The Secret Sanctuary

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T.L. Shively

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A group of friends discovers a magical world threatened by shadow creatures wanting to drain all magic, including theirs. They must learn to use their powers to save their newfound friends and themselves before its too late.


Action, Adventure, Children's, Family, Fantasy, Young Adult,,Young Adult,Adventure,Fantasy,Folktale

Short Summary

Seven friends are brought to Sanctuary where they discover a world they thought only possible in storybooks. There they are told of a destiny none of them knew anything about, a destiny that results in their deaths. They must learn to control their powers and to work the magical crystal crims.

The Guardians make their peace with the Alpha Leader and together they work on a way to save their friend and comrade. Working alongside the other factions in Sanctuary they are able to do what no other Guardians before them were able to do. They could heal the shadows and in doing so they saved their friend.


Unknown location

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Telara

Age: 15

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Insecure, Leader, Aggressive, Outspoken, Sarcastic, Honorable,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Leader,Insecure,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Tia

Age: 15

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Adventurous, Confident, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Flexible, Honorable, Modest,Complex,Confident,Faithful,Honorable,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Savanna

Age: 15

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming, Empathetic, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Flexible, Modest, Romantic, Visionary, Engaging, Gracious, Honorable, Selfless, Strong Moral Code,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Strong Moral Code,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: I.Q.

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Honorable, Modest, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Confident, Educated, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Gracious

Development Pitch

I see this book as an adventure with a group of teenagers coming to Sanctuary and discovering a world of magic and mystery. A world where mermaids swim in the water, nymphs tie your shoelaces together and if you aren't careful gnomes will fling pottery at your head. A command center where other teenagers work with magical crystals called Crims that come alive in their hands to defend their world from the shadow creatures that threaten it. Telara and her friends must learn to work with an Alpha leader who shows nothing but contempt for them but yet is the one they need to show them how to use their powers and their Crims. When a mutual friend ends up in the hands of the shadow creatures they are both fighting they must team up together to bring their friend home and save the day. When all of Sanctuary join together no shadow can withstand their light.

About The Author

T.L. Shively is an award-winning author who plays mom and wife with a daytime job but after hours you will find her knee-deep in gnomes, fairies, and all things fantasy. She loves when her imagination takes her places she hasn’t been, then she writes them down on paper so she can share them.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Me

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available



print: 978-1-952325-00-7 epub: 978-1-952325-01-4