Nona Mae King

Biography

Nona King was born and raised on a 30-acre homestead outside Aurora, Oregon, in 1972. In the late '80s she began writing feature-length plays, young adult fiction, and Christian romance novels. From '99 to '05 she experimented with myriad worlds and character-types through VG fan-fiction under the pseudonym Mintbaby. She is the author of more than 30 novellas and short-stories, including fan favorites such as the 'Bookworms and Booya!' series, the 'Terra' saga, and 'A Rose by Any Other Name.'

In 2006 King moved to the Seattle area where she met and married her husband and once again focused on her original fiction, publishing one paranormal fantasy and two romance novels from 2008 to 2011. She plans to release the extended edition of her paranormal fantasy, 'To Save A Soul', in the coming months, as well as 'Releasing Yesterday', book 2 of her historical romance series, Heart of the Blessed.

King has dedicated herself to writing true-to-life characters, be they villain or hero, so readers can experience life and its many passions. All her stories focus on faith, honor, and the importance of communication and trust in our relationships.

Smashwords Interview

How did your writing career begin and what do you love so much about crafting stories?
There was never a conscious decision to write, honestly. Rather, it was something I could not help but do. From the moment I can recall there has been a press in the deepest part of me to weave stories. As I matured, it blossomed into a daily, unquenchable thirst to bring characters to life on the page, to heal the tortured soul, to tell the story of the characters I see so vividly in my mind. Whether the story was inspired by a movie seen or a book read, there was always the impression that another story waited just on the horizon.
Which authors do you most admire and why?
Of contemporary writers, I most admire a little known author by the name of Dana Pratola. Her most recent releases have been 'The Covering' and 'Descended~ Jett'. She writes "edgy" Christian romance that smack with sexual tension and page-turning story. She understands characters and what drive them, understands their passions and hopes. She is an exceptional writer, and I can hardly wait until her next book is released.
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Books

