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“Jura imagined it sounded like rain.”

Juggling death is nothing new for seventeen-year-old Jura, daughter of the First of the Thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. However, when a blood chain ensnares her father, she is thrust into the seat of power and forced to rule her elders.

“To Tylak, water had never tasted sweeter.”

Jura must track down her father’s assassin and balance a country on the verge of collapse. To find the Prince of Shadows and uncover the truth, Jura puts her trust in Tylak, a former slave accused of stealing from the Everflame—a man she once condemned to death.

In a world where water is currency and enemies lurk around every corner, Jura will use her wits or risk igniting a world war.

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Find love in a best friend after being trapped in a cabin, discover a new kind of magic after you run out of your own, or run from what you discover to be your greatest fear. The first volume of a series from Authors’ Tale offers a genre for every reader.
Sixteen stories, along with three featured short collaborations, provide all readers with a reason to discover the authors inside.
Experience others’ lives, hopes, or nightmares. Let their journey become yours.
Read for a happy ending or gasp at a morbid cliffhanger. These authors have their own story to share, so take a chance and be a part of it.

Submerged (Dance of the Elements Book 2) by [Deese, A.M.]

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“Jura pictured her friend’s beautiful face.”

Jura and Tylak have successfully infiltrated the nation of Kitoi in search of answers but come upon a web of lies that will unravel the world as they know it. With the Tri-Alliance shattered and puppets controlling the Republic of the Sand Sea, they must find a way to save their nation before all perish.

“Tylak reached for her hand, interlacing her fingers with his own.”

Together, Jura and Tylak set out to free Amira from the clutches of a ruler gone mad. Jura hopes to meet the Sea King in a desperate attempt to stop the impending war. Instead, she meets his daughter Coralyn, a powerful princess with plans of her own.

With the drums of war beating faster, and secrets surfacing all around her, Jura and her allies must stop the Queen of Shadows before the Sand Sea is submerged in chaos.

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“Run, Kay. Run now. Don’t stop.”

Her parents’ warning haunts her. It had been a mistake to show her true power. Enslaved to train as a Fire Dancer, Kay’s only goal is to get back home. But escape won’t come easy. Not only is Kay kept on a strict schedule, but all eyes are on her due to her unique abilities to Breathe fire, a level of talent not often seen in the arena, the prime property.

But she’s not the only one who wants to go home.

It’s not easy to trust Wallace, but when the boy offers her only chance at escape, she doesn’t have much of a choice. Wallace is certain he can sneak them out past the catacombs, the den of dragons, if only Kay steals the map that will guide them.

Their plan is dangerous and wild, but Kay doesn’t care. She’ll do whatever it takes to get back home because her parents told her to run, and that’s exactly what she plans to do.