Child of the Sacred Earth Blog Tour

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Roses are Red

So they tell me I’m a princess. If it’s true, then someone out there is playing a very mean joke on me. I mean, how did I get twenty years into my life without ever once having someone bow to me, or getting to wear fancy clothes or diamonds? How have I made it to twenty without being waited on hand and foot a day in my life? Quite the opposite, really. I’ve spent most of my life taking care of others. So, really, if I’m a princess, where’s my castle? Where are my servants? Where’s my handsome prince? Apparently they don’t exist, and in the real world—and the parallel, enchanted world of Fallada—princesses are asked to fight in battles and save realms.

It’s all for the best really. A girl like me wouldn’t know what to do with diamonds and taffeta. A down home, Southern girl who spent her summers playing in the dirt isn’t fit for wearing a tiara. At least not unless it’s a special occasion. Speaking of dirt … it’s sort of my gift. Well, the earth is. It speaks to me and I can manipulate it and even use it as a weapon. Rocks, sand, dirt, mountains … you name it. See? Even my powers are gritty, nothing princess-y about them. Yet, there’s an entire kingdom of people looking to me for help and guidance, expecting things from me that I never thought myself capable of. Can I help them? Can I be the leader they need me to be when I’ve barely even figured out who I am yet? All I can say is, after practically raising my three foster siblings single-handedly, I think I can consider myself something of a survivor. A resourceful one at that. Can I do it? The verdict is still out on that one, but I sure as hell intend to try.


“What do you expect me to do?” she asked, trying to remain calm. “And you called me the second link in the chain, does that mean you’ve found the first?”

“The prophesy is in seven parts,” Jake said, his voice low. Jocylene had long since guessed that he was the quiet, studious one. He’d been looking on thoughtfully the entire time but had said nothing until now. “The first part of the prophecy has already come to pass. We found the first lost princess, Eladria of Damu, and returned her to her throne. She led the first battle against the queen and dealt a crushing blow to our enemies. Now, it is your turn.”

“Okay,” Jocylene held her hands up to halt Jake’s speech. “Let me get this straight. My mother is the bitch queen of all evil and wants to take over the world. You think that me and a band of teenage princesses have enough combined power to stop her, and you expect me to lead battles in this epic war against a hostile takeover?”

Jake cleared his throat again and blushed, nodding his head slowly. “That about sums it up, Princess.”

“Hell. No. Hell-to-the-no. Forget it. There is no way you can convince me that I’ve got what it takes to lead a freaking army, let alone go up against a woman evil and sadistic enough to kidnap seven girls and cast them into another world. Her doing that was obviously a warning: Stay away little princesses. Fine by me!”

“You are being irrational,” Rothatin said in that infuriatingly arrogant way of his. Jocylene turned her narrowed eyes on him.

“Says a man who flew to my rescue tonight on a gigantic owl! If your world is separate from mine, then it’s all the better for me because I have no desire to go there or become part of anyone else’s plans.”

“Do you have any idea how powerful you are?” Wil asked, his hands on his hips as he came forward and stared down at her from behind the smoke trailing out of his pipe.

“I do,” Rothatin muttered as he stared out over the blanket of pine trees beneath them. “I’ve seen it with my own eyes. It is easy to see why Eranna would be afraid of her.”

“Sounds to me like she doesn’t have much to fear,” Jocylene countered. “If she’s as powerful as you’re telling me, I don’t stand a chance in Hell.”

“Not by yourself,” Jake agreed. “But with the others—”

“Where are they?” she asked, her arms spread wide. “Where are these other girls? As far as I can tell, you guys are just casting your net out to see who you can catch. Sure, you got lucky once and now you’ve done it a second time. But seven seems like a big number when we’re talking about the possible end of the world here. Besides, things happen in this world, too; cancer, car wrecks … who says these other girls are even alive? I’m having a hard time believing your luck will hold out. And then what happens? I’ve given up what’s left of my life fighting for a lost cause.”

“Do not think to question the powers of the Fae Queen,” Rothatin growled, coming up from his relaxed pose against the ship’s rail, his shoulders squared and his jaw gone hard and tight. “Her power is ten times that of the dark queen and her all-seeing eyes are everywhere. She will find them, just as she found you.”

“I’m sure your queen is a nice lady, and I mean no disrespect to her when I ask this, but if she’s so dang powerful, why hasn’t she stopped my mother herself?”

“Because the Fae are the keepers of fate and destiny,” Rothatin answered with an agitated eye-roll, as if this were information she should already be privy to. “We do everything we can to guide those in our realm on the right path, but in the end their decisions are ultimately their own. We cannot interfere. And even if we wanted to, Eranna’s iron fortress keeps us out.”

“The Fae’s only weakness is the element of iron,” Jake supplied from behind Rothatin’s hulking form. “Her fortress is surrounded by it.”

“Well, you just said yourself that you can’t force me,” Jocylene huffed. “So, do whatever you need to do to turn this ship around and take me home. Or, let me off here for all I care. I can find my own way back home.”

