Anurag de Bouchard is on a mission. He's waited half his lifetime for this moment. At last he can light the beacon that will spread the news across the whole of Aquanus:
The Apprentice has come.
All across the vast, dangerous waters of that ocean world, thousands of revolutionaries are quietly mobilizing. It is time to rise against Emperor Necrolius Anaxagorius, the soul-consuming monster who is devouring the heart and soul of Aquanus like a cancer, and who is growing more powerful by the day. The Apprentice is prophesied to be the only one who can destroy him before he invades Earth and consumes it, too.
But the Apprentice, Melody Singleton, is only thirteen years old, and still on the other side of the Tangent, the portal separating Aquanus from Earth. As she and Yaeko Mitsaki, her best friend, and their parents prepare for a whole new life and the distinct possibility that they'll never return home, a hidden kingdom and its king brace for all-out war with the emperor's mighty forces. Even with the Apprentice on their side, their chances for victory are next to nothing. But if they don't prevail, Melody will never get the chance to confront Necrolius, and Aquanus and Earth will fall forever to his deadly clutches.
The stakes couldn't be higher. Even so, there is time yet for much less burdensome things like falling in love, traveling to Antarctica, dancing in the living room, playing in a concert, first kisses, learning how to turn into a red-tail hawk, and laughing and singing.
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Melody Singleton is a bright 13-year-old girl who loves math, classical music, her mom, her best friend Yaeko, and her dog. To her classmates that makes her a nerd—and they cruelly treat her as such. After being expelled from the advanced algebra class for not paying attention, Melody meets her new teacher, Mr. Conor, who gives her a very strange homework assignment. You see, Melody got kicked out of that class because she was distracted by a symbol that the rest of us can't see, a beautiful sigil that, incredibly, Mr. Conor can see too, because it's on the assignment he gave her!But that's just the beginning.Her mom goes on a date to the Pier with Mr. Conor, and Melody is forced to tag along. That's bad enough. But then on the date Mr. Conor introduces Melody to one of his friends who freaks her out because his eyes are completely black; and then on the walk home, seagulls attack Mr. Conor and he has to be taken to the hospital!Melody's weird assignment still beckons. She knows deep inside that the mysterious symbol on it, and Mr. Conor's weird friend, and the seagull attack are all intimately related like the variables in an algebra equation. If she can just figure out what the sigil is, how to make it do what she wants, she knows the rest of the equation will be solved.What Melody doesn't know is if she's successful, her life will be changed ... foreverBut that's just the beginning.Her mom goes on a date to the Pier with Mr. Conor, and Melody is forced to tag along. That's bad enough. But then on the date Mr. Conor introduces Melody to one of his friends who freaks her out because his eyes are completely black; and then on the walk home, seagulls attack Mr. Conor and he has to be taken to the hospital!Melody's weird assignment still beckons. She knows deep inside that the mysterious symbol on it, and Mr. Conor's weird friend, and the seagull attack are all intimately related like the variables in an algebra equation. If she can just figure out what the sigil is, how to make it do what she wants, she knows the rest of the equation will be solved.What Melody doesn't know is if she's successful, her life will be changed ... forever.
The people have spoken!
"If you read just one book this year, it should be this one. Epic fantasies that can capture my attention, challenge my emotions and keep me turning the pages, all the while hoping it will never end are rare. And this one does all this and more. It is a very long book, one many authors would have split into two or more volumes, but having all the pages in this volume makes sense and provides a wonderful story most readers long for - one you can settle into and disappear into for a few hours of pure pleasure.
"Melody is a young girl who starts noticing a strange symbol in her math class. Her teacher helps her to discover the meaning behind the symbol and reveals a parallel world that needs Melody to survive. Thus the reader begins a magical journey where good fights evil, magical creatures assist the people around them and nothing is quite as it seems.
"I have never seen such care by an author when creating characters. The attention to detail will astound you, and the events in the lives of the characters are so interwoven you will be amazed that the author can make such magic happen with words. The author has created a charming heroine in Melody and those who miss Harry Potter will find her a more than adequate replacement. Yaeko becomes her best friend and between them we learn the true meaning of friendship. There are many secondary characters who are fascinating in their own right, each developed with care.
"Although this is a self published book, it is impeccably edited and I was hard pressed to find even one error. Although the author notes his past history as a Math teacher, I would have pegged him for an English teacher. The dictionary on my Kindle saw frequent usage as I learned new words, words not thrown in just because he could, but used because they were the perfect word for the situation.
"I do have a one negative, but it does not detract from the book at all. The battle scenes seemed a bit long to me, however these are always my least favorite parts of a book, so maybe it is just me. In a book this long, this is not much to complain about in my opinion.
"There are so many books competing for attention today. Melody and the Pier to Forever is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. This epic fantasy has everything you could ask for in a book and more. After reading it I felt I was better for having met Melody and Yaeko. I found myself thinking about their story for weeks afterward, and reread most of the book several times. As a lifelong reader this rarely happens to me so I know that this is a book that should find a place on the shelves of every library and the pages of every digital reader. Take my word for it - this one is not to be missed. And the best news: it is currently free, here on Amazon, so head on over and grab it! A sequel is in the works and I cannot wait for it to arrive to my Kindle."
