Enough with my small talk, here comes the meat:
AN EXCERPT FROM HIDDEN EARTH VOLUME ONE: MAYCLAY
loose again with her gift of chattering. “Let’s see…today I’ve seen
a…a…gnome-like guy pop out of a cloud and leave a Dream Decanter on my
nightstand. It spewed musical fog that my feet and legs are now dangling in
causing my legs to heal. And let’s not forget the three-inch-long buzzing
something…whose name, by the way, was apparently Jit? And he…she…I think it was
a he…had a face like a human and wings like a dragonfly that he used to fly by
my eyes leaving a trail of sparkles. Then he disappeared into the cloud with
the little gnome guy…man…thing. I opened a magic letter signed by SUL, and now
my birthmark is warm. Are you kidding me?”
She tried to put all of the recent events together. The poem on the card faded. It and the envelope burst into flames in her hand, making her jump. “Too weird. It didn’t burn me. Well, that was interesting.”
She went silent, pondering to herself. I will never see this place again. Though it might have been guilt forcing these feelings, she wanted to believe she was truly thankful for the provisions she had received.
Yap! Yap! Yap! YOWLY-WOWEEE!” barked Wiskee.
“Well, there’s another new noise from you. I guess you’re getting a little anxious? All I can say is, it’s a good thing you can’t talk because you’d chatter on more than me!”
Iona calmed her small dog, Wiskee, with her touch. “OK. OK.
I’m on it.”
She brushed her hands together and resituated herself on the bed. She thought about her job—she was no longer going to be visiting those in need, and this troubled her.
“I will see to it they are cared for.”
could not believe she was hearing what she thought was SUL’s audible voice
She looked at Wiskee and whispered, “And we’ll never see our strange but lovable friend, Dumpster Man, again.” She had grown quite fond of him.
With his nose, Wiskee pushed her hand toward the Dream Decanter, but she was still admiring the apartment. “Holy smokes! I can’t leave those!”She jumped from the bed and gathered the only remaining tangible memories of her family, their photos, and put them safely in the waistband of her pajama bottoms.
She sat back down on the bed and clutched Wiskee under her arm without thinking. He made the noises to let her know she was holding him a little too tight.
“Oh, I’m sorry little buddy.” She loosened her grip.
Saying goodbye to her home was all too familiar and unpleasant.
closed her eyes and silently beckoned. She
reached for the Dream Decanter, never letting Wiskee out of her grasp, and did
just as the poem had instructed.
Window shades dropped with a whoosh and a thud.
freaked and spoke from the pitch dark, “I didn’t know we had window shades.”
All of the outside noises ceased; the silence was spooky.
Guarding Wiskee with her life, she crossed her legs underneath her and felt the bed begin slowly turning and moving upward through the darkness. She was afraid of hitting the ceiling but was also afraid to jump because she did not know how high they really were. She reached high above her head and felt nothing. “STAY PUT WISKEE!” She hated to let go of him, but was concerned at their height. Carefully she stood on the bed but could not feel anything above them; she knew she could reach the ceiling if she stood on the bed. Frightened she sat back down and immediately grabbed Wiskee.
With her next breath she gagged. “What is that awful smell. Ack! That certainly isn’t roses! This can’t be right.” She saw what she thought was a fireball heading toward them. It came up fast from below and just missed the bed on its rapid ascent.
Iona screamed. The fireball fizzled out high above their
heads like a dud firework. She tossed the Dream Decanter to her pillow and
scooted to the center of the bed, not letting Wiskee out of her tight grasp. She
felt him trembling.
She had always longed for adventure, but this was not exactly the adventure she had pictured in her mind. Somberly
Iona spoke into the darkness, “What have I done?”
A FEW WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR
Maycly Volume 1 Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the six-volume series Hidden Earth, is an epic fantasy that takes you on the journey of Iona, a girl in her twenties on Earth, who “has it all” and “loses it all,” nearly giving up on life altogether. She has never questioned her trust in the Grand Wizard, SUL, but when she develops multiple chronic illnesses, loses her wealth, and is forced to deal with the mysterious disappearance of her last three living family members, she chooses to believe that SUL no longer exists. Refusing to ask SUL for guidance,
Iona is determined to find her
family on her own; however, SUL has other plans for her. When a very special
puppy shows up on her doorstep, things begin to change. The story explodes,
taking you to the captivating world of Maycly 100 years prior, setting the
stage for their queen’s hopeful arrival. The novel is full of twists and turns,
monumental battles, and illustrations of never before seen flora and fauna. Tag
along with Iona and her band of newfound friends as she discovers her destiny, faces a
myriad of dangers, and continues searching for her family. You’ll laugh, you’ll
cry, maybe even say “aww.” But best of all, no matter your age, you’ll find
characters, Earthly and/or Mayclysian, with whom you can relate.
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