Monday, July 13, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Rosavia Royals Blog Tour: In His Court by Max Rowan

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Blog Tour & Giveaway:
The Rosavia Royals Series

Featuring: In His Court By Max Rowan


Welcome to the tiny European country of Rosavia, where roses ramble over alpine slopes and princes fall for the men of their dreams. Every Rosavia Royals book happens simultaneously, so books can be read on their own, or in any order... but keep an eye out for familiar faces around the palace!
 

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In His Court By Max Rowan

Rosavia Royals, Book 4

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A spy prince needs a man who sees through his disguise.

Prince Benedict is not what he seems. His image as a lazy playboy is carefully constructed to hide the truth. Trained since childhood to become Rosavia's top spy, he spends his life in disguise—and danger—to protect his country. Nobody sees the loneliness in his heart.

Felix Wright is a genius with four degrees, no real-world experience, and a top-secret job... and he's never even been kissed. A lifetime of being alienated for his most valuable assets has left him reluctant to trust the charming prince who thrusts him into fieldwork for the very first time.

When the Crown Jewels are stolen two weeks before the royal ball, it's their job to save the country's reputation. Benedict helps Felix believe in himself, while Felix slowly coaxes the real prince out of hiding. But can they find the jewels and rescue the most priceless treasures of all: each other?

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Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

In His Court had a different flavor than the first three books in the series - not in a bad way, just different. I will say that I wasn't sure about Felix and Benedict at first, but it didn't take long for me to warm up to them and settle in to enjoy their journey. That said, Max Rowan didn't make their journey exactly easy. This one is full of danger and intrigue, and these guys have their work cut out for them if they want everything sorted in time for the ball. I really like the balance between romance and intrigue, and I'm always a fan of some well-timed wit, so I certainly enjoyed that. I'm thoroughly enjoying this series, and Max Rowan doesn't disappoint with Prince Benedict's story. Each book in the series is connected but still works as a standalone, although, I would highly recommend reading from the beginning to get to know the entire royal family, their quirks, and their pets - those cats are a hoot and even occasionally steal the show. 


Exclusive from Max & the Inspirations behind her Prince


How did you become a part of this project/world?
I was part of the creation of Men of Hidden Creek, so when I was approached about starting a new shared universe about a small European country, the offer coincided with my availability, and so I leaped at the chance.

Where did your story’s inspiration come from? I took a lot of my inspiration from the cover. He looks very serious, doesn’t he? I wanted to build on why such a young prince looks like he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, and since I like to write what I know – intelligence agencies – the fact that this prince was actually one of Rosavia’s top spies just clicked into place.
Of course, as we all know, an agent is nothing without his tools, and so creating his equal and yet very opposite seemed so obvious to me. And so grew the story of a highly trained secret agent and the prodigal genius who designs and makes those tools for him, and the way they butt heads when they’re forced to work together.
I think this is the best book I’ve written so far. Benedict and Felix are special to me. I hope they will be to you, too.

How did you create your Prince?
Benedict very much came to life for me when I sat down to write the prologue. By then I had worked out his past, how he came to be a spy while also being a high-profile member of the royal family. I’d researched European royal families and their ties to their countries’ militaries, so making Benedict secretly a spy while the whole country believed he was actually part of Rosavia’s army made sense to me. But his personality – what that enormous responsibility and the intensive training had done to make him the young man he is today – really settled in when I began to write. All the little details came together to build this intensely competent agent whose life is kept secret even from his own brothers, and the sense of duty and yet aching loneliness that created in him shone right from the start.


Check out the other books in the series:

 Book 1: Up for Heir By Stella Starling

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A playboy heir needs a man to marry, right now.

After spending half his life dodging his duty to the crown, the rebel heir to the Rosavian throne has been told in no uncertain terms that it’s time to settle down. Crown Prince Leopold has one month and a vetted list of suitable princesses, and he will announce his engagement during Rosavia’s Royal Ball. But Leo’s got his own ideas about what really suits him…

Royal Librarian Edvin Blom is good at not attracting attention. Shy and self-conscious of his stutter, he’s used to being overlooked and more than happy to stay in the background. At least, until the crown prince with a wild reputation shows up at the library’s new opening and decides to flirt with Edvin’s sister…

Edvin isn’t at all what Leo thought he wanted, but turns out to be everything he can’t stay away from. Edvin’s been burned by falling for someone out of his league before, though. And believing that Leo has really fallen for him? While Edvin’s drowning in his own doubts and insecurities, that might prove impossible… unless love gives them both a reason to come up for air.

