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Now a complete duology.
Romance, drama, and mystery abound in this telenovela-inspired upper-YA romantic fantasy for fans of multi-POV stories, forbidden love, enemies to lovers, family sagas, royal intrigue, and mysterious magic.
A forbidden fae kiss could be deadly.
Naia was raised in the shadow of her twin brother, the crown prince, who has iron magic much more powerful than hers. But Naia has wishes of her own. They awaken when she finds a white fae almost dying in the woods. She only heard of them in stories; the dreaded race that razed cities to the ground, killed her grandparents, almost rid Aluria of humans—until they disappeared. Now, almost twenty years later, are they back? Is there another war coming?
But the fae is evasive and secretive—and also alluring and fascinating, more beautiful than anyone she’s ever seen. And then it happens: Naia kisses him—and nothing will be the same again.
In another kingdom, Leah, a necromancer princess, has to find a husband in less than four days, during the gathering, when royals from all over Aluria meet. Her family makes it very clear that she can pick any prince she wants—except one: Naia’s brother. And it turns out that he’s the one; the one who makes her heart beat faster.
Meanwhile, war looms over the land. One of the kingdoms is amassing immense power. The White Fae might be returning. Amidst it all, Naia and her brother struggle with newfound magical powers, family secrets, and most of all, their own treacherous hearts.
Frozen Hearts and Death Magic is book 1 of the Duology Of Fire and Fae, recommended for readers 16 and up.
Trigger warnings: This book contains passages with some phychological abuse and an attempt at sexual assault.
Could love undo the mess under which she was buried?
Or was it the excuse she’d give to forfeit her duty?
Still grappling with shocking revelations, Naia has to figure out if she can trust River, and this time, there’s a lot more than just her heart at stake. Unless she holds herself together, they won't stand a chance against the powerful Ironhold Kingdom. Actually, they might not stand a chance regardless.
River wants to make things right with Naia, but he also wants to unveil Ironhold’s secrets. Diving deep down into the entrails of the dreadful Iron Citadel, he finds evil more dreadful and dangerous than he ever imagined. This time, there might be no escape for him.
On a strange land, Fel has to distinguish between foes and allies, while struggling with newfound magic, and coming across even more shocking discoveries. The price of his failure is nothing less than death.
Leah has to find a way to control her power, or else it will consume her—and destroy everything she loves.
With gripping action, nonstop danger, heartfelt moments, and heart-pounding romance, Iron Hearts and Dragon Magic is the epic finale of the duology Of Fire and Fae, an upper-YA romantic fantasy series for lovers of forbidden romance, enemies-to-lovers, and family drama.
Content warning: This book has some fantasy violence and non-graphic intimacy between couples.
When a girl set on revenge meets an arrogant prince, sparks fly and tempers rise.
Yes, Zora cheated her way into the Royal Games, but it was for a very good reason:
Her ex was an asshole and thought she could never attain glory on her own.
Just because she's a girl.
So she took his place.
Now she's competing for the legendary Blood Cup, representing the Dark Valley, a place where shadow creatures spawn in the dark and survive in sunlight. It's her chance to prove her worth and bring glory to her people. If she wins, of course.
But winning is far from easy.
The younger prince thinks she's a fragile damsel who doesn't belong in the competition. Determined to eliminate her at all costs, he's stacking the challenges against her. Ha. All he's doing is making her want to win this competition more than ever.
The older prince is helping her, but the cost is getting Zora entangled in dangerous flirting games.
Flirting. The last thing she wanted.
And then there's someone trying to kill her.
The Cup and the Prince is book 1 in the series Kingdom of Curses and Shadows, a Young Adult romantic fantasy series with romance, action, humor, and intrigue for readers 15 and older.
Readers have compared it to Folk of The Air (hate-to-love trope), Throne of Glass (royal contest), Red Queen (complicated royal brothers), The Shadows Between Us (quirky prose), and Spin the Dawn (royal contest).
A deadly curse.
