Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reblog: Plague Words and Phrases

Reblogged from Commnet.

These are some great words that will really help your writing, if you remove them or at least condense the frequency of use.

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Avoid problems created by these words or phrases:
  1. And also This is often redundant.
  2. And/or Outside of the legal world, most of the time this construction is used, it is neither necessary nor logical. Try using one word or the other. 
  3. As to whether The single word whether will suffice.
  4. Basically, essentially, totally These words seldom add anything useful to a sentence. Try the sentence without them and, almost always, you will see the sentence improve.
  5. Being that or being as These words are a non-standard substitute for becauseBeing that Because I was the youngest child, I always wore hand-me-downs.
  6. Considered to be Eliminate the to be and, unless it's important who's doing the considering, try to eliminate the entire phrase.
  7. Due to the fact that Using this phrase is a sure sign that your sentence is in trouble. Did you mean becauseDue to is acceptable after a linking verb (The team's failure was due to illness among the stars.); otherwise, avoid it. 
  8. Each and every One or the other, but not both.
  9. Equally as Something can be equally important or as important as, but not equally as important.
  10. Etc. This abbreviation often suggests a kind of laziness. It might be better to provide one more example, thereby suggesting that you could have written more, but chose not to.
  11. He/she is a convention created to avoid gender bias in writing, but it doesn't work very well and it becomes downright obtrusive if it appears often. Use he or she or pluralize (where appropriate) so you can avoid the problem of the gender-specific pronoun altogether.
  12. Firstly, secondly, thirdly, etc. Number things with first, second, third, etc. and not with these adverbial forms.
  13. Got Many writers regard got as an ugly word, and they have a point. If you can avoid it in writing, do so. I have got to must begin studying right away. I have got two pairs of sneakers.
  14. Had ought or hadn't ought. Eliminate the auxiliary had. You hadn't ought not to pester your sister that way.
  15. Interesting One of the least interesting words in English, the word you use to describe an ugly baby. If you show us why something is interesting, you're doing your job.
  16. In terms of See if you can eliminate this phrase.
  17. Irregardless No one word will get you in trouble with the boss faster than this one.
  18. Kind of or sort of. These are OK in informal situations, but in formal academic prose, substitute somewhat, rather or slightly. We were kind of rather pleased with the results.
  19. Literally This word might be confused with literarily, a seldom used adverb relating to authors or scholars and their various professions. Usually, though, if you say it's "literally a jungle out there," you probably mean figuratively, but you're probably better off without either word.
  20. Lots or lots of In academic prose, avoid these colloquialisms when you can use many or much. Remember, when you do use these words, that lots of something countable are plural. Remember, too, that a lot of requires three words: "He spent a lot of money" (not alot of).
  21. Just Use only when you need it, as in just the right amount.
  22. Nature See if you can get rid of this word. Movies of a violent nature are probably just violent movies.
  23. Necessitate It's hard to imagine a situation that would necessitate the use of this word.
  24. Of Don't write would of, should of, could of when you mean would have, should have, could have.
  25. On account of Use because instead.
  26. Only Look out for placement. Don't write "He only kicked that ball ten yards" when you mean "He kicked that ball only ten yards." 
  27. Orientate The new students become oriented, not orientated. The same thing applies to administrate -- we administer a project.
  28. Per Use according to instead. We did it per your instructions? Naah. (This word is used frequently in legal language and in technical specifications, where it seems to be necessary and acceptable.)
  29. Plus Don't use this word as a conjunction. Use and instead.
  30. Point in time Forget it! At this time or at this point or now will do the job.
  31. Previous as in "our previous discussion." Use earlier or nothing at all.
  32. So as to Usually, a simple to will do.
  33. Suppose to, use to. The hard "d" sound in supposed to and used to disappears in pronunciation, but it shouldn't disappear in spelling. "We used to do that" or "We were supposed to do it this way." 
  34. The reason why is because. Deja vu all over again!
  35. Thru This nonstandard spelling of through should not be used in academic prose.
  36. 'Til Don't use this word instead of until or till, even in bad poetry.
  37. Try and Don't try and do something. Try to do something.
  38. Thusly Use thus or therefore instead.
  39. Utilize Don't use this word where use would suffice. (Same goes for utilization.)
  40. Very, really, quite (and other intensifiers) Like basically, these words seldom add anything useful. Try the sentence without them and see if it improves.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Book Trailer Alert!!

Check out the new book trailer for Stephanie Greenhalgh's "The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood"!

