstone at stake, magickal encounters, and falling for each other, Einith and Tae have much to overcome before their journey ends.
Legends of Osaire Book 2
The meeting place was four streets from the market on the left, sign hung into the walkway small, but distinctive. Star Rise Inn was written in plain block letters, with automatically recognized mage stars in all six colors spread in an arc above the words. Not fancy. Einith liked that.
Almost as busy as the market, as far as he could tell when he pushed open the sun bleached door of the large, red brick tavern. A mind-bending variety of people laughed and chattered and fluttered in the smoky front area like little green moths found around his mountain home. There was no fire in the gargantuan hearth to add light to the din, but that was fine. It was too warm in the late spring for a fire anyway and he didn’t need it to see.
The actual bar itself was tucked far to the right side of the building. Einith wove himself between long tables and short, spun around taller beings and nudged the others gently out of his way. A light sheen of sweat clung to his skin by the time he reached the massive wooden behemoth.
Relief washed over him. While absolutely imposing, the bar was of a height that he could easily see over the top. That wasn’t always the case. Some beings were so inconsiderate of others. He nudged into a space between two ethereal young elves, four Mage stars on their foreheads proclaimed them novices, and hopped up on an open stool.
There was only one good way to make himself known to the woman darting to and fro behind the bar.
His massive fist crashed to the bar top in a hollow boom loud enough to wake the dead. “Barkeep!”
The novices jumped, and then giggled at his roar. Silly children, Einith thought, but grinned all the same for their sake. No reason to let them think him surly, nor the woman that hustled over to him like her skirts were on fire.
“Yes?” The barkeep addressed him sweetly, but could not hide her annoyance at his antics.
“Hello,” he tried at a softer tone. “I’m here for the guard position this advert specified.” He fished out the paper and flinched just a little when the barkeep ripped it out of his hands. Maybe she would have been friendlier if he hadn’t made such a spectacle of himself. That diamond was already shattered.
She scowled at the parchment and then shifted that look at him. Without a word, she stabbed a finger in the direction of the actual Inn part, a short hallway that split the establishment into front and back. Off she flounced after that. Einith scowled. How deeply unhelpful.
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