Excerpt #1: The Hunt for Snow – S.E. BabinThe Hunt for Snow by S.E. Babin
Series: Fairytale League #1
Published by Liquid Silver on October 20, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 174

Fairytales with a twist! Snow has successfully avoided her past for years … until now. With an evil queen bent on her destruction and a hunter bent on her seduction, she has no choice but to run. Who will find her first? S.E. Babin presents The Hunt for Snow, Book 1 of her exciting, new fantasy series, Fairytale League.

Every ten years a convention is held in a neutral location where people from all the realms come together and reunite. This is no ordinary conference, though, because everyone who shows up holds a place of honor in the legends of old. But there’s one person who doesn’t care that Earth is neutral territory. The Evil Queen, Naomi, is out to settle a score, and she’s brought along one of her most talented henchman to teach the one who got away a harsh lesson.

Snow’s past is shrouded in mystery. Mild cryptozoologist by day, private investigator by night, Snow is dead set on one thing — staying far away from the Huntsman who haunts her dreams. When she shows up to the conference with her two best friends in tow, things start going awry right away. Mere minutes after arriving, they find themselves thrust back into the world they’ve tried so hard to avoid. Now, along with the help of her friends, Snow is struggling to stay one step ahead of the queen who wants to destroy her — and the Huntsman who wants to possess her at all costs.

The hunt for Snow is on. But who will find her first?

I’d never fought a troll before—never had to, actually. What I did know about them was minimal. Magic wasn’t all that effective on them. Neither was fire or lightning. Ice slowed them down a little bit, but ice melted. Brute force was going to be necessary. We had about two hundred villagers on our side—almost every single one inexperienced. Five trolls could decimate a village and every single person in it.

“All right, everyone grab something you can defend yourself with. Anything. Chairs, paintings, knives, someone you hate. Kidding. If they’re able to get in here, it wouldn’t necessary be a bad thing. That means we can get out.” The villagers looked scared but determined. In a mad scramble, people were picking up anything in the vicinity, and some were pulling scabbards out and drawing their swords. Okay, then. There were lots more armed people than I expected. It gave me a warm fuzzy feeling deep inside.

I drew both my Sig and my backup gun and watched the inevitable. When the trolls reached us, they didn’t waste any time. Blows rained down on the building, making me cringe, but also making me hopeful they’d be able to break us out of here. “Hold,” I shouted to everyone.

Maleficent came up beside me. “As long as they keep trying to get in here, I can use my magic to weaken the threads of Naomi’s. I’m still not sure what she did, but even the strongest sorcery can’t withstand an onslaught of brute force like that.” She studied the trolls outside. “It depends on how bad they want us. If they keep it up, I might be able to break the bindings. So,” she grinned brilliantly at me. “Do you what you do best. Antagonize them.”