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"In the small town of Woodsville, self-assured Ruby Hood becomes tangled in more than traditional teenage angst. With the Homecoming Dance looming, everything at Woodsville High appears normal, but things are not as they seem. Ruby meets a cute boy with a lopsided grin, Dylan Hunter. She flirts shamelessly with the football star, Kent Wolf, and finds herself in a barrage of harsh verbal altercations with his stunning yet wicked sister, Kayla Wolf. Thankfully, she finds solace in her friend, Lilly Fair. Through a series of odd and painful events, Ruby discovers her true calling and the responsibilities that come with her new power and position. Despite her heartache and sorrow, will Ruby find the inner strength not only to protect herself, but also to keep the Wood safe at all cost?"


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Stephanie Greenhalgh

A born and raised Midwestern girl, Stephanie Greenhalgh currently resides in Las Vegas. As an avid reader and writer, literature and learning have always been more of a passion than a hobby. This two time UNLV graduate spends her days teaching elementary school and her weekends and summers writing stories. The first book in her Ruby Hood series debuted in 2013, and the sequel,The Twistedly True Guardian Tale, will release in summer 2015. Stephanie also has four published short stories and a self published novella, If the Silver Slippers Fit. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and lovable Labrador retrievers.


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

#TeaserTuesday #WMP #YA #Romance

Remembering Zane, by J.S. Wilsoncroft


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At ten years old, Bonnie Reese knew the minute she laid eyes on Zane Withers that he would forever have a place in her heart. After years of dating, then finally going their separate ways, Bonnie always dreamed that eventually they would find their way back back to each other.
But those dreams were shattered, along with her heart, when she received the devastating news that her beloved Zane had been killed. As she faced her worst nightmare of going to his funeral, Bonnie runs into Zane’s best friend, Jonathan Wood. Little did she know, Jonathan had deep feelings for her since the seventh grade. Now that his best friend is gone, will Jonathan have the courage to tell her that he’s loved her since high school? Or will he keep his secret to himself forever? Will Bonnie let go and let love find her again?

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

WMP Solo Novels

Today, we're going to showcase all of Write More Publications solo novels. Whether it be romance, children's books or historical, all the solo novels we have will be shown here.

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Fat Chances



Fat Chances, by J.S. Wilsoncroft

“Annie Powers is eighteen and overweight. When her twin sister, Molly talks her into going to a Zumba class, all Annie expected was a lot of sweat and sore muscles. But when she laid eyes on the very handsome and muscular Zumba instructor, Cory Shields, not only did he leave her gasping for breath from the exercises, but also from their kiss. 

Dazed and confused, Annie struggles to understand why someone like Cory would be attracted to her. At the same time, Cory tries to make her understand that she is just as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside. 
Annie knows she needs to learn to love herself before she can let Cory into her life. But can she? 

"Fat Chances” will warm your heart and reminds us all that it’s what’s in the heart, not in the body, that counts. ”

http://smarturl.it/FatChances

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The Butterfly Who Didn't Want to Fly


The Butterfly Who Didn't Want to Fly, by Theresa Oliver


George was like other butterflies of his age in so many ways. He loved to play Daisy Dodge with the other boys. He read lots of books. And after doing his homework, he loved playing his favorite video game, Knights and Castles. But George wasn’t like other butterflies. You see, George was the butterfly who didn’t want to fly.

In The Butterfly Who Didn’t Want to Fly, George learns that the first step is admitting your fears and the second step is facing them, but can George overcome his fear and save his friend in time?

The Butterfly Who Didn’t Want to Fly is an endearing story of courage and bravery that children of all ages will enjoy. ”



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The Unfaithful Widow


The Unfaithful Widow, by J.S. Wilsoncroft

After twenty years of marriage to her high school sweetheart, Tess Malone thought she’d married the perfect guy. When Darren dies in a horrific car accident, Tess soon learns that her marriage wasn’t so perfect after all. On an unexpected trip to New York, she discovers that her late husband had been living a double life. Bitter and heartbroken, Tess and her best friend hit the clubs in New York, where she literally falls in the arms of a young prince charming, Greg Thomas. Will Greg’s charming, seductive smiles and romantic French quotes be enough to open her heart to love again? Or will he, too, shatter what’s left of it? ”



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Thou Shalt Not Kill


Thou Shalt Not Kill, by Theresa Oliver

In Thou Shalt Not Kill, Catholic high school students are faced with a decision: do I kill to save my life and the lives of others or not, even at the cost of my own life?

