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Battle for the Blue Wilds

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As Omen and Tormy discover the supernatural secret of the fae's ancient castle in Wyldwood Fate, this short, parallel tale takes young Nikki Deldano to the precipice of a new adventure.

Searching for his lost love, captured by the children of the forest, Nikki gets a crash course in Sundragons, faerie diplomacy, and the resonant power of the bardic gift.

Will a courageous heart be enough to turn the tide of war?

The Battle for the Blue Wilds is about to begin.

Note on the Audiobook

We had initially posted this story one chapter at a time on our website after we had finished them. Many people asked for the kindle version, however, so that they could easily access it in their ebook libraries. We always intended to clean it up and put out the kindle version as we have with all our short stories.

But while we were working, PJ our audiobook narrator, read the story and said he wanted to record it. Needless to say Camilla and I jumped at the offer, eager to hear all those crazy voices given life. This particular story has both Oblique and Shard in it, as well as a vast cast of faerie folk, and we knew it would be something special.

While reading this story is fun, the audiobook version is a real treat. Take a listen to the sample below.

Listen to audio sample!

Story contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Wyldwood Fate. This should be read AFTER you finish the book.

Chapter 1: Circle Round The Carousel

Nikki Deldano finished his morning run as the sky began to change from velvet grey to soft pink. The young warrior paused — heart pounding in his chest — to watch as a great Sundragon launched from the Melian cliffs. The first rays of light caught the gold and sapphire blue of the mighty dragon's scales.

Lady Frey.

Soaring in from the city, another Sundragon guardian joined Frey's awe-inspiring sky dance. The second golden dragon was larger in size and wingspan. Rich garnet-red flashed from beneath his scales as he banked and spun.

Lord Arrethel.

Nikki had struggled to memorize the Hold dragons' identifying secondary colors during his first weeks in Melia, keenly aware that the knowledge was a given for every Melian child old enough to point to the sky.

I have a lot of catching up to do.

He'd been so overwhelmed by his new life and his new family that he'd counted himself lucky to remember his own name after being introduced to the dozens of family members and loyal servants who resided at the Deldano Hold.

He'd barely adjusted when his new younger siblings — the twins Tessleara and Chantor — had started introducing him to a parade of Melian friends, neighbors, acquaintances, favorite craftsmen, shop owners, scholars, tutors, librarians, and the entire roster of pets. Tess and Chant had relished their role as ambassadors, making him feel welcome into both the Deldano family and the tight-knit Melian community.

Kharakhian by birth, Nikki had gone from sole child of an unmarried mother to brother of a brood in a snap, but he couldn't yet think of himself as anyone's older sibling. Though I might be younger than Dari. She seems to be in her early twenties. He wasn't sure. But he felt it would be rude to ask, as it would be rude to question if there were more siblings. Does Beren have other children he doesn't know about? He didn't know about me. Until Grandma Kadana tracked me down.

After Kadana Deldano had liberated Nikki from his life of drudgery in Khreté, he'd followed Omen — another brother — across the Kharakhian continent on the adventure of a lifetime, and then to the fabled city of Ven'taria to battle stranger magic than he'd ever known existed.

Upon their return to Melia, Nikki felt mildly uncomfortable staying at the lavish Deldano Hold, though both his father and the gracious Lady Nekarra had made it clear that he was more than welcome to stay as long as he liked and that the Hold would be his home forever.

The splendor and wealth of the Deldano estate were difficult to comprehend. Nikki had served rich patrons, even helped cater events at the set-Manasan castle in Khreté, but the riches of the Kharakhian royal house seemed meager in comparison to what casually lay on display in Melia.

His own chamber was nearly the size of his mother's entire tavern, the room finely decorated in tasteful Melian furnishings and — what had to be priceless — art.

He'd been given to understand that he could do whatever pleased him, study with anyone he wanted, take up whatever hobby struck his fancy. There were no expectations, but the options constantly rolling toward him were overwhelming.

