Monday, April 13, 2015

'Half Breed Queen' by LA Hendricks: Blitz

Half Breed Queen (Skatia Narratives, #1)
Release Date: March 2015
322 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Devastating tragedy puts 14-year-old high school freshman Marla Owens, on a fast-paced journey of survival, revival and coming of age. Driven by a force she can't begin to understand and a burning need to find out the truth, she heads toward her mother's home in North Dakota. She soon learns more about herself and her family than she could have ever imagined — her mother was royal heir to the powerful Skatian throne! And now the Skatian people need her to protect their world from those who wish to conquer it.

In a classic tale of good versus evil, set on Earth and beyond, a young girl fights to survive to become a young woman—and the reluctant queen of Skatia. Who can she trust? Will she be able to control her own immense abilities and justified anger to do what's right? One thing's for sure: Marla's not in Texas anymore!

She was focusing on a rather complicated answer when the warning pain struck in her gut. It

was as bad as the others, but her body seemed to adjust better to the pain. She closed her laptop 

and shoved it in her backpack, prepared to run if necessary. She grabbed her tote and set it next 

to her backpack, tossing the extra water bottle in as well. She looked out the window and saw 

that they were in the middle of a forest, not a city or town in sight. Not even a house. She tried to 

open the door to the compartment and found it was stuck. No matter how hard she pulled, it just

wouldn't budge. As her fear and frustration grew, she could feel the change coming on. She took 

several deep breaths, trying to calm herself down and keep from turning into that purple alien 

monster again. 

Sitting in her seat, she continued the deep breathing to clear her mind. In her mind’s eye, an 

old police station and a man she'd never met appeared. He sat behind a large, old wooden desk; 

his sheriff's uniform was a bit too snug to be called comfortable. She saw him look up at her as 

though she were standing over him.

“Marla,” he said gently. 

Marla opened her eyes and looked around her expecting to be in that same sleeper 


“Marlaveenia,” he said again, with a little more force.

Marla began to blink her eyes and shake her head, anything to try to make sense of what had 


I couldn't possibly be here, she thought, apprehension and anxiety growing in her mind. This 

is impossible. I’ve lost my mind. Marla found herself becoming hysterical.

She felt the increasingly familiar and frightening rumblings of the body change coming over 

her and, unable to stop it, she turned to run out the door. 

“Marla, wait. Stop!” The man’s voice sounded concerned, but Marla couldn’t worry about 

that. She needed to get someplace where she would be alone. She’d make sense of how she 

got here later. She ran down the street towards the woods on the edge of the little town. As she 

ran, she passed a sign that read “Edgemeadow, Pop. 231.” Marla stopped dead in her tracks, 

completely dazed by what she saw. As she turned to find the man in the sheriff’s uniform closing 

in on her, her legs buckled from underneath her, and she fell to the ground in a dead faint.

About the Author
LA Hendricks is an IT project manager by day and science fiction/fantasy novelist by night. A longtime lover of words, she reads science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance novels regularly (when there is time). When not reading, writing or working, LA can most often be found watching football or basketball with her adorable cat, Mona.

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