Crystal Garden Saga
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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 enjoyed 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 the fact that the only gift receives is a lost voice. Not the great start for the day she was hoping. Things get worse 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. Lost 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. The waters will rise as Mirielle seeks to find her crystal rose.
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Violet Piccolo spent the first fifteen years of her life never thinking for herself. Everything from the type of clothes she wore to the friends she kept was dictated by overbearing parents. She obeyed without protest or complaint until her sixteenth birthday when her father’s latest scheme to advance the corporate ladder had her facing a relationship with a boy she didn’t know. When Violet makes a stand, it has unforeseen consequences. The petite girl shrinks to a mere few inches high and she winds up in another world full of danger and magic. While the change leaves her free of her childhood shackles, Violet’s troubles are far from over as in this new realm she finds herself confronted with others who believe they know what is best for her. To fly free, Violet will have to embrace her destiny. She will soon understand that sometimes standing up for what you want isn’t enough, somethings must be fought for. For Violet gaining her crystal rose won’t be the hardest part of her journey as she will learn that a mind unused when strained may just shatter.
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Violet felt ill. She had gone from one control freak to another. Unlike her mother, this one could potentially give her rabies. She didn’t want to date her father’s, boss’s son and she most certainly did not desire to marry outside of her own species! The idea of it made her feel even more nauseated.
There was only one thing she could do; find a way to escape. It was obvious that she was underground. However if she recalled the tale of Thumbelina, she should be able to find a tunnel that would lead to the surface.
“Thumbelina, are you listening?”
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.”
The mouse narrowed her beady eyes at her. “Don’t be silly. You aren’t going anywhere. This is where you will live and die. There will be no changing that.”
Where am I?
The dark forest was foreboding in the moonless night, yet somehow she had a feeling she had been there before. It was almost like déjà vu.
Something was coming.
She could hear the snapping of twigs in the distance. Her heart raced, fearing the unknown. Should she run? Should she hide? She could barely see anything around her. Only outlines of trees; their branches skeletal and grasping as though they could snatch her from where she stood like some sort of thief of night.
Something cold and wet touched her face. Was it raining? She would have to find someplace to use as a shelter or risk getting pneumonia.
Forgetting all the mysteries that lurked in the dark she ran blindly. A glimmer caught her eye from the right. Curious, she headed in that direction then came to a halt. It was a large gilded mirror. Mesmerized by her reflection she approached it staring in wonder. A scream tore from her throat as something beyond its smooth surface grabbed her pulling her towards it.
Violet Piccolo gritted her teeth when the shrill cry of her alarm clock ripped her away from her dreams. She groaned, tugging her pillow over her head as she squirmed further under the covers.
Next she was greeted by a firm rapping at her bedroom door. “Violet, it’s time to get up…”
She winced at the insistent sound in her mother’s voice. Didn’t the woman realize that it was her daughter’s sixteenth birthday? Shouldn’t Violet be allowed to do whatever she wished including sleeping in rather than playing dress up? She was so sick of doing everything that was expected of her!
“Violet, are you even listening to me? We have a long day ahead of us.”
Knowing that unless she said something, she would have to endure a long winded lecture, the petite girl surfaced from her warm cocoon. “Okay, mother. I’ll be right there.”
“Wear a button down shirt, please. It’ll keep your hair from getting messed up when you change for tonight.”
Once the click of high heels departed away from the door, Violet plopped back down on the soft pillow, a halo of strawberry blonde curls fanned out around her head. She sighed, lifting her amber gaze towards her calendar. May 20th. Her birthday, yet… It felt like it had never been hers to begin with.
As the only daughter of a well-to-do businessman and his socialite wife, Violet felt she was more like a commodity. She was always expected to behave a certain way. Her friends were handpicked by her parents, from the time she could talk. Her life, in general was regulated from what she could eat to what she wore. Her birthday was no exception.
Rather than have a simple party with friends or even dinner out with her parents, Violet was expected to cater to being another pawn in her father’s climb up the cooperate ladder as his boss’s, son’s Prom date!
What’s next? Marriage? Violet glared at the garment bag which contained the baby pink gown trimmed in sparkling crystals—nothing less for her parents’ little bargaining chip.
“Violet! You’re wasting time. Hurry up!”
She winced at her mother’s harsh tone. With a sigh, the girl gathered herself from the bed then dressed as she was expected—a button down shirt and skirt.
Violet knew her mother would criticize her hair if she stepped out of her bedroom as she was. Instead she gathered it back into a ponytail, securing it with an elastic band. The woman would still be critical, but she would just have to deal with it.
With one last glance back at the loathsome pastel room that her mother had forced upon her only daughter, Violet grabbed the garment bag then left.
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Violet frowned. That was never mentioned in the fairytale. Then again, Thumbelina didn’t shrink as she had. She had been small to begin with. “So… fairytales are real?”
Zandr’s dark brows knitted together. “We don’t have tails. Only wings.”
“I meant tales as in stories.”
“I still do not understand what you mean.”
She wanted to hide her face. Instead she squeezed her eyes shut. “Forget it. Translation errors…”
“What is that?”
“Don’t worry about it. It’s just my odd human speech.” Violet decided she might be better off just shutting up before she confused them both. Of course she guessed the damage may already be done. At least Zandr didn’t seem too annoyed and just dumped her off leaving her to fend for herself. Her mind flitted back to their first encounter. “Wait, if you need me then why did you say you would kill me if I double crossed you?”
“Simple. I do not know you. You may be the Chosen One, however, that doesn’t mean you are trustworthy. I have no proof that the Crystal Garden actually exists, but if it will save our land, I’ll put my faith in it.”
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Gusty Proposals is the third story in this epic quest. It tells the story of Violet Piccolo, a young girl who 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. For years she has obeyed their wishes without protest. However, 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’s 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. Somethings must be fought for as she seeks the crystal rose.
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Book two, Quaking Tower picks up where Frozen Reflection left off and follows Cybele Lockley a young girl who’s 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 note book, a story filled with romance and adventure of a character based on 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.
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 that 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, and 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 magic 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 a young girl who’s 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 note book, a story filled with romance and adventure of a character based on 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. A young girl who 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, somethings must be fought for as she seeks the crystal rose.
More adventures await you in Drowned Voice the fourth installment in the Crystal Garden Saga. Look for it coming soon.
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