Princess Holy Aura: Chapter 9

They moved out, it's obvious they need to move IN somewhere... -----   Chapter 9.      Steve looked around the huge furnished basement again, trying to distract himself from what he was about to do. "Dang, I still can't believe we're living in this place. Thousands of square feet, including this, what, cut-price Danger Room?" "Call it a practice room or perhaps dojo," Silvertail, who was now in the shape of 'Trayne Owen'—a tall, slender, distinguished looking gentleman with black hair touched with pure silver at the temples, [ Continue reading... ]

Princess Holy Aura: Chapter 8

Well, time to see how they can address these problems...     Chapter 8.      "You're leaving?" A sharp stab of guilt made Steve wince. "Yeah. I'm sorry, guys. I'll really miss our games, getting together to hang out, all of that." Dex looked particularly shellshocked by the sudden announcement, which only made it worse. His parents aren't bad, but they just aren't on his wavelength, and I'm one of the few people that really gets along with him. Anne, on the other hand, looked excited. "You've gotten another [ Continue reading... ]

Princess Holy Aura: Chapter 7

Steve had confronted Silvertail with a very new wrinkle in this little charade they're going to play... -----     Chapter 7.      Steve had to admit there was a vast satisfaction in seeing the patrician features of Varatraine nee Silvertail go slack-jawed with shock. "Er . . . I beg your pardon?" I need something to keep my mind off the other issues. This conversation hasn't fixed them, just . . . temporarily reduced my panic mode. "You haven't thought this part through, Silvertail. Oh, if it's easier for you, you can pop [ Continue reading... ]

Princess Holy Aura: Chapter 6

Well, the first battle has been fought; now comes the aftermath, which may be harder than the fight was! -----     Chapter 6.      Silvertail watched tensely as the pact was fulfilled and Princess Holy Aura was finally reborn. Let it work, he prayed. In the name of all we have sacrificed, in the name of all that was and could be, let this not be a failure. With eyes that could see what ordinary mortals could not, he watched as Stephen Russ' mortal frame dissolved in light, a core of brilliance forming into a new shape both [ Continue reading... ]

Princess Holy Aura: Chapter 5

Well, he'd gone and done it now... time for the henshin (transformation) sequence! -----     Chapter 5.      The silver burst from his body and he became the light, flying outward, making a universe of argent and white touched with rainbows, a whirling cyclone of light that chimed and rang and sang a song of triumph and rebirth. Steve felt a body reforming, electric warmth like a hot shower on a cold, cold day curling around and defining every line, every curve that was coalescing from pure light, tingling like a brush of [ Continue reading... ]

Princess Holy Aura: Chapter 4

Steve had a rather momentous decision to make... ----     Chapter 4.      The white rat's warning hadn't faded from Steve's mind in the last few days. Though Silvertail hadn't said anything about it since, Steve knew that the one-week deadline was already pushing what Silvertail thought was safe. But there were still questions . . . over and above the ones he'd already been wrestling with. With a sigh, Steve dumped his laundry basket out on the bed before speaking. "Silvertail, I've got another question—one that's been [ Continue reading... ]

Princess Holy Aura: Chapter 3

Steve was about to have visitors...   -----     Chapter 3.      "Hey, he's kawaii, Steve!" Silvertail held himself still as Richard Dexter Armitage reached out a finger to gently stroke his white fur. Kawaii? Japanese quoted in reference to anime, obviously. Not surprising that Mr. Russ' friends have similar tastes. He had already noted the multiple posters of science fiction and fantasy shows of all types, reinforcing his impression of Stephen Russ—along with a wall case filled with weapons ranging from the mundane [ Continue reading... ]

Princess Holy Aura: Chapter 2

We continue snippets of my forthcoming Magical Girl-based novel. When we left off, Steve had been asked to do something that seemed physically impossible... -----     Chapter 2.      Steve goggled down at the slightly oversized rat with its overly-shiny white fur, tiny golden crown, sitting on his hind legs and regarding Steve with a far too knowing look. "Become what?" "Mystic Galaxy Defender, Princess Holy Aura," Silvertail repeated calmly. The repetition of the ridiculous phrase left Steve speechless. He would have [ Continue reading... ]

Princess Holy Aura: Chapter 1

Today I begin snippeting Princess Holy Aura. The book is due out in very early December, and the eARC usually comes out three months before that, so the snippets will probably overlap with the eARC to some extent. Here we go!    PRINCESS HOLY AURA Part I: The Princess and the Rat Chapter 1. The screaming came from the alley to Steve's right; it was high-pitched, the voice of a child in terror and pain. Steve found himself sprinting down the alley before he'd even consciously realized what he was going to do. This sure wasn't [ Continue reading... ]

The Ethical Magical Girl: Princess Holy Aura — Teaser Chapter

  Because I've had a lot of questions about this new novel (hopefully series), I'm posting the current first chapter which should at least give an idea of what's to come. Of course, at this early stage there's no guarantee that this will still be the first chapter, or that this chapter won't change some as time goes on, but the basic concepts will be there!   ------ The Ethical Magical Girl, Volume 1: Princess Holy Aura   Chapter 1.       The screaming came from the alley to Steve's right; it was high-pitched, the [ Continue reading... ]