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Drawing is her world...but when her new pencil comes alive, it's his world too.

Her...Storey Dalton is seventeen and now boyfriendless after being dumped via Facebook. Drawing is her escape. It’s like as soon as she gets down one image, a dozen more are pressing in on her. Then she realizes her pictures are almost drawing themselves...or is it that her new pencil is alive?

Him...Eric Jordan is a new Ranger and the only son of the Councilman to his world. He’s crossed the veil between dimensions to retrieve a lost stylus. But Storey is already experimenting with her new pencil and what her drawings can do - like open portals.

It ... The stylus is a soul-bound intelligence from Eric’s dimension on Earth and uses Storey’s unsuspecting mind to seek its way home, giving her an unbelievable power. She unwittingly opens a third dimension, one that held a dangerous predatory species banished from Eric’s world centuries ago, releasing these animals into both dimensions.

Them... Once in Eric’s homeland, Storey is blamed for the calamity sentenced to death. When she escapes, Eric is ordered to bring her back or face that same death penalty. With nothing to lose, can they work together across dimensions to save both their worlds?

Published: Dale Mayer on Jun 30, 2011
ISBN: 9780986968280
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    A talented artist, fifteen-year-old Storey Dalton, finds a magical pen and suddenly is thrust into the unexpected role as liaison to an alternate reality. She unknowingly opens a door unleashing confusion and terror.Eric Jordan is sent through the veil between the dimensions to retrieve the missing stylus that was left behind in error when a scientific team was forced to return in haste. Eric tries to befriend Storey but is puzzled because she seems impervious to his efforts to charm her. Storey and the pen have bonded, and she begins to do things that no one in his dimension thought was possible. As the narrative progresses, Eric and Storey face many adventures. The pair is forced to work together if either is to survive. Further, unless drastic measures are enacted, both their worlds may be overrun by hoards of hideous and vengeful creatures. There is something really special about Dale Mayer’s stories, and this young adult fantasy adventure is no exception. The pacing kept me reading into the wee hours. Storey Dalton is a likeable girl with a strong sense of duty and loyalty that I admire. Eric Jordan becomes her stalwart companion and protector even though doing so further alienates him from his father, forcing him to make incredibly difficult choices. The fast pace, often amusing dialogue between the protagonists and the well-rounded cast of secondary characters make this a rollicking start to what is sure to be an exceptional new series. My only complaint is that the book ended with a cliff-hanger, and I am left dangling until the next installment. Laurie-JReviewer for Coffee Time Romance & Moreread more
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    **I received an copy of this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review** Review: I'm not going to do my usual overview on this book because I think the synopsis does a great job of describing the story without giving too much away. Let's just jump right into my review! 1) Character Development: I think the main character, Storey, may be one of my favorite female leads ever. This girl showed almost no weakness; she was strong, determined, and remained calm in the face of danger. Instead of acting helpless and uncertain, she took charge of pretty much every situation, not afraid of her abilities with the stylus. She only yearned to learn more about what she could do with it. I think Eric was a great match for her - even when things seemed hopeless and the council members in his dimension wanted her dead, he stayed by her side and believed in her. When the book starts out, Eric insists that his world is so much more superior and simply believes in everything he's been told. He really shows growth when he stands up to his father and the rest of the council on Storey's behalf, arguing that she didn't know the repercussions of picking up the stylus (which she thought was just an old pencil). 2) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: First, The Good - I absolutely loved the characters, they were multi-dimensional and it was easy to see them grow as the story progressed. I really enjoyed the entire story line, it felt really fresh and unique and the entire book flowed extremely well. I literally could not put it down! The Bad - I don't have much bad to say about this book. I would have liked to know more about Eric and his world. From what I can gather it is much like our world, only more advanced since they studied us for many years and learned from our technology. I would have just liked more descriptions about the other dimension (both Eric's and the one where the enemies, Louer's, exist). The Ugly - Nothing to say here, really loved this book! 3) Romance Sizzle or Fizzle? : I would have to say sizzle! It was a slow moving relationship, with Storey more wary of Eric in the beginning than anything, wondering why he was so interested in her and her "pencil". As she learns about the stylus and the other dimensions, she realizes she needs Eric in order to survive and decides to work with him to try and fix everything. The more time they spend together, the more they are drawn to each other. Their first kiss caught Storey completely off-guard, but that's all it took for her to realize that maybe she has more feelings for Eric than she thought. 4) Uniqueness Of Plot: I found this book to be extremely unique. It involved different dimensions, a stylus that is capable of almost anything, and an enemy that, although terrifying, has a tortured past. It was definitely a very refreshing, new YA read. 5) Final Thoughts: This book was so different than any I've read lately and it had me hooked from the beginning. There was a nice balance of action, discovery, and mystery, with a nice bit of romance in there as well. The ending will leave you reeling and I guarantee you'll be saying "I need book two NOW!"read more
