Falling into Magic: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic, Book 1 by Elizabeth Pantley
An accidental journey through a magic mirror. A portal to an enchanted land. A mysterious family she never knew she had. Hayden’s life is upended with the wonder of Destiny Falls. But it is tainted by the danger that brought her here and that threatens her newfound family. Can Hayden and her sassy sidekick remove the threat, so that she can begin her magical new life in this captivating world?
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 1 – G Rated Clean Read
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I enjoy reading mysteries that take place in fascinating, unusual places with a touch of magic. Once I created the enchanted world of Destiny Falls and the people who live there, the stories began to tell themselves.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters all have their origins in people I have known in my life . . . and then they are exaggerated until them blossom into a whole new being. My quirky 87-year-old mother always makes the family laugh with her antics, so she of course has a character patterned after her.
It all began when Hayden was six and she lost her cat.
Fluffball was a Himalayan rescue, the softest ball of fur Hayden had ever seen. She had visited the shelter with her grandmother and was immediately drawn to the cat's amazing blue eyes. She begged to take her home and promised she'd take good care of her. Nana had finally given in and the cat had joined the family.
She'd only had her a few weeks, but she had loved Fluffball. Then one day, her cat was gone. Snap. Just like that. The adults told her that the cat had likely snuck out a door or jumped out the bedroom window and ran away. But she knew the truth. It was the mirror.
Many children have odd fears. Clowns, bathtubs, monsters under the bed. Hayden was afraid of mirrors. She was so adamant that they had to take the mirror out of her bedroom. She only trusted those that were adhered to the wall, like the one above their fireplace.
Even as she grew up, she continued to be uneasy around them. She kept her distance and learned as a teen to put on her makeup and do her hair in the reflection of her shower door or in her small hand-held compact mirror. Sometimes, when she’d walk by a mirror, she’d swear she saw a man in there, looking at her. Oddly, she came to understand that it could be any mirror, but not every mirror. It was unpredictable. Over time, with nothing bad ever again happening, she convinced herself it was a good image that she saw – like a guardian angel. It prevented her from completely freaking out, and eventually he even became a welcome sight.
If anyone questioned her, she explained away her unease by saying she was superstitious – breaking a mirror means seven years of bad luck and all that. But the truth was harder to believe.
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