Book Title: Tunuftol's Fortress of Light (Book 1)
Author: Ann Snizek
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Length: Over 75,000 Words
Publisher: Snow Flower Publishing, Editing & Reviews
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Krissa and her little brother, Micah, have been pushed around the foster system until they find themselves in the care of "Grandma" Athey. Krissa begins having unusual dreams and her brother knows more than she thinks. Their new friends, Pin, and her twin brother, Khevin, join forces to unravel Krissa's questions. Krissa has become The Chosen One and is drawn into a mission against an evil faction that usurped the throne from Khevin's family. With a group of friends accumulated from school, Krissa learns to control her new found powers and follow her dreams back to the world they all fled from as small children…
Blood or Oil of Sweet Champagne
Float or Fly or Stay the Same
Up or Down or Way Below
You Must Choose Which Way to Go
"I don't know how many times it repeated, and I could smell the flowers the whole time. You think it‘s weird?" Pin tipped her head sideways and scrunched up her face as Krissa came out with the new outfit on. Pin studied the clothes as if nothing were out of the ordinary.
"You have no idea how weird. Wait till you hear about what was in Micah's dream," Krissa said struggling to maintain control of her voice as her body stiffened and her head spun.
"How's the clothing hunt coming along ladies?" Grandma Athey interrupted them cheerfully, but the look on her face made Krissa suspicious that the woman eavesdropped.
"Not bad!" Pin announced. "I think we're done here." Pin had a very satisfied look on her face.
Krissa changed back to her own clothes and tried to grasp the information on Pin's dream. Micah stood quietly by with his large eyes not missing a thing, looking solidly at his sister when she emerged from the changing room with the last outfit in hand. The brother and sister exchanged their looks in silence.
Krissa and Micah told Pin about their own dreams when they stopped to place an order at the local pizza shop, and continued in hushed tones on their way to the next stop. Krissa included the weird stuff that had happened in the attic, finally choosing to accept that she wasn't going crazy, not yet anyway. She couldn't help but wonder why this was happening, or what would happen next. Pin suggested that they enlist Khevin's help.
"Khevin's really good with things like this. He'll know how to help," Pin said.
Krissa had barely met Khevin, and didn't want him thinking she was insane, but found that she trusted Pin. Normally she struggled with trust, even within herself, but for some reason, she felt as close to Pin as if they had known each other their whole lives. So, she hesitantly agreed and pulled strength enough from deep within to face whatever might come at her.
The van pulled into the parking lot at the middle school. Anxiety tugged at Krissa with the memories of past battles. She desperately wished Micah would have an especially large growth spurt so that he wouldn't stand out quite as much. However, she would be in the same building as Micah, and she tried to focus on the positives.
The school grounds lay in a waiting silence during the extended weekend break from students. In the office Mrs. Boske filled out a mound of papers and spoke to the ladies there for what Krissa deemed an agonizing eternity. Mrs. Hillard and the office secretary granted Pin permission to show Krissa and Micah around the school if they didn't disturb anything, and they gratefully went for their tour.
The school's floor plan seemed easy enough to follow, and Pin chatted away about the classrooms and teachers. The school had half-lockers and Pin showed them hers. Micah joked that he could barely see into the top locker and hoped he would get a lower one.
Pushing open the double doors into the gym, Pin started explaining how it held the assemblies too; the bleachers got pulled out like during games. Out of the corner of her eye, Krissa caught a glimpse of her brother and spun around to face him.
"Micah, are you alright?" Krissa asked, putting a hand on his shoulder.
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I grew up in Vermont mostly and now live in Virginia with my family (those still at home). My husband and I have a blended family of seven kids. My childhood was spent moving around a lot. (non-military) About five years ago, we started home-schooling our youngest children. Now there are only two remaining in home-school. I have tried to nurture the love of books in our children and now our grandchildren -- always nurturing their imaginations. Recently, I have become active in our community with literacy, starting a local (and online) creative writing club and volunteer tutoring at the Adult Learning Center.
I struggle with Fibromyalgia and PTSD. So, have to be careful not to overdo things... I don't always listen to my own advice. I have a dry, sarcastic and corny sense of humor and always try to look at things optimistically. (again not always successful) However, I feel that if I don't give up -- for long -- then things will work out for the best eventually.