The Last Princess of Latara Book 3
by Darren Simon
YA Epic Fantasy Adventure
Fourteen-year-old Charlee Smelton is a Guardian, a path forced upon her by fate. She’s
come to accept this fact after fighting to save Earth, the world she thought was her home, and the magical world of Janasara, the true home of her bloodline. But the fight is not over.
Once more, Charlee must stand against not only her great aunt, the sorceress Theodora, but also an
ancient evil—the Brotherhood—seeking to be reborn and to conquer worlds. If she is to save the
universe, she’ll have to put her faith in the last person across the dimensional divide she would have
turned to for help—a person who knows the truth about the cursed medallion that calls to Charlee.
A war is coming, and her very soul is on the line
The Last Princess of Latara Book 2
A month has passed since fourteen-year-old Charlee Smelton discovered
her magical abilities and faced her great aunt, Theodora, in a life
or death struggle to protect Earth. A month has passed since she
tricked Theodora back across the dimensional gateway that brought
Theodora to Earth. Since then, Charlee—now fully aware that she is
part of a noble bloodline from another world…another dimension…has
grown stronger in her magic, aided by her protector, a shapeshifter
sent to Earth to protect her.
The Last Princess of Latara Book 1
Charlee Smelton is an average thirteen-year-old girl struggling to adapt
after her family moves to San Francisco. She thinks her biggest
obstacle is facing the bullies who brand her a nerd and a dweeb.
She’s wrong. Her life is about to change—for the worse.
First, she receives a gift of the ugliest, most old fashioned bike she has
ever seen. Try as she might to ditch it in the city, she just can’t
seem to escape that very mysterious two-wheeler. Then come the
visions of a world across a dimensional divide, a princess in fear
for her life and a dark knight pursuing her. Are they just dreams or
For Charlee, everything she ever thought she knew about herself soon
crumbles as she starts down a path to discover her true self, and she
will need that hunk-of-junk bike more than she could ever imagine.
Without it, she might not be able to find the hero in herself—the
hero she must become to save her friends, family, her city—the
world—from an evil only she can defeat. An evil she allows into
Like many writers, my journey to become an author began with a love of
reading, and I have my grandmother to thank for that. When I was
eight or nine, she gave me a paper bag filled with comic books from
the 1960s and ’70s. Comics became a big part of my life. I would save
my weekly allowance to buy the most recent editions of Batman and
Superman. Then, growing up in the ’80s, I began to read Choose Your
Own Adventure books from the world of Dungeons & Dragons. And
that led me to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. But my path to become a
writer was firmly set after I saw the movie Ghostbusters in 1984,
just prior to my freshman year of high school. I was in awe the way
the writers came up with words that made people laugh so hard, and I
knew right then I wanted to write. I immediately went home and wrote
my version of Ghostbusters II. More importantly, I took journalism in
high school, and continued to study journalism in college. After a
wonderful career as a newspaper journalist, and a secondary career as
a college English professor, it was time to rekindle my love for
fiction. I knew I wanted to write fantasy, like Tolkien, and I wanted
to write for middle grade and young adult readers to inspire them the
way I was inspired by the books I read. I hope young readers–and
even older ones–enjoy my work. Thank you for checking out my author
page, and keep reading, no matter what you love to read. To learn
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