Children and YA Writers Talk Podcast

Once Upon a Darker Time

The action and adventure continues in Book II of the award-winning fantasy trilogy the Chronicles of the Secret Prince from author, M.J. Bell.

Deston Lespérance assumed that once he defied the odds and bested Grossard, the malicious solitary faerie who imprisoned his parents, he and his family would live happily-ever-after in the land of Tir na-nÓg. He wanted it so badly it never occurred to him that dreams like that only happen in the movies and fairy tales. In the real world, the villain doesn’t always die.

Knowing he barely made it out alive the last time he faced Grossard, Deston isn’t overly anxious to do it all again so soon. But evil and destiny waits for no one. So ready or not, Deston heads out on another epic adventure to locate and destroy the Shard of Erebus before Grossard and his new partner, Mordred, can find it.

With only his dreams to guide him and Margaux to help figure out the clues, his challenge is extra daunting and the stakes are higher than ever. But he has no clue as to the sacrifices he will be required to make. As Deston’s world crumbles around him and his friends fall, the one glimmer of hope he hangs onto is that he does possess the fae strength and powers, and that somehow he will be the hero the fae thinks him to be.

About the Author: MJ Bell’s love of reading and everything magical is what motived her to jump headfirst into a writing career. Little did she know that only a few years later she would be an award-winning author (Gold award from Mom’s Choice Awards), and have five books published, with more on the way.

Though MJ grew up in Iowa, her home is now Colorado, where she lives with her husband and dog, Tallie. Her family is a source of pride and joy to her, as well as a great source of inspiration, which she uses to bring a little more magic into the world.  

She loves to hear from readers through her FB page at MJ Bell Author or on her website:

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