The Fulfillment Series

The Fulfillment Series

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Best Magic--Eric Price

So, my book brother, Eric, is hosting me on his site today, so I'm returning the favor and hosting him here!!  Sibling love... ;) Oh, and totally enter for a chance to win the shirt he's wearing!!!

Don't forget, his novel Unveiling The Wizard's Shroud comes out the week after mine (November 22).  Pre-order here now!!
Here is an excerpt from The Best Magic!!

Eliska waved at him from the rooftop. “Uncle Vivek, I'm coming with you tomorrow.” She jumped down and sprang to stand just in front of him.

            “Eliska, for the last time, you can't come with me. You have school, and I'm nottaking you out of school just to accompany me on this trip.”

            Eliska reached in the pocket of her robe and produced a folded piece of parchment. Vivek unfolded it and read:

            “I write this with great pleasure and admiration. Eliska has applied herself especially hard these past few terms, and has completed the remainder of her coursework over a month ahead of schedule. Eliska is hereby exempt from the remainder of her studies, and has graduated with highest honors.”

                                Elder Tomas
                                Headmaster of Kingsley Higher Education

            Vivek folded the parchment and handed it back to Eliska.

            She waited for him to reply, and when he didn't, she finally asked, “Well?”

            “Well what? I wonder if this lax educational system is what we will come to expect from King Matteo’s rule. Oh, what will the future hold? Do your parents approve of this? Have you even asked them?”

            “Of course. They think it would be,” Eliska deepened her voice to imitate her father, “'A great learning experience about life outside of Kingsley.' Besides, what else am I going to do now that I'm done with school? Get a job in the bakery, or the mill, or the marina?” She wrinkled her nose with this last suggestion.

            “Why not? It would be a great learning experience about life outside of school. It would teach you to earn money and help support your family.”

            Eliska lowered her voice. “You know as well as I do that my family is fine financially.” She came from a wealthy family, but she didn't boast about it. “Please, Uncle Vivek. It would mean so much to me if you'd let me go.”

            Vivek reached for the door, but paused. He turned and looked at Eliska. “If it's this important to you, you may come. But I'm leaving two hours before sunrise, so don't be late.”

            Eliska threw her arms around him and kissed his cheek. “Thank you, Uncle.” She sprinted home. She could feel the smile threatening to tear her face in two. Finally, a chance to see the best magic.


Eric grew up in central Illinois. He now lives in northwest Iowa with his wife and two sons. He began publishing in 2008 when he started writing a quarterly column for a local newspaper. His first short story, “Ghost Bed and Ghoul Breakfast,” a spooky children’s tale about a haunted bed and breakfast, came out later the same year. He has published more than 30 nonfiction articles/columns, four short stories, and a poem. Three of his short stories have won honorable mention in the CrossTIME Annual Science Fiction contest. This is his first novel.


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