Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"My Kingdom for a Sorceress" Fairy Tale on Wattpad

Hi again!

I'm almost done uploading my "Rising" series to Wattpad, and tonight I uploaded the first chapter of my never-published, lighthearted fairy tale story--the Story That Almost Wasn't from my previous blog post.

If you're interested in reading the first chapter or following along as I post updates, the story is here: My Kingdom for a Sorceress.

What it's about:

Prince Wenceslas would much rather be at home in his castle than wandering the world looking for enchanted princesses. Unfortunately, he has less than a month to fulfill a "gift" set upon him at birth by a drunken fairy godmother. If he can't rescue a princess--any princess--from a spell and marry her by his seventeenth birthday, he'll prick his finger on a glass coffin and fall into an eternal sleep that can only be broken by true love's kiss.

Given that he doesn't have a true love, his options seem pretty limited. Marrying a stranger can't be worse than sleeping forever-or so he thinks until he meets Arrow, a club-wielding sorceress whose magic constantly goes awry. She convinces him that he doesn't have to let any magic, fairy godmother or otherwise, run his life.

Wenceslas sets out with Arrow to look for a princess he might actually want to marry. A magic forest, a witch who collects frog princes, and love potions are only a few of the things standing in his way, but Wenceslas soon finds that what hinders him most isn't any magic...it's his own heart.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Story That Almost Wasn't...and how my agenting/publishing for business journey came to an end


My books are no longer published for sale, but I have begun posting them on Wattpad. 
 
This is the story I’ve waited almost a year to tell, a story of how my writing journey got to where it is now.
 
It’s the story of why I left my amazing agent at the beginning of this year and why I unpublished my books, and why I’m now uploading them to Wattpad so people can read them.
 
It’s a story of a book that almost wasn’t.
 
This book that almost wasn’t was a fairy tale book, originally titled My Kingdom for a Newt and now titled My Kingdom for a Sorceress. I wrote it in three months in 2011, and it was one of the easiest books I’ve ever written—it just poured out of my brain. I was in the midst of writing the latter half of the “Rising” series, which was a story that dealt with a lot of trauma, so I think my brain was like “let’s write something FUN!” and oh, it was.
 
In spring of 2012, I decided to start looking for agents for it. I got two positive responses for it—the first agent told me that it had more of a Middle Grade voice, and if she were to consider it, I would have to age the characters down and tweak the story.
 
I had written the story as a YA romance. If you think about all the fairy tales you’ve read, romance is often a key element, and this one was no exception. In fact, the character’s main quest centered around a curse he had to break that said he had to break the spell on an enchanted princess and marry her before his seventeenth birthday.
 
I told this agent that if I were to rewrite the book as MG, I would really feel like I’d lose my characters—who I’d intended them to be—and that for now, I was going to refrain from doing that. She was very awesome about it and said if I ever wrote a MG book that was similar, she’d love to see it.
 
A short time later, I got a call from another agent. She was interested in the book, but she said the same thing as the first agent: I’d have to write it for Middle Grade.
 
Having now heard this from two agents, I thought hard about it. I talked to my husband about it, to brainstorm and see if it was possible to tweak the story. And I decided to try for it. I decided I could sacrifice this book to maybe reach big publishers that I couldn’t get without an agent.
 
I rewrote. And I ended up signing with the first agent, a super, fantastic, talented representative. She was helpful and encouraging, she kept me informed on everything, and she was always honest.
 
The book was sent out to ten different publishers. Some of them really liked it but already had too many fairy tale stories. Some didn’t connect with the narrator. For one reason or another, none of them took it. My agent sent out the book to ten new publishers—same story. We decided to put it on the back burner while I finished up my next book.
 
And it wasn’t until after all those rejections came in that I realized that I was relieved. I was relieved it hadn’t sold. Because it had taken all of that for me to realize that I really, really missed the YA characters I’d created. They were sort of the same in the MG story—but they were also quite different, and I missed the story I’d originally created.
 
