Monday, December 21, 2015

Reflecting on 2015

Is it really the end of 2015 already? It truly feels like it just begun. It seems more and more that the years pass all the quicker, and I’m still fumbling to catch up.

At this time of year, I always feel very reflective. Although New Year’s Resolutions are often looked down upon as trite and useless, I’m a big fan of goal-setting and like to look back on what I’ve accomplished throughout the year.

Although 2015 had its downs, there were also a lot of ups that made this a truly magical year. Here are Leah’s and my Top Five Moments of 2015.

1. Star Wars. Laugh if you want, but Star Wars was such a huge part of our childhood that seeing the premiere of The Force Awakens was a big deal to us—and it did not disappoint. Being able to attend the premiere in costume and enjoy this long-awaited moment with hundreds of other superfans was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we’re so happy we got to be part of the hype!

2. Enchanted Fables. Who doesn’t want to be a princess when they grow up? It’s not often you get a chance to work your dream childhood job, so Leah and I jumped at the opportunity to work at a wonderful local event company that specializes in quality fairytale entertainment. Not only do we get to become our favourite characters and make children happy, but it’s allowed us to be immersed in our community and different charities.

3. Family Time in Disney World. As you can probably tell from the above two points, our family is pretty obsessed with Disney, and so it was a definitely a highlight of the year when our family got to go to Florida for two weeks! Pool, sunshine, and lots of new things at Disney World made this a wonderful venture—especially because our family was reunited for the first time in a year!

4. Traveling Australia. This was definitely the biggest adventure of my life and a time I will never forget! Traveling up the coast of Australia let me see things I may never see again in my life, made me overcome some of my biggest fears, and ultimately helped me grow as a person. Feeding kangaroos, cuddling koalas, watching the sunset over Uluru, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, listening to dingos howl in the night, sleeping under the Milky Way…regardless of the sacrifices I made to have these experiences, I would not give them up for the world.

1. Jane Unwrapped. One of my dreams came true in 2015—our book got published. The fact I can check the hugest box off my bucket list means I will never forget this year. I have never in my life worked so hard for something, and holding the finished book in my hand is a true reminder of why I do what I do.

So that’s it! Let me know in the comments some of the highlights from your year!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Star Wars Release Day!

Happy Star Wars Day!

Today is the release of Star Wars! Kate and I are huge Star Wars fans so of course we are SUPER excited! We went to a pre-screening last night, and NO SPOILERS, it was amazing!

Kate was Leia and I went full R2D2

Kate made our parents wear JAR JAR BINKS shirts!

We made a reaction video about our experience, but if you haven't seen the movie DON'T WATCH, because spoilers!

Monday, November 2, 2015

NaNoWriMo Resources

Hi everyone!

We hope everyone had a great first day of NaNoWriMo! Or maybe you were like us and had pounding headaches and upset stomachs—does NaNo REALLY have to start the day after Halloween?!

But it's the second day, and I'm already back on track, and Leah will be there shortly. NaNo's all about the journey, not the destination, so here are a few resources to help make that journey even smoother!

Five Tips to WIN NaNoWriMo
Five Ways to Get Ideas for NaNoWriMo

Five Tips to WIN NaNoWriMo
The Five Stages of NaNoWriMo (Star Wars Style)
Five Ways to Generate Writing Ideas
Five Things Writers Can Learn from Game of Thrones

Team Up With Us:
Leah's NaNo
Kate's NaNo

Helpful Sites:
Write or Die - an amazing website that punishes you if you don't make your word count
Novel in 30 - a great app that records your daily word count and let's you write distraction-free
NaNoWriMo Official Website
Internet Blocker for Mac
Internet Blocker for Windows 

Good luck everyone!! 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Get Wicked With Entangled!

