Submitted by: S.N. Lemming - "Powerful"

Thank you to S.N. Lemming for submitting an excerpt of her novel to VOXXlove!  In her words: [Powerful is] a YA/Adult fantasy novel. It has been acclaimed by 87 francophone literary bloggers.
The point was also to show more female and diverse characters as an ingenious little girl, a rebel princess, a maimed warrior, a teenage archer, etc.  

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 Tome I : The Realm of Harcilor

Written by S. N. Lemoing




            Selna seemed sadder than usual while trying to endure their fate. She was doing everything to overcome this affliction as she could see how hard it was for her father to bear the death of Kolin.

            What was to become of them? How would they get by with all of this? How would life be without her mother? She was thinking about all of these problems and tried to chase them from her mind as soon as possible. If she ventured to think about it, then she could never stop. It would result in a downward spiral.

            She chose to keep in mind that her mother was perhaps not really gone, that she may return one day. After all, she was not there at the time of the facts. She had only been told the Chief of the Guardians had been defeated.

            This would allow her to keep hope, to preserve her strength to care for her father and lift his spirits. She did not want to lose both her parents. She could see him sitting there, staring blankly. He hardly ate anything. The child had to force him to swallow his soup. From now on, her primary concerns were to take care of him and to learn how to develop her powers: they could be useful for the future.

            To make him think of anything else, she was experimenting her abilities in front of him. While they were in their tent, she was standing in the middle of the room:

            'Do you see me?' she asked him.

            'Yes, I see you,' sighed he.

            The little girl was wondering what she could think of to become invisible. She thought of her body moving without being seen. She was trying to think of it in an elementary manner, then more elaborately: she was discerning every part of her body, trying to feel something.

            'When I think about being invisible nothing happens,' replied the child, disappointed.

            'It must be something else. Such as wind or air?'

            This idea had not crossed her mind yet. This time, she imagined herself light as the wind, as if everything could cross her, then she waved her arms.

            'And now, do you see me?' she asked him again.

            'Yes,' tersely replied the father.

            What was she supposed to do?

            She turned around and stared at what was behind her: the canvas of the tent, piled logs and vegetable reserves.

            She turned back to face her father who still looked absent-minded, then closed her eyes. In her mind, she remembered the images of what she had seen in her back.

            The child suddenly became invisible. Pars gaped.

            'And now, do you see me father?'

            'No! You're invisible at last!' he exclaimed.

            'Is that true?'

            She reappeared and lowered her gaze to her feet.

            'But I can see myself' replied the child.

            'Now, yes. But you were invisible for a moment. What did inspire you?'

            'I considered the setting as though paint was covering me from top to bottom. I imagined shapes and colours on me, as if I was part of it.'

            'That's it, then. Will you try again?'

            'Yes! I have to train to master it!' she enthused.


About the Author

S. N Lemoing was born in 1987 near Paris, France.
She graduated in Cinematography and English, studied the Image of Women in the Media as well as the Female Gaze: Women directors. She wrote and directed short films and episodes for 3 web series.
The will to write without boundaries led her to become an independent author. Her first novel is 'Powerful - T1: The Realm of Harcilor', a fantasy novel acclaimed by more than 85 French literary bloggers, and her 3rd one, 'Shewolf', urban fantasy genre, has been read by 1200+ readers and was ranked in the Supernatural top 15 of Amazon for 5 months.

Passionate about writing and movies, I've always thought there was something wrong with female characters. When we look at all the different women we know in real life, it's hard to believe we had to wait until today to see a more diverse representation of ourselves. Women are so courageous, smart, funny, and much more, yet we rarely see these kinds of main characters in fiction if there's not a romance involved. I wanted to write about these real women because representation matters. We are not only the love-interest or the fragile thing to save, in everyday life, we have many different things to do and we don't need any prince charming to come to our rescue.