But I tried to ignore that, because I had another book to go to my agent, and what kind of author is relieved when a book didn’t sell? Especially when that book was on the back burner but still might sell in the future? It was to the point, though, that I couldn’t even open the file to look at the story because it made me sad.
 
Over the next couple of years, I struggled a lot with my writing. I rewrote and rewrote my next book, a YA fantasy, to try to make it marketable and publishable. I wrestled with some horrible anxiety. I had spans of time where I just couldn’t write. I had no motivation, or no ideas, or some combination, and writing business stuff triggered various anxieties, and it was just all around not pleasant. I couldn’t even read books. Words were just…ugh. I didn’t want to see words, no matter how wonderful or exciting the stories might have been.
 
Finally, in December of last year, right after Christmas, I got to the point where I started reading for fun again, and I was enjoying it. I was excited about that, and I figured I’d spend January just reading.
 
Then, in January, I got an email from my agent. She wanted to send my YA fantasy book out to a second round of publishers—the first round hadn’t panned out. One of the things that some of the publishers in the first round had said was that they hadn’t felt the world-building was deep enough, so my agent asked if I wanted to work on the world-building a bit before she sent out the next round of submissions. I said sure—but then I had no idea where to even start. I had been over this book so many times and rewritten it drastically, and it was at that point where the whole story felt disjointed and the words were like…‘what even are these?’ I did some brainstorming with one of my writing buddies, and she made some suggestions that gave me an ‘aha!’ moment. I got super excited to go write a new beginning to this book. I wrote four new chapters over the next week or so, then sent it back to my agent.
 
My agent didn’t like it, and she laid out why, in kindness and honesty, and I was like, okay, at least I know it didn’t work…and then I just broke down and cried. And cried some more. And it was because, I think, I’d become miserable with my writing, with what it had become. I was putting so much pressure on myself to write something marketable. No amount of me (or anyone else) telling me to just write what I loved and if it sold, fine, and if it didn’t, fine, made any difference. My love and passion for writing, for my characters, had drained out of me, only to come out in random spurts. And when I did write something I was happy with, it didn’t work for the person who had to try to sell it. And I was so very, very tired. I had already been questioning myself for months and months and months as to whether I really wanted this—if I really wanted to be in the publishing world, writing as a business.
 
I finally emailed my agent about this very thing. It was a very long email. I had started writing it to her multiple times over all those previous months of debating and writing stress, and I always deleted it, because I told myself—my agent is amazing, I am so fortunate to have her, so many people would love to be her client, I can’t let her down, she has worked so hard, I have this incredible opportunity so how could I let that go to waste?
 
But this time, I sent the email. And my agent sent me back an incredibly encouraging, kind, thoughtful email that only proved, again, how amazing she is.
 
That email led to me finally being able to let go. To let go of the feverish race I was running against myself. To realize that it was okay not to want this now, and that letting go of it now didn’t mean I’d never come back to it in the future. (It didn’t mean I would, either.)
 
I wrestled with some other stuff on the "feeling like I let someonedown/feeling like a failure" front, but I got through it.
 
That’s how I left my agent. And she is still so wonderful, and all of her clients are so fortunate to have her.
 
After my agency contract ended, I finally opened the file to my original YA fairy tale, now titled My Kingdom for a Sorceress. I read it, and I was so happy with it. Ridiculously happy. I read it to my pre-teen kids, and I had a blast listening to their laughter.
 
It wasn’t until July of this year that I made the decision to unpublish the books I had self-published, and to close out all of my business accounts completely.
 
It wasn’t until this fall that I started writing again. Slowly, very slowly—sometimes I feel I’m going at a snail’s pace. I feel like I’m trying to learn how to write again—how to write because I love it, and how to convince myself that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s a first draft. It’s not supposed to be perfect.
 