A mysterious cup.
And the power to save or doom the kingdom.
Of course things didn’t go as planned at the Royal Games. When do things go as planned?
Now Zora is on the run, and has to join a disgraced prince in order to retrieve a powerful magical artifact that might undo her valley’s curse. For the first time in her life, she has real hope for her people.
Problem is, for the second time in her life, she’s falling for someone she shouldn’t. Finding a hidden object is hard enough on its own, she could do without the heart palpitations and lack of air. And she could certainly focus better without the constant memory of his lips on hers, his arms around her… Gaah! See? How can she avoid pursuers and decipher enigmatic writings when her brain has been turned to mush? Painful, hopeless mush.
But the real trouble is that there’s more than one curse in the kingdom. And not enough objects or time to get rid of them all.
The Curse and the Prince is book 2 in the series Kingdom of Curses and Shadows, an enemies-to-lovers or hate-to-love YA romantic fantasy for readers 15 and up who love witty banter, adventure, and magic.
Darkness has taken over her land, and Zora has to find a solution before her world and the Shadow Kingdom merge once and for all—and before Griffin is lost to her forever. Joined by unlikely allies and facing enemies at every turn, she journeys to a dangerous island where dark secrets are kept, and nobody gets out alive.
Griffin is in enemy territory and has to play a dangerous game if he wants to stay alive and save the people he loves, even if it might mean losing them forever.
The Dawn and the Prince is the action packed, emotional finale in the series Kingdom of Curses and Shadows. Get ready for more adventure, romance, and strange magic.
This book can be read on its own.
Greedy, cunning, and selfish, Sian is not someone to be trusted. But when Karina is called to break his spell with a kiss, she accepts it.
She’s smart enough not to fall in love—or at least to tell herself not to.
But risking a broken heart is the smallest of her problems. Sian’s been enchanted in a mysterious, ancient castle where dark magic has been awakened. And now Karina’s being hunted by strange, creepy creatures and has no idea why.
Sian offers to keep her safe and deal with the castle and its dark magic once and for all. If Karina wants to find answers, she'll have to trust him. Trust Sian, the guy who says he's no hero. What could go wrong?
Kissing Magic is a YA enemies-to-lovers romantic fantasy and can be read on its own. Recommended for readers 13 and older.
Stranded across dimensions, what will they do to reach each other?
Troubled by nightmares about the boy she loves and trying to reach him, Karina finds a new portal. But instead of going to Whyland, she breaks the defenses against a sinister ethereal city, putting Whyland—and her friends—in danger. Not only that, she ends up trapped and helpless, in a place where even her mind is not safe.
Sian has an impossible task: defeat the gigantic Maris king. A victory doesn't mean a ticket home, though. In his struggle, he'll come across magic more powerful than he ever imagined.
Intruders in Whyland force Cayla and Darian to the Light Gardens, where more truths and secrets are about to be revealed, and where Darian has a chance to reconnect with his brother.
Old wounds are about to be opened—and cleansed. But the process might be painful.
Within Magic is an action-packed, emotional conclusion to Portals to Whyland, recommended for teens 13 and up.
You'll find adventure, romance, intrigue, revelations, and magic.
From magic shoes to magic kisses
Never accept invitations to other worlds from strangers. When Karina realizes that, she’s already in Whyland, a kingdom in another dimension, running for her life, with no idea who to trust.
She came to help a princess defeat a witch, but when both rebels and the king are after them, Karina’s only way out might be by using the magic in her power, which she barely understands. To make matters worse, the princess’ boyfriend, almost-boyfriend, or whatever, has dubious alliances, and it might be their doom.
Then there’s the mysterious Sian, who’s intent on conquering the kingdom. He’s greedy, cunning, and selfish—and fascinating. And that’s the part that complicates it all.
Alternate dimensions, mysterious magic, strange castles, complicated romances, friendships between girls, first kisses, and teen angst. You can find all that and more in Portals to Whyland, a YA portal fantasy series for readers 13 and older.
