Wednesday, December 27, 2023

The Forgotten: The Realms of Darkness

 Taken by the vampire queen, I was sent to her dungeon with one choice left: life or death. I chose death, but fate had other plans for me.

The Forgotten:

The Realms of Darkness

by KA Stefana

Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance



My name is Luther Van Leer, and I'm a prisoner in the vampire queen's castle. She'll let me out if I'm willing to meet her demands, but I will refuse until she puts a stake through my heart. I'll not let her turn me into a monster. At least, that was my plan. With a turning kiss, I was turned into a monster, banished, beaten, and betrayed. Now, my master expects that I will fall in love with her and play nice. If my cold-dark heart ever finds her, revenge will be mine!

Step into the dark and feudal world of the four kingdoms. The prophecy hangs over the land, turning kings and queens against each other. When Amelia turns Luther, she unknowingly drags him into her world. Instead of gaining a lover, she gains another enemy. Will Luther forgive her ultimate betrayal and help her survive, or will he abandon her? It would be his right.

From the darkness of the salt mines, the horrors of the bird cages, the temptations of the Forbidden Lake, and dragon tattoos, Luther and Amelia will be in a race against time to save their kingdom.

Excerpts 

Chapter 1 No Escape

Your fate was at the mercy of the queen’s whims. If you satiated her desires between the sheets, she might let you live to see another year around in the sun in servitude to her. Otherwise, the jailer would drag whatever was left of you into the dungeons for your remains to decay and fade away.  (Luther)

The Silver Mask

I was a warrior, not a lover. Oh, I loved it, but I didn’t play with my victims. (Amelia)

Shackles

Any remnants of tenderness for Amelia were long gone, leaving nothing but hatred for my master. Step by step, mile after mile, night overnight, and I knew that if I ever escaped and found her, I would destroy her. There was no love for her left in my cold, dark vampire heart. Nothing! Luther

Tales in the Darkness

Amelia tried to take my hand, but I brushed her away. I still didn't want anything to do with her, and she needed to know that there would be boundaries to this relationship. Boundaries that I would control. Master or not, I wasn't letting her take advantage of me again.  (Luther)

Fangs are for biting.

Listening as she groaned, she teased me back, "Your only two choices were death or my mother. You chose death, and I chose you." For the first time in forever, I heard her giggle, and I longed for simpler times. Days when we could safely be in each other's arms without worrying that our heads could be chopped off in the throes of passion. Such times were not conducive to intimacy. (Luther)

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About the Author


Welcome Readers! Followers and Members of the Shadowverse. I am so excited that you are taking this journey with me. I love to weave tales of darkness and light, pushing my characters to the end of themselves. How will they react? Some may fall into evil, spiraling into a never-ending vortex of darkness. Others may walk the line between the realms of darkness and light. Only a few will rise above the chaos. They are the defenders and heroes in the world of shadows, but they, too, wrestle with the shadows surrounding them, trying to lure them down dark alleyways and into the back rooms of iniquity. 

My friends always ask me where my tales come from. I guess it comes from years of reading great tales from the likes of Tolkien, Lewis, and so many others. In reality, I don't have a clue. The stories somehow flow from the unruly characters that beg to be written yet refuse to follow their storylines. Just the way I like it!

Past the shadows, you will find a twist of romance between kings and outcasts, enemies to lovers, and everything in between.

As for me, I started my writing journey during quarantine and haven't stopped writing since. I am thankful for the writing community and their support and for my family and friends. Most of all, I am blessed to have a husband who supports all of my late-night shenanigans, wrestling with characters and pounding away at the keyboard until the wee hours of the morning.

~ A million hugs! Thanks for joining the Shadowverse.

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Boomer the Curious Bunny

 What will Boomer find?

Boomer the Curious Bunny

by Diann Floyd Boehm

Genre: Children's Animal Picture Book



What will Boomer find?

Blurb

Boomer is a curious bunny who loves excitement. Staying home doesn’t offer him the same fun it gives his brothers and sisters, so he hops off to see what he can see. When he does, what do you think awaits him?

Join this adorable furry rabbit as he heads off into the city where he meets a range of characters and goes on a variety of adventures. Will his discoveries be the joyful experiences he expects?