Hi welcome to the Get Wicked with Entangled Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us for Entangled’s Blog Hop! We’re very excited to be joining such a large host of lovely authors and offering up some fun tricks-and-treats wink emoticon
For our blog, we thought we’d give you a deleted scene from Jane Unwrapped, our young adult mythological fantasy from Entangled Teen’s new paranormal line, Crave.
Jane Unwrapped tells the story of a teen scientist named Jane who dies and wakes up in the Egyptian underworld. She discovers the only way to move on to paradise is to steal the heart of King Tutankhamen.
In our original draft, Jane and Tut actually fell in love, and Tutankhamen was the main love interest! In this scene, Tut helps Jane overcome a fear and they finally admit their feelings for each other. Ah, it was a sweet love for Tut until another hero took over in later drafts…if you’d like to find out who, check out Jane Unwrapped here!
We’d also like to offer one free digital copy of Jane Unwrapped and one free digital copy of Brenda Drake’s Touching Fate (which you can read all about here!), both out from Entangled Teen Crave! Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.
Don’t forget to check out all the other blogs for more surprises and chances to win awesome goodies! Have an awesome Halloween!

Starlight Deleted Scene

When I awake, it is still dark. I have the eerie feeling someone is in the room with me. I sit up and rub my eyes.
The door creaks open and I hear someone leaving.
They stop frozen.
"Who are you?" The person turns around, and the moonlight shines upon his golden skin. "Tutankhamen...what are you doing here?"
He looks down, opens his mouth to speak, then turns to leave.
"Wait!" I jump up and cross the room to him. He's standing awkwardly in the middle of the doorway. "Stay."
Tutankhamen moves inside the room. "I'm sorry...I just...I wanted to see you...I couldn't sleep, but then I thought that maybe I should go...I didn't want to wake you."
"Well, I am awake now." Strange warmth flutters in my belly as I look at him. This is my Tut, not the court’s, and I don't want to let him go. "Why are you here?”
"I wanted to make sure you were still here. You weren't just a mirage I dreamt up in the desert and then haunted me at home."
"I can't leave yet," I whisper and know it to be truth.
His eyes narrow. "Come with me."
He drags me from my chambers in nothing but my white bed linens - he's wearing the same, his face clean of makeup, his face boyish without the heavy crown. We duck behind a column, him caging me in his arms the way Anubis had at the ball. Except I don't feel helpless or small – I feel powerful.
"Shush," he says as a guard passes by us. "Ay doesn't like me out at night."
Then he grabs my wrist again and we're off dashing through the palace, hiding behind bushes and columns and walls. I don’t want to think about Ankhesenamun or Aten or Anubis or even my life at home. My only purpose is to keep up with this wild-eyed boy darting through the dark corridors of a palace in Thebes.
"Here," he says, as we face a large marble gateway. "We're almost free." The way he says the word - it has a new meaning, one I desperately want to know. Freedom. Does it mean for him what it means to me?
He snatches me around the waist and boosts me up. Awkwardly, I clamber to the top, and hold out a hand for him. Then we're jumping down and running down the hill away from the palace.
"This is so irrational," I call to him, bursting with laughter. He darts away from the path that leads to the heart of the city, and follows a grassy hill towards the Nile.
"I have to show you something!"
I hesitate, seeing he means to take me to the river. "Not there."
He’s beside me, my head is his hands, his lips on my jaw. "Remember my promise?"
"I will always protect you." I'm surprised he remembers it.
"Always." The breath of a word that lingers in my mind, as he snatches my hands and drags me forward.
We're running through rushes of papyrus now. The air is warmer than usual and I look up to see the night sky splashed with light. I can't see Sirius right now, but the flood is coming so I know he's there.
Tut pulls me in his arms as he rolls to the ground, and we tumble down the hill, through the rushes. I can't breathe but I'm laughing and gasping as I can feel his body tangle in mine.
We stop with a jolt. He's on top of me, body pressing against my own.
I swear I can feel my heart beating.
He reaches a hand down to me, and I take it. We face the Nile.
The presence of the river causes that horrible clenching in my throat, but then Tutankhamen is in front of me, hiding the view. He takes both of my hands and whispers: "Promise."
He leads me to the edge of the river. The moon shines as a giant spotlight as Tut enters the water. It's slow - barely rushing, like the soft trickle of tears down a cheek.
Tut lets go of my hand and enters until he's waist-deep, spinning in the moonlight, then comes back to me. "You chased my fears away," he whispers. "Let me banish yours."
I take his hand and trust a promise. The water welcomes me, but Tutankhamen has me fully supported. The water has been warmed by the sun: nothing like the icy waters of Skutz Falls. I imagine how much my heart would be racing right now, but I don’t have one so I close my eyes, and fall into Tut’s arms.
Tut moves his hand to my thigh, slowly wrapping it around himself. Then he does the same with the other. His hand is strong on my leg, and my hands are wrapped around his neck so tightly I can't tell where my body ends and his begins.
He pushes off from the bank, until we're in the reflection of the moon. It glitters all around us, bathing us in white-light.
“Do you feel it?” I whisper.
“Feel what?”
“Starlight.” I take my hands from his neck and lean back, resting my body on the water, gazing up at the moon. Even in this world it never changes. My legs release from his body, and I'm floating through the stars.
Tut swims up to me, on his back as well, staring up at the sky. He takes my hand, and we float through the heavens together, the stars and moon our constant companions.
I am not afraid.     
I take a deep breath, close my eyes, and sink into the river. Opening my eyes, I see the shape of his body beside mine. The water does not fight me, or maybe I do not fight it, but I follow its lingering course as long as my lungs can hold. For once, I do not want to come up for air.
I burst through the surface of the water, scattering twinkling droplets. Tutankhamen pulls me into his arms and I'm dizzy and breathless. His face is so close, his mouth open like a question and I am the answer.
His lips touch mine, ever so gently. His mouth is wet and soft and his lips perfectly shape over mine. And it is more than a dream, more than a fact, it’s a feeling.
My body moulds to his, and his hands are everywhere, from my face, to my hair, to my back, and I can only concentrate on holding on because I feel like I'm leaving this world and becoming starlight itself.
Finally, he pulls away and all I want to do is pull him back to me.
"Jane Ezrael," he whispers, "stay with me."
"It's a promise," I reply and cannot make myself believe it is a lie.

