TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT ESCAPE INTO BROCÈLIANDE
1. Don’t forget your preventative protection bundles. Placed near every castle and abbey window, these little cloth garlands consist of garlic cloves, iron and silver beads, and witch’s salt knotted in Hawthorne bark cordage. I’m not entirely sure what good they’d do if you're actually pitted against ogres, trolls, vampires, or the conniving Fae... We'll find out when Lilac finds out. At the very least, they’re aesthetically pleasing.
2. If you've got an inherited dagger laying around, or another mysteriously jeweled weapon your father passed down to you, definitely pack that. Most likely, the old castle alchemist crafted it from an enchanted alloy, as there are many metals out there to which most creatures find themselves terribly allergic. Chances are that the drunken stories your father tells you of the weapon ring of truth, and your fifth great grandfather did not steal it from an arcane armory deep within the bowels of the Low Forest.
3. I suggest avoiding any torches or lanterns of any kind, as to maintain your obscurity in your nighttime travels—especially while the Darklings, castle sentry, and pompous son of the duke are out searching for you. Moonlight is usually sufficient in most areas of the High Forest of Brocèliande. However, may I suggest a matchbox or flint of some sort? These items might come in handy for warmth, cooking the eventual mold out of your rations, or burning the body of the guard that your bloodthirsty counterpart has just killed.
Find out if Lilac takes heed of our advice in my debut Dark Fantasy YA novel, Disenchanted, releasing with The Parliament House Press on March 10th!
"This is the story of a cursed princess,
A crestfallen killer,
The town that wants them to burn,
And the witch that can save them both."
A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents' castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst... Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.
Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the gregarious stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.