Rhea – Birthday Story #1

Okay this manuscript doesn’t really have a name so this is what I’m settling on for now. Leave a comment to enter the contest to win something or other…

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“This place is a barren wasteland.”

Rhea looked up from her book, History of Derwian Culture, to her sister’s sulking face. With a sigh she set down the heavy tome. “Jamie, you knew it was a desert.”

“How would I know that? And don’t call me Jamie.”

“Didn’t you read up on your new home? I know that Dez set up the disks before we set off into space. It should’ve downloaded the information as you slept.”

Jamielle shuddered. Her delicate shoulders shrugging with disdain. “Those things were so noisy I couldn’t sleep. I shut them off halfway through.”

She wasn’t going to lecture.

She wasn’t.

Rhea clamped her lips together to stop the words from spilling from her lips. It never did any good to reprimand her sister. It just made her a nag and Jamie more sulky than usual. She felt bad for the hapless prince who was going to be her sister’s mate.

“Well, guess what? You are going to live in a desert so get used to it.”

She went back to reading her book.

A slight noise came from her left. But when she glanced up, the soldier was looking straight ahead his face expressionless. All along the train Derwian soldiers were positioned. The prince was taking no chances with Jamielle’s safety. According to her research there were wild dragons and nomads in the desert and the train was often waylaid by thieves. The added security was obvious both inside and out.

How she longed to see a dragon. For the fiftieth time since they boarded the train Rhea looked out the window.

“What are you hoping to see?”

The soldier to her left asked. The one she suspected of laughing.

“She’s probably hoping to see a dragon. She’s always wanted to see dragons.” Jamie gave a dismissive gesture with one highly manicured hand. “Why I have no idea.”

“That’s because you have no imagination.”

Rhea took another glance outside and then settled back into her seat sighing.

“Don’t worry your highness. I’m sure you’ll see a dragon while you are here.”

“Thanks.” Rhea gave him a smile.

“Suck up.” Jamie whispered.

Rhea turned her back to Jamie and returned her attention to the book.

Skimming the books description, Rhea found a passage that made her heart skip a beat. She turned to the closest soldier.

The friendly one.

“Is it true there are five moons?” she asked in rapid Derwian.

“Your accent is very good.” Surprise laced the soldier’s words.

“Is it true?”

Who gave a Kerwill damn if her accent was good?

“Yes,” he nodded “we have five moons.”

“What’s wrong?” Jamie asked.

“They have five moons.”

“What?” Jamie’s voice reached a piercing shriek as the sisters exchanged horrified glances. “Why would father let you come along?”

“Maybe he doesn’t know either.”

Even as she said the words she didn’t believe them. But she couldn’t think of any reason their father would send her to a world that would increase her moon-born powers. It was hard enough to control the ones she had. Their home world only had the one moon, what would five moons do to her.

“We have to get you off this planet.” Jamie waved an imperious hand to the closest soldier. “We have to return to the launch pad. My sister has to get off planet.”

The soldier frowned. “That is not possible, my lady. The next ship isn’t planned to take off until next month. Your sister is scheduled to stay here for four weeks.”

“There has to be something.” Jamie stood up and started pacing, the bottom lace of her dress whipping back and forth as she walked. “She can’t be here for four weeks if you had five be-damned moons. It will kill her.”



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69 responses to “Rhea – Birthday Story #1

  1. Teena M

    Oh wow um would love to read more of this book just to find out wat fives moons would do to Rhea

  2. Tera

    Oooo, this is a great beginning, thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Sandra9

    oh this sounds good five moons and moonbased powers

  4. Deborah H

    Wow this is really good I can’t wait for more! & I can’t wait to see what happends to her since they have 5 moons!

  5. polly20

    Great and intriguing start. Keep up the good work.

  6. Colleen S.

    wow i cant wait for more of this story it sounds like its going to be awesome. =)

  7. Nicole

    This sounds great!

  8. bluesmokey

    Wonderful except:)

  9. Carrie

    intriguied already. This is going to be good.

  10. Tawny

    Decided to stalk you over here too Amber. This sounds very intriguing! Looks like Rhea is Moon Struck!

  11. Jessica Hale

    oh, cant wait for more, stopped right as it was getting really interesting you tease lol

  12. berryblu

    Yay! Double the fun. 🙂 And more dragons – it’s going to be a great month! Happy Birthday Month, again, Amber.

  13. Scott

    Happy birthday Amber. I really hope you continue with this story. It is really getting interesting.

  14. Tina

    Ok first the dragons got my attention but now I want to know more about the moons and Rhea.

