A Crown in Shadows

Book 2 of the Valtain Preludes Series

One secret can change everything.

The Harcian Civil War rages on. Armed with lethal Lightning Dust, Rosira’s mysterious abilities, and a blossoming affection for each other, Rosira and Araich march upon the city of Vernaya. They have one singular goal: to kill Araich’s uncle, Inor Harcian, and put the war to an end.

But victory isn’t so easy.

Rosira’s newfound powers are still a mystery, failing her when she needs them most. And Araich soon finds that his broken body is the least of his problems. The night grows darker and the battles bloodier as Araich and Rosira are torn from each other, threatened by enemies lurking in every shadow.

Before dawn breaks, they will both have to make impossible decisions to protect their country and each other… even under the threat of becoming everything they sought to defeat.

And, above all, they will discover that a single secret can be more dangerous than a thousand armies.


A Palace Fractured

Book 1 of the Valtain Preludes Series

A country torn in civil war, a new king challenged, and a rebellious young woman willing to risk everything…

Rosira is a Valtain, a religious figure marked from birth by her albino skin and white hair. Rebellious and free spirited, she rails against her restricted life within the walls of the Church.

Now, the country of Ara is on the brink of a civil war. Determined, vivacious, and dark-haired, the young king Araich is everything his father wasn’t. When unrest begins to bubble over, Rosira finally sees a way to escape the prison of her role.

Rosira and Araich unite to fight for their country and their freedom. But the stakes climb as they find themselves drawn to each other by more than just duty — and as they discover a power greater than they ever could have imagined.

About Me

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My name is Carissa and I like to write stories. I’ve been concerning teachers and parents with depressingly dark tales since I was a kid, and it hasn’t gotten any less fun all these years later (though I like to think that my work is a bit less bleak than it once was!). I’m so excited to release my work to a larger audience and I hope that someone, somewhere, enjoys it. Hey, maybe you do?

I’m a marketing professional by day and share my writing time with my role as an artist and illustrator by night. I also spend a lot of time cooking, looking at shoes online, and getting into heated Westworld theory discussions. I’d love to chit chat anytime!

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