by Dee Carver
Cover Artist, Editor & Manager: Cindy Wieczorek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Shayla, Princess of the Fay, must begin the journey to discover her true power by leaving the island. If she's successful, she will become queen. Her plight won't be an easy one, for there are those who would use Shayla as a means to solidify their own position of power.
Kyle, Shayla's guide in the human world, is destined to bring hope to the Fay even though his own future seems bleak. With Kyle by her side, miracles can happen, offering the promise of the return of the magic.
Once that happens, nothing is impossible.
I awoke standing in the throne room, my Father in front of me weeping. An ethereal breeze lifted strands of my hair as I looked around the expansive room. No one else was there. Slipping silently to his side, I laid my hand on his quaking shoulder. “Father, why do you cry so?”
He shuddered and gaped at me, surprise and fear on his loving face. It nearly broke my heart.
“I do not understand. How are you here before me, when I know you are gone for all time?”
“I received word today of your death in the human world.”
Gone? His words echoed inside me like a yawning cavern, the torment and pain making me doubt my existence.
“I do not understand. Who would tell such lies to you?”
“Lies? I pray for lies. Even now, Jack and Aine travel by sea, bringing your body home. At first, I thought they were mistaken, for you did not fade. Then, I was reminded of the Fay who had fallen before you in the human world. They had not faded until they were brought home. The same is for you.”
Father had never been a fanciful or delusional man. He must believe in my death, yet I knew I dreamed.
“On what day did I die?”
He sobbed. “Your birthday.”
“But, how is it you are weeping for me?”
I got no response. Not being able to reach him to reason, I attempted to reason with myself. My birthday fell a week from now.
“He has been here for the last three days. I am the only one allowed to enter.” Fearghus stood behind me.
“You do not seem surprised at my appearance. Why is that?”
“You are not the first to die in no-Fay’s-land. You shall know unrest until your body is returned.”
“Die! I am not dead. Father said I died on my birthday. My birthday is not for another seven days. There is no limbo here, only a dream.”
“So…dream waking is your true power. Why do you not return home if your quest is finished? Before you truly die and all hope is lost?”
“Because dream waking is not my true power. I was able to do it before I left home.”
It was all the detail Fearghus needed to know, but his voice still grew feral as he stepped near to my ear. “Then you must hurry and find your true power. This is more than just walking in dreams; it is a glimpse into your future. A sign from the Gods of what is to come. I wished for you to learn your heritage while you are gone, not die from it. I give you five days. If you have not evolved by then, you should return no matter what.”
For the first time that I knew of, fear edged his will. “You know I cannot. I will not return to be given to Aidan, nor will I stand by while his family lays claim to what is rightfully mine.”
“I never wished Aidan on you, only for you to take your place as all Fay must do. As your Father did before you, and his Father before him. Rule us, Princess. Rule all the Fay.”
He came around to me. The determination in his eyes shook mountains. Drama for my benefit or his?
“You speak as though more than my taking the throne is at stake.”
“It is. My future is also at stake. I am fading but cannot or will not rest until you sit safely on the throne with your chosen King.”
I had an answer for him. I needed to believe Fearghus was concerned more for our people than I had given him credit for. “I give you my word as Princess of Fay, I will return in five days' time, with or without my power. You must also give your word to help me out of a wedding to Aidan.”
His forehead furrowed and his eyes pierced into mine, but he finally nodded. “On your arrival, if Aidan is not for you, then another suitable husband shall be chosen.”
“I wish I could believe that, but you know as I do, the other Elders must also say so. You will need to convince them. Will you? Can you?”
Also by Dee Carver:
La Roe's Curse
by Dee Carver
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My name is Dee, I am a mother of 5 amazing children and grandmother of 4 beautiful babies. I began my writing career in 2004 because of a dream about a dress.
My First Novel, La Roe’s Curse was published in 2005 and nominated for the Golden Rose Awards the following year. It has been re-released and is available on Amazon and multiple platforms via Books2Read.
My Second Novel, Fay’s Wish was published in 2006 and re-released December 2019 and is available at Amazon and multiple platforms via Books2Read.
Both La Roe's Curse and Fay's Wish would not have been re-released except for the amazing editing help from Cindy, Personalized Marketing Inc manager.
My 3rd Novel Chocolate Seduction of the Cursed Seduction Series is currently being revised for future publication.
I am also working on a Contemporary Romance that is based in Upper State New York. Which involves a feisty motorcycle racing computer geek and a domineering CEO.
I have also Ghost Written 2 additional books, and written hundreds of articles.
I enjoy spending time with my children, being a grandmother, sitting down to a good book, and learning more about the career that has changed my life.
I am also the Owner and CEO of Personalized Marketing Inc. If you are looking for Personalized Marketing Inc click here https://personalizedmarketing.info I have been working online since 2005, beginning my journey as an Author, then a Reviewer, Freelance Publicist, and then found a love for websites, coding, most recently WordPress.
Education: University of Phoenix
2017 – B.S.A.I.T. with Advanced Software Development Certification
2020 – M.B.A. with a Concentration in Graduate Marketing Certificate
Regression Analysis In Social Media Marketing By Dee Carver
Wow, it feels like forever since I wrote a blog post about marketing and this week’s blog is a little different than normal. I had previously written and saved a post about email platforms and their pitfalls, however that changed. Hang on tight, I’m having a ‘geek’ moment with this topic and yes, I had Cindy edit it since I get a little ‘uhm’ focused…
While doing some research in class, I came across a definition that resonated with me, that I immediately applied to Social Marketing: regression analysis in business. Personally, I found a simple definition that breaks it down and makes it easy to understand. According to Hunkar Ozyasar (2019) "Regression is a statistical tool used to understand and quantify the relation between two or more variables. Regressions range from simple models to highly complex equations. The two primary uses for regression in business are forecasting and optimization. In addition to helping managers predict such things as future demand for their products, regression analysis helps fine-tune manufacturing and delivery processes."
I am always trying to optimize the results that we provide for our clients, one example would be their social media marketing. Recently, the same shift that I have seen happen over the past 11 years is taking place, optimal posting time changes. By analyzing the data, I am better able to determine when the best time to post is, which puts the customers information about their products or services out at the peak times when their followers would see it, which impacts the delivery of network posting. This posting shift happens throughout the year and will shift again before 2019 is over.
At Personalized Marketing Inc, we do analytics on social networks that we monitor and then use that information to determine how well we are doing our jobs. The information is also used to base what days and times are best for posting. It can also provide useful information about network peak time shifts. Now those who live on their social channels probably won’t notice that there is a time the network is slower than others. They may also not notice that some days are more active than other days, but for those who are using social networks to reach current and future connections, they just might.
The time of year, the season, the holidays, current events and even weather can play a ‘huge’ roll in whether that awesome post you wrote gets seen. Just because it sits on your timeline or on your business page does not mean that it reached the target audience. So, let’s use Facebook after work… Just like your target audience you get a ton of notifications of things you have missed. Now you might click every single one and check them all out but while you are that notorious feed is still going strong. Or if you are on your phone, you click that notification, check it out, then bam you are scrolling through another page. What happened to all those other notifications, if you notice the number count is gone! They are still there but the reminder is missing until a new notification comes back. Sure, your phone might have told you that you had 25 notifications, but you went down the pathway towards somewhere else following just one. Guess what? So did your target audience. Paying attention to when, what channel, what content and how to reach your target audience is all hidden inside that important data. Knowing what’s trending now is important, knowing your networks history is just as important!