Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thursday's Special Is...Dancing with Fate!


DANCING WITH FATE by Hywela Lyn

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When Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance, is assigned to revisit the land of Wales, her task seems simple enough. She is unaware there is a hidden agenda. Before she can return to Olympus her path crosses that of the mysterious Myrddin, and her heart is lost.

But Myrddin is promised to another. His mind is set on the dangerous task that lies before him, and the woman he has sworn to save. Nevertheless, he cannot deny the growing attraction between him and the beautiful stranger he meets along the way.

Terpsichore and Myrddin face a deadly force that threatens to part them forever. Is she destined to lose the only man she has ever truly loved? Is there nothing she can do to save him? Finally, when all seems lost, in desperation she finds herself DANCING WITH FATE.



EXCERPT

Shaking her arms free of the silvery drops of water, the muse squeezed the wetness from her long hair, of which she was inordinately proud. Of all her womanly attributes, she loved her hair the best. It was so fine and silky it took hardly any time to dry. She spread her arms and let the warm air vanquish the last of the moisture from her skin. Oh this land was fair! She raised her arm in salute to Helios, knowing he could see whatever his warmth touched.

Terpsichore twirled around on tiptoe, bending back her head and taking in the craggy mountaintops, the trees full leafed and swaying slightly in the warm breeze. On an impulse, she began to dance. She conjured up a silky himation between her fingers and swirled it above her head as she moved to the accompaniment of her own voice. So involved was she in her dancing she failed to realise she was no longer alone.

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She was the loveliest woman Myrddin had ever seen. Spellbound, he watched her step from the falls. He should have turned away but he found it impossible not to watch her as she dried herself. When she started to dance, he was captivated by her grace and the eloquence of her movements. She seemed unconcerned about her nakedness. Not that she had anything to be ashamed of; such exquisite beauty should not be covered. Long, dark red-brown hair fell like a veil of silk to below her knees. Her skin was smooth and flawless; her breasts were firm and high, full but not heavy, above a tiny waist. Her rounded hips undulated sensuously in time to her singing, while her upper body remained perfectly still, apart from the expressive movements of her arms. Her legs were slim and very long and she moved on tiptoe, her small feet scarcely seeming to touch the ground. Between her fingers, she held a long piece of silky material, which she swirled around her, until it seemed almost like a living thing.

Myrddin watched, enthralled. He'd never known anyone to dance as she did. The way she swivelled her hips had him mesmerised. Her voice was soft and clear, with a haunting quality. It reminded him of the musical bells of Maes Gwyddno, the civilization that now lay drowned beneath the sea. At times of danger, if one listened hard enough, one could hear the bells ringing from beneath the waves. Moreover, it may have been a trick of the light, but she seemed to radiate a soft glow, pure and shimmering. He shook his head in disbelief. He must be imagining it. He'd eaten nothing since dawn, this was surely a vision brought on by weakness from hunger.

Myrddin crept closer and a twig cracked underfoot. Before he could take cover, the beautiful dancer stood motionless. Her eyes, green as the depths of the ocean, looked directly into his.

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Answer the following question for a chance to win a free electronic copy of DANCING WITH FATE and some extra goodies (like pens and bookmarks):

You are dancing naked in a daisy-filled meadow under a snow-capped mountain sky. When a blaring sound rouses you from your reverie, you find yourself standing on a subway platform during rush hour. What are the first words you say to the police officer?

You're in the mood for a little fantasy, right? Stop by to chat and have a glass of nectar!

52 comments:

jason evans said...

Welcome, welcome!! Anyone hungry yet??

Chris Eldin said...

Jason! LOL @ your question! Well, as an attorney, what would you advise we say?
;-)

Miss Mae said...

How about, "Did I miss the 5:15?"

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Jason, Hi Chris. Hope you're tucking into the hot choc and barbeque morsels. Mmm Terpsichore do you think you could sit a little closer to the grill - yes I know you'd prefer ambrosia to grilled chicken but you're dripping water everywhere and you need to dry off.]
(She's a water nymph you know - she just can't resist bathing in springs and waterfalls!)

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Miss Mae - from me and Terpsichore

"Good morning Miss Mae, you can call me Cora if you like"

What do you mean - did you miss the 5.15?

Hywela Lyn said...

Oh, sorry, I just realised I'm hogging all the ambrosia (or nectar as Lyn says you mortals call it.) Ok I'm nearly dry now. What's that? Why is there a horse munching hay in the corner? That's my Sal, my little golden horse. You can read all about her inmy story 'Dancing With Fate'. Oh and here's a trailer my author made to give you a taste of my adventures:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vowv0dL4cz4

Hywela Lyn said...

LOL Miss Mae, I just realised that was the answer to the question (I'm still chuckling) It's OK, it's lunchtime over here and I haven't had mine yet so I'm low on blood sugar and not very quick on the uptake! Cora, how about passing over some of that ambrosia!

