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The Battle is O’er
(The Blue Bells Chronicles #5)
By Laura Vosika
Historical Time Travel, Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 470 pages
March 23rd 2018 by Gabriel’s Horn Press
In the gripping conclusion to The Blue Bells Chronicles, just as Shawn is steadily regaining all he feared he had lost forever—his career, his son, and even Amy’s heart—he learns of MacDougall’s vengeance against Niall, for the act Shawn himself committed. He wrestles with a prophecy and an ancient letter that never changes, a letter that details the fate of his own son, if he cannot stop it—and possibly the fate of the world itself, as he learns of Simon Beaumont’s plan to use his knowledge of the future to destroy it.
Shawn’s selfishness once cost him everything. His newfound selflessness may do the same.
Angus Warns Shawn
“Sit down. We need to talk.” Angus’s voice snapped Shawn’s attention back to the hospital room. Angus sat in a wheelchair by the hospital window, wearing jeans and a heavy fisherman’s sweater, a book in his hand. He laid it down on his lap.
“You’re up!” Shawn stopped in the doorway, feigning energy. In truth, he’d had multiple late nights, on top of a heavy load of arranging for the album Ben wanted out yesterday. He wanted nothing more than to be in bed, asleep. But when he collapsed in bed, he turned and rolled restlessly through the dark hours with nightmares—if he slept at all.
“Shut the door.”
Shawn did so, and tossed himself into the hard excuse for an armchair in the corner. “You can imagine I was a little surprised to hear from you. What’s up? Did you finally come to your senses about Amy?” He hoped not. A few more weeks, they’d go home together. He’d solve this problem about Niall, and they’d go home.
“My senses are grand, thanks.” Angus gave him a sour look. “’Tis yours that concern me. They say some madman’s running about Glenmirril at night shouting, It’s a trap.”
Shawn coughed into his hand, covering his surprise. “Um, no. There’s no madman at Glenmirril. Who’s telling you these stories?”
“Clive. He was on duty when a young couple called.”
“Yeah, well, he got it all wrong. I wasn’t running.” If he’d been prone to blushing, he’d be doing so with a vengeance. Fortunately, he’d never seen the value in blushing. He smiled, cool as Scottish mist.
“Are you an eejit?” Angus slapped the book onto the window sill. “Running or no, he thought it best if I talked to you before he lets it get into the data base.”
“Is it against the law to walk through castles yelling It’s a trap?” Shawn cocked an eyebrow.
“No, they’ve not thought to make a law so specific, seeing it’s never before been an issue. But there’ve now been two reports, in addition to a wee news program online.” Angus cocked an eyebrow right back at Shawn. “They’ll not be able to ignore it forever.”
Shawn heaved a sigh. He supposed Angus was right, and no smart comeback would change that.
Angus wheeled his chair around to stare out the window. “I suppose it has to do with the parchments they left you?”
“I suppose there’s no other explanation,” Shawn shot back.
Angus’s next words came out with less the authority of the Inverness police, and more the concern of a friend. “What’s happening?”
Shawn relaxed back into his chair, his eyes closed.
“I met him,” Angus said. “In a room just down the hall from here, when we thought he was you. Believe it or not, I care what happens to him. And those he loves.” He cleared his throat. “Loved, aye? ’Tis past now. But still, I feel I know them.”
The weight of it settled on Shawn, the ugly images that haunted his dreams, jarring him awake drenched in sweat, of Niall’s bound hands, the jeering crowds. Holding back the words kept the worst of it at bay.
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About the Author:
Laura Vosika is the author of the beloved series, The Blue Bells Chronicles, a tale of time travel, action and adventure, romance and redemption, ranging across modern and medieval Scotland. She runs Gabriel’s Horn Press, and is active in poetry as a member of the League of Minnesota Poets, routinely performing at local open mics. She has appeared in The Star Tribune, and on WCCO and Channel 12, and hosted Books and Brews with Laura Vosika on AM 950.
– l winner will receive a print copy of Blue Bells of Scotland (book one in the series) and a Team Shawn or Team Angus t-shirt (US only)
– 1 winner will receive an ebook of Blue Bells of Scotland (open internationally)
– Ends June 27th
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