The Thirteenth Guardian
by K.M. Lewis
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Apocalyptic Fantasy
Release Date: June 11th 2019
Da Vinci’s secret pales. Michelangelo concealed an explosive truth in his famous Creation of Man fresco in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Everything we have been taught about Eve is wrong—she didn’t cause the fall of man. Instead, Eve carried a far more devastating secret for millennia; one that will change the world forever.
As the modern-day world suffers the cataclysmic effects of the “Plagues of Egypt”, Avery Fitzgerald, a statuesque Astrophysics major at Stanford, discovers that she is mysteriously bound to five strangers by an extremely rare condition that foremost medical experts cannot explain. Thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they race against time to stay alive as they are pursued by an age-old adversary and the world around them collapses into annihilation. Under sacred oath, The Guardians—a far more archaic and enigmatic secret society than the Freemasons, Templars, and the Priory—protect Avery as she embarks on a daring quest that only legends of old have been on before. Avery must come to terms with the shocking realization that the blood of an ancient queen flows through her veins and that the fate of the world now rests on her shoulders.
As he approached the Sant’Angelo Bridge, he stopped for a moment and looked left at Castel Sant’Angelo, which was once the tallest building in Rome. Castel Sant’Angelo was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, around 125 AD, as a mausoleum for him and his family. At the top of the castle is a statue of the Archangel Michael—renowned for leading God’s armies against Satan’s army in the final battle in the Book of Revelation.
Something about standing in the shadow of the Archangel Michael this evening caused Eli to stop and stare at the statue. He noticed, for the first time, that Archangel Michael appeared to have just unsheathed his sword—as if the time for that final battle, prophesied in the Bible, had finally arrived. Eli observed that Michael had a calmness etched on his face that evoked both sadness and resolve.
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- Tell us about your writing process. Do you aim for a daily word count, page count, or a couple of scenes each day?
I travel a lot for work. A LOT. So I do most of my writing on the move. When I write, I have the story saved in the cloud – so I will start a new chapter on my MacBook at 5am in my hotel before I head to the airport to catch a flight. I will pick up the writing on my iPhone in the back of an Uber—sitting in traffic—or waiting in a long airport security line, and then finish the chapter onboard a long flight. One of the chapters in the book was started in a hotel lobby in central London, finished somewhere over the Atlantic and spell checked in an Uber from JFK in New York.
- What gave you the inspiration for your book (and the series)?
I have always been intrigued by Bible and religious mythology. For many years, I have wondered if the apocalyptic events described in the Bible (past and future—i.e. Revelation), were/will be caused by a physical catalyst. What is absolutely fascinating to me is that many of the apocalyptic events described in the Bible appear in several other religious texts from around the world, and also appear in the earth’s historical record. For example, the story of Noah and the Flood is almost precisely similar to flood myths from China, India, Polynesia, Mesopotamia and many other communities around the world. Many of these myths involve a huge global flood and a group of people that were saved because they somehow knew the flood was coming and built some type of boat to save their family. They also stored grain and brought some animals along for the ride too.
I tried to ignore the obvious questions for years but they kept nagging at me. So, I finally decided to start reading and digging. And whoa! Our history may be much more interesting than we have known. The Thirteenth Guardian Trilogy is a fictional account that explores some of what I found over the last ten years of looking.
- What sort of research did you do for this book?
Over the years, I have visited many of the locations featured in the book – The Vatican, The Capitol Building in Washington DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, Tokyo, Rome, The Greenbriar Resort; and more. The descriptions of these locations are based largely on my experiences when I visited those locations, and also reading up on them in detail to make sure that all the details captured are as accurate as possible. I have also read A LOT about world myths and religious beliefs, and I have spent quite a bit of time researching ancient religious texts and artifacts e.g. Hindu, Egyptian, Mayan etc. There is so much rich information that is available to anyone who wants to dig into this topic – you can spend weeks and weeks, reading up.
- Are you a pantser or a plotter? A bit of both?
A Panster. Many of the scenes that I think are the most compelling in the book unfolded as I wrote. I had no idea how the chapter would end as I wrote the first word in the chapter. I wrote the first book really fast – it just kept pouring out, and I could not go to sleep until all the thoughts were on paper. So I would just start writing and see where things would go. At the end of some of the chapters, I would stand up, look back at the computer screen, and think, “OK – where the heck did that come from?!”
- Do you prefer a certain type of music to listen to when you’re writing, or are you better with silence?
