Kate Connelly should be careful what she wishes for. Just seventeen, she already feels like she’s suffocating. All Kate wants is a little distraction from the same-ole, same-ole that is her life. — @TheAcademySagaTweet
When people ask me how I came up with The Academy Saga, I’m often at a loss for words. (A bad-on-me thing as I’m a writer.) I mean, I’d studied English and creative writing in college and even managed to graduate cum laude, so I had been schooled on how to spin a good yarn. But it’s nearly impossible to make your living as a writer fresh out of college, so I spent some more time and money getting certified to teach. After a humorous stint trying to force seventh graders into appreciating poetry that doesn’t rhyme, I quit to have babies and write that novel rolling around in my head. Unfortunately, I found that babies and books don’t go together as well as wine and me-time, so I pushed pause to grow my ankle-biters into school-age children.
When my last kiddo scampered off to kindergarten, I cracked open my brand-new laptop, grabbed my requisite Starbucks, and holed myself up in my husband’s office, so excited to finally be taking my book journey. I had taken my passion for writing and married it with my interest in occult abilities, my obsession with elite military, and my love of romance. But no matter how hard I tried to stick to my script, the characters seem to have other ideas. They were so insistent, that I finally chucked my outline out the window and let the characters take over. And, boy, am I glad that I did! That’s when the story really took off into something special. Sometimes, I feel like I’m just the magical portal through which the story comes. The characters and The Academy World are so real to me, it’s almost like living in a parallel universe half the time. And no matter how tired I am, when the characters come tugging on my sleeve at night, I cave and stumble to my laptop to bang out the scene they’re trying to show me. It’s almost like living with ghosts! But it’s never boring, and I’m never lonely. So, if you come knocking at my door, it might take me a minute to blink my way back to reality . . . because what’s going on at The Academy is just way more intriguing and fun.
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Book Title: The Academy Saga by C.J. Daly
Category: Adult Fiction (18 yrs +), 500 pages
Genre: Suspense Romance
Publisher: BrandyLight Ink
Release date: September 2019
Content Rating: PG-13. My book has some adult themes, language, and a few slow-burn romance scenes.
“Unique, intense, and suspenseful. A story with compelling characters that pull you into the author’s world and keep you reading from beginning to end. Intriguing start to a new series.” –New York Times Best Selling Author Jami Brumfield
“CJ has created an unforgettable story about a young woman caught up in a world of lies and deception. The Academy Saga is a page-turning read with a twist you may not see coming.”—Tony Jones, Executive Producer of My All American
“Wow wow wow! This book has it all. It’s extremely well written, the characters are amazing and the story is so intriguing that it pulls you in from the very first page. There’s tension, mystery chemistry and of course romance. I loved it! I would highly recommend this page turner!” — RATING: @abbi_reads_xx
Readers’ Favorite Suspense Romance
Kate Connelly should be careful what she wishes for.
Just seventeen, she already feels like she’s suffocating. Since her mother’s death, her father’s basically checked out, so she’s stuck raising her brothers by herself out in the New Mexico scrub. All Kate wants is a little distraction from the same-ole, same-ole that is her life.
When two mysterious guys show up at the diner where she works, she thinks her wish has come true, until they start giving her a hard time. Like her life isn’t hard enough. Something about them niggles her, but she brushes it off. She’s never going to see them again anyway . . . right?
Then they appear in an alley one night to either rescue or kidnap her (she’s still not sure which) before disappearing like figments of her imagination.
Kate decides to put the bizarre encounters out of her mind. She has bigger problems to worry about: like that elite military academy that’s been pursuing her gifted little brother. When one of their cadets shows up at her high school, he creates instant pandemonium. And just happens to be one of those mysterious guys. Coincidence? Mama said there’s no such thing. And to always trust her instinct. But that might be kind of hard, because every time she’s around Cadet Peter Davenport, her gut starts flip-flopping on her. And her heart.
Can Kate keep it together long enough to stop Cadet Davenport’s mission? She’s about to find out. And—once again—how neatly life can be split into before and after.
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Book Title: The Academy Saga: Cadet-in-Training by C.J. Daly
Category: Adult Fiction (18 yrs +), 441 pages
Genre: Suspense Romance
Publisher: BrandyLight Ink
Content Rating: PG-13. My book has some adult themes, language, and a few slow-burn romance scenes. “Absolutely ADDICTING! CJ Daly does it again and delivers a story YOU CAN’T PUT DOWN! Edge of your seat GREATNESS! I was completely hooked into this story. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The Cadet in Training was such a phenomenal escape. With characters that fly off the pages, you become immersed! CJ Daly has stunning story telling skills! I’m still sitting here, like what did I just read and why is it over! Agh! I can’t wait for book 3!!! #theacademysaga is going down as one my absolute favorites! #TeamPete! All the stars! I’m ready to read this one again!”RATING: @elizabeth.ness.56
Another Readers’ Favorite 5-STAR Suspense Romance. Begin the journey today.
Kate’s destiny has been determined for her.
Hidden out in the country for most her life, Kate Connelly suddenly wakes up, handcuffed to a hospital bed, in the psyche ward of The Academy. Her crime? Being “gifted.” And it’s Officer “Ranger” Nealson’s job to make her adhere to The Academy’s agenda for her. Even though he’s the one who drugged and dragged her in. Kate’s hate for Ranger, and his academy, is at an all-time high. Ranger has his work cut out for him . . . and Kate does too. She has to fight through the rigors of the Cadet-in-Training program, and quickly. If not, she’ll lose the one privilege she’s been given at The Academy—access to her precious little brother.
And until she graduates from the CIT program, Officer Nealson is banned from Missions. When General Weston finally offers a juicy recon to Ranger, he wants to jump at the chance to prove himself again. After all, catching bad guys is his thing. Almost all pros for doing it. One con—Cadet Connelly has to ride along.
The hardened officer finds he’s slowly been growing a soft spot for his mentee. But he’s determined not to end up like his father, and former Elite Cadet Pete Davenport—throwing away their career for a girl (not even a woman). And Kate has lingering feelings for Pete, who risked his life to warn her, and conflicting feelings for Ranger. She has to set both aside to focus on completing her first mission.
When the dust settles, old alliances are broken and new ones are formed. But one thing remains the same: Kate’s destiny has been determined for her by The Academy. Ready or not . . . she’s set for Missions. Will one of the former elite cadets step in to help change her fate, or will she be left to fight the Academy’s agenda alone?
Meet the Author:
CJ Daly grew up on the scrabbly plains of Eastern New Mexico. When she was supposed to be helping her six siblings with chores on the family ranch, she was really sneaking behind dusty haystacks to read. And dreaming about becoming a writer.
After graduating high school, CJ moved to Big D, where she quickly put herself through college while trying to rid herself of her country accent. She had better luck with college, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in English literature. After teaching a few years and pausing to have back-to-back boys, she began writing in earnest.
A few years later, “The Academy Saga” was born. It instantly earned a Readers’ Favorite 5-STAR seal of approval and became an Amazon best seller.
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