He'd sought refuge in the familiar surroundings of a local tavern, much brighter and happier than the one in which he had grown up. The Harps was a family-friendly place with delicious food and a never-ending lineup of musicians and singers who performed day and night throughout the year. He was working toward performing there himself, practicing the least ribald of the Kharakhian tavern songs he knew with some of his new friends.

He found the city of Melia breathtaking at every turn. And he constantly found new things to see — at the park, at the port, at the market, and in the many welcoming lyceums of learning and discussion. Of course, there was an abundance of festivals dedicated to song and music.

Nikki had finally memorized the names and colors of the Holds' Sundragons during the Winter Thaw festival, where all twelve had gathered in the park to sing the Song to Welcome the Dew.

Tess and Chant — still helping him adapt — had been kind enough to coach him through the ceremony and pointed out the Hold Lords, their dragons, and the names and stations of everyone in attendance.

Through this whirlwind of activity and information, one question continued to eat at him.

What am I going to do?

He'd never thought much about his path in life. His mother needed him to help run the Green-Eyed Monster. The tavern had been all the life he'd known, the several block area around the tavern his entire world. When visiting adventurers had spoken of their quests and feats beyond the walls of Khreté, he'd dreamed of life on the road. But one mention of his dreams had brought a rain of slaps and a litany of castigations from his mother.

"You will not become like your peacock of a father," she would rage. "You are nothing but a tavern boy. That is all you will ever be."

Nikki had put his head down and had never allowed himself to speak of his dreams again.

He'd let himself be made small. He'd let himself be only what his mother allowed.

But with one order and one bag of gold, his grandmother had changed all of that one day not so long ago.

"You're of age, of course; free to go where you will, but I hope you'll agree to come with us. Your mother has already given you leave to join us. If you're worried about her, you needn't be. I've given her enough gold to replace you with three more servants and a cook." Kadana's words were burned in his memory.

Nikki had felt elated then; now he felt both grateful and foolish.

I could have left at any time. I could have made my own way. What must Shalonie have thought of me? Why didn't I see it?

A whole new life had opened for him, and he'd tried to orient himself by the courage and ferocity of Kadana, Omen, Beren — all of whom he admired. He barely understood what motivated them. But he fully understood the moral center and devotion to art and beauty that drove the citizens of Melia.

I could do worse than being a Melian.

He felt that becoming a Melian was an honor he needed to earn. As he felt he had to earn the attention of the beautiful Melian scholar Lady Shalonie.

Nikki smiled as he turned back toward the city.

Maybe I'll run into her today.

He'd heard that the girl would be in attendance at a lecture on early Melian poetry at the garden academy.

I may have to stop by—

"Nikki! Nikki!" a high voice came from the top of a sand dune. In the distance, a tiny black cat slid from the mound of white sand and sparse grass.

Is that Oblique? He decided it had to be because Lady Kylee's little companion was the only coal-black talking cat he knew.

She ran toward him at impressive speed, kicking up the sand as she raced. Nikki realized that given her diminutive size, smaller than a tunnel rat, he had better meet the little feline halfway.

"Nikki! Nikki! Shalonie is needing you to finds the silverbells!" Oblique shouted in mid-sprint, her rolling accent as comical as that of Tormy and Tyrin but sweeter in tone.

"Shalonie needs something?" Nikki had to hear little more.

He'd stopped to face the kitten, but she continued her run at full speed, climbing up his pant leg and scaling his tunic to sit down on his shoulder with a soft plunk. "Shalonie is needing you to go to the Blue Wilds!" she screamed in his ear as if she were still on the other side of the beach.

Instinctively Nikki plucked the cat from his shoulder and held her in both hands, raising her to eye level.

"Where is Shalonie now?" He knew how easily the cats were carried away by even the hint of excitement and thought it best to go to the source.

"Shalonie is being at her Hold, but you is having to hurry." Oblique pawed at his thumb distractedly. "There is being a list, and you is not on it."

"Shalonie made a list of—"

"No, no." Her ears twitched. "Her mommy is making a list of the helpers. She is not knowings that you is needings to be on the top of the list."

