Title: Hearts In Exile
Series: Tallenmere (stand-alone)
Author: Mysti Parker
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
All eBook formats and Print
Date: June 3,
Blurb: Somewhere, hidden in the
waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber
glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god
Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive.
Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard's High Priestess Arianne, had no idea
what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone
in exile. All she knew about Draekoria's inhabitants was written in one
tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae's descendants
happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.
Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has
faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn's tyranny and
the dark god Tyr's abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of
hell he's been without Loralee, presumed dead.
One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to re-establish the delicate balance of the
island before the dragons take things into their own hands. Through it all,
they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a
From Chapter Three:
a shipwreck, Sir Robert wakes up in a strange cottage, only to find Loralee,
the love of his life, whom he thought had been dead for a decade…
don’t understand. What is this place?”
an island. Very few know of its existence.”
shook my head, trying to clear the fog of this confusing dream come to life.
“But, why would you be here, and why would you be sorry? Unless…”
words wouldn’t come. My racing mind pitched in to help. Unless she didn’t
want to marry me after all.
pain I’d kept tucked inside broke free, and I clambered to my feet. Loralee
followed suit, backing herself into the small dining table.
tried, but could not hide the bitter anger in my words. “How could you do this
to me? Do you have any idea what I’ve been through?”
widened. She clutched the table with one hand and her robe with the other.
“What you’ve been through? I didn’t want this. I was forced here.”
do you mean, forced here? Where are your shackles?” My voice roared through the
little cottage as I gestured around me with one arm. “Where are the bars? This
looks like no prison I’ve ever seen.”
voice cracked the air, rivaling with my own. “I was betrayed, forced into
exile. Don’t you understand? I never wanted to leave you. I never wanted
anything so much as I wanted you.”
away, I closed my eyes and breathed deeply. I had to calm myself, to let the
weight of this discovery, the improbability of her explanation to sink into my
couldn’t bring myself to look at her just yet, so I stared at my bare feet
instead. “Why didn’t you tell me, write to me?”
tried. I begged the supply ship crew to bring my letters to you. They always
took them, but never brought one in return. I suspect they destroyed them, but
I had no way of knowing.” She sucked in a shaky breath as though trying to hold
back her tears. “I never stopped loving you.”
back to face her, I felt like a mindless beast. Here I was, raging against the
love of my life when she’d all but been brought back from the dead.
I eased toward her. She cringed. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you.”
a word, I leaned in and pressed my forehead to hers, allowing myself to breathe
in her scent for the first time in a decade. We stood suspended like that for a
while, lost in time, and emerging from a purgatory neither of us had imagined
ten years ago. I would have been content to stand like that forever, but
Loralee burst into tears and wilted to the floor.
followed her down and opened the quilt to wrap us both inside. I held her tight
while she cried.
finally got enough breath to speak again. “What did you mean by forced here?
They told me you were…” I couldn’t say it, not with her warm and so very alive
weight of it all came crashing down on me. “This is my fault, isn’t it? You’re
here because of me.”
made no attempt to wipe her cheeks, but shook her head and stared at the
rafters as though entreating the gods. “No, it’s not your fault. Not at all.
There is so much to explain, I don’t know where to start.”
couldn’t comprehend any of it, so I focused on the here and now. “You found me
on the shore?”
crew, Francis…did you find anyone else out there?”
had Xax-, I mean, no, I searched but didn’t find anyone else.”
familiar weight of grief squeezed my chest, and a few more tears escaped before
I could stop them.
pulled me close and whispered, “I’m so sorry. I know how much you loved him. We
all grieved for you. You’ve been here…all this time?”
the gods, Loralee, I’ve missed you so much.” I put my wet cheek against hers
and pressed my lips to her soft skin. “Part of me died the day I thought you…
please…just tell me how you ended up here.”
took a few deep breaths and finally pulled away from me. She caressed my cheek
and smiled weakly. “I’ll make us a pot
of tea. And then, I think we should start at the beginning, back to the Great
Plague and when we first met. Do you remember that?”
past the sadness, I covered her hand with mine and closed my eyes. “How could I
Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her
first novel, A Ranger's Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books,
and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya's Song, was published in
April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already
received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to
Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' series, but is probably closer to
a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.
other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas
Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online
magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers
Village University's six week free course, F2K.
reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud
owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder's Top Writing Blogs
award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.
Thanks so much to Page Turner Book Tours from presenting Hearts In Exile at Penny's Tales. Not only does the book sound fabulous, but Mysti is giving away this fabulous necklace! Just follow the link!