And it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I finally decided to start posting my stories on Wattpad, so anyone could read them, just for fun, if they wanted to—so I can share my words without putting pressure on myself, without dealing with the business aspect of publishing.
 
This is my current writing journey. Sometimes, I’ve felt that I just went backwards—that I spent several years working on a book that’s still a mess—but I think I learned a lot about me, my writing, and my purpose and joy in writing.
 
(I haven’t started posting my fairy tale story that almost wasn’t. I’m currently posting my Rising series in four different parts. If you are on Wattpad and would like to connect, or if you’re at all interested in seeing my stories as I post them, you can find me here: Laura on Wattpad.)
 
My blog, very obviously, fell by the wayside over the last couple of years. I had zero energy to expend on it.
 
I hope anyone still reading is doing magnificently. ^_^

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day Book Bash - May 7-10

All three of my books are $0.99 for this Mother's Day sale. :)



What better gift for Mother's Day than a new book (or twenty-eight) to relax with? 


We're using flames to describe the "heat" of the romance:
1 Flame = Nothing but sweet kisses
2 Flames = Passionate kissing
3 Flames = Sex but the door is closed
4 Flames = Slightly steamy sex with some description
5 Flames = Steamy sex with somewhat graphic description

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Callie Houston has become good at juggling. Between college, working three jobs, and having to attend every family function her socialite mother throws her way, she's become a pro. Juggling her responsibilities leave her no time, or energy, for romance. That is, until a very sexy Cajun walks into the Biergarten and makes her feel like a woman ready for whatever he's willing to give her.

Simon English is in Texas visiting clients. He's fascinated by the woman posing as a serving wench. She eschews his advances, yet fate gives him a second chance. The chemistry between them is undeniable. When his fashion designer mother asks who's caught her son's attention, a hastily snapped photograph becomes the object that could change both his and Callie's lives.

4 flames

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When you control music, every note is a weapon. 

Most girls don't think twice about singing along with their favorite song on the radio. Not me. I hum once and it zombifies the hottest guy in school. 

The Pied Piper was real and I am his descendant. Music is my curse. If I don't master the song inside myself, it will overpower me, and if that happens... 
Let's put it this way: the last piper to lose control led a town-full of children to a river and started the plague. 

Welcome to my life. 

1 flame

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Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn't want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he’s been in love with her for ten years. Too bad she doesn't see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man.

Brooke’s dream career may be crumbling, and she will do anything to keep the matchmaking company she works for in the black. Even recruit Luke, America’s favorite bachelor, as her next client. Surely his perfect smile and swollen bank account will send clients swarming their doors. 

If Toujour closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiancé. And Luke isn’t about to let that happen.

When matching up Luke works a little too well, Brooke wonders if she’s with the right man. Maybe she should finally forget Luke’s playboy image and admit he’s changed. All Brooke has to decide is if she’s willing to risk her heart.

between 2-3 flames

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Sixteen-year-old Brooke Pierce doesn't need her mom to tell her all boys are trouble. After watching her dad break up the family for a woman half his age, dating is the last thing on her mind. 

On the first day at a new high school Brooke meets Luke, the school flirt with a reputation for heartbreak. He’s interested. She’s not. That only makes him chase her more. After a shocking revelation from her dad, Brooke and Luke form an unexpected bond, complete with crazy rules to keep them safely in the friend zone. Problem is, that’s the worst place to be when you’re falling in love.

1 flame

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Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren. Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.

Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart.

Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth.

When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them. 

1 flame (but it is a book about infertility)

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Brooklyn Hamlin likes the rules. They're safe and smart. And for Brooklyn, the rules are simple—no dating until she turns sixteen and no kissing. But her sixteenth birthday is just a few days away, and that means all the rules are about to change. Brooklyn's still determined to avoid the drama of kissing, but she wouldn't mind holding someone's hand, especially if that someone is Luke Graham. 