"I suppose I could stop by—"

"You is not stoppings!" the little cat demanded. "You is runnings!"

And though his run was already done, Nikki had little choice but to set off for a second run that morning, carefully balancing Oblique on his shoulder.

"Woohoo! We is fasterest!" Oblique's voice rang loudly as they raced through the streets.

The little cat had given him scant information, but he sprinted as hard and as fast as his legs could carry him.

He couldn't be sure what Shalonie was up to, but he was absolutely certain that he would be at her side, no matter what lay ahead.

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JOANN MORALES said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

I'm so glad that Nikki is getting more story time. Loved chapter 1! Will be anxiously waiting further chapters. Hope Carol feels better soon .

Terri Sciolla said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

Another stellar story! I'm so glad to see Nikki getting some love. Keep up the great work you guys are doing.

Joanna Davis said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

I am so glad to see Nikki getting more time. I just love this shy but strong person. The sparks you hint at between Shalonie and Nikki are wonderful. So looking forward to what will happen next.

Leona Colebank said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

oh I really enjoyed the chapter. Definitely help my attention throughout. I really enjoy your cat characters.

Mark Rand said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

Good Nikki had full (???) pants on, when (standing), a four clawed (even if small) being runs up your leg!!!

Which ear might he still be having "echos" in for a bit??? (;->

Claire Phillips said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

I can't wait for the next installment!!!!

blank Deputee said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

I just wanted to let you know I am praying for Carol's health. We need her well, not only for her input in these stories which are enjoyed by so many, but also for her beautiful spirit to grace this world.

Patricia Parker said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

I'm intrigued. I always did want to know more about Nikki, and now here you are fulfilling my wish!

Great beginning. Can't wait for the next installment.

Pat

Lynne Woods said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

You have my interest piqued. I'm wanting to know what Shalonie needs Nikki to do and where things are going to go from here.

Sudan Aceto said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

As always. A first rate Chapter one . Nikki deserves a story. Looking forward to more. Best wishes to Carol.

Marlene Burrows said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

My interest is all ready piqued! What adventures lay ahead. Looking forward to the rest of this story.

Dave McLoughlin said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

Great start to what I am sure will be an even greater story, eagerly awaiting further installments.

Thrilled to start seeing Nikki from his own perspective, he is already an honest and open character from the outside, and appears even more so from this perspective, for all his upbringing in a tavern he retains an innocence and naivety that makes me smile,

Patricia Parker said about Nikki Chapter 2: Reply

Wonderful. I love a story where the underdog wins the day. Nikki triumphed this time. Looking forward to the next chapter!

JOANN MORALES said about Nikki Chapter 2: Reply

I do love these talking cats. Each one is such a character! I love how Oblique defends Nikki. I truly hope that Nikki ends up with Shalonie. I can't imagine her happy with one of those pretentious suitors. Please continue with these chapters.

Mystee Van Dan said about Nikki Chapter 2: Reply

Oblique is quickly becoming my favoritestest. "Once upon a love of frosting"

Lynne Woods said about Nikki Chapter 2: Reply

I am enjoying the tale from Nikki's point of view so far and am looking forward to the next chapter.

Colette Laird said about Nikki Chapter 2: Reply

Love the idea of Nikki getting his own story, perhaps he needs a cat to help his confidence. Might be cool if the cat that lost his person from Tyrin's story got a second chance.....

Leona Colebank said about Nikki Chapter 2: Reply

I enjoyed the chapter

Patricia Parker said about Nikki Chapter 3: Reply

OH no! Where's Shalonie? Can't wait to see how you get her together with Nikki. I read these chapters as soon as they come in the mail. Love them.

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Patricia Parker

That's so great to hear! Thank you for loving the stories as much as we do.

Marlene Burrows said about Nikki Chapter 3: Reply

The game is afoot! I didnt want the chapter to end. Looking forward to the next chapter!

