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Scarlet Young Adult Series 

Published by Manor Minor Press
Edited by Miranda Ottewell
With original artwork and interior design by Krister Swartz and Miranda Ottewell 
Scarlet and the Keepers of the Light

Welcome to Satorium...
Perhaps it’s the fact that her puppy has grown twice the size of a German Shepherd and has started talking.  Perhaps it’s that mysterious evil figures are searching everywhere for her and her family, intent on ending her life.  Or perhaps it’s the fact that Scarlet Hopewell has just learned that she is one half a prophecy that will decide the fate of two worlds; one that she didn’t even know existed. Whatever the reason, Scarlet Hopewell is having a very interesting year.  
The barrier that separates the magical and non-magical worlds is about to be broken, and Scarlet is caught right in the middle.  With an ancient wolf who she thought was her family dog, a wizened old Tounder (the elder of the Keepers of the Light), and her family, Scarlet will embark on a great adventure to learn how to wield magical power beyond her wildest imagination.  But time is running out.  An evil is rising in the south and he too will amass powers equal or greater to her own—and he has a head start.  Before the end, her world will be destroyed, and the only hope for those that remain is Scarlet.
Scarlet and the Keepers of the Light is the first in a series of four novels for young adults that will chronicle the adventures of Scarlet and her companions as they fight against the evil Prince Thanerbos and his plans to rule over both the magical and non-magical worlds.  The novel is about finding one’s own inner strength and the inseparable bond that can exist between family and friends.  Filled with imagery of worlds both familiar and fantastical, it takes the readers through Scarlet’s transition from an ordinary twelve-year-old girl with hopes of one day being a writer, to the powerful prophesied hero of a land beyond even her considerable imagination.

Scarlet and the Dragon's Burden 

The highly anticipated sequel to Scarlet and the Dragon's Burden. Trapped in a ruined world, Scarlet offers hope to those who find their way to the Sanctuary, but her own faith is fading. She misses her family and, unable to learn the magic she needs to face Prince Thanerbos, is afraid she'll never fulfill her destiny as the legendary For Tol Don. But when word reaches Scarlet and her companions that they might not be the only ones stranded in the nonmagical world, she sets out on a new quest. Meanwhile, Charles and Xavier seek the help of the dragon Morelpis. If what the mountain dwarves tell them can be trusted, grief has turned the once peaceful dragon deadly. Yet if he's to save his daughter, Charles has nowhere else to turn . . . With pirates, dragons, dwarves, strange natural phenomena, riddles to solve, and twists to keep you guessing, the sequel to Scarlet and the Keepers of the Light expands the world of Satorium in ways both surprising and poignant

Scarlet and the Queen of the New World (TBA)

With Queen of the New World, West delivers the highly anticipated third volume of the Scarlet Hopewell series and brings a distinctive maturity to his characters that bridges the gap between young adult and epic fantasy.

Satorium and the New World are in chaos and war is eminent. Scarlet finds herself in the awkward position of being the leader of the largest group of human beings still free in the New World. A position she neither wants or feels she is capable. With her mission to learn the powers she will need to fight the darkness rising in Satorium all but abandoned, hope is fading and Scarlet must struggle with the new position everyone wishes to thrust upon her. With her mother and sister fleeing unknowingly into the hands of the enemy and her father trying to mass an army to stand against the tyrannical king, Scarlet must find it within herself to face the Queen of the New World.

Scarlet Hopewell Books 4 and 5 (TBA)
The conclusion to the epic series...

Upcoming Novels

Wake Me When I'm Gone

Set primarily at a fictional Thomas Jefferson University, Wake Me When I’m Gone intertwines the lives of two unlikely friends as they struggle through the past they want to forget, but must face if they are to have any hope of a future. Alex is a rising football hero who finds himself thrust into the limelight when the team’s quarterback is brought up on charges of sexual assault, an added pressure to an already complicated life. Although he seems to have it all, a loving girlfriend, a caring family and a great deal of talent, Alex cannot bring himself to feel anything for the many gifts which envelope him. His plaguing stoicism finds relief when he meets Sebastian, a young man without a past, who seems enthralled by the everyday pleasures most, including Alex have come to take for granted. What Alex and their friends do not know, is that not only does Sebastian’s past exist, it is riddled with violence, torture and the most elite of military training and at every turn, his past is desperately trying to find him. When Sebastian’s former world and the new life he is trying desperately to hold on to collide, he and his friends will be drawn into a web of political deceit and corruption that can only have one conclusion. The only question will be how much of what Sebastian has come to love will he be able to salvage when he reassumes the mantle of his past and takes on the organization responsible for creating him?

Mimic the Devil

Mimic the Devil is the story of how a great love can become twisted into desperate need for vengeance and what happens when that insatiable hunger remains unquenched. THE JUDGE finds himself presiding over the rapist who killed his wife and decides to take the role of executioner, murdering the man in front of a full courtroom. CHARLIE places his mother in a mental institution because after twenty years of suffering with the consequences of being raped, the birth of Charlie, she has given in completely to her mental illness. Charlie has no one; an interracial man who feels he has no place in society and nothing to live for except his intense resentment for his father. SEAN is about to start a new life. He’s a top graduate from medical school and is about to marry the woman he loves, but she has a past filled with secret pain and incestuous abuse. When he finds her murdered at the hands of her abusive father in a murder-suicide, there is no outlet for the vengeful hatred left in his heart. These three characters collide in a thrilling quest for revenge, social change and ultimate justice, but what they find is that vengeance is unquenchable, life doesn’t stop with the death of a great love, and no justice is ultimate.  The unrelenting thriller with a pace that will leave you breathless, a love story that will break your heart and a twist that will leave you guessing till the end.

Upcoming Novellas
The Truest Life
The heart wrenching story of a man who has reached the end of his life and must decide whether he has anything left to offer. Told from both a third and first person narrative, The Truest Life is at times brutal, sad, and full of hope. Jackson Charles is a character that will still be with you long after you reach the end.

The Truest Life is literature at its best. Moving, honest and thought provoking. A deeply personal look into the heart of a writer.

Brandon Charles West

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