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Written for children ages 3 to 9. This is a delightful tale for parents to read with their kids or for young readers to enjoy.

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Diann Floyd Boehm is an award-winning, bestselling author. Her books inspire not only imagination but also self-empowerment, kindness, and inclusion. As a humanitarian, Diann has traveled extensively, meeting many people, and experiencing many cultures. She believes in sharing the joy of diversity, the beauty of individuality, and blessings of community with her readers.

Diann is the co-host with Dr. Jacalyn on USAGLOBALTV. Together, the duo brings entertaining topics alive, aspiring to spread global knowledge, awareness, and hope. They welcome various guests to discuss relevant issues to modern living, including everything from books to business.

Another wonderful endeavor of this amazing lady is Story Garden. Being a professional educator, Diann understands the importance of literacy.  She knows reading aloud has a vital impact on oral and written communication skills. Therefore, she coordinates a program for authors to read books online for kids and adults alike to enjoy!

Diann is a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoys quilting and singing. In addition to spending time with her loved ones, she treasures the opportunity to meet new people and experience new things.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

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 While they underestimate her, she's planning their death.

The Ledger

Team of Eight Book 1

by Jodee Jean Daniels

Genre: Suspense Mystery with Heat



 Blurb

Lillianne's world is a fortress of secrets and chosen bonds. Her 'Team of Eight' isn't just a close-knit group; they're her found family, safeguarding her against shadowy global threats. Amidst this protective circle, a dark presence lingers - Azrael. This mysterious entity whispers from the depths of her mind, guiding her in a relentless fight against evil.


Lili is a beacon of hope for the innocent in this high-stakes game. Her mission? To thwart Abrams, a formidable adversary whose reign of terror over the vulnerable must end. But her path is riddled with obstacles, not least of which is the frustrating bureaucracy of the agency that constantly impedes her progress.

As Lili navigates this treacherous landscape, she faces a personal dilemma. The stirrings of a new love beckon, offering a chance to heal old wounds. But just as she opens her heart, echoes of a troubled past resurface, threatening to shatter her newfound hope.

The Ledger is at the heart of her journey, symbolizing the wrongs she aims to right. But as she crosses out each entry marked in red, Lili is forced to confront a critical question: What matters more, the mission or the people who stand with her in solidarity?

Join Lili in a gripping tale of loyalty, love, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

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Jodee Jean Daniels is a novelist from the Deep South. She might not be everyone's cup of tea, but she is a special group of people's double shots of whiskey, so to those, she is JUST WRITE! Join her on the journey to become a best-selling author while balancing her home life with 5 kids and 2 grandkids. It is always fun on her channel!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

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 The girl I ever loved became the girl I could never have.

A Second Chance

by I.S.A. Bella

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance


Tragedy tore us apart.

Scarlett

My entire world changed in an instant.
The biggest betrayal led my brother to his death, shattering my soul in the process.
He was my lifeline, the light to my darkness, and my best friend.
I don’t think I can survive without him until Maverick walks back into my life.
Maverick abandoned me when I needed him the most. He chose my sister over me.
Can I trust him to keep my heart beating, or will he destroy it for the last time?

Tragedy brought us back together.

Maverick

My best friend is gone.
The same day I lost Scarlett.
My Tinkerbelle. My best friend’s little sister.
The girl I ever loved became the girl I could never have.
Our age difference kept us in the friend zone, but she's all grown up now.
I’ve waited long enough to make her mine.
She needs me now more than ever.
I just need to convince my Tinkerbelle I will never fail her again.


EXCERPT

THE PAST: MAVERICK 22, SCAR 16

After eating Scar's delicious dinner, we dispersed to separate rooms. The tension at the table was suffocating. I tried getting quick glimpses of Scar, but Skye would avert my attention by grabbing my thigh or making small talk.  

When it was time to go to bed, I couldn't fall asleep, and it wasn't because Skye was lying next to me in lace panties. I wanted to spend more time with Scar and check in on her. With my hand underneath my head, I saw a flicker of light from the corner of my eye. I heard faint footsteps walking across the hardwood floor.  