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    A talented artist, fifteen-year-old Storey Dalton, finds a magical pen and suddenly is thrust into the unexpected role as liaison to an alternate reality. She unknowingly opens a door unleashing confusion and terror.Eric Jordan is sent through the veil between the dimensions to retrieve the missing stylus that was left behind in error when a scientific team was forced to return in haste. Eric tries to befriend Storey but is puzzled because she seems impervious to his efforts to charm her. Storey and the pen have bonded, and she begins to do things that no one in his dimension thought was possible. As the narrative progresses, Eric and Storey face many adventures. The pair is forced to work together if either is to survive. Further, unless drastic measures are enacted, both their worlds may be overrun by hoards of hideous and vengeful creatures. There is something really special about Dale Mayer’s stories, and this young adult fantasy adventure is no exception. The pacing kept me reading into the wee hours. Storey Dalton is a likeable girl with a strong sense of duty and loyalty that I admire. Eric Jordan becomes her stalwart companion and protector even though doing so further alienates him from his father, forcing him to make incredibly difficult choices. The fast pace, often amusing dialogue between the protagonists and the well-rounded cast of secondary characters make this a rollicking start to what is sure to be an exceptional new series. My only complaint is that the book ended with a cliff-hanger, and I am left dangling until the next installment. Laurie-JReviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
    Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
    **I received an copy of this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review** Review: I'm not going to do my usual overview on this book because I think the synopsis does a great job of describing the story without giving too much away. Let's just jump right into my review! 1) Character Development: I think the main character, Storey, may be one of my favorite female leads ever. This girl showed almost no weakness; she was strong, determined, and remained calm in the face of danger. Instead of acting helpless and uncertain, she took charge of pretty much every situation, not afraid of her abilities with the stylus. She only yearned to learn more about what she could do with it. I think Eric was a great match for her - even when things seemed hopeless and the council members in his dimension wanted her dead, he stayed by her side and believed in her. When the book starts out, Eric insists that his world is so much more superior and simply believes in everything he's been told. He really shows growth when he stands up to his father and the rest of the council on Storey's behalf, arguing that she didn't know the repercussions of picking up the stylus (which she thought was just an old pencil). 2) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: First, The Good - I absolutely loved the characters, they were multi-dimensional and it was easy to see them grow as the story progressed. I really enjoyed the entire story line, it felt really fresh and unique and the entire book flowed extremely well. I literally could not put it down! The Bad - I don't have much bad to say about this book. I would have liked to know more about Eric and his world. From what I can gather it is much like our world, only more advanced since they studied us for many years and learned from our technology. I would have just liked more descriptions about the other dimension (both Eric's and the one where the enemies, Louer's, exist). The Ugly - Nothing to say here, really loved this book! 3) Romance Sizzle or Fizzle? : I would have to say sizzle! It was a slow moving relationship, with Storey more wary of Eric in the beginning than anything, wondering why he was so interested in her and her "pencil". As she learns about the stylus and the other dimensions, she realizes she needs Eric in order to survive and decides to work with him to try and fix everything. The more time they spend together, the more they are drawn to each other. Their first kiss caught Storey completely off-guard, but that's all it took for her to realize that maybe she has more feelings for Eric than she thought. 4) Uniqueness Of Plot: I found this book to be extremely unique. It involved different dimensions, a stylus that is capable of almost anything, and an enemy that, although terrifying, has a tortured past. It was definitely a very refreshing, new YA read. 5) Final Thoughts: This book was so different than any I've read lately and it had me hooked from the beginning. There was a nice balance of action, discovery, and mystery, with a nice bit of romance in there as well. The ending will leave you reeling and I guarantee you'll be saying "I need book two NOW!"
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