Monday, December 20, 2021

Read an Excerpt from Raven's Tale: Stained Series Book 2 by Jessica McBrayer



Amazon Top 100 series..Richard Chylton is a man out of time. Appointed as a keep in the Tower of London during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, he hates what he sees happening to innocents accused of witchcraft. His mother is a midwife, always vulnerable to accusations, and his best friend as a child could make magick. Thorn loved to play tricks to entertain Richard, unknowing what she was and how dangerous her powers could be. She is a natural witch from a long line of powerful women, spirited away for her own safety, to relatives in Ireland when she was five and Richard was eight. But they had a connection that lasted through the years. Their dreams of each other were really visions and when Thorn realizes that Richard is in danger she returns to London fully aware of the danger that might await her. What is the cost of true love?Can it really live forever? 



Chapter 1. RICHARD 

In 1569, Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in England on suspicion of witchcraft, murder, and treason. It was a dark time. Queen Elizabeth was forced to deal with plot after plot of dissension and conspiracy. Smoke filled the skies as I climbed the Tower’s stairs to the cells that were under my ward. The Tower of London was known for its infamous inhabitants, the last home of Queen Bess’s mum, Anne Boleyn, who had been executed as a witch and an adulterer. This was one of the reasons the Queen was suspicious of accusations of witchcraft. Before Elizabeth had been made Queen, her own soul had been questioned. Witches, poor souls that were often accused by a neighbor because of some disagreement, inhabited the Tower from time to time. Occasionally, we would get the real thing. That’s when the gates of hell opened, and our work really began.


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