The Quest

~ The Quest ~ Book 2 of Illusional Reality Duology ~

YA romantic fantasy the exciting concluding part of Illusional Reality.

Published by Asteri press

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Karina is a prolific writer and has had 8 books published in various genres. It was her love of Tolkien and Pullman that Karina wrote her romantic fantasy, Illusional Reality, which has turned out to be her bestseller. Readers have taken Thya and Alkazar into their hearts.



When Hati, notices a Tsinian crystal glowing, she knows she must stick to her word and return to her homeland as Thya. Knowing her kinsmen needed her, there was no hesitation. Even though there was more to lose than just her life.

Once more a prophesy was given that informed the reader of oracles, that only Thya could stop the war and save not just her people, but the rest of Enumac from Kovon’s psychotic future plans.

Along with three other companions, Thya is sent on a perilous quest to locate a dark crystal which holds evil known as the Dark Force. The group are tried and tested throughout their journey by monsters, death and courage. New friendships will be formed and other lost. Thya’s power becomes stronger and a second will threatens to take over her mind body and soul.

A terrifying surprise waits for them in the city of Helkon.

Will they survive?

Will Thya return to Tsinia and for the final showdown with Kovon?

Find out by reading the thrilling concluding part of Illusional Reality.

The only film that grabbed my attention and held me there with an open mouth, was the amazing Lord of the Rings trilogy.

They said that whoever took that 3-book fantasy on, had to be crazy. Peter Jackson wasn’t crazy, but he was a hobbit in his heart.

His vision and attention to detail just made this magical film pop.

It was after watching the first film, Fellowship of the Ring, that the story of Becky and her magical adventure took place in my mind, heart and soul.

By the time the 1hr journey from the cinema had ended I had the names, plot, conflicts, storyline, everything written in my head. and then as most writers know, once you’re in the “zone” there is no stopping you.  By the time the second film, Two Towers, book two, The Quest was again plotted in my mind and it didn’t take long to get the first draft on paper.

“The Quest by Karina Kantas is the sequel to her book Illusional Reality. Becky is once again pulled from England back to the world of Tsinia where she is The Princess. Thya is Becky’s name in this astonishing fantasy world. Thya is the only one who can save her people and their land. They have been forced to leave their magical land and live in caves to survive. The world along with the characters are fleshed out even more with the addition of more monsters and characters and magic. You travel with Thya and a couple others through trials and tribulations which are expertly created to make their Quest either successful or a failure. Her magic becomes even stronger but alas there is a dark side to it that she has trouble controlling. This is a definite page turner. You will become completely invested in Thya and her companions surviving and making it back to Tsinia. The action is nonstop as Thya and her companions run into many intriguing problems. I loved both books. If you like fantasy worlds that take you away these are just the books you need.”

Karina Kantas is the author of the popular OUTLAW series.

Thrillers involving outlaw motorcycle clubs and the highly rated romantic fantasy ILLUSIONAL REALITY

She also writes short stories and when her imagination is working over time, she writes thought provoking dark flash fiction.

There are many layers to Karina’s writing style and talent. As is displayed in her flash fiction collection, Heads & Takes. And in UNDRESSED she opens up more to her fans. Giving them another glimpse of her warped mind.

When Karina isn’t busy working on her next best seller, she’s runs affordable indie author services. KKantas AuthorAssist. Social Media Consultant, Book Trailer designer, Narration, Branding and Logo design, Marketing and Promotion Manager, design and VA.

Karina writes in the genres of fantasy, romance, sci-fi, horror, thrillers and comedy.

Her inspirations are the author S.E.Hinton and the rock band Iron Maiden.

You can find her on Facebook and Twitter, where she loves hanging out with her readers.

Titles to date:


***The OUTLAW series***

In Times of Violence Urban thriller

Huntress MC thriller/romance

Lawless Justice Vigilante MC thriller

Road Rage MC thriller



Heads & Tales 28 short and flash fiction in all genres

UNDRESSED Collection of poetry, prose and flash fiction

Stone Cold YA Supernatural thriller

Illusional Reality Romantic fantasy


***Coming soon*** (maybe)

Broken Chains (MI5 thriller)

Predator (erotic horror)


You can find out more or connect with Karina on: FACEBOOK FANPAGE   INSTAGRAM

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City of Helkon

The door to the cell unlocked and Thya stood up. King Theon slowly entered. Almost cautiously. With his hands on his hips, he tilted his head and his eyebrows creased. The king pointed to her and then to a bowl that his servant held out. Thya peered into it and saw the same glittery substance that she had used in the throne room. It seemed stupid to refuse him. She did as she was told and, once the spell touched her lips, Theon’s words became clear.

