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A Day in Kassis

We are back with our travel series, “24-Hours On, In and Around Series”. This week, Narelle spent 24-hours on Kassis and gives you her quick visit guide to this extraordinary planet.

Planet: Kassis

Time: 1 day and night

Best Time To Go: April – August

Our Reporter: Narelle

Kassis is the major planet in the galaxy and is home to many fine Kassian warriors. The second the sun comes out, you’ll relish your time exploring the crystalline city of Kassis. The non-stop spectacle of crystals, evergreens and purple water will make it a struggle to continue onto the next planet on your Kassian Galaxy tour.

The palace is the starting point for many first time visitors to Kassis particularly since the Ladies have settled. There have been significant changes in Kassian culture since the prophesized warriors arrived. The common areas of the palace are now open to locals and tourists and a very popular place to visit, with many hoping to capture a glimpse of the Ladies of Kassis.

Rumor has that on on occasion you can see the three Ladies climbing over the balcony so they can mingle amongst the crowds. If you hear roaring, don’t panic, that will just be their husbands discovering that it’s hard to keep a good woman down.

The palace or House of Kassis, is home to the Royal family, and consists of four main buildings. It is built on a hill overlooking the city below and the entrance gates to the House of Kassis is a photographers dream. Huge and elaborate, these gates are carved with the history of Kassis. Remember to look up as there are quite a few surprises on the ceilings of the buildings and overhangs.

The South House or Common House is made up of conference rooms, dining rooms, a medical wing, additional guest rooms for dignitaries, and rooms for entertaining guests.

The North House is the Lead House and it belongs to Torak, the eldest son of the Leader of Kassis, and his wife, River. The East House belongs to Manota and is known as the Second House of Kassis. Manota and Jo reside here. The West House belongs to Jazin and Star and is known as the Third House of Kassis.

In the center between the houses is a large garden area with fountains and paths leading to each of the three private Houses and the Common House. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the three Ladies as they practice their high wire work on the beams and wire in the garden whilst Ajaska and his grandchildren look on.

Guided tours of the palace run daily and bookings are recommended.

If you like bling with your history, then make sure you head north along the Avenue Australis to the Statue of Ajaska, Leader of Kassis. This twenty foot high statue is made entirely of crystal and shoots out thousands of sparkles, almost as if it is alive.

Space travel is vital to the economic and cultural health of Kassis and its space port is high up on the must see places in Kassis. Pride of place in the space port is the Galaxy Quest which brought the Earthers to Kassis. The Galaxy Quest is now a museum and you can walk where the Prophesized Warriors first walked. There is even a side tour through the vents for those of an Earth size. This side tour books out very quickly so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. It is restricted to height and width so check that you are small enough to go on the tour.

Be sure to allow plenty of time to be early for a good seat for the twice daily Prophesized Warriors show on the shuttle bay. This is quite the spectacle with actors re-enacting the great battle cry scene when Lady River claimed Torak and saved the alliance between the Kassians and Tearnats.

The Seeker, which brought the circus to Kassis, is also in the port although it is under refurbishment at the time this guide went to press.

Afternoons and evenings is the perfect time to walk along the boardwalk which borders the rippling purple River on one side and thriving markets, shops and restaurants on the other. This bustling area of Kassis is a must visit. The restauants offer a wide variety of fresh dishes from around the galaxy including Earth. At the markets you will find organic fruit, breads, jams, clothing, and shoes.

A must have is the fruity ice drink name Star’s Surprise in honor of Lady Star. It packs quite a punch so steady as she goes when you try Star’s Surprise lol.

If you are staying longer than 24-hours,  add these locations to your itinerary:

  • Council’s Assembly
  • Circus campus for Cirque de Magik, the most spectacular Circus to the Stars
  • Karazdin, the ancient city of knowledge
  • Geylur Prime II
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Dust

Dust

Dust: Before and After

Release Date: March 29th 2016

Dust wakes to discover the world as he knew it is gone after fragments of a comet hit the Earth. It isn’t the only thing that has changed, though, so has Dust. He now possesses powers that continue to grow, but also come with a price. A deadly encounter after he leaves his home leads to a new discovery – other survivors.

Dust soon learns that another creature has risen from the ashes, one that is determined to possess the powers that he has. On a journey filled with danger, it will take the skills of not just Dust, but those of his friends, if they are to survive.

This time the race is not to the swift, but to the deadliest in a world where a changed human boy and an odd assortment of friends must face their worst nightmares, and accept that life on Earth will never be the same again.

Join Dust and his friends as they fight to overcome an evil force determined to create a new species unlike anything the world has ever known.

