Stanley’s world slowly came into focus as he opened his eyes, trying to get his bearings when all he could see was miles of desert in all directions. He spit out sandy dirt and slowly sat up, shaking his head in an attempt to make sense of the madness of this situation.
How in the world did he get here?
Wincing from the sudden pain all that thinking was causing, Stanley lifted a hand to gingerly touch the goose egg size lump on the back of his head. Whoever it was that clobbered him must have come out of nowhere because he couldn’t remember a thing after the restaurant…
The thought of her made him jerk to his knees, only to fall back to the ground as the vertigo made the sand and the mountains in the distance swirl around in some kind of crazy dance. Holding his head in his hands, Stanley waited for the world to stop spinning before slowly standing up.
The last thing he could remember was telling Jessie he would be right back as he made his way to the bathroom. That night’s gig was over and it had gone over pretty well…all except for the one dude who didn’t care much for his cracks about the gangsters building Las Vegas for themselves back in the day. Nothing to get your knickers in a twist over, but Stanley could see the guy was getting madder by the minute so he quickly went onto his other jokes and the rest of his routine had the audience laughing in their seats.
Come to think of it, Stanley could vaguely remember that same guy sitting near the bathroom entrance as he stepped inside. Was that wacko really that mad to drag him out here and leave him? Right now, it probably didn’t matter. All that mattered was where was he and how the heck was he going to get back home alive?
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LUNADAR: Homeward Bound
Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of LUNADAR. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne. But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song. With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of LUNADAR at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?
International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.