C S Johnson

Kitsuneko: A Companion Novella to The Realms Beyond the Rainbow
by C. S. Johnson

Trouble is brewing in the realms beyond the rainbow …

 

Kitsuneko has always done her best to honor her duty. As a young fox-cat changeling, she was conscripted into slavery by King Dario and Queen Arianna of Toulacoeur to serve as the surrogate for Princess Cari, their daughter who was kidnapped seventeen years ago.

But when Kiro, Cari’s younger brother and the heir to the throne, proclaims his love for her, Kitsuneko is torn between her duty to the kingdom and her desire for the virtuous prince. 

And when Kiro’s kisses leave her breathless, Kitsuneko finds herself — and the kingdom — in mortal danger.

For the peace that Toulacoeur enjoys, maintained through the blessing of Kleon, the Unicorn Guardian, is at risk, and to maintain their rule, the king and queen have arranged for Kiro to marry Ariella, a Warlord’s daughter from a tribe of Gryphon Riders.

Can Kitsuneko and Kiro find a way to be together and keep the kingdom’s peace? Or is their love destined to only lead to destruction?

Kitsuneko is A Companion Novella to The Realms Beyond the Rainbow, a fantasy romance adventure with changelings, rainbow portals, and the US Space Force from award-winning, genre-hopping author C. S. Johnson.

FROM THE BOOK:  

I look in the mirror carefully, scrutinizing the smallest details of the face before me. It is the face of a beautiful young woman, serene and striking all at once. I study the rosy cheeks, still youthfully plump while they start to hint at adulthood, while golden hair falls to either side, sweeping long past the pointed chin. My focus fastens onto the nose in wonderment, mesmerized by the size of the little bump that turns up at its end. I press down on it with my finger, and it shrinks, ever so slightly, in size.

Finally, my gaze travels to see the two large, slanted eyes staring back at me; the misty green twinkles, simultaneously bewildered and cautious.

The eyes are mine, even if the rest of the face is not.

Of all the different kinds of changelings, the kitsunefolk are the only ones whose eyes refuse to change. I doubt this is anything but by design; my kinfolk are known for their inner stubbornness as much as they are known for their outward flexibility. Add in the catblood, and that’s me.

I am a changeling from the Honeyspice Lands, a kitsune-neko, and that’s all. That is my only role to play in the grand kingdom of Toulacoeur, and so much so, that’s what they named me.

I am Kitsuneko, slave of King Dario and his wife, Queen Arianna, their full-time substitute for their daughter, Princess Cari.

I smile into the mirror, and the face of Princess Cari smiles back at me.

“Perfect,” I whisper. “You look just like her.”

Or at least, I look like what most people think Princess Cari would look like, if she hadn’t been kidnapped seventeen years ago.

  

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:  

"I absolutely love this "tail" of love and tragedy and hope!" ~ Malissa, Audiobook Reviewer

"This is fantasy old school, one adults and kids will enjoy." ~ William, Goodreads Reviewer


Should I Go to College? What About Student Loan Debt?
by C. S. Johnson

If you’re a high school student, chances are you’ve been thinking about where you will go to college. Or if you will go to college at all. 

I’ve been there. And as a former teacher, I’ve seen thousands of students there, too. So I wrote this book to help you. 

This book offers sound advice about deciding whether or not you want to go to college, and, if you decide to go, how you can save yourself a lot of trouble along the way. 

"This is the book about college I wish I had read when I was younger." – My 30-year-old self


Kitsuneko
by C. S. Johnson

Trouble is brewing in the realms beyond the rainbow …

Kitsuneko has always done her best to honor her duty. As a young fox-cat changeling, she was conscripted into slavery by King Dario and Queen Arianna of Toulacoeur to serve as the surrogate for Princess Cari, their daughter who was kidnapped seventeen years ago.

But when Kiro, Cari’s younger brother and the heir to the throne, proclaims his love for her, Kitsuneko is torn between her duty to the kingdom and her desire for the virtuous prince.

And when Kiro’s kisses leave her breathless, Kitsuneko finds herself — and the kingdom — in mortal danger.

For the peace that Toulacoeur enjoys, maintained through the blessing of Kleon, the Unicorn Guardian, is at risk, and to maintain their rule, the king and queen have arranged for Kiro to marry Ariella, a Warlord’s daughter from a tribe of Gryphon Riders.

Can Kitsuneko and Kiro find a way to be together and keep the kingdom’s peace? Or is their love destined to only lead to destruction?

Kitsuneko is A Companion Novella to The Realms Beyond the Rainbow, a fantasy romance adventure with changelings, rainbow portals, and the US Space Force from award-winning, genre-hopping author C. S. Johnson.

FROM THE BOOK:

I look in the mirror carefully, scrutinizing the smallest details of the face before me. It is the face of a beautiful young woman, serene and striking all at once. I study the rosy cheeks, still youthfully plump while they start to hint at adulthood, while golden hair falls to either side, sweeping long past the pointed chin. My focus fastens onto the nose in wonderment, mesmerized by the size of the little bump that turns up at its end. I press down on it with my finger, and it shrinks, ever so slightly, in size.

Finally, my gaze travels to see the two large, slanted eyes staring back at me; the misty green twinkles, simultaneously bewildered and cautious.

The eyes are mine, even if the rest of the face is not.

