Jun 28, 2021

Nora and the Sacred Stones

Trespasser, Thief, Assailant—these were never titles Nora planned on. She was just trying to protect her sister. With the help of her little brother and his best friend, Nora embarks on a life-or-death quest that could rock the very fabric of their society. After breaking into the royal palace, Nora discovers that the ancient power of the sacred stones is more than just a legend. But in her desperate attempt to help her sister, Nora may have awoken something deep inside the earth—a power she doesn’t fully understand. As Nora flees, she accidentally encounters Prince Kyn, heir to the Liardian throne. She narrowly manages to escape, but now the young prince knows who she is and what she looks like.

Eager to prove himself to his father, Prince Kyn leads a mission to find Nora and bring her back to House Liard. Unfortunately, his search is riddled with obstacles he never saw coming. Kyn soon realizes he needs Nora’s help more than he could have possibly imagined. In fact, the whole world does.

My Review
This is a fun book and would make a fantastic summertime read for the whole family.


Fun Things About the Author
My story was inspired by some stone wrapping paper that I saw. This led me to wonder what an ‘all stone’ world would be like. I also spent a summer watching a ton of Great British Baking Show and this inspired Nora’s special cooking talent.

I wanted to create a story with two heroes who have opposing missions. If Nora succeeds Kyn will fail and vice versa. Nora and the Sacred Stones is short because it was written for Covenant’s Story Catcher novella contest. I am frequently asked if there is a second book. There is. It’s called Nora and the Gateman’s Prophecy – the first draft is complete.

Little tidbits about me: I’m in a masters of school counseling program. I have three daughters and one giant dog. I love to walk or run with friends and chat. A really cool thing I did was run the Boston Marathon (15 years and 15 pounds ago). One of the bravest things I’ve done was teaching elementary orchestra without much knowledge of string instruments. Something that challenges me, in a good way, is coming up with math lessons for fourth and fifth graders. To relax I like to write (there’s nothing better than creating a story) and paint – I’m currently trying out watercolors. And, of course, I love to read, read, read!!



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