Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: September 18th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Young fae girls are disappearing.
Layla has never belonged to the fairy realm – at least, half of her hasn’t. She’s never known anyone with human blood, not even her father. When she was three, the dragon Fauth attacked the fairy festival, murdering her fae mum & stepfather. Frankly, some fairies think she should’ve been eaten too.
As she grew, despite being called names like “fuman” for being a half-blood, she’s discovered that being half-human isn’t terrible. She may lack magic, but she is immune to iron sickness, and she can wield a sword with elven skill.
Magic in the human world is disastrous.
Sixteen years later, when Layla’s half-sister is kidnapped and taken through a portal to the forbidden human realm, Layla rushes to the rescue. She’s older and stronger, and she’s not about to let her last living family member be taken from her without a fight.
Only someone who belongs to both worlds can find the truth.
The portal spits her out in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, but neither her sister or the kidnapper are anywhere to be found. Stuck in a world she only knows from school books, Layla forges unlikely alliances to find her sister. As she becomes tangled in the dark world of fairy trafficking, magic harvesting, and murder, Layla will have to find the strength within if she is to survive and save her sister.
I would love the power to to look at history in real time. Have you ever visited a place and wondered what it was like four hundred years ago, or what the first settlers thought as they traveled from the east coast of the US to the west? That’s what I want to see. I don’t want to visit—it would be too easy to mess things up. I just want to observe it. I’d love to see the expressions on the faces on those early settlers when they first saw the Grand Canyon. But I’d also like to see every day life around the world during different time periods. How cool would it be to see how they really lived and hear how they really spoke? But I think there is a danger in this too. I’d be tempted to look at the happiest memories, stay there, and forget to continue forward with my life.
And, what if someone had the ability to peak back into history and they fell in love with someone they were watching? That would be worse than reliving a happy memory because it would be aching for a memory you could never have. Maybe that power wouldn’t be great after all
So…I know it’s cheating—sort of like asking for three more wishes on the third wish—but…
If I couldn’t look at history how about if I had the ability to enter and exit any story I wanted to? Oh my, I could visit Narnia, Hogwarts, Bag End, Diagon Alley. I could talk to Charlotte. Follow Charlie through the chocolate factory. I could meet Mary Poppins. I could see the Secret Garden!
Yes. That’s it. I’ll take one magical power to pop in and out of whatever novel or story I’d like at any time.
The first story I’d pop into would have to be Harry Potter. I’ve been to the movie set and I’ve seen the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but to to be there, to actually walk down Diagon Alley, would be top on my list. Where would you go?
Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna’s home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn’t find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.
You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as “100% solid storytelling,” and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a “lovely story about growing up.”
She digs deep into her Scottish roots – there is magic there, she just knows it – for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.
She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.
Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention.
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