It's time for the Deja Vu blogfest! This blogfest is all about reposting an old post that you feel is worthy of a larger audience.
I chose for my post a teaser of the novel I'm currently submitting to agents. I call it Lividia: A Shadow Story. It's a YA historical fantasy with dark nursery rhyme and fairytale elements, and plenty of shadows. It's the story of a Victorian girl who reawakens to herself and a world only she can see. I'm so excited over this book and the series that it's given rise to for me, that I had to share it - again!
(Nox Arcana's Lullaby played through many of Lividia's night-time scenes.)
Chapter One: The Man in the Dream
Lividia lay awake, gazing at the ceiling past the posts of her bed, and wondering what secrets her mother never told her. At seventeen, she had learned to live without her, learned to be a proper young lady, with proper goals and dreams. But there was always something there, an uncertainty that plagued upon her mind.
With fingers folded atop an old gothic novel, Lividia pondered for hours, until the wick of her candle had burnt down, and the wax was filling the dish. The shadows cast were long and gaping, engulfing most of the room, except for the halo of light around her side of the bed. Within that vast amount of shadow something stirred, but Lividia didn’t notice, for she had fallen asleep.
In her dream there was a corridor, a set of stairs, a carpet, and then a room – her room. Finally, she was looking upon herself in her own bed as she saw herself sleeping. She wasn’t alone in the room. Beside her bed was a figure, just a little taller than she was. What skin she saw was so pale in the light that it looked white. Only a face, and gray, fingerless gloves, but she could tell it was a man. He was dressed in a dark blue jacket with a high collar and loose bowtie. Shadows consumed the lower half of him, making it too dark to see.
(To be continued...)