Farlanders’ Law

Excerpt from Farlanders’ Law, The Rose Shield: Book III

The baby reminded her of Gussy on the day Zadie delivered her into the world of the stead. Such memories raised tears for a lost lifetime, a wistful dream that evaporated upon her waking to a harsher, crueler morn. Those days had marked the most sacred of her life, a few years of recaptured innocence when they called her Rose for lack of another name. Zadie had chosen the name because of her eye, and Wenna had given her the choice of calling it her own. The tender mothers of her youth had seen the ugly mark bruising her face and named it something lovely, called her a thing of beauty when she was a scrawny cast off lacking a voice of her own.

This little one possessed no flaws, no strange blemish or discoloration or unexplained power, nothing to hurl her life into heartbreak and ruin. So, Catling chose the name again, and in that instant, all her misgivings, all her dreaded anger and doubts and regrets about the baby resting on her body vanished. Every indignity inflicted upon her, every threat and injury and act of destruction faded into the murky distance. For years, those with unfettered authority had wielded her as a tool. Now, the power of the infant’s face, the gray eyes and soft hair, the little bowed lips, the helplessness of this new life eclipsed them all. Suddenly, only this life mattered, her child’s life, and she drifted instantly and deeply into love.

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One more book to go and then I promise I’ll stop! Lol.

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93 thoughts on “Farlanders’ Law

  1. So excited for you! Another one (with those stunning covers) is out. Book love. πŸ“šβ€οΈ Awesome excerpt, as always.

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  2. Poignant and beautiful, Diana. I can visualize holding this child and understand the profound connection.

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  3. No need to stop showing us your books. πŸ™‚ This is a powerful excerpt, Diana. Congratulations on #3. Don’t forget to breathe. *wink*

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  4. The power of an infant – told in stories throughout the ages. I have a feeling this story of yours will be worthy of them all….

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    • Thanks, Pam. Yeah, those infants have amazing power, don’t they? It’s otherworldly, like a magic spell. I think many mothers experience that first love and I’m glad I captured it. Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Have a great weekend and Happy Writing!

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  5. My goodness, you’re publishing much faster than I can read them. But perhaps I’ll catch up eventually. I find Catling’s Bane taking over my reading time of the other book I’m reading simultaneously…And it’s very good as well! Your characters and world stay with me and I don’t want to leave them for long.

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    • Thanks so much, Sheri. What a great compliment. All four are out now, as of yesterday! One more excerpt next week and that will be it for a while. Phew. They’ve been in the works for 2 years, but I like putting them out close together since that’s how I tend to read series – I wait until they’re done before I start them. (The old memory can’t deal with the big gaps). I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying it. Have a great weekend. πŸ˜€

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      • The ‘experts’ at the conference I just attended suggested having a series released at a book every 30 days. So I hope it gives you a good boost to visibility on Amazon. I’m happy for you that the flurry is past. I know how fun it is to release books and how wonderful it feels to catch a breath afterwards. Enjoy the glow!…and the weekend. πŸ™‚

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        • That’s good to know, Sheri. I spaced them every two weeks and could have gone longer easily. Putting the last 3 on preorder helped a lot too as I had a number of sign-ups, especially as the first was read. πŸ™‚

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          • I have done my series a little differently in that I released the first and will release the next each October. Not sure it was the best plan. But my intention is to boost promotion when book III comes out, so hopefully the visibility will happen post-release of the others? Hard to say if that will work, but it’s done now. Nice to know the pre-orders worked for you.

