Title: Under Control (the Guardians of Ivalice Book 2)
Author: Laura Catherine
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 16, 2018
Cover Designer: Laura Catherine
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
Nix, Grace and Phoebe are having problems with their new elemental powers. They keep losing control and sooner or later they are going to get caught or hurt someone.
When Nix gets grounded from preforming a gig, after having a fight with her boyfriend and accidentally starting a small fire, the girls come up with a plan to practice their powers and regain some control.
Kendra, on the other hand, is shutting everyone out. Despite Phoebe's best efforts to get through to her, Kendra wants nothing to do with magic or Ivalice, but she can't hide away forever because Morgan is desperate to find a way to Earth and take back the elements. As he gets closer to a solution Morgan’s obsession grows and begins to come at a cost.
“Test five hundred and sixteen. Failed,” Morgan said as he sat slumped at his desk, his head in one hand.
Morgan had been running tests all day and night. It was taking its toll on him. He was tired, but he couldn’t stop. He was getting so close.
He channelled energy from the void bat into a bottle and watched the wispy smoke swirl. Morgan had come up with so many different ways to extract the energy from the bat, so many different forms it took.
A knock on the door brought Morgan back from his thoughts. He placed the bottle on a shelf above his desk with the other failed experiments.
“Come,” he said and took a more authoritative pose, sitting up straight, hands in his lap.
Hunter lumbered into the room; his claws tapping on the marble floors.
“What is it now?” Morgan said, rising from his chair and walking toward the window. He’d like to think it was to seem aloof, but it was more because he didn’t want Hunter to see how tired he was. The bags under his eyes.
“It’s about the party of guards you had me send to the town of Riven,” Hunter growled.
“What about them? Have they brought order back to the town?”
“No. They’ve all been killed,” Hunter replied.
Morgan clenched a fist. “How exactly does that happen?”
“I’m not a hundred percent sure. There were no survivors to bring back information, but we know the rebels took out the last guards.”
“I sent over twenty men. How was that not enough?”
“Likely there are more rebels out there than we originally thought.”
Morgan slammed his fist on the windowsill. “Fine. Seems that if I want to keep the town protected, then I’ll have to go myself.”
Morgan channelled his Spirit and changed his clothes from silver robes to a travelling outfit of pants, shirt, and a cloak.
“Ready my horse,” Morgan ordered as he swooped past Hunter.
Hunter bowed. “Yes, my lord.”
“Can’t say I’m a shut-in now,” Morgan whispered as he made his way through the palace. “I’ve got everything under control.”
Laura Catherine was born in Melbourne, Australia where she spent most of her childhood creating fantasy worlds and talking to her invisible pet cheetah who ran along powerlines. She completed a Diploma of Writing and Editing at Holmesglen Tafe where she learned a lot about turning her stories into actual books instead of just ideas hidden away on scrap paper in her desk draws. Laura self-published her first novel, Djinn (2013), a Paranormal Romance, and the second in the series, Blooders (2015). Her latest release was for a new YA Fantasy series, The Guardians of Ivalice (2017). Laura is currently working on the next instalment in the Djinn series, Bloodjinn, as well as book two in The Guardians series.