  15. ckh988

    Great cliffhanger! It’s only the first chapter and already I’m obsessing about her powers. Can’t wait to read more! Happy Birthday Month!!!!!

  16. Paula S

    Interesting can’t wait to read more.

  17. Sharune

    very promising start 🙂

  18. yganoe

    I am hooked already! Happy Birthday Month.

  19. Melinda

    This was a nice surprise.

  20. Diane A

    What a start! Took a bit of a twist with the five moons so yeah, this should be interesting!!
    Happy start to your birthday month!

  21. Marie A

    Great start! i’m completely enthralled already!

  22. Belgica

    Can’t wait for more! already hook. thanks

  23. Katie

    Ohhh I cant wait to read all of this one!

  24. cherri h

    Sounds like an awesome story. More please 🙂

  25. authorrainedelight

    ooohhh I like the sound of this one. Have a wonderful birthday month.

  26. Tendo Kayiira

    Happy birthday month! For a title, how about ‘The Five moon month’? Of course, that probably won’t work as well as the story goes on, but its a start. Lol

  27. Rebecca

    love it can’t wait for more

  28. Linda C

    I like the start of this.

  29. Tracy VH

    Love it – can’t wait for more!

  30. Diane Mc.

    Very different with moon based powers.

  31. Lisa Guertin

    What a great beginning! I can’t wait to read more of this one.
    Thanks and Happy Birthday month to you!

  32. You need to write more m/f. That is all. lol 🙂

  33. Sami

    such a great start, left me wanting more

  34. Tina-Maria S.

    This sounds really good, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  35. Michelle

    This is a great start. Can’t wait for more!!!

  36. Krista

    This is great can’t wait to see how her moom powers will grow.

  37. Thina

    I can’t wait for more. Happy Birthday Month.

  38. Jenn

    Rhea –nice start to the story. You have capture our attenion already with just a short paragraph. It seem everyone is intrigued about the moons and how they will affect Rhea. The sister, Jamielle, seem a little snobish but you can tell she cares deeply for Rhea.

    I love your m/m books and read f/m books as well. I guess it slip my mind that you have another website. I will have to catch up with Mikela Q. Chase’s books.

  39. devon

    Ooooh great start…
    Happy Birthday Month! 😀

  40. Lillian

    Dragons and moon powers! Can’t wait for more. Really. I can’t wait for more.
    More tomorrow Please! (with an annoying whine in her voice)

  41. Mandy Beyers

    Happy Birthday Month! Great beginning for the story, too 🙂

  42. Evi

    Sounds like the beginning of a great story. Can’t wait to see what’ll happen next!

  43. Jen

    Interesting start. I hope she sees dragons!

  44. lin vining

    Wow, that is a really good start.

  45. wendy h

    Oh, this one looks fabulous and fun!! The possibilities of increased powers due to the five moons are almost endless. Can’t wait for more. Happy Birthday!

  46. heather f

    i like this one too!!!

  47. Kami Collier

    I love November:)

  48. !! I can’t wait to read the next part to see what happens with the 5 moons!

  49. Christie

    I really like the begining, it is so like family to argue, and then defend each other. It looks like a book i would buy. Can’t wait to read what comes next.

  50. CC

    Dragons, powers, and the moon. Liking this story so far.

  51. Jessica(Angel)

    This definitely sounds different! I can not wait to see what the moon powers are that Rhea has and what they do to her on a planet with five moons! Great start. Happy Birthday Month Amber!

  52. JennH

    Will enjoy the ride with this one.

  53. Enid

    Nice opener. Cant wait for the rest 🙂

  54. Toni griffin

    Ohhh…. Interesting. 🙂

  55. nikid

    wow, this is going to be reallly good. I can’t wait for the next instalment.

  56. Andi

    I like it. I love dragons and I can’t wait find out wat this power is.

  57. Sarah Ballew

    Sounds like a good story. Definitely will keep following.

  58. Sabrina

    Oh my gosh….I can’t wait until you post more! This story sound awesome.

  59. Erika S.

    Dragons, nomads and 5 moons… intriguing. And how would we pronounce Jamielle?

  60. kellee

    Excellent start! Thieves, nomads, dragons, FIVE moons? I can’t wait to read the next installment.

  61. Heather S.

    Oooh, you do know how to intrigue quickly.

  62. Lisette

    This sounds great…can’t wait for tomorrow for the next part…

  63. H.B.

    Looking forward to reading more of this =)

  64. neesie85

    Ooh so liking this one… Happy birthday month rocks!!!’

  65. Zeneida

    Oh this sounds very good.

  66. Good thing about playing catch up…I get to read a little longer. 🙂

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  67. chickie434

    Sounds like an interesting story…

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