Casey Nichols and her friends are forced to answer this question after finding themselves in the middle of WWIII when their school, their city, and their country are overrun by terrorists. The decisions they make have consequences, but can they live with the choices they make? Derek saves Casey’s life, but will another steal her heart?

In Thou Shalt Not Kill, some will live, some will die ... all choose to fight. When all hell breaks loose, which path will you choose? ”



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Remembering Zane


Remembering Zane, by J.S. Wilsoncroft

At ten years old, Bonnie Reese knew the minute she laid eyes on Zane Withers that he would forever have a place in her heart. After years of dating, then finally going their separate ways, Bonnie always dreamed that eventually they would find their way back back to each other.
But those dreams were shattered, along with her heart, when she received the devastating news that her beloved Zane had been killed. As she faced her worst nightmare of going to his funeral, Bonnie runs into Zane’s best friend, Jonathan Wood. Little did she know, Jonathan had deep feelings for her since the seventh grade. Now that his best friend is gone, will Jonathan have the courage to tell her that he’s loved her since high school? Or will he keep his secret to himself forever? Will Bonnie let go and let love find her again? ”



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An Unpredictable Life



An Unpredictable Life, by Elaine White

A memoir of a teen's struggle with cancer
2014 Watty Award winner on WattPad!

AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE is a memoir of Elaine White's struggle with cancer as a teen. This book was a 2014 Watty Award winner on WattPad!
I was diagnosed with Cancer a week before my 16th Birthday. I had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and had to undergo Chemotherapy and a Stem Cell transplant, back in 2003. My whole life changed. I wrote this book when I was 17, when all my treatment was over, to catalogue everything I had learned and experienced. I had no information about Cancer during my treatment; it was all aimed at adults and I was a teenager who didn't understand most of what happened.
So I wrote this book. I was a teenager when I wrote, when I had Cancer and I wanted this to be an information, honest account of what it was really like to have Cancer and go through the treatment....from a teenager's perspective.




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The Christmas Cottage


The Christmas Cottage, by Theresa Oliver

THIS IS A HOLIDAY INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE SHORT STORY.
Sarah hasn't felt loved in a while, and to top it all off, her husband has just left her for another woman. Distraught, she chooses to end it all, but fate intervenes. Nearly unconscious, a handsome stranger carries her to his cottage. Can Sarah put the past behind her and open her heart to the love of God in the Christmas Cottage? ”



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Thursday, December 24, 2015

One More Sleep 'Til Christmas


With only one more sleep until Christmas day, I thought I'd celebrate one of my all time favourite Christmas movies, which is one of the only movies to really place an important on the whole "One more sleep 'til Christmas" idea that we grew up with. As kids, one more sleep 'til Christmas was about the excitement and presents of the next day. Now, as adults - and in this movie - it's more about finally setting aside time to be with family, celebrating each other and the holiday. It's not that often that we adults come together, to deliberately take time off from our heavy schedules and set aside time to be with family. Most of us can't do that, until there's a good excuse. Even at Christmas, there are some who still can't do it - those who work with vulnerable adults, in the medical, fire or police sectors and those who are depended upon to be there when others can't be.

So, let's celebrate One More Sleep 'Til Christmas, the way it deserves. And, if you can't be home for Christmas, the Muppets always make me smile and give me that warm, fuzzy glow, so I hope it can do that for you, this holiday season.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

#TeaserTuesday #Memoir #RealLife #Cancer #BigC

An Unpredictable Life, by Elaine White
A memoir of a teen's struggle with cancer


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AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE is a memoir of Elaine White's struggle with cancer as a teen. This book was a 2014 Watty Award winner on WattPad!
I was diagnosed with Cancer a week before my 16th Birthday. I had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and had to undergo Chemotherapy and a Stem Cell transplant, back in 2003. My whole life changed. I wrote this book when I was 17, when all my treatment was over, to catalogue everything I had learned and experienced. I had no information about Cancer during my treatment; it was all aimed at adults and I was a teenager who didn't understand most of what happened.

So I wrote this book. I was a teenager when I wrote, when I had Cancer and I wanted this to be an information, honest account of what it was really like to have Cancer and go through the treatment....from a teenager's perspective.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cover Reveal: Crystal, The Christmas Angel


Here is the front cover for CRYSTAL THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL, by: Theresa Oliver-Author, a middle-grades children's picture book, coming THIS WEEK from Write More Publications, just in time for the holidays! More about the blog tour in January coming soon!

Take a look:

All of the angels in Heaven are preparing for a big event, and Crystal, a little angel, wants to be a part of it. But the more she tries, the more the angels tell her that she is just too little. That is, until God himself gives her the biggest, most important task of all ... going with the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, and bringing God’s greatest gift to the world. But can Crystal do what God asks?

