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Red Dawn of Freedom

Independence Reclaimed Trilogy, Part I

genre: alternate history epic fantasy

Cloaked by a terrifying legend spanning five hundred years since the American Civil War, a forgotten land hides beneath the Gilded Sea. Long-told tales warn never to look upon the shimmering waters. A glimpse and you will never know what truth is again. Monsters in the golden waters can steal your soul. No one dares travel beyond its boundary, into remnants of the United States, until Abril’s chronically ill sister is abducted.

To make the rescue, Abril bravely enters the golden sea and is thunderstruck. She isn’t drowning, but instead, spinning into an unknown world. Recorded history is wrong! As a student at an esteemed college, she majors in ancient weaponry—studies facts and findings, not folklore or hearsay. Magic does exist! The legend is true.

A government-sanctioned institution captures Abril, forces her into slave labor. Had magic blocked abolition? The slaves produce trade goods and also a higher-valued commodity—magic. The hideous truth—the suffering of slaves is cultivated and harvested for power-hungry elites. Abril discovers she possesses uncanny powers, can hear dead slaves, still tortured beyond their graves, crying for vengeance and freedom for their living families. They clamor for her to be their savior. Their anguish rattles her to the core, but what can she do? Will her frail sister face this atrocious fate? Will Abril?

She must find a way to save them all and right magical history’s wrong. Determined, she grasps every opportunity. Using her skills with ancient blades, feminine charm, and newfound powers. Attempting to tap into the Gilded Sea’s magic. Finding love and breaking her own heart. Running from her own certain death.

She fights for her sister. Fights to free slaves—both alive and dead. For all that, she’ll need unfathomable strength to capture and unleash the Gilded Sea’s full fury!

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~an urban fantasy romance series~

The Coon Hollow Coven Tales series is about a coven of witches in a fictitious southern Indiana community, south of Bloomington, the neck of the woods where I spent my favorite childhood years surrounded by the love of a big family. The books are rich with a warm Hoosier down-home feel. There are interesting interactions between coven members and locals from the nearby small town of Bentbone. If magic wasn’t enough of a difference between the two groups, the coven folk adhere to the 1930s lifestyle that existed when the coven formed. 

 A note to readers: the books in the Coon Hollow Coven Tales series are written to be read in any order. The series is about one community, and its residents may pass in and out of various books, but each book has its own unique and special story to be told



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