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Book 2: Reign or Shine By HJ Welch

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A secret prince needs a lost tourist to save.

Prince Cassander is on vacation from his overdeveloped sense of duty. While hiding out as simply ‘Cas’ in the Rosavian capital, he rescues a gorgeous, distressed American tourist. Matty has no idea that Cas is second in line to the throne. And with only two weeks together to explore the sparks between them, he doesn’t need to ever find out.

New Yorker Matty Doyle is a fish out of water, taking care of his niece and mending his broken heart. When Cas rescues him, the handsome stranger coaxes Matty out of his shell and he throws caution to the wind. Nobody knows him here. Would it hurt to live a little for once?

But a prince can’t stay secret in his own country for long. Cas would give anything to protect Matty from reality, but how can this fantasy together continue when they belong in different worlds?



Book 3: Throne Together By Zoe Dawn

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A pining prince needs: a second chance at love.

Prince Julius has only ever wanted one man. Raised alongside Prince Dante of Thedes, the two were inseparable until their unspoken mutual attraction ignited into a single passionate encounter. Convinced that it ruined their friendship, Julius retreated to his duties in Rosavia, where he daydreams of another chance to win Dante’s heart.

After four years apart, fate brings Prince Julius back to Thedes. He offers Dante a coveted invitation: return to the Rosavian palace for ten days, and be his plus-one to the Royal Ball of the century. Before long, they realize one night of passion wasn’t enough, and they can’t imagine losing each other again.

As the clock ticks down to the ball, Julius catches wind of Dante’s family meddling, and he must decide if their feelings are real or if they’ve both been played. Were they always meant for each other, or is it all an illusion that will melt away at midnight?



Book 5: Barely Regal By E. Davies

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A bratty boy prince needs a firm but fair Daddy.

Prince Renford is a royal brat. Nineteen and last in line for the throne, Wren hates his made-up job: Commander of Roses. Good thing his long-time valet has a firm hand—if only Wren could tempt him to break all palace protocol and use it.

Thom Pierce is sixteen years older. Old enough to know he should ignore his prince's less-than-subtle flirtation. He's been burned by a higher-ranked boy before. His job and reputation are at stake if the palace catches a scandal unfolding under their noses.

Wren needs the part of Thom that he's kept locked away for years. If the young prince wants to be taken as seriously as his older brothers, he has to grow up fast. Thom's rules could help Wren become the man Thom knows he can be in time for the Royal Ball... or they could attract the very attention that forces them apart forever.

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About Max:

Max combines a background in government-level security with a propensity for international travel to create stories high in intrigue, action, and - most of all - romance. She could tell you the colour of GCHQ's carpets, has signed the Official Secrets Act five times, and really likes kittens. Max is pansexual, agender, and her pronouns are she/her.

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✱✱Book Review✱✱ A Song for Noah by Declan Rhodes


A Song for Noah
Sanderson Brothers Book 1
by Declan Rhodes


Noah Sanderson is about to have his younger brother’s wedding, the 10th anniversary of his parents’ tragic death, and the return to town of his first love, Callum, now a pop music superstar, collide in what feels like a terrifying recipe for disaster. All Noah wants to do is keep a low profile, but all three events carry hidden opportunities and secret traps. One of the most compelling is the possibility of a second chance for romance.

Callum McCrea was Noah’s high school sweetheart in private, and the best friend of Noah’s brother, Ike, in public. Callum and Noah kept their relationship discreet even when Callum’s farewell in pursuit of a professional music career broke Noah’s heart. Now, Ike is getting married, and Callum can’t say no to the wedding invitation. He returns to the Midwestern town of Lincolnport as a hometown hero with a desire to bridge an eight-year gap by offering Noah friendship and a hug.

A Song for Noah is a 59,000-word gay second chance romance with strong family relationship themes. This is the first book in the Sanderson Brothers series. It features four brothers: high school art teacher, Noah, the oldest, businessman, Ike, the acknowledged leader of the family, police officer, Jared, and Ivy League college student, Matthew. The tragic loss of their parents brought the four boys close together and forged an unbreakable bond.

All of the books can be read as standalone stories, but they are best read as a continuing series about the Sanderson family including all four brothers as characters in each novel.




Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

One of my favorite things about a starting a new series by Declan Rhodes is getting to know the characters, and I've gotta say The Sanderson Brothers has some great ones. This introduction to the series focuses on Noah and Callum, who have terrific chemistry, but then, I wouldn't expect any less from this author. The romance is all about Callum and Noah's second chance, and these guys are just so darn lovable that you can't help but root for them. Especially Noah, I just loved Noah. He's sweet and adorable, and then we get the more serious side - and I'm going to leave that part right there to avoid spoilers. I'll just say that this one definitely tugs at the heartstrings, and I may have even shed a few tears at one point. To sum it up, the story is entertaining, the characters are engaging, and I can't wait to see what's next for the Sanderson brothers and company. 


✱✱Book Review✱✱ Love Inspired July 2020 Blog Tour: GUARDED BY THE SOLDIER by Laura Scott

GUARDED BY THE SOLIDER

by Laura Scott



He’ll put his life on the line…

If it means protecting a little boy and his pregnant mom.

After months of searching, security expert Ryker Tillman finally finds Olivia Habush and her young son—just as they are attacked by armed mercenaries. Now safeguarding Olivia, her unborn child and little Aaron is the former special ops soldier’s new mission. But to save the family burrowing into his heart, Ryker must figure out why someone wants them dead…


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Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐
Guarded by the Soldier is a fast-paced romantic suspense that is the second in a series - something I wasn't aware of until I started reading. This one seems to be a follow up to the first book, but Laura Scott has done an excellent job of giving us the information we need so that this one works well as a standalone, which I greatly appreciated. As far as this one goes, I liked the characters and the premise. Olivia being pregnant was an interesting twist, especially with everything going on, and I always like when a sweet little one is included in the story. Ryker is a great character, and I'll just say that I wouldn't have a problem with this guy being my bodyguard. All in all, this one is an entertaining romantic suspense, and I would think that anyone who enjoys the genre would enjoy this one.

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“Ryker!” Poised near the front doorway, Liv hesitated. She wasn’t sure why she was suddenly so worried about the stranger she hadn’t trusted a few minutes ago, but she couldn’t bear to leave him behind.

The man who’d had Aaron collapsed on the floor at Ryker’s feet. He groaned but didn’t move. Bright red blood began to pool beside him on the floor.

“Go! I’m right behind you.” Ryker staggered forward, carefully stepping around the man. “We need to get out of here before the cops arrive.”

Logically she knew they shouldn’t leave the scene of a crime. They should wait for the police. But she’d been on the run for so long, she couldn’t do it. Hiking Aaron higher in her arms, she followed Ryker outside. Willa was dead and two men had almost succeeded in grabbing her and Aaron.

Every fiber of her being longed to get far away from the quaint town she’d once thought could be her new home.

“This way.” Ryker once again cupped his hand beneath her elbow, guiding her to the left.

“Wait.” She dug in her heels. “I have a car here.”

“No good. That’s how they tracked you. I have a vehicle stashed on the next block.”

They’d tracked her here through her car? How was that possible? She’d exchanged her newer car for an older model and asked the owner of the used-car lot to keep the transaction off the books.

“How do you know that?” she asked, already feeling breathless. Aaron wasn’t overly big for his age, but she was carrying her unborn baby, as well. She’d tried to keep in shape, but obviously she wasn’t going to be able to continue going at this pace for long.

“Because that’s how I found you.” Ryker glanced down at her. “Will Aaron cry if I hold him? We need to hurry.”

“Yes, he’s likely to cry, since the man on the stairs scared him.” The little boy was calmer now, but was sucking his thumb, a habit he’d broken six months ago. He was also, thankfully, wearing a Pull-Ups diaper as she could tell he’d wet himself.

The poor child had been scared to death.

She tried to match Ryker’s long-legged stride to avoid slowing them down. But seconds later, she could hear the wail of sirens.

“Almost there,” Ryker said encouragingly as he continued urging her forward. “See the black SUV?”

“Yes.” She was breathless with exertion, but pushed herself to keep going. It wasn’t until they reached his car that she realized they didn’t have a car seat for Aaron.

“Wait! We need a car seat,” she protested when Ryker opened the passenger door for her.

“I already have one in the back, see? Let me strap him in.” Without asking permission, he plucked Aaron from her arms and opened the back door to place the toddler in his safety seat.

Amazingly, Aaron didn’t cry. She wondered if her son sensed they were safe with Ryker.

It wasn’t until she’d climbed in and buckled her seat belt and Ryker slid in behind the wheel that the significance of the child safety seat hit her.

