Greetings and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. I hope you’re having a safe and serene Memorial Day Weekend (if serene is what you’re in to). My idea of a good time is a “free” day in which I can stay in my PJs and slippers all day and write, write, write without having to watch the clock. So you know where I’ll be come Monday.
This week I’m continuing to share from my m/m fairy tale, Gryffon Hall, inspired by Beauty and the Beast. I’ve skipped ahead a bit from last time. Despite his sensible fear of the barbarian from the hinterlands, Wryler finds himself being drawn into conversation with the infamous Lord Rouchet.
“I heard you like books,” Rouchet said, evidently determined to make conversation.
“I do enjoy reading, yes. My specialties are alchemy, astrology and herbal medicine.” Wryler forced himself to meet Rouchet’s gaze. The Lord didn’t look like someone who read much, if at all. Too busy smiting enemies with a broad sword and hunting stags with bow and arrow.
“I have a huge number of books at Gryffon Hall,” Rouchet said, not in a boastful way but as if he revealed a great burden.
“So you are a scholar?” Wryler asked, surprised.
Rouchet chuckled, shook his head and said, “When my great-grandfather conquered the Baron Gryff in battle and claimed the Hall, it came with a vast but quite empty library. He and all the lords of Gryffon Hall since have felt compelled to fill the shelves; most of the books are plunder, taken from great estates far and wide.”
Gryffon Hall ~ coming in Summer 2016!
Useless fourth son of the Lord of Glimmerveen, Wryler dreams of getting married and escaping the rustic confines of his father’s castle. A wealthy merchant’s son seems to hold the key to Wryler’s safe if somewhat dreary future. However, the arrival of a mysterious stranger on the eve of Wryler’s betrothal sends his plans into disarray and Wryler finds himself traded off in marriage to one of the most notorious rogues in the land.
Is Lord Aeric Rouchet the barbarian he appears to be, or is he something much worse? Separated from his family and thrust into a strange and dangerous new life at the foreboding Gryffon Hall, Wryler must unravel the secret of his husband’s shadowed life and defeat the curse which threatens not only his growing affection for the barbarian in his bed, but the lives of everyone the Lord of Gryffon Hall is sworn to protect.
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Nice reveal of character, Alexis, with casual but informative conversation! A great burden I’d love to have!
‘have felt compelled to fill the shelves’- so much said in so few words. Almost self-effacing, Alexis. I agree with everything Nancy said, including the great burden! ;-}
I find myself liking Rouchet… Great snippet!
Oh my-lots and lots of books. So much to read. Fun in his words and a bit of spite.
Interesting way to acquire a great library! Enjoying the story, another fascinating excerpt.
“too busy smiting enemies” Loved this & great snippet
Well, this is one way to collect books. I’ll have to try it sometime.
Sounds like he might need a “librarian!” I suspect if I’d ever been some kind of marauder ( while those who know me die of laughter), plundering libraries would have been my thing.
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So, he has a lot of stolen books of unknown quality. That must be an eclectic collection.
What a marvelous image…a huge library in need of filling. Great snippet and great insight into this character.