What Is It About Writers?
Writers are generous people.
They're eager to share their thoughts and visions.
Writers are inventive people.
They're not afraid to push the envelope.
Writers give you the benefit of the doubt.
They strive to keep an open mind.
Writers are the ultimate tour guides.
They take you to places you've never been before.
Let me kindle your imagination.
I am a writer.
An LOI Prequel Novella
Since the age of three, the grim conditions and strict directives of Peakie’s Foundling Home have ruled 16-year-old Josefina Charo’s life. Her inquisitive nature and love of books highlight an intelligence that allows her to graduate two years early from secondary school. However, she is disappointed to learn Peakie’s will not provide a higher education, nor will she be permitted to leave because she’s too young. Her spirit dampened, she spends the next several months working in the home’s laundry and cafeteria for menial wages, while she searches for a way to escape her prison. Finally, she sees her chance and grabs it, but she soon discovers the harsh realities of being on her own. Life can be difficult, at best, for a teenage girl with no real world experience.
And the winners are …
It wouldn’t be so bad—all right, it is bad but it would hurt less—if Johanna and Jackson weren’t the ones responsible for breaching the portals to a dozen distant worlds. Now, outside forces are causing shock waves in the space-time continuum, and if that isn’t awful enough, someone from another dimension is trying to steal a book of powerful spells created by a very famous wizard.
At first, traveling to other realms in a time machine seems like a fun perk. However, discovering some inhabitants want to obliterate the teens doesn’t leave them with a warm, fuzzy feeling. Instead, they find themselves forced to sacrifice their own welfare and the safety of their loved ones for the greater good.
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Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (Books One through Five)
17-year-old Johanna Charette is the youngest curator ever selected to oversee the Library of Illumination, a centuries old, magical place where books literally come to life. She accepts the job knowing surprises and danger lurk in her future. She also knows, in case of trouble, having an assistant can be invaluable, so she hires 16-year-old Jackson Roth to give her a hand with the day-to-day operation of the library. Jackson gets off to a rocky start, but manages to prove his mettle. Besides, he’s kind of cute and a lot of fun, and he really has a good heart.
Johanna is brilliant, beautiful, and resourceful—a natural born leader. She keeps the library operating on an even keel. Jackson is clever, intrepid, and funny. He relies on his wits when trouble arises. Unfortunately, his derring-do is one of the reasons why they sometimes find themselves in awkward situations. And it shouldn’t be any surprise when his wanton curiosity sparks a journey to a distant realm, where they end up with front row seats to what’s destined to become—a war of the worlds.
Chronicles: The Library of Illumination named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014
(A Library of Illumination novella - book six)
Meanwhile, the College of Overseers is committed to being fair and impartial, but its stance could result in the Terrorian infiltration of its inner sanctum.