I glanced down at Skye's sleeping form and gingerly slid away from her. I grabbed my shirt, pulled up my jeans, and quietly walked out the door.  

I padded down the hall until I reached the kitchen. An easy smile formed on my face as I took in Scar in the kitchen, pouring herself a glass of water and quietly singing "Alone" by Heart. She spun around too quickly, and her eyes widened when she saw me. 

I chuckled and held my hands up. "Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you."  

She walked over to the refrigerator and pulled out a tray of fresh fruits. Using her hip, she closed the fridge door and placed the tray on the table. "Couldn't sleep?" she asked, reaching for a strawberry and bringing it to her lips before biting into it. 

I cleared my throat. "Yeah. Is that why you’re up?"  

She nodded and grabbed another strawberry. My eyes involuntarily moved to her pink lips. "Do you want one?" she asked, holding a strawberry out.  

I gave her a small smile. “No thanks, Tinkerbelle.”  

She blushed at the nickname. I headed toward the cupboard behind her and pulled out a jar of peanut butter. Her face lit up when she saw what I was doing. I grabbed a few strawberries and dipped them in the jar. I set a few in front of her.  

Strawberries dipped in peanut butter were her favorite snack as a kid. At first, I thought it was gross, but she convinced me it tasted like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. After one taste, I was addicted.  

"It's your fault I love these damn things," I teased, making her blush even more. She grabbed one and took a bite. A moan escaped her pretty mouth, making my dick twitch.  I shoved a cracker in my mouth to drown out the sound of her breathy moans before I did something that would put me in jail.  

"Oh, God. This is so good." 

I choked on my snack when I saw a picture of her making those sounds as her body writhed underneath me.  

"Are you okay?" Scar patted my back with a wary look.  

I nodded and stepped around her, ashamed of my thoughts, and grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge.  

I was going to hell.  

"Ricky?" Scar's soft voice sent goosebumps across my skin. She closed the distance between us and handed me a napkin.  

"Thanks," I murmured, wiping my mouth.  

She was like my sister, as Seth would remind me.  

She's too young. 

She's your best friend's little sister.  

I kept repeating these words to convince myself that it was fucked up. I needed to fight the urges that I shouldn't be having for Scar.  

My Tinkerbelle.  

It was so fucking wrong.  

But when she looked at me with those big golden eyes, I couldn’t help but graze the corner of her mouth with my thumb. Her breath hitched, and her lashes fluttered and her eyes closed briefly, absorbing the moment between us.  

"You got a little something..." I whispered, watching my finger trail over her bottom lip, a pinkish shade coming to her cheeks.  

"Mav, what are you...?" 

My hand quickly fell to my side at the sound of Skylar's voice. I looked up to see Skylar shooting daggers at us and the compromising position we were in. I looked down to see how close our bodies were and swallowed. Scar must have noticed it, too, because she stepped back and mumbled something. She danced around Skylar, but not until she got in a dig. 

 

Tropes:

*Small town romance

*Brother's best friend

*Age gap

*Small town boy to Hollywood Actor

*Single mother

*Tragedy

*Wicked half-sister

Please be aware this story contains content that might be troubling to some readers. Difficult topics are discussed in this story including mental health. Mature content, adult language, and disturbing matters that may trigger an emotional response

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About the Author


I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York until our family moved around to four different states. Currently reside in Ohio with my husband Steven of fourteen years. No children or fur babies. I have three siblings: a sister who will go to the earth and moon for you, an older brother who passed away unexpectedly in 2019, and a younger brother who loves with his whole heart. I am also a proud auntie to a teenage niece and nephew.

My dream was to become a writer someday, but real life got in the way. I started writing in my journal at an early age. Over time, the words in the pages formed into poetry. Reading and writing is my way of “escaping reality.” Real life sucks sometimes and getting lost in a good book helps make it less sucky.

My favorite genre is romance which includes young adult, contemporary, sports, and fantasy.

​When I am not reading or writing, you will find me in the kitchen baking a crap load of sugar that I do not need or binging on the next series on Netflix, movies (huge superhero fanatic) reading my Kindle at all hours of the night, or watching Tik Tok videos. Thank you for giving my books a chance. I hope you will fall in love with the characters as much as I had fun writing them.