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Marlene Burrows

Afoot indeed. Can't wait to send out next week's chapter :)

JOANN MORALES said about Nikki Chapter 3: Reply

I truly admire how well Nikki is adapting to his drastically different social status. I love his commentary on the various nobles who have accompanied the group. When he hears that Shalonie may be in trouble, he doesn't hesitate to help. Can't wait for the next chapter. By the way, Moyar is wrong - I absolutely love how the cats add needless suffixes to words!

Camilla Ochlan replying to: JOANN MORALES

Moyar can be a bit grumpy LOL

Leona Colebank said about Nikki Chapter 3: Reply

oh so wanting to know what's happened to Shalonie. Interesting to hear what she thinks & knows about the ruins.

Carol E. Leever replying to: Leona Colebank

Shalonie's story is in the novel Wyldwood Fate. You should read that story before this one as the ending of this story will have spoilers for the book.

Cyndy Shubert-Jett said about Nikki Chapter 3: Reply

Looking forward to the next chapter!!!

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Cyndy Shubert-Jett

It'll be here soon :)

Renee Relation said about Nikki Chapter 3: Reply

Spectacular! I loved it! Very nice, terrifying cliffhanger!

Renee

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Renee Relation

Dear Renee, we're so happy you are enjoying the story. This one has been very fun to write.

Renee Relation said about Nikki Chapter 2: Reply

More amazing work! I am cringing at the mushy so that means I think it is good!

Renee

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Renee Relation

Dear Renee, good to know. Don't want to get too mushy - just a little tiny bit :)

Renee Relation said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

That was so amazing! I loved the backstory and the female Taul In Fagua or whatever the Aldrine called the cats! The only criticism is that in Summers Fall when Oblique comes to get Tormy you call Oblique a he.

Tormy lover

Renee

12 year old

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Renee Relation

There will be more about the cats soon :) The cat in Summer's Fall is Indee's cat Fog. Oblique wasn't around yet. Fog is gray in color, and he is "A Finder of Great Things." Both he and Oblique are small cats.

Renee Relation said about Nikki Chapter 4: Reply

Super long! I like chapters (and books;) ) long though! Nikki is really cool!

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Renee Relation

Happy to hear you are having fun with it.

Lynn Silver said about Nikki Chapter 4: Reply

Shes Gorrrgeous!!! I love how you captured the essence in her eyes! They are *almost* human *almost* catlike the perfect eyes for a fae! The colors are amazing!

I love the story ! That Nikki focused on getting them to help him find Shalonie! That he didnt hesitate to just jump on a griifin and get them to shoot lights to attract Geryon! Lolol i love how distracted the faerie folk became over Nikki having a Dragon friend lol !!

This was awesome! Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing with us! I love how the pictures just help keep everyone so alive as we read too! At least they did for me!

Shes so beautiful her colors are just so perfect for who she is! Love the green of her eyes and around them!

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Lynn Silver

You sure pick up on all the details. That's awesome. The faerie folk have their own ways - that's for certain. And we have a lot of fun writing about them.

Pat Parker said about Nikki Chapter 4: Reply

I read these as soon as I get them. Things are "heating up" for Nikki. His first big battle! Can't wait to read Chapter 5!

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Pat Parker

He's in it now. I love that you read them right away. That means a lot to us.

Cyndy Shubert-Jett said about Nikki Chapter 4: Reply

More please? Soon? Truly!

The truth is that I'm really enjoying the read.

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Cyndy Shubert-Jett

Moore is on the way. We're thrilled to hear that you are enjoying the story, Cyndy.

Marlene Burrows said about Nikki Chapter 4: Reply

Nikki is very clever. He manages to take a lead position with the faeries. Most exciting was the attack of the bug things. Looking forward to more of the story to unfold.

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Marlene Burrows

Thank you, Marlene. This battle was a blast to write. We're glad you enjoyed it.

Mark Rand said about Nikki Chapter 5: Reply

Good...

Except........ Subject line for linked e-mail had me thinking I missed something... Had some computer problems.. Restored some stuff... Then see on Cat/Dragons e-mail subject line, that this is Chapter 6!! Last chapter I have in my folders is 4!!! Did I delete Chapter 5 e-mail? How can I find the link (Portal? ;->) to it?? Looked closer at the message... Says This Is Chapter 5..... Ok... Someone had a slight finger slip on the key-board (;->

Renee Relation said about Nikki Chapter 5: Reply

Nice. A bit slow were Nikki just stands there and fey and the adults argue.

