AND THE WINNER IS….

I danced around the house and exclaimed, “We won! We won!”

Xandria Drake: Ancient Rising is officially THE book of the month on Goodreads in the Making Connections YA edition group!  Thanks for all your support!

If you would like to receive a free copy of the updated novel, or if you would like to participate in the group discussions, please follow this link:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1390074-xandria-drake-ancient-rising-by-laura-cantu—july-s-botm—theme-paran

I am very excited to hear what you think!

 

Viktor Speaks!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DCLUEPK

A gentleman never reveals his secrets . . .

   unless his name is Viktor LaFontaine.

After reading Xandria Drake: Ancient Rising, a paranormal fantasy novel written from the perspective of one of his beloved friends, Viktor decides to tell his side of things. What really happened the night of February 25, 1745? Did Xandria get it wrong?

Let yourself be whisked away by this magical tale of romance, intrigue, and undeniable desire.

Discover Viktor’s first love. Learn his role in shaping the history of France. Fight along side Viktor as he battles with betrayal and misunderstandings.

Beautiful Games will take you on a journey that will surprise and fascinate you.  This paranormal romance also promises to give you greater insights into some of your favorite characters in Xandria Drake: Ancient Rising.

Don’t wait, read it today!

SALE! $4.99 for Ancient Rising! Save $5.00

SALE! $4.99 for Ancient Rising! Save $5.00

Hey guys and gals,

I just wanted to give you a quick heads up about the sale my publisher, Serendipity Digital Media KC is having.  For a limited time, you can purchase, Xandria Drake: Ancient Rising, for only $4.99 instead of $9.99.

Drama! Drama! Drama!

As I sit and ponder the stories that capture my attention, I am forced to admit a regrettable “truth.” I am addicted to drama. Every book, every movie, and in fact, almost every form of entertainment is riddled with this seemingly benign affliction. Television shows have contestants participate in creating false hierarchies by competing against each other to prove their worth. Heroes gun down their enemies in celebrated action movies. Characters in books face their deepest fears and struggle with conflicting desires. Without dramatic hooks, these tales would most likely be boring to the average person.

This is one of the major issues I had with writing Xandria Drake: Ancient Rising. I did not want to put anything out in the world that may have negative effects on even one person. However, how do you show the evolution and enlightenment of a character unless she faces seemingly insurmountable odds? Because of this, I threw Xandria into the midst of drama and conflict. What does this say about me?

What does this say about you? Or about our fellow readers, movie goers, and television fans? Are we hooked into a system that keeps us living outside of the domain of peace and oneness? When I stand alongside my hero and cheer him on in defeating his enemy, am I cheating myself by imagining the enemy as different than me? I mean, if we look at a well created villain, their lives often contain more suffering than almost any other character in the story, with the exception of a few main characters. Should we then cheer to have these villains defeated? Or could we show compassion, and hope for their rehabilitation? When is it appropriate to give up hope and destroy them?

These are my thoughts for the day. I would love to hear what you have to say.