Bonus Giveaway!

As a bonus, we're giving away a digital copy of our novel, Jane Unwrapped, and Entangled Teen Crave's other book, Touching Fate by Brenda Drake!


Keep on the hop!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Happy Halloween!!

Halloween is only TWELVE days away! TWELVE DAYS!! How exciting is that?! Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. Not only do you get lots and lots of chocolate, but there’s an excuse to dress up.

Kate and I recently got back from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World. It is so much fun. If you don’t know, MNSSHP is a special event on certain nights at the Magic Kingdom. Everyone is allowed to dress up (even adults!) and there are loads of fun Halloween activities to do, even trick or treating!
I have gone three times and it’s been amazing every year. If you’re around the Disney parks in October, we definitely recommend you check it out!

Here are some memories from our days at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!


Kate and I went as Belle and Aurora. Even our parents got in on the action as Gaston and Merryweather!


I went as Belle, and my boyfriend at the time went as the Beast. It was pretty awesome because we got reservations at the Be Our Guest restaurant before the party! It was pretty awesome dining dressed as Belle in the Beast's castle! I even got to dance with the real Beast.


Kate and I went as, of course, Anna and Elsa. It was so amazing walking around! We felt like celebrities as kids kept calling out, "Anna! Elsa!" We had so so so much fun! 

We’ve put together some tips if you plan to go, and if you’d like to watch Anna and Elsa run around Magic Kingdom, check out the videos below!

  Have a spooky scary Halloween everyone!

Monday, October 12, 2015


Friends, today is a BIG, BIG DAY!


Wow. It feels really weird to say that. It’s TODAY?

Honestly, it doesn’t even feel real.

Although a lot of times I have OHMYGOD I’M SO OLD WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE AAAAH thoughts, the truth is I’m only twenty-three years old, and so I can say with quite a bit of certainty, today is the most important day of my life.

Sure, Jane may never be a New York Time’s Bestseller or have a movie made out of her or be added to so people can write weird slash stories about the characters (wait, what, those aren’t all aspiring author’s dreams?) but writing JANE UNWRAPPED has given me more than I could ever ask for. So being that it’s Canada’s Thanksgiving today, here are five reasons why I’m thankful for Jane Unwrapped:

1. Jane taught me perseverance. Writing a book is not easy. Editing one is even harder, and getting people to take a chance on your work? Near impossible. I always refer to Jane as a labour of love, because she was indeed a labour. So many times I would have preferred to just watch television or gone to bed or hung out with friends, but Jane was waiting and she came first. Jane has turned me into a master prioritizer and multi-tasker, and although there’s no end in sight, I am so thankful for the ability to achieve all of my goals through the perseverance Jane taught me.

