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Royal Deceptionroyal deception FINAL kindle

Book 1
Release: June 1, 2015
Length: 415 pages

A Prince who can shift his arms into swords, a tutor who can shift his arms into wings, and a madman who wants to kill them both . . . .

Like all royals, thirteen-year-old Prince Symon is a living weapon. Literally. His best friend, Lana, is also a blade shifter, his tutor is a bird shifter, and then his only brother is killed by fish shifters. Should Symon embrace animal shifter persecution like the rest of his kingdom?

Symon doesn’t have time to decide. Someone is trying to kill him, and his magic blades won’t be enough to save him. If he trusts the wrong people, he could start a war.

For generations, blade shifters have ruled commoners and animal shifters without trouble.

Until now.


(Spoilers to first book below.)

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Book 2
Release: Feb 1, 2016
Length: 440 pages

He never wanted to kill the King. She never wanted to be Princess.

After the death of his father, the King of Arton, Symon is on the run from his own people. He forges a new identity for himself as an outlaw who opposes the persecution of animal shifters. Despite facing pirates, thieves, and slavers, Symon’s biggest struggle will be forgiving himself.

As Arton’s new heir, twelve-year-old Lana is thrust into court life. She mourns for Symon, but she soon realizes that his loss puts her, and the kingdom, in danger. When Regent Ozar threatens animal shifters, Lana goes undercover to protect citizens of Arton.

Both Symon and Lana will have to decide whether justice is worth fighting for . . . or even killing for.


(Spoilers to second book below.)

Risky PerceptionRisky kindle

Book 2.5
Release: June 1, 2016
Length: 75 pages

An outlaw Prince.  An undercover Princess.

Both Symon and Lana feel alone.  Traveling far from home, these royals break the law to protect the weak.  He thinks he is the only blade shifter rescuing slaves, and she thinks he died years ago.

Both fail to fit in.  Symon fears he will never belong with anyone again, let alone the animal shifters he wants to call friends.  Lana knows she will never belong at court, especially if the other royals find out she is behind the prisoner escapes.

Both have secrets.  Both will risk everything.


(Spoilers to books 1 and 2 below.)

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Book 3
Release: April 1, 2017
Length: 580 pages

Symon needs to face his past.  Lana needs allies.  Their kingdom needs a hero.

Three years ago, Symon and Lana went undercover to hide from Ozar’s warriors.  Now both realize they can’t keep fighting alone.

To prevent Ozar from becoming King, Princess Lana teams up with a strange blade shifter from the desert. To save his friends from slavery, former Crown Prince Symon teams up with a strange blade shifter from Arton.

The former friends don’t recognize each other, let alone trust each other.

Relying on the fame of their false identities, Symon and Lana must unite animal shifters and blade shifters to stop the tyrant Ozar. And they have to do it amidst betrayal, slavers, assassins, poison, and too many secrets.

Only truth can save Symon, but it might cost him his throne . . . or even his life.


(End of spoilers)

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  • May 2, 2017 at 16:01

    Do you have any writer’s advice? I’m trying to write my own book, and while its coming along nicely it’s still hard to keep to sometimes. Though I find it enjoyable to read to other people. . . I still seek advice from those I know to be successful (then again I’m always asking for writer’s advice. . .) (its fantasy and medieval!)
    Help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 2, 2017 at 16:06

    Quick question: have you read the Inheritance Cycle? Or the Ranger’s Apprentice? They are fantasy and medieval. I also have to agree with you, I would rather go to the past rather than the future (around 1400’s……). Also I have had some problems in the past of trying to start a book, but it always seems I just don’t start correctly. Advice?

  • May 8, 2017 at 19:41

    Lots and lots of advice! My first suggestion would be to finish the story before doing major rewrites and edits. I got stuck for 6 years on my first book because I kept trying to fix it before I finished it. Another would be that you’ll want some way to keep track of all the aspects of your world (since you’re doing fantasy). How does the magic work? What are the names of the kingdoms? Make a file (or sketchbook) that has all your answers so you can keep the world straight.

  • May 8, 2017 at 20:13

    Yes, I have! I really like them both. (Go here and here to see my reviews.) I don’t mind books about the future, but the past is usually more fun.
    So, you want advice for starting a book? Start late and finish early. That is, start en media res (in the middle of the action), and start as late into the story as you can. Don’t describe the character waking up and getting dressed and so forth. Make the first paragraph about the bad guys attacking, the plague killing the MC’s mother, the fairies cursing the castle. Don’t wait until page 10! That may be too late.
    But, also, you may need to write the first chapter last, after the rest of the book is finished. I did, and Sigmund Brouwer has written that he has done that, too.

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