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The Jingle Bell Hop




Welcome to my stop on the Jingle Bell Hop blog tour by JustRomance.me.

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It’s Winter in the Appalachain Mountains and the recent flu epidemic has claimed millions of human lives. The portals between Earth and the Otherworld are open and creatures thought of as purely imagination now swarm the woods. Ogres are hunting humans on orders from the cabal but also because human flesh is their favorite food.

Tessa is holed up in her family cabin to avoid the outbreak and hide from the world.  A family of fairies lives in the backyard and yesterday a small dragon moved into the barn. Let’s meet Rusty, a three foot tall goblin who shows up grateful to Tessa and the dragon for his freedom.

Contagion by Graylin Fox

Tessa woke early and walked onto the porch just in time to see Kyl hovering over a frightened goblin who picked up his meager belongings and put them into his tiny pack. The goblin moved hurriedly and didn’t see Kyl overhead. Tessa leaned against the back door and listened to their conversation. A small smile broke out on her face as she noted Kyl appeared unafraid, just curious.
“Good morning!” Kyl practically shouted from his vantage point on a high branch.
“What?” The goblin cowered.
“Why are you here?” Kyl asked as he flew down eye-to-eye with the goblin.
“I followed the trail of the dragon and the human,” the goblin said as he slowly rose to a standing position. “I came here to offer my services to the human. My name is Rusty.”
“And what services can a goblin offer a human?” Kyl asked with a smirk.
“I have been trained to cook and to clean,” Rusty stated as he puffed up his chest.
“And who exactly trained you to cook and to clean?”
“Ogres,” the little goblin answered and his chest deflated.
The fairy blinked in confusion. Rusty explained, “I escaped yesterday when the ogres who own me got burned by a dragon.”
Tessa noted his small three-foot stature would be no match physically for the ogres, but he had some sense. At least he was capable of an escape. Then again, ogres were stupid.
Rusty continued. “I’m very grateful to that dragon. I had planned to escape for weeks and with the ogres soothing their burnt hides in the river, I had a chance. It was hard to keep from laughing when the ogres tried to outrun the flames on their backs. ‘Get into the river!’ I yelled. While they were in the river, I grabbed the bedroll I’d stashed under leaves and took off.”
Rusty explained that he followed the ogres’ trail back to the place they were burned. Ogres are easy to track because they don’t move branches out of the way, but tear them off trees and toss them alongside their trail. His eyes lit up as he recalled the ogres on fire. He had continued his search around the edges of the clearing for the footsteps of the dragon. Surprised to find the dragon’s claw prints side-by-side in the snow with human footprints, Rusty began to walk in their direction. He thought any human that would take in a dragon just might take him in, and he could offer to cook and clean for them.
Kyl’s patience ran out. “And what makes you think knowing how to cook for ogres means you’ll be able to cook for a human?” Kyl asked sarcastically.
Rusty attempted to stick out his chin in defiance. At three feet tall, his skin was pale grey and fit his form loosely. He wore only a leather vest and jeans the ogres had stolen from a child. A few strands of stringy hair appeared randomly around his head. Dark brown in color, they looked like rivulets of dirt falling haphazardly. He shivered slightly in the cold, but Tessa was sure cold weather was not the worst thing this small goblin had suffered.

Happy Holidays and remember to follow the blog hop all the way through so you can win a Kindle Fire!



49 Responses to “The Jingle Bell Hop”

  1. nancy says:

    Please enter me in this contest. Thank you. npl42011@hotmail.com

  2. Amy S. says:

    Sounds good! Merry Chirstmas

  3. Drea Becraft says:

    That has got to be the cutest goblin I have ever seen!


  4. cynthia welding says:

    Merry Christmas!

  5. cynthia welding says:

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Thank you for the story and happy holidays

  7. Elizabeth Bancroft says:

    Got to read the rest of this. The teaser was just too good. Merry Christmas.

