Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Briksanna's Sacrifice by Sabrina Rawson: Tens List with Excerpt

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Title:  Briksanna’s Sacrifice

Series:  Four Realms # 1

Author:   Sabrina Rawson

Published:  April 22nd, 2014

Word Count:   147,000

Genre:  NA Urban Fantasy Romance

Content Warning:  Sexual Content

Recommended Age:  16+


Princess Briksanna has always known The Prophesy would catch up to her no matter how far she ran. Spending two thousand years hiding in the Earth Realm haunted by memories of heartache and pain in constant fear of capture by Lord Drakkoon, she finds herself unsure if she has the courage to be the person everyone needs her to be in order to stay one step ahead in a chase for her survival and of those she loves. So, when she discovers experiencing the feeling to freely love, she is pulled into a quest that will not only test the boundaries of her heart, but the life of her unborn son for the sake of saving the universe from total destruction.

Nathanial knows who he is on the Earth Realm and what kind of man he is for Princess Briksanna. But, what kind of man will she need him to be in order to fulfill The Prophesy she has spent the last two thousand years eluding? Tragedy has everyone travelling from the Earth Realm to the Second Realm of Skaldanna pushing his comfort zone knowing he has no knowledge of court expectations, but together with Briksanna and their family he believes he can succeed where all others have failed in dissolving the reign of Lord Drakkoon.

Can Briksanna and Nathanial find the undisputable faith in themselves to accomplish what needs to be done despite the sacrifices made to save their friends and family while establishing peace within the Second Realm?



Grabbing her hand before she could step into the shower, he said “There is nothing plain about you. I am both humbled and honored that you have chosen me to share your love, no don’t look away, that’s right, I said love. Bri, I will not turn away from this thing we have to go through. I love you more than I want to breathe. I may have doubts now and then, but in the end I will always do the right thing. Now get in there and wash up. The sooner you do that the sooner we can eat.”

Eyes glistening listening to his declaration of love for her, she felt another crack in the armor she had built around her soul. “I love you. I have wanted to say that for a long time. I did not know how or if you felt the same way. I was afraid to tell you before, but am no longer.” Sounding more confident she pleaded with her eyes for him to believe her. “Thank you for being here with me. I do not know what I would have done if you were not here with me. Truly, I do love you.”

Not hesitating when he spoke next, “I love you forever”

Appearing as if it was the hardest thing in the world to do, he closed his eyes, kissed her lightly on the forehead then turned around and walked right out the bathroom, closing the door, allowing her the privacy of a warm shower.


What 10 things do you most enjoy?

