Thursday, March 6, 2008

Fairy Dust is Falling

Can a half-fairy and a were wolf find true love and save the world the same day? Read FAIRY DUST, a short Urban Fantasy by Carol Shenold


Boudicca Andraste Ryan, AKA Ande, has fairy dust issues, as in controlling it. The human half of her makes her magic difficult to handle, and especially the ability to use fairy dust for flying since she has no wings. She will unexpectedly levitate at inconvenient moments. For example, levitating during a fight with a ghoul, might keep you alive, unless you can't control the time and place you come down.

When Darklings steal the amulet her father left her and a dark wizard threatens to wipe out mortals, Ande feels as if she must do something, anything to stop him and retrieve the necklace. A were wolf named Cal, her best friend/Guardian, Sierya and a three-foot pixie named Ajax join her in her fight against the dark creatures from the Under.


The thing coming at me barreled out of the trees, leaping from shadow to shadow. Its rotten-meat smell driving me back. It didn’t hesitate before it threw itself at the circle shield. Sparks flew off, crackling in the air and weakening the shield. It kept coming, like the crazy it was, slamming itself into the circle, weakening it more and more until one of the impacts threw me back, into my own circle and through it Okay, out of protection here. I threw myself over to land on my knees and came up in a crouch.
The ghoul looked around as if it couldn’t figure out where I went. When it saw me, it let out a snarl and flew toward me. I sent a stream of earth fire at his sorry ass but missed because I levitated at the precise moment I let the stream of fire loose. Ahhhhh. It always happens at the wrong time. If I ever get control of the flying thing, it would be so great. Now the darkling was truly confused and I sent another tiny but forceful fire stream toward him. This time I didn’t miss, and he burst into flame, at least his arm did. He screamed with frustration because he couldn’t see where I was, floundered around a bit, and ran back into the trees.
“Damn it.” I needed down before the hell dog came back so I could get rid of it. What if some kid came along. Not one child but several, in a group, with a leader came skipping toward the bridge.
“Go back,” I yelled loud as I could. “Hurry. Run.” The kids were chattering at the top of their lungs. The leader tried to push them faster, wanting out of the park before the sun set altogether I guessed. They didn’t hear a word I said.
Shadows crept toward them, and one shadow moved away from the others. It was back and heading straight toward the kids.
“Up here, idiot. Leave the kids alone. I’m your prey. Come on, use that one cell you have for a brain.”
“Ooph.” I dropped like a dead fairy, directly in front of the thing. I was toast.

Fairy Dust was so much fun to write. It's available at

The reviewer said: At Coffee Time Romance it got 4 cups and she said:

"This author manages to pack a lot of story in this book. From the honey drunk pixie to the power mad candidate for mayor, her characterizations are wonderful. Ande is a fun character as a half fairy with limited control over her magick. Cal is very sexy and protective of her. Sierya is also a good friend and Ajax is an interesting twist as a police officer’s snitch. The Dark King is extremely scary and the climax is very exciting with lots of action. I will definitely be looking for more of this author’s work."

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