December 16, 2011

Crystal Seeker is up!

Hey guys,

I'm excited to announce that Crystal Seeker is finally available!

You can get it for the Kindle or the Nook.

Here's the cover again:

Click onto the cover for a bigger version!

And here's the description:

High school junior Tracy Bachman is looking forward to beginning her new life at Oliver Academy. A private, prestigious boarding school located on a beautiful, pristine island, it's everything she's ever dreamed of. If she could only stumble upon the right guy there, everything would be perfect.


Following a rocky start, Tracy settles in and comes to love the island. Everyone is fascinated by the new girl, and Tracy is quick to make friends and meet not just one, but two different guys.


However, it doesn't take long for her friends to help her discover a latent ability deep within herself... an ability that is unlike anything she's ever experienced.


And her ability is coveted. There are others who would take advantage of her, to make use of her powers for their own gain. Suddenly, Tracy starts to realize that underneath her perfect little getaway might lurk a threat. A danger. And as she gets deeper and deeper involved, finds herself lost in a world of love, lies, and supernatural magic.

Now, I'm really excited about this book for a few reasons.  One, it's much, much longer than any of my previous books.  Crystal Seeker comes in at a full 105,000 words, or 420 written pages.  Compare that to Shattered, which was only 40,000 words (which is 160 pages).  That means that I've put way more time and effort in developing the story, fleshing out the characters, and making the setting as real and imaginable as possible.

Next, it's been professionally proof-read and edited, which means that all the misspellings, missing words, and misplaced words the plagued my earlier books are gone.  Furthermore, the professionally proof-read copy was then sent to some great readers who volunteered to get the book in advance to check for any lingering mistakes.  So, as a collective sum of everybody's effort, Crystal Seeker should be nearly 100% mistake free.  That means no more of those jarring errors that make you realize you're reading a book instead of losing yourself in the world and story of the book.

Finally, I think my writing has improved quite a bit since Shattered was published.  All the early readers commented on that (thank you!) and I strove to make sure that all the complaints people had about the Dream Realms Trilogy were taken care of.  I hope I did that.  Of course, the fact that the book is so much longer and fuller means that there's a lot more going on, and a lot more for readers to sink their teeth into.  Which I think you're all going to love.

So, Crystal Seeker is the first book of a planned 5-book series.  All of the books in the series will be about the same length, and continue to be the same (if not better) quality.  I'm really excited about the story I have to tell in Crystal Seeker, and think you guys will like it even more than Dream Realms.

Again, you can buy the book on Amazon or buy it on Barnes & Noble.  I hope all of you check it out!

~Sophia

88 comments:

  1. I was just wondering when graced part 2 was comming out on amazon? Loved the dream realms trilogy by the way!! :)

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  2. Sophia,

    Is the dream realms trilogy book 3, part 2 going to be out soon? I am so excited to read the last book before I start the Crystal seeker saga.

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  3. You said that the dream series would be releasted yesterday but it wasnt why is that? Your publishers have a lot of problems releasing on the day it was said to be released

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  4. I also really would like to read the last book of Dream Realms before entering the Crystal Seeker book. Can you at least give us an update? I think its the least you can do...Thanks:)

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  5. I wopuld also wouldlove to know when the last part is coming? I've noticed you've been late alot with this serie.

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  6. I also cant wait . I have been checking everyday to see if it was released. I need that book... Please give us an update on it...i really love the dream realms and have read all of them twice ... Thank you..

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  7. I think everyone know were all waiting and some rather impatiently! People stop and think before you get snappy in your comments she is a 19 year old colllege student, maybe somethin vital is going on in sophia's life that has prevent her from releasing the book on time? I'm just a ready to read this book as everyone else and it does suck to be waiting but im sure as soon as she gets a change she will put ab update on here and I even bet that update will announce the books release! Be understand and think positive thoughts it will help!

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  8. true but she said that the book was finshed hwen she told us the date of its release

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  9. No she said she was finishing it up actually cause she finished crystal seeker first.