“You were planning to take me and Aaron all along!” Betrayal hit hard and she fumbled for the door handle. “You’re one of them! I can’t believe I fell for your act and—”

“Don’t, Olivia.” Ryker’s voice wasn’t harsh, but firm. “I have never lied to you. I don’t work for the Blake-Moore Group, in fact I helped bring some of their men down. However, I have been trying to find you and Aaron to make sure you were safe. That’s why I have a car seat. I wanted to be ready if they came for you.”

He’d already pulled away from the curb and was driing slowly away from Willa’s home. Liv glanced at her purse/diaper bag, thinking about the clothing and toys she’d left behind, and bit down on her lower lip to keep from crying.

Were they really safe with Ryker? She wanted to trust her instincts, but too much had happened in such a short time. Her life as she’d known it was over.



Author bio: Laura Scott is honored to write for the Love Inspired Suspense line, where a reader can find a heartwarming journey of faith amid the thrilling danger. She lives with her husband of twenty-five years and has two children, a daughter and a son, who are both in college. She works as a critical-care nurse during the day at a large level-one trauma center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and spends her spare time writing romance. Visit Laura at www.laurascottbooks.com

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The Kairos Makers Tour and Giveaway


Jamestown's Deliverance 
The Kairos Makers Book 2 
by C.A. Gray 
Genre: Children's Adventure 


Fresh from their brief adventure to colonial times, Gabe, Elizabeth, and Marty receive their next summons from Thrylos, warning them that this will be a longer adventure, and to pack appropriately. Not knowing what ‘longer’ means, the kids do as they’re told, and arrive on a deserted island in 1609, just in time to see a shipwreck on the reefs!

It turns out that the ship is called the Sea Venture, and it was originally bound for the colony of Jamestown, Virginia. The deserted island is called Bermuda, reputed at the time to be surrounded by monsters. All the passengers of the Sea Venture survived the wreck, including one dog whom Elizabeth happily adopts, but the ship itself did not. Gabe, Elizabeth, and Marty find themselves stranded with the would-be settlers as they build two new ships and learn to survive off the land.

Nine months later, when the kids are really starting to wonder what they’re doing there, they finally set sail in the new vessels for Jamestown—only to find that the remaining settlers there are at death’s door! The kids learn from a mysterious prophetess that a resupply ship from England is on the way. But the crew of the original Sea Venture doesn’t know this; they consider the colony a lost cause, and they are on the verge of returning to England and letting it fail. Can Gabe, Elizabeth, and Marty convince them to just hang on in Jamestown for a few more days, even when it looks like all is lost? 



Marty and Elizabeth both held on to the handles of their suitcases with one hand, and Gabe’s

forearm with the other. Gabe squished his suitcase between his legs, since he needed both hands

free to tap the diamond on the ornate golden watch that Thrylos had given him. Then he popped

open the cover and briefly admired the diamond at the twelve o’clock position.

“All right, on three,” Gabe said. “One, two… three!”

Gabe felt a sucking sensation at his navel, along with a jolt, even though at the same time

he didn’t seem to move at all. The first thing he noticed was how bright it was.

Elizabeth gasped, and then shrieked, “Look! Gabe, look!”

Gabe did look, but it took his eyes a second to adjust to the blinding sunlight. Then he

saw that they were standing on a powdery beach. The sand glinted with a slight pinkish hue, and

the water

“Whoa,” Marty murmured, dropping his backpack to the sand and walking toward it in

amazement. “I didn’t know blue came that blue!”

“Seriously,” Gabe agreed, shaking his head in amazement. Elizabeth had already run to

the water’s edge, cupping it in her hands and letting it flow throw her fingers with a blissful look

on her face. The contrast between the perfect, clear turquoise water and the pink sand boggled

Gabe’s mind. He didn’t realize that places like this actually existed.

Then suddenly it occurred to him that aside from the sound of the waves, it was eerily

silent here. Where were all the families having picnics and playing in the water? He turned

around to look at the lush tropical vegetation behind him. There were no signs of civilization

whatsoever.

“Is this… a desert island?” he asked aloud, to no one in particular. He felt a sudden stab

of fear, which was completely irrational. He still had the watch, didn’t he? If worst came to

worst, they could just go back home again anytime.

When Gabe turned around he found that both Elizabeth and Marty had stooped into the

sand to unzip their suitcases, and were rummaging around to find their bathing suits. He hurried

back to join them, and one by one they went into the jungle to change. Elizabeth emerged again

in her favorite black swimsuit. Marty wore red board shorts, but kept his t-shirt on. Despite all

his bluster, Gabe knew he was really sensitive about his weight. It wasn’t that Marty was fat,

only pudgy and unathletic. But unkind teasing from classmates had made him ashamed that he

wasn’t trim and muscular like Timo, or even slim like Gabe.