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Monday, December 18, 2023

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The Unlikely Spy

by Sophie Schiller

Genre: Historical Spy Thriller



  One woman on a hopeless mission in Panama.

How far will she go to help the Allies?

Casablanca meets Notorious in a Hitchcock-style thriller of espionage, romance, adventure, and intrigue.

During the Great War in 1917, Emma Christensen is a young widow who returns to the islands to reclaim the life and the villa she left behind. When she discovers that her husband has disinherited her in favor of his young heir—an illegitimate son—she soon finds herself penniless. She is approached by Cornelius Smith, a businessman who offers her an alternative: infiltrate the suspicious Hamburg-American Line and spy on its nefarious leader, Julius Luckner, to gain valuable business intelligence for his firm. It doesn’t take long for Emma to realize that both Smith and Luckner are not as they seem. Close to the Allies but even closer to the enemy, Emma bravely engages in missions that could blow her cover at any moment. But with the Panama Canal at stake, how far will she go to help the Allies? A thriller in the style of Hitchcock that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


"A great read about a female spy during WWI...a really good, fast paced historical thriller." -Chelsie S., Vine Voice


A gripping and suspenseful World War I spy thriller from an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer.

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Sophie Schiller is an author of historical fiction and spy thrillers. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews has called her "an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer." Publishers Weekly called her novel, ISLAND ON FIRE, "a memorable romantic thriller", her novel RACE TO TIBET, “a thrilling yarn,” and her TRANSFER DAY, “a page-turner with emotional resonance.” Kirkus Reviews called her latest novel, THE LOST DIARY OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON, "an engaging coming-of-age story of heartbreak, bravery, honor, and triumph." Her latest novel is THE UNLIKELY SPY, a historical spy thriller set during WWI. She graduated from American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

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Magical Missions Bk 1 and 2

A world of magic and adventure awaits…

The Frights of Fiji

Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions Book 1

by Sunayna Prasad

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

 


A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.

"Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere."

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.


EXCERPT

The rain turned black—as if ink fell from the sky. Alyssa leaned closer. She squinted to determine the shapes they formed on the kitchen window… letters.

            No—that couldn’t happen. Yet, a message spelled out as more pigments dropped onto the glass. Alyssa gasped at it.

            Your life will never be the same again, Alyssa McCarthy, as magic will interfere

What? Alyssa thought. It can’t exist!

As a little kid, others had told her that magic wasn’t real, including when she’d learned the truth about the tooth fairy and Santa Claus.

Alyssa had lived here, On Orion Street, since she’d lost her parents in that car crash five years ago at age seven. Although they had designated her godfather as the priority guardian, she’d ended up living with her uncle, Bruce, and aunt, Laura right after her mom and dad’s deaths due to various complications from the state of New Jersey. But after her aunt died three years ago, her uncle had toughened up his attitude and rules. He even required Alyssa, and her 11-year-old cousin, Hailey, to earn fun, which involved too much effort.

Alyssa’s stomach compressed, as she considered her uncle reaction to the window’s writing. He’d yelled at her for minor issues ever since her aunt’s passing. So, if she told him about that message…he would deem that a lie—or perhaps, as an excuse to escape from this house. He’d already hidden her godfather’s phone number and mailing address shortly after Aunt Laura’s demise. Alyssa had forgotten that information since.

Footsteps sounded. The babysitter, Mrs. Hutchinson, stared at the kitchen floor and pointed in different directions.

Hailey sweated through freckled cheeks as she stood right outside.

Mrs. Hutchinson turned to Hailey. “You’re good.”

“So, can I have my break now?”

“Yes. But you’ve only got ten minutes till your next chore.”

Hailey went upstairs.

Alyssa sighed. Ever since Uncle Bruce had hired Mrs. Hutchinson, she’d Hailey’s abilities to do chores—but never with Alyssa.

“Alyssa, get back to work. You’ve been staring at the rain for too long.”

            “Okay.” Alyssa turned back—only to see the message gone and the rain back to its normal transparency.

            “What did I say?” asked Mrs. Hutchinson.

