Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Spotlight: The Kandide Books

What if everything you love is suddenly gone?

And everything you fear is all you have?

Welcome to Calabiyau. Still a teen in human years, Kandide is the personification of perfection. She is also spoiled beyond belief and vain beyond control. You won’t like her when you first meet her. Nevertheless, she is heir to Calabiyau’s throne and the keeper of the “Gift”—the key to the survival for all Fée.

When a terrible accident leaves her less than perfect, her own mother mercilessly sends her to a treacherous land where strange beasts roam the dark lifeless forest, and even stranger Fée rule its secret kingdom. If she is to survive, Kandide must battle terrifying creatures, as well as her own internal repulsion for the ‘Imperfects’ she is now like. But that is just the beginning of her troubles. Within Calabiyau a presence far more deadly is emerging.

Kandide’s prankster brother, Teren, her tomboy sister, Tara, and a group of misfit Imperfects set off on a perilous journey to save their sister and their land. They must challenge the darkest of forces to face an evil far worse than ever imagined. Calaiyau is forever changed. Or is it?

Kandide and The Lady's Revenge

Book Two is here at last!!!

Be warned. Beware. Enter this Kingdom only if you dare. 

Some days being Queen just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Having regained her throne—or so Kandide thinks—by thwarting the merciless Lady Aron, she is faced with even greater threats.

When Kandide’s sister, Tara, mysteriously disappears, her wannabe wizard brother, Teren, and an Imperfect named Jake set off on a perilous journey to find the Bardic Council. They hope to discover the secret to breaking the spell that holds Tara captive. What they learn is far more mysterious and treacherous.

While Teren and Jake try to survive, Kandide uncovers a plot by the Banshee nation to invade Calabiyau. Her army is outnumbered three to one. Convinced that her own Council members are involved in this treachery, she finds herself in a desperate struggle of magic and might that could cost both her kingdom and her sister's life.

Author Bio:
Like her best selling fantasy adventure novel, Kandide and the Secret of the Mists,  Diana s role in the performing arts, as well as the business world, transcends the ordinary. She has been a performer, author, and entrepreneur since she was eight. With a capital outlay of 47 cents, Diana parlayed one small magic trick into a 25-year career as the "World's Foremost Lady Magician.  
She moved to Los Angles from Phoenix when she was 18 years old with just $45.00 to her name. It was rough start, but her ambition, drive, and talent eventually won out. Diana toured the world, starred in her own television show, Enchanted Palace, as well as her own magical revue at Harrahs in Lake Tahoe. She appeared in Las Vegas, on virtually every major TV talk and variety show, and became a much sought after corporate spokesperson for dozens of companies as diverse as IBM, RCA, Ore Ida Potatoes, and the Avocado Advisory Board. She also became known for motivational speaking, garnering standing ovation after standing ovation at corporate events.
In addition to her illustrious career as a magician, Diana has invented magic illusions that are performed by Criss Angel, David Copperfield, Lance Burton, and magic's newest sensation, Collins Key, and so many others. With the help legendary actor Cary Grant, she founded (and still sponsors) a youth group at Hollywood s famous Magic Castle. Diana remains a highly respected lecturer, mentor and teacher in this field, having mentored two world champions.
Her transition from being a performer to the corporate world saw the creation of CMS Communications, Intl. a marketing communicatis Educational Foundation, Inc. and the international non-profit foundation MagicCares"!. Among her numerous awards--in and out of business--she was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist; two-time Los Angeles Business Journal Woman of the Year nominee; and has received both a Lifetime Achievement and a Special Fellowships from the Academy of Magical Arts. A much sought after speaker for businesses on Brand Strategy, as well as at schools for her Novel Approach To End Bullying, she has spoken to dozens of companies; over 40,000 school kids across the U.S.; and was a recent featured presenter at the Wharton School of Business Women's Conference.
But writing, speaking, business, and kids are not her only passions. Diana is just as committed to animal rights. She is a supporter of multiple animal organizations including Last Chance for Animals and D.E.L.T.A. Rescue. I believe that no creature two, four, or no-legged should suffer because of me,  she says, and for that reason is a vegetarian. When you ask her what the future holds, she smiles and says, There are so many kids and animals that need help. Even if we each help just one, we can make a huge difference.  
Diana also collects antique faery art. Her collection includes bronzes, paintings, and porcelains dating back to the 1700s, and is one of the largest in the world. To say that her life transcends the ordinary is perhaps an understatement. Like Kandide, it is nothing short of magical.
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