Just published my sixth novel, a YA fantasy!

Just completed a YA fantasy, and it is now up for sale! Here’s the link: The Unbound Realm, Volume 1: A Door into Evermoor

I knew there was a reason I played D&D when I was younger! (To be honest, me and my buddies rarely got past the character building phase; I only remember playing one quest).

The hero of my story, Jon, is facing a fate that I once dreaded: a few years of college, then decades of slogging through the 9-5. Things take a surprise turn when he stumbles into a fantasy realm, filled with Wolven and witches, goblins and gargoyles. Along the way, he meets a thief and a Wayfarer, a High Taire Duelist and a half-elf princess. Follow him on his adventures as he lives out a fantasy-geek’s dream!

66 thoughts on “Just published my sixth novel, a YA fantasy!

  1. I have a back log of things I plan to finish reading (including the rest of the Echo stuff), but I think I will bump this one up to the top, I have actually been waiting for it to publish…I even was willing to break down and purchase it from you know where 😈 I used to play D&D with my brother…those were actually good memories. Have a great night 😊

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    • Congratulations on getting past the character creation part! (which is where me and my friends always got stuck and then ended up playing Magic). I hope you enjoy, and thanks for also reading Echo (where my writer-noobiness is far more evident, lol!)

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      • I love fantasy, so it was easier for me to get sucked into D&D games and be all in 😊 I’ve only finished the first Echo book, though I promise I will get back to the others. I have my own trigger points sometimes because of my past and I had an emotionally difficult kind of summer, so I needed less violence and nothing with a religious group that seems so culty while I was working my way through that. Sometimes my reading just needs to be the equivalent of emotional comfort food…. Take good care of yourself! 😊 Ariana

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      • I think the way you have started this book is very creative, which is part of what intrigued me about it. When I was young, let’s just say life wasn’t the happiest and I would go out to the local library in my teen years, max out all of the books I could check out, read them all at the pace of easily a book a day, and then return them and do the same thing. So I’ve read a lot in multiple genres. And when the beginning of a book surprises me, it is something I really value. I am emotionally in a better place where I can handle a little bit of violence right now, but I am still leaning pretty heavy into literary comfort “food” right now πŸ˜‚

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      • I appreciate the compliment! You and I are cut from similar clothβ€”I also frequented the library, got yelled at for reading under the covers with a flashlight, and spent many a Friday as an adult at Borders Books, reading and chilling. I have even read while driving before, though I stopped that stupidity after a close call, lol! As far as the beginning, I just wanted to flesh out what I felt when I was staring down the barrel of adulthood, as well as what I thought everyone else secretly felt to some degree. Unlike Atriya, Jon just wants to enjoy his life, go on fun adventures, and chill with a cool girl.

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      • Well, you’re very welcome, but I just tend to tell it like I see it πŸ™‚ I actually did more reading in the closet when I was younger, because I could sneak a full lamp in there and it wouldn’t be so easy for my parents to notice. The one time I tried a flashlight I got caught, as I recall.. πŸ™‚ And, in regards to reading and driving, that is, I suppose what audio books are for…at least, that’s my solution to that problem πŸ˜‰
        Staring down the barrel of adulthood can be a moment at any point in your life. I tell people all of the time, don’t be in a rush to be so “adult,” i.e. have those kids, etc. Because you never know exactly how much adulthood can require of you sometimes. Everyone always thinks the picket fence comes with predictable picket fence milestones, but not so…I am a person who has always loved to help others, so I do better in my circumstances than some would that is for sure, but even I find moments where I feel like I’m trying to search for what’s left of who I was and what I would have wanted for myself. Sometimes that is the challenge of life, to find meaning and joy despite all of the things the adult world can bring our way. Take good care of yourself!

