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Henrietta YA Fantasy Box Set, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer Trilogy, by Beth BaranyYou know how it’s easy to sit around and complain. But we know that doesn’t get anything done.

What I like is getting things done and so does Henrietta The Dragon Slayer.

But she’s tired, like we get after working hard, and just wants to be left alone. (I so know what that’s like.)

Yet… yet… when you get called on a new adventure, what do you do?

Find a reason to care, I think…

Let’s see how Henrietta deals with her call to adventure.

Here’s the beginning, page one. If you like it, you can click through to read the first 10 pages for free on this site.

Henrietta strode away from the tavern, fists clenched so hard they hurt. At two paces from the forest edge, the ground crunched in the black night behind her. Even with her ale-fogged brain, she sensed the presence of a man, smelled on him soot, leather and metal, and knew he was armed, but wore no armor.

She didn’t have time for this.

“What do you want?” Henrietta whirled to face the thrill seeker, her long sword drawn, her long red hair whipping across her chilled cheeks. Above her head, the bitter wind keened through the forest trees.

The man hovered five feet-lengths away from her, out of sword reach, his face shadowed by the light of the tavern behind him. “I heard your story back there.” His voice, thick with a foreign accent she couldn’t place, held no compliment. “I hear you’re looking for a new quest.”

“Who gave you that idea?”

“The Song of the Dragon Slayer.” The man’s tone was flat.

So he wasn’t a fan. She didn’t care. She cared that he didn’t move any closer. Empty hands at his sides, a sheathed long sword at his belt, he was broad shouldered and taller than her by half a head.

She re-sheathed her sword reluctantly. “So? What does that have to do with anything? It’s only a song.”

“A song about you. That is why you must come with me now.” He stepped toward her, his face still hidden by darkness.

“No, I must not go with you. Leave me be!” she said annoyed and angry. There was a thrill seeker in every town. Facing him, she stepped back to have room to swing her sword if necessary, her hand waiting on her sword pommel. “There’s plenty of others in that tavern to harass.”

Read the rest of the first 10 pages here.

Learn more about Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, Book 1, here.

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