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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

His Master's Bride

His Master’s Bride
by Claudia Herring


GENRE: Fantasy



A world of mysterious powers and tumultuous intrigues comes to life in Regency England as a djinni, burdened with a dark secret, is thrown into a love triangle fraught with subterfuge.


A troubled djinni seduces his master’s young wife, forcing her to make a fateful choice.

The djinni Yasir, imprisoned in an urn by a jealous magician, searches the centuries for his lost love. He finds Lavinia reborn in 1811 England, only to discover she’s his new master’s bride.

Desperate to have her, Yasir spell-casts Lavinia’s husband to forget he is master and give her the urn. When she opens the ancient vessel, Yasir emerges, terrifying in his magnificence yet somehow familiar, but she fails to recognize him. She distrusts this djinni even though his very presence enchants her.

Yasir’s spell is fading. Lavinia’s husband has changed. Now he’s violent as he struggles with returning memories of when he possessed the urn. Lavinia strives to keep the two from encountering one another, while torn between fidelity for her husband and her increasing attraction to the djinni.

Impatient to win Lavinia’s confidence, Yasir must convince her of her true identity so they can reclaim their life together. He dare not reveal a deeper reason: Only with Lavinia can he regain his freedom and exact revenge on the magician who confined him to the urn—

If she does not go mad from the spell to awaken her memories.
If her husband does not escape the djinni’s magic and discover her secret.
If the magician does not find them first.



Chapter 2

I screamed silently. My body stung as though I had been dragged through a bed of nettles. What manner of master would I encounter this time? My skin rippled as the cool night air soothed my stinging flesh. My feet balanced on solid ground.

I was released!

I could see through the mist, giving me an interval to arm myself before I formally became a slave. My master stood mystified, his intelligent eyes straining to penetrate the haze.

His chamber was spacious, furnished in opulence. A sturdy yet ornate desk piled with documents. The urn sitting on the marble top, lid gaping open. With my unerring sight, I sped through his papers. Lord Peter Bramley, an antiquary. A wife, Lady Lavinia. Copious notes, cramped handwriting, ambitious, but nothing I could use. Not yet. My gaze drifted over a plush silk carpet of crimson, amber and verdigris, to a four-poster bed draped with fine netting. Luxurious linens. Lion-footed bedside table crowded with a crystal oil lamp, leather-bound books, coins of the realm and a gold-framed portrait.

She watched me from within the frame, a beautiful maiden. Dark curls long and thick edging porcelain skin, full lips the ripe red of a pomegranate, eyes the deep blue of lapis lazuli encircled by the pale azure of a clear morning sky. 

Her eyes widened, quizzical, pupils dilating in recognition. Then they relaxed and warmed with her slight smile.

Ayevalelh! I turned to my new master. Had this man a charmed portrait? But no, this was an ordinary man, a portrait of his wife by his bedside. This magic was for me only. It felt familiar. A favorable magic. I steadied my trembling legs, eyes riveted to the small painting, and resisted the urge to fall to my knees weeping.

Thalia. Was this my Thalia? I had been in the bloom of youth, an innocent, smitten by my first love. Even now my powers raged at their helplessness to rescue us from the clutches of Rakhshan.

Oh, Thalia. Would that he had never discovered us.

“Khak sho.” In a whisper, I cursed the cruel magician.

He stole my beloved. He stole my life. He cursed me to the urn.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Claudia Herring aspired to be a baton twirler when she was five and an archaeologist at thirteen. When she became a graphic designer and an author of fantasy, she decided she'd hit upon the perfect compromise.

As a designer and illustrator she formats the written word around visual art. As a writer she weaves words into stories that form worlds. Her novel, "His Master's Bride," a historical fantasy with romantic elements set in Regency England, won first prize in the Houston Writer's Guild Novel Competition. "Ties of Smoke," next in "The Djinn Chronicles" series, is in its second draft.

When she's not delving into the world of the Djinn, Claudia is practicing yoga to go to that hushed space where she imagines and plots her next fantasy novel.

If you like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, or Carol Berg, you'll love His Master's Bride.

Twitter: @claudiakherring
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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Claudia Herring said...

Thank you so much for hosting my novel, His Master's Bride!

Victoria Alexander said...

Loved this excerpt as much as the first one :D... thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to reading more.

Karla S said...

Great excerpt,thanks for sharing

Claudia Herring said...

Thanks Karla, and Victoria. What do you think of the djinni?

Eva Millien said...

Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a terrific book, thanks for sharing!

Claudia Herring said...

Thank you Eva, glad you liked the excerpt.

Betty Woodrum said...

Thank you for the terrific post and great giveaway!

Bridgett wilbur said...

This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.

Mai T. said...

What is your favorite non-fiction?

Claudia Herring said...

Thanks Bety and Bridgett—would love for you to read my novel!

Claudia Herring said...

Favorite non-fiction is probably reading about ancient cultures. I recently finished "Maya Cosmos" by David Friedel—an in-depth book about the Maya and explanation of their concepts of the universe. The Maya are still living in small villages in Mexico and Central America and their customs have evolved but the archaeologists can see the progression.

Mary Lowery said...

The book sounds good! Thank you for the giveaway!

Mary Lowery said...

The book sounds good! Thank you for the giveaway!

Claudia Herring said...

Glad you liked it. Thanks.

James Robert said...

Thanks for great blog, excerpt AND giveaway

Ree Dee said...

Beautiful cover! Thank you for sharing.

Claudia Herring said...

James, Thanks for the compliments!

Claudia Herring said...

Ree Dee, I'm so pleased you love the cover—I designed it. Thank you.

James Robert said...

Thank you for this giveaway. Been a lot of snow and cold weather here in Michigan

James Robert said...

Thanks once again for this opportunity to win

Claudia Herring said...

You are very welcome, James.

James Robert said...

Kids finally went back to school after 2 snow days. I could think Thanks for this chance

Claudia Herring said...

Here in Texas, it's 84 today and all is well. Thanks for checking out my novel.

James Robert said...

Last day...Happy Friday, have a great weekend and thank you again

Claudia Herring said...

Thank you for following this tour!