The Soulstealer's Child now available for in print and ebook formats.
The Missing Heir of Mandralay is now available in print and ebook formats.
My new YA urban fantasy, The Soulstealer's Child is ready to read.
You can order a signed paperback copy directly from my website below.
Ebook is available at Amazon (here).
Can a human heart overcome a demon soul?
When soul-eating demons overrun their world, Kaelis, a young seraph warrior, uses the Queen’s ring to open a portal in space and flees with the infant heir to the throne, eventually landing on earth. Unbeknownst to him, Nsark, the demon leader follows, determined to devour the soul of every last seraph, especially the Queen’s heir. When Kaelis hides the baby, Nsark creates the ultimate weapon by fathering his own child, half-human and half-demon: a soul-stealer’s child.
Sixteen years later James is trying to figure out where he fits in. In a last-ditch effort, he joins the school play, where he meets Lucy. Something deep draws them together and their friendship reveals their hidden pasts: one is an angel, one is half-demon. Aware of their true identities, Lucy and James find themselves pulled into the age-old war between their peoples. Hunted by relentless enemies, and grappling with deep-seated instincts and strange new powers, the they must fight for their lives, their souls, and each other. Can they overcome what they were born to be or will one of them have to make the ultimate sacrifice in order for the other to survive?
My middle grade fantasy is ready! I can't wait for you to read this story of love, loyalty and redemption.
A heartless monster. An innocent girl. He holds her life in his paws, but she holds his soul in her hands.
Thirteen years after the regent of Mandralay killed her sister, the queen, in a violent rebellion, strange lights appear to a thirteen-year-old orphan named Tallie . The lights seem harmless, until the ancient nun who runs the orphanage discovers Tallie's new power late one night. The terrified woman evacuates the orphans, orders the building burned, then shoves Tallie into a lead-lined coffin and flees into the desert, hoping to escape a danger she refuses to name.
With no memories, no heart, or even a name, X is a monster. Fiercest of the Bestials, his predator’s instincts are controlled only by powerful spells binding his life to the will of the regent. When a flash of forbidden magic betrays the hiding place of the late queen’s missing daughter, the regent sees her chance to complete the coup she started years earlier. She dispatches X to kill the child—her niece and the true heir to the throne.
Following traces of the child’s magic, X tracks Tallie to her hiding place. He prepares to kill her, until Tallie surprises him with a sincere request for help.
Tallie’s innocence and trust awaken a small spark of humanity inside X, and he tries to help her. But he remains a monster, bound by instinct and unbreakable oaths. Helping Tallie triggers a ferocious battle, as X fights his primal nature for her life—and his only hope of redemption.
Meanwhile, Tallie grapples with the tragedy of her past and her identity as crown princess. As royal heir, Tallie finds access to immense power—enough to destroy her enemies, but possibly her own soul as well, turning her into a monster far worse than X.
Print copies of The Missing of Heir of Mandralay are available below. Ebooks are available from Amazon.
Braden Bell earned a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in theatre arts and child drama from Brigham Young University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches theatre and music at a private middle school--the world described in The Kindling and Penumbras (whether his evenings and weekends are spent fighting evil is something he cannot disclose). An experienced performer, Braden enjoys singing, acting, reading, gardening, and long walks with the dog.
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