2. Jane taught me patience and persistence. There’s a whole lot of hurry up and wait in the writing game. Waiting for query responses, waiting for revisions, waiting for responses from agents and editors and publicists and reviewers. And a lot of time, what you’re waiting for does not turn out to be good news. Throughout the three-year journey with Jane, we held our breath only to be disappointed a lot of times. But she taught me that the good news is definitely worth the wait and all the “nos” in the world can’t begin to overcome the feeling of one “yes”.

3. Jane connected me with so many amazing people. The writing community is infinitely large and yet very tiny all at once, and Jane gave Leah and I a chance to be a part of it. From the amazing writer friends we’ve made, to the incredibly kind Booktube and book blogger community, to the immensely talented people we’ve had a chance to work with, Jane has given us an opportunity to meet some of the absolute best people in the world.

4. Jane is the first chapter of a long book. There is absolutely nothing I love more than writing and shaping a story. My dream is that one day I can make a living living in imaginary worlds. And I know that a writing career is not built on one book (unless you’re very lucky!), so Jane is the very first step in building my dream life.

5. Jane crossed off a big bucket list item. I do believe you should write for the love of writing, for the story within you that desperately needs to be told. But still, Leah and I wanted to get published. We wanted others to laugh at Jane’s quirkiness, and Tut’s arrogance, and Anubis’s awkwardness. We wanted someone else to feel what Jane felt. And thanks to a lot of hard work, a dash of luck, the amazing people at Entangled, and of course, to the readers, we accomplished something we had only dreamed about.

To be honest, when I started writing this post, I thought it would be quite whimsical and excited and goofy. Instead, I almost feel a bit nostalgic, for all the times it was just Leah, I, and Jane. It’s a little scary sending her off into the big-bad world. And yet, I could not be more grateful for this journey, and ultimately, this ending.

And, of course, because it is release day, here is everything JANE UNWRAPPED!
Some tombs should never be opened… 

Fluorine uranium carbon potassium. Jane’s experiment really went wrong this time. After a fatal accident, teen scientist Jane becomes the first modern-day…mummy. Waking up in the Egyptian underworld without a heart certainly isn’t the best—especially when it means Anubis, god of embalming, has to devour her soul. Yuck. But when Jane meets the drop-dead gorgeous god, suddenly she’s thinking this might not be the worst thing to happen. And then she is pushed to do the impossible—just time-travel and kill King Tut. Well, every experiment has variables which can end in disaster… Jane just wishes she could decide whether she wants to strangle Anubis or kiss him.

Purchase JANE UNWRAPPED here 
Purchase Paperback copy here
Connect with Leah and Kate here

Thanks for reading, friends! So, because it is Thanksgiving after all, what are you thankful for?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in our team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! We are part of the ORANGE TEAM--but there are seven other teams and a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, Oct 4th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, we are hosting Erica Cameron on our website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! There are 813 reasons to love Erica, including the fact she is an AMAZING writer and super sweet person!
Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, ex-Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here! Erica's book, The Dream War Saga: DEADLY SWEET LIES comes out December 1st . Find out more about Erica HERE or BUY HER BOOK!


The Dream War Saga: Deadly Sweet Lies

Nadette Lawson knows when you’re lying.

Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have visited her dreams, enticing her to enter their world. And every night she’s seen through their lies. Now, they’re tired of playing in the shadows and they begin to stalk her in the waking world. It’s no longer just an invitation; if Nadette doesn’t join them, they’ll take her family. Forever. She needs help, and the haven she’s seeking may be just out of reach.

Julian Teagan is a master of deception.

To survive, he has to convince the world his mother isn’t useless, that everything’s fine, otherwise he’ll lose what little he has left in this life. He knows the lying won’t be enough to keep him and his mother in the shadows, but it’s all he knows. The only light of truth is Orane, a Balasura who sees past Julian’s facade and challenges him to face the darkness.
Then Orane is killed, and Julian learns his mentor was far from innocent. The Balasura have hunted children like him for centuries, and their next target, Nadette is his one chance at finally being a part of something real. If Julian can just convince her to trust him…

Deleted Scene

Today, Erica is giving everyone a deleted scene from the first book of her series! So please enjoy this scene below!


