Seventeen year-old Emily’s dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom's strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and sister. She’s got things mostly under control until a couple weeks before Dad’s release, when voices start whispering in her head, and Gabe, the hot lifeguard at the pool, notices the strange brands engraved on her arm...the ones she's trying desperately to hide. Emily doesn't know how the symbols got there or what they mean. They appeared overnight and now they're infected and bleeding. She's pretty sure she's losing her mind.
Stress, insomnia, and her wounded egos drive Emily to self-medicate, which has to be why the nightmares from her childhood have resurfaced, why they're commandeering her conscious even when she's awake. It has to be why the fairytale creatures she created as a little girl insist they need her help.
Triggered by the return of her childhood abuser and unable to cope with reality, Emily slips completely inside her elaborate fantasy world. She's powerful in the First Realm, maybe even more powerful than her attacker. It would be so easy to stay there, to lose herself in enchantment...to lose herself in love. But something sinister lurks in the forest shadows. Emily soon discovers her demons have followed her inside her fairytale. They're hunting her. With the help of the Fae, she frantically searches for the weapons she needs to defeat her greatest fears and escape back to reality before the man who tortured her can prey on her younger brothers and sister, too. Time is running out...
About Jane Alvey Harris (Dallas, Texas Author)
Jane Alvey Harris is an award-winning Young Adult author, Dallas resident, and mother of three. Her debut self-published novel, RIVEN, is the recipient of the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal for Best Ebook, Young Adult Fiction, and winner of Publishers Weekly’s 2016 BookLife Prize in Fiction, Young Adult Category. SECRET KEEPER, the second book in the My Myth Trilogy, will be available summer 2017.
Jane has a Humanities degree from Brigham Young University in Art History, with emphases in Italian Language and Studio Art. She’s crazy about the visual and performing arts. But her real passion is people. Jane loves to watch and study what makes us tick as human beings. She’s definitely a dreamer, and her favorite thing to do is to weave together sublime settings and stories for characters to live and learn in, herself included.
To learn more about the author, visit Jane's website at www.janealveyharris.com.