Cover Reveal – Ascendant (Book 1)

Ascendent Front 5x8

Release Date: 11th May 2016

Growing up in the longest period of peace in Lionessa, Princess Sybelle never imagined that she’d one day have to fight to keep her kingdom. When her father dies, everything in Sybelle’s life changes. The once-peaceful kingdom is marked by war, her inexperience is mocked, and her sickly brother is used as a pawn in a political game that threatens to take what is rightfully hers.

When King Nero calls for her to marry his son, Sybelle knows what she must do to maintain control, but doing so will unleash a wickedness within her that could potentially prolong the war or possibly cause her to lose her kingdom.

Can the newly appointed Queen succeed with so many obstacles in front of her?


[Diary] 2016 Resolutions

Well, here they are! These are my goals for 2016!

  • Stick to all my deadlines.
  • Publish four books.
  • Improve on my note-taking.
  • Read more books than last year.

What are your goals for this year?

Grieving Liberty Preview + Pre-Order Links

“Go!” Her father beamed pridefully at the man, standing behind his desk and gesturing to the palace walls, “Relax! Your labour deserves reward!” He looked to her quickly, “See that he has all he desires! I will prepare for celebrations!”

Her eyes shifted from her father’s gaze to the man’s before her,

Grieving Liberty

Grieving Liberty

seeing that twinkle of mischief in his eyes. “I will see him properly attended,” she said, lips tugging in a wider smile.

When they exited the office and large, gaudy doors were closed behind them, her brother was the first to depart down the hall, his slave promptly in tow. “No words from you, Sebastian?” Leonardo called after him.

“I have no words,” Sebastian called back over his shoulder. He did his utmost to separate himself from the situation. The more things turned away from his ideals the more quickly she saw her brother distance himself from their father and, when possible, his responsibilities within the country. He wanted as little to do with them as he wanted to do with Leonardo, knowing that arguing with him would be futile and would only serve to sicken him further.

Leonardo’s thin lips tugged into a smirk, one that chilled her every time, and his golden eyes shifted to her, “And you?”

“I prayed to the Gods that you would not make it back,” she informed him, batting her full eyelashes sweetly. Her disdain for the man was not something dressed up in tender, flowery words as they were when in public. Even then she showed little favour for the man; something that had been able to go unnoticed by many through careful choice of words.

He was not the slightest bit surprised, a small chuckle rattling his firm chest. “My God favours me.”

“Ah, but I have many more,” she added, lips pulled in an all-knowing smile.

“That was not very effective, was it?”

“You are not the only one who believes that things happen for a reason.” Her eyes darkened, hardened and chilled, those blue pools further resembling ice. “You have damned us all by allying us with Rome.”

“I but strengthen our country.”

“Strengthen us?” She scoffed. “Our strength lies in our freedom, in doing things our way, and it always has. You have allied us with tyrants who only seek to take that from us!”

“Do you mean from you?” He asked, taking an imposing step towards her. “You, one of the few heretics left in this city?”

“A heretic compared to you and your beliefs!”

“Beliefs that will be of the rest of the country soon enough.”

She shook her head, breathing heavily, “You have not changed.”

Pre-Order Links: Amazon, iBooks, NOOK, kobo.

Cover Reveal: Grieving Liberty


Grieving Liberty

Release Date: 3rd October 2014

Sebastian and Serena have lived privileged lives, their every desire tended to, with their status as the children of the country’s ruler. However, the walls that contain them are not solely those of the palace, but of expectations and politics that come with their positions.

The country’s solidifying alliance with Rome upon the return of a childhood acquaintance brings about changes that they never wished to see, causing devastation and despair to touch their lives and loved ones far too closely for them to sit back and do nothing any longer. They become determined to take action, even if it means that their country may not survive. Even if it means that their history would fade into nothingness, at least they would have lived freely.

Giveaway: Three Kindle Editions of Butterfly (Forgotten Children, #1)

Hello there all!!

How are you all doing?

The Summer season has started and…I’m not so excited that it’s Summer; I’m more of a Winter girl myself, so I’ve got to fill this blisteringly hot season with exciting things!

Let’s start with a giveaway!

