The glowing butterfly…

My friend and editor, Kat Heckenbach, recently released her second novel, Seeking Unseen. My lovely wife did the cover for this book, and it has a very unusual feature…a bright glowing butterfly.

So here to set the record straight about this weird insect, Kat has agreed to post an excerpt from her novel in which the glowing butterfly makes an appearance. I hope you enjoy it. And after you read it, go buy both her books and be sure to visit her website.

They continued weaving through trees, cutting across clearings, and ducking under branches until
the trees opened up to gravelly terrain.

In the distance, thunder cracked, and almost instantly a light mist of rain began to fall.

“This way.” Doran turned to his right, where the ground inclined. He turned again, left, and a
rocky hill with a large, black opening appeared before them.

Melinda quieted her breathing, afraid any noise she made would echo through the silence and
into the cave.

Doran smiled and ducked his head to the side. When he glanced at her again, his eyes flashed
golden brown. “It’s a dragon cave. Abandoned now. Nearly every living thing has been cleaned out
of this area.”

Melinda stared straight ahead, waiting for Doran to explain more. An empty cave was nothing
special, even if it had belonged to a dragon once. Not all dragons were like Spike, domesticated
and dog-sized; but visiting where a big, possibly vicious dragon didn’t live anymore seemed hardly
adventurous or “special.”

Without another word, Doran stepped into the cave. Melinda hesitated, but the mist turned to
droplets, and then seconds later to heavy drops. She ducked into the cave.

Despite the blackness of the entrance, the inner walls sparkled with miniscule flecks of golden
light. Melinda moved closer to the walls, expecting the glowing specks to be tiny pieces of metal…
She gasped, the sound lost amid the thrum of pouring rain.

Thousands of tiny butterflies covered the walls. Most of them were less than a half-inch across,
and their wings flapped with a hypnotic rhythm. Those tiny, tiny wings, glowing, sparkling like
miniature angels, dancing to an otherworldly music—

She jumped when Doran’s voice came from directly over her shoulder.

“They glow exactly like the flesh of a Fire Nymph.”

Melinda remembered Angel telling her about a Fire Nymph luring her into a dangerous part of
the forest. Angel had described it as a glowing, dancing plant shaped like a human—both beautiful
and frightening—but she’d also said some of them were good.

Doran shuffled behind her, and she turned around. He gazed at the walls as if at something
sacred that he desperately wanted to touch but didn’t dare. He swallowed, and licked his lips. “Like a
Fire Nymph…because they are part Fire Nymph.”

Kat Heckenbach grew up in the small town of Riverview, Florida, where she spent most of her time either drawing or sitting in her “reading tree” with her nose buried in a fantasy novel…except for the hours pretending her back yard was an enchanted forest that could only be reached through the secret passage in her closet…

She never could give up on the idea that maybe she really was magic, mistakenly placed in a world not her own…but as the years passed, and no elves or fairies carted her away…she realized she was just going to have to create the life of her fantasies.

Now she shares that life with her husband and two kids. Ok, maybe “share” isn’t the right word–more like lives that life in her writing and tries her best to be normal the rest of the time…

Kat is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Biology. She spent several years teaching, but never in a traditional classroom–everything from Art to Algebra II–and now homeschools her children.

Toch Island Chronicles

Book 1: Finding Angel (Sept. 2011)
ISBN: 978-1927154137

Book 2: Seeking Unseen (Sept. 2012)
ISBN: 978-1927154298

Continue the blog tour below…

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R. L. Copple

Ryan Grabow

Diane M. Graham

Travis Perry

Paul Baines

Caprice Hokstad

Keven Newsome

Greg Mitchell

Robynn Tolbert

Frank Creed

Fred Warren

One Comment Add yours

  1. Kat Heckenbach says:

    Thanks for the feature, Keven! De did an amazing job!


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