New year, new shoes, new purse, new notebooks, and my favorite, a new story idea. I love new things. January is one of my favorite months of the year for this reason. So I’d like to introduce you to my something new. My new story, that is.
My 6 year old asked me to write a story about a prince, pirates, and a really big ship. What’s a fantasy writer momma to do, but comply. So I am. He likes to come check on my progress as I’m writing and ask, “What is the prince doing now, momma?” Needless to say, he loves the story and I hope you’ll be intrigued by it as well. I even added a tiny excerpt so you could meet the prince. My son loves this scene. I think he imagine’s himself on the back of that horse, laughing at the guards. I think he would disagree with the main character, Reis, and say it’s never too early for mischief. The working title for my new story is Diomere’s Prince and it’s a middle-grade fantasy or MG novel about a boy who falls into the ocean and turns into a merboy.
*Diomere’s Prince Summary*
Reis has a loving father and an older brother he worships, but this doesn’t change the fact that he is the king of Thuno’s bastard. Raised to be his brother’s most loyal supporter and right hand, Reis loves his family and his life despite the technicality of his birth until a fishing trip to the coast changes everything. Upon seeing his bastard son morph into a merboy, the king of Thuno begins a search for answers. When the king finds out that Reis is not his son, but may in fact be the lost prince of the island nation of Diomere, a coveted shipping mecca and magical gateway between two worlds, the king decides to imprison Reis and use him as a bargaining chip. Reis flees the only home he has ever known and embarks on the ultimate adventure, a journey to his birth home to take his place as Diomere’s Prince.
*Excerpt of Diomere’s Prince by Sabrina A. Fish*
Reis looked up over the stall’s door to see two of his father’s guard waiting for him. His grip tightened on the harness, though he only smiled at the men. “Whatever it was, I didn’t do it. I haven’t been awake long enough.”
Captain Theo kept his face blank, though his compatriot struggled to keep a smile from his face. “You’re to go back to your chambers, my lord. The King’s orders. I’ll have Sir Darryn undress your horse.”
Reis took a deep breath and opened the stall door. “Sorry, Captain, but I was wrong. Apparently, I have been awake long enough.” He swung into the saddle and winked at Sir Darryn.
The Captain grabbed for the reigns and Reis danced his horse out of reach and then kicked her into a gallop. Heart racing, he leaned low over the horse’s neck and burst out of the stable and toward the castle’s gate even as the Captain followed behind him screaming for someone to stop him.
Reis smiled as the heavy drawbridge began to rise into the air. “Come on girl, let’s see who is faster.”
He gave the horse her head and she surged forward as servants cleared a path before him and guards tried to catch his reigns. Horse and rider galloped up the drawbridge. With a powerful thrust of hindquarters, the horse sailed over the end of the drawbridge. Upon landing on the castle’s road, he slowed and turned back toward the castle.
Waving, Reis laughed. “You’ll have to do better than that, gentlemen.”
Sabrina A. Fish is a wife, mom, writer, blogger, social media consultant, and trophy business owner. She is currently in the submission process for her first completed novel, The Severing, an adult epic fantasy. To keep from going bonkers during the painful submission process of rejections, revisions, and re-submissions, she is working on a new MG novel and a sequel to the The Severing. You can find her online at www.sabrinaafish.com, on her blog, Sabrina’s Writing Reflections at http://sabrinaafish.blogspot.com/, on Twitter @SabrinaAFish, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/AuthorSabrinaAFish