So I spent the evening making sure all the shorts that ended up as part of the full length Dance with the Enemy novel were removed so I could enroll it in Kindle Selects. It was hard to see some of them disappear along with the wonderful comments from readers who then encouraged me to continue on with that story. The final ended up at just over 77,000 words ... expanded from the original 1,152 word short story. I have to say, Elenya and Tahruk's story turned out so much better than I ever expected. I love the twists and the turns and wanted to share a couple of things with you.
First, here are the comments from a few of my beta readers:
*What a vivid and delectable imagination!
-Gayla Catrett: Sculptor~Artist~Reader
*I giggled, I cried, and I fell in love with these characters.
-Nissie Lambert: Blogger~Book Reviewer
*OMG this was so good! I'm ready for the next one, RIGHT NOW!
-Kerri Wood: Teacher~Avid Reader
*Can I give this book an OH MY GOODNESS! I love the way it’s all threaded together.
-Patricia Green: RoomWithBooks.com
And last, here is the final blurb:
The time has come for Elenya to meet the man she’s belonged to since she was three, the man whose blood flows through her veins. In the midst of the maidens, the King’s warriors are released, each forced to find the woman chosen for him through her scent (or rather his scent mixed with hers through the mingling of their blood), resulting in a half-mad frenzy that heightens already aroused animalistic needs. Elenya is terrified of the ordeal, especially when she realizes what the warrior searching for her does not – that she’s been marked with the blood of her family’s enemy.
As the leader of the King’s elite forces makes his way toward her, she ignores the pull of the marking and darts out into the night … into his territory. She has to get to the Masters so they can right this wrong. A mistake must have been made. Surely fate would not force her to dance for a lifetime in the arms of her enemy. And if it did, would his blood flowing through her veins be enough to unite their hearts?
I put this in the Acknowledgments section of the book, but I want to say it again: Thank you all for being a part of my dream.