Releasing Yesterday
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Series: Heart of the Blessed, Book 2. Pre-release—available December 31, 2014. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,850. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Sara and Christopher have finally found their happily ever after. One stage of her journey is finished, but what about her relationship with her father? The loss is such a hole in an otherwise blessed life. A hole she doesn’t realize will keep her from the full blessing God has waiting for her.
Searching for Sara (Extended Edition)
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Series: Heart of the Blessed. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,370. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Sara Little has ached to live in America. But being born of a single mother in London’s working class, she could only dream, until she receives an invitation.
Mists of Destiny (A Collection)
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Price: Free! Words: 31,600. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Collection contains 'Rydia, Daughter of Mist' and 'Kain, A Hero's Destiny' (f.k.a. The Story) *events take place after those of FF4
Heart of the Veldt
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Series: the Terra saga, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 48,610. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Alice runs from a life at Border rather than facing it to make it better. Instead, it's all about school and grades so she can finally escape to the Academy and learn how to cure the Veldt: her one dream. Then she meets Gau and discovers not only what she really wants, but what she is truly afraid of. *(this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VI)
Adventures of Youth & Shadows of the Past
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Series: the Terra saga, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 22,900. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Shadow. A ninja for hire. Soulless. For years those who traveled with him have sought to unravel the mystery of his past. Now history becomes a torture he can no longer shoulder alone. But when he attempts to cast it aside, will his future welcome his return? *(this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VI)
Ace of Diamonds, The
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Series: the Terra saga, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 46,310. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.00)
Setzer is bored with life after Kefka's demise. Until he meets a lady who embroils his life with mystery, passion, and a myriad of things that Lady Luck apparently doesn’t want him to have. *(PG-13; this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VI)
Terra
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Series: the Terra saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 35,320. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.00)
A forgotten evil threatens Terra, her adoptive children, her friends, and her very existence. Will Edgar, Locke, and company stop the madman before Terra falls into the depths of madness? *(this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VI)
A Rose By Any Other Name
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Price: Free! Words: 60,040. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(4.00)
Professor Natalie Long has fantasized the day she would find Vincent Valentine's resting place. A scientist, she believes she has found the means to cure him of the darker side to his nature. But what if the cure could lead to his death? *(this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VII)
Reluctant Knight, The
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Series: Bookworms & Booya. Price: Free! Words: 51,920. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.50)
Seifer Almasy. Murderer of SeeDs. Traitor. But now he finds a place among those he originally betrayed, struggling against their suspicion in order to atone for an order he never wanted to give. Can a page from his past help him find a new duty? *(PG-13; this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VIII)
Workings of A Happily Ever After, The (Bookworms and Booya #4)
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Series: Bookworms & Booya, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 55,980. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00)
Zell Dincht's proposal was the culmination of what seemed a lifetime of dreams. But when they begin planning the wedding of their dreams, how hard will they work to have their 'Happily Ever After'? *(this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VIII)
In Theory
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Series: Bookworms & Booya. Price: Free! Words: 36,660. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Radical Purists attempted to syphon information from Garden using Quistis' computer. Sally Regal made it possible for them to be stopped and suffer Seifer's Garden justice. Now there is a possibility not all of the radicals have been subdued. Will Quistis be able to find those responsible before they find her? (*this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VIII)
Few Words (A Bookworms & Booya Book)
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Series: Bookworms & Booya. Price: Free! Words: 51,820. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.00)
Fujin. Disciplinary Committee member and Seifer Almasy's right-hand. Five years ago, Seifer and Garden saved her from her twisted past. Now she must come face-to-face with her inner demons to save the Garden Network from an unknown terrorist threat. Only one problem: she must act like a woman in love. *(PG-13; this is part of a series; events take place after those of FF8)
Life's Lessons on Stress (Bookworms and Booya #3)
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Series: Bookworms & Booya, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 56,170. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00)
Boundaries in relationship were made to be pushed, but broken? When Sally Regal gives up her life as a librarian to become the newest member of the Network Security group, will those boundaries be too much? *(this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VIII)
After the Fact (Bookworms and Booya #2)
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Series: Bookworms & Booya, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 52,110. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
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Who says life after confessing an attraction gets easy? So when shy librarian Sally Regal finally confesses her crush to Instructor Zell Dincht, how exactly will that affect her life? And who will change more? *(this is a work of fan-fiction, events take place after those of Final Fantasy 8)
Bookworms and... Booya! (book 1)
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Series: Bookworms & Booya, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 32,320. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
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The library girl has kept her crush a secret for nearly five years. Now an unforeseen accident makes it impossible to ignore, opening her heart and her mind to a possible future. *(this is a work of fan-fiction and takes place after the events of Final Fantasy VIII)
Searching for Sara
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Series: Heart of the Blessed, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,520. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
(5.00)
Sara Little has ached to live in America. But being born of a single mother in London’s working class, she could only dream. Drawn to the possibility of a new beginning, she follows God’s whisper into the unknown. But more awaits than the realization of her dreams. Caught in the whirlwind of debuts and dinner parties, she has fallen in love with the one man she believes she does not deserve.
My Fair Princess
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Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 40,260. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Nia, only daughter of King Thaedis, stands as heir to the throne. To benefit the realm she is betrothed to the mayor of a neighboring district, sight unseen. With his unruly curls and eager smile, Shamus O’Neill reminds her more of a boy than a mayor. Will her heart finally burn with the passion she has longed for?
The Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,880. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
A tale of redemption and romance Zain. A soul manipulated to dark deeds, forever separated from the honor he one time cherished. But though evil has an uncanny instinct about weaknesses, love becomes his foundational strength.
To Save a Soul
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Series: The Soul Cycle, Book 1. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 55,110. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
For the last three years, Para and Mun have solved other people’s problems while earning a little notoriety and only a bit more coin. On the verge of spending their last silver, they hear the whisper of a bride who disappeared the eve of her wedding.