Judith Leger said...

"What sup?"

Debra St. John said...

"Can I borrow your hat?"

Brenda Weaver said...

You should have seen him officer! He was nearly seven feet tall...body built like a brick outhouse and eyes to die for! How did I know he just wanted my clothes?

lol...have a good roast you two!

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Debra, Hi Brenda - oh I'm just loving thes clever answers - even Sal's laughing!

lainey bancroft said...

Waves, Lyn! I thought I smelled a fellow rose.

I assume it's safe to put a small shot of gin in my nectar? I find the stuff a little syrupy without.

"Nice pants. Can I talk you out of them? I appear to be in need of something to wear."

Anne Carrole said...

Officer, I've been robbed!
or
Did I miss the stop for the nudist colony?
or
Which way to the clothing store?
or
Got a coat I could borrow?

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Lainey,

Yes, you can't miss that sweet scent of roses! LOL Love your answer - and of course you can put whatever you like in your nectar - just don't tell Terpsichore, she's a bit of a purist!

Hywela Lyn said...

Hello Ann,

I did enjoy your answers my author's still giggling. Personally I don't really see the need for clothes, although I do notice the climate is a little chilly compared to Mount Olympus!

JunePhyllisBaker said...

Hi Lyn,
I wish the very best with your book


June

Hywela Lyn said...

That's very sweet of you June, thanks so much.

laughingwolf said...

welcome back, hywela :)

nice excerpt, jason

great yummies here today... both visual and victual ;)

to the cop i'd say: if you weren't such a prig, you, too could be dancing with wolves! :O lol

[own sight is still wonky following friday's double eye surgery, but i had to join the roast!]

Hywela Lyn said...

Wheee, Laughing Wolf! Great to see you again. Do hope the eyes heal soon, you need to see Terpsichore in all her glory (she glows, you know - and she can talk to animals!) LOL - I just love your answer, you're still on great form Wolfie!

Chris Eldin said...

LW, I hope you have a smooth recovery---sounds very scary to me...

Cindy K. Green said...

Hey Lyn--I love this book. Great story.

Oh what would I say, Hmm.
'You seem a bit over dressed for a warm day like today.' And then I'd toddle off.
Ha!

Hywela Lyn said...

Aw thanks Cindy, that's so sweet of you - great comment, it's going to be SO hard to choose!

Linda LaRoque said...

Hi Lyn. Lovely excerpt.

Now, for your question. Hopefully someone would have loaned me a coat, shirt, or something. I'd say, "Hellllp!"

Linda
www.lindalaroque.com

jason evans said...

Love the answers so far!

And I also hope you're recovering well, Laughingwolf!!

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Linda

!Thanks for dropping in - hee-ee hee, yes you might be in need of help if that was a really hunky officer ..."

Terpsichore! Sorry Linda, sometimes my muse has a one track mind! LOL

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Linda

!Thanks for dropping in - hee-ee hee, yes you might be in need of help if that was a really hunky officer ..."

Terpsichore! Sorry Linda, sometimes my muse has a one track mind! LOL

Kristi said...

Hi Officer - Have you met the girls?

laughingwolf said...

thx hywela... i try ;) lol

yes, need to see terpsichore in all her glowing beauty... but then, perhaps it's just as well my sight is poor for now, else she'd surely strike me blind with that brilliance? :O

glad she can speak to critters, this bipedal terran talk can become tedious ;)

i'm off to see my gp...uh, vet... in a bit, but i shall return....

Hywela Lyn said...

Yes, she can be a bit dazzling, but she's very sweet really (don't tell her I said that, she's not exactly the most humble goddess on the mountain|)

Good luck at the vets, take care of yourself!

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Kristi, Terpsichore here - you've set Hywela Lyn off giggling again! :)

Sheryl said...

Sluurrrrp! Hi, officer. Wanna get naked with me?

And then he'd just have to produce his handcuffs, wouldn't he, me having propositioned an officer of the law? Hopefully. :)

Love that, Lyn. Great Excerpt, too!

Psst, sorry if this shows twice. PC a little skittish. No, not the police constable, my computer!
xx

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Sheryl, great to have you pop in.

That's a great line too, isn't it Terpsichore?

'Certainly is, Lyn, I can see a certain logic in what Sheryl says.'

And handcuffs - snigger - no Sheryl, it's not that type of story! :)

Hywela Lyn said...
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Hywela Lyn said...

Sorry, typed too quickly and too many typos in that last post! LOL

Well, it's pretty nearly my bedtime now and I see Terpsichore has slipped off to bathe in a waterfall again - if I know her though she'll be nipping back to make sure she hasn't missed anything.

