Author: Bailey Ardisone
Series: Sweet Series Book 1
Published: March 24th by Bailey Ardisone
...Until there is hope.
Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town. And she can't seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.
Nari hates everything about her life, except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they've been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange, unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.
Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to, it means life or death for her and her people. She does all that she can to turn that hope into reality, and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time.
She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.
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As boisterous thunder rumbled throughout the land and a torrent of rain pounded away on the soil, millions of sparks of reddish lightning brightened up the night sky. It was our season for tempest storms; a solemn token of the evil that had penetrated the realm and of an oath that has yet to be fulfilled. A constant reminder of the dangerous circumstances we were all in.
The Kingdom of Aselaira was in peril.
Every one of its citizens was vulnerable, defenseless, and hopeless. Havoc and bloodshed permeated the land. The stone walls of Castle Edhel-N’dor, which were once beauteous and majestic, were deteriorating inside and out. There was no one left to see to its upkeep.
Every man, boy, husband, was fielded to the garrison to prepare for warfare. Every woman, girl, wife, set aside to clean, cook, and nurse the injured. As a servant in the castle, one must keep to your duties or stay in your chambers, and above all else slave after the needs of the royal family, especially the King.
I tried not to despair, as this was my everyday life. I was vulnerable, defenseless, but with every ounce of my being I refused to remain hopeless. Even as I was a servant in the castle, I had my special ability; my gift that I kept hidden. With much misery and sorrow, I kept Calen - my Fëa - hidden as well. Together, we used these abilities to find hope.
We used these abilities to find him.
1. Words in the Water by Thrice
2. Anthology by Thrice
3. Sicilienne, BWV. 1031 - Ewa Poblocka by Bach, J.S.
4. Un Sospiro - Fuziko Hemming by Liszt
5. Sonata No. 14 'Moonlight' by Beethoven
6. Prélude (In Cello) by Johann Sebastian Bach
7. Prélude No. 4 - Op.28 No.4 - in Em by Chopin
8. Bayside Acoustic Album
9. Letters To You by Finch
10. What It Is To Burn by Finch
1. Name by The Goo Goo Dolls
2. Family Tradition by Senses Fail
3. E.T. by Alex Goot
4. Hey Baby by Your Sweet Uncertainty
5. Fix You by Coldplay
6. Takedown by Yellowcard
7. Thoughts Of Time by Your Sweet Uncertainty
8. Yellow Angels by Senses Fail (Sweet Oblivion Theme Song)
9. Freeze Frame by Brandon Setta
10. When The Lights Go Dim by Your Sweet Uncertainty
Title: Sweet Escape
Author: Bailey Ardisone
Series: Sweet Series Book 2
Published: July 25th by Bailey Ardisone
Life will never be the same for Nariella Woodlinn. Just when she thought she had it all figured out, her world comes crumbling down around her-yet again. With no idea who she is or even where she came from, how can she save herself?
She once thought her biggest problems were the ones brought on by the mysterious man she refused to fall in love with—Mycah. But she quickly discovers none of that compares to what she is about to encounter next.
This time, it isn’t because of who Mycah is.
This time, it’s because of who she is.
Naminé risked everything to save her people. Her goal was to bring their only hope back to their Kingdom. As the war rages on around her, Naminé gets thrown into the lion’s den—the false King’s chambers. Can she fool a King who can’t be deceived on his playing field? Forced to do his bidding, can she prevent the downfall of the only hope she worked so hard to bring home? Will she be able to escape with her life and mind intact?
With everyone’s world falling apart and deceit around every corner…can any of them truly Escape?
I didn’t want to open my eyes. I knew that if I did, the moment would be spoiled. I stayed cradled on my side and relished in the serene oasis I found myself basking in. I pulled myself into a tighter ball and smiled.
“What the bloody hell are you doing, love?” a familiar British accent asked in a low tenor voice, while lightly chuckling. I stopped breathing and stilled in response. I clenched my eyes closed even tighter. Please don’t be a dream. Please don’t be a dream. Please don’t be a dream.
