Book 1: Alora: The Wander-Jewel
Alora is a normal fifteen-year-old girl who lives on a ranch in rural Montana. Her biggest excitement is the upcoming school dance. Until one day while taking a shower, she sees an image that almost seems real. A boy, with long brown hair and the most intense green eyes she’s ever seen.
Little does she know that this vision is only the beginning of a great adventure. That her life will be forever altered as she discovers another realm, a strange world of magic and gifts, where a man full of evil power will use any means possible to capture and control her or else to end her life.
Alora must decide whether to hide in the relative safety of her Montana home or risk everything to fulfill her destiny and defend a home she never knew existed. Though despised for their youth, Alora and her friends, mark the beginning of a new era in Laegenshire.
If one of them dies, they both die.
Bound together as soulmates, something compels Alora and Kaevin to abandon the safety of their refuge for the dangers of Kaevin’s realm.
The soulmates arrive in the midst of a raging battle as Stone Clan warriors defend their capital, an attack made more deadly by the pervasive evil of her father. Alora and Kaevin face mortal danger as they fight against man and magick to preserve Kaevin’s home and heritage.
For Alora’s father will have her allegiance. Or her death.
“What an action packed ride! This is a great sequel and keeps you on the edge of your seat.”
“Cover to cover non-stop action, romance and laughs!”
“Sometimes a good story gets more thrilling, the keeps-you-up-late type of reading. The second book in the ALORA series is that kind of book and I don’t hesitate to recommend this exciting sequel to anyone who enjoys Fantasy.”
Some wounds are too deep to be seen and too malignant to heal.
Alora is dying and no one knows why. The unseen effects of Vindrake’s torture linger long after the physical wounds have healed. Damaged as she is, Alora must still use her gift to battle Vindrake’s evil, though she hastens her death by doing it.
Vindrake, deluded into believing his cause is holy, continues his quest to dominate Tenavae, this time attacking the very foundation of all knowledge, aided by a terrible new weapon, which falls into his hands. As some who are loyal to Vindrake infiltrate the ranks of Stone Clan, Kaevin’s life hangs in the balance.
But true love is expressed in the ultimate sacrifice—to lay down one’s life for a friend.
“While not as light as the previous installments, this is still a great story, with deeper characters, and heroism in the true sense of the word. Add to that some clean, teen romance and you have a winning combination. Tamie Dearen has done it again.”
“Very satisfying with both nail-biting scenes and sweet moments that made me sigh.”
CIR: What inspired you to write Alora?
DEAREN: Writing Alora was like an escape to me–an escape to another world. I’ve been working with young people for so long, and I just love the way their minds work. I love their idealism and enthusiasm for life, so I love writing about teenagers.
CIR: Tell us about Alora.
DEAREN: Alora is only fifteen and still insecure about herself when her entire world turns upside down. But like most young people, she changes and adapts and excels when she’s presented with crazy challenging situations. She has some special abilities, but her friends, who are ordinary American teenagers, have no special powers. Yet all of them rise to the challenges that are presented, immediately recognizing something more important than their everyday high school activities and friends.
CIR: What would you compare your book to?
DEAREN: I guess I would compare Alora to a series like Harry Potter, in that these young people are essentially in the fight against evil. The biggest difference is that not all of the heroes and heroines have special power. Some of them use only their brains, courage, and learned skills.
CIR: What is unique about Alora as a fantasy?
DEAREN: I think the fun part of this book is the way the teens from this realm interact with the people from the medieval realm, and visa-versa. The young people from both realms easily accept new ideas and possibilities, while the adults are totally resistant. It is quite believable, since most adults have a pretty set view of their world and are quite difficult to convince in a case where they have made a mistake.
CIR: Is there anything that some readers might find questionable?
DEAREN: I wrote this book for teens through adults. There is some violence in the battles scenes and a pretty violent evil villain. One of my readers thought it was tame enough for his ten-year-old son, but that wasn’t my target audience. There is no sexual promiscuity in this book–kissing only. However, there is one scene where the couple is accused of “sleeping together” and are outraged at the accusation.
Learn more about Tamie Dearen at her website.