The Crystal Keeper Series by Laurisa White Reyes Book Tour and Giveaway :)

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The Crystal Keeper Book 1
by Laurisa White Reyes
Genre: Epic Fantasy

Exiled for loving a human, Jayson is sworn to protect the Seer's crystal from those who would use it to obtain power. Unbeknownst to him, his wife Ivanore searches for him, hoping to save him from the terrible fate she has seen in her visions. When she is captured, Jayson must make an impossible choice--should he save Ivanore or save the crystal?

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Ivanore stopped running. She looked at Zyll, her trusted guardian and ally these past months since she had fled Dokur, and knew her time with him had come to an end. You’ll watch over them until I return?” she asked, out of breath. “Keep them safe. Don’t let my father find them.” You have my vow,” Zyll whispered, his voice tight with emotion. Ivanore’s eyes welled with tears as she pressed her lips against the calloused skin of Zyll’s hand. Go,” said Zyll. “Go now before it’s too late.” Ivanore released Zyll’s hand and sprinted forward alone. As she ran, she cupped her hands around her mouth and let out a loud, sharp call, much like that of a hawk or an eagle. She risked another glance over her shoulder and watched as Zyll turned to face their pursuers. As the soldiers neared, their swords glinting in the fire glow, Zyll held up his hands. A horizontal bolt of cerulean lightning shot out from his palms, striking the oncoming soldiers. The men recoiled, their bodies instantly singed and bloody. Ivanore ran on. In desperation, she repeated her call, and this time another voice called back. A dark form appeared on the horizon, silhouetted against the light of the volcanic fractures and growing larger as it approached with tremendous speed. As it neared, the creature’s massive feathered wings moved the air around Ivanore in warm, powerful gusts. Ivanore saw clearly its eagle’s head with a beak large enough to break a man in two, paired with the muscular, furred body of a lion. As she ran toward it, the gryphon lowered its head, waiting. Behind her, the soldiers reeled in pain, but they did not forget their duty. One man struggled to his knees, grunting from the effort. Reaching over his shoulder, he slid a short bow and arrow from his pack and swiftly took aim. Ivanore reached the gryphon and in one smooth motion hoisted herself onto its back, twisting her arms deep into the feathers on the creature’s neck. In that same moment, a single arrow found its mark in Ivanore’s shoulder. She cried out before her body slumped forward and her mind went dark. The gryphon took flight then, and in less time than it took to draw another arrow—or a breath—they had vanished into the night.

The Crystal Keeper Book 2

With the help of Teak, a local farm hand, Ivanore flees from the Vatéz into the forest. While recuperating from her injuries, she becomes an apprentice to an elderly enchantress who teaches her how to control her abilities. Unaware that Ivanore is in Hestoria, Jayson commits to working off the cost of Brommel’s passage to Dokur, where he hopes he and his young son will be safe. Though Jayson vows to avenge the death of Brommel’s wife and daughter, despair and guilt threaten to extinguish what little hope he has left of begin reunited with Ivanore.

The Crystal Keeper Book 3

In the third book in The Crystal Keeper series, Ivanore sets off to rescue Jayson from the Vatez but soon finds herself their captive instead. Once Jayson learns that Ivanore is in Hestoria, he must choose between saving her and saving the Seer's crystal.

The Crystal Keeper Book 4

For four years, Jayson and the Guardians of the Seer have been hiding on a remote farm, but Arik, Minister of Hestoria, refuses to give up hunting for them. As his hatred for Jayson grows, Arik and the Vatez begin attacking local villages in hopes of flushing out him out. But when his efforts fail, Arik uses Ivanore, the Seer and Jayson's true love, to betray him.

Twelve-year-old Bastien awoke with a start, his heart already thumping in his chest. He held his breath for a moment, listening. Yes, he was sure of it now. The Vatéz had finally come. Though the elders of the village had reassured them time and time again that their little village would be overlooked, the Vatéz had come to exact vengeance.
Bastien threw his covers aside and leapt from his bed, his night shirt clinging to his bare legs. “Papa!” he shouted “Papa, they’re here!” But his father was already awake, his short sword in one hand, an empty grain sack in the other. Huddled together, crying in the corner of the cottage were Tara and Tim, Bastien’s five-year-old sister and brother. Take this,” said his father, handing him the bag. “Fill it up. There’s a round of cheese and some bread on the shelf. Grab their cloaks. Quickly!” Bastien snatched the two small cloaks from the peg on the back of the door and wrapped one around each child. Then he slipped into his own pair of trousers, not bothering with his tunic. He threw his boots and those of his siblings into the sack along with the food. There was no time to sit and lace them. “Out the back!” ordered his father. “With luck, the soldiers won’t reach the cottages for several minutes. May the Gods lead you to safety before they do.” Bastien helped his siblings to their feet and started for the back door when he realized his father was not following. “Papa?” he started to ask, but then he understood. His father would not abandon their people. They had all heard about the Vatéz’s lust for blood, how they accused and punished without need for evidence. When the Vatéz came, everyone knew what the outcome would be. To flee the village now would be nothing short of cowardice.

