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Legend Unleashed (Keeping Secrets, Book 1)Prologue
Preview of "Legend Unleashed" (Keeping Secrets, Book 1) by M. Latimer-Ridley (Young Adult, Urban Fantasy genre)
When an infamous criminal is unleashed from his prison, it has consequences for everyone in Carwick. Temperance Levinthal in particular…
Temperance is satisfied with her ordinary life. Dealing with her eccentric, childlike parents is all the excitement she needs. That changes when Alastair Byron returns home.
After a failed matchmaking attempt by her father, sparks fly between her and Alastair-just not the good kind.
They are forced together though, when they are implicated in a grisly murder. Their search for the truth leads them to a secret world beneath Carwick, filled with werewolves, wizards and other magical faey.
However, uncovering the truth is far more dangerous than they’d ever imagined.
There are secrets within secrets.
Even Alastair may be more than he seems.
The complete book has now been published Amazon US: [link] Amazon UK: [link] Amazon paperback: [link] Barnes and Noble: [link]
If you read it, or review it, we'd love to hear from you!
Legend Unleashed (Keeping Secrets Book 1)
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Legend Unleashed (Keeping Secrets, Book 1) Trailer
Book Trailer for Legend Unleashed by M. Latimer-Ridley
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We are Latimer and Ridley- two girls, best friends and most importantly eccentrics and fan-girls of the highest order!
We are co-authors, with one shared dream - to set the world on fire with our words! We are aiming to create lots of fan-girl worthy stories for the young adult/urban fantasy genre (think romance, adventure, mystery and magic - with lots of strange happenings and quirky characters!).
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Favorite visual artistNot one, but many! Eg. Manga Artists (Hibiki Wataru, Maki Minami, Bisco Hatori, Jun Mochizuki), Audrey Kawasaki, Jim Fitzpatrick, Leonardo Da Vinci and Renaissance art is quite lovely; also partial to Pre-Raphaelite paintingsFavorite moviesThis is very hard because we don't really have 'favourites' so much as we 'like': so we like; Pan's Labyrinth, LOTRs, Harry Potter, Superhero movies!, Pride and Prejudice (BBC version)..more to come when we can think of them!!Favorite TV showsSupernatural, Game of Thrones, Vampire Diaries, Young Justice, Community, QI, Doctor Who (the David Tennant yrs!), Lots of Anime (Naruto, Bleach, Fruits Basket, Ouran High School), K/J/T-doramas (Hana Yori Dango, Sungkyunkwan Scandal) Favorite bands / musical artistsQueen, Six-Pence None the Richer, James Vincent McMorrow, Florence and the Machine, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Beirut, The Low Anthem, Birdy, Mumford and Sons, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Cathy Davey, Emeli Sande, Ben Howard, Foster the People, Lisa Hannigan, Favorite booksThe Hunger Games, Twilight, The Darkest Powers Trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments series, Pride and Prejudice, The Immortals series, Green Rider (1 and 2), Wildwood Dancing and Cybelle's Secret, Angelfall Favorite writersTerry Pratchett, Kelley Armstrong, Juliet Marillier, Neil Gaiman, Tamora Pierce, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Susan Ee, Cassandra ClareFavorite gamesUncharted, Alice: Madness Returns, Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts (1 and 2- Latimer says: they're epic!!), Kirby's Dream world, Mario KartFavorite gaming platformPS2 (though we don't game really... Latimer likes to look at the pretty pictures and listen to the amazing stories!)Tools of the TradePens, Pencils, Paper, Computer, Copic Markers, Paint, Animation software, Wacom Bamboo TabletsOther InterestsMainly drawing, writing and reading! We also love to travel, listen to music and go to gigs. The pursuit of happiness :)
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Ridley: I've been away, lost in the world of Asian dramas, I'm the canary (as in canary down the mine!) for, Flower Boy Next Door (Latimer pointed this series out to me). It's a Korean one this time. I've ventured forth alone to see what it's like and to report back on whether others (well, just Latimer) should follow me or run away, and so far? Oh it's so good!
But I'll tell you (a side journey here), I got this hankering to return to the dramas after I'd tried my hand at watching a Bollywood film, I'd never watched one before-a proper one now, made for their home audiences, not Europe or America. It had the same type of romantic elements, the restrained passion and heartbreak as the dramas. The film was called Veer-Zaara (it's the name of the two main characters). Basically the two main characters are from different countries (India and Pakistan) and they meet when the main girl, Zaara, visits India. Over the few days they travel together, they fall in love, but then the man she's been promised to comes to take her back to Pakistan….and heartbreak and forbidden love ensues!
Absolutely beautiful images and colours and the dancing was great, but I'm just not really a fan of people breaking out into song at critical moments in the tale.
Musical episodes in any series I've ever watched have never really sat well with me (even that Buffy episode-though I just looked at the trailer…it was kinda good, I lied…I loved that series, and Angel!).
The reason for not possibly liking it is because I get sucked up by the tune and while I'm humming and swaying, I don't hear what they're actually singing about, so I miss important parts of the storyline. (Though for some reason, this never seems to happen with my beloved Disney films, I sing and sway to them, but I still know what's going on afterwards!)
The biggest plus this film had though, (that if I see this in any drama that I watch I sit back with the words, 'this is gona be gooood'), is the rain scene. There has to be a rain scene in any epic or tragic or hard-fought-for love story, there has to be a rain scene when the two couples reunite or finally come together after overcoming all the hardship or just kiss for the first time. It truly is a swoon worthy moment.
I just realised they had quite a few rain scenes in this film, though some of them didn't technically happen as they're just the character imagining them. Like this one (but now you hopefully understand the beauty of the rain scene?):
Now back to my, Flower Boy Next Door. I'm only in the middle of it, but basically it's about a girl (Go Dok-mi played by Park Shin-hye) who avoids people and contact with the outside world.
We're getting flashbacks to the tragic events behind this with each new instalment. Then there's a possible love interest in the beautiful man next door (Oh Jin-rak played by Kim Ji-hoon)
and also the beautiful neighbour across the road (Enrique Geum played by Yoon Shi-yoon)
and then there's the scheming 'other woman' (I always hate the 'other woman' in any story *glare*) who wants one of the men and is making the girl's life a misery. (no one cares who she is….oh fine! It's Park Soo-jin as Cha Do-hwi, she a great actress too….but I still hate the 'other woman'.)
I'm all set for some fantastic viewing and roller coaster moments. I'm already wrecked from not going to bed early enough during the week while watching this! And of course having to go to work, eat, sleep, and also get my writing done, people (other than Latimer, who is now getting 20 texts a minute with random happy (no doubt confusing) lines like, 'oh my god, he just looked at her!', as I'm watching the drama) think I've disappeared!
I have, into Korean drama land!
PS: I just realised you know, when you find something new that you absolutely love, it's like you're on your own little obsession island, completely by yourself revelling in it and consuming as much of the comic, series, book, music that you can, that's stage one. Then stage two is bursting free from your little hovel, when there is no more (you've read, seen or listened to everything) and you share your love of the obsession and want to meet others just like you. I think stage two lasts quite a while especially now we have the internet!