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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.”

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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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Quaking Tower

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.Quaking Tower - Front Only


Frozen Reflection

Bianca Flynn wakes on the morning of her sixteenth birthday expecting it to be like any other. A day at school followed by a night spent stuck at home with a stepmother she doesn’t like. However, her birthday will be anything but ordinary. She rises to find herself plagued by a strange reaction to apples and an odd phobia of mirrors which quickly spirals out of control and throws her into a world she thought only existed in stories. A land that is under the burden of a terrible curse. A spell that can only be broken by one chosen to wield the power of a crystal rose. Available on Amazon in print and ebook.


The Crystal Garden Saga

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.

Fulfill all your Crystal Garden Saga adventures by purchasing your books here at Amazon! Available in print and ebook.


The Joys of Updates

It seems like every once in a while whenever a system or program has an update it ends up messing up your settings instead. So rather than say, posting on the Social Medias as it’s supposed to it flat out doesn’t do it. Very annoying. here’s hoping the newest update as resolved this issue.

Anyway, Chapter 11 has been posted on JukePopSerials.com for Hidden Mystique so please check it out. It also has a brand new cover art which matches quite well with the series.


Getting Back on Track

To say my train had gotten derailed would be an understatement. This is equally true of biting off more than I could chew. What I thought was going to be an easy to stick to writing schedule was a much like the cake; a lie. I first got mixed up with which story was supposed to be undated when.  Then I became overwhelmed as more projects landed in my lap, some of which I’ve been working on for some time plus some family situations which included taking Zidane to the vet. Don’t worry, he’s fine outside of being angry with having to take medication everyday which requires for him to get picked up which he hates, but he’ll get over it. So the new schedule is by the end of this month for next Sunday’s update will be the long awaited chapter 11 of Hidden Mystique posted on the JukePop Serials site. I will also unveil a new cover for the serial which I totally love and can’t wait to share.

So, thank you for your patience. It’s been difficult trying to get the stories moving again, but I will succeed.  The characters just have to be pushed along a bit.

 


And So Our Adventures in Writing Continue…

As you can see, we are back! So far this year has kicked off with lots of deadlines, goals, and of course work. I had to tack on 5K more words to Frozen Reflection for the Amazon Novel Breakthrough Award Contest. It was tricky, but the additional content has improved the story overall. I’ll be updating the story in the relaunch this Spring/Summer. I have also achieved making the 50K for NaNoWriMo last November. It was a tremendous feat that I am still quite shocked to have succeeded in.

A Taste of Something New…

I had announced several months ago that my serial fiction story, Hidden Mystique was now live on JukePop Serials.  It is currently up to 10 chapters since that last post. I have included a page under my stories for it. Please show your support by starting a free account and reading and voting for the chapters. Unlike the stories on this site, each chapter has a beginning, middle, and end kind of like a television episode. I’ll still be working on A Tail to Remember and Spark of Vengeance. The schedule is posted on the main page.

In Other News…

Zidane the furry one now has a new friend. Siegfried has joined our happy home so now I have two chinchillas to keep me amused by their quirky antics. In the middle of the month they will begin their introductions to see if they would like to share a cage or not. I’m crossing my fingers that they will completely love each other and be best friends for life!

 

 

 

 

 


It’s Alive!

My cross-genre/urban fantasy serial, Hidden Mystique is live now exclusively on Juke Pop Serials.

It’s a story about Becca Alexander and Kassie Madison, two cousins who are as different as night and day. The college roommates thought their bickering was the worst of their problems. They were wrong.  After a series of events the cousins soon find themselves caught in a web that leads them racing across the country in search of answers.  Their only aid is a mysterious benefactor who holds a rather pricy debt over the girls’ heads.  They discover nothing is as it seems.  Even themselves.

Any fans of the paranormal TV show, Supernatural might enjoy this. (If you ever wondered what it would have been like if Dean and Sam were two girls, Hidden Mystique has a similar premise that deals more with fantasy rather than  paranormal.  I even personally refer to the chapters as episodes. The chapters in fact run just like a television episode with a beginning, middle, and end.

Please check it out and give it a vote! Also feel free to comment. I’d love to have any feedback you wish to share!


Quaking Tower has been ePublished!

Book 2 of my young adult series, The Crystal Garden is now available for purchase at Amazon.com and at Smashwords.com for $4.99. This one is the tale of Cybele Lockely, a girl who has spent most of her life in isolation thought the only way she would experience adventure was through her story. One day she makes a choice that sends into a world where she must face her greatest fears in order to put an end to an evil that threatens her new found freedom.

Check out the new Crystal Garden Saga page for links the teaser chapters for the first two books here!

 

If you missed the first book, Frozen Reflection you can still get it for half off for the month of September only!

I have also created a Facebook Page specifically for this series. You can visit it here.


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