Other than that good. LOVE THE DRAWINGS! Still shivering from the misty blue one.

Joanna Davis said about Nikki Chapter 5: Reply

I just love this look into the back story from Wyldwood Fate. It is enlightening to see some more of the talked about characters you don't see often.

Cyndy Shubert-Jett said about Nikki Chapter 5: Reply

Wow! Just. Wow.

Lynne Woods said about Nikki Chapter 5: Reply

Sorry I haven't commented on the last few chapters - mundane life got in the way. But I am thoroughly enjoying the story and this chapter is definitely no exception. Nikki seems to be getting deeper into things and I am looking forward to seeing how things progress.

Camilla Ochlan replying to: Lynne Woods

Dear Lynne, thank you for taking the time to comment. We're so happy that you are enjoying the story.

Pat Parker said about Nikki Chapter 5: Reply

You've done it again! The stakes are higher, the warriors are many, the game is on! Keep these chapters coming!

Brandi Acuna said about Nikki Chapter 5: Reply

love this! You have created a world with such interesting people would love to know more about Omens parents and their crew!! And maybe more about Devs past... thank you.. this concept of individual short stories is wonderful

Lynn Silver said about Nikki Chapter 5: Reply

My thoughts as Nikki came back and described what he saw ' BEREN!?! (With all those weapons?! YES!!!finally! We get to see them battle instead of Kadana telling us) then as each came into sight and sound *grin*) Yes!!! Nekarra in battle armor?? Oh right!! Shindarian Warrior! And a mom and Cat goddess??.hehe no wonder the cats adore her! Then Avarice and 7 !

Its funny, Im with Lily on this somehow, We know 7 is powerful and amazing and yay!! He's here! But "MOM'S ON THE BATTLEFIELD!! AVARICE!!! YES!!!!" Never ever ever underestimate the rage of a mother whose cubs are in danger!!!!!!

Love love love getting the rest of the story of how they all ended up there after Shalonie sent the girls and Shard for help! And Im so glad the girls get to see Avarice and Nekarra in the coming battle!

The description as Nikki saw Beren sent chills up and down my spine! We're so used to seeing the bard side, it's awesome to have Nikki see his Father and adoptive Mom in another light.

Ive always admired Nekarra's great heart for never once turning away *any* of the children from her husband's past. Not once did it occur to her to be anything other than loving, welcoming, compassionate, and accepting. Kadana gathers them in and they are indeed all "my boys" to her but the day to day care and sheltering falls to Nekarra.

You've got some very wonderful parents in your world. Thank you for sharing that side of them too. :)

Brittany McDonald said about Nikki Chapter 6: Reply

What a wonderful story so far! Its so very exciting! I can hardly wait for the next chapter.

Brittany

Brittany McDonald said about Nikki Chapter 5: Reply

Battle! Cool! I sure hope Shalonie is okay. I cant wait to read on!

Brittany

Brittany McDonald said about Nikki Chapter 4: Reply

This is awesome! Sun dragons are the best!

Nikki, a hero to the forest fairies!

I really loved this chapter!

Brittany

Brittany McDonald said about Nikki Chapter 3: Reply

Oh, adventure within the adventure! I do hope Nikki saved the day. This is getting so exciting!

Brittany

Brittany McDonald said about Nikki Chapter 2: Reply

Carol & Camilla,

How delightful this story is turning out!

I really like Nikki and secretly (secretly?) hope that Shalonie finds him irresistible and interesting.

Its starting out well for Nikki in that regard.

Lets hope he becomes her hero!

Your forever fan,

Brittany

Brittany McDonald said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

Carol & Camilla,

What a wonderful start to Nikkis own adventure.

I will definitely try to catch up.

This first chapter caught my attention, so it all must be read!

