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Tales for Little Ears

Seven tales of courage, loyalty, and beauty set in a glorious, wind-swept land. All seven–from the adventures of Sir Andrew, fighting his way through fire and ice to gain his heart’s desire–to those of Prince Brychan, searching for a woman with the gift of beauty in her fingers–are fresh and engaging, remaining at the same time deeply rooted in a grand and authentic tradition.

Excerpt from Tales – “The long hours dragged by slowly and, other than the servant who brought him some bread and cheese at noon, he saw no one until the sun was hanging near the treetops. Then a stealthy sound on the stairs coming up from the great hall caught his ear.

Sir Brian waited in silence and soon three men appeared at the top of the stairway and began moving furtively down the darkening hall. As they edged closer, Sir Brian drew his sword from its sheath and the three thieves (for such they were) saw him for the first time and stopped.

It was barely a moment before all three reached for their daggers and threw themselves upon the knight. He managed to hurl the foremost of his attackers across the hall with a blow to his chest. The man hit the opposite wall with tremendous force and collapsed to the floor.

The other two were now upon him. After a fierce fight, he succeeded in felling one with a cut to the head, but the last thief fought desperately. Ducking under the knight's sword, he caught him round the waist and threw him to the ground where the two rolled over in a wild struggle to gain the upper hand.

At last, Sir Brian managed to stay uppermost. Holding his opponent down with a knee to his chest, he held his dagger to his throat. The man gave in and begged for mercy and Sir Brian carefully unbuckled his belt and bound it round the thief's wrists before sitting him up against the wall.

Sir Brian wiped and sheathed his sword and then stood before the door again. Two of the thieves lay unconscious where they had fallen. The third was sitting against the wall, eyeing Sir Brian with very little goodwill; and there the matter rested for a while.” 

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As the young wife of a sea captain, Ellen lives cheerfully and faithfully. Then tragedy strikes and all that she hasand is–is put through testing fire. Bound up with her story is that of Pierre–an urchin off the streets of a far-distant city shipping out on a great adventure–and also that of his captain–a man seeking to snatch safety for his men whatever the cost to himself.

Excerpt from Ellen #1 – “Sitting forward and clasping her hands on her knees, she listened to the high cries of the gulls, almost invisible against blue water and sky. The air seemed to be full of light, catching and reflecting off the water and sand, even lying in the folds of her skirt, highlighting the shadows under her hands. Below the small sounds around her, there was an underlying quiet, and the rock where she sat was very warm and solid.”

Excerpt from Ellen #2 – “As the ship pitched, the lamp swung wildly–casting its light over first one half of the small table and then the other. Four of the men were seated here playing cards, silently for the most part. It was a game rather to take their minds off the situation than to pass time. Three others were seated at the larger table nearby, eating their supper in tremendous gulps, their clothes still dripping from being on deck. The rest of the men were sprawled on their bunks, either snoring or lying awake to dismally contemplate the knotted wood above their heads. Neither of the mates were in sight.

The hatch to the deck opened, letting in a blast of freezing air and a torrent of water which swiftly became a puddle at the foot of the ladder. A man dropped in, pulling the hatch shut as he did so. It was the second-mate. Taking off his hat and wringing out the water, he looked about the room. His glance settled on Pierre who was lying on one elbow watching the men about the card table.”

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About the Author
Heidi Peterson is a daughter and sister living at home with her family in the American mid-west. As such–and among other things–she enjoys gardening, photography, fiddling, ethnic cookery, history, literature, and word craftsmanship.