Arica Miller is thrilled to begin her sophomore year at Hill Valley Private Arts Academy. Little does she know that the prestigious school holds more hidden secrets than she'd anticipated—especially with the headmistress.
When Arica accidentally comes into contact with a mysterious gemstone necklace, she receives strange hallucinations that connect to her family's past. She soon realizes it is no regular necklace, but a necklace that contains power beyond her knowledge. Things take an even more dangerous turn when she is absorbed with knowledge of a world of sorcery.
Follow Arica as she faces suspicious friends, monstrous creatures, and struggles to come to terms with the truth of her family's connection with sorcery. Can she defeat a powerful enemy keen on getting the gemstones?
Unravel the intriguing answer as you witness Arica’s thrilling journey in The Gemstone!
About the Authors:
Sarena and Sasha Nanua are teenage twins living in Mississauga, Ontario. They love reading books in their spare time and enjoy science fiction and fantasy novels. They have been writing books since they were nine years old. The Gemstone is their first novel.
Guest Post: Being an Author & a Co-Blogger
This is our first-ever guest post on another blog, and we thought it’d be fitting to talk about what it’s like to be an author and a blogger. If you talked to a few authors, chances are most of them also blog. If you talked to a pool of book bloggers, chances are they’re not authors but possibly just aspiring writers or book lovers in general!
Now, we have only been blogging for a little over two years—and we haven’t gotten quite into it up until 2013-2014. We used to post once every few weeks and think that was sufficient enough. But we were wrong.
Being an author also means being a good marketer. And so, we realized that our blog could help us reach a wider audience of book-lovers and readers like us! A few months ago I (Sasha) read a post on BOOK NERD CANADA’S blog that said if you want to reach a wider audience, receive ARCs, and be a bigger part of the blogging community, you should make blog posts either every day or every other day. Soon enough it became a goal to post once a week. Once we were past that stage, we wanted to post at least every other day. Now we’re pretty much booked with tons of posts about hauls, reviews, and tons of other stuff.
Blogging is not as easy as someone might think. Up until two years ago, we had no idea how to blog. It was more like “Should be post an excerpt from our book every week?” and we weren’t reaching a wide enough audience. These past few years, we’ve been learning so much about blogging, vlogging, and getting the word of your book out to a bigger audience. Blogging has been such a crucial part of our experience with not only writing, but meeting new people who love to read and write like us!
Blogging and writing is a full-time job for us—besides school, of course. But now that it’s summer, we’ve been taking a back seat on writing, as we’re publishing our 3rd book and focusing more on marketing the series. We’ve learned so much about books and blogging these past few years—we could go on and on talking about our experiences in writing, publishing, and blogging. But that would take a seriously long conversation. So, what’s it like to be a blogger and an author? Writing books is quite different than writing blog posts—we find that unlike a lot of bloggers, we can whip up a post in ten minutes. Reviews, writing posts, anything we like, we’ll just sit at the computer and type up the post. Sometimes we’re even inclined to write up posts on mobile devices!
That said, being a book blogger has its advantages—you get to meet so many awesome readers and book lovers, a community a lot of people don’t often see in their real lives. I have trouble getting my friends to read my own book—they read every so often, but not as much as we do. An author is at the opposite end of the spectrum: they’re the brains behind the books we love and desire! We appreciate everything authors do, and it’s because of them we have myriad book bloggers doing what they love most. Talking about books, reading books, reviewing books, it’s all so much fun!
We see ourselves first and foremost as authors, because we didn’t start seriously blogging until after that. We love to write books, and while we’re not writing, we’re dreaming up another story, thinking about our books or other books, and even just talking about books with one another. Really. It’s all we do. Ask our family.
We’re so glad to have delved into a totally different world of writing—book blogging! Never did we dream that we could talk about anything bookish, and say that we’re authors too! We’re amazed to say we’ve met so many wonderful bloggers (and authors!) through the online world. Blogging and writing books are just two (quite different) ways we reach the community of book nerds just like us.
Thanks Dana for allowing us to do this post!
-Sarena and Sasha Nanua
Authors of The Pendant Trilogy