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The Magic Ring – Bluestocking Belles’ Follow Your Star Home Blog Hop

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Welcome to my stop in the Bluestocking Belles’ Follow Your Star Home blog hop. Read on for a free short story about one of the many travels of the magic ring — the same ring that appears in all of the stories in Follow Your Star Home, our 2018 Holiday anthology — and comment for an entry in our holiday prize. Then, go to our blog hop page for links to the other Belles’ stories and for more information about our giveaway.

The blog hop is running for a fortnight, so keep checking back frequently to see if a new story has been posted.

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7 January 1815

Dearest Rebecca,

I hope all is well with you. I have the most exciting news to share. I have found the Lost Ring of Frigg! I am enclosing it as a gift for you, for I fear you could use its power far more than I.

Use it well and with all my heart.

-Emma Merryweather
Bloomfield Park
Bath, England

The letter above left Bloomfield Park the very afternoon of the 7th of January and bore witness to a somewhat incredible, though small in the grand scheme of things, series of events on its journey north before arriving at its final destination: Scotland.

Here is one of those stories:

Day One…

He was running terribly late.

George Torchwood scooped up the outgoing post from the silver salver in the front hall of Bloomfield Park and darted down the hall, across the kitchen, and out the rear servant’s entrance, headed for the stables. Lady Ross had specifically instructed him to deliver the pile of letters to the post office in Bath before the last mail coach departed. He only had thirty minutes; this was going to be close.

The stablemaster met him at the grand doors to Bloomfield Park’s magnificent stables, reins in hand and guiding a beautiful black mare, all saddled and ready. The burly man rubbed a hand down her muzzle. “She’s the fastest we have to hand at the moment, George.”

George reached for the saddle horn, his bag of mail slung over one shoulder, slid his foot into the stirrup, and hoisted himself onto the mare. Once settled, he patted the horse’s neck affectionately. “Aye, I’ve ridden Andromeda before; she’ll do.”

Ten minutes later, George was half way to Bath and making adequate time when a loud crack sounded, echoing loudly through the air. He turned in time to see a sizable limb falling from the sky towards him.

Then, nothing.

Day Two…

She was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen and vaguely familiar.

George blinked his bleary eyes and tried to focus on the angelic face hovering above him. On instinct, he attempted to sit up, but the woman laid a gentle yet firm hand on his shoulder. “Easy now. Ye’ve taken a nasty tumble.”

He settled back into the soft pillows beneath him and felt a feint stab of discomfort. He reached up to touch his forehead, only distantly noting the strange added weight on his hand. He lightly probed his face and winced when he touched a goose-egg-sized lump at his hairline.

The woman pulled his hand away. “Oh, you. Leave it be.”

He smiled at her concern and the strength behind her command. He cleared his throat and blurted out, “Name’s George.”

Smooth, George. Quite, smooth.

She blushed slightly and dipped her head. “Moira.”

“Moira…” he repeated, his voice laced with awe. And then she smiled, and he suddenly remembered why she’d seemed vaguely familiar. He’d seen her at a village fair last summer, where he’d been helping his sister sell her hand-made embroidered linens. They’d never had a chance to speak, and he’d been largely disappointed when he’d finally managed to break away and couldn’t find her. She could have been from anywhere; he himself hadn’t been local. “I remember you…at the fair…near Oxford?”

Her face brightened. “Yes, that’s it.” She had a nice laugh. She dipped her head as if offering him a curtsey. “It’s nice to finally meet you.”

“Indeed.” Finally!

He glanced away, to hide just how large a grin he wore, and realized she still held both his hands in hers. He noted her absently rubbing her thumbs over his knuckles. He quite liked her touch. He liked her touch quite a bit, indeed. Her skin was so warm, so soft.

Once again, they shared shy smiles, then glanced away. This time, he felt a slight blush rise in his own cheeks.

It was then that he fully noted the abnormal weight on his hand, for he wore a man’s ring, gold with a star engraved on the top. “What is this?” he asked, his eyes darting toward the ring in question.

Moira followed his gaze. “I don’t know. You were wearing it when I found you.”

“That’s impossible.” He’d never seen it before. Besides, that ring was probably worth more than he made in a year, perhaps more. “It’s not mine.”

For a moment, they both stared at it, equally confused.

“That is strange.” She met his eyes. “Do you remember what happened?”

He made to put a hand to his brow, and she squeezed his hands to stop him.

“Thanks.” That would have bloody well hurt. “Um. There was a loud crack, then I spun about in my saddle in time to see a large tree branch falling towards me, but not enough time to dodge it. Then, nothing.” Once again, he tried to run his hands through his hair, and once again, she held on tight. Apparently, he performed the gesture more often than he realized.