I hate heights. I hate heights. I mean, I really hate heights.
Digging my fingers into the crack in the rock, I find the next toehold and cling to the cliff for dear life. This seemed like a good idea when Orane suggested it—face your fears or whatever—but I am seriously regretting agreeing to it now.
“An inch to your left, Julian,” Orane corrects.
Following his instructions, I shift my foot to the left and find the elusive indentation I need to push myself up those last few inches. My hands reach for the ledge of the cliff and I pull myself over, gasping for breath and lying face down on the rocks.
“I told you it would be fun,” he says as he climbs up after me. I turn my head and look up at him, but otherwise I refuse to move.
“If you say so,” I mutter.
My pulse is still racing and I try not to think about the drop that’s only six inches to the right. A strong wind or a roll in the wrong direction and I could tumble over the edge to smash on the rocks below. I think. It’s hard to know for sure since, technically, I’m dreaming.
“You know I would never let you get hurt,” Orane says, crouching by my side and ruffling my brown hair.
“Tell that to the rocks.” I turn over and bat his hand away. Orane grins, his violet eyes gleaming in the bright sunlight, and straightens, turning to examine the landscape.
“If you wanted safety, you should have picked a different location.” Orane pulls the band off his shoulder-length auburn hair and fixes his ponytail. “The Grand Canyon is a dangerous climb.”
I swallow and push to my knees. My hands are shaking, my muscles trembling, and my pulse is still too fast, but at least I can breathe now. “You’re the one who said I needed to face my fears.”
“Yes, well, I thought you might start with something smaller. The roof of a house, perhaps.”
“This is the first place I remember getting that paralyzing freeze,” I tell him, groaning as I get to my feet. “This place still haunts my nightmares. Or, you know, it did. I don’t sleep much anymore.”
Orane shrugs. “A side effect of the time you spend here, I am afraid. But a pleasant one, right? You have so much more time to yourself now.”
He’s right. Those early morning hours between when I wake up at three and leave for school at seven are my favorite time of day. I don’t have to deal with school or whatever drama Lynnie has brought home with her. I can read or listen to music or just sit out on our tiny balcony and listen to the sounds of the Vegas Strip in the distance. I can pretend I have the same life as most fifteen-year-olds and that when I get home from school I’ll have parents—or, hell, even an older sibling—to take care of things like cooking and cleaning and making sure the bills get paid on time.
That’s not the hand life dealt me, though. I don’t have parents, I have a parent. Singular. And that parent is Lynnie. And she’s essentially useless.
Two years ago, I was on the verge of losing control, doing something stupid and getting myself in trouble I probably wouldn’t have survived, but then Orane found me. Now I have a secret that keeps me sane. I get to visit a dreamworld where I can go anywhere and do anything and now I know there’s at least one person in the universe who might care if I disappeared.
“Are you going to stand there the rest of the night or shall we attempt the next climb?” Orane asks, arms crossed over his chest and his eyebrows raised.
Tilting my head back and shading my eyes to keep out the sun, I stare at the towering wall of rock above us. The sun beats down on me and a bird—maybe a vulture—circles high overhead. I smell creosote and desert roses and hear the wind rushing through the canyon. Even knowing better, it’s hard to convince myself I’m not actually in the Grand Canyon.
I turn and look down at how far we come. The ground is at least a hundred feet away. The top of the cliff looks even farther. The ledge we’re resting on isn’t incredibly wide, but it’s enough for us both to sit comfortably if we wanted to. And right now, I really want to.
“Can we not and say we did?”
Orane laughs, the sound echoing over the canyon. “No. You wanted to push yourself and I am here to help you do that. There are things you want to say to your mother. This is one of the steps along the way to becoming someone who can stand up to Jacquelyn and give her the hard truth.”
I groan and rub my hands over my face, flinching when a small rock stuck to my skin scratches my cheek. “Oww. Ugh. Whatever. Let’s go before I can’t move my arms.”
Orane guides me up the next stretch of rock and the next until we’re finally standing at the top of the world and looking out over the barren, cavernous landscape. The exposed bones of the earth dressed in scrub brush and sunlight. As long as I don’t look down, it’s kind of beautiful. Desolate, but beautiful.
Orane steps up the lip of the cliff, so close the toes of his boots are hanging over the edge.
