“Do you smell that?” Fischer skidded to a halt, took several deep breaths, then scrambled back behind a boulder. “Shhhh! We have company.”
Two cave trolls sat on the ground outside the ravine.
“Oh boy,” Rose whispered. “My brother and I call them Fart Trolls.”
“Fart Trolls. That’s a good one.” Fischer pressed close against the rock, his long ears flat against his back. “They come north of the gorge when Banrion calls them.”
Rose’s antennae vibrated as adrenaline coursed through her body. “Wow. They’re enormous. There’s an ogre, too.”
A shorter, but beefier ogre circled the cave trolls, grumbling loudly, “I hate dealing with you filthy creatures. Don’t know how Mistress puts up with it.”
“They’re here because of you, Princess,” Fischer said. “They’re the witch’s muscle.”
(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess)
Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.
Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.
Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.
But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.
ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS
All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘Three Henchmen’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.
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