As for Gabe, he hurried into the jungle and quickly changed into his blue tropical print

swimming trunks, debating as he returned to the other two whether or not to leave his shoes on in

the water. They were the only pair he had, and he didn’t want to get them soaked with sea water.

On the other hand, though, the washed up sea shells might cut his feet if he didn’t wear them. He

decided that he would take off his socks and wear the shoes only.

Once ready, the children ran for the beautiful blue water and the pure white sand. The

water was cool and salty. They laughed and bobbed among the waves. Gabe didn’t know when

he’d had such a wonderful time.

“What are we doing here?” asked Gabe when they finally threw themselves on the sand

to rest. It was wonderful to play, but surely there was more to this adventure?

“Uh,” said Marty, pointing a short distance out to sea. “Probably helping them.”

Gabe turned, following the direction of Marty’s finger, and gasped. An enormous ship

dashed upon the reef of a shallow ocean floor and broke into splinters, right before their eyes.




Christmas Night 1776 
The Kairos Makers Book 1 


Ten year old Gabriel Jordan always wanted to be a magician. He just isn’t very good at it. His godmother writes to a mysterious traveling magician named Thrylos and begs him to visit Gabe, just to encourage him. To her surprise and Gabe’s, Thrylos does so—only it turns out that Thrylos doesn’t just do “magic tricks.” He’s a real magician, and he offers Gabe a magical adventure—any adventure—of his choice.

Gabe thinks long and hard about this. Because Gabe’s godparents adopted him when he lost his mom and dad, he knows what it is to be sad, and to need something exciting to cheer him up. So he tells Thrylos when he returns that he wants to give his adventure away to another kid who needs it more than he does. Thrylos is so impressed with Gabe’s unselfish choice that he offers to make Gabe his apprentice instead. Thrylos reveals that he is a time-traveling magician, and he travels throughout history to various critical, kairos moments in time to make sure they happen the way they should. But he can’t do it alone. Gabe asks if he can bring his adopted little sister Elizabeth and his bookish friend Marty as apprentices too, and Thrylos agrees.

Together, the three kids travel to Christmas Night, 1776: the pivotal night of the American Revolutionary War. Whether or not America ever becomes a nation hinges on General George Washington’s decision that night, when it seems like everything has gone wrong. Can Gabe, Elizabeth, and Marty convince General Washington to press on in the face of incredible odds? The fate of the future United States of America hangs in the balance! 



By the big oak trees in the Lovejoys’ backyard, Thrylos turned his briefcase sideways and gave it

a swift shake with his wrist, whereupon it sprouted legs and became a table. Gabe clapped like

this was one of his tricks, but Thrylos merely arched a brow at the boy and grinned, opening the

lid and shielding Gabe from its contents.

“This is just a prop,” he gestured at the briefcase-turned-table. “I only carry it because it’s

expected of magicians to have a box of some sort. Completes the image. But that’s not really the

kind of magic I do.”

Gabe seated himself cross-legged at Thrylos’s feet and leaned forward. “What kind do

you do?”

“Well,” his green eyes twinkled. “I’ll bet all the magic shows you’ve seen have done the

same tricks, right? Pick a card and I’ll guess which one, drawing a rabbit out of a hat, pulling a

coin out of your ear, and then sawing an assistant in half for the big finale?” Gabe nodded, and

Thrylos’s toothy grin grew wider. “What if instead I could—make it snow in springtime?”

He waved his hand, and Gabe blinked in surprise. He looked around, and sure enough,

cold little snowflakes kissed his cheeks and nose. He waited just long enough for Gabe to catch a

few of them and watch them melt in his palm. Then he waved a hand again, and the snowflakes

vanished.

“Or—conjure fire?” When Gabe looked up again, he realized that Thrylos had pulled an

unlit wax candle from his table. At his word, the wick ignited. Gabe’s mouth dropped open.

Thrylos blew out the candle, and a trail of smoke floated upward into the air. Then he

pointed at Gabe. “Or—counter gravity?”

Gabe gasped, as his legs flopped down now that the ground was no longer supporting

them. Instinctively he flung both arms out to the side as if to steady himself, feeling just a bit

frightened now.

“I’m flying!” he cried out, and Thrylos chuckled. He continued to lift Gabe into the air,

but stopped when his feet were just a few inches from the ground.

“People always expect me to levitate myself, as if by strings,” he mused. “It’s so much

more impressive when you’re the one to fly, instead of me, don’t you think?”

