Title: THE CARNELIAN LEGACY
Word Count: 87,000
After her father dies, eighteen-year-old Marisa MacCallum sets out to get as far away as possible from their hick Oregon town. She just never imagined she’d wind up in a parallel universe.
Ignoring her father’s warnings to stay out the woods of Gold Hill, she goes out riding and becomes injured when a freak storm slams the forest. She meets Darian Fiore, an arrogant young man on a diplomatic mission. Learning she has entered a parallel dimension and her only hope of returning home is to locate a scientist from Earth, Marisa must learn from Darian how she can survive attacks from Saquatch monsters, maniacs, and medieval knights. Falling in love was the last thing she needed.
When she discovers Darian is locked into an arranged marriage, Marisa’s heart shatters. After Darian’s cousin Savino offers her a future as his queen instead, Marisa is faced with an impossible choice: marry the archenemy of the man she loves or return to an empty life alone. As one man vies for her affections and the other fights for her life, Marisa is caught in the crossfire between two noblemen battling for control of an alternate dimension. Her only chance of escape rests in discovering the secret of an ancient legacy in time – one that will use all means possible to claim her life in the end.
From the Journal of Alice MacCallum
Sunday, August 6th, 2000 9:34pm
I know I’ll be dead within the hour and nothing can save me. While my life is ending, the man I trusted walks free. My body is paralyzed with a stinging pain but it can’t eclipse my feelings of guilt knowing what will happen tomorrow. I refuse to think about the unfairness of it all in the precious minutes I have left.
My dearest Alan, I’ve loved you since the day we met in that meadow all those years ago. I could have spent eternity with you but instead take those beautiful memories with me now. Please promise me you’ll protect little Marisa and baby Mark and give them extra love. Never let anything happen to them. I wish I could hold you all just one more time before…
CHAPTER ONE - JACKSONVILLE
Marisa MacCallum wiped the tears blurring her vision, refusing to accept the fact that her father was gone. Closing her eyes, she could still see his bright blue eyes and infectious grin, teasing her about something. Slipping her arm under her uncle’s, she realized that while he could never take the place of her father, he was all she had left. She gazed up at autumn foliage surrounding the gravesite, reminding her that her eighteenth birthday was only two weeks away. After everything that had happened, a big celebration was the last thing she wanted.