“That is foolish, as well as dangerous,” Wil said to her retreating back as she turned to make her way back across the deck. “Eranna will not stop sending her minions after you. Of all the princesses of Fallada, she fears her own daughters the most!”

She paused and turned, shooting a glance at the three men watching her walk away with expressions of horror, anger, and dismay on their faces. “In case your friend here didn’t tell you, I am more than capable of protecting myself and those kids in there. Send whoever you want; they won’t get far. Once Michael, Vincent, and Gracie wake up, I’m out of here whether you want to give me a ride home or not.”

Deciding not to wait around for them to start trying to convince her again, Jocylene turned on her heels and took off across the deck, her expression so stormy that crew members ducked and dodged to get out of her way this time.

Once safe inside the captain’s cabin, she slammed the door and leaned against it with a loud and heavy sigh. Well, Toto, I guess we aren’t in Kansas anymore. Thinking of the line from one of her favorite movies only brought a dry chuckle up from her throat. She definitely was still in Kansas and she intended to stay there, no matter how cool Oz sounded, she wasn’t sure it was a place she wanted to be. The prospect of the Wicked Witch of the West bearing down on her with smoke curling from her nostrils held very little appeal. Beside that was the fact that the woman was her own mother. As if her life weren’t screwed up enough, now when she’d finally learned something of the truth of her birth and where she was from it came with a father who was dead and a mother who was all sixes and sevens.

Graduate from college. Get a good job. Get custody of the kids.

This had been her goal for years and the steps had to be completed in that order. How could she do any of that if she was off fighting mystical queens and Elves, and whatever else existed in this strange world she was born in?

The Lost Kingdom of Fallada Series
An epic Fantasy spin on the fairy tales as told by the Brothers Grimm
Child of the Sacred Earth is book 2 in the series

Title: Child of the Sacred Earth
Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytales, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance
Length: 75,000 words
Release Date: June 15, 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Blurb: Get a degree, get a job, save adorable foster siblings from the clutches of the evil foster mom …

These are Jocylene Sanders’ top priorities as she enters her sophomore year of college. The last thing she expects is to find herself the champion of an entire kingdom. However, that is just what happens when the mysterious Faerie, Rothatin Longspear, appears to her, tasking her with saving a parallel world full of creatures from her wildest dreams.

Jocylene journeys with him into the world of Fallada, hoping for answers about her birth parents and background. What she finds is a mystifying past, and an even more uncertain future, as her heart becomes entangled with the stoic, battle-hardened Rothatin, as well as Eli, the untroubled Panther Shifter with no loyalties and no home. With her heart and soul pulled in so many directions, can Jocylene find the strength needed to become the savior one nation so desperately needs?
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The Lost Kingdom of Fallada Series

Book 1: Daughter of the Red Dawn
Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytales, Mythology, Paranormal
Length: 60,000 words
Release Date: September 15, 2012
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Blurb: These are dark times in the land of Fallada, and I fear that they will only continue to grow darker. Only the return of those we’ve lost will even the score.
It will begin with first line of the prophecy, which foretells of a red sun over the desert sky…
--Adrah, Queen of the Fae

On the outside, seventeen year-old Selena McKinley is like any other teenage girl. Yet Selena has always felt as if she doesn’t belong and is counting the days to graduation and her freedom from the small town that makes her feel so out of place, when the arrival of a stranger turns her world upside down. Selena will learn just how different she is and the truth of where she comes from.
A lost princess, they call her, the catalyst for a war involving a world that Selena was taken from as a child. An evil queen obsessed with her own beauty with a plan to enslave the human race.…the notion seems so silly, yet Selena knows in her heart that it is true. Then there is Titus, the shape shifter whose blue eyes and claims of destiny hold her heart captive. Can Selena find the strength to do what she must while following her heart?

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Prequel: Beyond The Iron Gate (A Lost Kingdom of Fallada Novella)
Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytales, Mythology, Paranormal
Release Date: April 15, 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Blurb: In the year 1845, before the mystical land of Fallada was separated from the realm of men forever, the two worlds coexisted in harmony. Man could mingle freely in the world of the Elves and Faeries at will and peace reigned. In the hills of Shropshire, England, just miles from the gate separating the village of Ludlow from the world of mystical creatures, farmer’s daughter Zara Wells longs for answers.

It is not only the golden hair that trail feet behind her, or the strange hue of her violet eyes that separates her from the other girls her village. There is something inside of her, something touched by magic that longs to know more about what lies on the other side of the gate. In Fallada, darkness has begun to spread. As the youngest and most beautiful girls of her village begin to disappear, Zara comes closer to discovering the true circumstances surrounding her birth. Little does she know, that the closer she comes to the answers she so desperately desires, the closer she will come to being ensnared in the dark queen’s web of growing treachery.

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About the Author:
Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. The mother of two and wife to an Army sergeant loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.

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