I always write listening to musical scores. For some reason, the genre clears my mind and opens up a channel into my mind. I am a big fan of Hans Zimmer when I write – so I put on my head set and just go to his Pandora or Slacker channel and start typing on my Mac or iPhone.
- What book(s) are you reading now?
I have re-read a couple of Dan Brown’s books, and I have Michelle Obama’s book sitting on my table staring back at me. I really need to find the time to read it.
- Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?
Huge fan of GoT. But not for the reason that most people love the show. I think there is a much deeper layer to the show that struck me as soon as I started watching it. Has to do with ancient knowledge and the cycle of ancient history that always seems to repeat itself – Samuel Tarly is the one character that touches on it a bit in one of the seasons. If you read the Thirteenth Guardian, you can almost see the parallels.
About the Author
K.M. Lewis has lived in multiple countries around the world and speaks several languages. Lewis holds a graduate degree from one of the Ivy League Universities featured in his book. When he is not writing, Lewis doubles as a management consultant, with clients in just about every continent. He does much of his writing while on long flights and at far-flung airports around the globe. He currently resides on the East Coast of the U.S with his family.
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Legend (Dragonrider Legacy 3)
by Nicole Conway
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
In a war of gods and tyrants, the will of the dragonrider must never falter.
Captured and tortured by the brutal tyrant, Argonox, Reigh’s worst fears have now been realized. Argonox has successfully twisted his mysterious dark power for a truly evil purpose—reanimating the long-deceased legendary dragonrider, Beckah Derrick, and her monstrous king drake. But Argonox’s cruelty won’t end there, and Reigh fears the worst is yet to come. Rescue is unlikely as the Tibrans prepare to make their final strike, poised to break Maldobar’s ranks of proud dragonriders once and for all.
With many of its cities already captured by the Tibran Empire, all hope now rests with Jaevid, Princess Jenna, Phillip, and their mismatched band of dragonrider allies to lead the last stand and save their kingdom. Even in such frightful times, Jaevid may find he still has a few old friends ready to take up their weapons and stand at his side again. But facing down Beckah is perhaps the one thing that might break Jaevid’s resolve. Can he really strike down the woman he used to love in order to save the kingdom?
One final battle will decide the fate of our heroes. Can the strength dragonrider prevail once again? Or will the Tibran Empire become Maldobar’s new legacy?
“Bravery is not an immunity to fear—it is rising up to meet it with the hope that nothing is impossible.” — Sile Derrick, FLEDGLING
1. Are you a pantser or a plotter? A bit of both?
A bit of both – sort of. I tend to write out scenes in little paragraphs sort of like storyboarding a movie. Then I shuffle things around as needed. I don’t like going into too much detail because then, honestly, it’s boring. I like having some freedom to let the story take on a life of it’s own.
2. Do you prefer a certain type of music to listen to when you’re writing, or are you better with silence?
I can write with silence, but I prefer to have music. I have playlists for various “moods” during certain points of the story. For instance, LEGEND has a lot of battles, so I listened to my “fight scene” playlist a lot … which consists of Sabaton, Skillet, and some movie soundtracks.
3. What book(s) are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading The Stolen Throne by David Gaider. It’s a “backstory novel” from the video game series I’m madly in love with called Dragon Age. I adore everything about those games and the world, so it’s been a fun read to learn some of the history.
4. Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?
I just finished Death In Paradise, a British TV-mystery series, and I really loved it. I like a lot of BBC shows like that. The character and plot development tends to be a bit more … cerebral than what you find in a lot of American shows. But there are a few I like. I re-watch The Office, Breaking Bad, and House M. D. about once a year. I love those shows!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
NICOLE CONWAY is an author from North Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University in 2012, and has previously worked as a graphic artist. She is happily married with one son.
By Lee Williams
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery
Teenage twins Rose and Daniel aren’t allowed phones, computers, even a TV, thanks to their conspiracy-obsessed father. But when the people he always thought were after him actually turn up, the twins realise he wasn’t as paranoid as they’d always thought.
With their dad missing and their house burned to the ground, Rose and Daniel find themselves at the centre of a worldwide conspiracy that stretches back through the ages, involving some of the most powerful and mysterious organisations on the planet.
Why them? Why their dad? The answers to these questions and other, darker mysteries lie beyond the doors of an ancient house called Skerryvore.
These mysteries link the twins to a Dark Age king and queen, to a secret society that stands behind the City of London, and an energy source that links some of the world’s most ancient sites into a network that has the power – literally – to change the world.
