Ivy’s journey continues as she struggles with the loss of her beloved friend. Instead of freedom from the conservatory, now all she wants is revenge for his death. Then, on her way back from the island, something horrible happens. An excruciating pain rips through her heart as the serum of the plant invades her system. While it makes her stronger, it is seemingly destroying her at the same time.
As if that wasn’t enough of a burden, just after Ivy arrives at the conservatory, the prince of Leviatha rescues her from the wrath of Headmaster Drake. His mission is to take her to the castle to finally learn about the prophecy, but a secret plan is brewing between him and his father, King Giddon.
In this continued tale of mythical creatures, adventure, and love, Ivy must learn how to overcome her enemies, and more importantly, herself.
“A charming, deftly crafted narrative propelled by strong characters.” —Kirkus Review“A debut novel about a supernaturally gifted young Cherokee woman who goes on a journey, by foot, from Oklahoma to Texas after the destruction of her home.As the story opens, 20-year-old Chewahnih Walkingstick gazes down upon her ransacked village. It’s just been burned to the ground by raiders who brutally slaughtered or kidnapped her fellow clan members; she only escaped the devastation because she was off collecting special plants for her mother. Even her beloved mustang pony, Running Moon, has disappeared. Chewahnih, a “sensitive” who’s able to spiritually connect with animals, tries to make it to Texas before winter sets with her three constant animal companions—Turtle, her friend; Mother Raven, her guide; and Father Wolf, her protector. Although the young woman is frightened and desperate, she’s also feisty and courageous. Along the way, she meets a stranger named Isaac Nicholson. The handsome, cantankerous man is also a Cherokee and recently retired from the Army. He was orphaned young and became a loner by nature; he’s skeptical about Native American tradition and ritual after spending most of his life in the white man’s world. Now, he’s “tired of riding, tired of fighting, and just plain tired.” This engaging, mystical novel is part adventure story, part love story, but most of all, it’s a tribute to the strength of Cherokee character and culture. The author, [. . .] delivers a tale that’s rich in imagery and character development. She handles the two main characters’ fortuitous meeting in a humorous and tender way, moving back and forth between Chewahnih’s and Isaac’s separate quests until they encounter each other on the trail to the Red River. (Isaac serendipitously acquires Running Moon, who hears Chewahnih singing and becomes frantic to reach her.) It also offers impressive details on how to survive in the wild [. . .] An abundance of warmly portrayed secondary characters gives the story even greater breadth.” —Kirkus Review
A fading empire’s strife heralds an approaching Dark Age. Khelqua, the crown of the Syvlande Empire, has been destroyed. The royal house of Khelqua lies drowned beneath a prophesied destruction of its vast river valley, leaving an ocean of dead waters. Khelqua’s ancient royal lineage now rests with two siblings, who have lost their family, their fortunes, and the realm that defines their existence. Their chosen destinies stir hope and danger for countless generations to come … as the Syvlande Empire becomes mere legend.
In her first work of fiction, Mandy Lawrence, author of five star-rated Wisdom From Wilbur, takes readers on an unforgettable journey into the bittersweet love story of Derek and Abby Holder, a couple caught up in the exciting world of professional football. Marrying Carolina Panthers wide receiver, Derek Holder, fulfilled Abby’s greatest wish. Their wedding and Italian honeymoon were every bit the fairytale she dreamed they would be. But reality soon hits and takes its toll on the celebrity couple. Abby’s glamorous life begins to unravel when her father is diagnosed with cancer. Faced with the possibility of losing her dad, she lives with the regret of time lost when she was estranged from her family during her college days. Depression sets in, which Abby blames for the distance that has crept into her marriage. Meanwhile, Derek lives with his own regrets, which come back to haunt him both on and off the field. Determined to prove himself to the father who belittled and abandoned him as a child, Derek cannot let the debilitating anxiety and guilt in his personal life—or his chronic knee condition—keep him from succeeding in the NFL. As the couple’s marriage spirals out of control, their lives become as empty and trashed as a postgame stadium. But Abby’s faithful family knows God can heal not only their marriage but Derek and Abby, too, if only they will trust Him. Can Super Bowl-sized dreams still come true? It will take nothing short of a miracle…
Pastor Paul Mitchell is a humble baptist minister who preaches the word of God. China Reynolds is a mega songstress known around the world. David Parks is a talented pro athlete in the sports arena. The three characters must seek out God when their normal lifestyles become disrupted by various trials and tribulations before them.