The Pearl in the Darkness
Light of Mine Series Book 1
by Santana Saunders Genre: Apocalyptic Fantasy
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE POWERFUL 2020 DEBUT NOVEL FROM SANTANA SAUNDERS
“We went too far. Father is mad. No one make a sound…”
Filled with the suspense and lyrical writing that draws readers to The Stand by Stephen King, a witty humor in the tradition of Andy Weir, The Martian, and a fierce female lead for fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
In a not-so-distant future, recurring acts of terrorism lead to the abolishment of all religion. Believers taking a stand against the ruling are placed in institutions. All existing Bibles, Quranands and Vedas are destroyed—or so they thought.
Leora Smith, a witty, thirty-year-old medical transcriptionist, lives a quiet life due to a debilitating disorder and unwavering faith that must be kept hidden. Her world is turned upside down when a celestial being informs her of the forthcoming apocalypse and assigns her to recruit experts imperative to the subsistence of the society that will remain when the dust settles.
Each recruit has a story that can only be seen behind closed doors. Leora’s childhood friend and numerous enlightened allies band together in an effort to persuade the best and brightest.
As nature bends in accordance to the plan, Leora's preconceived notions of everything good and evil are about to be tested.
★PRAISE FOR THE PEARL IN THE DARKNESS ★
"Let me just say it kept me up at night thinking about it for days afterwards…I can’t wait for the second book in the series!” @what_banana_read
“The settings were vivid, I felt like I was in the middle of this crazy ride.”@annewithapen
“…it was so addictive to read— I wanted more! If you’re looking for a unique dystopian fantasy this one is for you!” @desireesbookcorner
“…that ending really shook me. It was very unexpected and now I’m stalking Santana’s Instagram for hints on the sequel.”@bookish.and.blue
“Clever, fun, unexpected…If you like fantasy with unexpected twists you’ll enjoy this.”@coffee_then_words
Santana Saunders grew up along the Missouri River in rural North Dakota, where the sandbars were far-off lands and the canoes were pirate ships.
Santana went on to pursue a career in marketing, and creative writing went on the back-burner. In 2019, she and her family found themselves relocating to Florida. Sandbars and canoes quickly became beaches and ocean. This change of scenery inspired her to return to writing.
Today, she is a Florida-based author of fantasy and thriller novels. When she isn't reading or writing stories she is playing at the beach with her husband and three daughters or attempting a DIY home project that will surely take weeks longer than anticipated to accomplish.
How The Pearl in the Darkness Came To Be
by Santana Saunders
The story all started with the idea of a rather reclusive character, Leo Smith, who would have to break out of her shell to recruit individuals that would remain after the apocalypse. Then I thought, what if she’s living in a world where believing in a supreme being that cannot be seen is forbidden? It quickly unraveled from there. I was shocked at all the new characters that developed in her world, and how easily they grew in their own important role. Some days, I fell in love with them and the next I despised them. It was an emotional rollercoaster in a good way.
One of my favorite characters to write was the Archangel Michael. I wanted his physical description and the way he carried himself to conflict with the general stereotype we have given celestial beings. I gave him quite a disheveled appearance and a sarcastic sense of humor. He knew if Leo was to stand tall in front of skeptics, she would need some practice handling rejection. It was just what she needed to step outside of her fears and into the opportunity in front of her.
Once the recruitment phase of her story had been completed, I knew it was time for the world around her to fade to dark— and that it did! Writing all of the apocalyptic scenes was a rush. I found myself hunched over my laptop on an adrenaline rush far too late each night. Those were some of my favorite scenes. The ones that left my heart racing and reminded me that you can’t have the light without the dark.
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