Skerryvore is the first book in the Dark Net series.
- What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?
No I don’t do either of these. I just do as much work as I can in the time that I’ve got. This could be a whole day (when I’m lucky – rarely!) or a couple of hours in the evening. Balancing creative writing with a job – or two! – and a family often means that the writing has to take a back seat, as I’m sure many other writers will have experienced.
- What sort of research did you do for this book?
Being a YA fantasy it didn’t require much research at all. Just lots of imagination!
- What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?
I’m currently working on my journalism and marketing Skerryvore. I literally don’t have time to write anything else. Skerryvore is the first book in the Dark Net series so yes there is a sequel that I’m dying to write. Unfortunately being able to write it depends largely on the success of Skerryvore to provide me with some extra income to free up some time.
- How did you come up for the idea of your book?
I did something which I would recommend to anyone that is looking for creative inspiration, especially for a children’s book – I sat down on my own in a room and played!
I drew a map of a house, a house that I would love to visit. Quickly the house turned into something which closely resembled Skerryvore in the final manuscript. It had a library that was also a labyrinth, a great hall, a mediaeval tower with a seeing stone at the top, and an observatory atop an old lighthouse on a tiny island attached to the house by a swinging bridge.
The house fascinated me so much that stories just started to evolve around it naturally and soon I had the basic plot for Skerryvore. After that I was hooked!
- Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?
I don’t get much time to watch TV or movies but I really liked McMafia – a BBC serial about a man who gets caught up in the Russian mafia. A film I loved recently, although it was difficult watching, was Manchester by the Sea. Very powerful and hard hitting – especially for someone who has just become a father.
About the author
I am a journalist and writer living in Dorset, England with my wife and rampaging toddler. I write about technology, innovation, green issues and political commentary for various publications including The Independent, The Guardian, Wired, Private Eye and International Business Times. Skerryvore is my first, and hopefully not last, novel!
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Daniel took a deep breath. It must be right. This must be the last piece in Mr Picketty’s jigsaw that led to the secret of Skerryvore – a sword in a stone. He couldn’t just be imagining this.
He had to have faith.
Daniel closed his eyes and went through the technique Mr Humblestone had taught them for being in the present. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Empty your mind of thoughts. Listen to the sounds around you. What can you hear? He could hear the sound of waves and gunfire echoing around the metallic roof of the chamber. What can you feel? The cold sea air against his face, the hard ground against the soles of his feet, the movement of his ribcage up and down and the beating of his heart inside it. What can you smell? The smell of the sea, the metal and oil of machinery. Now open your eyes. What can you see? He opened his eyes. He could see a sword standing in a stone with no thoughts attached to it, no hopes or fears.
Just a sword in a stone.
He reached out and wrapped his fingers around the cool leather of the hilt. He closed his eyes and pulled.
With a scraping of metal on stone the sword came free in his hand, so easily in fact that he stumbled backwards and fell to the floor dropping it with a harsh clattering noise that echoed around the chamber.
Then, slowly, another sound began to rise and overtake the first. It was a sound that came from all around, like some huge and rusty gate that hadn’t been oiled in centuries. Looking up, Daniel saw that the roof of the observatory was moving, but not in the usual way. This time it was moving outwards and away from the building, like giant hands were peeling it back. The noise roared to a deafening crescendo and Daniel watched in horror as the two sides of the roof leant outwards, balanced precariously for what felt like an eternity, then toppled and fell to the rocks below like two giant petals dropping from a flower.
He was suddenly alone on a windy platform, above the sea, under the night sky.
And behind him something else was moving.
What Time is it There? by Christine Potter
Publication Date: November 29, 2017
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Just over a year ago, Bean and Zak headed for colleges two thousand miles apart, promising to write, but to see other people … until Bean fell for the wrong guy and Zak fell off the planet.
Now, Bean’s got two weeks’ worth of Zak’s year-old letters that she still can’t bear to open—and a broken heart. Her new best friend, a guy named Amp, wants her to read the letters and be done with it, but he may have his own reasons for that.
When Sam shows up at Bean’s school unexpectedly and Bean tumbles into the 19th century from the cellar of a ruined church, things start making a bizarre kind of sense. That is if she can just fit all the pieces together again…let’s see–there’s a cult…and the Flying Singing Angel With No Feet…and of course, The Grateful Dead…
From early in the book. Bean has lost track of Zak at the beginning of the story. They’re
both in college, him in Seattle, she in upstate NY. The year is 1972; Bean’s a
sophomore. She can only see Zak by time traveling back to high school.
