Monday, June 17, 2013

Men of Foxwick

Guess what? Cherie Reich's Men of Foxwick is finally available! For those of you not in the know, this is a fantasy short story collection featuring five men from the Kingdom of Foxwick. Learn more below, and even read an excerpt!

A blind teen seeks a place in the kingdom. A dragon seer journeys to Wintermill to spy on the queen. A sword master’s worst fear comes true when he fails to protect the royal family. A king falls in love with an herb witch, but will she feel the same way? A hunter will rise to the challenge to hunt down a man-eating monster.

Short stories in this collection: Blind Scribe, Dragon Spy, Sword Master, Courting Magic, and Monster Hunter

An Excerpt from “Blind Scribe” in Men of Foxwick

Dallan counted his steps as his mama and he weaved through the busy streets of Foxwick. Twenty-six, twenty-seven. They’d passed the fruit stand and were now farther into Foxwick than he’d ever been in his fifteen summers. People, just moving shadows, brushed against his shoulder. He scrunched toward Mama to make his lanky frame smaller. The odor of sweat and manure combated the more pleasant scents of flowers and baking bread. A bead of sweat trickled into his hairline, and he longed for the comfort of their small house.

“Keep up, Dallan.” Mama’s skirts brushed against his pants’ legs.

“Where are you taking me?” He clung to her arm and dragged his feet. They’d gone too far. The shadows darkened, as if the sun had slipped behind the horizon, and he had no clue where he was now.

She halted mid-step before yanking him forward. “I do not wish to do this, but we have little c-choice.”

“Do what, Mama?” He wanted to dig his heels into the pavement and halt their progress. Had she decided he was more trouble than he was worth? Times were tough, and he was such little help. He tried to plow straight—despite counting his steps and placing one foot in front of the other—but he often tripped over the rocky soil. He tried cooking, but he couldn’t even boil water without scorching it. Though he wasn’t too bad as a tailor because he could count stitches and feel where he needed to go, he still needed guidance.

She pulled him closer. Rough stone rubbed against his arm through his thin shirt. A sob hitched in Mama’s throat as she emitted a mouse-like squeak. She embraced him tightly and then smoothed his damp hair from his face. “My sweet boy, I’m so, so sorry.”

“What’s wrong?” His heart pounded like a horse galloping across an open field, each hoof beating the ground in a frantic rhythm.

To purchase: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords / Kobo / Nook

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About the Author: A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror series Nightmare, a space fantasy trilogy titled Gravity, and a fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

Her debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.

For more information, please visit Cherie’s website and blog.

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  1. I know Cherie, but I didn't know about the Men of Foxwick was available. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yep, I finally got the collection out there. Thanks for stopping by, Jenn!

  2. No! Don't end it there!

    Love the cover...

  3. Yay for Cherie! This collection of stories is awesome.

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my Men of Foxwick today, Heather!

  5. She sounds familiar. Maybe I stumbled on her blog a couple of times in the past.
    The collection sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing Heather.

    1. I think we've crossed paths before. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  6. Way to go Cherie! What a great excerpt. MOF is on my TBR list!!

  7. The stories sound very adventurous, romantic and exciting! Cherie, you have such a great imagination. Wishing you great success!
    Thanks for supporting the community, Heather! :-)

    1. Aww! Thank you, Lexa! I do like to exercise my imagination frequently. :)

  8. Very cool! So awesome for Cherie!!! Congrats!