            Alyssa sighed. “Fine, I’ll finish washing the dishes.” She scrubbed her them under running water and focused only on those. Stupid rules. What was Uncle Bruce thinking—asking Mrs. Hutchinson to treat us like dirt?

Mrs. Hutchinson was only in her sixties, but she’d seem to forget that it was 2010 and not 1960. Yet, it had taken Alyssa a while to realize that she wouldn’t even tolerate the mildest kind of nonsense, such as gaping at a windowpane when performing chores.

            Now that she finished washing her dishes, Alyssa put them to the side and grabbed some paper towels.

            “What do you think you’re doing?” Mrs. Hutchinson asked.

Alyssa stopped. “I’m just—”

            “The last few times I was here, you left little bits of food on your dishes.”

            “But they were stuck.”

            “Let me inspect them. Also, if something is rubbery, you have to wash it again.”

            “Why?”

            “Because clean dishes aren’t supposed to be rubbery. And boy, did you do such a sloppy job. Look at that stain on your sweater.”

            Alyssa looked down.

            “That looks like chocolate.”

            Alyssa blushed and arched her eyebrows.  “Hey—it’s just water.” She covered the stain at the bottom of her sweater’s V-neck.

            But Mrs. Hutchinson waved her index finger. “Don’t you ‘hey’ me, Alyssa. That’s rude. In my days, kids respected their elders. We never would dare talk to them that way unless we didn’t mind them smacking our bottoms.”

            “Things change.”

            “Not when I’m here, they don’t. Now let me do my inspection.”

            Great—an inspection! How long would Mrs. Hutchinson take? She might spend twenty minutes, or even more. Alyssa crossed her arms and tapped her foot. She wanted her break now. She wished to read, rest, make lanyard-designs—anything but watch Mrs. Hutchinson.

            “Mrs. Hutchinson?” Alyssa asked.

            “Whatever you need to say, wait till I’m done,” she said.

            Alyssa sighed. Mrs. Hutchinson ran her finger down one of the dishes and rubbed it. She then put it down and nodded.

            She spent a few more minutes of running her finger down the glass, put it down, and told Alyssa, “You’re good. Now what did you want to tell me?”

            “Um . . .if I tell you, can you not give me a hard time?”

            “If it’s something stupid—?

            “It’s not.” Alyssa breathed.” There was writing on the window.”

            Mrs. Hutchinson pressed her lips together and tilted her head. “Nonsense.”

            “No, really, it was there.”

            “There was nothing there when I came, and there’s nothing there now. So don’t tell me stories.”

            “But it’s not a story.”

            “I don’t want to hear any more. Now it’s time for your next chore.”

            “Aw, but I wanted my break.”

            “Too bad. You’ve got to go vacuum the living room.”

            Alyssa dragged her feet toward it and took the vacuum from the corner. She cleaned and thought about that writing as well as how Mrs. Hutchinson wouldn’t believe her. She couldn’t imagine a nicer babysitter believing her, either. Mrs. Hutchinson had watched her and Hailey for three years, and not once had she smiled or assisted with anything.

            After cleaning the carpet, Alyssa checked for remaining particles, which she didn’t find. So, she put the vacuum away.

            “Hailey, you and Alyssa need to go get the mail now!” Mrs. Hutchinson faced the staircase.  

“Coming!” cried Hailey.

Another rule Uncle Bruce had placed on Alyssa and Hailey was they could only go outside together. He worried about people taking them or something, even though Alyssa would turn thirteen next month. But that rule had been placed because a few months ago, Uncle Bruce had heard about a seventeen-year-old boy who had been shot while skateboarding in his neighborhood. That had shocked Alyssa, since it had occurred here in Bursnell, New Jersey, what many deemed a safe town.

            The two put their raincoats on until Mrs. Hutchinson said, “It stopped raining outside.”

            “Already?” asked Alyssa.

            “Yes.” Mrs. Hutchinson went to the bathroom.

            The girls headed toward the mailbox. Alyssa pulled out the mail. But mud bubbled from the ground near the house. It piled up, resembling horse manure, and grew as more soil emerged. Alyssa’s jaw dropped.

            “Alyssa, what’s going on?” Hailey asked.

