Ever set out to do a favor for a friend, something you didn’t expect you would enjoy, and then discover doing the favor turns out to be a real pleasure? I recently had this experience.
Lara Schiffbauer and I have never met, but she has become one of my best friends. When I sent out a request for beta readers for Fancy, volume one of my novella series, Lara was the only one to respond. She has now read and edited all the novellas in the series, and her comments have been extremely helpful to me.
Let me tell you a little about Lara.
Lara Schiffbauer is a writer, licensed clinical social worker, mother of two, wife of one, and a stubborn optimist. She loves Star Wars, Lego people, science, everyday magic and to laugh. You can find Lara on several different social media sites, with all links listed on her website, laraschiffbauer.com.
When I first heard she was working on a novel, I decided I would buy it and read it in order to support her. When I learned later on that her novel was a fantasy, I gulped slightly, because that’s not a genre I enjoy. I think maybe my imagination is too limited for such things. But I bought the book anyhow and set about reading it. Imagine my surprise when I got into Finding Meara and discovered I actually enjoyed reading it.
To keep her safe, Hazel Michelli’s parents never told her she was adopted, or that her birthplace was in an alternative land where magic and monsters exist. She found out the truth the day a ferocious winged creature stole her from her Denver apartment and delivered her to Lucian, the sadistic Lifeforce magician who happens to be Hazel’s biological father.
“Dysfunctional family” takes on new meaning when she learns Lucian must sacrifice a daughter to maintain immortality and take over the Realm. When Hazel’s younger half-sister disappears just days before the Rite, Lucian moves Hazel to the top of the sacrificial short list.
Afraid, yet compelled to protect her four-year-old half-sister, Hazel races between both worlds, searching for Meara while being hunted by Lucian. Their lives, and the future of the Realm, leave her no room for failure.
If you have any interest in fantasies, get this book and read it. In fact, even if you aren’t a fantasy lover, you might enjoy Lara’s great writing and the suspense she keeps hanging over you as you read.
Winners from last week’s drawing: Patricia Sands, A. C. Cockerill, and Kitt Crescendo. Email me at dnwalkertx (at) gmail (dot) com to let me know whether you want Heaven Sent or first three volumes of Fancy series and whether you use Kindle or Nook.
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