Daryl Devore's Blog

Daryl Devore's Blog

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

A new story - medieval fantasy romance - on this week's Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor #fantasyromance #medieval

Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. It's a chance each week for you the reader to discover current WIP or previously published book by possibly new to you authors.  


Today, I am showcasing a snippet from my new up-and-coming release later this month – cover and title reveal next week. 

Prologue The men’s gazes fixed on the crimson glow of the embers. Twilight too feeble to ward off the soul-freezing sounds drifting out of the woods, weary travellers sat around a campfire with heads bowed and huddled deeper into their cloaks. Strangers to each other, but linked at this shared moment by the need for companionship and the illusion of protection. 

The evening grew darker. Clouds blanketed the sky, erasing the stars, dulling the moonlight. A breeze rustled the leaves of the bushes. 

Or was it a breeze? 

Heads lifted and gazes searched into the darkness for danger. One of the horses tied to the trees reared its head, whinnied and stomped the ground. The wayfarers pushed their hoods back and peered past the startled beast. Two men reached for their swords. 

A log dropped deeper into the fire and raised a shower of sparks. Crackles and hisses erupted and faded as the blaze settled. A gust of wind blew curls of smoke meandering around the men, stinging their tired eyes. 

Silence fell once more on the huddled group as the travellers shifted their focus back from the world outside the campfire to the one inside their thoughts. 

A bard raised his hands towards the heat of the flames, cleared his throat and lifted his voice. “The Legend speaks―in whispers―of an evil dragon who flies in the dark of the moon. The heat of its breath will melt a man's soul and kill ye alive. Alive yet dead. Never again to taste, touch, love or be loved. Those who obey its commands; their fire burns a man’s flesh and turns his bones to ash. 

But, they say, there is a dragon the colour of the sun and a brave prince. When their hearts become one only then can the devil dragon and all loyal to it be slain and their souls banished into the depths of Hell.” 


What's happening in December on Romance  Sweet to Heat

3 – My Blog. My Post. My Books.

4 – Fridays in Space

5 – SPOTLIGHT – Regan Walker – Summer Warrior

6 – Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday


8 – MFRW Steam Hop  #MFRWsteam

9 – Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor

10 – Thursday #Yoga

11 – Spotlight – Seelie Kaye – The Last Christmas

12 – SPOTLIGHT – L.R. Starr - Sara Clemens

13 – Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday


15 – TBA–

16 – Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor

17 – My Blog. My Post. My Books.

18 – Fridays in Space

19 – SPOTLIGHT – Bobbi Schemerhorn - The Realm Warden Series

20 –  Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday

21 – SPOTLIGHT – Ashe Barker – Deeds Not Words

22 – Book Release – Daryl Devore’s

23 – Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor

24 – Thursday #Yoga

25 – Blog closed for Christmas

26 – Blog closed for Christmas

27 –  Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday


29 – TBA–

30 – Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor

31 – Blog closed for New Years


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  1. I love the atmospheric details that wet the stage for the cryptic words of the bard.

  2. Looking forward to the cover reveal!

  3. Intriguing bit here. Love dragons

    1. Good - there are a lot of them in this story.

  4. Love Dragon stories.

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  5. Dragons! Goody!! I felt I was there,around the campfire. Great excerpt, wonderful hook!

  6. Effective description of the setting around the campfire.