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  10. Either way maybe she should have not given a release date and then not follow through with it. All she has done is lets of fans down how I am sure like me had been checking daily to see if the book is up yet. Also she says to contact her three different ways but is not responding to anyone's post. I hope that she is ok and that she will soon let everyone know what is going on.

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  11. Sophia, I really hope you're okay. You said in a previous post, that the most you could do was keep us updated, no matter what's going on. Since you're failing to do that, I sincerely hope all is well, and it's just normal issues holding up the book release. Hope to hear from you soon- and hopefully with good news! Xo

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  12. Yeah I'm with you I understand a few days going by that's happened before but this long without even an update is not normal. I really really really hope everything is ok...

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  13. Can we please get a freakin update already. If you're not going to put the book up, at least give us a damn explanation or something...damn girl, i know you're in school and all, but you obviously don't know how to keep your word...

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  14. Agreed! An update is WAY overdue!! Its like you're dead?! I mean I hope your ok and everything but damn! You got me like a stalker waiting for this book! The least you could do would be a tiny update saying "hey ya'll I'm ok! *explanation* deeply sorry!" Should have a book sale or something man!

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  15. SO I am not on the hateration band wagon. BUT I am eagerly waiting the next book. Please give us a heads up. . . . I hope al is well

    Big fan.

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  16. This is soooo freakin lame. She is so going to loose fans. People dont like waiting, especially since you already gave a release date, you're not giving anyone any explanation, people are getting sick and tired of waiting for this book thats probably going to have a TON of errors in it and it will probably suck in the end. I'm just seriously thinking it's just never going to come. So, I just might not even continue to read her books--EVER AGAIN. She doesnt want to give us any updates, thats just fine with me, I just wont give her my money either...

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  17. Don't be mean to Sophia!!!!!!! She is 19 and is in college she is probally really busy. Do you know what it's like to be in college?! Sophia, please give us an update so we know your not dead. I love you and your books so please tell us what's going on. I want to be your fan but your making it sort of hard........

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  18. If you are going to post, please read your posts; especially, if you are going to make snide comments about grammatical errors in her books. There is a case of pot calling the kettle black going on here. "She is so going to loose fans"...what??? I am guessing you meant "She is so going to lose fans".

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  19. Yes, as a matter of fact I do know what it's like to go to college. I realize she is 19 and in school, but she gave a release date and did not deliver AND, she hasn't given us any updates either. If she would simply just give us an update, it wouldn't anger everyone or make everyone worry. It's just frustrating when writers do that to their fans...the very fans that PAY to read their books and support them.

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  20. First of all, I am not the one who is the writer here, and no, it's not a case of the pot calling the kettle black you imbecile. My writing fast and "loose" has nothing to do with what you say, so why don't you just stay out of it. Is that grammatically correct enough for you?!

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  21. I am beginning to think she is never going to release the final book. It's not like she is working on any finals at this point. She really should reconsider what she wants to do in life--especially if she continues to make her fans wait and wait and wait and not give any updates. I really do like your books, but it's going to be hard to continue to read the books you publish if this is how you repay your fans. Good luck in the near future girly...

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  22. I trully love ur books Sophia, but how do u expect to be taken seriously as a writer if ur books are never realesd to the set date. Rather set a date in the distant future, than in the near future and can't deliver it. We know and understand the stresses of being a student, coz some of us are students. If u cannot release the book on the release date PLEASE post something so that we know whats going on. You can't just keep quiet like, it's trully upsetting your fans. Just take 5minutes of your time to psot an update. PLEASE.