The Crystal Keeper Book 5

Defiant is the 5th installment in The Crystal Keeper series.

Lady Ivanore the Seer escapes Auseret and goes in search of Jayson and the Guilde, but Arik, leader of the Vatez, is determined to use her to lead him to the crystal.

The Crystal Keeper Book 6

Fallen is the 6th installment in The Crystal Keeper series.

Arik, Minister of the Vatéz, wreaks vengeance on the Guilde, escalating the violence against Hestoria's villages. Meanwhile, though Jayson's wounds begin to heal, his memories of the Vatéz's attack -- and of Ivanore -- are missing.

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The Crystal Keeper: Books 1-3

The Crystal Keeper: Books 4-6

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Laurisa White Reyes is the author of the 2016 Spark Award winning novel The Storytellers, as well as The Celestine Chronicles and The Crystal Keeper series. She lives in Southern California where she teaches English at College of the Canyons.

Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes. I wrote my first poem on a scrap of poster board when I was 5. As a kid, I was always writing poetry and plays. Later, after college, I worked as a freelance writer, a staff writer, book editor, and newspaper editorialist. But my real passion was writing novels. My first published novel, The Rock of Ivanore from The Celestine Chronicles, actually began as bedtime stories for my then 8-year-old son (who is now 22). In fact, The Crystal Keeper series is actually a prequel series to Chronicles.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
First, I always tell new writers to finish what you start. It isn’t easy, of course. Writers tend to want to make every word perfect. But then you get bogged down and end up with a bunch of unfinished manuscripts. Don’t worry so much about perfection. Get through it. Get to the end of the story. You can revise it later. Second, write what you love. Don’t try to write to current trends because the trends will probably have changed before you finish writing your book.

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?
At the moment, I teach English composition at my local city college. I’d always rather be writing, but I have bills to pay like anyone (and three kids in college), so currently I teach English composition at my local city college. But if I could choose some other occupation, I’d probably teach history. I have a passion for ancient history. I listen to university lectures on CD in my car and have done quite a bit of research on Biblical history (I take after my dad with that). It’s my youngest son, though, who, at eleven years old, is the true historian in the family. He knows almost everything about ancient Rome. In fact, he and I are learning Latin together.

Are you working on anything now?
I’m always working on something. Aside from running my publishing company, Skyrocket Press, I’m currently writing a book for self-published authors called 8 Secrets for Successful Self-Publishing, a topic I speak about at writing conference. It’s due out in March. I also recently finished a young adult novel that should be out sometime this summer.

What authors have influenced you the most?
I learned more about writing from Dan Brown (The DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons) than anyone else. He is a master of suspense, every chapter a cliffhanger so that you just can’t put his books down. Period. And I love how he weaves multiple points of view together until they all collide at the end. I also love how he moves between various points of view. Many of my books, including The Crystal Keeper, use that same technique. Some other authors I love include Elizabeth Wein, C. Hope Clark, Kate Mosse, and Hugh Howey.

What's on your current reading list?
I just finished reading the Pulitzer Prize finalist A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Brilliant. But I’m really addicted to C. Hope Clark’s The Edisto Island Mysteries & Carolina Slade Mysteries. I’m on my 4th book. Later, I plan to read Radium Girls by Kate Moore and a non-fiction book called Mindset by Carol Dweck. I have a wide taste in genres. The only books I won’t read are romances and westerns. Blech.

What was your favorite book as a teen?

As a kid, I loved Trixie Belden Mysteries and read every book in the series. I still have them, in fact. Also, I was about thirteen when I read Flowers for Algernon and Of Mice and Men. Both those books shredded my heart. I wept for days. But they are still two of the greatest books I’ve ever read.

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