Your forever fan,

Brittany

Patricia Parker said about Nikki Chapter 6: Reply

The plot gets thicker and thicker and more and more exciting. Or excitingnessness.

I'm anxious to find out what Nikki will get himself into and what brave acts will cement him as a new hero in the series. At least I'm pretty sure that's what he will become. Just don't kill him off...Loving these chapters!

JoAnn Morales said about Nikki Chapter 6: Reply

I love how well Lily knows her brother. Omen has a habit of being in the thick of trouble. And Avarice dubbing Tormy and Tyrin as the terrible twins made me laugh. Please continue these chapters; they are great!

Mark Rand said about Nikki Chapter 6: Reply

Just a nit-pick.. Sorry... Is it Fae or Fay? Some words went Faerie, some went Faykin. Which "wae"?? (;->>

Otherwise, going good.

Carol E. Leever replying to: Mark Rand

That depends on who is saying it. The word in our world is 'faerie' or 'fae', but the Kharakhians use some slang terms such as 'faykin'. For example in Hollow Season when we first get introduced to Nikki's mother she is rather clear about what she thinks of Tormy:

"No magical beasts allowed!" The woman shouted at them, pointing a sharp finger at Tormy. "No beasties, boggets or faykin in my place!" While her accent marked her as pure Kharakhian, likely of low birth judging by the way she extended her vowels, she spoke in clear Merchant's Common. Her tone, however, was shrill and rising.

"Is that &!*#! fishwife calling Tormy a beastie, bogget or faykin?" Tyrin yelled with outrage, his orange head and paws hanging out of Kyr's pocket.

Cyndy Shubert-Jett said about Nikki Chapter 6: Reply

I was just wondering when we'd see more of Shard!!!

I am anticipating the next installment!!!

Kerrin Hill said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

Loved it. It makes sense Nikki would be struggling to orient himself in his new world. Shalonie would be his guide point at this stage.

Rose Vancil said about Nikki Chapter 1: Reply

I'm glad that we're getting more information about Nikki,in his thoughts and opinions.I think that this is a wonderful start. I hope that Carol is doing better.

Renee Relation said about Nikki Chapter 7: Reply

Very nice. I liked the action.

JOANN MORALES said about Nikki Chapter 7: Reply

Wow! I completely envisioned this battle with Beren playing his lute and seeing the humans and fae folk fighting the tetramites. Then when Nikki took over on the lute, I also felt his shock at seeing the aftermath of the battle. I felt a punch to the gut with the injured goat boy and such relief that Beren was able to heal him.

The use of song as magic was great! Nikki has come so far from being a tavern boy. I am really enjoying these chapters. Can't wait for the next ones.

Patricia Parker said about Nikki Chapter 7: Reply

What beautiful writing! "Horse-sized, termite-like insects with massive yellowish bellies, long antennae, and multi-segmented limbs crowded together in a wiggling mass. Glowing veins crisscrossed their hulking bodies and carried bright blue fluid into spherical membranes wedged between distended abdomens and thoraxes." I'd recognize them anywhere.

And of course I love that music helps to save the day. Like Wingsong!

Wonderful chapter. Keep them coming.

Pat

Joanna Davis said about Nikki Chapter 7: Reply

Another wonderful insight to the book. The use of bardic magic to bolster the troops is great.

Mark Rand said about Nikki Chapter 7: Reply

Battle magic - "darker side": Can make fighters, under your "persuasion", put aside the usual pain/feelings of the fight, while enhancing the push to Fight harder. Hopefully the "fight harder" might Not mean fighting with less skill, or stupidly. Fight Harder, not feeling hurts as much; NOT invulnerability.

Brittany McDonald said about Nikki Chapter 7: Reply

Camilla,

What a wonderful story!

The glorious music saved the day. Persuasion.

Its been a long time since tears came while reading a story, but it was very emotional for me.

Yes, they won the day, but at such a great cost. Tis the reason that war should be the very last option, always.

This time it was indeed necessary and they saved the land.

But what of Shalonie?

I can hardly wait to find out what comes next.

