Today I’m excited to share an excerpt from Penny Blubaugh’s fantasy novel, Blood and Flowers.
Three years ago, Persia ran away from her drug-addict parents and found a home with the Outlaws, an underground theater troupe. This motley band of mortals and fey,puppeteers and actors, becomes the loving family Persia never had, and soon Persia not only discovers a passion for theater but also falls in love with Nicholas, one of the other Outlaws. Life could not be more perfect.
Until an enemy with a grudge makes an unfair accusation against the group and forces them to flee the mortal world and hide in the neighboring realm of Faerie. But in Faerie, all is not flowers and rainbows—with blood thirsty trolls, a hostile monarchy, and a dangerous code of magic, the fey world is not quite the safe haven the Outlaws had hoped for. And they must decide what’s more important: protecting their right to perform or protecting themselves.
“In case you don’t know, you use a thin paste of the flour water to stick the poster down. Put them on boards, telephone poles, newspaper boxes – whatever. The paste dries hard but clear, and it’s a bitch to get off.”
I slapped one of our flyers on the wood covering the broken window of Clem’s Furniture Store (furniture long, long gone) and demoed to Lucia. Then I handed her the paste tub. “Your turn.”
Lucia worked carefully, setting her flyer next to mine. The double whammy. The manicured nails on her scarred hands were perfect, cream with ebony tips. Her hands were graceful and when they moved, her scars flared in the just turning on streetlights. She finished and looked over at me. “How’s that?”
I had to make myself stop watching her and look at the side-by-side flyers. I don’t know what it is about Lucia. She always makes me wish that we weren’t the same sex, or that I was attracted to women.
Our flyers said:
Outlaw Puppet Troupe
The Bastard and the Beauty
A play of love, dislike, and anti-corruption
Place: You’ll know it when you find it
Date: Now and them
Time: Eight o’clock, usually. At night. But things can always change.
Find more from Penny on her website.