“But—but—we’re outside!” Gabe blustered, “there can’t possibly be any strings!”

“Do you see any strings?” Thrylos countered, amused.

Gabe looked all around his body, determined to make a thorough search before he

answered this question. As he did this, the weightlessness caused him to tip forward and

somersault in the air. He started to laugh in spite of his nervous excitement.

“This is amazing!”

“This is magic,” Thrylos agreed, chuckling himself now and lowering Gabe back to the

ground. He landed on all fours, panting hard as if he’d just exerted himself. He made his way

back to a cross-legged position but leaned forward, gazing up at Thrylos in hero-worship.

“Will you teach me?” Gabe begged. “Please? I know kids probably ask you that all the

time, but I’ll do anything. I’ll be such a good apprentice, I’ll do anything you ask me to do and

I’ll work so hard—”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa there,” Thrylos held up a hand. “Let me correct one major false

assumption you just made. True magic cannot be taught, because it’s not a trick or a technique. It

can only be believed.”

Gabe blinked, and frowned, already feeling let down. “I don’t understand.”

Thrylos closed the lid of his briefcase. “Here’s the secret of magic, Gabe. Are you

ready?”

Gabe nodded, hope filling his breast again, and Thrylos knelt down in the grass beside

him.

“Anything is possible,” he whispered. “But most people don’t believe anything outside

their usual experience. That’s the whole secret right there: just believe, no matter what your

senses and experience tell you, no matter what your friends and family tell you is and isn’t

possible—believe, and you can do magic. The hardest part is disregarding the ordinary in the

beginning, but once you start experiencing magic, each experience makes it that much easier to

believe the next time.”

Gabe still felt skeptical. Didn’t every magician say that theirs were not tricks or illusions,

but real magic? And yet, he’d never seen anybody do the things Thrylos just did… how else

could he explain that?

“How do you… get started, then?”

“With help.” Thrylos grinned. “When my mentor first recruited me, he asked me the very

same question I’m about to ask you. What impossible thing do you most wish to experience? My

answer was to fly. That’s when he did for me what I just did for you. But what’s yours? Do you

want to soar through the clouds with the birds? Or swim with the dolphins? Or skate on Saturn’s

rings? You name it.”

Gabe realized he’d been holding his breath, as each offer conjured a different, incredible

image in his mind. “You mean it?”

Thrylos nodded, and Gabe realized up close that his eyes were so green, they looked like

emeralds. “I mean it.”

Gabe was silent for a long time. Then finally he said, “Can… can I think about it for a

little while before I answer? I don’t want to wish for the wrong thing…”

Thrylos gave Gabe a grave nod. “Absolutely, I understand. Very wise.” He stood up,

closed the lid of his briefcase-table, and gave it a shake. The legs retracted and vanished, and it

was a briefcase only again. “I tell you what, Gabe. I will come back in exactly one month for

your answer, to give you plenty of time to think about it. All right?” He stuck out a hand, which

was twice the size of Gabe’s and very weathered. Gabe put his hand into Thrylos’s and shook

with all the enthusiasm he had.

“You have a deal, Mr. Thrylos!”




C.A. Gray is the author of three YA Amazon bestselling trilogies: PIERCING THE VEIL (magic and quantum physics meet Arthurian legends), THE LIBERTY BOX (dystopian metaphysics and mind control technology), and UNCANNY VALLEY (dystopian coming-of-age with neuroscience and super intelligent A.I). She starts with some scientific concept that she's interested in learning more about herself, and then creates lots of epic chaos and high-stakes action to go along with it. Her stories are free of gratuitous violence, language, and sexual content, and she abhors depressing endings... but they're not all kittens and rainbows either! She also listens to and reviews audiobooks on her website (www.authorcagray.com), Goodreads, Instagram, and on her podcast, Clean Audiobook Reviews, where she also occasionally interviews other authors. 

By day, C.A. Gray practices naturopathic medicine, podcasts, and writes medical non-fiction under her maiden name (Lauren Deville). She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband Frank, and together they maintain an occasionally contentious film review blog (under her real name: Lauren Baden. Three names. Yes.) She's kind of the queen of multitasking--so in her spare time, she creates whatever meals or crafts she found most recently on Pinterest, drinks lots of coffee (Aeropress btw) and occasional wine (reds--and she saves the corks for craft projects), works out (while listening to audiobooks), and studies the Bible (about half of the podcasts on Christian Natural Health are scripture meditations). ...She does sleep, too. 

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