Seal up the Stars
Fear not, those who follow His fire, for He shall light your way. The stars that have been sealed up will break free and sing.
Ravenna Lastoria has three days to escape Celidom and its leader, Vitrel. Vitrel keeps the entire city captive under the Ambitus, a vast dome. Ravenna was born with the prophesied Mark of the Tyger, and in three days Vitrel will force her to marry his cruel son and fulfill the dark side of the Prophecy. If she refuses, her younger brother, Brend, will be made to drink the sacred water of Vitrel’s dark god.
In the middle of the night, Jasper, Vitrel’s nephew, kidnaps Ravenna and drags her from Celidom. She’s devastated to leave Brend behind, but she can’t turn back once she learns Jasper’s secret.
There is another side to the Prophecy, but to fulfill it, Ravenna must choose to trust Eloi, the God who gave it.
Together they search the Sharrah Desert for an army strong enough to rescue Brend and crush Vitrel. But what Ravenna and Jasper set in motion may destroy the people they’re trying to save.
Seal up the Stars is Book I of The Great Rescue. I’m currently looking for the right place to publish it. Scroll down to see an excerpt from Chambers of the South, Book II.
Join my email list to receive exclusive updates, book recommendations, and occasional writing excerpts.
Chambers of the South
I pushed up through the brilliant light and burst to the surface, breathed hard.
Ben was leaning over a rock that jutted from the bank. “You were underwater a long time,” he said, eyebrows raised.
I grinned. “It’s fun.”
“Have you ever gone swimming before?”
“Not like this. Where I used to live, the water was bad.”
He made a face. “That would be terrible.”
“It was. My little brother has never been able to swim.”
“You have a little brother? Is he here?”
My heart twisted. “No, he’s not here. He’s still in the bad place.”
“You’re going back to get him.”
He said it so assuredly, as if that was my only option.
“Yes. I’m going back to get him.”
Ravenna will do anything to rescue her little brother, Brend, from Vitrel, the evil ruler of the Temptors. When betrayal scatters the leaders of the Abati, the people she hoped would help her, she and Jasper are caught by Temptors. Ravenna must escape before they reach Celidom and she’s forced to take Shasta in lingas. Can she trust Eloi, the One who spoke the Prophecy that’s Marked her for good or evil?
Australian life was a perfect dream to sixteen-year-old Simone. Born and raised on the coast, she lived to swim and hike and watch the sun set over the red cliffs. She found the boy of her dreams and planned to marry him one day and move into a cute little house not too far from the water.
The dream ends cruelly when her boyfriend breaks up with her…and plunges to his death moments later. Wracked with shame and guilt, Simone shrivels. Who is she anyway? Desperate to keep her safe, her parents send her against her will to the States to live with her uncle and his family.
She sinks into self pity as she tries to stave off a nosy neighbor lady, her inquisitive aunt, and the attention of a boy she will not like. But no one in Haeven is as they seem, and as a mystery unravels before her, she can’t help but try to figure it out. They’re close to solving the case when everything takes on a sinister edge. Who is the neighbor lady, and why does she appear at every turn? Simone, her cousins, and her friend Eli stumble into dangerous business. Will Simone figure out her true identity before it’s too late for all of them?