  8. Barbara says:

    Thanks for that nibble…I’m still hungry! 🙂 Happy holidays!

    barbbattaglia at yahoo dot com

  9. Lyn Taylor says:

    Great little teaser 😀 Want to read more. Merry Christmas!

  10. Marcia C says:

    Great Exerpt! Merry Christmas!

  11. Shadow says:

    Great little teaser! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  12. Jacki C says:

    great story and the cutest little critter!

  13. kimberly Wise says:

    Thanks for doing this Hop… I loved the Halloween one!!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  14. Cathy M says:

    Wishing you a very special holiday, Graylin.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  15. Ezra Solomon says:

    Beautiful website and interesting story.


  16. Krysykat says:

    Awww, poor little goblin. I hope Tessa takes him in.


  17. Carol L says:

    Very nice and what a cute little Goblin. 🙂 Thanks for sharing Graylin. Happy Holidays to you.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  18. Tammy January says:

    please tell me there is gonna be more of this story. love it and happy holidays!

    • Graylin Fox says:

      Of course Tammy. Contagion is available now. It released April 15th. You can click on the cover on right of this page to find out where it’s available.

  19. jennifer mathis says:

    oh a good tease . 🙂


  20. Shari says:

    Happy Holidays!

  21. Great blurb. You are a new to me author and I am looking forward to reading your work. The pic of the elven critter in the upper right hand corner of the page with the green eyes is a great pic. What imagination. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  22. Michelle says:

    Awww……I hope Tessa treats Rusty well! He has my heart already!!!

  23. Fedora says:

    Wow, fabulous snippet! Thanks for the holiday fun, Graylin!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  24. Joder says:

    Intriguing snippet. Thanks for posting and Happy Holidays!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  25. Wendy says:

    Mary Christmas everyone

  26. Nancy Gilliland says:

    Great teaser…I want to read more

  27. Cheryl Lynne says:

    Nice snippet! Merry Christmas!

  28. Elaine R says:

    Whoa, where can I find the rest of this story? Is this an excerpt from a book?


    • Graylin Fox says:

      Yes, it’s from Contagion. The cover at the right will take you to the book page. Thanks so much!

  29. PhyllisC says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

  30. Mary Preston says:

    Goblins, dragons, ogres: it’s all good.


  31. Yadira A. says:

    Would love to read more!

    Happy Holidays!!!


  32. Was nice chatting with you tonight. Cute goblin!

  33. sherry says:

    Thanks for the snippet which I hope to hear more. And thanks for the blog hop. 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  34. Joanne B. says:

    Happy Holidays! Thanks for the giveaway.


  35. acriss22 says:

    I have never seen pics like those on your page heading there very stunning, is it possible i could get a pic of the one were you have these words above its head(I paint the beautiful images in my mind with words.”) had really love it as a background pic, Please! What type of creature is she? I really love your excerpt and thank you for being apart of this Blog Hop. Merry Christmas! rshereifa at yahoo dot com

  36. Lindsey E says:

    Now I want to read the reast of the story.
    linze_e at hotmail.com

  37. Terri says:

    Now I want to know more! Merry Christmas. 🙂

  38. Terri says:

    Now I want to know more! Merry Christmas. 🙂

  39. books4me says:

    Sounds like a great read! Thank you for the excerpt!

  40. June M. says:

    Cute goblin! Happy Holidays!!!
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  41. Elizabeth (BookAttict) says:

    Thanks for the great story & giveaway! Happy Holidays!


  42. Tonya says:

    Love the story! Such a cute goblin! Thanks!

  43. Pamk says:

    great tease and hope your holidays are merry and bright.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  44. Na S. says:

    Thank you for the sneak peek. The covers for your books are beautiful.

  45. Eva P. says:

    Never thought I’d say ‘awwwww’ about a goblin story, but this one did, thanks for sharing 😉

  46. lisagk says:

    Ogres, fairies, dragons and goblins, oh my. Thanks for the story.

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