            “No idea,” said Alyssa.

            The dirt stopped piling up, but it still bubbled, and the effects spread throughout the whole pile. The bubbles stopped popping up and down. Alyssa and Hailey gasped as they expanded. They kept their mouths open as the bubbles merged, each one attached to another, forming a single bigger shape. Hailey and Alyssa stepped back as the now giant bubble swelled. And it . . . popped! Bits of exploding mud landed on the girls, and they shrieked.

A glowering Mrs. Hutchinson opened the door. “What the heck have you two been doing?”

            “T-the mud . . . it e-exploded,” said Hailey.

            “Complete garbage!” growled Mrs. Hutchinson. “Get inside!”

            The girls returned inside, pulling and wiping the mud out of their hair. Alyssa could spot the mud in her straight pale-blonde tresses, unlike Hailey, who likely needed more patience to search for globs in her elbow-length red locks. But Alyssa’s hair fell a few inches past her hips, so cleaning out the mud would take longer, even with the shorter layers in the front.

            “How could dirt explode?” Mrs. Hutchinson stomped.

            “I-I think it was magic!” exclaimed Alyssa.

            “There’s no such thing as magic!” screamed Mrs. Hutchinson. “Alyssa, you’re twelve years old. You’re too old to say things like that!”

            “But nothing else can make mud explode!” Alyssa said.

            “Mrs. Hutchinson, we swear it did!” whined Hailey.

            “Enough!” snapped Mrs. Hutchinson. “You and Hailey—go upstairs and take showers!”

            Alyssa followed Hailey and sighed. Mrs. Hutchinson must have thought they’d play in the mud like small children.

            “Alyssa, can I shower first?” asked Hailey.

            “Sure,” said Alyssa.

            As Hailey entered the bathroom, Alyssa walked into her room. She scratched more mud off her skinny jeans, which is what she’d only ever since she’d noticed other girls wearing them and the back of her hand. She stood by her bed since she wanted to keep it clean.

She thought about the writing on the window and the exploding mud. Someone wanted magic to interfere with her life. But who—and why?

            There had to be some reason why no one had ever believed in sorcery—unless it’d just begun on Earth today, or recently.

            Maybe magic might only interfere if she stayed remained her uncle’s house. But if her godfather could arrange with his lawyer to let her move in with him, wizardry could leave her alone. Unlike science, though, magic may do anything, which meant that it could follow her wherever she went.

            The bathroom’s running water sound ended, which meant that Hailey had finished her shower. Now Alyssa had her turn.

            After about five minutes showering, she stepped out and headed back to her room, where she put on leggings and a long shirt. But she gasped as something appeared out of nowhere on her bed. That must have from . . . magic.

She noticed that it was a folded piece of paper, which she opened, and read.

Hello Alyssa McCarthy,

You must be wondering about the writing on your window, the exploding mud, and the note that appeared here. Who was responsible for them? You’ll find out at some point.

Anonymous

            How dare someone create incidents and not say his or her name! Without knowing his or her identity, Alyssa couldn’t report the person. Strange, magical occurrences might happen again.

            But now she had proof to Mrs. Hutchinson that the writing and exploding mud had taken place. Mrs. Hutchinson had seen her write before, and that’d looked nothing like hers. She handwrote in a half-print and half-script style. This, however, was pure print.

Alyssa jogged downstairs and carried the note. “Mrs. Hutchinson, I have something to show you.”

            “Not right now, Alyssa.” Mrs. Hutchinson left the kitchen. “You and Hailey have to go wash my car.”

            “But it’s quick.”

            “You can show me after you’re done washing my car.” Mrs. Hutchinson turned to Hailey, who emptied the dishwasher and put dishes away. “Are you almost done?”

            “I think so,” said Hailey.

            “How many dishes do you have left?” asked Mrs. Hutchinson.

            “Uh . . .” Hailey looked at the top rack. “Four.”

            “Okay, hurry up.” Mrs. Hutchinson turned to Alyssa. “Why don’t you go put that piece of paper away?”

            “But this is what I need to show you.”

            “Do I have to repeat what I said before?”

