Welcome to my blog Kat Heckenbach. Kat is a fantasy writer for young adults and the Toch Island Chronicle books set out below sound wonderful. Thanks for visiting Kat.
In the enchanted forest in our back yard.
It was easy to get from my room to the forest. There was a secret passageway in my closet. All I had to do was step inside, close the door, and climb down through the trapdoor in the floor.
I would traverse the long, dark, underground passageway after grabbing the chamber stick from my mom's vanity table. The candlelight would flicker off the white walls and dance on the brown linoleum under my feet. (Yes, castles can have linoleum floors in their secret passageways.)
The passageway opened into a large antechamber, often guarded by a troll who watched a magic box that showed teams of strange men in helmets and uniforms running back and forth across a field. I would sneak past unnoticed to the door that led out to the enchanted forest, and slip silently through. (Actually, it was pretty easy to sneak by the troll--he was usually asleep.)
Once outside, I tread carefully. All sorts of dangerous things in an enchanted forest. Best to stick tight to the trees and move quickly across open spaces.
Most often I ended up at my favorite tree in the back of the forest. It grew oddly, at about a thirty-degree angle, with the top cut off and a single branch sticking straight up. Because of the angle, I could walk up the trunk.
There was definitely magic surrounding it because the height always changed when I climbed it. Even though the highest point was only about five feet off the ground when I stood beside it, after several steps I would find myself at a vantage that allowed me to see our entire kingdom.
And when I needed a horse, a simple blanket thrown across the trunk would transform it. I would straddle the blanket and a mighty steed appeared beneath me, ready to gallop out of the forest and across the vast field that stretched for miles beyond.
At night, stars filled the sky, and the moon filtered through the treetops while my enchanted forest burst with fairy lights (you may call them fireflies, but that is likely because they never showed their true form to you).
At the end of the day, I settled into bed to read. I would gaze jealously at the author's name on the cover. If only I were more imaginative I could have seen myself writing a book, with a whole made-up world inside. I really don't know how I became a writer...
Magic and science collide when she embarks on a journey to her true home, and to herself.
Angel lives with a loving foster family, but dreams of a land that exists only in the pages of a fantasy novel. Until she meets Gregor, whose magic Talent saves her life and revives lost memories.
She follows Gregor to her homeland...a world unlike any she has imagined, where she travels a path of self-discovery that leads directly to her role in an ancient Prophecy...and to the madman who set her fate in motion.
It's been two years since Angel learned the magic chip of wood inside her locket would grant any wish. What is taking her so long to choose? An alarming discovery about her beloved foster brother Zack makes the decision easy...but everything else gets complicated after she runs into her old friend Melinda, who demands to go along for the return to Toch Island.
...but it's Melinda's journey.
Melinda doesn't fit in with the magical freaks any more than she did with the losers back in Florida, but she never wanted to belong before. A secret world surrounds her where even the bugs have magic... She's more of an outsider than ever. So when ex-con Doran Ashe slinks out of the shadows and offers her an easy road to powers of her own, Melinda follows him despite-or maybe because of-everyone's warnings.
Melinda knew Kalek’s music created powerful visions, but it wasn’t supposed to actually send her into the past!
It definitely wasn’t supposed to bring someone back to the present with her. Especially not someone tied so tightly to Melinda’s own past, someone to prove, once again, that her family ancestry was made up of psychopaths who should never have existed.
Now it’s her chance to change her lineage--and history--forever.
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Kat Heckenbach spent her childhood with pencil and sketchbook in hand, knowing she wanted to be an artist when she grew up—so naturally she graduated from college with a degree in biology, went on to teach math, and now homeschools her two children while writing. Her fiction ranges from light-hearted fantasy to dark and disturbing, with multiple stories published online and in print. Her YA fantasy series Toch Island Chronicles is available in print and ebook. Enter her world at www.katheckenbach.com.