When she meets the hypnotically charming and strangely intense Murosky Skaggs, his unnatural curiosity and careful attentions toward her raise her suspicions. His stories don’t add up. Lilly’s search for the truth beneath his lies causes her life to take a thrilling and terrifying twist.

What she doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to revealing his dark secret, the closer she comes to regaining her memory and unmasking her mother’s murderer.

But something else, something far more sinister is lurking just off the coast. It’s been there, waiting for her. Lilly’s quest for answers puts her and those around her in mortal danger, and once she starts down that path, there is no turning away from her destiny, if she can survive. 

On July 4, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Deborah McTiernan was born into a family of avid readers. At the age of 4, she spent hours in her grandmother’s attic typing on the portable, baby-blue Smith-Corona typewriter she’d discovered in an old steamer trunk. While pretending to write exciting stories of magical heroes and heroines, the keys of that typewriter ignited her imagination.

Her family was transferred from the East Coast to the Midwest. They eventually left the city and settled in the small rural community of Orion, Illinois (thinly disguised as Archer’s Bow, Illinois in her story, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic). It was while living in Orion, Deborah became a life long fan of fairy tales, myth, and magic. Summers off from school gave her plenty of time to haunt the town library, read her favorite stories on the front porch, and hone her skills as a storyteller.

Deborah’s story, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic is a pleasant twist to the beloved and enduring fairy tale genre, and in the hands of this author, this might just be the beginning.
After the collision claimed her mother’s life and left her with a memory full of holes, Lilly Noble is sent away to boarding school on the gloomy island of Raven’s Landing, Maine. Though feeling exiled and abandoned by her father, she is determined to fill in the blanks the accident left in her mind.