Butterfly (Forgotten Children, #1)

Three Kindle Editions of Butterfly (Forgotten Children, #1) are up for grabs!


  • Comment once on this blog post to enter OR Tweet ‘I want to read Butterfly by @kyra_lyrical’ OR Reblog the Tumblr post.
  • Winners will be chosen at random.
  • Winners will need to respond to my message within 72 hours or another winner will be chosen. That being said, please leave your method of entry open to responses.
  • Subscribing to my blog or following me isn’t required (although, it would be sweet!).
  • Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 26th June 2013.

Although it’s not a rule, I would certainly appreciate it if winners considered leaving a review for the book once they have finished. Reviews are a cherished gift for all authors.

All a very simple procedure, right?

Good luck, everyone!!




About the Book:

Ellis McGowan, a child psychiatrist, thought he had seen and heard it all, especially with a wife, Jodie, in the same emotionally-draining profession. When the fire and collapse of an Abbey in the vicinity of their home leaves traumatised children of all ages displaced Ellis is ready to help in any way he can. Soon enough, he finds that everything is not as they imagined; more children than what were originally documented escaped from that building, many with no traceable origins and Ellis needs to find out why, prepared to go to great lengths to do so.

Zack and Alex, the eldest known survivors, soon find themselves in an environment radically different from what they are used to. In a warm, inviting household and faced with a real family the two aren’t sure how to handle things but are certain they will never be able to tell others what went on in their pasts.

Unwilling to lose all faith in the system, and his profession, Ellis is determined to get answers out of the boys to save them, and the others, from the torture they have been subjected to, even while knowing that the Abbey walls were easier to knock down than the ones that had formed around their hearts.

[Diary] One Year On…

Good morning everyone!

How are you all doing?

One year ago today I published my very first story on Amazon’s Kindle and, with it, began taking myself down the path of self-publishing. When I did it, I wondered how I would feel and now, one year on, I feel I can look back on it with a clear head.

It was extremely stressful for me, not just to balance the workload of putting books together by myself but also balancing it with other aspects of my life, like family and school. Admittedly, the most stressful was…dealing with myself. The quiet and reserved person that I am has trouble putting myself out there even now.

This makes the entire experience a great one. Six books on, clearly the stress of dealing with myself, with school, with family and with self-publishing didn’t break me down! Realising that, I feel like a stronger person!

I couldn’t have done this by myself. I really want to thank the people that supported me during the past year, whether it was through their services, reviews, blog posts, recommendations, pep talks or anything.

For the next 24 hours my debut publication, Despair & Decision, will be going up on Amazon for free! For those who never had the chance to grab it, now is your chance! For those that already have it, you can re-download it for some new content and the extra polish I’ve given it for you to enjoy better!

Lots of love and appreciation,


Chameleon is Out!

This fine morning Chameleon, the second book in the Forgotten Series, was released on Amazon’s Kindle!

May I just remind you that the books don’t necessarily need to be read in order and can be read as stand-alone stories; it just happens be much more fun if you get the full picture!

With that being said, you can check back to this post here for an excerpt or you can dive right into Chapter 1 through Amazon’s Look Inside! Feature.

Chameleon (Forgotten Children, #2)

Chameleon (Forgotten Children, #2)

Student and arcade-runner Justin thought there was little that could happen to turn around his mundane, routine-following life. That was until he was held up at knife-point at the end of a long day. With the threatening boy seeking a place to tend to his extensive injuries Justin was forced to take him back to his workplace, hoping to end the night not nearly as scathed as his attacker seemed to be. When the captor, no older than himself, collapses, Justin has a chance to turn him in. He chooses not to. It’s the desperate and stubborn manner in which the boy refuses real medical attention that makes Justin wonder about what it is he has run away from.

The boy, Ethan, wakes only to confirm what Justin has discovered; he is an orphan from the Abbey that has burnt down in a neighbouring city. Even while realising that keeping a violent and socially-awkward teenager out of trouble is no easy task, and calling himself crazy for pursuing attempt, Justin offers Ethan a place to stay, and his silence, in return for help at the arcade, only for both to soon realise it is each other’s friendship that they desire more than anything.