Monday, April 26, 2010

Excerpt from Secrets of the Hidden Pyramids

Ok everyone,

Here is a short excerpt from book two!

The sun filtered through the opening of the cave as Kristine explored her surroundings, but deeper inside, the sun faded and it became, to her amazement, much cooler. She marveled at how big it was and wished Andrew could tell her more about it and Crete in general. The slow, methodical dripping of water cascading down, forming a small pool, fascinated Kristine, as she watched the drips seeping through the cave wall. She reached up, balancing on her toes, touching the cool wetness. It was starkly cold, as if she was touching unformed ice, and drew back her hand, shaking the water off. A shiver racing up her back caused her to shudder.

Before long, Kristine, venturing far from the opening and not paying attention, found herself lost. She turned trying to find her way back to the opening of the cave, but everywhere she turned the cave mirrored its gray limestone interior. She became frustrated and silently pleaded she would find either her way or Andrew would come and find her. She wasn’t scared, but not knowing anything about the area, didn’t want to attract attention to herself.

Continuing in the opposite direction, she felt some relief at hearing the high-pitched song of birds. The sun returned, warming her skin. “Ok, Andrew,” she said out loud to no one, “how long are you going to be gone? The last thing we need is to be separated again.” The silence surrounding her seemed to mock her.

Suddenly, a brisk wind blew through the cave, carrying with it a flying creature. Kristine screamed into the emptiness, as it grabbed her by its talons and flew away.

Moments later, she opened her eyes and found herself flying in a mast of clouds and sky, her hair beating against her skin. Normally she would have relished the journey, awed by the fascination of flight. But encased in large sharp claws and having no idea where she was going, she hung on, closing her eyes, waiting for the ground to solidify under her again.

The creature flew into another cave, dropped her on the ground and flew off again with swift speed. Kristine, pulling herself up, smoothed her skirt. She was brought here for a reason, she knew, but was more than a little curious as to why. She soon found out, as seconds later, a towering creature meandered its way from another passageway inside the cave, its long slithering tail swishing back and forth. Kristine’s heart quickened as she beheld the enemy, the creature who would do anything to get the locket, the locket she was wearing—Chimera.

Books Doing Great!


The first two books are doing quite well, and with three signings behind us, it gets a little easier to promote the books. We have had many people excited and interested in reading them so that is promising. We have been trying to finish book three, but since my co-author (my father) lives in Tennessee, it's hard for him to come up much. He is here now and between a number of family events and my grandfather's funeral, it has been emotional for us all.

We hope to be finishing the third book titled, The Mystery of the Thirteenth skull, to be ready for publication by Christmas time. Crossing our fingers!

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal of one's spirit and attitude, and I hope my spirit is in tune with the season. With summer around the corner, life will slow down a tad...drink it in and enjoy!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Amazon Ranking


I just have to rant a little about Amazon's ranking policy, if there is even one. Last Friday, I checked the rankings, as every new author does I'm sure, and it said we were like 2,346,000 in the rankings. Ok, not good, hoping it would get somewhat better with all the advertising we've been doing. And then, this morning, I checked again...177,000!!! WHAT?? Ok, now I am really confused! How can a ranking go from 2 million to 177,000 in 3 days??

Mind you, I am not complaining in the least, but I am very confused and wondering if there is a mistake somewhere. I mean we have 408 fans on F.B., but I don't know how many of those have actually bought a book, or if they did, if they got it from Amazon.

Still, I would love to be ranked higher, especially with all the fantasy books out there that are major competition.

In the meantime, I guess I will continue to monitor Amazon...I am still waiting for reviews to be posted, so those who have bought a book and have read it, please let us know what you think on Amazon.

Thanks and happy reading!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Synopsis of Book Two-The Crystal Locket: Secrets of the Hidden Pyramids

Here is a sneak peak at book two of The Crystal Locket series.


13-year-old Andrew and Kristine Taylor, who discovered the crystal locket in the Cold Hollow Mountains in present-day Virginia, journeyed to ancient Egypt and the time of America's birth, gathering pieces of a disk hidden throughout time, which is crucial to the future of the world. Now, after jumping again, they find themselves in ancient Crete, the home of their dreaded nemesis Chimera, as well as the fabled Atlantis, where things are not as they seem and the mysteries run deep. This time, their challenges are harder, their enemies more cunning, and their will even stronger, but is it enough to thwart their enemies in time?

Book Signing!


We have the first book signing for The Crystal Locket on Sat. October 17 @ Classic Gifts & Books, off Main St,  on the corner of 100 W. in Lehi, UT, from 1-5 P.M.

We will be given away lockets for the girls and crystals for the boys, as well as bookmarks and other Halloween goodies!

Hope to see you there!

Julia Lawrence

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Book One of The Crystal Locket Now Available!

Hello bloggers,

I am happy to announce the first book in our (my father and I's) YA historical fantasy The Crystal Locket: Key to the Tunnels of Time has been released with Argus Books International. The book is available with and, and is a thrilling time travel fantasy mingled with mythology, astrology, fantasy, and history.

The second book The Crystal Locket: Secrets of the Hidden Pyramids is finished and deals with Crete, Greece and the fabled Atlantis.

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Stay tuned for more information on store placement, signings and possible giveaways!

Happy reading,
Julia Lawrence