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  23. Alright seriously many of you need to grow-up. It is not that serious. I am a fan, but it is just a book. My life is not defined by a release date. And with self-published authors this happens all the time. It is the risk we take as the readers. As far as losing fans that is on the individual. I don't think threatening her with that is really wise or productive. Maybe she has writer's block and is stuck. Maybe she recently signed a contract with a publishing house and cannot release any information. And while an update would courteous it is not a must and in some cases is illegal. Being a fan does not entitle you to an answer. I mean who are you that you think she owes you an explanation. Get over yourself. Be a fan or don't be a fan, but don't try and bully a response from her.
    Sophia will post when she post. Until then find another book and relax. Aren't there better ways to spend your time?
    -damaris t.

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    1. YOU ARE LAME...AAAAAHAHAHA LOL "BE A FAN OR DON'T BE A FAN"... LMAO. YOU'RE A STUPID LITTLE GIRL THAT PROBABLY DOESN'T KNOW YOUR ASS FROM A HOLE IN THE GROUND. You got something brown on your nose little girl...and if you're not a girl, then maybe you should reconsider your gender--especially if you're reading this book series...LOL

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    2. Obviously you don't have a better way to spend your time. Must really suck to be you. Hope things get better for you. -damaris t.

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    3. LOL. Obviously, neither do you..LOL what a dumbass..-damaris t.

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  24. I just wanted to say that I thought it was odd that you changed the perspective of the story twice. I know that you wanted to create situational irony, but why only twice? After the first switch to Chris telling the story, it just disappeared for a while and suddenly came back towards the end. It just would have been nice to get his perspective a few more times throughout the story, like right after the kiss would have been nice. Also, you may want to find someone else to proof your next book, I still found typos, and I'm sure you can tell from this post that I am no English major.

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  25. all the people that talk about typos or errors should shut the hell up im a dyslexic and i have errors on everything and you dont hear anybody pionting them out it doesnt really matter if theres an litte error and sophia if your not going to tell us anyhting about why your so late thats not right you said your release date which by saying the date you promised that its done and able to be relaesed so i have no clue why your late and a month has pasted an no word from you at all thats not right to your readers so update us or you'll might lose more readers cuase of you not telling us why your so late

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  26. Wow! Really can't believe how hateful people can be! I can care less about the book right now I'm just praying everything is ok with you Sophia!

    Melia S.

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  27. Wow, talk about drama on here. Sophia, I hope all is well but I hope we hear something soon about a new release date. I'm sure you have plenty on your plate but just a quick update would be great and would really make your fans happy.

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  28. Hi Sophia! I'm really waiting for the final book on Dream realms trilogy... do you have a definite date of the release of the final book ? thanks and God bless you :))

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  29. I haven't given up my search just yet. I check amazon every day to find graced part 2. Still no luck... patiently waiting. Release date was a month ago... where have you gone Sophia? You're true fans are worried.

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  30. Is there ever going to be a Part II to your final book in the Dream series? I have read your books and loved them but I am desperate to see how your story ends. Will there be anthing this year?

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  31. Will the part two of the dream realms be available on kindle if so when
    -Skylar

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  32. It seems that she obviously doesn't care about her fans...at all. I mean come on dear, you should have given the people waiting some kind of explanation or something. Everyone is kind of getting restless with the waiting for an update of some sort. Its getting out of hand honestly...if you truly care about your work and your fans, then the least you can do is give us an update...ASAP!!

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  33. Oh
    My god guys Sophia's book the chrystle seeker has a new title and the author is now Sarah swan why did she change her name have a look on amazon it's a bit weird

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  34. I just bought chosen (seeker saga book 1) at the end it has all about the dream realms series and says written as Sophia Sharp it says that book 3 part 2 titled Ascension will be published January 2012.. I'm sure she has tried her hardest to get it o her fans by her date that she said but things do happen!! I think if everyone is patient it will happen.

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  35. Omg why did she change her name???

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  36. I have no idea could it be because she's getting alot of heat from her fans maybe that could be a reason

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  37. Its now called "chosen" from the seeker saga...this is confusing.

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  38. that was the stupidest thing she could have done.

