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Summer Update

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It’s summer! The air is thick and the vegetation is lush down here in the heart of Dixie. Summer is the time when I miss my home state of Maine the most. I think of the warm, picturesque scenery almost every time I step outside in the saturating, oppressive muggy heat of South Carolina.

I miss the cooling waters of my lake and hiking in the shadows of mountains for a refreshing nature walk. I think of the ice cream stands that are only open in the summer and almost every town has one where all the locals flock to as the temperatures rise.

I no longer see fresh produce stands on the side of the road and I am forced to contend with the overcrowded farmers’ market on Saturdays. I remember when I was a kid, we used to make the trek a few miles down the road at least twice a week to a rustic stand where the vegetables and fresh corn were displayed neatly. There was never anyone manning the stand. There was just an old tin box where you left your money for your purchases. No one ever thought to leave any less than you owed or take any more than you paid for.

In a perfect world, I would spend my summers in Maine and leave before the weather cooled to come back to South Carolina, but right now I am content that I at least have a nice, big pool in my backyard to enjoy.

I am beyond happy to say that I have finished the final book in The Hidden Realm Series.  This book was a bit of a struggle for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I was exhausted or if it’s because I was sad to say goodbye to these characters that have been a part of me for a while now.

Surrendered Moon picks right up where Awakened Moon left off and I have to say that I laughed, and cried, as I wrote the rough draft. Maximus and Marianna were a fun couple to create. Yes, Maximus is scarred by his two hundred years of torture, but Marianna almost distracts him with her bright outlook and bossy ways.

I’m hoping to release the book by the end of July and then I am going to start on a project that is…a bit different. I think it’s either going to crash and burn, or be something really special.

More on that later…

For now, I hope that you all take time to enjoy these lazy days of summer. This is one of my favorite passages about this time of year.

“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.”
—Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 

~Shannon

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Awakened Moon is Released!

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It’s finally here! I feel like this book was a long time in coming. After taking almost four months off, getting back into the writing groove was tough, but the wait as it was being uploaded onto KDP felt like a full year.

This was quite an interesting story for me to write. Marianna is so different from any character I have ever written. She is prim and proper, but also sweet and kind.

Maximus is somewhat mercurial and I feel like it is going to take a bit for the reader to really get a read on both of them. I also added a twist at the end so what you thought you knew is completely the opposite.

The whole cast of characters are back and while I always enjoy writing my favorites, it was hard to make everyone blend together cohesively. I must say that creating a six book series is a huge challenge and I’m not sure if I will be attempting that again anytime soon!

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Surrendered Moon is up next and I have already outlined the final book in The Hidden Realm Series. I’m excited to plunge deeper into Maximus and Marianna’s love, as well as, wrap the series up to a final conclusion.

I hope you all enjoy Awakened Moon. I realize that it took a while for it to be released and I want to thank you for your patience and unwavering support.

 

Official Blurb

Lady Marianna of Fairyland is a shining example of dignity and decorum. Orphaned when she was a small child, Marianna was raised by the former Queen, and brought up with her cousin King Killian.
Her betrothal to the King of the Werewolves was well regarded as a fine match and made when she was just five years of age, but she remembers him as the young king she fell in love with on a starlit night when she was sixteen. The next morning, Maximus disappeared, and no one knew that he had been kidnapped by his evil uncle Bernard.

Two hundred years later, Maximus has returned from his torturous imprisonment after Killian and Wick rescue him, and dispense of Bernard. Maximus finally comes to Fairyland so he can claim his bride to be.

The only problem is that Lady Marianna is not the idealistic young girl she used to be and Maximus is also plagued with his own demons.

Can they reclaim what once was and awaken their long lost dreams or will another evil tear them apart?

Journey back to The Hidden Realm Series as Marianna and Maximus engage in a battle of wits and fight for love!

 

Download Awakened Moon Now!

 

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