            “But—”

            “Alyssa, do as you’re told.” Mrs. Hutchinson pointed to the staircase.

            Alyssa sighed. This note contained so much crucial information. Only that paper itself contained evidence that those incidents had occurred.

            After putting the note back in her room, Alyssa joined Hailey in the garage. The two grabbed sponges, buckets, and soap. They filled the buckets with water and scrubbed Mrs. Hutchinson’s car.

            “I wish we had another babysitter,” muttered Alyssa.

            “What was on the piece of paper?” asked Hailey.

            Alyssa told her.

            “Who wrote it?”

            “There was no name on it. Just ‘anonymous.’”

            A girl whistling turned Alyssa’s attention away from the car. She leaned her head toward the sidewalk and saw her friend from grade school, Madison Jennings, riding her scooter.

            “Hi, Alyssa,” said Madison. The wind blew her long dark-brown waves across her face. She stopped at Alyssa’s driveway, and her hair went limp. Hailey and Alyssa ran to her.

“I missed you,” said Alyssa.

“How’ve you been” Hailed asked.

            “I just moved onto Draco Drive a few days ago,” Madison referred to a road off Orion Street.

            “So, how do you like the middle school?” asked Alyssa.

            “Oh, I go to Catholic school now,” said Madison. “What about you?”

            “Hailey and I are homeschooled now,” said Alyssa. “I never got to tell you.”

            “That’s okay,” said Madison. “So, you guys want to come over to my house on Saturday?”

            “What time?” asked Alyssa.

            “I’ll ask my mom and let you know,” said Madison. “Okay, bye, guys. Nice seeing you again.” She rode back in the direction she’d come from as Hailey and Alyssa waved goodbye to her.

            After washing the car for a while, they cleaned up and walked back inside. A snore suggested to Alyssa that Mrs. Hutchinson slept. Buts she’d never napped while babysitting.

            Alyssa strode toward the living room—Mrs.  Hutchinson slept on a couch.

Hailey asked, “Why is Mrs. Hutchinson sleeping?”

            “I don’t know,” said Alyssa.

            “Can you show me the note?”

            Alyssa nodded and led her up the stairs. She opened her door but gasped…the note that she’d left on her bed was gone.

            “Where’s the note?” asked Hailey.

            “It was right there,” Alyssa pointed to the bed.

            But another piece of paper appeared onto the mattress. Alyssa read it.

 

Hello again, Alyssa,

 

I have put your babysitter to sleep to reveal magic to you. You’ll find out why she is sleeping later.

Anonymous

 

            “Not again,” mumbled Alyssa. “Why won’t they say their name?” She showed the note to Hailey.

            “Let’s go call my dad before anything happens,” said Hailey.

            How much worse could this get? Alyssa thought as she followed Hailey down the stairs.

 

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A Curse of Mayhem



Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions Book 2

History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself

It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear.

In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa's happiness.

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The New Enchantress

Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions Book 3

Cursed by a sorcerer’s hex, Alyssa McCarthy finds herself in a fight she can’t afford to lose, or everything she knows will be lost!

After she finishes her final year of junior high, fourteen-year-old Alyssa faces an uncertain future in more ways than one when a sorcerer casts a hex that leaves her with involuntary magical powers that are too dangerous to remove.

Unable to control her newly gained abilities Alyssa’s end-of-middle-school sleepover ends in disaster when she knocks her friends unconscious when her powers go out of control. If Alyssa can’t learn to master her magic soon, she will be cursed to forget her loved ones and serve as the warlock’s slave for all of eternity.

Her only hope is to focus on controlling her emotions if she is to break the curse. However, the difficulties of adolescence, along with the perils and growing disasters she faces, make Alyssa struggle even more. From putting her friends’ lives at risk to losing their trust, she continues to fear what will become of her if she fails.

Will Alyssa be able to break the hex and become the enchantress that she was meant to be, or will she become enslaved to the sorcerer forever?

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About the Author

Sunayna Prasad has published a few books between her late teens and her mid-twenties. Aside from writing, Sunayna also likes to cook, do art, and watch videos online. She has graduated from college in May 2017 and is looking to continue more writing. Sunayna lives on Long Island, NY.

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