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  39. Yeah, even though she does apparently admit that she is also known as Sophia sharp...but maybe shes not.close to.finishing the book so she is freaking out and mist decided to change her name...? I'm thoroughly.confused by this

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  40. I am totally confused, is Sarah Swan going to be a permanent pseudonym of yours? I find it confusing that Amazon has one thing while B&N has another... which really is it? Users who edit on websites such as Shelfari and Goodreads like myself are having a hard time doing so.

    An update would be much appreciated.

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  41. This latest development has me kind of soured on her before hearing this I was thinking everyone should lay off her she must have some kind of issues going on or worse something terrible happened to her but this changing her name and not responding on her blog seems like she avoiding her fans, sad just a few months back where she said and this is copied straight from her post "But what I wanted to say on the topic of accessibility is that I want to be the most accessible writer out there." She has failed so miserably at this, she is a very talented confused little girl and if she doesn't learn fast she is going to possibly blow her chance at making as an author. I truly hope she gets her things together and starts making good on her words because as I said she is so talented and so young with so much growth ahead she can become so much more....

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  42. January 2012 is over tomorrow and still no Part 2 of the final Dream Realm Trilogy. :-( I'm giving up.

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  43. Seriously. I have just come to the conclusion that it will NEVER be released--I mean, shes not giving us any updates to go by, other than the fact that she said it would be available Christmas--maybe she meant Christmas 2012...LOL. If she cant hack it, then she needs to get off the bus, cause shes just pissin everyone off...

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  44. I agree that it looks like it isn't coming out. She changed her name and the title of the last book she released. I was waiting to read the Crystal Seeker (Chosen w/e) until this last book came out, and I'm glad I did because apparently she cannot finish what she starts. I especially do not want to get pulled into another one of her stories just to get let down in the end.

    I did not even mind all of the misspelling and grammar issues in her first few books because the story was intriguing. Also she really improved along the way.

    I wonder how many times she's going to start a series, give up, and then try to hide behind another alias. I'm done reading anything from Sophia Sharp (Sarah Swan).

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  45. Someone above mentioned that maybe she signed a contract with a publisher and because of that is unable to release any information, I don't know understand why a publisher would want that and cause friction with the fan base she has built up but then again I don't understand a lot of things that some companys do so maybe that's whats going on?

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  46. Ok it's the 1st feb and still not book what's going on

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  47. This is beyond annoying.

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  48. Sophia put up a stinkin' update already. If you aren't going to stay true to your release date or at least give an update do not right books. I have given up on ever reading the last book. Quit hiding behind a fake name and give us some info.

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  49. Guys the bOok is up part 2 is finally here I just brought it FINALY enjoy

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  50. Thanks for the heads up I just got the book also, Back under Sophia Sharp just what is this girl up to with the names if your gonna change your name then continue to publish under that name, wish she would answer some of the questions swirling around. Sophia or Sarah the name really doesn't matter she's worth sticking around but would still be nice to know whats going on.... Bear

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  51. where are you guys getting this book? i can't find it on amazon...

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  52. Lori go to Sophia Sharps amazon page the book wont be there but right below the books listed you'll see a link "See search results for author"Sophia Sharp" in Books" click on that and the books there or here the link to the book itself.... http://www.amazon.com/Ascension-Graced-Realms-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00761F2TA/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328584220&sr=1-4 ..... Bear

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  53. If you type in -Ascension (Graced part 2)- in Amazon it will come up as well. Just got it last night and I can't wait to read it!

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  54. Bad book. Awful Author. SAY NO MORE!! She was good in the first 3 books & this book is a COMPLETE disapointment which adds to the lack of comunication with her fans. (N)

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  55. Wow pretty harsh review, I can understand saying the book was bad but even if it is saying awful author because of one bad book seeing her other four books are very good four out of five is pretty darn good, I haven't read the book yet so I can't say but if it was bad maybe she rushed it cause of all the pressure from a lot of her fans.... Kind of seems to me the previous post review may be carrying a little anger from Sophia's lack 0f communication over the last month and a half? Even if it turns out I don't enjoy the book and is as bad as said I'll give her at least a couple bad books til I give up on her but really I have a feeling the book will be right up there with her other four.... Bear

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    1. I felt very much as you did, giving the benefit of the doubt to a promising young author. But I have to agree the final installment is terrible. And honestly, having read the first book in the next series, it is not much better. I won't be purchasing anymore. Be it pressure from fans to get it published or just getting bored and wanting to move on with something else. I would rather she communicated that it was going to be late and do a good job of ending the series than how it actually ended.

