“A brilliant fantasy read!”
K.J. Simmill for Readers’ Favorite
Upon returning from her quest to gather the Stone of Courage, Carling, the future Queen of Crystonia, is summoned by the historian of the Minsheen herd of Centaurs. He entrusts Carling with a rare, ancient map. After a harrowing journey back home to her village, she is visited, once again, by Vidente, the Wizard of Crystonia. He tells her it is time to collect the purple Stone of Integrity for her royal Silver Breastplate. With the map in hand, Carling and her faithful companions set out to discover the mysterious island of Hy-Basilia, an island that no one knows exists. Frightening sea creatures, menacing Centaurs, a handsome young fisherman, a crafty witch, and Fairies who hide behind masks….who can be trusted? Another quest, another stone, and many more invaluable lessons to learn.
I am a wife, a mom and a grandmother. I am also a competitive equestrian and award-winning author. I especially love to write about horses, both real or fantasy. In 2016, I released, "In the Heart of a Mustang." This story is not a fantasy but it is all about horses. This coming of age young adult novel has won the 2016 Gold Medal from the Literary Classics Awards in Young Adult General Fiction and the Silver Medal in the Nautilus Awards as well as the Silver Medal from Readers Favorite Awards.
My current project is a four-part series titled “The Centaur Chronicles”. I am excited about this new middle-grade fantasy. The first book, “The Stone of Mercy,” was released on Oct. 1, 2016. It has already garnered several awards including the Gold Medal from the Feathered Quill awards. The second, “The Stone of Courage,” was released on April 15, 2017 and has won a Book Excellence Award.
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I have a little sticky note placed on my computer. It has five words written on it: Smell, Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste. This reminds me to use all of the senses in my writing to make the story come alive for my readers. In the excerpt included, there is no mistaking this scene with an ocean journey or a sojourn across a desert. You know they are in a jungle even if I hadn't named it. You can feel it, smell it, hear it, not just see it! I also had fun using personification and metaphor in this excerpt. Can you find these two literary techniques?
The Stone of Integrity
The jungle was extremely dense, and it did everything it could to be uncooperative. Pushing, tugging, and crawling, the explorers struggled to work their way inland. Wet leaves dripped on their heads and backs. Vines curled around their legs and gripped their ankles. Green, red, and yellow parrots swooped overhead, calling out in loud squawks. Monkeys leaped from branch to branch, scolding them with chattering sounds and clicking teeth. Steam rose from the moist ground, stinging their eyes, as the smell of rotting foliage and over-ripe fruit stung their noses. They worked their way around tall tabonuco trees whose pungent, oozing, white resin stuck to their clothing. Dense clusters of bamboo formed wooden fences without gates, stopping them in their tracks and forcing them to find new routes.