I will never, ever forgive myself, thought Bean, and allowed herself to
daydream once more about the gorgeous guy’s shirt she’d seen at Constant
Karma in Stormkill. It was green and blue and printed with elephants walking
trunk to tail. Zak would have loved it…but she had absolutely no idea where he
was. There were rumors he’d dropped out of college, like Sam. Call his mother
and ask? She simply couldn’t!
I bet he found someone else, Bean thought. I went silent and didn’t say
why. He’ll never want to hear from me again. Ever. Downstairs, Tone and
Julia were listening to opera. She shut her door.
She pulled the stack of Zak’s unopened letters out of her suitcase, and even
though they might contain a hint of what had happened, she couldn’t bear to
open even one. Instead, she got out her guitar and began dropping it into an
open D tuning for Joni Mitchell’s Marcie. There was probably a no less
Christmas-y song in the world.
As for Zak’s letters, Bean brought them back to college with her. And
home again at the end of the year. And then back to school for her sophomore
year: still sealed, every last one.
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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
The Road to Publication
What Time Is It There is the third book in the time-traveling young adult Bean
series. By the time I was drafting it, I felt like an old hand at writing young adult
novels—well, maybe an old hand…ish. Okay, I’ll be honest. I felt like a sorta-kinda- old hand, and that more on some days than others. The Bean Books were my first published fiction, and writers are incredibly insecure!
The Bean Books (Time Runs Away With Her, In Her Own Time, and What Time
Is It There?) have a sweet story behind them, though. I’d been trying to get Book One, Time Runs Away With Her, into print forever. One of the first people to read it all the way through was Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club. In an enormous flash of good luck, I’d gotten accepted to her weeklong master class at a woman’s writing retreat on an island off Washington State. She liked the very early
draft I showed her, taught me how to write a mean-enough antagonist, and gave me the courage to withstand about eight hundred and fifty million rejections before my heroine Bean Donohue and I finally found our happy home at Evernight Teen.
I got Evernight Teen’s acceptance for that first book while I was on vacation on
Prince Edward Island. My husband and I were actually staying in a cottage that is
owned by the family of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. Any writer of YA books has to be an Anne fan, and I couldn’t believe the way my life suddenly felt like fiction! I promptly visited Lucy Maud’s geranium-lined gravesite that July day, and spent a few quiet moments thanking her for the inspiration.
Book Two, In Her Own Time, started as a National Novel Writing Month project,
as did the last of the trilogy, What Time Is It There? November is National Novel
Writing Month, and it’s the perfect time to plant your posterior in a well-designed desk chair and pound the computer keys. Get that book done! The holidays are coming and you’ll be too distracted to revise much until January—which is how it should be. You won’t be able to see the holes in the plot until then, anyway.
Which, I guess, brings me to another point: revision. I didn’t revise every time I
got rejected, but I did revise a bunch. You hear about writers who claim things just pour out of them and it’s all about sitting down to let the words flow. Yeah, you may hear about those writers, but they don’t exist. In the very early stages of writing a book, maybe it’s like that. But the road to publication is not without traffic lights and speed bumps and stop signs. That’s what revision is.
I’ve gotten used to working with the really good editors at Evernight Teen. They
don’t miss much. They don’t let me get away with nonsense. When I get an accepted
but marked-up draft back to work on, I take note of what I can learn from it, and try to internalize that editor’s voice in my head for next time. And I thank all that is good and holy that the road that I’m traveling has led me to write—and publish—The Bean Books.
I hope you enjoy the conclusion to the trilogy, What Time Is It There?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christine Potter is a writer and poet who lives in a very old (haunted) house on a creek in Rockland County. She has an organist/choir director husband (Ken) and two spoiled tomcats. One of the house’s two ghosts lives in the room behind her office.
Christine’s newest book is a YA time travel novel, What Time Is It There? (The Bean Books, Book 3), newly released by Evernight Teen. The first book in the series is Time Runs Away With Her, and the second is In Her Own Time.
Her two poetry collections are Zero Degrees at First Light (2006) and Sheltering in Place (2013). She has also had poems published in Rattle, Fugue, The Irish Examiner, HOOT, Eclectica, and The Pedestal, among other magazines. Her third book of poems, Unforgetting, is due out this spring from Kelsay Books.