TITLE: THE CARNELIAN LEGACY
GENRE: NA Speculative Romance
WORD COUNT: 87,000
Marisa MacCallum always believed she’d find her soul mate out there somewhere. The problem is, he’s in a parallel universe.
Seeking comfort in the woods after the death of her father, Marisa loses her way in a freak storm and crosses paths with Darian Fiore. He’s arrogant, rude, and the last person she would want as a guide. But when she learns she’s entered an ancient parallel dimension called Carnelia, the haughty-but-handsome diplomat might be her only chance at finding the sorcerer who can send her home.
In return for Darian’s help, Marisa joins his risky journey to negotiate peace with his cousin and archenemy, Savino. Along the way, she sees a softer side of Darian and starts to fall in love. But, when she discovers he is locked into an arranged marriage, her heart shatters. Falling for Darian wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was having Savino fall for her. When Savino demands her hand in marriage in exchange for peace, she faces an impossible choice: marry the enemy of the man she loves or turn her back on them all and become the catalyst for a bloody war.
FIRST 150 WORDS:
Marisa MacCallum wiped the tears blurring her vision as the men lowered her father’s casket into the ground. It had already been a week since he died and still she couldn’t believe he was gone. Sure, the doctors had expressed concern by how fast the cancer had spread but she never imagined it would take him so quickly. His bright blue eyes and infectious grin still lingered in her mind and her arms ached to hold him just one more time.
Marisa looked sadly over at her brother Mark to see if he was okay but his grim expression only made her feel worse. She wiped her cheeks with a crumpled tissue and slipped her arm under her uncle’s. Now that their father was gone, Alistair MacCallum was all they had left.
As soon as the service was over, Marisa broke away and hurried down towards the parking lot, eager to avoid the irritating comments from her father’s co-workers.