Journey with Crystal as she discovers that God sometimes chooses the most unlikely for the greatest tasks. Crystal also discovers that you are never too little to do great things. You just need to believe and never give up.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

You Might Like...J.R. Roper


J.R. Roper is a junior high teacher and writer living in West Michigan with his lovely wife and kids. He has a passion for middle grade and young adult fantasy and his debut novel, The Hunter Awakens: Book One of the Morus Chronicles, released in July 2014. His work has appeared in ChildGood Magazine, Families First Monthly, and in anthologies by Horrified Press, Thirteen O’Clock Press, and Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing. His abnormally high caffeine levels have been rumored to change vampires back to human form and there is a story floating around about him living in the belly of the dragon.
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When thirteen-year-old Ethan Morus is forced to stay on his grandparents' old farm, he expects to find weathered barns, rusty tools, and a creaky house in need of fresh paint. What he doesn’t expect is to hear a legend placing his family at the center of an ancient treasure hunt. Or find burial chambers protected by poltergeists, or a secret lair guarded by an ancient beast. And least of all, Ethan doesn’t suspect that powerful sorcerers are watching his every move.

They've found Ethan and believe he is from a line of treasure hunters who possess a rare instinct to locate powerful artifacts. Whether he has the instinct or not, Ethan is faced with a choice—search the Morus property and find what they want or lose yet another family member.

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At thirteen years old, Mel is too young to become a clan assassin, unless she can survive her master's death sentence. Mel was given the task of killing Ethan Morus, the treasure hunter, but she disobeyed and protected him instead. Now she's been tasked with ridding the land of the Black Rider, an ancient evil. If she falls to the demon, Ethan will stand alone against the Dark, and her master will have won. Yet she is not just any warrior and with victory, all will fear her. For she is Hellish Mel.

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At the start of summer, no one, including thirteen-year-old Ethan Morus, knew that he’d been born with a treasure hunting instinct. Now that summer has ended, all groups desiring power are either seeking Ethan’s services or hoping to end his young life. Although he has pledged his allegiance to the Light, even they are leery of training him for fear the Dark may lure him to their side. 

Ethan will face beasts and enchantments on this dangerous adventure, from deep below the water’s surface to high in the mountains. Yet his greatest enemies stand by his side as the line between Light and Dark blurs in the search for the Spirit of Steel.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

WMP Paranormal Novels - Part 2

Today, we're going to showcase all of Write More Publications paranormal novels. Whether it be vampires, wolves or ghosts, all the paranormal novels we have will be shown here.

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The Belesone Pack Trilogy

The Alpha and the Oracle, Book 1



The Alpha and the Oracle, by Elaine White

"The Alpha of the Belesone Pack, Milo, is stunned to find that the Elders have chosen a mate for him. At nearly twenty years of age, he should have mated by now. But although he can sense her, she proves elusive. To discover that the Elders have chosen a mate that is not his true mate, the one he is destined to be with, is bad enough. When he discovers that they have chosen Katarina Torlov, the runt of the pack, as his bride, it’s beyond a joke. But Milo soon discovers that Katarina is much more than she seems."


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The Moon Series

Hunting the Moon, Book 1



Hunting the Moon, by Becca Boucher Author​

"A year after the murder of her husband, Lilly Lawson is still plagued by nightmares that have pushed her back into her adolescent habit of cutting. Even worse, she starts to see and communicate with her husband’s ghost. When she goes to the sentencing for the man convicted of the crime, she finds herself captivated by the killer's brother. 

Daemon Kelly has returned to their small town after a long absence to care for his elderly mother. He also has to face the whispers regarding his brother's crime and his own alcoholism. When he comes face to face with the widow of the man his brother killed, he feels an intense need to protect her, but from what, he doesn't know. 

When the two fall in love it is anything but easy. Aaron Lawson is intent on coming back and claiming what is his. And the closer Lily and Daemon get to Aaron's ghost, the more they unravel the truth about why he died in the first place. Piecing together bits of ancient Celtic lore, can they find a way to help Aaron's soul find rest?"

http://smarturl.it/HuntingTheMoon

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My Haunting Love



My Haunting Love, by J.S. Wilsoncroft Author​

"Calista Rose is a 16-year-old deaf girl who senses something strange in her new home. Soon she meets a ghost named John and becomes smitten with his handsome good looks and charming ways. Little does she know, falling in love with him brings out the true evil that lingers inside her home. Can she survive
My Haunting Love?"


