It’s done! The unedited very raw first draft of book three is complete, and I’m happy and sad at the same time. I have way too much fun writing these stories and it’s always a little depressing to end one. Anyway, the tentative title for the new addition to the So’ladiun series is The Sea of Light and it is the longest book I have written so far. Word count at the moment is close to 200,000 which equals nearly 600 pages in a 6″ x 9″ book format. That’s a long read, but I couldn’t get everything that needed to go into the plot in a shorter version. But if you’re like me, long reads are more fun and they last longer, so I know if you enjoy these characters and their chaotic lives, you will love the extra time with them.
So what now? Well, I am doing my final run through on The Veihl Coast to make sure all plot points line up, and then I will send it off to my editor. Final touchups will be done as quickly as possible, and then I hope to have it out to you guys who have been waiting patiently. (For which I’m grateful!) You guys rock!
That’s all the information I have for you today, but if you guys have any questions or comments, feel free to shoot me a quick email. I’d love to hear from you!
You all have a blessed day!
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BLACKRIDGE, BOOK ONE OF THE SO’LADIUN
The first installment in the fast-paced epic fantasy So’ladiun Series
Author Judy Goodwin hosted an interview of me on her blog. I’d thought I would share a couple of the questions here that talks about Blackridge for you guys. For the complete interview visit her website: http://judygoodwin.wordpress.com/
Tell me about your book. Blackridge, Book One of the So’ladiun is about a young teenage girl who grows up in a small village, leading a simple and fairly sheltered life. But after her instructor of magic is killed by a host of strange man-like beasts, her world turns upside down, and she faces a fate she never saw coming–a fate that could destroy her country and, possibly, the human race. Despite the doubts and fears–and lack of faith in her own abilities–she must choose to believe in herself and have the courage to follow her destiny or else her country will fall. With the support of her younger brother, her late mentor’s widow, and a small group of seasoned warriors, she embarks on a journey that is not only dangerous and physically exhausting, but spiritually fatiguing, as well. What makes the world of your book unique? Anderan and surrounding countries could be any place on Earth before the industrial age and the invention of electricity. What makes the world unique is the characters and their abilities, and the fact that two gods, who have been given care of the world by their father The Creator, are actively at war with each other. Unable to fight directly with one another or else destroy the world that they both love, they are forced to use other means to hurt the other. This is where the So’ladiun come in. They are a rare and small group of warriors possessing unique magical powers and who are hand-picked by the God of Light, Solisius, long before they are born. The So’ladiun are Solisius’ Defenders of Light, charged to maintain the balance between good and evil, and peace and destruction against the evil his brother Obsudius lets loose in the world.Their counterparts, the N’gethwyn, serve Obsudius, doing all that they can to please their god’s bloodthirsty desire to conquer the world. Read the entire interview here.
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The Dogwood Tree
Mayenta has once again returned to the land with no recollection of where she had gone. All she knew was, every time she returned to the vale, she returned lying in the same spot underneath a dogwood tree growing high upon Honor Mountain–and, as usual, she returned naked. What did it mean that she left Paigorya without warning? Where did she go? WHY did she go? And, most importantly, who was she?
THE DAY IT ALL CHANGED
Elhrin led a relatively sheltered life in the small village of Glimmerdale until one fateful fall afternoon when her mentor and instructor of magic, Gryphon Idwyr, chose to take her and her younger brother to the river for a brief afternoon lesson. Little did they know as they stood on the sandy banks enjoying the day that destiny was hurtling at full speed towards them and that they would soon face a horrific event that would change all of their lives forever.
Five star reviews for Laurie Y. Elrod’s debut novel!!
“This book really was hard to put down. Elrod has created a fantasy world that will be fresh for fantasy readers and not difficult for first-timers. The characters drive the story, and this book is as much a coming of age story as an adventure and a battle between good and evil. All the major characters come to life. It felt like I’d known Elhrin her whole life, and knew her friends and family. It was a privilege to watch her grow into her powers as a woman and a magician. I especially liked Gryphon, her teacher, whose sense of humor reminded me of Merlin’s in The Once and Future King. The plot is tight and fast-paced. Blackridge would make a great movie–I could see it in my mind as I read. Really, an amazing first effort. I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy!”
“I have never read any fantasy books before, but read this one and fell in love! This book is a wonderfully woven story about love, mystery, and suspense. Mrs. Elrod has done a great job on this story from beginning to end. Felt like I was right there with the characters and I could not put it down. Can’t wait to read the others in the series. You will want to read this one! Great job and great read!!!”
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Great detail and imagination! With the tremendous visual details, it was easy to picture the setting, characters, and events that occurred. The book holds the readers attention, as it is full of action. A must read! I can’t wait for Book 2 of the series!”
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Book One of the So’ladiun