She frowned; her forehead wrinkled adorably. “There wasn’t a branch nearby where we found you.”

That was strange. “My horse?”

She nodded. “Tethered in the lean-to ‘round back.”

“Oh God, my bag of letters? What day is it?” He tried to sit.

“Shhh… they’re over there.” She gestured towards a corner of the room where his bag lay. “And it’s the 8th of January.”

This time he had to bite his tongue as he successfully pulled his hand free and ran it down his face. Right over his injury. But never mind that. “Oh, no, Lady Ross wanted those letters to the post office yesterday; she’ll be cross.”

Moira shook her head. “Lady Ross will understand. She may be opinionated, but she’s a generous sort.”

“You know her?”

Moira laughed and shrugged. “Who doesn’t? She’s infamous…and a neighbor.”

“Still—” George once again attempted to sit. “I must go. I must…”

Moira stayed him with a hand to his chest. “It’ll keep, George. You’ll be dizzy with that nasty bump; give it a day. There’s nothing in that bag worth risking further injury for, I’m sure.” She gently pulled back a lock of his hair that had fallen over his eye.

Aye. Maybe, she was right.

That night, as he settled down to sleep, he removed the strange star-ring and placed it on the table by the bed. He smiled as he drifted off, more than pleased to have found his mystery woman from the fair; she was as wonderful as he’d imagined she’d be.

And in the morning, neither one of them remembered the mysterious ring, nor noticed that it was gone; it’s job complete.

Where did it go, you ask? Well, that is a story for another day.

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Spring Blog Tour – Romancing the Pen Today

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And it’s Friday! I can hear the shouts of joy. The only thing better is… Saturday.

But on a down note, it is the last day of my Spring Blog Tour hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself next week? What will I talk about?

But enough about me… lol

Today’s final tour stop is on the blog: Romancing The Pen Today

Romancing the Pen Today is run by Olivia Starke, an author of paranormal erotic romance.

As usual, I’ll be looking for your comments and will be available to answer your questions.

As always, you can enter to win the beautiful heart shaped necklace designed and made for this tour by Keri Lee Sereika… And you had better get on that because today is the last day to enter to win this gorgeous piece!

I hope to see ya’ll today!

Spring Blog Tour – Brooke Blogs

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And it’s Thursday. The weekend is fast approaching and I am ready to send some time with my family. I’ve spent the last two weekends buried in book 2 of the Agents of Change series (the sequel to What the Duke Wants) and I’m pleased to say that it is finished!

But enough about me… lol

Today’s tour stop is on the blog: Brooke’s Blog – Live, Laugh, Love, Blog.  Isn’t that nice? I love her tag line.

Brooke is from Ohio and loves to read. I love people who love to read… When she’s not working at the library or reading, she’s blogging about the books she loves, hanging with her girls, or crafting.

I can relate. Except I have boys. They’re a somewhat different beast, I believe.

As usual, I’ll be looking for your comments and will be available to answer your questions.

Need I say the rest? I will anyway – As usual, you can enter to win the beautiful heart shaped necklace designed and made for this tour by Keri Lee Sereika

I hope to see ya’ll today!

Spring Blog Tour – Straight From the Library

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Happy Hump Day fellow lovers of Romance…

Today’s tour stop is at the blog: Straight from the Library – home of book reviews, library fun, and all things random.

As usual, I’ll be looking for your comments and will be available to answer your questions.

…And you guessed it… there’s no more time to win the beautiful heart shaped necklace designed and made for this tour by Keri Lee Sereika…  Just kidding. The contest is still open – just checking to see if ya’ll have been reading it all… 🙂

I hope to see you today!

Spring Blog Tour – Long and Short Reviews

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Happy Tuesday fellow readers…

Today’s tour stop is at the blog: Long and Short Reviews.

Long and Short Reviews is made up of a group avid readers who have come together to review great works of fiction. By their fourth anniversary, they had review almost 9000 fiction books. That’s a lot of books!

As always, I’ll be looking for your comments and will be available to answer your questions.

…And you guessed it… there’s still time to win the beautiful heart shaped necklace designed and made for this tour by Keri Lee Sereika… 🙂

I hope to see you today!

Spring Blog Tour – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

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Well, it’s the last week of my spring blog tour. 😦 What am I going to do next week, when I don’t have tour announcements to post, ya’ll? (Yeah, I’m from the South.)

Well, that’s next week. I have a week to think about it.

But for today, I’ll be featured on the blog: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews.

Laurie is an avid reader from Texas who loves to read, review, and blog about books.

As always, I’ll be looking for your comments and will be available to answer your questions.

…And guess what? There’s still time to win the beautiful heart shaped necklace designed and made for this tour by Keri Lee Sereika… Betcha didn’t see that one coming! 😉