The Rose Shield

manipulated images from pixabay

manipulated images from pixabay

A peek at the start of my WIP. 

Darkest Night.

The ironwood pier below Mur-Vallis pointed like a sooty finger over the Blackwater’s swirling luminescence. Wraiths of fog pirouetted across the surface, trailing veils of white lace. Raker lounged against the piling where he’d tethered his boat, keeping an idle eye out for thieves. Not that anyone would bother his craft this night, not with finer prizes left unattended. Well-rigged riverboats and ferries floated at the wharf, thunking and clinking above the current’s hushed whispers.

With a bone-handled knife, he whittled splinters from a wood waterdragon no larger than his thumb. The solitude suited him, removed from the chaos of the warrens that crowded the dingy expanse below the city’s lowest tier. The welcome there was cold anyway, harsh enough to get a half-blood gutted. His slanted eyes, blue as rime, and three-fingered hands gave his heritage away.

The three pylons supporting Mur-Vallis soared into the vast night sky. Their lighted tiers lay open like petals on an alien flower, soft-edged and overlapping, the upper layers diminishing in size while increasing in opulence.

Or so he’d heard. No one he knew had climbed higher than the first tier, and only for a hanging.

137 thoughts on “The Rose Shield

  1. Popped over from “Kadan”. I LOVE this!

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  2. […] Rose Shield is my current WIP. A month ago, I introduced Raker  (Here). He’s half mad, but has sparks of unexpected wisdom if you can get over the fact that he […]

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  3. Steph McCoy says:

    Thank you so much for providing the links in your November 1 post to the characters in your book Diana. This makes it so easy to know where to begin and get caught up to speed.

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    • Thanks for reading, Steph. They aren’t really in any order, just little snippets that introduce the characters and the books. I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Have a wonderful day. ❤

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      • Steph McCoy says:

        Oh my goodness, I’m hooked. 💞

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        • Ha ha. You’re so funny. Thanks bunches ❤

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          • Steph McCoy says:

            You’re welcome. But I must warn you I don’t do so well with cliff hangers. I thought The Walking Dead was gonna push me over the edge earlier in the year but after the season’s premier I think I’m done with this series. I can’t believe I got into zombies anyway, the horror genre I tired of years ago. I’ll have to check out your other books though until these one come out. Are any of them audible? I can read Kindle versions but since I’ve made the switch to audio version I really enjoy listening to books.

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            • I almost gave up on The Walking Dead too after the season premier. It was too brutal. The second episode was completely the opposite (gentle), so I’m giving it a little longer. I’m so sorry that I don’t have audio books (yet), but I think most of my books are text to speech enabled. I don’t know how that works or if it’s a boring monotone voice. I have to get going on producing audio books. Lots of people like them 🙂

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              • Steph McCoy says:

                I figured Abraham was the one but Glenn was one of my favorites and I didn’t see it coming. The review I saw on the second episode was, as you say here, totally different than the opener but, and this is a first, on Sunday I forgot it was even coming on and I was okay with not seeing it. Text to speech is irritating to me, at least for a book. My Audible.com books are superb or I should say most of them are, there’s a couple of narrators that aren’t as good as others but for the most part I’ve been very satisfired. I loved reading actual books so much I couldn’t fathom how I’d adjust to listening to them but now the only thing I miss are the notations I used to make in my bible. I’ll tell you what though, the narrators who are extremely skilled are phenomenal because their transition from character to character is seamless. It doesn’t matter if the part is male or female you get lost in the story.

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  4. […] met Raker, the man who hears voices in the fog Catling, a six-year-old with a rose birthmark around her eye […]

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  5. […] my six-yr-old protagonist on Hanging Day.Whitt, her adopted brother, battling crajeks in the swamp.Raker, the half-mad rafter who kicks off the […]

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  6. […] six-yr-old protagonist on Hanging Day. Whitt, her adopted brother, battling crajeks in the swamp. Raker, the half-mad rafter who kicks off the […]

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  7. macjam47 says:

    A beautifully descriptive and powerful beginning to your book.

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  8. Bernadette says:

    Thanks for taking the time to post. I know how busy you are. How close are you to finishing this, do you think? Have you joined Stevie”s Goodread’s group?

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    • I’m hoping for Christmas, Bernadette. I’m working on converting published books to self-published and want to do it carefully (once). So I won’t be back to this series until September. Christmas is probably ambitious 🙂 Thanks for reading and visiting!

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  9. Oh my goodness–what an opening. Between sooty fingers and wraiths of fog–I can’t wait to see where this goes.

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  10. Well, I’m hooked. What’s your publishing timeline?

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  11. So much to like here, particularly the concise introduction of character and setting. Very nice.

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  12. Erik says:

    I left comments peppered throughout others’ here. But, I’ll add that I love the three fingers. I found myself trying to imagine how a three-fingered being would whittle a tiny wooden object, the grip and fine muscles that would need to have developed. And it also was a fresh take on the irrationality and seemingly arbitrary roots of prejudice.

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    • The natives (or aliens, depending on one’s perspective) are physically a little different. Raker is a half-blood, so he’s unique anyway. The prejudice on this particular planet is a matter of power, not intellect or skills (sounds sort of familiar) 🙂

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  13. Oh wow…powerful storytelling. Great job! It definitely made me want to read more.

