The Apprentice Synopsis

The Apprentice Synopsis

So last night I finally turned in the rough copy of the finished manuscript for “The Apprentice.”

Yay!!!

As a treat to my patient readers, I have at last posted the description for the book on Goodreads. Please stop by if you have the chance and add it to your “to-read” list. Also, don’t forget to check out http://mycrazzycorner.blogspot.com for an exclusive character interview!

 

The Apprentice Summary

 

Everything is changing.

The Guardians thought defeating the Venators would solve their problems, at least for a while.

They were wrong.

With Titus’ destructive revelation, Tristan’s upcoming graduation, and the Guardians’ sudden rise to fame, Emma and Evin quickly realize that not all battles can be fought with a weapon.

The recent resurgence of Caine all around the globe has everyone on edge, though his purpose still remains unclear.

Then there’s Emma’s new bodyguard. Arrogant, smooth talking, and Italian, his very presence both infuriates and electrifies her.

Meanwhile, things are great between Evin and Claire—until one very big secret threatens to destroy their entire world.

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TLR Book 3 Title

Ok, so I know I made the promise that I wouldn’t reveal the title of my next next book until I reached 100 likes for my post. But even though no such luck was had, you guys still did pretty awesome.
So here’s the deal. I’ve attached the link for my first book on amazon. If you click it, you’ll find in the book description the title for book 3 in TLR series.
Easy enough, right?
Here’s what I need from you: I’ve been generous enough to give you the title early, but it comes at a price. I need everyone who has not already done so, but who has read the first two books of TLR series to leave a review behind for both of them. It doesn’t have to be a long one, just enough that I know you read them. 😉
You’ll get a prize…
If I can get 10 more combined reviews this week, I will reward y’all with an unedited excerpt–a long excerpt–from my next book.
Let’s get on it!

TLR Book 3 Title Reveal

TLR Book 3 Title Reveal

In case anyone missed it, I announced on my Facebook “like” page yesterday that I will be revealing the title to TLR Book 3 this week. Before I do so, however, I’ll need a little help in the announcement. The stipulation is that 100 likes=title reveal. 
So grab a friend and head on over to my page to like my most recent post. Only 90 likes to go. 

68 Things My Children Will Know

So lately I’ve seen a lot of blog entries about “101 Things I Will Teach My Daughters” and other such enlightening posts. And it got me thinking: one day I’ll have kids–hopefully not for a very long time!–who will rely on me for advice. What kind of things will I tell them? That question led to a list of things that I think every parent should tell all of their kids.

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So here it is: “68 Things My Children Will Know”.

  1. Don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else.
  2. You are unique. Revel in it.
  3. Love your body–lumpy, flat, curvy, scrawny. It is the one thing that is absolutely yours. 
  4. On that note, starving yourself is never the answer.
  5. Throughout your life, coffee will remain your one and true best friend–especially in college.
  6. Go to college. Even if it’s only for a short time, don’t knock it ’till you try it. Some of the best experiences you’ll ever have are at a university.
  7. Value your education.
  8. No matter what anyone tells you, it is not ok to get drunk just to fit in with the crowd.
  9. Listen to classical music. Even if not consistently, you’d be amazed the power Beethoven can have over you.
  10. Learn a second language. Use it on a person of interest. You’re welcome.
  11. Know the difference between red and white wine. Find one of each that you favor.
  12. Find at least one cardio activity that you enjoy and stick with it. I don’t care if you’re a star athlete, but you’ll thank me for this when you need to relieve stress.
  13. Eat the last slice of pizza.
  14. Always be open to trying new things.
  15. Don’t ever let someone tell you that you “can’t.”
  16. Get involved in clubs. Even if you only go to the first meeting, you won’t know you like it until you try it. It’s also a great way to make friends.
  17. Learn to play at least one musical instrument.
  18. Drink hot tea regularly.
  19. Never say “no” to more cheese. You need it.
  20. No matter what lies people may tell you, dark chocolate is delicious.
  21. Always be honest with me.
  22. Queen will be one of your favorite bands and you will know each of their greatest hits–no exceptions.
  23. Have one hobby that is solely yours. It may one day lead to your career.
  24. Refer to The Bible at times when helpful advice seems sparse. If nothing else, familiarize yourself with the book of Proverbs.
  25. Guard your heart. With that having been said, don’t be afraid to love and to love fiercely.
  26. If you have to lower your standards, they aren’t “the one.”
  27. One night stands are never ok. Sex should not be casual.
  28. You will read all of the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Chronicles of Narnia books. You’ll thank me later.
  29. It’s ok to want alone time ever now and then. Just don’t shut your friends and family out, because you never know when you’ll need them.
  30. Be wary of Jell-o Shots. I’ll explain when you’re older.
  31. Baking is also a superb, tasty means of relieving stress.
  32. You are expected to be able to thoroughly quote both StarWars and The Princess Bride.
  33. You should always splurge on jeans. Trust me on this.
  34. Chuck Taylor’s are a required part of your wardrobe. Own at least three pairs of them.
  35. Go to museums–of all kinds.
  36. Appreciate art.
  37. Travel at every opportunity.
  38. Know when you’ve had too much to drink.
  39. Grammar is essential. Know the difference between to, too, you’re, your, there, their, and they’re. You’ll understand later.
  40. Go dancing with your friends.
  41. There’s no shame in owning more than one dog.
  42. Not all cats are evil–just most.
  43. Appreciate the stories your elders tell you. They’re the best relics of history you’ll ever find.
  44. Always smell good.
  45. The bandwagon is boring.
  46. Never change who you are just to fit in.
  47. Being popular is overrated.
  48. No matter how well it pays or how comfortable you are, no job is worth being miserable over.
  49. It’s never your place to pass judgment upon others.
  50. Find one coffee shop that’s yours–make friends with the baristas.
  51. Cat naps do wonders.
  52. Watch more black and white films. Know that Alfred Hitchcock was a genius.
  53. Take a road trip–or several.
  54. Never turn down the chance to take a photo with your friends.
  55. I’m always right.
  56. Invest in hair products, no matter what your gender.
  57. Take the time to stop and smell the roses.
  58. It’s better to have a small group of close friends than a large group of acquaintances.
  59. Steer clear of credit cards.
  60. Though I encourage you never to start a fight, if it comes down to it, make sure they hit you first.
  61. A smile goes a long way.
  62. Carry a sharp tongue and a forgiving heart.
  63. Make time for long walks.
  64. Nothing can compare to a hot bubble bath.
  65. Don’t be afraid to sing at the top of your lunges and to dance around in your underwear. Just make sure no one is watching. 😉
  66. Diet-schmiet.
  67. Reality TV will melt your brain.
  68. Don’t choose your career path based on what either of your parents do. I could care less if you follow in my
    footsteps. The only thing that matters is that you do what makes you happy.

