Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Bloodied Knight by Nicole Zoltack @KMNbooks @nicolezoltack @Desert_Breeze #flashfictionbash #free

The giveaway has ended! Winner of a PDF copy of Black Hellebore goes to Kelley "Celtic Chick"! Congratulations!

KAREN: Nicole Zoltack is a multi-published author of fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, and historical, for adults and young adults alike. In her flash fiction tale, The Bloodied Knight, Lady Pamela has been jilted, but she meets a knight that is all too willing to set the score right... or does he?

***Giveaway: Nicole is giving away a PDF copy of her new release, Black Hellebore, to one lucky trick or treater! Read on and find out you may add this fantastic super hero tale to your goody bag!

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The Bloodied Knight by Nicole Zoltack

Lady Pamela walked the streets of London with her head held high despite the tears streaming down her face. A fancy black carriage rushed by, and mud splattered onto her face. How fitting. Her day could not turn out more poorly.
For Lance to have betrayed her so crushed her spirit. For months now, he had courted her and now this. Showing up at the party tonight with another woman. Not only was she exceeding beautiful, but she was pregnant. With Lance's child.
She had stormed out of the party after dropping her drink. The wine surely stained Jessebel's rug, for which Pamela would pay for. In the morning. Right now, she couldn't return there. Not even if her life depended upon it.
But she also could not bring herself to return home. The party would last for another three or four hours yet, and if she went home now, her parents would ask questions she did not wish to answer.
So she strolled along the streets. A bitter wind wrapped itself around her, and her heart. The clouds drenched the city below with rain. Soon, she found herself lost within the dark alleys. She turned around to go back the way she'd come when a form stepped out of the shadows.
Dressed all in armor, the man looked to be a knight from the days of old. He stood tall before her, barring her path.
"Please, let me pass." She tried to skirt around him but found no room. Desperation and fear coiled around her heart like ice. "Please, leave me be."
"I can help you."
"Help me? Walk me home?" Pamela took a step back, not about to allow some man she didn't know, let alone could not see his face, to go anywhere with her. "I am quite fine, thank you."
She turned around to walk down the length of the alley, but the knight stood before her somehow.
"I can help you." His gauntlet touched her arm, and she saw a flash of Lance before her eyes. Then her vision cleared in time for him to touch his sword.
"You'll seek revenge on Lance on my behalf?" The idea left her breathless and quite beside herself. Revenge was hardly ladylike. But the hurt and betrayal she had felt… She had truly loved Lance. "I do not wish him any harm. But if you could perhaps scare him?"
The knight nodded and vanished. A large puddle formed where his huge feet had marred the mud. Through the watery reflection, she watched as the knight entered the party, the clock on the wall reading seven, and tapped Lance on the shoulder. Her one-time lover turned around and grabbed his chest. He fell to the ground. A crowd of people rushed around him, and Jessebel's father, a doctor, knelt beside the fallen man. The doctor soon lifted his head, and Pamela could read his lips: "He's dead."
"No. No. No." Pamela stepped back several times until she collided with something hard.
"I did what you wished."
"No! I didn't want him dead!"
The knight lifted his sword and slashed across her chest. Pamela fell to the ground, next to the puddle. The reflection of the bloodied knight shimmered. Then the knight disappeared. Again, the party scene played before Pamela's eyes. This time, the knight approached Lance as before, only Lance did not collapse. The clock only read six.
Unlike the first time, Pamela could hear the partygoers enjoying themselves, talking and laughing, music playing in the background. She heard the knight offer his help to Lance. She watched in her former lover's eyes as he understood what the knight meant. And she watched as Lance nodded, sealing her feat.
She should have killed Lance when the knight had given her the chance.
One more tear fell, and Pamela breathed her last. Then she stood up. Armor covered her body. She was now the bloodied knight, and would remain so, unable to be at rest, until another jilted lover choose to kill their former heart's desire. A curse that had spanned for centuries, donning back to Marc Anthony and Cleopatra.
The End

About Black Hellebore:

Once a year for the past decade, Nicholas Adams returns to Falledge and leaves a black hellebore on his girlfriend's grave. While fleeing Falledge, he spies a shady man sneaking into the laboratory. Nicholas chases after him and dies for his trouble. A witch brings him back to life, only Nicholas is not the same man. Turns out, magic combined with a black hellebore in his pocket changed him into a kind of a super man.

Julianna Paige, his girlfriend's twin and deputy of Falledge, struggles to solve several murders. Nicholas, and his alter ego the Black Hellebore, helps her, even as she helps him move on and start to truly live again.

Unfortunately, Nicholas wasn't the only one changed in the laboratory explosion, and now a super villain is bent on destroying Falledge, and killing the Black Hellebore. But falling in love might prove more dangerous than any super villain. You an purchase a copy of this book at Amazon.

***Giveaway: Nicole is giving away a PDF copy of her new release, Black Hellebore, to one lucky trick or treater! Answer this question: What are your plans for Halloween? Don't forget to leave your email!

 About the Author:

Nicole Zoltack loves to write fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, historical, for adults and young adults, novels, short stories, and flash pieces. She doesn't want to get boxed in by genre -- she might be claustrophobic! She's also an editor for MuseItUp Publishing and works as a freelance editor.
When she isn't writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, and zombies, she spends time with her loving family. She loves to ride horses (pretending they're unicorns, of course!) and going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb. Her favorite current TV show is The Walking Dead.

You can find the author online at:
Twitter @nicolezoltack


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thank you so much for participating in the bash! Enjoyed your chilling tale!

To answer the question. What are my plans for Halloween? Work then home to hand out candy to the trick or treaters. My kids are all grown and off doing their own thing now. My girlfriends and I had our annual Halloween Witch Tea this last weekend. Tea, scones, and other finger licking good treats. We had a lot of fun!

Rosemary Gemmell said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, that was an unexpected ending, Nicole!

Jean MP said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh that was a great story, wasn't sure what was going to happen.
Nothing special for Halloween this year, just to hand out treats, weather permitting.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

J Bur said... Best Blogger Tips

My book club is having a party. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cara Marsi said... Best Blogger Tips

Great story. Very different. Thanks.

Cara Marsi said... Best Blogger Tips

Forgot to answer the Halloween question. My husband and I are going to dinner. Our son is grown so the days of finding a costume for him are done. We began going out on Halloween in 2003 when our beloved 16-year-old cat died a few days before Halloween. My husband and I were in mourning and couldn't face the kids. We liked going out on Halloween and have done it ever since.

Hywela Lyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Great story Nicola, good twist at the end.

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

That was interesting
Eating candy

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Celtic Chick said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved the ending.

I am staying in tonight, probably watching the Vampire Diaries. :)

Happy Halloween everyone!


Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

Great story!

I'm staying at my sister's house. I dressed up as a Star Trek officer and helped pass out candy. Fun!

katrinagillian at yahoo dot com

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm working bingo in my Mickey Mouse costume.


Nicole Zoltack said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

And the winner of Black Hellebore is Kelley, Celtic Chick. Check your email for your prize!