Excerpt from the Hunters and the Queen
As she dreamed, Jolán saw images of extreme beauty; then, she witnessed pictures of extreme darkness. The darkness was so strong that Jolán began to sweat and turn as she was in her bed. Her sweat drenched the back of her neck and dampened her hair. Jolán dreamed of beautiful winged men dancing around fountains of water doing arabesques and throwing red, pink, white and deep blue rose petals into the fountains of rushing clear water.
In her dream, Jolán walked over to the fountain and picked up a dark blue rose petal and held it in her hand. She watched the winged performers dance around the fountains splashing petals wherever they danced. The sun cast a sunbeam on to her cheeks. She felt a warm breeze blow all around her, and she enjoyed the warmth of the sun on her face. While Jolán held the rose petal in her hand, she smelled the petal and she loved the clean and lightly perfumed aroma the petal held. As Jolán closed her eyes and enjoyed the moment, a rather short and round-figured man approached her by the fountain. The man had a pleasant face with a short and neatly trimmed moustache. He scooped up water in his palm, and the water turned a brilliant shade of purple. As Jolán stared at the water in his hand, she watched as the water turned black, and then turned to red, and then to yellow and then finally the water turned back to a beautiful shade of purple. As the man had his eyes locked on Jolán, he studied her beauty and he examined her curiosity. When Jolán looked up and met the man’s eyes she asked, ‘How did you do that?’ The man didn’t say anything, but instead he reached behind Jolán’s left ear and pulled out a long willow branch with a beautiful white dove perched on the tree branch. Jolán let out a vibrant laugh and said, ‘Oh, My! You’re a magician!’ The man slightly shook his head indicating that he was not a magician. Jolán looked at the white dove and reached out to pet the bird’s head. The bird allowed Jolán to pet its head, and then the bird started to coo in a subtle manner. Jolán thought that she had never pet a bird on its head before.
As the man allowed Jolán to continue petting the bird, he looked at her and said, ‘I am Voipele. I am the spirit of the forest. The Sky World created me to watch over all of the living creatures that dwell within the boundaries of the woods, but I am having a hard time protecting them right now.’ Jolán thought to herself ‘Wow, this is an awesome dream,’ but she didn’t say anything to Voipele. Instead, Jolán continued to pet the dove. Voipele continued to say, ‘The sky world created you too, Jolán. We have the responsibility of protecting the elements and the good spirits on Earth.’ Jolán responded and said, ‘I have a hard enough time with my own responsibilities, Voipele. I don’t think a sky world would have much use for me.’ Jolán turned inward towards Voipele and thanked him for allowing her to pet his bird, and then she walked away.
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Number of pages: 191
Word Count: 88,176
Cover Artist: Andrei Titus
While working on her studies at the Churchill Military Academy in Kinsburgh, England, Jolán Vajnbirg’s final year at the academy develops into a year of competition, aristocratic love, reincarnated spirits, and a calling from the sky world to help save earth from the death and destruction caused by the order of the hunters.
Jolán Vajnbirg is an often reserved, yet occasionally outspoken young woman living in Kinsburgh, England. She has a relatively easy life living in her quiet England town. She has a full-ride swimming scholarship to the Churchill Military Academy. She has a strong mind, she has an athletic body and she has a loving family and caring friends. Even though her family has a modest income, Jolán makes the best of her situation and excels at anything she puts her focus towards.
The sky world is steadily preparing Jolán for her future fate. Jolán will need her friends to help her battle the order of the hunters. The hunters have upset the universal balance of earth, and the hunters have upset the sky world.