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– Companion song to Under the Trees!
The dark horse tore through the underbrush, bringing her close
enough I could make out a pale face and a tangle of long hair. A black cloak
billowed behind her. Men on horseback gave chase, darting through the trees,
clearly in pursuit. All those men after one girl? Who could she be? My
instincts screamed against them catching her. She could be a decoy, and they
could all be spies—but what if she was in real danger?
It wouldn’t be so difficult to apprehend her, only one rider,
“Let her pass,” I ordered, staring my men down until they stepped
The girl raced past, glancing over her shoulder for a brief
moment—her eyes flashing emerald in the light of the fire—before looking ahead
and leaning low on her horse’s neck.
My men gaped at me, gripping weapons with white-knuckled hands.
With a jerk of my head in the direction of the riders almost upon us, I raised
the bow and nocked an arrow.
“Hold the line,” I
commanded. “These men stop here.”–Prince Thoredmund from UNDER THE TREES
About the Author
Under the Trees is Ashley Maker’s debut novel. When she’s not working on her next book, Ashley spends much of her time procrastinating on social media, relaxing with her husband and two daughters, and writing companion songs on her acoustic guitar. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, worked a short stint as a book editor, and lives in a small town in Oklahoma.
“Sway” –the first companion song to UNDER THE TREES–is available to listen to and download for free at: ashleymaker.com