Welcome to the world of Lela
Learn more about characters from Shadows of Lela, see my inspiration for the books, and get sneak peeks at cut scenes and bonus content.
– Shadows of Lela quotes –
Shadows of Lela character inspiration
– Veil of Mist Quotes –
Veil of Mist Character Inspiration
Cut Scenes / Bonus Content
Cut scene: when Larylis and Mareleau met at children.
This was the moment when you are first introduced to Larylis, and he is watching his brother about to read his poem to Mareleau. In my original draft, Larylis stops to reflect on when he and Mare first met as children, before he goes on to beg Teryn not to pursue his beloved.
This was SUCH a hard scene to cut, because some of my early readers thought it was really sweet and helped them understand Larylis better.
Sixteen-year-old Princess Mareleau is determined never to marry, no matter how many hearts she has to break. She’s already loved once. Why look for a second chance? But when she finally meets a prince who doesn’t bore her to tears, she allows herself to hope. Will that hope lead her to love…or betrayal?
Find out what made Mareleau turn her back on love and launch the Quest that shifted the course of the entire land of Lela.
Princess of Thorns is a short story prequel, set immediately before Shadows of Lela, Book One in the Lela Trilogy.
If you read Shadows of Lela, then you know what happened at the end of the book, especially from Cora and Teryn’s points of view. But what about Mareleau? And Larylis?
What really happened during the meeting ? How did Teryn convince King Verdian and Queen Bethaeny to agree to his plan? How did Mareleau feel about it all? What was her…ahem…”big event” like? And what about that secret she told? Was she telling the truth?!
Here is the opening scene of Veil of Mist! This picks up where the final chapter of Shadows of Lela left off. SPOILERS AHEAD – If you haven’t read Shadows of Lela Book One, this excerpt will definitely spoil the ending, so proceed at your own risk 🙂
Chapter One: New Beginning
One kiss. It was a moment of fire, of sweetness, of uncharted new worlds. It felt like a warmth radiating through my chest, a lightness in my head, and a shortness of breath.
Here is the second scene in the first chapter of Veil of Mist! SPOILERS AHEAD – If you haven’t read Shadows of Lela Book One, this excerpt will definitely spoil the ending, so proceed at your own risk 🙂
My eyes fluttered sleepily as we walked through the dimly lit hall of Verlot Palace. Larylis squeezed my hand, and I shook my head to clear my mind. Sounds of harp, shuffling feet, and muffled laughter followed in our wake. I felt as if I’d never been down these halls before. Every step I took seemed significant, like each one was sealing my fate.
Here is Chapter Two of Veil of Mist! This picks the morning after Teryn and Cora’s first kiss. SPOILERS AHEAD – If you haven’t read Shadows of Lela Book One, this excerpt will definitely spoil the ending, so proceed at your own risk 🙂
“Good morning, princess.” The sing-song voice startled me from sleep. I raised my head from the plump pillow, and Lurel’s face, framed with wisps of dark-blonde hair, came into view. She held a waif-like hand toward me. “I’m here to get you dressed and fitted, Your Highness.”
Here is Chapter Three, Scene One of Veil of Mist! SPOILERS AHEAD – If you haven’t read Shadows of Lela Book One, this excerpt will definitely spoil the ending, so proceed at your own risk 🙂
I stood outside the Royal Study, trying to keep my composure despite my foot’s insistence on tapping a tune on the marble floor. Movement caught my eye, and I turned, smiling as Larylis and Mareleau strolled toward me, arm-in-arm. As much as the sight warmed my heart, they were not whom I was hoping to see.