April Fool’s!

April Fool's!

So a lot of you may have seen my post earlier today with the last chapter of book 3 to TLR series. An even greater number of you may have figured out already that the chapter was just my idea of an April Fool’s prank–albeit, a really twisted one.
So I hope I didn’t cause too much trauma to those of you who read it. But while I have your attention, I wanted to remind everyone that author Apryl Baker is hosting a Blog Fest this month on her site, http://mycrazzycorner.blogspot.com  and that TLR “tours” the site April 14th.
So make sure to head over and check out some other fabulous authors throughout the month!

TLR Book 3–The Last Chapter

Hey all!

So I decided that in celebration of my soon to be upcoming release of Book 3 of “The Lost Realm Series” that I would give everyone a little sneak peek of what I’ve been working on. Let me know what you think when you’re done!

So without further ado….

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Epilogue

Emma stood alone in the middle of the otherwise raging battlefield, her white dress soaked in blood that was not hers. Alan and Gwen were dead, and she had gotten separated from the other remaining few during the fight. But she didn’t have time to mourn her two friends. From the ways things were going now, one Celestial soldier falling after another, things were very rapidly going downhill.

“Guardian!” a familiar voice boomed from behind her.

Emma slowly turned, eyes narrowing in barely contained fury when she spotted Caine Fletcher, his golden hair and skin startling contrast against midnight-colored stallion he rode. “Caine.”

With a sickening smirk, the Dracon, announced, “I have a present for you.”

Emma gasped when one of his followers suddenly stepped forth, roughly dragging with them a bloody and restrained Tristan. “Emma!” he yelled, blood spluttering from his mouth. “Run—”

Emma screamed in despair when Tristan abruptly cut off, the sword of the Rider that had been retraining him running cleanly through his chest.

“Caine!” another voice hollered before Emma could make another move.

Evin and Claire stood at the edge of their bloody circle, weapons raised. They had seen Tristan fall, and from the mirrored grieving expressions on their faces, things were about to get even bloodier.

“I was just looking for you,” Caine said, flashing a disconcerting smile.

“You found me.”

Dragon people flew ahead of them, fire shooting from their mouths and charring the field around them. Sweat beaded on Emma’s brow, but she ignored it.

Evin and Claire surged forward then.

Evin managed to slice several impeding Riders out of his way, with Claire quickly taking care of the ones his missed. They were truly a couple to be trifled with, on and off the battlefield.

It was as Emma was thinking this that a Rider had appeared behind Claire.

“Claire!” she shouted, unable to get passed the wall of Riders blocking her path.

Claire whirled to face her, her violet eyes rolling upward in her skull when the Rider’s blade sliced cleanly through her. Evin had also paused to see what the commotion was, and at the sight of his girlfriend’s battered and falling body, he let out a livid roar.

He charged Caine.

Caine didn’t even blink a golden eye before suddenly arching his back and letting loose a trail of orange flames at the Guardian. Evin’s sword clattered to the charred ground. Emma watched in horror as her twin’s ashes were whisked away in the blowing wind.

“I told you this was a losing battle, Guardian,” Caine said to her as he flicked his horse’s reins. Emma raised her arms protectively in front her, as if that would somehow stop the massive charging beast.

So this was it.

Of all the ways to die, Emma had never imagined being trampled to death.

Caine’s stallion was upon her.

Everything went black.