by Auden Johnson

Jade Greer is an outcast. Her only light is memories of her dead family. An unusual call leads her to Serin, a prisoner trapped in darkness for twenty years. Saving him leads Jade to a world for people with powers. A world her parents were once a part of. Jura, the once vibrant world, is dying. The magic is leaving the land. Jade and Serin have no homes to go back to, but they move forward with hope because they\’re no longer alone.

Jade lunged at him. He fell backwards. She straddled his chest and beat her fist and her frustrations into his face. No one would care what she did to him. He made her relive everything this world represented and everything she couldn’t have. Her fists burned. No one would care. People were supposed to care. He wore a wedding ring. He had a wife and maybe children. This world didn’t raise people to honor such commitments.

What Mom and Dad had was beautiful. She once wished for something like that. People like him turned that dream to ash. She punched and punched. He stopped moving. Why was she born into such an ugly world? Why couldn’t she be selfish like everyone else?

His face caved under her blows. Finally, something bent to her will. Her fist drilled though his skull. Jade’s blood sang. His head became bloody ground beef flecked with small hard pieces. She punched concrete. She needed to stop. Her body wouldn’t listen. Sharp pain slid up her arms. Stop. Gore splashed into her face. Stop. Her body froze.


-What inspired you to become a writer?

I couldn’t get away from it. I’ve been creating stories since I was a kid but I never wanted to be a writer. The idea of it never appealed to me. When I got older and researched getting a book published, I became even less interested in that path when I realized it could take 5+ years just to get an agent. But, when I was in grad school studying Library Science, I found myself writing more and more. In the end, I gave up fighting the dream. Around that time, self-publishing was growing. I liked that I no longer had to go through a publisher.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Near the end of the story, Jade visits this huge shopping center inside an old building. It’s a work of art. I’d visit that place. I wouldn’t be too interested in buying anything. Just seeing and photographing it would be amazing. Some of the people frequenting these shops have animal features like cat ears. That would be cool to see.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

I didn’t have to do any real world research for this book. Mostly, I did image searches to get an idea of what the world looks like.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and/or pizza with?

At first I thought Jade but Serin would be more satisfying. He’s been imprisoned most of his life and he’s suspicious of everything. He’s like a stray cat, hissing at everyone and everything. A pizza dinner would warm him up to me. I did take him away from his family. Come to think of it, I might invite Jade along. She’d enjoy a little kindness.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

Duel. If I live, I’ll have a good story to tell.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I try not to say I’d never write something. When I first started writing, I thought I’d never kill a character. Now, I’ve killed a couple. I never thought I’d be writing stories with romance in them. I thought I’d always stay away from common fantasy characters like dragons and shifters. I’ve written stories featuring both. You don’t know what’ll happen in the future.


An artist at heart, Auden loves photography, graphic design and writing beautifully dark and diverse stories. As a kid, she created her own books by folding several construction papers in half and stapling them down the middle, adding her own illustrations. She holds a B.A. in English, a M.S. in Library and Information Science, a M.S. in Publishing. She’s an Author/Social Media Marketing Consultant for Aubey LLC, a small press publisher and offers writing, design and marketing advice on her blog. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY starting her own business as a photographer, designer and author. Find info on her dark fantasy stories on Book 3 of The Merging Worlds series, The Lost Sciell, is coming soon.

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