Put me in for a preorder of this book once it is completed. It will definitely be a permanent part of my library.

Your forever fan,

Brittany

Thank you so much Camilla & Carol!

Leona Colebank said about Nikki Chapter 7: Reply

this story brought tears to my eyes. I felt his pain & sorrow.

ro lunn said about Nikki Chapter 8: Reply

I am just so pleased how you intertwine the story linesl

Young love, faeries, dragons, music and poetry - what else could I need?

Cyndy Shubert-Jett said about Nikki Chapter 8: Reply

Absolute perfection!!! I really hope the whole thing gets put in one novella so I can enjoy it all over again in one single read. I hope our next excursion builds a bit on this. Love it.

Pat Parker said about Nikki Chapter 8: Reply

So Nikki gets an upgrade!! He's a great character. Coming up from the tavern into the life of magic and being smart and brave about it. So glad Shalonie loves him back!!

Brittany McDonald said about Nikki Chapter 8: Reply

Hello hello hello!

Oh how wonderful this story continues to be.

It sure looks like Nikki is becoming most important without even understanding why.

It also looks like, and I hope so, that Shalonie really likes him. Maybe as much as Nikki likes her. A match made inMelia!

I do hope there is more coming as I will wait patiently for this beautiful story to continue.

Your forever fan,

Brittany

Renee Relation said about Nikki Chapter 8: Reply

That was great! I cannot wait to see how the romance plays out. Definitely a great addition.

robin ervin said about Nikki Chapter 8: Reply

I loved the whole story :). I waited til just now to read all the chapters because i knew the anticipation would drive me nuts.

Renee Relation said about Nikki Chapter 9: Reply

Epic! No kiss though! Anyway that was incredible! Your writing flows very well and is always vibrant and funny.

Patricia Parker said about Nikki Chapter 9: Reply

The way you manage to weave just that sweet touch of romantic longing and then a tiny thrill of romance...makes me remember being a teenager. The good parts. Nikki and Shalonie make a perfect pair. He unassuming and just getting to know his own power, Shalonie a powerful scientist and spellcaster but also unassuming. Oh my.

And next comes that awful castle.

JOANN MORALES said about Nikki Chapter 9: Reply

I love that Shalonie has no doubts whatsoever about Nikki's ability to be a wonderful ambassador. He needs to stop thinking of himself as just a tavern boy. All the others see the wonderful potential in him. I'm glad that Beren gave him the push he needed to see a future with Shalonie.

Cyndy Shubert-Jett said about Nikki Chapter 9: Reply

Perfection!!!

Lynn Silver said about Nikki Chapter 9: Reply

YAY!!! YES! YES! YES!!

Beren and Nekarra approve and Beren ppppffft well Nikki should feel like real family now Dad's picking on him! lol

Sara MIRANDA said about Nikki Chapter 9: Reply

I HAVE LOVE THE WHOLE STORY!!! I HOPE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP!

Robin Ervin said about Nikki Chapter 9: Reply

Absolutely Loved Nikki's story

Brittany McDonald said about Nikki Chapter 9: Reply

Well, my wish came true! Yea!!!

Nikki and Shalonie, a match made forevermore.

This was such a lovely and wonderful story.

Thank you so much for writing it. Ive enjoyed it so.

I look forward to whatever you write next with much anticipation.

Have a wonderful summer, the both of you.

Sincerely,

Your forever fan Brittany

JONATHAN MCGIRR said about Battle for the Blue Wilds: Reply

Is this on audible?

Camilla Ochlan replying to: JONATHAN MCGIRR

It will be. We'll let everyone know when it is available on Audible.

Barb Wiebesick said about Battle for the Blue Wilds: Reply

Another delightful story. As always, enjoyed the characters and imagination of this world. Loved the love story! Looking forward to more!

Carol E. Leever replying to: Barb Wiebesick

Thank you so much! We're rather fond of the characters ourselves!

Sarah Lovell said about Battle for the Blue Wilds: Reply

Loved this story. Very fast paced and Oblique is beyond adorable but the all of the cats are.