Instinct screams at me to grab the back of his shirt and drag him away from danger, but that’s not why he recreated this place for me. Like my parents should have, he’s helping me get
rid of the fears that pop up and cripple me, the habits I couldn’t break. In two years he’s taught me to cope with crowds and to quit smoking. Orane also taught me how to gamble well enough to make sure Lynnie and I always have enough to eat. I asked him to help me get rid of my fear of heights. Getting stuck—paralyzed, really—on a stupid class field trip to the Stratosphere Tower makes it worth the trouble. Luckily one of the employees noticed how green I looked before the rest of my class did and literally pulled me away from the window. If he hadn’t, that day could have gone very differently. I do not need to give them another reason to tease me.
What made the fear worse, though, is that we live directly behind the dang hotel. I can see the stupid thing from our apartment. Every day there’s that reminder staring at me from 1,149 feet in the air.
Glancing over his shoulder, Orane smiles. “Surely you do not plan on leaving without properly viewing your accomplishments.”
Stuffing my hands in my pockets, I walk toward the edge. Slowly. My gaze jumps from the horizon to my feet. I don’t want to see the drop, but I also don’t want to step an inch too far and accidentally throw myself off the cliff. Coming even with Orane, I take a deep breath and force myself to look.
It’s not nearly as bad as I expected. Dizziness hits at first as my eyes strain to adjust to the sudden gap at my feet, but they catch up quickly. After that… it’s not that bad. I don’t have the urge to get any closer but, after climbing all that way up, the drop doesn’t seem so scary.
Orane smiles and gestures out to the land. “It is just rock and dirt. It is as likely to jump up and bite you as a cloud is to fall on your head and break your neck. Things have no power until you bestow it on them. Fear, as different as it may feel, is only in your mind.”
“Yeah.” I rub the back of my neck and look up at him out of the corner of my eye. “That’s easier to understand than follow through.”
“That is why you have this place,” Orane says, putting his hand on my shoulder and guiding me away from the canyon. We walk across the plateau and each of Orane’s steps creates a ripple. The ripples grow and spread, gathering speed and strength as they multiply. Though I feel nothing, it looks like the earth is falling apart or flipping inside out. The red and gold rocks split and darken. Trees sprout from nowhere and grass covers the land. The canyon closes behind us with a rumble, the temperature drops to a cool seventy degrees, there’s brine on the wind, and I can hear waves in the distance.
“That feels so much better.” I breathe in the refreshing air and take the familiar path to the shore. “I get enough of the desert at home.”
“I can only imagine.”
When we reach the rocky beach, I sit on a piece of driftwood and let the breeze cool me down. After I told Orane I’d never seen the ocean, he offered to show me. He says this beach is a perfect recreation of an isolated piece of shoreline in upstate Oregon. It slopes gently down to the water and the waves never get too rough since the place is protected by an outcropping of rock. Being able to spend time here every night almost makes up for living in the middle of the desert.
Too soon for my liking, I feel the tug under my ribs that means my time here is up. Groaning, I push to my feet and clap Orane on the shoulder.
“Next time, nowhere hot. I still feel like I’m sweating.”
Orane grins. “If you still want to challenge your fear of heights, we could try Everest. It is more than high enough and also quite chilly, I hear.”
“I don’t think so.” Losing my paralyzing fear of heights may have been the point, but there’s no way I’m attempting to climb Everest. Not even in my dreams. “How about hiking through the Rockies or something?”
“I shall see what I can do,” he says. “Good night, Julian.”
“Night.” I turn and walk up the hill where the doorway home is already opening. I wave over my shoulder as I walk through the portal of glowing white light.


And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by us, Erica, and more! To enter, you need to know that our favorite number is 813. (Comment below if you know why! Hint: it's from a video game!) Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

We also have an exclusive giveaway just on Leah Kate Write! Open worldwide! Enter below to win:

  • A signed print copy of Jane Unwrapped
  • An exclusive Egyptian bookmark
  • Jane Unwrapped egyptian art print
  • $15 dollar Amazon giftcard


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! We wish you the best of luck in the contest! Also, let us know in the comments below what you're going to be for Halloween this year! (If you follow us on Twitter, you already know our plans!)