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  56. And what is her deal with STILL not giving her fans an explanation?! I mean come on Sophia, you have fans that care about you and you're just giving us all the middle finger pretty much. I haven't read the last book yet, but I doubt that I will buy anymore of her future books--if she has a future in this business...

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  57. Hi Sophia,

    I was curious what is happening with your book "Crystal Seekers?". I was checking if you had the final book in your first series up, and you did yay, but I looked at CS on kindle and it says a different author, title and cover. It is the CS story but says its authors name is Sarah Swan, called "Chosrn" and the cover is completely different. Weird, anyone know what's up with that? I want to make sure when the next one comes out you are still writing it. I love your work and make sure to take all the time you need. I'd rather have quality work from a young aspiring writer doing something with her life outside of just writing, than have a book pumped out that sounds like all the rest from a person who sits around in their dorm not enjoying the world around themselves. You are great and with greatness come criticism from people. Don't let it break your spirit and love of writing, I'd hate to see you quit....might teach some of these jerks a lesson though ;) Maybe just post soft release dates if any, it keeps us thinking and coming back for more!

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  58. I must say very disappointed with the final dream realms book I never thought the story would go
    In that direction but it ended so abruptly what came of grey did she see him again and what about her fiends what came of the angels? Did they take the elders position what lessons did she learn. It's a pity was really looking forward I this book the 1st 3 were amazing big let down

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  59. I'm not going to bother buying the last book, nor any other book of hers...I gave up awhile ago, and it sounds like im not missing out anyways. I found some other series that are written by authors that actually communicate with their fans still, so I am a happy reader. Bye Sophia, or whatever your name is.

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  60. I am really anticipating the third book in the series to come out already!!! I can't wait to read it and the next book in the Crystal Seekers series:)

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    1. I assume you mean part 2 of the 3rd book in the series (Asencion, Graced part 2) and its put already. Not that Sophia told us or anything, we found it on Amazon randomly.

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  61. WOW - so it is Sophia Sharp or Sarah Swan now? You had to change your name because you sucked so bad???

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    1. Could it be such immature responses as this and many others like it or worse as to why she went into hiding? I mean really it's her life and all so not responding to her fans is her call her loss of income when less books are purchased she owes us nothing just as we owe her nothing, yes it would be nice to hear whats going on with her and all but that's all up to her, to accept it or not is up to us but are insults really necessary? Bear....

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  62. This book truly was terrible. I honestly couldnt read through it. There was just sooo much babble that it was hard to read it. I think I scanned the book more than anything. The ending was horrific as well. Gawd, could it get any lamer...seriously Sophia...I definitely will not buy anymore of your books. So sad too cause you had potential...

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    1. I was referring the last book of her Dream Realms series...

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  63. Hi Sophia! I really LIKED Ascension graced part 2.. don't mid those negative people out there. They just don't know style. as an author myself i could say you really did an amazing job in writing the book. the climax up to the end. it was really fascinating, though laura had a minor selective amnesia... but one more thing am i right in my guess... i think you left the part of the explanation regarding rafael for your readers to guess... so uhm is rafael the first angel who gave blood to humans thus the birth of the vassiz???? I hope you'd find time to answer this thanks and MORE power to you (You won't lose your TRUE supporters =])

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  64. Okay I have to admit I was really mad that you didn't tell us that ascension part two was out, and that you pretty much ditched us. But the I got into the writing business and saw how much it hurts when people start just being plain mean about there comments. In this situation no one was right. You should have told us and not ditched us and we shouldn't be plain mean when talking about your work. There is constructive criticism then theres being cruel. Also you shouldn't hide behind a fake name. Your a pretty much giving those people who are being just plain rude the satisfaction of knowing they ran you off. So stand up for yourself and show these people that you are a good writer. That concludes my rant.