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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  14. Ooohhh now I want to read more! Thanks for the peak into your WIP 🙂

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  15. […] Source: The Rose Shield […]

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  16. This little morsel has hooked me. I’m captivated. 🙂

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  17. adeleulnais says:

    Thank you for a wonderful peek, I am loving it already.

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  18. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A teaser from Diana Wallace Peach for her WIP The Rose Shield.. setting the scene very well.

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  19. Ali Isaac says:

    Fabulous Diana! Such atmosphere… I cant wait to read this. 😊

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  20. Sacha Black says:

    So evocative and you paint such clear images. You make it look effortless. Gorgeous excerpt. ‘Thunking’ love that word

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  21. inesephoto says:

    I am in the middle of The Bone Wall 🙂 This piece sounds like a beginning of a new book, so I have to hurry up with my reading 🙂

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  22. Nitin says:

    This looks very interesting. 🙂

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  23. philipparees says:

    As you know I love the onomatopoeic evocation of the senses ‘thunking and clinking’ got me too. I am not sure I would be brave enough to expose a WIP but with your fan club you are more than safe! Perhaps you have given me courage to follow.

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  24. Love this! Are you participating in Camp Nano next month?

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    • No. I’m still recovering from November! Actually, Michelle, I’m up to my eyeballs in getting my books ready to re-release. The first one comes into my control from the publisher in about two weeks. All six will take me through August! So nothing much new happening until then. Thanks for the comment – glad you liked the snippet 🙂

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  25. […] Read more of this excerpt of Diana’s new book at: Myths of the Mirror […]

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  26. I love your descriptions.

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  27. babbitman says:

    Love it. What I particularly like about your writing is that, within a beautifully fantastical world, the main characters often see themselves as very ordinary. Different, perhaps, but not ‘special’. And yet you draw their characters into situations where they grudgingly accept a heroic role.
    Although, I could be talking bollocks.
    Whatever. I like what you do. Keep doing it. 🙂

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  28. Steven Baird says:

    Beautiful, rich descriptions.You have such a great grasp of detail and atmosphere.

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  29. C.E.Robinson says:

    Diana, great mystery beginning! The Raker character teases for more! The story snipits are compelling! Happy weekend! 💛 Elizabeth

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  30. An excellent read. Beautifully written and the mood so perfectly set. This was a pleasure to read. Have a great weekend.

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  31. Sean P Carlin says:

    It take courage to share a WIP — to invite others into one’s very private creative process. Hats off to you, Diana!

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  32. I was transported. A beautifully moody scene!

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  33. sknicholls says:

    Lyrical prose that really sets place and mood. Loved it.

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  34. “floated at the wharf, thunking and clinking above the current’s hushed whispers.” Anyone been near docks at night will instantly be transported. Love the “current’s hushed whispers” – makes the brain think of the stories the water holds – and wonder what’s up here.
    Intriguing piece – perfect last line

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  35. Annika Perry says:

    Oh no, you can’t leave us hanging (ha!) there! More please… Wonderful poetic writing engaging all the senses. I’m hooked.

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    • Thanks, Annika. I might do another snippet or two when my blogging well is empty 🙂 It’s definitely fun tossing those out there. I have sooooo much work to do on these books still. Thanks for the visit as always 🙂 Happy Writing.

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  36. Nurse Kelly says:

    Spellbinding! The beauty of your prose inspires. More please! 🙂

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  37. Setting the stage…a great tease here, Diana. 💕 You are in your element.

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  38. noelleg44 says:

    You’ve got me intrigued, Diana. More!

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  39. Sounds like the beginning of a good story, Diana. That’s an interesting character. Great description as usual. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  40. davidprosser says:

    You really are an accomplished artist Diana.The scene and the atmosphere are fully set.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

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    • Thank you, David. I have to be careful not to bog down my books with this stuff. It’s something I’m working on. I think this was about right for setting the stage before the story starts up. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Have a grand hugful day!

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  41. I wake up in the morning thinking I’m a half-decent writer, and then I have to read this 😛

    You truly are an exceptional storyteller. Reading that made me feel, if just for a moment, like I was there.

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    • Oh, thanks, Michael, that’s a sweet thing to say, but don’t knock your own work. This is somewhere around draft 25! It didn’t start out this way, and trust me, not every reader is going to like it either. Have a great weekend and Happy Writing!

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  42. The V Pub says:

    What a teaser! ” Wraiths of fog pirouetted across the surface, trailing veils of white lace.” I can envision this perfectly, Diana. Looking forward to its release!

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    • Thanks, Rob. I’m a big fan of fog in general. I had a night recently where I had to keep braking the car because fog wraiths were walking out of the woods onto the road. It was so weird I had to put it in a book 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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  43. Bernadette says:

    A delicious teaser. Can’t wait for the main course.

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  44. joannesisco says:

    With a great name like Raker, how could I not like this character immediately – 3 fingers and all? 🙂

    You paint a scene exquisitely. I’m ready for more.

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  45. You see, I do listen sometimes. I just reblogged this anyway LOL

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  46. Reblogged this on Richard Ankers and commented:
    If this is just a taster the rest is going to be delicious. Check out all Diana’s writing because you’ll not be disappointed.
    Richard

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  47. Nicely done. Where’s the rest?? 😉

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