Book Excerpt: Royal Arcanum

Royal Arcanum Book Cover

Royal Arcanum © 2016 Keefe R.D

PROLOGUE

Under the dark sky, only the moon shone over the strange ravine. All that she saw was a girl who called out her name. If only she could tell who that white-haired girl was. She had a pale white skin covered with brown collared shirt. Her emerald-green eyes were remarkably bright within the darkness, staring intensely from afar.

Dreaming had never been so painful when it felt like sadness. She wanted to cry from all the things that had been terrifying her in the past three months. The haunting dreams felt like the projection of the past. She felt every moment when she saw that beautiful girl, but just—something wasn’t human about her.

If this was real, she might scream and ran away from the dream, because the girl kept on echoing one name; Kathleen.

 

CHAPTER 1—SENIOR YEAR

Everything was dark as the moon covered behind the black clouds. The sky blurred and turned into the white ceiling in her bedroom. She screamed out and coughed painfully. It got worse once she realized that a warm hand had been patting her shoulder.

“Hey, wake up!” Her mom worried. “What happened?”

She tried to sit steady and woke up with her messy brown-mahogany hair and bad eye-bags.

Her mom sat worriedly beside her, bewildering. “It seems you have a bad dream.”

“I did,” she stared back at her mom’s brown eyes that looked deep and sharp. “The same dream almost every night. I told you.”

Her mom kissed her head, and went to open the curtains. “Come downstairs after you take a shower, the breakfast is ready.”

“But—”

She already pushed the door open, but she held still when she could feel her daughter’s restless feeling.

“She’s calling me Kathleen for million times,” her voice was hoarse. “Precisely, my name is Cathy, short for Catherine.”

“You had been consuming too much fairy tale in the past few months, it might manifest into a dream.”

“Those books and this dream are not the same—”

“If you want to discuss the superstition with me, you should stop and hurry to take a shower.”

Cathy annoyed when her mom slammed the door. It was useless to tell her about what happened in those strange recurring dreams. Her mom wasn’t the type who believed in any kind of metaphysical stories.

But what more absurd at this time, she felt waking up as if she had not slept at all since it happened. Although it was hard to ignore, she had to rise from bed.

When she took her cell phone, Josh had sent her a picture—the one that was taken with his grandmother in Austria.

He was her best friend, the best man who had been her closest friend since they were in elementary school. She smiled, looking at their happiness. She missed the good holiday, and there was just no time for the family trip since her dad was super busied with his work. At least, she enjoyed spending last month school holiday with reading books. Nevertheless, she finally felt ready to welcome her senior year. Continue reading

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Spotlight: Royal Arcanum Trilogy


About the series:

Royal Arcanum story is started from the perspective of Cathy Charlotte, who has an unexpected journey of self-discovery that she is a royal descendant. She is a naïve girl in the first two books, until she finds out in the next books that there is more than to this life. She has a royal family from maternal side, where everyone in the family seems hiding a dark secret from each other, dangerous secrets that can empower the unseen world. They fight for hunting down the sacred knowledge that is—Royal Arcanum. She wants to believe that there is good in everything, but her heart is shattered with the evilness that some of her family members are capable of doing. Her journey is involving a group of angels known as Chandelier Order, of whom having omnibus eyes in the story. They are the guardian of the secrets and knowledge that are being hunted by the evil people. The Witch and her demons are also chasing after the royal secrets. There are complications that need to be done. Would Cathy be able to save her family from malevolent souls?

About the publication:

There will be seven books in the series of Royal Arcanum. The first installment is published online since March 2016, and the second installment on December 2016, while the third installment will be released in the end of 2017. 

The books are self-publishing. The e-Book is sold on several online retailers, while the paperback is only available for sale in Indonesia with Print On Demand method. The e-Book price may vary, depends on each retailers, while the paperback is set.

About the writing process:

The first book, Royal Arcanum was written in the end of 2012 for four months, since there was a revision, the first book officially finished on 2013. The second book, White Foxes was written in 2014 for six months, and with the revision, it was finished on 2015. So on, a year later, Royal Arcanum and White Foxes were published publicly in the same year of 2016, but the first publication on 2016 from the same author was The Salt Prejudice, which is a collection of spiritual poems and short stories.