As boisterous thunder rumbled throughout the land and a torrent of rain pounded away on the soil, millions of sparks of reddish lightning brightened up the night sky.
It was our season for tempest storms; a solemn token of the evil that had penetrated the realm and of an oath that has yet to be fulfilled. A constant reminder of the dangerous circumstances we were all in.
The Kingdom of Aselaira was in peril.
Every one of its citizens was vulnerable, defenseless, and hopeless. Havoc and bloodshed permeated the land. The stone walls of Castle Edhel-N’dor, which were once beauteous and majestic, were deteriorating inside and out. There was no one left to see to its upkeep.
Every man, boy, husband, was fielded to the garrison to prepare for warfare. Every woman, girl, wife, set aside to clean, cook, and nurse the injured. As a servant in the castle, one must keep to your duties or stay in your chambers, and above all else slave after the needs of the royal family, especially the King.
I tried not to despair, as this was my everyday life. I was vulnerable, defenseless, but with every ounce of my being I refused to remain hopeless. Even as I was a servant in the castle, I had my special ability; my gift that I kept hidden. With much misery and sorrow, I kept Calen - my Fëa - hidden as well. Together, we used these abilities to find hope.
We used these abilities to find him.
Sweet Oblivion (Sweet Series Book #1) Release Date: December 30th, 2012 Genre: YA Contemporary / Fantasy Romance
When two worlds collide, nightmares become reality. And some secrets...are best kept in Oblivion. ...Until there is hope.
Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town. And she can't seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries. Nari hates everything about her life, except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they've been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange, unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.
~ Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to, it means life or death for her and her people. She does all that she can to turn that hope into reality, and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time. She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.
Sweet Escape (Sweet Series Book #2) Release Date: July 25th, 2013 Genre: YA Contemporary / Fantasy Romance
Sometimes the hardest war to fight is the one raging within yourself... Life will never be the same for Nariella Woodlinn. Just when she thought she had it all figured out, her world comes crumbling down around her-yet again. With no idea who she is or even where she came from, how can she save herself? She once thought her biggest problems were the ones brought on by the mysterious man she refused to fall in love with-Mycah. But she quickly discovers none of that compares to what she is about to encounter next. This time, it isn't because of who Mycah is. This time, it's because of who she is. Namine risked everything to save her people. Her goal was to bring their only hope back to their Kingdom. As the war rages on around her, Namine gets thrown into the lion's den-the false King's chambers. Can she fool a King who can't be deceived on his playing field? Forced to do his bidding, can she prevent the downfall of the only hope she worked so hard to bring home? Will she be able to escape with her life and mind intact? With everyone's world falling apart and deceit around every corner...can any of them truly Escape?
Sweet Requiem (Sweet Series Book #3) Release Date: February 7th, 2014 Genre: NA Contemporary / Fantasy Romance
***This is categorized as a New Adult novel, with some mild adult content***
Returning to Kennebunkport, Maine, isn't all that it's cracked up to be for Nari and Rydan. Barely escaping one evil by the skin of their teeth, running head first into the next was the last thing they were expecting. With Nari's best friend Zaylie held hostage by the leader of the Black Eagles, Nari's number one priority is getting Zaylie, along with everyone else she cares about, out of Nikolai's clutches safe and sound. Only, the worst thing that could possibly happen has happened- Death.
Before Nari can even comprehend her worst nightmare coming true, she is pulled back into the very place she had thought she escaped. But the nightmare doesn't end there. Just as she sees a silver-lining to her otherwise gloomy cloud, she discovers heart-wrenching news and has to yet again escape an untimely death.
With the hope of undoing what would normally be permanent, Nari, with the help of the two brothers she loves most in the world, sets her mind on a mission that will ultimately mean her downfall. Is the end result worth the sacrifice? ~ Naminé is left in the Earthly realm to tend to an injured Ender and Fëa. She must learn to cope with the new human elements thrown her way, but in the process, discovers something may be terribly wrong with her family back home - the one place she can no longer get to.
Continue the journey that started it all. Mycah, Rydan, Nari, and Naminé are determined to take back the throne. Except, that which starts sweet, ends bitter...
Name: Nariella Ashwyn Woodlinn (aka Nari) Age: 18 Height: 5'7" Hair: Brunette Eyes: Violet Personality: Kind, sweet, caring, loves to paint. Determined not to be shy, Nari puts forth strong effort to fit in and act like a normal teenager when around her new friends. Forced to keep everything in growing up, she no longer holds her emotions back or keeps what she is thinking locked inside now that she is older. This has gotten her in trouble, and she is currently learning restraint.
Name: Mycah Nightly (aka Remycah Avel Zafriel) Age: 19 almost 20 Height: 6'1" Hair: Black Eyes: Blue Personality: Grew up alone and separate in England. Strong, fierce, authoritative, but gentle, loving, and affectionate. Mycah would do anything for his people and those he loves. He has full, 100% use of his brain, and has countless abilities because of it. His favourite thing to do is read, but he also loves music, including playing the piano, and is a master swordsman. He is obsessed with sweets.
Name: Rydan Cael O'Malley (aka Rydan Cael Zafriel) Age: 18 Height: 6'0.5" Hair: Black Eyes: Silver Personality: Quiet, restrained (except when it comes to protecting Nari), and incredibly loyal. He only shows his emotions and affections toward Nari, but he is learning to open up to others. Rydan has many gifts, but his most known skill is with music. He can play almost any instrument, and is a master composer. He also loves archery and animals, and is a dedicated vegetarian.
Name: Naminé Age: 18 Height: 5'8" Hair: Blonde Eyes: Green Personality: Logical, reasonable, loyal, and kind. Naminé is mature beyond her years, and determined to save her Kingdom. She has a brother who she deeply loves and is constantly worried for. She is a Dream Weaver, and slave to the King. Strong, determined, and patient, she along with her Fëa Calen, would risk anything to save the ones she loves.
Bailey Ardisone was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She married the love of her life and spends her days submerged in books, movies, music, or art, and loves traveling.
Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of her life, and she is obsessed with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.