-from Alex K.
"Wow! What can I say???? This has become, by far, my favorite book ever!!!! I became sucked into a world where impossible does not exist! This book gripped me so much that I've caught myself looking at my 'reality' in a different way. Are the gulls, hawks, terns, cormorants, geese....dolphins, sharks, waves, fish....is it truly what I'm seeing or a part of a world where these things are My protection??? Could I close my eyes & walk off our local pier into a new world.
"The story telling in this book is so complete that it leaves nothing untold. It is told so completely thorough that you can actually see what's being told. You can see, feel emotions, smell, hear and almost touch the magnificent 'other reality' as it's laid before you.
"Amazing, genius, perfection ... do NOT come close to describing MELODY AND THE PIER TO FOREVER. I wish there were more than 5 stars....
"GET IT, READ IT & FALL IN LOVE!!!"
--from Ronda N.
"This is not a book to be rushed through, this is a book to be savoured so that you don't miss any of the exquisite details."
--from Carol W.
"Shawn has accomplished what many authors fail to do when they take that terrifying leap into publishing. He has created an amazing epic story which from the very beginning draws the reader into a story which is beautifully crafted. Each character has been lovingly & patiently brought to life. The storyline is one which honestly drew me in & kept me enraptured. There are so many elements in Melody & The Pier To Forever...magic, love, suspense, fantasy...it is an amazing story, one which you'd expect from a much more seasoned author, in fact in an era where well established & 'popular' authors have dropped the ball in their originality & magic, Shawn puts them to shame with the first book of what I know will be an amazing epic journey! Can't wait for the second book!"
--from Maire G.
"When one reads a book as powerful as Melody and the Pier to Forever, it lodges in your heart and cannot escape. As an author and avid reader I thirst for an epic novel that moves me, and in this one stands way above the ordinary."
--from Doug W.
"What a wonderful BIG story this was. A thoroughly enjoyable fantasy with so much to recommend it. Action, adventure, drama, magic and great love. I particularly liked the mystical relationship between Melody and Yaeko. And Yaeko... without giving too much away, I'll just say her story is very moving. The characters are fully developed, with human frailties and human strengths. Like me, I know that you will love them all.( I have to single out The Healer Luis, though, just because of how often I found myself smiling and nodding at his political observations.) Another point I'd make it that this book is appropriate and enjoyable for all ages. Do yourself a favor and get this one. I can't imagine why it's free, but it is. So grab it! You won't regret it."
--from Gina L.
"This is by far one of the best books I've ever read, I am highly recommending it to all my friends and book lovers! Download it and start reading...You will embark on a journey to a world where nothing is what it seems and everything is possible: grow wings and fly when you need to, travel between worlds, take a walk in your soul....kill demons and find strength when you thought you lost everything there was to loose. Simply amazing, my words don't do it justice...Mr.Montaigne is a wonderful storyteller with a beautiful mind. I invite you to read it and experience it for yourself - you'll love it! :)"
"Forgive my punctuation. My kindle keyboard is very limited. This book was exceptional. Incredible imagery.... My only real disappointment was finishing this book. Excitedly searching for book two and sadly discovering there is no book two. Needless to say I will be first in line when it does becomes available. My sincerest thanks to the author for putting my imagination to work and creating an interesting exciting world for me to get lost in and characters that I cant wait to learn more about."
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(Reviews copy-and-pasted from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Between the Book Covers blog.)
An entire world falls to war.
A young man watches helplessly as his sister is eaten by a giant demon right before his eyes. He narrowly escapes death himself; buoyed by the current of a corpse-filled canal, he bears horrified witness to the complete destruction of his country, Theseus. The invaders are everywhere--and intent on killing everything that moves or breathes.
With nothing more than the encouraging words of a dying Healer and a mysterious lens-shaped object that his sister threw to him in her last moments of life, Kaza of Theseus dares to escape the closing jaws of doom and make it to the distant renegade fleet rumored to be sailing out of harm's way along the Great Pier known as Ae Infinitus, and led by a king named Conor Kieran Faramond Benedictus I, who dares to stand against the evil and fight back.
It's a tale of faith, courage, and hope--in a time when all three are seemingly nowhere to be found.
When I was ten years old, just a young boy in fourth grade, I fell in love with a very pretty girl named Connie. It was a magical, hopeful, joyous year, but also one that was deeply tragic and painful.
Let's travel back in time to 1972 ...
Allison Oberlan is a pretty twenty-something looking for something different in her life. Little does she know that something different is waiting for her at a Renaissance Festival, where a candle vendor gives her a plain white candle, telling her it will only light for a sorcerer's true love. Follow what happens next when that candle lights for Allison--and changes everything.
*(Please note that The Candle is an erotic fantasy with adult themes and situations, and hence is not available to minors.)
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Some stories just should not end, don't you agree?
I'm writing fan fiction for the short-lived Firefly sci-fi series; and I've recently started writing something to tack onto the end of The Princess Bride. You can keep up with my work at PaperDemon.com, where all fan fiction I pen will be posted.