Five Corners: The Marked Ones
Growing up in a sleepy village untouched by distant wars and political conflicts, it was easy for Thia, Mina and Kiara to forget such horrors existed in the Five Corners. That is until the dead child is found; a child that bears the same strange birthmark that all three sisters possess. A Mark their mother had always told them was unique to the girls.
Kiara’s suspicions grow as their Inn is soon overrun with outsiders from all walks of life. Strangers, soldiers and Elders who all seem to know more about what is happening than the girls do.
After Mina barely survives an attack in the forest, the sisters are faced with a shattering secret their mother has kept from them for years. As danger closes in around them, the sisters are forced from their home and must put their trust in the hands of strangers. With more questions than answers, Kiara finds herself separated from everyone she loves and reliant on an Outlander who has spent too much time in army. She doesn’t trust Caedmon but she needs him if she has any hope of being reunited with her sisters and learning what the Mark might mean.
Top Five List from Cathi Shaw:
1. What kind of music you like?
I like acoustic, folksy, alternative music (think City and Color, Death Cab for Cutie, Conor Obrest, She & Him).
2. Do you like to dance?
I do. I love to dance.
3. Can you describe your dream home?
I’m living in my almost dream home. It’s a 4 bedroom home overlooking Okanagan Lake with a big deck and an open kitchen plan. What could make it completely my dream home? If it had 5 acres attached to it and a hot tub.
4. If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I don’t know that I would choose to be any character that’s been written about but I could do a little cameo in Lord of the Rings – just a side character who gets to go along on the adventure but doesn’t have to play a huge role.
5. What is the first curse word that comes to mind? How often and why do you use it?
Fuck. I use it way too much. It’s a bad habit that should be broken but it just sounds suitably irritated, don’t you think?
Kiara stared at the small body laid out in the family’s tiny kitchen. She didn’t know the child but that didn’t stop her heart from jerking in her chest as she looked at the perfect little girl lying in the wooden box. She was dressed in what were obviously her best clothes; her dark hair had been carefully combed and braided. She was only six years old.
Kiara felt her own mother watching her closely. She forced her gaze away from the small lifeless form. Brijit murmured softly to the parents and then moved to Kiara’s side.
“Come away from here, Kiara,” her mother said firmly.
But Kiara couldn’t stop herself from looking back at the child, noting how someone had twined a pretty scarf around her neck, concealing the ugly slashes that she knew were hidden beneath the colorful material. The result of a blade taken to vulnerable flesh. This poor girl had had no chance against her assailant.
Brijit tugged on her arm insistently. “There is nothing more for us to do here,” she whispered in a hushed undertone. “Let’s go and give the family some peace.”
Kiara felt a sudden wave of shame wash over her. She suddenly wondered what she was doing here?
Don’t try to deny it, she told herself vehemently, you know why you’re here.
She had seen the Mark on the child’s shoulder. She resisted the urge to rub her own shoulder where an identical Mark was hidden beneath her tunic. It was something she’d believed she only shared with her sisters. But this child proved different.
And there was no question that this child had been assassinated.
Cathi Shaw lives in Summerland, BC with her husband and three children. She is often found wandering around her home, muttering in a seemingly incoherent manner, particularly when her characters have embarked on new adventure. In addition to writing fiction, she teaches rhetoric and professional writing in the Department of Communications at Okanagan College and is the co-author of the textbook Writing Today.
Buy links for book:
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/five-corners-cathi-shaw/1117922571?ean=9781939156242