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June 10 , 2010

Nashua's Choice


For thousands of years, a secret society has guarded the magical ash of the Phoenix.Now the Glorious Bird is set to rise again and the new ash must be gathered.

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But something goes terribly wrong. The Phoenix is in danger and charges Nashua with protecting its magic from those who would steal it. To save her world and all those she holds dear, Nashua must make an impossible choice.

Award-winning author Donna Cook presents this first installment of the Nashua Chronicles, which take place in the years before the fantasy adventure, Gift of the Phoenix. Nashua’s Choice is a short novella, while Gift of the Phoenix is a full-length novel. The two may be read in any order.


“Let me see,” Sage Inne says.

Still on the floor, Nashua did not notice Sage Inne’s approach. Nashua does not move.

“Nashua. Let me see.”

Nashua opens her quaking hands but keeps the stones close. Their beauty alone is enough to make one stare. The others tentatively gather round.

Nashua watches Sage Inne kneel and stare at the stones, fiercely luminous. Sage Inne reaches out her hand. In the space that exists between the stones and the waiting hand of Sage Inne, Nashua senses a trembling warning.

She gathers the stones closer to her body, enclosing them in her embrace. A collective gasp escapes the group, excepting Sage Inne who remains still as stone and a man who cries “Insolence!”

It happens in an instant.

He steps forward, his intent to deliver the stones to Sage Inne himself clear.
Nashua flinches away and Sage Inne raises her hand in warning, bringing the man to a halt.

Only an instant, but Nashua’s heart flails against her chest. He may as well have been after her head.

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