Before the Full Moon Rises
Chronicles of the Secret Prince Book # 1
By- M.J. Bell
Deston Lespérance grew up believing faeries and monsters are just stories told to children at bedtime. However, when his mother mysteriously vanishes and he stumbles into the mystical realm of Tir na-nÓg, he discovers the shocking truth that these beings are not only real, they hold the key to his future. With a new friend, Margaux, and Excalibur’s twin brother sword, Caluvier, at his side, Deston races against time to find his mother and the Light Crystal before the full moon rises on the autumnal equinox. The odds are stacked against them and the obstacles they run into push the limit of what two teenagers can handle: an attack by gremlin-like creatures; captured by 6 foot tall vampire bats; hunted by a giant wolf, and almost lost forever in the mist of Avalon. Yet Deston doesn't give up, for he vowed to do whatever it takes to get his mother back—even if that means fighting the devil himself. The thing is … when he made that pledge he had no idea how close he would have to come to doing just that!
Once Upon a Darker Time
Chronicles of the Secret Prince Book # 2
By- M.J. Bell
Defying the odds, Deston Lespérance defeated Grossard, the Solitary Faerie who kidnapped his mother and father, and delivered the Light Crystal back to Tir na-nÓg in time to secure the Fae’s reign of the high realm. Now at long last, his dream of having a whole family has come to pass. Unfortunately, “happily ever after” doesn’t last forever, for Grossard lives and is more resolved than ever to get his revenge on the Fae—this time teaming up with Mordred to unleash the darkness which has lain dormant since the earth’s creation.
Deston, though still struggling with his newly found powers, sets off with Margaux on another epic adventure to locate and destroy the Shard of Erebus before Grossard and Mordred can find it. He is fully aware the stakes are high, but he has no idea the scope of sacrifices he’ll be required to make. As his world crumbles around him and his friends fall, he holds onto the only glimmer of hope he has left … that the Fae power and strength truly does reside within him and that he still has a chance to become the hero they claim him to be.
And today we're also sharing a Character Bio for:
Margaux grew up in the small town of Lieu deMerveille, which bordered the Forest of Brocéliande. She was a very out-going child and from the time she was a toddler she was mesmerized with the legends of the forest, the magic, and the faeries whom supposedly lived there. When she was five, she took clothes pins and pinched her ears together at the top so she could look like a faerie. Madame Labonté was horrified when she discovered this, and even more so when Margaux's ears actually started looking more pedal-shaped as she grew older. It was around that same time that Margaux noticed a definite change in her parents’ attitude toward her, though she never admitted that to anyone. They weren’t cruel to her, they just kept their distant, and more than once she caught a strange, almost fearful look in their eye when they looked her way. They also destroyed all her books on the high realm and forbade her to read or talk about the faeries to anyone ever again. Margaux was confused by this aversion to her favorite subject that they had and couldn’t for the life of her understand why it scared them so. To her it was magical and sounded like paradise, and no matter what her parents said, she just couldn’t give it up. So whenever she came across a book about the high realm or about faeries, she snuck it home and read it late at night after everyone else was asleep to avoid the drama. She also frequently visited an old gypsy woman who claimed to have been to Tir na-nÓg several times. There she would sit for hours and listen to the old woman’s stories, hanging on every word.
Margaux's only other interest was in America. She fell in love with everything about it while watching reruns of the Brady Bunch. She did her best to mimic Marcia and Jan Brady’s clothes and speech and made up her mind that she would someday go to California to study. With that goal in mind, she started speaking only English in order to be prepared. However, not many people in Merveille enjoyed the Americans as much as Margaux, so again it wasn’t easy for her. She was fifteen when Deston moved to France and after meeting him, she convinced herself he was there to help her fulfill her dream. She soon discovered, however, her destiny wasn’t in America at all. It was there right where her heart had always been.
About the Author-
MJ Bell's love of reading and everything magical is what motived her to jump head first into a writing career. Her first novel was honored with a Gold medal in the Mom's Choice Awards' Fantasy category in 2009. From there she has gone on to write the first two books of a new fantasy trilogy, Chronicles of the Secret Prince, and is currently working on the final chapter of Deston's adventure.
MJ grew up in Iowa, but now considers Colorado her home and lives there with her husband, Tim and her dog, Tasha. Her growing family has always been her pride and joy and provides her with a great source of inspiration to write and bring a little more magic into the world. She loves to hear from readers through her FB page at MJ Bell Author. Or visit her website at mj-bell.com.