  1. Cooking— I love creating tasteful meals out of a hodge podge of food found in the fridge.  My daughters laugh all the time when I’m in the kitchen cooking because I throw seasonings into whatever I make because the mood strikes me and it always comes out smelling fantastic!
  2. Listening to music—I always listen to music in the kitchen, in my car or you can find me with ear buds on at work or when I am writing.  Music helps center me and in this “focus state” I can accomplish what is in front of me.
  3. Trying on dresses—I have to admit, I used to do this more when I was younger, but lately I find myself reverting to the girl of my youth, stepping in a clothing store just to try on a dress.  My hands would touch the fabric and my imagination would take off the next thing I would be transformed to any place I wanted wearing the best dress around.  Lost in my imaginative moments I had to try it that dress!
  4. Dancing in the car—Ok, here is another moment I will share that I don’t talk about often, but I love to move my hands around and bob my head to whatever tickles my fancy when a good song comes over the radio while driving.  Best times are when I am dropping the kids off at the high school singing like no one is listening.  All four of my kids hated it at one time or another, but for me, it was payback in small doses for all those teenage shenanigans they put me through. Ha Ha, jokes on you!
  5. Wearing scarves—I must have about 40 different scarves that I can choose from anytime throughout the year.  Long ones, plain ones, short ones, colorful ones.  My definition of scarves not only accentuate a person they reflect the mood of the individual and that is powerful mojo when said individual is trying to rise above and move forward emotionally in life.  This is a tool in my emotional bag I always have on hand.
  6. Trying on shoes—Since I have talked about dresses, I have to mention shoes.  I have been in department shoe stores and had a hay day looking at the most popular shoe designs out for sale, but there is something to say about standing in a Payless Shoesource looking up 5 rows of shoes, both in front and behind me, per aisle.  My mouth waters just thinking about it.  Converse are my favorite’s right next to sketchers and I am googoo gaga every season to see what colors come out next.  We aren’t even going to go into my sandal and heal fetish.  I own shoes I don’t even put on, but once or twice a year!
  7. Ponds Cold Cream—For the past 25 years I have only put Ponds Cold Cream on my face and rarely use make up and when I do it is minimal.   My grandmother used it and she was in her 50’s before I really understood what she meant about moisturizing to keep her face young and even then I was mimicking what she did because when I grew up I wanted to look young like her.  To this day I am still asked for my ID upon occasion and when I went to take my daughter on tour at the local University the guidance counselor thought I was a student too and asked if I was my daughter’s sister.  Wow Pond’s does a body good!
  8. Reading—If I didn’t put this in the list I would be a goner!  Reading every day is a part of my nighttime routine like packing a lunch for work or what shoes to wear with what I have on that day.  I have something to read daily sitting by my purse or loaded on my kindle and have rarely gone a day without reading a book.  It has been my lifesaver when times have over whelmed me as an individual, wife, mother and daughter.  I don’t know who I would have become if it wasn’t for the fortitude of previous authors putting pen to paper (or key to keyboard) sharing stories of their imagination.  Reading a book has saved me.
  9. Wearing jeans—Now this is something that I thoroughly enjoy.  A great pair of jeans is like comfort to my skin.  I could wear jeans every day and not feel bad one bit.  You can pair it off with a blouse, t-shirt, tank top, dress shirt and don’t forget the scarf and heals to add a bit of pizazz to the outfit.   Jeans are the first thing I pick out to wear on my day off especially blue jeans.
  10. Cooking popcorn over the stove top—This is something my parents used to do with Jiffy Pop back in the 1970’s and in the 1980’s came the air popcorn machine followed with microwave popcorn.  It has only been the last 12 years I have made my popcorn over the stove top and my youngest two children love it.  When they are home and I make some it is comfort food for all of us.  It’s the best way to get them to open up to me whenever something is troubling them in their life.  In fact my 20 year old called me once and said, “Mom is it ok if I come over and you make some popcorn?”  I knew she needed her Momma.  Best feeling in the world!


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About the Author:

Although Sabrina has been physically writing for two years the ideas that conceived her first novel have been percolating in her mind for many years. In many ways she found life experiences influencing her story although written in fantasy format.

Nelson Mandela’s words inspired her: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

No truer words could have been said. After her first cancer battle four years ago, she was in the frame of mind of surviving, trying to get back to her swing of things. Problem was she couldn’t get past the feeling of disconnect. She realized she was no longer the same person pre-cancer and relapsed by the end of her first year since her initial diagnosis. She exited that experience exhausted and has had multiple tumors pop up ever since the initial year. Her health was a mental and physical challenge, but the hard part was realizing she had left her passion in the operating room back in 2010. Cancer did not take her passion away, she put it away along with her drive and ambition. Her creative muse happily skipped outside her consciousness with the rest of them. She  had to discover herself from scratch and it was a challenge she learned to work with and continues to this day. One thing she found uplifting was creating stories on paper and it didn’t take long for her to turn to her computer to bring the lives of her creation to fruition. Today she is four years post her first surgery and even if she had to do it again in a few months, it wouldn’t matter. She refuses to settle for a life less than what she can create for herself.

Sabrina lives in Sonoma County, heart of the wine country of California, enjoying life in the rural land happily married to a wonderful supportive husband. You can always find her reading a book, cooking a meal for her multitude of children or playing with her dog, Taylor.



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1 comment:

Melissa Robles said...

What a great list! I'm itching now to start wearing Pond's cream again to see if it does me beauty he he. And the popcorn thing is so like my mom <3 Sabrina sounds like a grear author and her book looks interesting (2000 years?! Whoa). Thanks for sharing! Too bad I can't enter the giveaway. :(

Melissa @ The Reader and the Chef