Chosen as the yearly sacrifice, Athalie’s world crumbles into a devastating reality, but she knows her death will bring prosperity to her country and family. The emperor, however, has found a weapon created by the gods. During the full moon, he plans to activate it and eradicate their adversary, unaware it will actually destroy the planet.
Athalie, reborn and disguised, must hunt for talismans to neutralize the weapon’s power. Her journey will take her across the continent to countries unknown, to people she thought were her enemies, while being haunted by a magic she can’t fully control. The gods have allowed her one more shot at life, but if she dies this time, she won’t be reborn.
Ask the Author...
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like? I get up super early when my cat decides to eat breakfast. She's on a diet, so I can't feed her until 7am. We both stay awake from 4am onward glaring at each other. I go to work as a preschool teacher during the day. After I get home, I spend the evening with my son having quality time. Sometimes that involves a dance party or building a fort out of pillows. My husband works from home until dinner, so we have to stay super quiet. Once my son falls asleep, I squeeze in an hour or two of writing before I pass out from exhaustion.
How do you pick character names? I have a baby name book in my desk drawer. I'll usually read a couple names out loud to my son, and he picks the one that stands out to him the most.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be? A glass of red wine. I'm not picky, so you can surprise with the brand. Make? I'm not a big alcohol conoussour, so I'm not too up to date on the language.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you? In bed! I try to go to sleep early on Fridays. I give myself a break from writing. Typically on Friday nights, I watch cooking shows on Create.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans? Thank you for buying my books and asking for more!
Sell me a glass of water. Drink this. You must stay hydrated to live. Live!
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation? To be a teacher and a writer. While it was difficult to become a teacher (college, certification exams, student teaching, getting hired), finally becoming published felt like a dream come true. When I got my agent, I sobbed and ran around the house screaming. My mom thought I was injured.
How would you describe your writing job to a child? The people living in my head tell me about their lives. Actually, that sounds a little scary.
What’s your writing kryptonite? Distractions. I have to stay focused in my bedroom. If anyone comes in to sit on the bed or talk to me, I lose my train of thought, and sometimes don't get it back until the next night. When that happens, I plunge into marketing instead of writing.
Who would you rather be? A ninja or a pirate? Pirate. I love the ocean, and I'm not very coordinated. I don't think I'd ever be good at fighting with coordinated body movements.