“I wanted to create something I could share with my sons,” LaRae has said about her novel. Active in her community, she dedicates most of her time to youth sports events, and is the Marketing and Fundraising director for the Yulee Basketball Association.
The Sword and The Prophet is the story of Lily and Tyler, twins who are raised in an abusive home in Orlando, Florida. The beginning of the book starts with their escape from their mother’s home, and the ensuing pages will keep the reader guessing as to what will happen next. The first person narrative of Lily draws the reader in immediately, and you can’t help but root for these two kids on the run.
What people are saying about The Sword and The Prophet:
“Book 1 in the Children of Syren Series lays a wonderful foundation for following books. Your world of Amatia Prime, Earth's twin, where women and children are revered and the beauty of life and nature is appreciated is fleshed out and easy to envision.... It isn't the ordinary YA novel peopled with vampires, werewolves and angels. It has a very unique plot and a strong storyline. I can't wait for the next installment, The Prophet of Dreams.” 5 Star review from Leslie C. Ferdinand, Amazon.com
“I didn't know anything about this book when I started reading it. I went in completely blind and not only did it draw me in very quickly, but when we got to the first twist in the story my jaw dropped. From then on, I could barely put it down. Finished it in about a day. I found the characters really engaging. Like all the best sci-fi, it's driven by the characters and the story, not the "special effects.” (Can you say that for a book?)” 5 Star review from Lorskyfink, Amazon.com
“I started reading this book, not knowing quite what to expect. Within the first chapter, I was hooked. This is a story that readers young and old will enjoy. I would gladly give this to my kids to read, no matter the age. Try it with yours. It'll keep them engaged for hours. But, read if yourself first because they won't give it back until they're done.....You won't be able to put it down until you get to the end. When you do get there, you're going to ask where is the next book by this fresh engaging new Author?” 5 Star review from James A. Eggebeen, Amazon.com
As a debut author, LaRae faces an uphill battle getting the word out about her novel. “I’m like a little tiny needle in a huge hay stack.” Her belief in the ability for The Sword and The Prophet to engage young and old readers alike is strong. “The writing is solid, and the characters are believable and touching.” The Sword and The Prophet is a character driven novel that is the first in the Syren Series. Book two, The Prophet of Dreams, is due out the end of July 2012, and book three, The Destiny of The Sword, is due out at the end of September 2012.
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