Don't forget 'Dancing With Fate' is available as a download and is also available as a paperback (Book II of 'Song Of The Muses') with two other stories featuring Urania the muse of astronomy, and Erato the muse of love by Masha Holl and Reece Herring respectively. Book I features Calliope, muse of writing, Melpomene, muse of tragedy, and Euterpe, muse of music by Skhye Moncrief, Sky Purington and Robyn Wren. The third book in the series stars Clio, muse of history, Thalia, muse of comedy and Polyhymnia, muse of Hymns. Authors Alisha Paige, Michele Hart and Valerie Everhart. Don't be take the inspirations of these muses too literally either, they're all very original, wonderfully exciting and romantic stories and all very different to each other.

Terpsicore and I have had a wonderful time here, and thanks to everyone who popped in and left a comment. I'll ask my muse to pick a winner first thing tomorrow, so if you have any last minute suggestions, fire away.

lastnerve said...

Hi officer! Wanna share my donut?

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

HaHa, Last Nerve!

Hi, Hywela! Fellow TWRP author here.

What are the first words I say to the police officer?

"Uhhh.... I left my dress in my other coat, Occifer. And I only had tee martoonies. Honest!"

Sarah Hina said...

I would simply hand him a daisy from my hair.

Well done on your success, Hywela! It's such an enchanting premise for a book. :)

Mary Ricksen said...

Is there something wrong officer? Ha!

MarthaE said...

Hito Hywela - I liked the excerpt! I might say: "Officer please help! I was mugged and they took everything! I was knocked out and just woke up here - Please can I borrow your jacket!!!"

jason evans said...

Thanks so much for roasting with us again, Hywela!! Always a treat. :)

Being that it is the appointed time, the contest is now closed.

Go ahead and pick your winner, Hywela!

laughingwolf said...

vet was happy operations were successful, but told me to be cautious about the ointment and eye drops if they contain steroids... they do!

terpsichore, goddess or not, if you harm hywela, you answer to da wuffster! ;) lol

jason evans said...

(Actually, given the time zone issue, Hywela will be selecting the winner in the morning, eastern U.S. time!)

Hywela Lyn said...

Last Nerve, Chumplet, Sarah, Mary and Matha, thanks so much for dropping in and making me smile this morning. (Though I 'spect you're still asleep because since it's still night with you across the pond) And Judith - sorry I think I forgot to thank you for your comment too. Right Terpsichore and I are going to try to figure some way of picking a winner now. Very hard - so many great responses!

Hywela Lyn said...

Laughing Wolf - you are such a sweetie! Thank you for leaping to my defence but Terpsichore is a goddess of inspiration - she would never harm a mortal - although she might make you dance as if no-one were watching! LOL

Hywela Lyn said...

Ooh this was so hard. I just wish I could award the prize to everyone who entered. All the responses were great and so funny.

In the end Terpsichore and I really couldn't agree so we picked one each. Terpsichore's winner is CHUMPLET. Sandra, she says she hopes you'll like getting to know Sal, since you like horses. My Winner is BRENDA WEAVER! If you'd both like to email me at Hywelalyn @ Hywelalyn dot co dot uk (leaving out the spaces of course) I'll get your uploads to you - and I'll also need your address so I can send you a couple of pens etc.

Thanks again everyone, I've really enjoyed being 'roasted' and it ws a great party. Thanks also Chris and Jason for making me and Terpsichore so welcome and keeping the ambrosia flowing.

(Jason - you and my farrier share the shame name - and I see we also have a similar taste in books - 'Something Wicked was one of the first Ray Bradbury stories I read and I still love it - not to mention LOTR etc,)

Get well soon Wolfie - Terpsichore says did you know your special muse is Thalia - the muse of comedy, who keeps you laughing!

Hywela Lyn said...

*Grin* 'shame name'? Oh dear, my excuse is it's still a bit early and my fingers haven't woken up properly yet. It couldn't be that some of Lainey's gin found its way into my ambrosia - could it?

lastnerve said...

LOL! I loved reading the responses! Congrats to the winners and this has to be one the most intersting and funny contests I've been in in a long time! I was rolling at some of the reponses I read. Great job!

Hywela Lyn said...

Thanks lastnerve. Yes, the responses to this were fantastic weren't they! I'm sure Terpsichore's sister, Thalia, was hanging around providing hilarious inspiration. As I said, I wish I could have given a prize to everyone!

laughingwolf said...

grats sandra and brenda... and thx hywela :)

as for terpsichore... methinks she'd enjoy dancing with THIS wuff, audience or none! ;) lol

Hywela Lyn said...

Oh Wolfie, I think you have a hit there - Terpsichore says she'll dance with you ANY time! :)

MarthaE said...

Congrats to Sandra and Brenda! Thanks to Jason and Hywela -- it was alot of fun!

Hywela Lyn said...

Thanks so much for taking part Martha, Terpsichore and I are still chuckling over all those wonderful naked scenarios!