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Voyage of the Defiance: Breaking Free Series

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Voyage of the Defiance excerpt:

An act of defiance that will either kill her or change her life forever…

Sixteen year old Makayla Summerlin enjoyed one thing in her crazy, messed-up existence: hanging with her friends at school. Her life is uprooted when she suddenly finds herself forced to live with the grandfather she barely remembers.

One act of defiance will change her life forever when she sets sail in her grandfather’s old sailboat after she has trouble adjusting to her new home. On a journey that will challenge everything she has ever believed about herself, Makayla must overcome her fears if she, and a surprising stowaway, are to survive.

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Voyage of the Defiance – What was I thinking?!

Have you ever had a thought that ran through your mind over and over and over until you thought you’d go crazy? It could be a story that has played in your head, a song, or something that you’ve been wanting to do around the house. This happens to me all the time. Most of the time, I can box it up, but other times, I have to do something about it. Just like with Gracie’s Touch, Touching Rune, Choosing Riley, and countless other stories, I knew that Voyage of the Defiance had to be told. I’d pushed it back until it wouldn’t be boxed up and set back up on the shelf any longer. I’ll warn you, I have a 7-9 book Children’s series swirling in my head as well! It is an action/adventure/fantasy series. I’ve already started it, shelved it, and peek at it every once in a while, but I have also promised my grandson that I would finish it, so watch out! LOL.

When a story becomes so powerful that it leaves you laughing, crying, and fighting to stay awake so you know what happens next, you know it has to be written. My poor husband gave me a lot of weird looks as I excitedly told him different scenes that were happening, gave him a quick kiss, and said I had to go write more so I could see what Makayla did next. I’ve shared the story with a few close friends, nervously biting my nails as they did for fear they would tell me my baby was ugly. Yes, that is how protective I am of this story. I feel the same way about each one, but this one was especially close to my heart, maybe because it has been with me for so long or because it is a little different from my other stories, I’m not sure.

When I announced the pre-order for Voyage of the Defiance, I received a few comments expressing readers’ disappointment that I had not written another book in one of my existing adult series which is why I’m sharing this post. I’m not giving up on my other series, I’m simply adding to the collection. I’ve also had comments from readers who said they can’t wait for their kids to get old enough to read some of my stories. This is simply a bridge for kids of all ages who enjoy reading. If you enjoyed the Dragonlings’ stories, and there will be several stories of them as teenagers, then you’ll enjoy VoD. For those who may not have seen it yet, Voyage of the Defiance, is a YA book that tells the tale of a sixteen year girl, Makayla, and her coming of age. As with my other stories, it contains interaction between characters who value family and friends and who will do the right thing rather than the easy thing. Irregardless of whether my stories are set in space, on post apocalyptic earth or modern day Florida, you will find they have the common threads of family and friends, love and acceptance, and honor and integrity.

Voyage of the Defiance has these same qualities wrapped in an amazing tale. It is a wonderful story of a young girl/woman struggling to find who she is in the world. The journey of self discovery is a common theme to us all. Who else remembers what it was like to be sixteen?! The only way I’d go back to being that age is if I could take all my knowledge with me! Maybe it was because of my experience, but I thought it was important to show that teens can do amazing things and experience adventure (think of the young Australian girl who sailed around the world on her own).

As a mother and a teacher, I have seen many young people struggle to cope with all that life could throw at them. It isn’t so much the curve balls it throws, but the way we handle it that defines who we are. This is what Makayla and Tyrell, the two main characters in Voyage of the Defiance, discover. They learn that things are not always what they appear to be and are willing to fight for their respective families while still trying to discover their own identity in this world.

So to wrap everything up, if you’ve enjoyed my other stories, loved reading the Dragonlings, and are ready to read something a little different, you’ll probably love Voyage of the Defiance as much as I do!

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Voyage of the Defiance

 

Voyage Of The Defiance

Voyage of the Defiance

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An act of defiance that will either kill her or change her forever….

Sixteen year old Makayla Summerlin enjoyed one thing in her crazy, messed-up existence: hanging with her friends at school. Her life is uprooted when her drug-addicted mother overdoses and she finds herself living with the grandfather she barely remembers.

Fear, anger, and finally desperation explode inside Makayla when she has trouble adjusting to her new home. One act of defiance changes her forever when she sets sail in her grandfather’s old sailboat in an attempt to return to the life she had before.

In a voyage that threatens not only her life, but that of a surprising stowaway, Makayla discovers there is more to the world around her in a journey that will challenge everything she has ever believed about herself. It will take friendship, hope, and acceptance for her to survive her voyage of defiance.

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