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Legend Unleashed (Keeping Secrets, Book 1)Prologue by mlatimerridley Legend Unleashed (Keeping Secrets, Book 1)Prologue by mlatimerridley

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Find more excerpts here:
Chapters 1, 2 and 3 here: [link] and [link]
Chapter 4 here: [link]

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!

You can keep up-to-date on more stories at :iconcarwick-central: :)


"Legend Unleashed" (Keeping Secrets, Book 1) by M. Latimer-Ridley
(Young Adult, Urban Fantasy genre)
Book trailer: [link]

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.


This story comes from years of fangirl squee-ing and reading the likes of Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, Kelley Armstrong (particularly her Darkest Powers series) and Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series.

Like everyone else, we've dreamed of telling our own stories of fantasy and romance, adventure and magic. So, a few years ago, we decided to start writing our own. We really hope you guys like it! And you're willing to join us on this little adventure, wherever it may lead.

And if you squee, we'll be squee-ing too, cos that's all we ever wanted to do!

Please comment if you can :)

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Though, as a nook owner I'm a bit biased and think you should link there too :p
mlatimerridley Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Gosh! Very silly of us to forget the Barnes and Noble link :dummy: Thank you for saying that!! It's up now!!
Oh, intersting. I like the mix of fairly outright creepiness and grounding everyday sort of detail.
mlatimerridley Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
thank you!! We like to mix the mundane in with the creepy!! Glad you liked it :huggle:
Fan-Gogh Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow, just amazing, i would love to be able to write like that. English is my second language, although I had endless ideas for a story, I could never put it like that in words.
mlatimerridley Nov 27, 2012  Professional Writer
Gosh! Thank you so much :huggle:! The idea is really the hardest part, after that it's all practice so definitely get writing your ideas :)! Your English is fantastic :wow: never would have thought it was your second language! I would love to be able to speak another language, so amazing :happybounce:
Fan-Gogh Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) oh thank you.
XeG0 Oct 21, 2012  Student Writer
Firstly, a squee- Yay for werewolves!:boogie:

I - I am not sure how I can go about critiquing this, a fully published work! But for me, the only thing I could say would be that I would like to see detail in the areas of the underground city, as everything else, the mundane in the chapter, is very well described!
mlatimerridley Oct 21, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you so much! All critiques are always welcome :)
We may get to explore more as :) but you'll have to stay tuned!
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