In the Tower of the Wizard King
by Michelle Miles GENRE: Fantasy (epic)
In the Age of Wizards, Time is a commodity more valuable than gold. When Aoife (EE-fa) stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic, it calls to her with an ancient magic. Inside she finds a stairway leading into darkness and cannot resist stepping onto that first stair. It leads her to dark truths her mother never wanted her to uncover and love so powerful she walks through time to save it.
Her magic is dormant.
When Aoife Burke rushes home after the unexpected death of her father, she discovers her mother has vanished amidst inexplicable circumstances. She returns to her childhood home to search for clues of her mother’s whereabouts but another shock awaits her. Sean O’Connell, the object of her girlhood crush, has purchased the family home. She senses Sean is hiding something from her, refuses to let her inside and does everything he can to keep her out. A determined Aoife breaks inside and stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic. When she opens it, instead of the normal musty clothes and ancient letters, she finds a stairway leading into darkness. It calls to her and she cannot resist stepping into the trunk and onto that first stair where it leads her to magical truths her mother never wanted her to discover.
His magic is dangerous.
Sean O’Connell has been assigned by the Inter-dimensional Portal Protection Agency to keep Aoife and her mother out of Faery. But when she breaks into the house and disappears through the portal in the trunk—like her mother—he has no choice but to follow her, even though stepping into Faery will force him to face his past. Keeping her safe and out of the hands of the Wizard King also becomes a fight to save Aoife’s life from her own mother, who has discovered a time portal in Faery leading her back in time to alter her past mistakes, putting Aoife’s life in peril. Sean is willing to do anything to make sure she’s safe. Even if it means he has to tap into his dangerous magic to do it.
Brushing past Caleb, Sean pulled down the attic stairs and unfolded them. They both peered up into the darkness for a long moment before Sean took the first rung and started up. He entered the musty attic and fumbled with his smartphone until he could get the flashlight app to work. As Caleb entered behind him, the room flooded in white light.
There was nothing unusual about the attic. It had the typical boxes and storage bins of holiday decorations, everything from Halloween to Christmas. A small writing desk was in one corner covered in dust, in another corner, an antique trunk.
“I don’t get it,” Caleb said.
“If there was a portal here, wouldn’t we know it?”
“We should,” Sean agreed. “Fiona was good about hiding things like that. She knew what we’d look for.”
“Like energy spikes. Then she would know we’d find the portal if she used it.”
“Maybe that’s why she used it,” Sean said.
He walked across the creaky planks of the wooden floor, searching. For what, he didn’t know. He looked closely at the writing desk. Cobwebs clung to rolled up pieces of paper stuffed into the cubbies of the writing desk. They looked as though they’d been undisturbed for years. Decades even.
Sean reached for the scrolls, pulling them out. While most of them were parchment, one in particular had a smooth texture like oilskin. A faded red ribbon was tied around it. He pulled it open and let the material unfurl so slowly it reminded him of the unfurling of a sail. Someone had written something on the oilskin in a methodical hand. The perfect penmanship marched across the skin with precision and deftness in symmetrical straight lines. The language was not English but of something he couldn’t read or understand except for two words written in pencil in a haphazard scribble across the top. Eradication Spell.
Michelle Miles grew up in North Central Texas in a rodeo town but was far more interested in nerdy things like Star Trek and Star Wars. She started writing fan fiction in high school. When being an archeologist like Indiana Jones or a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader didn't work out, she decided writing was her gig and has wanted to write her own stories ever since.
Her love of romance started when she picked up Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier and was immediately smitten with the genre. But she also found another love in the fantasies of Patricia A. McKillip and Anne McCaffrey. Since she couldn’t decide which genre to pick—and because she’s a true Gemini—she decided it would be super fun to write contemporary and fantasy romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and has served on the board of several chapters as president and treasurer.
In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, cross-stitching and watching movies. A Native Texan, she loves castle, dragons, fairies and elves and is an avid Game of Thrones fan. She can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.
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