Friday, May 18, 2018

Mirror's Deceit by Justine Alley Dowsett and Murandy Damodred

Mirena Calanais is destined to change the world. 

Her rival has made a desperate flight to the past to stop her.

About the Book:

A gifted student of majik, Mirena is on the verge of graduating from a secret college that will give her a leg up in her political career, when her achievements are overshadowed by the arrival of a mysterious woman with an unknown agenda. Desperate to keep what she sees as her rightful place in the spotlight, Mirena goes to astounding lengths including taking it upon herself to pose as a double agent to investigate a rebel force plotting to destabilize the government. Unfortunately, her actions cost her the trust of those around her, so when she is proclaimed the Dark Avatar of the Destroyer, she finds she has nowhere to turn. 

In a seeming utopia, Mirena is now a pariah with the force of Destroyer behind her and her once bright dreams have darkened, leaving her a threat not only to herself, but to those she cares about. Can she turn her life around, or will someone need to stop her before she goes too far? 

Book Information:

Publisher: Mirror World Publishing; 1 edition

Publication Date: May 17, 2018


Genre(s): Dark Fantasy, Romance, Fantasy

Page count: 240 pages

Read an Excerpt:  

The figure’s voice, when he spoke, reached her clearly and easily despite the inclement weather. Majik was the only answer. “Why. Are. You. Here?”
“Greyson?” She recognized his voice immediately and it only served to make her more alarmed. “Greyson!”
She ran forward and he took a few steps to meet her, his hood lifting enough that she could see his features. He was clean shaven and his jaw was as strong and proud-looking as ever, but he still somehow managed to look a little haggard. She thought maybe it was his eyes, but it was too dark beneath his hood to make out more than the deep grey-blue colour of them.
“What are you doing here?” she asked him when they were close enough to hear each other over the rain.
“I could ask you the same thing.” He smirked wryly, showing a hint of personality.
Caralain smiled, happy to see him, despite the oddity of the circumstance. “Nevermind that now. Come inside, you must be freezing!”
“I came here to be alone, but I’m not opposed to having company if it’s you. How about we go back to my apartments in the Capital?”
Came here to be alone. His words echoed in her mind, striking her as odd. “What happened? Did something go wrong with your parents tonight?”
“You know how my mother gets.” He grimaced, even as he hand-waved away whatever incident he was referring to. “Let’s not talk here. I’ll tell you all about it when we get to the Capital.”
She nodded, but then recalled how she’d left her cloak and bag back in her room, along with her open books. She couldn’t risk leaving them behind and having a teacher realize she’d come back when she wasn’t supposed to. “All right, you go on and I’ll meet you there. I’ve just got to run back upstairs and grab my things.”
“No,” he said, a little too quickly. “You don’t need your stuff. With what I have planned, you won’t need much of anything.”
It was clear he was trying to be alluring, but Caralain narrowed her eyes. “Planned? You didn’t know I was here until a moment ago. Besides, I can’t leave my things behind. I’m not even supposed to be here. I’ll just run upstairs and be right back down-”
She felt Greyson’s hand clamp down on her wrist, hard. “I said we need to go. Now.”
“Greyson!” she protested, tugging against the force of his grip. “Let go of me. This isn’t funny.”
“Caralain, why can’t you just listen for once?”
She felt the words like a slap in the face. This wasn’t the Greyson she knew. She struggled, trying in earnest to pull her hand from his iron grasp. “No, you listen,” she told him forcefully. “I don’t know what’s gotten into you, but I don’t like it.”
“I didn’t want you to have to see this.”
The cold whispered quality of his words pierced through her heart like an icicle. She gasped, her eyes going wide as a million possible scenarios flitting through her mind, all of them terrible, yet still formless. “See what?”
Still holding her by the wrist, he looked down at her, his eyes cold and emotionless now. She shrank from him, but there was nowhere to go and he wouldn’t let her if she tried. He lifted his other hand to where she could see it and snapped his fingers. She found that she immediately did not like this new side to his personality.
The wind picked up, howling and whipping her dress and hair about. The rain came down harder, drops falling with such force as to leave marks on her skin when they landed. Sand from the nearby beach joined the rains, scoring her flesh like tiny blades wielded by the storm that she now knew was of Greyson’s making.
Caralain met and held her would-be fiance’s gaze as the ground rumbled at their feet. The ocean rose up from beyond the Sentinal Stones, and they both felt the earth tremble beneath them as the waves crashed up against the Stoa’s small island with force. Some of the centuries-old bricks tumbled into the water immediately, making waves of their own; others would take more effort to topple.
She thought she heard someone within scream. She whirled around to watch lightning strike the Stoa, causing some of the windows to shatter and a fire to start in one room where the curtains were now exposed to the elements. Another tremor shook the island, more violently than before, and one of the two turrets fell, just like that, breaking off and falling to the ocean.
Shocked by what she was witnessing, Caralain whirled back to face Greyson, prepared to beg him to stop and consider his actions.
His eyes were stony and focused, his shoulders set, and his feet planted. Every inch of him said he was determined to see this through and would not stop until the Stoa was a pile of rubble far beneath the waves. 

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Meet the Authors:

Justine Alley Dowsett is the author of eight novels and one of the founders of Mirror World Publishing. Her books, which she often co-writes with her sister, Murandy Damodred, range from young adult science fiction to dark fantasy/romance. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Windsor, honed her skills as an entrepreneur by tackling video game production, and now she dedicates her time to writing, publishing, and occasionally roleplaying with her friends. 

With a background in Drama and Communications from the University of Windsor, Murandy Damodred enjoys fantasy fiction with strong romantic subplots. She is an avid role-player and is happiest when living vicariously through her characters. Though she'd rather think of herself as the heroine of her next novel, in the real world she is a new mom living in Windsor, Ontario, ready to embark on a new career as a medical technician. 

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