Guest Author: Jean Lee ~ My Wisconsin … and a new book!

Look out there. Beyond all the houses, with their paved streets and sour tangerine light. Beyond all that.

Go into the dark, where streams appear and vanish with every thunderstorm. Where crickets and cicadas sing until the sun’s first light seeps into the horizon. Where the eyes of coyotes, deer, raccoons, and foxes run on shadowy legs among the oaks, maples, ash. Where the farmers stake their claims again the wild with their patchwork quilt of corn, soy, wheat. Where the lone barn light is all you can see for miles on the narrow, broken highway.

This is my Wisconsin.

So many treasures hide on these old state roads, if you take the time to look.

Take this old school.

I passed this school every week for two years, when I’d drive my sons to a 3K program a few towns over. The structure itself is roughly a century old, I’d say, if not a bit older—nothing like the bones of abbeys on the islands of the United Kingdom, I know, but any door can lead to a story. It’s all in how you walk in, be it with your feet, or your mind.

Or, if you’re very, very lucky, both.

River Vine, the setting for my novel, is partially inspired by a summer camp in central Wisconsin my family visited for many summers of my childhood. My parents worked in the kitchen and chapel, while we young ones were let loose among the sandy paths and wildflowers. I loved getting lost in the trees, transporting myself to Narnia and beyond even while the “proper” campers were herded from games to crafts to sing-alongs and so on. Towns, cars, technology—they weren’t real. This land and all its magic—all the possibilities laughing among the tall grasses, fluttering on fairy wings—this was real.

And that’s the sort of magic that helped inspire River Vine, the setting for my novel Fallen Princeborn: Stolen. It’s a land apart, separated by a cursed wall that not only affects those living behind it, but anyone who crosses it, as Charlotte will discover as her bus travels deeper into rural Wisconsin, ever closer to the wall and all it contains: the mystery. The nightmare. The love.

So what are you waiting for? Go outside. Find that path that always catches your eyes but never your feet. It’ll probably lead nowhere. It will surely eat several precious minutes from your day. Nothing around here has any sort of magic.

With that attitude? You bet your boots the magic’s hiding.

So go out in just your socks. Feel the broken pine needles and the twigs and those whirly-gig seeds beneath your cottoned feet. Take in the world with your eyes, ears, nose, and that most precious sense no storyteller can live without:

A sense of wonder.

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Fallen Princeborn: Stolen. Coming Halloween 2018

In rural Wisconsin, an old stone wall is all that separates the world of magic from the world of man—a wall that keeps the shifters inside. When something gets out, people disappear. Completely.

Escaping from an abusive uncle, eighteen-year-old Charlotte is running away with her younger sister Anna. Together they board a bus. Little do they know that they’re bound for River Vine—a shrouded hinterland where dark magic devours and ancient shapeshifters feed, and where the seed of love sets root among the ashes of the dying. 

Fallen Princeborn: Stolen is the first in a series of young-adult dark-fantasy novels by Jean Lee. Watch for book 2 in March 2019. Read Tales of the River Vine, a collection of FREE short stories based on the characters in the Fallen Princeborn omnibus.


About the author

Jean Lee is a Wisconsin born and bred writer excited to share her young adult fiction with those who love to find other worlds hidden in the humdrum of everyday life. Lee’s short story collection Tales of the River Vine is currently available for free download on Amazon, Nook, and other markets. Her serialized fantasy Middler’s Pride is available via the Indie E-magazine Channillo. Lee’s first novel, Fallen Princeborn: Stolen, debuts Halloween 2018 from Aionios Books. She currently lives in the Madison area with her husband and three children.

Links for Stories:

Amazon   Nook  Other outlets  Channillo

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Other books by Jean Lee

Tales of the River Vine

A collection of short stories  to accompany the Fallen Princeborn Omnibus, by Jean Lee, an exciting new author of young-adult dark fantasy.

For full details of this book and other stories, many of which are available FREE online, please visit Jean’s Book Page


Shield Maidens of Idana: Middler’s Pride

This serialized fantasy, Middler’s Pride, is now available on Channillo, with bonus character sketches on Wattpad.

After a humiliating dinner with a suitor, Meredydd sees only a dull life ahead, destined to crush her heroic spirit–that is, until she’s accepted into the Shield Maidens. Surely nothing but glory and adventure await, right? And they do…if Mer can first overcome the most dangerous enemy of all: herself.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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17 Responses to Guest Author: Jean Lee ~ My Wisconsin … and a new book!

  1. Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. chris jensen says:

    i lov magicki…

    Nonetheless it’s a curse…

    In that sense, everybody believes that my magick is a gift, which in this, believing they can use my (magickal cursed gift) anytime they choose…

    An i, always answer, no! What of mine don’t you understand?

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Oh, your marvelous description makes me want to dive right in! And your pictures are enchanting. I will be downloading those books for sure!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. My humble thanks to Sue for this chance to share my world and work with her readers. It’s an honor to be on this site and among such amazing creative souls! 🙂 xxxxxxxx


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  6. Adele Marie says:

    I am entranced by the premise of this book. Already on my TBR list.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Huzzah! I hope you like it!

    Liked by 1 person

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