Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ash Swan by Amber Kell and Stephani Hecht

When Prince Landon Cob sees Brian Dawson, he's not sure what to make of the bicycle courier with a pierced nose and green streaks in his hair, but the man's gentleness in feeding the water fowl strikes a chord with him. In this story of Swan Prince meets Cinderfella, two men from different backgrounds have to find a way to counter magic and divergent lifestyles to find their happy ending.

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Excerpt: (note: they have a different excerpt at resplendence so you can read that one too :)

"Yes, governor, everything is set. I sent the poster design to your assistant, Sara. She said she'd show them to you when you got back to your office. You're welcome, sir."

Landon Cob barely resisted the urge to throw his phone into the lake. Generally, Landon liked the governor but ever since the governor's wife had decided to attend the annual Governor's Ball instead of going on a scheduled business trip, it was like they were planning for a visit from the queen, and Landon knew all about queenly visits.

Luckily, it was almost time to leave this world, head back to his kingdom and accept the mantle of the crown. In a time-honored princely tradition, Landon had set off to explore the world before taking the reins of power. The only difference was, Landon had found his ancestor's diary and traveled to a completely different world along with two of his brothers. Here,they could be normal people instead of well-known princes. With his three younger brothers and sister in charge on Aria, Landon was enjoying his time as an independent person, drawing upon his creative side to work as a graphic artist. Not the most glamorous job in this world but highly enjoyable. Or it had been until high-strung politicians had become involved.

Fortunately,he knew all about dealing with politicians. As the governor blathered on,Landon enjoyed the fine spring day. A soft breeze played with Landon's hair as the smell of blooming flowers filled the air. Glancing around, he noticed a lot of people were outside eating lunch, taking in the sunshine.

A slim man by the lake caught his eye. Dressed in tight,stretchy bicycle gear, he was feeding pieces of bread to the birds from a plastic bag. Green dye boldly streaked through his blond hair and, as Landon watched, the sun sparkled off a diamond stud embedded in the man's nose. The prince was completely and utterly charmed.

It wasn't the man's appearance that kept Landon's attention; it was the way he fed the waterfowl. As the birds weren't shy about approaching the man, Landon suspected this wasn't the first time the man had fed the animals. He meticulously made sure no bird got more than any other by feeding them one by one. If any of the previously fed birds stepped forward, he ignored it and fed its neighbor. It was a ridiculously careful process. Landon smiled.

"Landon, are you paying attention?"

"Of course, sir." Landon's eyes and mind stayed on the cute bicyclist.

As the governor droned on, Landon watched the birds' antics.One particularly aggressive goose kept pushing aside the smaller ducks. Landon laughed when the stranger scooted it back carefully with his foot. However,when he turned around to feed another duck, the goose bit him on the ass.Startled, the bicyclist lost his balance and tumbled into the water.

"Oh shit!"

"What?" the governor asked.

"I'll have to call you back."

Not waiting for an answer, Landon disconnected his call and ran over to the lake. The now soaked bicyclist was trying to get to his feet but the mud kept sucking him back in.

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