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  • The Art of My Life on Sep. 16, 2012

    It's a common malady, that sequels pale in comparison with their primary counterparts. Not so with The Art of My Life, by Ann Lee Miller. Kicking Eternity, book 1, introduced the characters of Cal and Aly, a somewhat star-crossed couple who had been friends for years and never been lucky enough to move past that point. Add into that Cal's tendency toward addiction to marijuana, Aly's addiction to sex, and they were delightfully flawed individuals whom tugged at your heartstrings. In The Art of My Life, the story circles around Cal and Aly, Cal's sister Missy and his best friend Fish, and a few other delinquent relationships (Cal's mother, her relationship with her parents, an ex, an absent family....). I grant you, there were a lot of things going on, hearts to be mended and relationships to be prepared, but TAoML didn't lose me; that is, the story and conflicts were written and spun in such a way that it kept me not only engrossed, but intrigued and interested. I felt the characters' desire, their passion, their pain and frustration. I couldn't help but fall in love with all of them and wish them the best, learning from their pain and seeing how similar it rang with challenges from my own past. Dealing with such addictions as marijuana and sex is something you don't read often in Christian romances, and I was pleasantly surprised by not only the subject matter and material, but with the class Ann Lee Miller displayed in her weaving of these tales. Yes, there were places where it seemed the characters were being a little ridiculously blind, but haven't we all looked back on our lives in hindsight and wondered "What the heck was I thinking?" If I could request one thing be changed, it would be that more time dedicated (or a separate book) to the relationship of Missy and Fish. But, at the same time I believe the amount presented was best. Inject anything more and you risk subtracting from the succinct and sweet storyline TAoML presented. Overall, the book was a tremendous success, the only other Christian romance with just enough spice being The Covering by Dana Pratola. Overall Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Would I read it again: yes Would I recommend it to others: a definite yes!
  • Chantal's Call on Sep. 21, 2012

    All the while I read Chantal’s Call, I commiserated with Chantal about her tentative relationship with not only her sister, but with Deputy Marc Thibodaux. My younger sister and I, though close, have had a rocky relationship because we are such different people. Also, in love, bad relationships created in me a fear and hesitancy to do much more than wish for love rather than chase after that particular future. These shared challenges kept me reading, wondering if Chantal and Brigitte and Marc would find their way to the rosy future we all hope for. Descriptions of the Atherton family seat, as it were, and the strong sense of community (sometimes a negative in regards to privacy!) came across strong and clear. Weave in with that the tales my husband shared of his own youth in Long Beach, Mississippi, and I wonder if I will recognize anything when he finally takes me there one of these years. Traci writes the setting with a definite fondness, and she made me wish for pictures to fully relish the locale. The only hiccup while reading was a bit too much focus on character actions, such as body language, opening soda cans and such, which bogged the story’s flow. Another challenge were the long scenes that didn’t seem related to the plot or the conflict at hand. But the characters and their interactions were delightful and kept me turning pages… although I was a bit miffed that a certain person didn’t get a fist to the jaw. I look forward to book 2, Brigitte’s Battle. Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5. Cut out some of the excess detail and this would easily rate a 4. Might I suggest Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. Would I read it again: More than likely Would I recommend it to others: Yes.
  • Wind Over Marshdale on Oct. 10, 2012

    To be honest, I didn't know what to expect when I turned on my nookcolor because I did not read the "back cover copy." I find I do that most often when I know that I'm going to read the book no matter what it might say. Having read Play it Again by Tracy earlier this year, I knew her characters would engage me, but I had no idea they would be the end all and be all as to why I would stay enthralled. Their struggles and their passions, their confusions and agonies about loves and losses and faith all spoke to my heart in a different fashion. As per my usual, I was drawn more by the agonies of Thomas and Con than I was of the female character. In fact, I found myself drawn most strongly to Thomas right off the bat, especially since he was the one who more prominently opened the action of the novel and introduced the possible main story conflict. Tracy has a compelling hand when it comes to weaving faith and family, as well as those heart-pounding passions, into her characters and her story. I adored Whisper especially. The only two things that kept WOM from getting a solid 5 star rating were *spoiler alert*: Rachel's coming to faith. It was simply too sudden. Up until that point it was clear how she regarded the Christian faith as a "load of crap". Then she suddenly prayed for God to save her and accepted Jesus into her heart as savior? If there could have been weaving in of internal questions and heart tugs, her coming to faith would have been a lot easier to swallow. Everything was solved at the end and tidied together into a nice, neat package. Life is not this neat, unfortunately. There were even some items solved that I didn't even realize needed solving. That is, they were so minor, if they were left alone it would have contributed more to the realism of life in Marshdale than if they were solved. These two things did not negate my thorough enjoyment of the characters and the story. I look forward to the next novel by Tracy. Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Would I read it again: Yes Would I recommend it to others: Yes