Charming and handsome, with just a hint of danger, Luke has been the subject of her daydreams since the school year began. So when he asks to take her on her very first date, Brooklyn can’t believe her luck. 

But things aren’t exactly what they seem, and some boys really are too good to be true. Sweet sixteen and never been kissed, Brooklyn is about to find herself in the middle of all the drama and heartache she was hoping to avoid. 


1 flame

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Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

To get her life and boyfriend back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart. 

2 flames

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The world's darkest creature will be their brightest hope! 

While darkness haunts her, she craves the light. Christina is a demon, but she doesn't want to be. She is willing to sacrifice everything to change it. Only one person stands in her way, and he will stop at nothing to keep her the way she is.
The greatest battle of light vs dark threatens every living creature, a battle that could destroy all. And the demon in love will only have one chance to save everyone. 

2 flames

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One princess destroyed the world. One princess must save it.

When she was little she wished to be a princess. Now as a teenager she just wishes she fit in. But Shanice doesn't feel like she belongs, she never has.

When her parents tell her she is the last known princess from another world, it all makes sense. A world full of magic in place of technology. One where she is more than just royalty, she is their last chance to stop the one who is bent on destroying it. Mendina.

But she can't do it alone, first she must find the other missing royals. In her quest, Shanice will be forced to choose between the course prophecy set for her, and the one that leads to the man her heart belongs to.

2 flames

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Can true love weather magic's storm? 

Princess Roselyn is betrothed to Prince Chavez, but her heart belongs to Prince Osric. As the royal wedding approaches, they only have a few days left to be together. Osric fears losing Roselyn and will do anything to be with her, turning to magic in hopes that it will provide the answer. A white rose, enchanted with love, so long as its petals remain white, will bind the hearts of those who speak words of love.

One rose, two hearts, ten words, and they will be together forever . . . until a storm clouds the night sky, and by morning, the world is dark. Every enchantment is broken, every spell undone. All magic has been destroyed, and once the white rose turns red, Roselyn and Osric will be forced to remain apart. With only four days to save their love, they must learn how to restore magic to the land . . . or their chances of being together forever are gone.

2 flames

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Siri de Calendri was trained in the art of illumination in her brother’s workshop in 12th century Venice, but when her brother dies his will sends her far from home. Siri travels to the faraway county of Poitou in France, where she enters the guardianship of her brother’s friend, Triston de Brielle. Once settled, she hopes to find employment in an illuminator’s shop— until Triston unexpectedly snatches her heart away with a kiss.

Triston is a man of quiet honor and courage, but the guilt he carries for the death of his wife, Clothilde, has left him numb and hesitant to love again. Worse yet, Siri bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love. Or does she? Her merry laughter and twinkling eyes are very different from his late wife's shy smiles and quiet ways. Yet when he gazes into Siri's face, all he sees is Clothilde.

Then Triston's past returns to threaten them both. Trapped between the rivalry of the king's sons on the one hand and a neighbor out for vengeance on the other, Triston realizes it would be safer to send Siri away. Siri is determined not to be cast off and not to live in another woman’s shadow. She has illuminated many a priceless book with pen and paint, but can her own vibrant spirit illuminate the darkness in Triston’s soul and make his heart beat for her alone?

2 flames

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Heléne de Laurant has not forgotten how the Earl of Gunthar destroyed her father’s castle during Henry II’s war with his sons. Apparently neither have her family and friends, for when someone tries to murder Gunthar, every sign points in their direction. Heléne realizes the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin. 

As Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor, fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction. Heléne must race against time, and dark secrets of the past, to unmask the would-be killer before the kingdom plunges back into war and takes the life of the man she has unexpectedly learned to love.

2 flames

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Sir Balduin de Soler gave up long ago on love. He never had the means to support a wife until an unexpected advancement in his fifties allows him to reassess his future just as the lovely Lucianna enters his life. 

