Crystal Garden Saga
The girl shook her head in defiance. “I don’t know who you think I am, but this is all wrong. I don’t belong here. I’m human, not a mole. The best mate for a mole is another mole. Please just let me go.”
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“You!” A shrill voice hissed as Cybele spun around to flee. The girl jumped back, startled at the sight of a hooded figure standing before her. The person laughed as they uncovered their head. “So, the little bird has escaped her gilded cage after all. How dare you!”
Cybele thought her heart skipped a beat as she starred up at a very familiar face. “Gr-Grandmother.”
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Bianca wished that she wasn’t alone. Even though it was a dream, she still would have liked someone to talk to. She realized that she had to be careful what she wished for when an elderly woman approached from a cluster of trees in front of her.
“Would you like an apple, dear?”
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Do you enjoy the call of adventure? The promise of romance? The magic of Fairy Tales? Then step through the gate and enter into the realm of The Crystal Garden Saga. A young adult fantasy series by LJ Gastineau. It takes place in a world where the seeds of truth are found in the most fantastic of tales. This world while wonderful is not immune to evil. As corruption spreads, the power imbued within the roses of the Crystal Garden are scattered and secreted away until new heroes rekindle the old tales and prove themselves worthy. Join these special chosen in their adventure as they begin their quest to restore this magical land and drive back the darkness that is destroying it.
Your journey begins with Frozen Reflection. In it you follow Bianca Flynn. Her adventure begins on her sixteenth birthday, a day she thought would be like any other, stuck at home with a step-mother she doesn’t like. Instead, she finds herself plagued by a strange reaction to apples and an odd phobia of mirrors which quickly spirals out of control throwing her into a world that she thought only existed in stories. As she wanders in this new land, she learns it is cursed by a spell that can only be broken with the power of a crystal rose.
Book two, Quaking Tower, picks up where Frozen Reflection left off and follows Cybele Lockley, who has led a sheltered life, separated from the world by a medical condition. With only the occasional company of her grandmother, Cybele longs to be free. In secret she creates a make-believe world in an old notebook- a story filled with the romance and adventures of a character she has named Rapunzel. Everything changes for Cybele on her sixteenth birthday when she tries to cut her hair for the first time. The world around her shifts to match that of her story and she is left to discover who she truly is as she seeks out the crystal rose.
Gusty Proposals is the third story in this epic quest and tells the story of Violet Piccolo. Violet has had every decision in her life made for her by overbearing parents. Everything from the type of clothes she wore to the friends she kept. She has obeyed their wishes without protest. On her sixteenth birthday things change when her father forces her into a relationship with his boss’s son in an attempt to advance his career, and Violet makes a stand for the first time. Her rebellion has unexpected consequences as she shrinks to a mere few inches high. Her troubles don’t stop there though as the petite girl soon finds herself in another world filled with wonder, danger, and magic. Though now free of her childhood shackles, Violet finds herself confronted with others who believe they know what is best for her. To fly free, she must discover who she really is so that she might achieve her destiny. To do this she’ll have to learn that sometimes just standing isn’t enough. Some things must be fought for as she seeks the crystal rose.
Drowned Voice is the fourth story in this epic quest. It tells the story of Mirielle Riva, a young girl who grew up in the foster care system, migrating from one home to another with no family to call her own. Growing lonely, Mirielle learned to take what happiness she could by indulging in the things she liked, such as singing and dancing. So when she was given a shot to be on the high school varsity swim team, she set off for swim camp with enthusiasm and hope. Her sixteenth birthday arrives with little fanfare. In fact the only gift received is she’s lost her voice; not the great start for the day she was hoping. Things worsen when she surfaces in the pool only to discover she is no longer in the world she’d woken in that morning. Instead she finds herself trapped in a cursed kingdom being ravaged by the sea.
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Mirielle Riva grew up alone without a family to call her own. A child in foster care she migrated from one place to another. When your life is in a constant state of flux you learn to take what happiness you can where you find it. Mirielle finds hers by indulging in things she likes such as singing and dancing when the mood strikes her. So when she is given a shot on the high school varsity swim team she sets off for swim camp with enthusiasm and hope. Looking forward to a new year filled with friends and fun.
Disappointment becomes her closest friend as she wakes on her sixteenth birthday and the only gift she receives is the loss of her voice. It’s not the great start she was hoping for and things only get worse from there. When she dives into the pool for tryouts she surfaces to discover she’s no longer in the world she knows, but is trapped in a cursed kingdom ravaged by the sea. In a world where some happy endings aren’t written, but are forged in adversity, Mirielle must seek out answers if she has any hope of returning to the world she’d left behind. As she journeys she will learn that sometimes when you’re alone too long your mind can make its own friends and enemies. The waters will rise as Mirielle seeks to find her crystal rose.
Pouncer licked at his paws in a desperate attempt to remove the berry stains. Dmitri laughed, at the perturbed feline. “You should have been more careful, Purple Toes.”
“We’ll find you some soap, but in the meantime you’ll just have to deal with it.”
Pouncer dug his front paws in the dirt then let out a grumble at having dirtied himself. His furry face contorted into an agitated expression he began cleaning himself again.
Dmitri shook his head. “Funny little cat.”
Mirielle bit her lip, amused by their antics. It was clear that Pouncer would be lost without Dmitri and the captain might feel the same. They needed each other. Mirielle wasn’t sure where she might fit in if at all. She just hoped that she wasn’t a burden.
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Mirielle’s eyebrows winging up as she took notice of the carved mermaid christening the bow. The resemblance to her own features were uncanny.
“So, you noticed it too. Funny how the world works,” Dmitri chuckled, placing an arm around the blonde’s shoulders. Mirielle immediately shoved it off earning a snort. “Even more amusing, is I was told to dock here today, but not given a reason why, yet, here you are, looking just like the girl on my ship. So tell me, who are you really?”
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Drowned Voice is the fourth story in this epic quest. It tells the story of Mirielle Riva, a young girl who grew up in the foster care system migrating from one home to another with no family to call her own. Growing lonely, Mirielle learned to take what happiness she could by indulging in the things she liked, such as singing and dancing. So when she was given a shot to be on the high school varsity swim team she set off for swim camp with enthusiasm and hope. Her sixteenth birthday arrives with little fanfare. In fact the only gift received is she’s lost her voice; not the great start for the day she was hoping. Things worsen when she surfaces in the pool only to discover she is no longer in the world she’d woken in that morning. Instead she finds herself trapped in a cursed kingdom being ravaged by the sea.
Today marked the second day of ACC. There were a lot more cosplayers than yesterday which meant our residential picture fairy, LJ got to run around capturing even more great costumes, and even posing for a few herself. We got to meet some great people, sell more books, and even had a few laughs. LJ assisted our friends Kevin and Sarah Jo Coryell with their panel on fanfiction and afterwards we stayed for our favorite: The Ultimate Occult Showdown hosted by our friends Kevin Ranson and Brett Link of MovieCrypt.com. If you ever have an opportunity to attend this particular panel at a con they are at we highly recommend it. It’s nonstop laughs as the audience debates on who makes a better________. Our favorite for tonight’s was “Who is a better faery?” Sookie from True Blood or Maleficent from the movie Maleficent.
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Today was the first day of this year’s ACC! We spent the majority of the day manning our booth, selling books, reuniting with past friends and making new ones. We also saw a lot of amazing costumes. It was quite and enjoyable and productive first day. Be sure to visit our Facebook page if you want to check out the pictures we took. We will have more available for your viewing pleasure. Remember, if you mention you saw us online you’ll receive a discount on your purchase!