Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Magna's Plea by Cherie Reich

My friend and fellow Untethered Realms member Cherie Reich has a new YA Epic Fantasy short story out and it's free! That's right, FREE.

Here's a great excerpt from the story along with info on how to get your copy:

An excerpt of Magna’s Plea by Cherie Reich

12-13 Days of Luquiry
Year 1717 AUC

Tendrils of smoke swirled heavenward. The smoldering stench reached Princess Magna at the top of the palace’s northern tower. She wrinkled her nose at the unpleasant odor, yet it still smelled better than the filth plaguing the besieged seven-hilled city.

She’d vowed to protect Amora. Her heart shattered a little more each day at the devastation afflicting her kingdom.

The once grassy and flower-filled plain sprouted dust plumes from the trampling feet. As the sun neared the western horizon, a bloody hue washed over the battlefield. Tiny, metallic dins and men’s shouts rang out. Magical bursts flashed in the sky like Thean’s lightning, beautiful and deadly. A wooden catapult hurled a human-sized stone slab into the city’s wall. Magna jerked away from the opened window she stood before, as if the object had struck her instead. Rock crumbled from the impact, but the barrier held.

When the reddish orb sank lower, the fighting ceased. War’s chaos parted into two orderly sides, and soldiers crossed the field to gather their dead.

She brushed a shaky hand over her cheeks. Tears dampened her face, and she struggled to turn away from the battle before her. Almost two months had passed since the Apenthans had begun their attack Amora. How much longer could the Amorans—she—stay safe behind their impenetrable wall?

Book Description: A princess will rise and challenge Fate.

While her father, brothers, and people fight against the Kingdom of Apentha, tenacious eighteen-year-old Princess Magna can only watch the destruction of Amora, her besieged city and kingdom. Her mother, Queen Vyvian, has refused to allow her heir to join the fray.

But Magna won't take no for an answer. She seeks out an end of the war from Prince Cyrun of Apentha, their prisoner. If she can't persuade him toward peace, then Amora may fall.

This short story prequel includes a sneak peek of Reborn, Book One of The Fate Challenges, forthcoming May 2014.

YA Epic Fantasy
The Fate Challenges #0.5
A 5500-word Short Story

To download this short story for free: Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo / Smashwords / Goodreads
Read online at Wattpad
Add to Goodreads

About the Author: A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror series Nightmare, a space fantasy novella trilogy titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

Her debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.


  1. Cherie rocks! Great excerpt. . . will download in a sec.

  2. Thanks for letting me know about the free story. I'll spread the word.

  3. So happy for Cherie! I definitely have my copy :)

  4. Thank you, Nicole!

    Aww, thanks, Kittie! Hope you enjoy the story when you get a chance to read it.

    Thank you, Beth! :D

    Thanks, Alex!

    Aww, thanks, Samantha!

  5. Congrats, Cherie, on the release of another great story!

  6. Congrats to Cheri!

    Also, I read yesterday's post below. I reached the point about July and the woman freezing and my phone rang. It was husband and he was breaking up really bad. I caught about a third of every fifth word. Freaked me out!

  7. Nice to meet Cherie! Congrats to her ;)

  8. Congrats to Cherie! She is such a go-getter!

  9. Thank you, Carol!

    Nice to meet you too, S.K.!

    Thanks, Michelle. :)

  10. Congrats to Cherie. I'll get my copy now.

  11. Thank you, Emily!

    Thanks, Medeia! I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it.

  12. Got my copy, congrats on your role out and great intro for your upcoming novel!

    Wishing you nothing but the best with it!

  13. Ooh, I must go download this ASAP. Cherie is such a great writer!

  14. Congrats Cherie! Seen this around a fair bit - it sounds great.

  15. Congratulations, Cherie! I got my copy. I'm looking forward to reading this one, too!

  16. Looking forward to reading this one. :-)

  17. Congratulations and best of luck, Cherie. That story looks like a winner.

  18. Fantastic excerpt! Love this story. :)

  19. Thank you, Yolanda! I appreciate it!

    Aww, thank you so much, Heather!

    Thanks, Nick!

    Hope you enjoy it, Jenn!

    Thank you, Misha, and I hope you enjoy the story. :)

    Aww, thanks, LD!

    Thank you, Melissa!

    Aww, thanks, Christine!


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