By- Jessica E. Paige
Genre- YA Fairy Tale/Folklore
Orphaned at a young age, 15-year old Anouk’s punishment for being too outspoken is an arranged marriage worse than any she could imagine. Fleeing on horseback, yet without a sense of where to turn, she stumbles upon an idyllic village where she finds safe haven. Could this be home?
Ultimately, it will lead her to confront the very face of death, yet amidst the danger and darkness, she meets a handsome woodsman and finds a glowing blue flower with power beyond her wildest dreams.
Inspired by Russian fairy tales and steeped in ancient folklore, Paige’s novel is ripe with fantasy, love, and courage.
Enjoy an excerpt from Chasing Ravens-
As the groups assembled and Anouk was assigned to a line, her heart began to speed up. She was grateful that several other people were ahead of her, and she hoped it would give her enough time to calm her nerves. As the first archers took aim, the crowd grew silent. Lord Gerasim gave the call and four arrows flew, landing with a thunk into their targets. Cheers rose up from the crowd, and Anouk felt the excitement in the air and a thrill at being part of it.
When she stepped up to take her first shot, she was distracted by the archers in the lines on either side of her. When the call was given, Anouk rushed to let her arrow loose and it landed several rings outside of the bullseye.
Anouk took a breath and lifted her bow for the second shot. Everyone disappeared from her sight; all of the sounds faded. All she saw was the target. Her second arrow landed in the ring just outside the bullseye. Her third arrow hit the center. The scores were tallied and eight of the archers left the field, but Anouk remained.
About the Author-
Jessica Paige hails from the Seattle area where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Though she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jessica has long been intrigued by the ancient folklore of her Slavic and Lithuanian roots. Her love of horses and the outdoors led her to a career in environmental outreach, and her studies in herbalism. When she’s not working or writing, you’ll find her digging in the garden, creating herbal remedies, or walking in the woods with her dogs. You can visit her at www. jessicaepaige.com.