Of all the different kinds of changelings, the kitsunefolk are the only ones whose eyes refuse to change. I doubt this is anything but by design; my kinfolk are known for their inner stubbornness as much as they are known for their outward flexibility. Add in the catblood, and that’s me.

I am a changeling from the Honeyspice Lands, a kitsune-neko, and that’s all. That is my only role to play in the grand kingdom of Toulacoeur, and so much so, that’s what they named me.

I am Kitsuneko, slave of King Dario and his wife, Queen Arianna, their full-time substitute for their daughter, Princess Cari.

I smile into the mirror, and the face of Princess Cari smiles back at me.

“Perfect,” I whisper. “You look just like her.”

Or at least, I look like what most people think Princess Cari would look like, if she hadn’t been kidnapped seventeen years ago.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

“I absolutely love this “tail” of love and tragedy and hope!” Malissa, Audiobook Reviewer

“This is fantasy old school, one adults and kids will enjoy.” William, Goodreads Reviewer


The Girl of All My Memes
by C. S. Johnson

He didn’t "meme" to do it …  

Tenth grader Tommy Baher has always lived in the shadow of his older brother Johnathan, and he has always hated it. Determined to set himself apart from his brother, Tommy puts all his efforts into securing the highest grades in his class. There’s just one problem standing in his way: Kara Metaxas, his longtime academic rival, who has always made his life at school difficult. 

When Tommy and Kara are invited to participate in the Junior Science and Technology Symposium, an academic competition hosted by a prestigious college, Tommy sees it as a chance to prove himself to his parents and his peers. Tommy feels even more sure of himself as he begins to make funny memes using a picture of Kara. Everything is coming together for him. 

But when Tommy starts to change his mind about Kara – and subsequently, nearly everything else about his life – his memes go viral, and threatens to destroy everything Tommy has worked for. 

Can he find a way to make things right with Kara before he loses everything?

FROM THE AUTHOR: 

With themes of cyberbullying, teen romance, sibling rivalries, and the importance of family, The Girl of All My Memes is a light-hearted read that packs a subtle punch.

FROM THE BOOK: 

The day I fell in love with Kara was the day I accidentally ruined her life, and I was as blindsided by ruining her life as much as I was by falling in love with her. According to my now ex-best friend, Miles, love is supposed to make you feel stupid, but I never thought my stupidity, or anybody else’s for that matter, would lead to such devastation.  

WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING: 

"I cannot stop writing about this novel so all in all… I looooovvveeddd it!" ~ Melancholic Blithe Book Review

This is a realistic, timely, age-appropriate YA story of growing up gifted but clueless in the modern USA. ~ Helgaleena, Goodreads Reviewer


Belonging
by C. S. Johnson

After discovering the truth of Starry Knight’s identity and the truth of how he felt about her, Hamilton Dinger is facing his biggest challenge yet: Taking her out on a "normal" date, to a normal high school football game, with normal people.  

Can Hamilton have the perfect teenage date without getting interrupted by demons, dragons, parents, or social politics? Or will Wingdinger and Starry Knight need to make their appearance? Find out in this is a short story set between Book 4 and Book 5 of the Starlight Chronicles. 


Searching
by C. S. Johnson

There is no surrendering your will without giving up your heart. Long before she took up the title of Starry Knight, Raiya Cole knew she was different. Ever since she survived the car crash that killed her parents, the truth about her supernatural powers–and her destiny as a fallen Star–shaped her life, preparing her for a battle she knew would come one day. With the help of Grandpa Odd, her beloved mentor, Raiya works to maintain control over her power and train as a Starlight Warrior. But the battle she prepared for is not the first one she must face. As her seventh grade year begins, Raiya’s resolve is put to the test when her power unexpectedly–and exponentially–grows, threatening the fragile life she has managed to build over the last six years. Can Raiya embrace a duty that demands not only her life, but her heart as well? Can she survive paying the price that comes with her power?

Beauty’ Kiss
by C. S. Johnson

Rose, the Princess of Rhone, doomed to fall into a sleeping death on her eighteenth birthday, has only ever wanted two things in all her life: to be free of her curse, and to never fall in love. After securing the dragon’s blood from the Serpent’s Garden, Rose is confident she has all she needs to free herself from Magdalina’s curse. But when Magdalina comes to offer Rose a new deal¿one that would free her from her curse, while also eliminating future threats¿Rose is forced to confront the truth of her feelings for Theo. As Theo’s past and new troubles interrupt their journey back to Rhone, Rose knows she must make a devastating choice. Will she let herself fall in love? Or will she break her own heart instead?

Submerging
by C. S. Johnson

There is nothing like a birthday to give Hamilton Dinger hope. With his new job as a part-time intern at the Mayor’s office, being a full-time high school student and Starlight Warrior has its challenges. And although he has the full support of his girlfriend, Gwen, and his best friend, Mikey, and even a tentative partnership with Starry Knight, his ally against the Seven Deadly Sinisters, he has definite cause for concern. The arrival of SWORD, the growing demonic activity in Apollo City, and the increasingly negative media attention has sparked unrest among the city and its inhabitants. Hamilton has some additional help in Aletheia, a new supernatural ally, who has come to equip him to be a Starlight defender. With the help of the crew of the Meallan and its captain, St. Brendan the Navigator, and the Star of Time, Hamilton sets off for the Celestial Kingdom. Can Hamilton find the answers that will help him? Will he realize the importance of his choices, and more importantly-make the right ones?


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