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Writing a book is a very common bucket list item. It’s been on mine since I was ten. I think it’s natural to want to share of ourselves, to invite people into our minds and our souls, and to leave something in print that will be a legacy in the world. And I really enjoy a good story. I love to write, and I have lots of projects hidden in my files just waiting for “the right time”. At some point, there was a choice to be made. Do I pursue getting published, or do I keep these projects hidden and polish them in private for a few more years? But life goes by. There is no perfect time, and I had to take the plunge. I’ve wanted to do this for my whole life, and I would not forgive myself if I never made it happen.

I love to read, and my kids love to read. Sometimes, it’s a challenge to find books that are appropriate. I want a story that sticks with me because of its great moments or memorable characters. I don’t use swearing in my writing, and I don’t want to write anything that I would be embarrassed for my mother to read. I wanted to create something fun, adventurous, exciting, and for the book to be a journey that readers enjoy taking over and over again.

I worked with Tara Alemany of Emerald Lake Books in Connecticut, and she and her team did an amazing job helping me get War’s Ending ready for publication. Brian Halley of designed the cover. I love his work.

Just to tell you a little about the story…

A courageous noblewoman. A mysterious stranger. A war that may destroy them both…
As the king’s niece, Shalyrie can’t wait to explore her kingdom’s colonies with her uncle. But when she’s badly injured in a savage raid and abducted by mysterious masked horsemen, she’s stunned when her captors heal her wounds. As she adjusts her preconceptions, a terrifying attempt on her life reveals that her own people are trying to kill her.

Kalleck expects to die fighting a hopeless war like his father before him. While he helps Shalyrie piece together clues behind the assassination attempt, her very presence escalates tension between the kingdom and the colony. With time running out, Kalleck knows he must act quickly to prevent innocent bloodshed, yet Shalyrie might be the only one who can end the war.

Can two enemies join forces to put an end to a devastating war?

I read this book in four days. I would have called in sick to my primary job of being a mom if I could have, and it would have taken less time to finish it. I laughed, I cried, and my heart raced during the intense parts. Seriously, such a good book!! I have my favorite books that are like a good movie to me; I read them once or twice a year. This book made the list. Can’t wait for the next book A. J. Park writes. –Melissa Spelts

War’s Ending by A.J. Park is a well-written novel that will delight fans of fantasy, with a powerful plot, an exciting setting, and memorable characters. –Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

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