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Starland Vamp Series

Star, Book 1



Star, by Theresa Oliver

"Abigail Starland, better known as Star, is a kick-ass CIA agent. But what's different about her is she's a shape shifter vamp-from the Revolutionary War era-in a covert new branch of the agency. According to the CIA, she doesn't exist. She fears nothing, that is, until she's assigned as bodyguard to Zachary Davis, the 18-year-old teenage son of her boss. They fall in love and the trouble begins. She soon discovers that "The Others," rogue, uncontrollable vamps, are after him. But who's behind it? Star soon learns she's bitten off more than she can chew when she discovers that it's a vamp from her past. "Star" will keep you guessing at every vamp turn of the page!"


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Myths of the Olympians Series

The Awakening of Agnostos, Book 1



The Awakening of Agnostos, by Jennifer Paquette

Zeus is at it again and his latest trollop, Hecate, the Goddess of Magic, pays the price. Hera, Zeus’ wife, banishes her to Agnostos—The Triangle of the Unknown—the only place on earth where the gods of Olympus have no power. Once imprisoned, Hecate stumbles upon a gateway to the center of the earth, and uses her discovery to bargain her way out of Agnostos. But the night after the Council meeting to decide Hecates fate, Athena is visited by a Titan who reveals the real story of the mysterious portal hidden beneath the waters of Agnostos. A god more powerful than the Olympians await them at the Earth’s core. To maintain their status as supreme rulers of Olympus, five gods must enter the abyss and fight this unknown god. Can the gods of Olympus learn to work together and save the Earth? ”




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Angels Among Us Anthology



Angels Among Us, by various Write More Authors.

ANTHOLOGY OF FICTIONAL ANGEL STORIES. Guardian angels, warrior angels, humans acting as angels. Angels protecting us, guiding us,never leaving our sides … stories reminding us of the Angels Among Us.
Featured authors: : Monica Blanton, Susan Burdorf, Ashlea Burns, Callie Cool, Sky Diamond, Sara Drake, Stephanie Greenhalgh, Beth Hoyer, Theresa Oliver, Jennifer Paquette, Dana Piazzi, Nikki Shah, Melissa Somoza and Kim Stevens. ”


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Novel Hearts Anthology



Novel Hearts, by a variety of Write More Authors.

"Write More Publications Valentine's Day anthology, featuring these authors: Rebecca Boucher, Molly Bryant, Stephanie Greenhalgh, Theresa Oliver, Jennifer Paquette, Amber White, Elaine White and J.S. Wilsoncroft.

Authors tell stories every day. Oftentimes, our characters come alive, taking on personas of their own. Our characters live not only on the pages of our books, but within the pages of our hearts, as well. We decided that we wanted to create stories to share the characters of our books with our readers, as we just couldn’t let them go. All of the books within which these characters reside are published by or coming soon from Write More Publications, unless otherwise stated. The stories that you will read within these pages are from many genres—fantasy, paranormal, romance and horror—creating a Valentine’s Day anthology that steps out of the box. We hope you enjoy reading … Novel Hearts."


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Love Bites Anthology



Love Bites, by various Write More Authors.

"Ten fabulous stories of paranormal romance by ten skilled authors, showing us that sometimes … Love Bites. Write More Publications New Adult Paranormal Romance Anthology, featuring these authors: Elaine White, Kim Stevens, Theresa Oliver, Dana Piazzi, Stephanie Parke, Vanessa Hancock, Ashlea Burns, Susan Burdorf, Becca Boucher, and Monica Blanton."


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

#TeaserTuesday #WMP #YA #Romance

Dracon's Revenge, by Theresa Oliver
Cambria, book 2

http://smarturl.it/DraconsRevenge

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NOTE: Although this book is part of a series, it also can be read as a stand-alone novel.


Seth Roberts is living at home in Pooler, Georgia, and is wondering if his time in Cambria—a land of wizards, knights, and dragon shifters—was indeed real, until his Great Uncle Herman shows up on his doorstep. Herman, a wizard and the son of Merlin, tells him that he is needed in Cambria in the year 1129 A.D., one year after his first adventure there. Seth soon learns that his father, Colin, has been kidnapped and he must find a way to save him; however, evil forces are collaborating against him. He soon learns that Dracon is behind it, but there is also a mysterious woman, as well. In addition, Seth is coming into his powers as a sorcerer and must learn to control them, but will he be able to in time? Will Seth and Briana, Queen of Cambria, and their friends be able to save Colin and the fate of Cambria, or will Cambria be lost forever?

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