“Rotate,” he commanded.

She turned around as instructed. A Rant pushed her hair aside, exposing her bare back and neck.

“Tis so then,” Theon exclaimed.

Thya turned around to face him. “What is so?”

He bent his head to the side, and his eyes widened. “You are not aware?” He stepped back. “Yet you possess the ancient emblem.”

“What ancient emblem? Will you not reveal the significance?” She would not beg even though she needed answers.

Theon’s sudden change of behaviour concerned her. His stance and facial expressions went from awe to surprise, then almost to fear. His head tilted again, and his hand rested on his chin as he walked around her.

“Do you not comprehend your greatness? Do you not realize who you are?”

“Of course, I am Queen Thya of Tsinia, Guardian of the Changlins.”

“Have you not marvelled at the difference with yourself and that of other Ganties? Surely you have experienced strength and a will that cannot be bested?”

“With certainty.”

“You possess the emblem.”

“What emblem?”

“Upon your back.”

“Tis naught but a birthmark.”

“Nay, Queen. You are mistaken. The mark as you name it, is an emblem of exceptional greatness. I understand now why your thoughts were blocked from me. Immortality appears with a value. I wonder what you would bestow for the quest of eternal youth?”

Nothing he said made sense to her but, before she could demand answers, the King jumped up and down and rubbed his hands like an excited young boy. “I will present you to the Bustak, as homage,” he said, rubbing his hands together as a huge smile etched on his face.

His next words were foreign to her. The magic of the spell had worn off, so she just stood and watched the Rant and the king communicate, hoping to get an idea of what was going to happen next.

Theon grinned and patted the guard’s back. They spoke briefly and nodded their heads as they continued to stare at her. She wished she understood. Who or what was the Bustak? The name raised goose pimples on her arms, and the belief that this was, again, the end of the road for her returned.

The guard led her from the cell and back into the palace. There were no shackles, no Rant gripping her arms. They walked beside her but kept glancing at her. She ignored them and concentrated on calling out with her mind. Alkazar, my love, where are you? She repeated it over and over, with no knowledge of whether he could hear her but, if he had, there was no answer.

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The Quest in e-book will be released 14th February 2019. 

From Darkness

Imani L. Hawkins is pleased to present her newest book, From Darkness, which will be making its debut January 16th!
Check out the stunning cover and blurb below!

A war between humans and angels is coming, and only one woman can stop it.

Myleah is one of the Fallen, angels shrouded in darkness and cast to earth. When some of her kind, the Council, gain control over the human population of Burnsville, Nevada, Myleah is caught in the middle of spiraling hostility between her former lover, the Fallen, and the original angels of heaven.

Only by embracing the darkness within her can she become strong enough to prevent the impending war and ensure the survival of humans and Fallen alike. But by doing so, she will risk losing the man she loves, and maybe even her very self.


The book is currently on preorder from the Amazon link below:

Two Face the World: Marry in Haste

Book 2 in the Richard and Maria series – out now!

Richard and Maria’s wedding is romantic and joyful, but both are still haunted by past rejections. Sinister letters and unwanted gifts arrive, and the more each tries to protect the other by keeping them secret, the heavier the burden of guilt and anxiety.

Vicious attacks on lives and property begin. Richard and Maria are determined to uncover the identity of their enemy, but they have no idea who might have a motive. Will their love hold fast or the old saying “marry in haste, repent at leisure” prove true?

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Editorial Reviews

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
Two Face the World: Marry in Haste… by Sarah Stuart is a suspenseful romance with strong psychological hints, a second entry in a gripping romance series. I first read Three Against the World and was literally hypnotized by the author’s exploration of the emotional depth of the characters, but in this new novel, she takes the stakes higher. Richard and Maria are a new couple and while they have every reason to be happy, both are haunted by their past, both caught in a powerful, disturbing dilemma — face the truth of their past and risk their marriage or keep their secrets from each other and live in constant fear. But when their lives and property are attacked, they make the decision to uncover the person behind the attacks.

