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Stephanie C. Marks

Author of the Hidden Gems series

Now in Paperback!

Mages' Deceit


Opal and Jade are equals in almost every way, but only one of them will be promoted within the Order.

For Jade, this is her second chance at redemption. She is dismissed as untrained and volatile, so she’ll have to prove her worth and step out from the shadow of her sisters.

Opal, believing Jade will destroy all she has worked for, will push herself far beyond her limits to earn the title and keep her sister at bay.

When Castian Brightflame comes to train Opal, Jade finds the handsome and enigmatic elf to be an excellent mentor; and foreign emotions cause Jade to wonder if there is more to life than proving herself to her sisters.

But dark secrets from their past will be revealed, and they must either heal or risk descending into madness. If these sisters don’t find a way to work together, they’ll lose everything they love.

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I found myself utterly captivated by this book, unable to put it down as I eagerly flipped through its pages. The author has crafted a truly unique and immersive world that pulled me in from the very beginning. The characters, with their depth and relatability, made it so easy to invest in their journeys, and I couldn't help but fall in love with each of them.

Review of  "Stone Magus" - KDP Reader

Praise & Reviews

If you're looking for an engaging but quick read, this is the story for you. Thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters in this short and I am excited to learn more about the author's world in her upcoming novels. The story was very evenly paced and full of enough plot to feel satisfied at the end. Very entertaining, would definitely recommend!

Review of  "Aiunas demand" - KDP Reader

The characters she has created are fun, moody, sassy, and downright lovable (especially Baerdun). You are taken on a magical ride in this novel and you experience it from many characters POV, which adds to the magic.

Review of "Stone Magus" - Charlotte Kane

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About Stephanie Marks

Stephanie C. Marks is the author of the Hidden Gems Saga. She began writing poetry and short stories as early as 1993, then transitioned into academic non-fiction and published several times over a decade. After completing her formal education, in January 2020 she turned back to her first loves, fantasy and romance.

Her current works are all part of the six-book epic Hidden Gems Saga. Even though she tries, Stephanie doesn’t know how to take breaks. This results in very little sleeping, and a lot of writing.

Other than losing herself in Neuralia, her favorite past-times are playing tabletop games with friends and spending time in the ocean. But, until she can figure out how to stop losing dice in the sand, the two hobbies remain independent of one another.

She holds three academic degrees in biology and adores learning. In the real world, her days are filled with science, writing, and her nights with family. Most of her free moments are spent with her two children and husband who loves and supports her in a way only found in romance novels.

You can find Stephanie at She is also on Facebook @, and twitter @

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