Lucianna Fabio harbors a secret, painful memory from her past that has kept her unwed, as well. Now in her forties, she thought herself too old to marry until she meets Sir Balduin. Now suddenly their lonely autumn lives feel very much like spring again . . . until Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love. 

“Loving Lucianna" is the first in my new “Hearts in Autumn” romance series, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because you’re never too old to fall in love!”

1 flame

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A forbidden love and a past they can’t leave behind . . . 

In King John's England, Robert Marcel chafes against the law that holds him bound as a villein on his lord’s manor. He tries to make a daring escape and is nearly caught by his cruel master, but a young girl helps him slip away.

Years pass and Robert takes up trade as a minstrel. Invited to play at a banquet for the notorious Earl of Saxton, he is stunned to come face to face with the girl he’s never forgotten—now Lady Marguerite of Winbourne, betrothed to the earl. Her status as a noblewoman puts her completely out of Robert’s reach, but he knows they are meant to be together. He vows to make her his wife no matter what the cost.

Lady Marguerite has often thought of the young man she helped escape. Her tender feelings for him quickly turn into much more when they are brought back into each other’s lives. She longs to be free to marry Robert, the man she loves, but that will require her to sacrifice all she holds dear.

They are tested at every turn by those bent on driving them apart and destroying what they have found together. Can their love truly conquer all?

  2 flames

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When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old Colorado high school teacher wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a vacation diversion; what fate provides is Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and its temporary friendships, her emotions come alive. 

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. But Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.

Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. However, paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped. Lyn’s fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.

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Elle Reinhardt loves people and has a gift for turning groups of strangers into friends. When she talks her best friend Lyn into taking a month-long Pacific cruise, Elle is in her element, gathering fellow passengers to her. But things go horribly wrong when a ship excursion ends in death and disaster at the hands of modern-day pirates. 

Filled with her own emotional wounds from the experience, Elle tries desperately to buoy up the grieving loved ones as they wait for news on those lost at sea. Malcolm Armstrong, friend of one of the missing men, arrives to act as family spokesman. Elle knows it’s unreasonable, but she resents his presence. When Mal offers the strength she so desperately needs, will she be able to let go of her animosity and accept his support?

This ebook-exclusive short story includes special excerpts from both A Change of Plans and Torn Canvas. 

1 flame

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Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Up-and-coming talk show host Olivia Howard wants an interview. She, like the rest of the press, expects a hero, but Jori knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast. 

In seclusion and evading the press, Jori struggles to make a new life as an artist. But he can’t hide from himself; more than his face is damaged. How can Jori possibly make amends for all that he’s broken? When Olivia finally tracks him down, he must decide if he can trust her. Could this unlikely woman be a key to freeing his heart and healing the beast?

3 flames

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It’s a time of change for Jori Virtanen. The former playboy model is about to be married. He juggles wedding arrangements, a bachelor party, and plans for keeping the ceremony secret from the press. But Jori has another problem. He has to figure out how to tell one of his best friends, Marc North, that his girlfriend may not be what she appears. 

This ebook-exclusive short story includes a special excerpt from Swing Vote, Safe Harbors #3.

1 flame

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"Write what you know."

Persephone "Sephie" Benson scoffs when her creative writing teacher throws that little gem out there. Maybe this advice would work for a professional skydiver or a baseball star or a ninja princess. It's not so great for a high school student who doesn't even know what to do with the rest of her life. Add in being the oldest of six girls, having Responsibilities with a capital R, and living in a town the size of a tick, and you've got a recipe for boring soup.

At least, that's what Sephie thinks until her senior year. Now, her grandfather is losing his house. One of her sisters plays a starring role in the local high school scandal. Even things with her best friend Joey aren't the same. As Sephie deals with the changes in her life, she finds that nothing is quite what she expects--and that sometimes, the most extraordinary life can be the one that seems the most ordinary. 

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All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead man on his doorstep. The stranger insists that the country is in danger and asks Alphonse to carry out his task of delivering a package to the leader of the country. 