Sarah Stuart spins a tale that will resonate with readers. The characters are genuinely flawed and their humanity is deftly handled. The author has the gift of infusing the narrative with realism, making readers feel as though they are confronted with a story that unfolds before their gaze. The narrative starts with a powerful premise and deals with a problem that readers encounter in real life. The question that begs for an answer is: What do we do with our past when we get married? The strong narrative voice combines with the crisp prose to create a reading experience that is enjoyable. The prose is atmospheric, the plot intriguing and the characters skillfully developed with psychological and emotional depth. Apart from her gift of storytelling, Sarah Stuart creates the kind of conflict that defines the dynamics of the story and keeps the reader utterly engaged. Two Face the World: Marry in Haste… is another excellent read for fans of contemporary romance.

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
Two Face the World: Marry in Haste… by Sarah Stuart is the second book in the Richard and Maria series, a suspenseful romance that explores the complexities of a relationship between two compelling characters and the choices they make. I love books that are intense and a plot structure that puts the characters in stressful situations, and this story does just that and more. We encounter Richard and Maria, a couple who are newlywed, and while they have everything to feel happy about, they are each haunted by their own past. When they start experiencing attacks on property and their lives, they are forced to face reality and lift the lid on their secret fears and insecurities to each other. But can they identify their enemy and save their marriage?

Sarah Stuart knows how to grab the attention of readers and keep it by creating characters that are rock solid and real, with a humanity that readers can easily connect to. It’s very easy to care for these characters, because they are written into a world that is familiar to most readers and they face dilemmas that nurture the conflict and make it strong. The plot advances through a wave of suspense that gets readers intrigued and curious to find out what happens next. The prose in Two Face the World: Marry in Haste… is beautiful and the author combines the art of writing vivid descriptions with well-written dialogues to create emotionally and psychologically rich scenes. An entertaining read, indeed.

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers’ Favorite
In Two Face the World by Sarah Stuart, Richard and Maria can now officially announce their love to the world, three years after being thrown together in the most unusual circumstances. They have each other, promising careers and a wonderful future to look forward to. That should be enough, but their tormented pasts of rejection and loneliness have left them damaged emotionally. They both question if they have a right to happiness. Someone they know agrees with them and is secretly holding a grudge and wants them to separate. A threatening letter lands on Richard and Maria’s doorstep. As they try to solve the mystery, the threats become more violent and sinister. The pressure is on to find the person responsible before someone gets seriously hurt. With unexpected personal problems, can Richard and Maria once more stand together against the world, or will this put an end to a great love story?

Sarah’s relaxed writing style really made this an enjoyable read. She places such detail in the story line and characters’ personalities, it brings a realism to relationships, life struggles and the emotion a person feels in dark situations. The characters’ mannerisms and dialogue also suit their personalities perfectly. The narrative just flows and you get lost in the lives of the characters. Richard and Maria are complex and tortured souls, full of self-doubt. This is not just a beautiful love story, but a tale of two people overcoming years of rejection and accepting who they are. I think the star of the novel, though, was the little Jack Russell; he was adorable. I had the pleasure of reading Three Against The World, and although you do not need to read the first story to enjoy this sequel, it would give you more of an insight to the background of this endearing relationship. Highly recommended if you enjoy real-life romance novels.

Other books in series:

Book One: Three Against the World: A Waif, a Stray, and a Romance – Read Freely Best Indie Book of the Year Winner.

Richard loses his job, so his gold-digging fiancée ditches him, leaving him alone but for Ben, a stray dog he adopted. But the day isn’t over! His ex-wife dumps a daughter he didn’t know he had on his doorstep. Rejected by her mother, Maria believes she’s an unwanted burden. Can a single dad, an anxious teenager, and an ill-treated animal find in one another the love, and the family, they crave? Richard is determined that they will; he’ll find a woman who will love him no matter what and accept Maria as her stepdaughter. Unfortunately, Richard tends to date the wrong women…