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Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.
A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.
When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.
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Marie never expected to wake up in North Pole City, let alone become Santa’s Emergency Replacement. It was a job she never wanted but couldn’t turn down, thanks to Clarence, Santa’s right hand man. Now, Marie has to work with Clarence, who believes she is some kind of criminal who will cause the destruction of everything he holds dear. Trying to prove that he’s wrong, Marie keeps making mistakes that push them even further apart. It doesn’t help that she has a past she’d rather keep hidden. However, trying to keep her past where it should belong isn’t easy. Just when Marie starts to feel like things are coming together, a madman with a bone to pick, and Christmas to ruin, threatens the whole of the North Pole Organization. Marie must rely on Clarence and her new friends to help her face her past before Christmas is gone forever. But does she have the courage to truly be herself when it could mean losing everything?
“Just come back this way, nice and easy. Come back to your room and I’ll
forget all this ever happened.” He held the gun with one hand, steadying
it with the other. All he had to do was squeeze the trigger.
“No!” she yelled in defiance as thunder
cracked around them. Rain streamed down her filthy flesh and unwashed hair.
“I’m not going back to that. I won’t be your prisoner. You won’t use me
any more!” She trembled all over, remembering all the things she’d been
forced to do. All the things that had happened since her parents had
disappeared. “I’d rather die!”
“Fine.” He brought the gun to bear as
she ran towards the ladder and fired. Lightning lit up the sky with the sudden
flash of ignited powder. It filled the night with an almost overwhelming
intensity as the bullet sped from the chamber of the handgun.
The bullet struck just left of her chest, near the
shoulder blade. She lost balance, twisting from the force. With eyes wide open
in shock, she stared at the man who had taken everything away, her freedom, her
family, and now, her life. Her feet continued to twist as her head whipped
around, sending her over the roof’s edge as thunder rumbled through the air. A
scream of agony was forced through frozen lips, and then was silenced as the rain
came pouring down.
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