Alphonse thinks the man might be a little delusional from his injury, but he reluctantly takes the package and boards a train toward the capital. When he’s attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king, he realizes he’s in way over his head. 

He’s rescued from the knights by Mairwyn, a mechanic traveling for work. Alphonse clashes with her instantly. She thinks he’s a clueless bookworm, and he finds her rude and cynical. He’s less than pleased when she decides to join him on his journey to the capital, but the longer Alphonse travels with Mairwyn, the more he learns about the haunted past she’s been running from for so long.

It’s a past that she’ll have to confront if she and Alphonse stand any chance of protecting themselves and countless others from the terrible plans of the neighboring king—plans that bring horrific death and lead the country to the brink of war.

2 flames

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Lachlan's had a rough summer. First, the girl he shares a painful history with didn't remember him. Then Brenna, the woman he loves, showed up after seven years away and wants nothing to do with him. To top it all off, he almost died with the rest of his people when soldiers invaded his country.

Now the enemy could be using Lachlan's people as assassins. When Brenna leaves to find the truth, Lachlan invites himself along.

As Lachlan struggles to rebuild the trust he lost with Brenna, they unravel the dark secret their enemy has worked long and hard to hide—and its consequences for them are greater than they could have known.

4 flames
 
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Sixteen-year-old Megan Crenshaw has everything going for her, until a leprechaun shows up on her doorstep and steals all her luck. If that weren't enough, he follows her around, making sure nothing goes right. What Louie didn't count on was Megan's friends standing by her. No matter what he throws at her, they're by her side to pick her back up again. When Megan learns about Louie's ultimate plan for her family, it's a race against time to stop him before he destroys everything she cares about. 

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Megan finally has her luck back and hopes that life will return to normal. She's determined to make her senior year perfect to make up for the year before. 

Unfortunately, the magical world has other plans. She suddenly has a fairy guard who won't leave her alone, dragons become a constant threat, and an imp tracks her every move.

Megan has had it with Louie the leprechaun, and must find a way to get rid of him once and for all. As she fights the creatures he's sent after her, Megan's luck begins to manifest itself in ways she could never imagine. Now, she must learn to harness that power to stop Louie, and protect her family from the evils that threaten her very existence.

1 flame 

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Megan has had it with leprechauns. They want nothing more than to take over her luck-something she's not willing to give up. After finding herself locked up in a dungeon on Christmas morning, she vows to take O'Malley down. Between trying to have a normal life in high school, and fighting various fairy tale creatures thrown in her way, Megan barely has time breathe. 

But when a mysterious darkness begins to snatch the fairies and leprechauns that have protected Megan and her family, she must learn the history of her luck and defeat the bad guys once and for all.

1 flame 

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Adam Crenshaw is tired of living in his little sister’s shadow. She wins everything, and he gets the leftovers. Big brothers are supposed to be the role models, right? 

Then one day, all that changes. Louie is a leprechaun who offers him all the luck he could possibly want—for a price. The offer is tempting, but Adam refuses to work with him. To teach him a lesson, Louie steals all of his luck, and Adam’s life is turned upside down. He now has a choice between giving in to the leprechaun’s demands, or losing everything that matters to him.

1 flame 

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Sydney lives her nightmares every night. While other teenagers are dreaming of boys or traveling to exotic places, she must run a staircase with no beginning or no end, or a terrible debt will never be paid.

Just before her seventeenth birthday, the dreams change. She is no longer alone.

But her nightmares don’t end when she wakes up. Her stepmother and stepsisters threaten to ruin everything she holds dear. She must protect the secret that both she and her father have magic or they will use it to their advantage.

As Sydney learns to control her magic, what seemed impossible before—escaping her stepmother and those ever-present stairs—is now at her fingertips. When she learns the ultimate plan of her evil captor, Sydney must stop her at all costs, or she will forever be trapped inside her nightmares. 

