Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny – Chapter 1: Tiger’s Escape

As promised, here is a continued preview of my novel, Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. Full novel available on December 16. I hope you enjoy Chapter 1: Tiger’s Escape.

White Bengal TigerChapter 1. Tiger’s Escape

      I could hear the paws of the tigers

      pounding the pavement, the heaving sound

     of their breath against

     the chilly Autumn air.


      I could see their golden eyes,

     striped coats glinting

     in the night shadows

     as they ran.


     I climbed into bed, freeing the sheet

     from underneath Jack’s iron grasp.

    I tried to press my eyes closed tight

    yet lay there for hours,

    eyes opening to the streets below,

    still seeing tiger stripes blazing

    in the light of the street lamp,

    still hearing the sounds of leaves rustling

    as they rushed past in the night,

    the wind moving steadily

    through the trees.



The wailing of the sirens woke me. “Jack, Jack!” I cried. “Wake up!” Beside me, my brother groaned and stirred from his sleep.

“Hmph.” He grunted and turned over, putting his pillow over his head. “I’m sleepin’, Suz. What is it?”

“Don’t you hear the sirens?” I pulled the pillow away from him and whispered excitedly in his ear. “I saw them. In the street!” I pointed below.

Jack sat up abruptly, flipping on the lamp, his eyes wide, as if his senses were suddenly aware of the sirens blaring around them. “Saw who?” he questioned me, getting up from his bed and looking out the porch screen to the street beyond. “Who’s in the street?”

“The tigers! I saw them running past the house just minutes ago. I thought I was dreaming…but then…”

“Tigers? You mean those big, ferocious beasts that live in the jungle?” Jack snorted. “You were dreaming, sis. It’s probably just a policeman chasing a speeder. Go back to bed.” And with that, he fell back into bed and resumed his previous position. “Hey, where’s my pillow?”

“I’m not giving it back until you go talk to Mama and Daddy with me. They’ll want to know about the tigers.” I stubbornly held his pillow to my chest.

“Wake them up over a dream you had?” He rolled his eyes at me. “It was just a dream! And you’re just scared of sirens! Now give it back, and go back to sleep.” He reached out his long arms and grabbed for the pillow, catching its corner and swiftly releasing it from my hands. “Goodnight.” He winked at me in his victory, turned over on his side and flipped off the lamp.

I stood in the dark, frowning at my brother’s obvious lack of faith in his twin sister, not to mention in his sense of adventure. The tigers had been real, I was sure of it. Where were they now?

Copyright Stacie Eirich November 3, 2016

Reader Qs: Do you think Suzie’s vision of the tigers was a dream, or was it real? What do you imagine will happen next? I’d love to hear your answers in the comments! 🙂

Thank you for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed Chapter 1. Throughout November I’ll be celebrating National Novel Writing Month by completing my manuscript & getting it ready for publication! It’s an arduous process but a very fulfilling one as well. I wish all writers out there good luck with their NaNoWriMo projects — may your days be filled with fruitful words.

My next post will reveal my gorgeous novel cover AND my fabulous illustrator! So excited to share this with you — and grateful to be inspired by the artistry of others.

Happy November – National Novel Writing Month! -Stacie 


Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny – Prologue

While the leaves turn colours and begin to fall, the October air crisper & cooler outside my window – ushering in the beauty of Autumn –  I’ve been fervently writing, working to complete my first novel. My illustrator has also put her drawing pencils to work. Creating is always a process, and with each new morning I find inspiration in nature, in art, in poetry & music to spur me forward.

Tiger Kingdom

Today, I’m happy to share a preview of my novel with you. Without further ado, here is the Prologue from Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny.

                                    Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny

                                               Volume 1 of The Dream Chronicles

by Stacie Eirich



“You will need this” the boy reached out to the girl, handing her a knife. She turned the hilt around clumsily in her delicate white hands. The great white beast at her side lifted his paw to her fingers.

“She does not need this weapon of man.” The beast’s voice was smooth like silk. His sharp blue eyes pierced the boy with their power. “She has the power to fight within.” He took the blade from her, and he could see streaks of fire within the icy blue eyes as he held the weapon up to them. But the boy persisted.

“She will have no power against the spirits!” He spoke passionately.“To fight, she must be armed. And she must have help, she can’t go alone. I’m going with her, try and stop me!” He lunged forward at the beast, going for the knife – but the beast moved and he swiped only air. The girl shivered at the violence and passion of it, and shrank back into the shadows.

“I shall go wherever you bid me” her voice rang out like crystal into the darkness, clear and also wispy, like the qualities of air and water mixed to create a fine tapestry of sky. The boy jumped back, surprised. This was not the voice of the girl he knew, the girl from his world. “I will not have you with me, because it would only endanger you. I will not carry a piece of violence. But I will fight, when I need to.”

“Yes, you have the light with you always.” The beast nodded, opening his paws towards her. “We have given it to you to keep, to guide and protect you. You are one of us now, you are part of the Kingdom, forever.” She stepped forward to him, and he enfolded her into his coat of fur, her slim figure lost within his great one.

The boy could only stand and stare in disbelief. He had lost her to this strange Kingdom. He was alone. And he knew it was up to him to find a way back to his world, a way back home.

Copyright Stacie Eirich October 10 2016

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. In the coming weeks, I will reveal another short preview of the novel & an illustration. I am brimming with excitement to introduce you to my illustrator & show you her gorgeous artwork! Stay Tuned. 🙂

Thank you for visiting, for reading & sharing your time with me. May you always have Space to Dream! -Stacie