Zirconya: The Sage of Aluh'Nehn, a YA Contemporary Fantasy, is scheduled for a June '11 release from Champagne Books.
The Online World of Author Diana Ilinca
A young elf named Caelum is forced from her world of Zirconya into an unmagical realm called Earth. Ignorant of the life she left behind, she lives as a normal human being, but nothing could be further from the truth. After seventeen years of unknowing exile, a man from her real world, Maze, comes to escort her back, but without her memories of Zirconya, his tales only convince her of his insanity.
When holes begin tearing through the dimensional fabric between Earth and Zirconya, Caelum must find a way to remember her past life before Zirconya's existence is discovered. But how can she remember something she doesn’t even believe has happened? As if surviving high school isn’t tough enough, add the constant dogging by an annoying, though hunky, mythical man, and the appearance of a creature from her darkest nightmares, and you’ve got a troubled teen.
Caelum turned to Vicky and frowned. “Listen, Vicky. I know about Lockesith and Zirconya and the sages. I know about them all. Don’t say a word to anyone else unless they know who Maze is.” She spoke in a panic as the dark man exchanged words with the teacher. “It’s all true. You have to believe it all, alright? Please!”
The teacher turned and pointed to Caelum. With one quick glance to Vicky and a lungful of air, she shot out of her seat, jumped from desktop to desktop and dashed out through the back door of the classroom.
Running on the edge of campus, Craban pursued her as the other man came up from the side and joined him. Everything seemed to move in slow-motion as Caelum desperately ran for her life.
With a quick glance over her shoulder, she saw the pair as they drew dangerously closer with each stride. When the sage turned back, Maze stood only yards away. He rose a large, silver sword above his head and slashed the air before him with a flourish, creating a tear similar to the one in the sky.
Caelum had too much momentum and couldn’t stop herself before she ran through it and disappeared.