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Jenny’s had it with her life. Six siblings in an overstuffed house are enough to drive anyone crazy, and sometimes she dreams of escaping to some fantasy world. When she suddenly wakes up to find herself being kissed by a strange—but very handsome—prince, Jenny knows her life just got a lot more exciting. Now stuck in a medieval land of castles and royalty, when Jenny learns that the queen has agreed to marry her off to the prince, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. She goes on a quest to find out who dragged her to this time while trying to keep from falling in love with either of the boys vying for her attention. 

Princess Genevieve has only known life under her mother’s rule. She wants to do more than go to battle or deal with suitors. She wakes to find herself in a new world filled with gadgets, electricity, and moving carriages. She finally has the freedom to be who she wants to be with a family who cares deeply for her and a boy worth any sacrifice. It’s more than everything she always wanted.

As Jenny and Genevieve settle into their new lives, they face an unknown evil which threatens everything they care about and makes them face tough questions—like who they are and what they really want their lives to become. 

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When barrel-racing champion Tamsin Tucker is seriously injured in an accident, her whole world crashes down around her. She is abandoned in a tiny Utah town, where her leg is amputated to save her life. Tamsin’s horse is gone, she has no family, and she feels God has forsaken her. From where she stands, prospects are bleak.

Through what she comes to recognize as a blessing from heaven, Tamsin finds friendship with those who assist in her recovery. Her nurse, Sarah, has her own set of problems, but a faith Tamsin can’t deny. Handsome doctor Travis Mayfield questions his belief in God until he witnesses divine intervention on Tamsin’s behalf.

Getting on her feet won’t be easy. But with a new-found purpose, the help of friends and of a man who adores her, and the matchless love of her Heavenly Father, Tamsin will forge a new life.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Two More Days to Get "Resistance" Free

There are two more days left to download "Rising Book 1: Resistance" free on Amazon!





All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead man on his doorstep. The stranger insists that the country is in danger and asks Alphonse to carry out his task of delivering a package to the leader of the country.

Alphonse thinks the man might be a little delusional from his injury, but he reluctantly takes the package and boards a train toward the capital. When he's attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king, he realizes he's in way over his head.

He's rescued from the knights by Mairwyn, a mechanic traveling for work. Alphonse clashes with her instantly. She thinks he's a clueless bookworm, and he finds her rude and cynical. He's less than pleased when she decides to join him on his journey to the capital, but the longer Alphonse travels with Mairwyn, the more he learns about the haunted past she's been running from for so long.

It's a past that she'll have to confront if she and Alphonse stand any chance of protecting themselves and countless others from the terrible plans of the neighboring king--plans that bring horrific death and lead the country to the brink of war.

(Book 1 of 2)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Looking for a fantasy book to read?

From August 8th through the 12th only, you can get the ebook version of "Rising Book 1: Resistance" for FREE on Amazon! This is the first of two books in an adult fantasy series. (Both books are published.) This is a great chance to get the first one if you don't have it already.

Follow this link for the book. :)


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What it's about:

All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead man on his doorstep. The stranger insists that the country is in danger and asks Alphonse to carry out his task of delivering a package to the leader of the country.

Alphonse thinks the man might be a little delusional from his injury, but he reluctantly takes the package and boards a train toward the capital. When he's attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king, he realizes he's in way over his head.

He's rescued from the knights by Mairwyn, a mechanic traveling for work. Alphonse clashes with her instantly. She thinks he's a clueless bookworm, and he finds her rude and cynical. He's less than pleased when she decides to join him on his journey to the capital, but the longer Alphonse travels with Mairwyn, the more he learns about the haunted past she's been running from for so long.

It's a past that she'll have to confront if she and Alphonse stand any chance of protecting themselves and countless others from the terrible plans of the neighboring king--plans that bring horrific death and lead the country to the brink of war.