“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically-altered gladiators, the winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. Kale, rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human. When he is captured, he has to use what he learned in the world outside the Academy in order to free the other Galdoni and return to the human girl he loves. Dark and exciting, Galdoni pushes the boundaries of love in a world of violence. Find book two and three here:

Galdoni Book 2: Into the Fire

Galdoni Book 3: Out of Darkness

I make playlists that inspire the emotions I try to capture within each book. The following songs made the playlist for Galdoni:
  • A Beautiful Lie by 30 Seconds to Mars
  • One by One by Unkle Bob
  • All the Way Down by Glen Hansard from Once
  • Hold Me Down by Tommy Lee
  • Freak on a Leash by Korn featuring Amy Lee Unplugged
  • Somewhere in Between by Lifehouse
  • Falling to Pieces by Firewind
  • A Modern Myth by 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Hold On by JET
  • Breathe In Breathe Out by Mat Kearney
  • Sway by The Perishers
  • Use Somebody by Kings of Leon
  • Shackled by Vertical Horizon
  • Cardiff by Stone Sour
  • Gone by Matt Nathanson
  • High Wire Escape Artist by Boysetsfire
  • Strange & Beautiful (I’ll Put a Spell On You) by Aqualung
  • Aftermath by Hurt
  • You Found Me by The Fray
About a month after I wrote Galdoni, this song came to me and I thought I would add it here.  It’s not fully about Kale, but it reminds me of him:

The wind falls dry and broken on my face; I close my eyes and feel my loneliness erase. I open my wings and believe that I can fly; But faith is bare and I almost dare to die.

Just walk away now, leave my body broken on the ground; Don’t hesitate, turn and walk away without a sound. My soul is torn, as my blood flows swiftly down. My vision clouds as the darkness bears me down.

Wings without the wind have no more grace; Tears upon the rain tear the sorrow from my face. I’m begging please, for the strength to leave this place; For I am broken, I leave steps without a trace.

My heart breaks and the void consumes my soul; I step forward and throw myself into the hole. My wings catch, then break without a sound; I smile as the sadness bears me down.

Smashed and broken, I lie upon the ground; Useless wings, by faith no longer bound. The sun fades and leaves a chill upon my skin. I release my soul and let the darkness in.

Then a light shines dimly in my mind; I hear a whisper, a voice so soft and kind. Raise up, don’t ever give up the fight; Open your wings and chase away the night.

I stand with what strength I know not; And find my wings of fire and iron wrought; I take a breath and lift into the sky; And find that through the grace of love I fly.

(I would like to say thank you to Steve Powers from Paris, Tn for the assistance on the sixth line from the bottom- it flows much smoother this way!)