What readers are saying:
★★★★★ Interesting characters and an action filled story set in worlds you’d love to explore.
★★★★★ The whole series is a great read.
★★★★★ The world the author created is fantastic.
★★★★★ I loved all the characters in this book.
★★★★★ The characters were just so lovable and the storyline amazing!
This collection contains the following books:
Step Into Magic - Kissing Magic - Within Magic
Step Into Magic (Slightly abridged version)
Special, scary shoes become Karina’s ticket to Whyland, a kingdom in another dimension, where she agrees to help princess Cayla defeat a witch. But what should be a simple quest gets complicated after a tumultuous meeting between the princess and the guy she loves. To make matters worse, the girls are betrayed and face unforeseen enemies. With no idea who to trust, Karina has to figure out magic she doesn’t understand and find a way to save herself, her friends, and even the kingdom.
Kissing Magic (You can start with this book, too)
Greedy, cunning, and selfish, Sian is not someone to be trusted. Still, when Karina is called to Whyland to break his spell with a kiss, she accepts. But when dark magic creatures from a mysterious castle chase her, she’ll have to turn to him for answers and protection. Sian, the guy who says he’s no hero. What could go wrong?
Troubled by nightmares and trying to reach her beloved, Karina opens a new portal, but ends up trapped and helpless in a sinister ethereal city, where even her mind is not safe. How will she find her way out?
Watch out for your wishes.
Alana's dream is to leave the poverty-stricken, government-controlled planet where she lives with her mother. But that's impossible when she can barely manage enough to eat. Her big chance comes in a well-paid mission to retrieve a golden sphere. The problem: it's in the Ghost Ship, a mysterious alien spaceship that has been abandoned for millennia. Nobody has ever set foot on it and come out alive. How will Alana manage it?
Meanwhile, Jasper has come to her planet to oversee the government. His real goal? To see the mysterious dragons—if they are still alive.
Destiny brings them together and thrusts the fate of the Samitri Planet and the Human Universe in their hands.
The Sphere of Infinity is a standalone YA Aladdin retelling novella.
It was part of the box set Kingdom of Sand and Wishes.
14-year old Karina doesn’t know what she wants, but knows what she’s found—fascinating silver shoes. Fascinating, dangerous, and potentially evil. On the upside, they do bring cool visitors. When a princess invites her to go to Whyland and save her kingdom, of course she accepts. There’s that little “let’s destroy the shoes” detail she’s not crazy about, but hey, free trip, alternate world.
But Whyland is nothing like she expected. Karina finds herself stuck in a kingdom she doesn’t understand, with no clue on who to trust. Before saving anyone, she’d better save herself—if she figures out how.
To make matters worse, as much as the princess is fierce, determined, and brave, she'll jeopardize everything just to reconnect with her boyfriend, almost boyfriend, or whatever. And that might just be their doom.
Step into Magic is a fun YA portal fantasy adventure. If you like books with strong heroines, friendships between girls, subtle romance, and some mystery, you've found your book.
On a planet at war with its moon, two enemies will struggle to find their places in the conflict. And their meeting will only complicate things…
Everyone Saytera knows can conjure fire, but all she can do is create darkness.
In search for answers about her destiny and who she is, she leaves her island for the first time, only to find herself on the run and with no way to return home. She finds refuge in a military academy. Problem is, she can’t even fire a gun—they just don’t work with her. And nobody can know where she’s from and what she can do. How can she find her place and her worth in this reality where none of her talents matter?
Dess lost everything when his entire family was killed many years ago. Hiding his identity and seen as a worthless orphan, he beat the odds and became the best cadet in his program. But that wasn't enough. Forced on a dangerous job, he’ll go down to the planet and risk his life in the hopes of bringing peace to his moon.
But he can feel the starfire running through him. He knows there’s more, there's magic, and there are Terens, legendary beings who can manipulate fire. And destiny might just make him meet one. Problem is, she's his enemy.