Sydney lives her nightmares every night. While other teenagers are dreaming of boys or traveling to exotic places, she must run a staircase with no beginning or no end, or a terrible debt will never be paid.
Just before her seventeenth birthday, the dreams change. She is no longer alone.
But her nightmares don’t end when she wakes up. Her stepmother and stepsisters threaten to ruin everything she holds dear. She must protect the secret that both she and her father have magic or they will use it to their advantage.
As Sydney learns to control her magic, what seemed impossible before—escaping her stepmother and those ever-present stairs—is now at her fingertips. When she learns the ultimate plan of her evil captor, Sydney must stop her at all costs, or she will forever be trapped inside her nightmares.
Jaclyn is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing as a senior in high school, when her dad jokingly said she was the next Dr. Seuss (not even close but very sweet). She met her husband, Steve at BYU and they have six happy, crazy children that encourage her writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next.
Follow Jaclyn . . .
I waved at Sarah and Kaylee before climbing into Dad’s BMW. They didn’t have to know that the smile on my face was because I was free of them for a week. Julie sulked and refused to wave as we pulled away, but I was totally okay with that.
“There are a few things you need to know before you head off to camp,” Dad started.
“I won’t go near boys, Dad.” I watched out the window as we passed by the businesses in town. I waved at a group of girls from my class standing in front of an ice cream shop and smiled when they actually waved back.
Dad laughed. “That’s not what I was going to say. And it would be nice if you actually did meet a boy. What I meant was that you need to watch out for anyone acting suspicious. I, uh, have a few enemies out there, and they’d stop at nothing to see me go down.”
“Oh, great. I’m going to magic camp. Who won’t be acting suspicious?” I threw my hands up, but inside, I was bouncing with excitement. I would be around other kids with magic for the first time in my life. Having a little danger added to the mix just made it sound more intriguing.
“Let’s try water.” He pointed at the lake and gestured, almost coaxing it out of its banks. The water rose in a small spout before he pushed his hand down, and the water fell with a splash. “Now you try.”
“Do I have to say anything in my mind?”
“Nope. Just coax it.”
“Okay.” I held my hand out like Luke had and asked the water to go up, but it didn’t listen. I tried again, with the same result. I narrowed my eyes and pushed it this time, not giving it a choice.
A huge funnel of water shot up in the air—taking three mermaids with it. Their silvery blue fins sparkled in the sunlight, and their long, flowing hair billowed out around them. Their faces showed surprise at first, followed quickly by anger. I yelped, pushed the water back into the lake, and ran toward it, then leaned over the edge. “Sorry! I’m so sorry!”
One of the mermaids came to the surface. Her mossy green skin enhanced her beauty. “Please be more careful next time. You do not want to mess with us.” She glared and swam away, splashing me with water.
I thought this was a fantastic new version of Cinderella! It was more "magical," which I loved! I loved how terrific Sydney was, and her love interest wasn't bad either! I also loved the ending, that I'm totally not going to give away! Just know Sydney isn't an orphan! I always thought that was the worst part of Cinderella's life. That and Sydney has MAGIC!!! And, of course, it's a lot of magic! Awesome! I was a beta reader for this story and LOVED it!
You can buy it on Amazon!