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  6. reocochran says:

    This shows a warmer, softer womanly Catling. I feel sad she had to become so fierce to protect herself from mean taunters and people who couldn’t see beyond her birthmark.
    May she proceed forward, happily and protective of her new Rose. 🌹 ❀
    I have my purple Catling book, this first one is nice and heavy. Beautiful cover! πŸ™‚ I cannot wait to proceed into reading. The ones on my pile go in order of arrival but so excited to have your first one! I will gather others as I go along. . . Taken on my journey with your amazing characters. xo

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    • How exciting, Robin. Thanks so much for the lovely support of my writing journery. Catling’s life isn’t an easy one, but the excerpt shows a moment of peace. I so hope you enjoy the book after reading a bazillion excerpts! Ha ha. Hopefully I didn’t give too much away. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. πŸ˜€

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  7. mycountryepoque says:

    beautifully written and I enjoyed the short paragraph of it. A must buy that I will go for it! Have a beautiful Spring weekend! Juli

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    • Thanks for reading, Juli, and for the kind comment. It’s the third book in the series and finally they are all out and available. Phew. Just on time for spring (when it gets here). Have a great weekend among the flowers. πŸ™‚

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  8. PoetSpeak says:

    There are beautiful, poetic sentences and the amazin picture really brings home the importance of the child.

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  9. Jennie says:

    Really good, Diana. I love the cover, too.

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  10. Magnificent extract, Diana! Wish I could read faster..I’m getting a charge out of the Bone Wall, coincidentally

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    • Thanks so much for the wonderful comment. You put a giant grin on my face this morning. The last of this series came out this morning. I’ll do a little excerpt next week – then give it a rest for a while. Have a lovely day and happy reading!

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  11. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m so far behind on my reading. I have so much catching up to do. I really enjoyed this excerpt. Reading through the comments, I get an appreciation for how exhausting your writing process has been.
    You’re almost at the finish line! πŸ™‚

    Love the new cover photo on your page. I smell spring πŸ™‚

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  12. dgkaye says:

    Captivating Diana. I’m not sure I can read as fast as you can write, lol. But I’m sharing around! πŸ™‚

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  13. Dammit, Diana — spoiler alert! I’m only halfway through Book I! πŸ™‚

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  14. Wonderful excerpt, Diana! Wish I could read faster πŸ™‚ I’m enjoying the Bone Wall, by the way πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks so much for the great comment, Julie. I’m glad you’re enjoying the book. It’s the grittiest by far of all my offerings. I’ve started reading more since backing off on my writing hours and it’s so fun to read a book in a few days versus a few months! Ha ha. Happy Writing!

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  15. Captivating excerpt, Diana. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  16. Steven Baird says:

    Beautiful writing, Diana. I love the compassion and love and hope you bestow this child. Sincere and deeply felt. πŸ™‚

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  17. Gives a shout out to and congrats another book and a touching extract from it, Diana!..

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  18. Hearty congrats on this book, Diana. Having read most of the first, I am so happy to see Farlanders return.

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  19. Cheers & congratulations on another book and a touching excerpt from it, Diana! πŸ™‚

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  20. A very interesting extract.

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  21. Christy B says:

    I’m loving how you share snippets of the series – but you’re such a tease doing it!! πŸ˜‰

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  22. I’m so glad you are still getting your “me time” into each day. Great excerpt!

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  23. tpolen says:

    Four books at once – I can’t even imagine it, Diana.

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  24. Beautiful book cover. Congratulations on your book release. Sometimes I wonder if you even sleep and eat. πŸ™‚

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  25. Annika Perry says:

    Congratulations on your latest book release, Diana!πŸ˜€ A terrific title and cover and I love the extract and am happy Catling has a positive, uplifting experience in life!

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    • Oh, but her life will get so complicated! Ha ha. Our poor characters with all we put them through. To be honest, I’m feeling promoted out, but only one more to go. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      • Annika Perry says:

        I thought I’d seen you about a bit…but that’s always a delight and I hope I haven’t missed too many guest appearances! Why, oh why am I NOT surprised that Catling is in for a rough ride! Isn’t it wonderful creating characters and worlds! πŸ˜€

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  26. Carrie Rubin says:

    Congrats on getting another one out there!

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  27. balroop2013 says:

    Carefully chosen extract! Children always drown away our own sorrows as their face fills us with new energy and enthusiasm. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are basking in the glory of your new series this spring. Stay blessed!

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  28. davidprosser says:

    You can stop writing when you’ve had enough but not before.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

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  29. Another great cover, Diane!

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