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The Ritual of the Four

​Silver Seal Winner

I came into writing later in life. As a child, I loved books and often played library in my room, making "check out" cards and stuffing them into the back of my beloved books. It wasn't until I was an adult and read the Harry Potter series that I remembered my love of books. In my mid-thirties I decided I wanted to be a writer, and I set my foot down on a new path that has been both challenging and rewarding. 

When I first started writing classes, it was obvious that I had the will and determination, but I had to develop the skill. After many years of study and dedication, I published my first novel through World Castle Publishing in October 2015. This book won the Silver Seal through Readers' Favorite and opened many doors. Now, I enjoy helping other writers through Southern New Hampshire University as President of the How to Get Published Club. 

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The Ritual of the Four is wickedly good, and it’s most highly recommended for contemporary fantasy fans of all ages." ~ 5-STAR REVIEW FROM READERS' FAVORITE 

​​and I’m a novelist from New England.

For sixteen-year-old Shaw Huntley, a normal day includes running from two men who want to kill him. Shaw has a dark ability: using only the power of his mind, and visualizing a specific gold and jeweled dagger, he can telekinetically cut or slice objects. If he gets angry enough, he can even cut people. Unfortunately, the two men chasing him murdered his father in search of the physical gold dagger currently in Shaw’s possession—and they will stop at nothing to track him down and obtain it. 

When Shaw ends up in Rockpoint, New York, he meets Melody Tufts, a gamer who finds a mysterious triangular symbol on the hilt of Shaw’s dagger. After some investigation, Shaw learns his connection with the dagger and his dark ability were the results of a secret ritual—The Ritual of the Four—performed centuries ago by his ancestors. His dagger is number one in a group of four unique items, each one representative of the four magic elements: fire, water, air, and earth. He also learns there’s a way to reverse the Ritual of the Four forever so he can stop running, settle into a school, and perhaps even begin a romance with Melody. But after the two embark on a dangerous quest to reverse the ritual, decoding clues and unearthing maps, Shaw questions if he wants to toss away his ability—or finally face his foes.

Carla Trueheart

MARRIED? Yes, to my high school sweetheart!
HOMETOWN: Shelton, CT.
DEGREE: BA, Creative Writing and English with a specialization in Fiction Writing. Minor in History.
FAVORITE WRITERS: J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Katherine Howe, Jennifer Egan, Robert Frost, Dan Brown, Emily Dickinson, Charles Dickens