“Danger, magic, romance, and royal intrigue, AIRE is a must read!”
–NYT Bestselling Author JESSICA ANDERSEN
A tale of Legends reborn, of royal intrigue, and an unforgettable, heart-melting romance that will sweep you away.
Annalisia is a seer, a princess with a courageous spirit—and a soft spot for Legends.
Jovanni is a Legend, a commoner with no patience for pampered royals.
Principessa Annalisia is stunned and conscience-stricken when an unknown enemy mistakenly abducts her maidservant. Determined to find the girl, Annalisia disguises herself as plain Anna and slips away from the palace. She tracks down Jovanni, her maidservant’s daring older brother, they soon begin to search together. As they uncover clues, Anna also discovers a kindred spirit in Jovanni. But would he be so free with her if he knew who she really was? Doubtful. Even so, she reveals her secret gift of visions to him, and in so doing disobeys the orders of her beloved grandmother, the queen.
With Jovanni, Anna can almost imagine she’s like any other seventeen year old girl, free to pursue the longings of her heart. When she learns that he also has a secret—he’s a sentinel, an ancient shapeshifter who can take the form of a falcon—it seems as if they were destined to be together, as in the legends of il Sentiro. Though Anna is tempted to wish otherwise, she can’t forget that she’s a princess and it’s her duty to marry another. Meanwhile, their hunt leads Anna ever closer to danger, for she is herself is being hunted.
A princess and a commoner. They never should have fallen in love, but they did.
Aire is lush romantic fantasy, set in a mixed culture inspired by ancient Italy and Turkey.
(AIRE on Goodreads)
Kita can meld song into stone. In a world with no written word, storytelling—the ability to meld (or magically impress) song into stone—is greatly honored. The village honors her master as their medicine man, but Kita knows he’s secretly a sorcerer who practices black magic using drops of her blood. She fears he’ll use her beautiful gift for a killing spell, so she conceals it from him. Each day, his magic tightens around her neck like a rope. His spells blind the villagers, so they can’t see him for what he really is.Not that anyone would want to help her. She was found in the forest as a baby and would have died if a village girl hadn’t brought her home. But the villagers saw Kita’s unusual coloring and decided she belonged to the mysterious tribe who lives in the forests of the volcano, a people feared for their mystical powers. So they fear her too. Now seventeen, she can barely admit her deepest longing: to know who she really is and where she belongs.Then Pono, a young journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island. He’s come to fulfill a pact between their villages: to escort a storyteller back to his village–a storyteller who’ll be chosen at the great assembly. Finally, in Pono, Kita sees her one slim chance at freedom and she’ll risk her life to take it.
A dark, twisty tale of sorcery, tummy-tingling romance, and adventure, inspired by the folklore of New Zealand’s Māori people.
HAUNTING JOY (a ghostly little story)
Joy’s grandmother gives her a thrift store dress…a dress with a little supernatural history. A dress that’s a little more than she expected.
I never believed in ghosts.
Until it happened to me.
“…the white dress was no longer heaped in a haphazard pile on the seat. It was laid out all nice and neat, straps up over the back cushion and the skirt splayed out over the seat. The two matching flip flops sat side-by-side in front of the chair, toes pointed toward me. Like there was an empty girl sitting there, in an empty dress, with her empty flip flops, looking right at me.”(HAUNTING JOY on Goodreads
THE LANGUAGE OF SOULS (a novella):
Lena Goldfinch lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes books for young adults, mostly fantasy with a dose of “sigh-worthy” romance. Her YA novella, The Language of Souls, is currently available. Visit her online at http://www.Lena Goldfinch.com