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  65. I am soooooooooo excited for crystal seeker to come out in england. i can't find it anywhere yet but i just can't wait!!!!!!!I've read the dream realm trilogy and i totally adored it !!!! Come on crystal seeker!

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    1. She changed her name to Sarah Swan and the title of the book to Chosen(The Seeker Saga) and re-released it, if you have a Kindle here's the UK Amazon link "http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chosen-The-Seeker-Saga-ebook/dp/B006L4C066/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1334946159&sr=8-10" it really is every bit as good as as her first series stated out but as of her actions as of the last 5 months who knows if she will ever finish up on this series or not?
      I really want to support her but her actions are making that very hard, I like a few others have stood up for her when others have said rude and immature things about her but as of now its hard for me to really recommend starting on this series with it's future in doubt but the links there for you to choose... Now for Shopia/Sarah? Please at least let the few of us that want to stick up for you and want to support you know whats going on, even if you have decided that writing is not what you want give us the common courtesy to let us know..... Bear

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  66. I am so confused. When will the "seeker saga book 2" be out. This is so frustrating. Obviously there is a lack of loyalty to her fans. What a waste of a "what could have been great series".

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  67. If anyone cares anymore, not even really sure I do but anyways the second book in the Seeker saga Forbidden is out at amazon and I'm sure also at Barnes and Noble? But here the link for Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Forbidden-The-Seeker-Saga-ebook/dp/B0085WGU3G/ref=la_B007NUKK6Y_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339540598&sr=1-1 I haven't got it yet but 2 reviews up say its much better then the first of the series and I thought that one was pretty darn good so good day all and happy reading..... Bear

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  68. when will the third book of the seeker saga be out? i cant wait to see what happens to Tracy and her friends!!! :) keep up the writing im a big fan

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    1. The only thing I can find is on her amazon page where it says coming July 30 so surprise surprise late on a release date again, wouldn't be such a big deal if she would just let people know its delayed, hmmm what was it that happened last time oh yeah she left everyone hanging almost 3 months pretty much fell of the face of the earth to all her fans and oh yeah changed her name.... so sad shes such a flake with all her talent and from the sound of the reviews on the last book which I am not sure I am ever going to read has improved greatly

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  69. Ok where is seeker saga book 3 please someone email me nikkileestl@hotmail.com

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  70. Loved these books is there a 4th?

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  71. When will the third book of the seeker saga be out? I hope soon! :)

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  72. When will the 3rd book of seeker saga be out

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  73. OK so its now two years since the posted release date of the third seeker saga....is it every coming out...thought it was me even called amazon to ask why I can't find it...your blog says its a series of five so can I say....where r they

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  74. Someone has "stolen" your cover art, I just thought you would like to know. Here's the link.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11384302-gravity

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  75. Hello, I am not able to find Unbound or Crystal seeker anywhere to purchase to read online or for the books. Are these books available?

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  76. I also cannot find either 'Unbound' or 'Crystal Seeker'. Where can these Kindle books be purchased?

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  77. People do or don't do things for different reasons and that's their choice and it's life. However, if you're not going to complete the series have the class to say so. People buy your books and make you a good living.....I will never buy another book written by you or any other name you go by. Your BRAND is classless......

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  78. Gotta agree with the previous poster. The "Unbound" and "Crystal Seeker" books are now published under her other name of Sarah Swan as Chosen and Forbidden as part of the "Seeker Saga"...the saga died long ago since this young lady lacks the maturity to finish what she starts. No more of my money coming your way. Classless and dishonest...

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