“Be prepared for a full-blown launch into a fantasy realm loaded with magic, monsters, courageous acts, and a dash of sweet romance.” — Chris Harold Stevenson, award-winning author of everything fantasy and paranormal
From the author of The Death Wizard Chronicles comes a new adventure suitable for teens and adults.
Do You Believe in Monsters? is book 2 of Dark Circles, a fantasy trilogy for readers 13 and older. This is a great coming of age series for fans of J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Brandon Sanderson.
Book 1: Do You Believe in Magic? (May 25, 2023)
Book 2: Do You Believe in Monsters? (Oct. 23, 2023)
Book 3: Do You Believe in Miracles? (February 2024)
Book 2 synopsis:
When Charlie Magus enters a fantastical world hidden deep in the forest, his life is turned upside down.
The timid 13-year-old transforms into a powerful wizard wielding formidable magic.
In the real world, life goes on as usual. But in the fantasy world, a war is brewing that will dwarf all others. Charlie’s newfound powers stand between victory and defeat.
But in which world does he truly belong?
Dark Circles is an adventure of epic scope. Only those with a hero’s heart will dare to stand at Charlie’s side as he battles an army of monsters led by an evil being of immense power.
Targeted Age Group:: 13 and older
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 2 – PG
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After writing a dark epic fantasy series for adults only (The Death Wizard Chronicles), I decided to try my hand at something appropriate for young teens and above. Hence, the teen fantasy adventure series Dark Circles was born. And as it turns out, it has been a pleasure to write. Though I say it is appropriate for 13 and older, readers as young as 9 (with permission from their parents) have told me they love it. As well as readers who are in their 70s.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I originally conceived (and even wrote a first draft) of book 1 several years ago. Then I went on to other projects. But I returned to book 1 this past February, and I'm glad I did. As for how I conceived my characters, I grew up on the shores of western Florida, and I spent much of my childhood swimming in shark-infested waters long before the movie "Jaws" put a scare into everyone. About ten other boys my age lived on his same street, and we hung out morning, noon and night playing the usual sports that young boys love — football, baseball, etc. — but we also played fantastical games that contained magic, monsters and superheroes. It was in this setting that my imagination was born and nurtured. My main character Charlie is a lot like me.
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