A native of Southern California, Lawrence S. Jewell is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied Medieval History. He loves Science Fiction and Fantasy, and is a fan of Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Ray Bradbury, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and, of course, J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Marble Key is a fantasy novel about a young serf girl named Marisse, who must choose to suddenly be uprooted from the life she has always known, as the excerpt on the back informs us:
"Come on, girl," the stranger demanded. "I don't have all night. And neither do you!”
Dare she trust him? Dare she not? In a matter of moments, the girl’s life had been turned upside down. A simple serf-girl from the hinterlands of the Galtian Empire, Marisse had always known her place. Then the strangers came.
Caught between the unrestrained power of the Imperial Commercial Guild, the machinations of the Baron who controlled her, and this group of rag-tag ruffians, Marisse would surely be crushed. Unless…
She took the stranger’s hand and he hefted her onto the horse's back. In that instant, the whole world changed.”
The Marble Key is a 70,000 word fantasy novel, available for $4.99 on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.
The cover is illustrated by Talenthouse competition winner Mariya Krusheva.