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      • I have yet to do audio books, but I feel like I would have to pick ones with the right voice actors, or else it would crimp my imagination. Adulthood is indeed a treacherous path, regardless of how stable it initially might seem. Although I wouldn’t have said this when I was younger and much more logic and willpower driven, I have come to believe that our intuition can guide us into those happy accidents, allowing life to unfold in unexpectedly welcome ways. It doesn’t always have to be something dramatic (usually isn’t, in my experience), but I like to stay open to the small urges to break from routine or do something on a whim. Maybe it’s hokey, but I do think we have some kind of internal guidance helping us out, and being open enough to follow it lines things up for us. πŸ™‚

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      • I don’t think it’s hokey. You’re talking to someone crazy enough to join her former church because of her meditation driven interpretation of a dream she had… I have always been both logic driven and intuition driven. The logic-based side of my thinking recognizes and accepts the validity of those who think my intuition based choices are a little on the crazy side 😁 Sometimes they work out well for me, sometimes I think perhaps I wasn’t listening as carefully as I should have been to that inner voice of direction.
        And, I can see your point about the voice actors for audio books. Sometimes that can be hit or miss, so I love it when the author does the reading. “Make Your Bed” by William McRaven for example was a great listen for me because I felt like the author doing his own narration gave it the appropriate feel as it was being read. However, I do better reading stuff from Eckhart Tolle then listening to his narration, because I find his voice falls in a very even similar tone range where it’s easy for my mind to start to wander well I am listening to him… Hope you have a wonderful weekend 😊 Ari

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      • Eckhart Tolle…I once tried to watch a YouTube video of him but I fell asleep, lol! I joined a meditation cult myself in my younger days, haha! We only met one weekend a month and they didn’t do anything besides take a bunch of peoples’ money but it’s funny where our paths coincide.

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      • 🀣 His voice puts me at risk of falling to sleep also sometimes. I think some of what he has to say is interesting and useful, I have just discovered that I prefer to read it rather than listen to it. My former Church is really good at taking people’s money also, and if that were where the damage ended I would feel lucky. I still do feel lucky right now, every day actually, to be gone, but I am still struggling with some things. I visited a local Unitarian congregation this morning, and I felt more comfortable talking to a service dog than her owner because I am still struggling to feel open to people in religious settings, even when I know their views are inclusive and nondogmatic. But I am working on that, and this too shall pass… Definitely we have a bit of overlap in experiences. Thank you for being so gracious to me in your responses. Wishing you a wonderful day 😊

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      • Happy to interact! Sounds like you are on the right track with letting this pass…I try to focus on what I want to let in, rather than letting things go, because when I focus on letting things go, I’m focusing on what I want to let go of, if that makes sense.

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      • It does! I think sometimes it’s complicated though. I have chosen in a small way to publicly support someone who has created a platform around informed consent about our former church, and that can make it hard not to focus on something. But I feel like it was the right thing to do. And, some of what happened with my former friends in that church when I left… Let’s just say sometimes you can be hit so many times you are going to be injured, even if you don’t want to hold on to any of that. And injuries always take time and work to heal. But I like your thought process. Sometimes I I’m doing better at not letting things in and focusing on them than other times. Have a good one 😊

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      • Whatever rings true with your intuition will be revealed as the best path forward, is my opinion. Sometimes it’s a winding path, but that’s how it works for me…seems like you’re doing what works, and that’s what matters!

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  2. Yay! I’m looking forward to reading this. Yes, D&D is great for inspiration. My Wolves of Vimar series was based on a scenario I wrote for my players. 3of the books published and the fourth being completed (I hope) during nano.

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  3. Not sure if I can buy this right now. I am reading the Narnia books right now. I’m on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. And then I want to listen to a book by Steve Berry. And I will read two books by a Christian author. Then read two dragon books.

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  4. Wow!!! Well, I’ve just finished my second book on: The Jeffersons TV sitcom. Am working on a third – the Maude TV sitcom. So I’m “write” behind you! Congratulations!! I love seeing your progress!

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