Gentle fingers began sifting through my long hair, and then carefully tucked some away behind my ear.
“Are we dead?” I asked in a small voice, still refusing to open my eyes.
“No. We’re not dead. But you can hear me this time?” Mycah asked as he softly put his fingers to my chin and forced my head to move in his direction. I decided to give in and open my eyes.
I sucked in oxygen while my heart leapt in response from his expression. He looked—ravishing. How was it possible each and every time I saw him I was taken aback by how sexy he was? If this wasn’t heaven, then I must be dreaming, and dang was it an amazing one.
“Are you sure...we’re not dead?” I asked again. My pulse quickened at his touch and the way he ran his thumb over my bottom lip, licking his own perfect, kissable mouth.
“Do you want to be dead?” He smirked in his familiar sexy way and gazed up at me through his eyelashes. I got lost in the way his messy midnight hair glistened blue in the sun as the wind played with it.
Why did I let him do this to me, even in a dream?!
I shook my head to break free from the trance he always seemed to put me under. But I knew he couldn’t help it. I was just a crazy person, that’s all.
1. Harsh Realms by Tom Gabel
2. Standard Lines by Dashboard Confessional
3. The Best Deceptions by Dashboard Confessional
4. Naive by The Kooks
5. Always Where I Need To Be by The Kooks
6. A Lack Of Color by Death Cab For Cutie
7. Deadbolt by Thrice
8. Paper Tigers by Thrice
9. In Years To Come by Thrice
10. Brandon Setta/Jamie Rhoden Acoustic Split
1. Midnight Highway by Daphne Loves Derby
2. Preteen Scream by Brandon Setta
3. Trust by Thrice
4. In Years to Come by Thrice
5. The Song I Thought by Annondale
6. Only One by Yellowcard
7. Deadbolt by Thrice
8. Harsh Realms by Tom Gabel
9. Weight Of The World by Your Sweet Uncertainty (Sweet Escape Theme Song)
10. Anthology by Thrice (Nari & Mycah's song)
Bonus Track: Whispers of Time by Cedric Kristian (Rydan's masterpiece)
Name: Nariella Ashwyn Woodlinn (aka Nari)
Personality: Kind, sweet, caring, loves to paint. Determined not to be shy, Nari puts forth strong effort to fit in and act like a normal teenager when around her new friends. Forced to keep everything in growing up, she no longer holds her emotions back or keeps what she is thinking locked inside now that she is older. This has gotten her in trouble, and she is currently learning restraint.
Name: Mycah Nightly (aka Remycah Avel Zafriel)
Age: 19 almost 20
Personality: Grew up alone and separate in England. Strong, fierce, authoritative, but gentle, loving, and affectionate. Mycah would do anything for his people and those he loves. He has full, 100% use of his brain, and has countless abilities because of it. His favourite thing to do is read, but he also loves music, including playing the piano, and is a master swordsman. He is obsessed with sweets.
Personality: Quiet, restrained (except when it comes to protecting Nari), and incredibly loyal. He only shows his emotions and affections toward Nari, but he is learning to open up to others. Rydan has many gifts, but his most known skill is with music. He can play almost any instrument, and is a master composer. He also loves archery and animals, and is a dedicated vegetarian.
Personality: Logical, reasonable, loyal, and kind. Naminé is mature beyond her years, and determined to save her Kingdom. She has a brother who she deeply loves and is constantly worried for. She is a Dream Weaver, and slave to the King. Strong, determined, and patient, she along with her Fëa Calen, would risk anything to save the ones she loves.
Bailey Ardisone is a collaboration by two sisters born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois. They took the last names of their two grandmothers and combined them together to form their pen name. They both married the love of their lives and spend their days submerged in books, movies, music, or art and love traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of their lives and are obsessed with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Sweet Oblivion is their first novel and is the first installment of a series.
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