Monday, February 20, 2012

The Burning: A Modern Witch Story

The Burning: A Modern Witch Story
By Nomar Knight

Kegani had just finished cleaning a cowshed when she heard the shaman’s deep voice behind her.  “Witch, you must die!”
She turned to see men and women waiting behind the shaman.  Each person glared at her.
“What are you talking about?”
Her question infuriated the shaman.  “Bring her!”
Two of the men grabbed Kegani by her arms and attempted to drag her out of the cowshed.  The feisty woman managed to kick one in his knee and bolted through the door only to be met by the others.  She stopped when spotting a ten-year-old boy.
With lips trembling, she raised her hand to defend herself.  The boy slung a rock, striking the side of her head.  The others joined in on the stoning while chanting a chorus of “The witch must die!”
She screamed, finding momentary relief upon hearing the shaman’s order.  “Enough!”
In spite of the spinning terrain, she tried to rise only to fall back to the ground.  She tasted her own blood as rivulets entered through the corner of her open mouth.  Kegani struggled for breath.
“Tie her up!”  The shaman led the hostile crowd to a nearby oak tree.  Two men lifted Kegani and dragged her through the sharpened stones, slamming her back against the tree.
Through heavy breaths, Kegani said, “I have done nothing.  Why do you call me a witch?”
The shaman drew close to the battered woman until his nose touched hers.  “You gave Leilani a potion.  She’s very sick and may not live through the day.  Witchcraft is not tolerated in this tribe.”
“No, you’re mistaken.  I did no such thing.”
When the shaman stepped back, she saw one of the men carrying a lit torch.  She also spotted the boy tossing a rock in the air, his lips curling into a sly smile.
She screamed when another man doused gasoline on twigs and over her body.
As the shaman chanted a spell to ward off evil, she recalled that Leilani had vowed to steal what was most precious to her.  Leilani wanted to marry Kegani’s fiancĂ©.
The shaman said, “Leilani managed to tell her mother that you gave her a potion because of your jealousy.”  He took the torch and lit the twigs that were below her feet.  Flames quickly consumed her dress.
“No!”  Kegani’s screams eventually faded with the rising sun.
As Kegani’s soul travelled to the next realm, she couldn’t help but wonder how it was possible for anyone to get killed for being an alleged witch, even in these modern times.

Author’s Note: as with many of my stories, this story was inspired by real events.  Check out the link to the CNN report here.  

© Copyright Nomar Knight 2012. All rights reserved.
A Knight Chills Flash Fiction Presentation.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bays End: A Gem that's Worth the Read

Bays End: A Gem that's Worth the Read

As a reader, I’m like most people in that I tend to gravitate toward intriguing titles.  Normally, Bays End wouldn’t get my attention, but since the author, Edward Lorn, took a liking to one of my eBooks, I decided to read his.  I’m so glad I did! 
Lorn took me on a ride that included some mystery, preadolescent characters that reminded me of my younger days, and horror that lingered in my mind long after I had read the book.  Not only are the protagonists likeable, the horror that surrounds them may strike a chord that no reader should ignore.  Lorn’s smooth prose maintained my attention from cover to cover.  One minute I’d laugh while another I’d get angry with the villains.  His unique style is refreshing and all the while I read Bays End, I grinned, knowing that I had just found a gem of an author in a sea of new writers competing for readers.  
Yes! Bays End is an excellent, yet sad story told by a gifted new voice.  I’m looking forward to reading more from Edward Lorn.  Count me in, Mr. Lorn, among your newest of fans!

To purchase Bays End on Amazon U.S. just use the link here

You can buy it at Amazon's U.K. here

Nomar Knight

 ©2012 Nomar Knight. All rights reserved.
A Knight Chills Book Review.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Welcome to Indie Author Tag-Party BlogFest

Hello my fabulous Knight Chills readers! This weekend I have some announcements. For today only, my eBook, Burning Love is free on Kindle.  If you like a bit of romance and lots of action and suspense, you'll love Burning Love.  Also free today is my horror eShort, Eyes of the Dead.  Go ahead, take a brief escape from reality with Eyes of the Dead. But BEWARE, it's NOT for the squimish.

Now, once you're on Amazon's page please feel free to hit the like button on the top of the page and if you scroll to the bottom, you may agree with those tags. If you do that then you will officially have joined our tag party.  The brilliant idea is by Francine Hollwarth.  Please visit her blog so you may discover talented new authors and their exciting eBooks. By liking and tagging those authors you'll be helping them gain a little more recognition and hopefully, more sales.

Thank you and do enjoy discovering new authors.

Here are the links for my great UK readers. Eyes of the Dead and Burning Love

Catch you on the dark side and happy reading!

Nomar Knight