“Pinpricks of stars radiate like embers from a dying fire…one flicker in a lifetime of stories. If I imagine my life through Leyla’s tales, it flows, sinking and rising, a lilting melody entwined with many others. Though it fractures me inside, it gives me strength. At my weakest, I am strongest. Maybe the marks on my hands and face set me apart; maybe they are the scars that prove I survived.”~MARKED
…is the daughter of Romanian immigrants, and has always been interested in the multicultural experience. The uniqueness people from different nations, languages, and cultures have to share is reflected in her writing and world-building.
Fulfilling her dreams of being an elementary school teacher and a wild boy mom, she is now focusing on writing books for children, middle grade and young adults. She is published in a magazine, guest posts for the Spinning Pen, writes skits and short inspirational stories for church retreats, and teaches writing classes to middle and high school students.
She lives in Alaska with her husband, three little musketeers and a pet bunny named after a dragon. She’s discovered first hand Tolkien’s words ring true: “It’s a dangerous business…going out your door…if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
I am Marked: a blazing stain across my face; emotional scars ruining every moment of my life; nightmares that terrify me. But these are also my strengths. I can affect the feelings of those around me. Will it be enough to stop a war with the country that kidnapped me and save my outcast friends?
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“Broken hearts are sadly common, but they can be mended.
It’s the heartless that have no hope.”
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A red birthmark stains Ada’s face, but her emotional scars run deeper. These fears come to life when she is kidnapped and sold as a slave in a foreign land. The prince discovers her plight, making promises and settling Ada’s heart but placing her in greater danger. Finding refuge in the Gard, a home for the disabled outcasts of the city, she befriends the few people who understand her struggle and can help her discover her worth. She can influence, even manipulate, the emotions of others. But her only hope lies in unraveling the secrets of a young general infamous for attacking her country.
OF STONE & GLASS
Two sisters. One secret.
Alexia has an incriminating past.
Sarai has the power to expose it.
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A secret will be her undoing
With revenge always pursuing
But justice will come from her loss and pain
When magic sings its final refrain
Give up her will and take to the stage
She must make her stand in the Dragon’s Cage
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With blood on her hands, Alexia runs away to work in dangerous territory: the Dragon’s Cage, where elemental dragons are forced to fight. She hopes to redeem herself, if she can survive the challenges in her way.
Sarai struggles hiding her sister’s crime, especially as her own guilt clouds her vision. Trying to ease her conscience, she makes a deal with a powerful senator, whose magic forces the truth from others, to save her dad from a fatal disease.
Both sisters are playing with fire. Both will do nearly anything to keep their secret hidden. Yet they’re running out of time as the tangled web of lies pulls tighter with their secrets at the center of it all. The only way to unravel it is with the truth. But a confession would be deadly—landing one sister inside the Dragon’s Cage.
I may be a monster, but kindness is always a choice.
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An amusing twist to the traditional Cinderella story, Monsterella shows that kindness is always a choice, even when one is born a monster. Monsterella’s one dream, as she does all the work for her step monster, is to see Castle Cave, where her parents met. With the help of her Fairy Godzilla, Monsterella gets sparkling glass claws and goes to the grand feast at Castle Cave. But while there, she comes across her step family and is ordered to serve them. Her mother’s advice: I may be a monster, but kindness is always a choice gives her strength to be kind and gains her the attention of the monster prince.
Monsterella is the first in a Monster Princesses picture book series.
NO WAY, JOSÉ!
José has so many fun ideas, like rock climbing (on the outside wall of his apartment) and learning about tornadoes (by spinning on the fan) except his whole family keeps telling him: “No way, José!”
When Eliejah Samuels discovers a magical orb grants him superpowers, it’s only through his friend Ollia’s influence he decides to become a superhero and not a super villain. With the perks of a space flying dragon, Liej and Ollia must tackle the challenges of the preteen life—building true friendship, mediating with bullies, learning which adults to trust, and strengthening natural talents. But there’s a catch to his newly discovered abilities: if he loses the small magic orb, or if someone steals it, he dies.
“Wings come down around me, tucking in tight. We drop, spinning like a coin tumbling to the earth. I try to scream but the air unhooks from my mouth and leaves me breathless. My eyes burn and tears leak from the edges. But I refuse to close them. I want to see and experience what no other human has before.”~OF STONE AND GLASS