Excerpt & Giveaway: Journey To Landaran by Judy Goodwin

11 March 2014

Young Adult Fantasy

Aidah begins seeing visions through her brother’s eyes. He’s a Firestarter, gifted with the Talent to control light and heat, destined to become a Sun Mage in the great city of Landaran. But he doesn’t want to leave without his sister. As storm clouds gather, Aidah dreams of a beautiful man, a frightening man, calling to her. 

She fears the truth. That she may developing a Talent of her own, one that will change their lives forever. 
The power to read minds. To possess bodies. To travel 
inside dreams. In the world of Ernid, Spirit is the ultimate power. 

Nations will go to war over them. 

Judy Goodwin
Judy Goodwin has been writing since she was a child, when her fourth grade English instructor told her, ‘You should be a writer.” She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s in Education from Argosy University. Over the last ten years she has appeared in several small press magazines and anthologies with her fantasy and science fiction short stories and poetry. Her first novel was published in January 2013, entitled Heart of the Witch. 

When not working on her fiction, Judy works as a technical writer in a healthcare services firm. She enjoys bullying the sheriff at the local renaissance festival, volunteering at local charities, and catching up on the latest movies. She lives in Gilbert, Arizona with her partner and teenage daughter, four cats, and three small dogs. 

Twitter: @judygoodwin6
Blog: http://judygoodwin.wordpress.com
Website: http://diamondprintpress.com


Standing by the bed was a man, the same man from her earlier dream. Her breath caught in her throat. He wasn’t merely handsome, he was beautiful. Long blond hair just touched with sandy brown at the roots flowed down broad shoulders and a well-muscled torso. He was dressed in a black leather jerkin and red hosen and shirt. She looked to his gray eyes the same color as hers, but there the beauty ended. They were cold, hard as granite, staring down at her.
Then he smiled, and the hard features softened somewhat. “Aren’t you a pretty sight. What is your name, my dear?”
She was dressed in the clothes from the mountaintop but she felt naked somehow, vulnerable. “Aidah. Aidah Dernholt, sir,” she responded uncertainly. Was this real or a dream? Everything seemed to be vivid in color and detail, yet she couldn’t hear any noises from the window or from the door leading to the kitchen. Where was the rest of the family?

The man chuckled. “Do not fear. You are not asleep, but neither are you awake. Consider this a trance where your mind is awake but your body rests in slumber. Your Talent has called me here to visit you.”
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  1. The magic system in this book sounds really cool, I don't think I've ever heard of anything that sounds the same! That intrigues me a lot to see if it something new that I haven't heard over and over.

  2. Wow. It kind of seems to me like a typical YA, but at the same time it doesn't. The 'strange man' intrigues me a lot, mostly because I'm weak to romance, and it sounds like the beginning of one to me!

  3. This one reminds me of The Burning Sky for some reason I can't put my finger on. I do like the synopsis, though! Sounds pretty interesting and I do like fantasy.