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Secret of Words – Prologue

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Here is the back of book excerpt:

When Natalie Quinn was five, her mother left her without a trace, never to return again. As she finds herself stuck in the daily repetition of high school life, she can’t help wondering if there is more to life than it seems. When she meets Emilie, she can’t shake the feeling that there is something mysterious about the girl. As Natalie gets to know Emilie better, she learns that maybe this girl is crazy after all. Emilie is convinced there is a parallel universe with magical creatures and spells called Aughmortor, and that there is an ancient group of warriors tasked with defending their realm and life on Earth. Natalie was resigned to let her live in these delusions. After all, magic and parallel universes can’t exist. Can they?


2019 Recap: The Good and The Bad

2019 Recap: The Good and The Bad

All in all, I feel like people tell me they have mixed feelings about 2019. It wasn’t the worse year, but it wasn’t the greatest. To be honest, 2019 has held some of the most important times of my life and some of the saddest. Still, I wouldn’t change this year for anything.

Here are some of the great things that happened to me this year:

1. I moved the Phoenix 

Back in June, I moved to Phoenix, AZ, which was an awesome change! To be honest, after 10 years in Minneapolis, I was ready to spread my wings and go somewhere else. I had been itching to move since college and it became one of the best things that happened to me. Living in a new place allowed me to meet new people and be myself in a different context. After living in Minnesota, I had routine places and many friends. Switching the scenery forced me to explored out of my comfort zone and meet new people. So far, I love it here in Phoenix and I have met some incredible people. We aren’t sure how long we will stay in Phoenix, but for now we are happy! 

2. Grad school

That’s right, I started grad school this fall at Arizona State University! It had always been one of my goals in life get a Masters degree. I always loved college and school. To be honest, I’ll probably get more than one Masters. Maybe even a doctorate. I have always wanted to be a well-learned, educated woman and starting grad school this year was a great step towards a long term goal of mine.

3. I got to spend it with my favorite person

Honestly, having Jonathan in my life has been one of the best things that’s happened to me. I got to spend this whole year with him, my favorite person, and we have had so many awesome memories! Some of my favorite times were meeting his family and going to Harry Potter World, some of our awesome dates in Minneapolis, eating Taco Bell while watching Parks and Rec xD, the list goes on. I am so fortunate that I am in such a healthy, loving relationship. He’s a good one!

4. I prepared my book for publishing AND published it

Publishing my writing and books was a huge goal for me most of my life. I started writing when I was eleven years old and thought for a good chunk of my life I was going to be a full time creative writing. Unfortunately bills, pragmatism, and having no creative writing degree at my college stifled that goal in some ways. Still, I have been sitting on books of unpublished works and hundreds of ideas. This year, I prepped my book for publishing, edited it both personally and professionally, and published my book. I am so excited to have Secret of Words out for public! Maybe, one day, I’ll have a book shelf of novels. 

The bad:

1. I lost my mom

I believe, to be honest, this is one of the worse things that has happened to me in my life. Scratch that, it’s the worse. It had been some time since I had seen her and I lost her before I could make it down for the trip I was planning to see her. She died on April 1st of this year. At first, I thought it was the cruelest joke that had ever been made, but she was really gone. I don’t want to go into depth with it, but it was one of the hardest times in my life. She was too young to pass and I was too young to no longer have her. Often, I think of her, and it breaks my heart not having her with me. Not having her see all the things I knew she wished she could be here for. 

All in all, I would say there were a lot of wins for me in 2019. Hopefully, 2020 will treat us all kindly. 

What was the best thing that happened to you in 2019?