Quaking Soul (A Hidden Mythics Novel)
(Published November 30, 2020)
This was it. This was Na’rina’s chance to prove to her mother and the dryad Council she could navigate the mythic and human worlds. With night hanging over the city, all she needs to do is sneak in unseen, attend a mythic meeting, and report back. If only she knew who had called the meeting in the first place.
Na’rina’s a young Drydanda, destined to be Queen of the Dryads, or tree nymphs. Her world—fauns, nymphs, dwarves—hides in plain sight from the more populated human world. As long as they remain myth, they remain safe.
He’s come to warn them but he’s a wer-im, a werecat, who was banished centuries ago with the rest of his species for burning the dryad’s trees. But humans captured his leader and dozens of other mythical creatures as well. If the mythic world is to survive, he must forge alliances.
When Na’rina’s mother goes missing, she finds the violent, banished wer-im her only allies. She soon realizes that everything she’s been taught in preparation for leadership appears to be wrong. Who can Na’rina trust while attempting to keep the dryads alive in her mother’s absence? As she quickly discovers, the fate of the mythical world rests on her decisions.
Adventure Books (Multi-Ending Stories)
(Available September 1, 2021)
Explore All 12 Possible Endings!
Not all dragons are created equal, as you well know. Some have wings intricately designed so their metal plates fold smoothly against their ribs. Others boast jeweled eyes that sparkle in the night. And still others possess needle-sharp claws that help them perch on the edges of shelves like birds of prey. All these dragons are useful, beautiful, and graceful.
You are not one of these, however. You hide in a pile of discarded metal parts on the floor and watch the others through a single, murky glass eye. The Maker tossed you aside when he found your thin wings were too weak to carry your body. Months have passed since that day and other discarded bits press down upon your frame, sharing their rust with you right along with their weight.
The Maker’s current project holds a lot of hope for you, though. She’s small, like you, and many of the parts not deemed worthy of her perfect shape might fit you. One in particular caught your eye while the Maker worked today.
As night sets, you see your chance to sneak out and complete your design, to be a finished creation, but choose wisely, Dear Dragon, for success or failure depends on your next move.
Moonrise Mountain: Legend tells of the wild horses that live atop Moonrise Mountain. Now you’re out to discover if legend is true, but first, you have to reach the top of the mountain, and each choice you make will bring unforeseen dangers.
Temple of Night and Wind: Many have entered the Howling Maw in search of its treasures. None have returned. But now your village is starving and the Maw’s treasures are your last resort. So down into the Maw you venture…
The Tournament: To free your uncle from life in the King’s mines, you enter the Tournament. However, this is no typical contest, and its lack of rules makes success all the more difficult, and defeat all the more deadly.
Pick wisely, Dear Reader, for success or failure depends on your choices.
-The Adventure Literacy and Creative Writing Workshop is available for free download on Teachers Pay Teachers. It’s a companion curriculum to The Adventure that includes everything from comprehension exercises and vocabulary worksheets, to exercises in metaphors, alliteration, similes, to having students write their own adventure stories.
-Also, the curriculum includes advice from an experienced teacher on different ways to present the material.