After losing her husband and son in a car wreck, Lyn is left alone. Even though overwhelmed with grief, financial responsibilities bring her back to reality. With the decision to sell her ancestral home, Lyn is greeted by memories of childhood as she meets up with the water dryad and brownie couple, who had helped her grandmother raise her. The old plantation on the coastal marsh along the bayou of Louisiana reunites her with the joys she’d long forgotten—until she finds herself in the middle of a mysterious war.
Doors open and secrets are revealed, but will she be able to survive the nightmares she’d left behind as a child or walk away with more than she’d expected?
Genre: Urban fantasy, fantasy, action/adventure
Heat level: 2
Cover art by Dara England
The lady of the manor was home.
“Hey Curly! It’s about time you came back here!” Lyn looked to see where the booming voice was coming from and saw the small brownie bounding down the back porch steps.
“I haven't been called that in years, Elden,” she stated, recalling the unruly curls that tormented her teen years.
“You are selling the place.” The statement was presented as fact.
The small man had kept the house clean and neat for a hundred years now, and he fought back his emotion poorly, letting a tear race down his wrinkled face. Elden and his beloved wife, Isla, resided in the home where they met and fell in love, raised their children, and were now proud great-great-grandparents of many little brownies. They loved this old plantation home and had lived here longer than any human occupants.
“I'm not sure. Six months ago, the decision was easy.” The pain and tears began to flow as she recalled the lives lost. “But when Chris and little Christopher died….” She halted, caught in an overwhelming sadness. “I don't know if I can lose any more.”
Graylin Fox began writing poetry in 1993 while working in Information Technology. In 2008, while in graduate school getting her Doctorate in Psychology, she began writing short stories. Her characters are built with an understanding of relationships and behavior, and set in fantasy and science fiction worlds. She lives in the marshes outside of Savannah, GA. For snippets of her current works in progress, inane ramblings about nothing, and her work in publication, please visit her website link below.