A Day in the Life of an Elf Killer Family, Excerpt from Elf Killers
Fnarry-irrny was Dyr's sow, which allowed her to choose the best place in the biggest cave to spread out her things, rear her children and to attend to Dyr's whims and needs. She chose an airy alcove just inside the mouth of the Hooter Cave, well out of the weather, which allowed her the most convenient access to the fire just outside and the best place to flaunt her wealth of beads, shells and skins to all the envious sows who were forced to pass by her on the way to their respective spots further back in the cave. One troll evening (which is just before dawn), she rolled her bushy red head from side to side, gnawing and tugging on an Elf leg as she watched her family eat.
"Boof!" cried her eldest son as he spat out a great cud of chewed Elf onto the ground. "Gnydy hee-hee-grabbed my grab-up-squeaker rump. Everytime, I get shin-bone-meat! I eat rump."
"You think like rump," said his younger brother. "You snuff-snuff like rump..."
"Gnydy juicy-champs my rump, Da, and you let him," said the eldest, as two wolf-dogs squeezed in to bristle at each other and snatch up his cud of Elf. "You be easy-let, Da. Gnydy will head-smash you, then he'll be Thunder-man. And if Gnydy be Thunder-man, then I'll no be Thunder-man. I'll be hoo-hoo-crawl-animal." He turned to the younger. "But you'd be hum-dee-dumdle with that, Fnana-fnyr. You already be crawl-animal for yuck-champs. Poofy-letter Da grand-showed you..."
"Rump-jaws, Fnanar!" roared Fnana-fnyr as he shot to his feet to run at Fnanar's head with a furious kick.
Fnanar ducked as the kick flew by his ear, flinging Fnana-fnyr onto his back, the arm of Elf he was eating smeared all up one hip.
Dyr stopped chewing and glowered at his sons from under his bony brows.
"Ooot-ooot! ooot-ooot! ooot-ooot!" cried Fnanar as he flailed his chest with his fists. "That be proud-show rump-trick!" He wheeled 'round to leave the alcove and stepped right into Dyr's stony fist which put him flat on his back, seeing stars.
Dyr was a-straddle him immediately, furiously strangling him.
"Duda! Nyr-vyr-nirr-trad!" screamed Fnarry-irrny, ropes of beads and greasy breasts flying about as she sprang at Dyr to claw at his gnarly hateful fingers. "No! Stop!"
"He's begged for-this ever-since he wet-held Fnana-fnyr under the fast-water," he said, growling spit between his teeth as he gave an extra shove and stood up. He tramped out of the Hooter Cave and past the glowing fires.
Dyr paused to glance at some kids who were poking sticks and giggling at an Elf child who was well beyond utterances of any kind, tethered and trembling uncontrollably as she awaited her turn over the coals. "No be Fnanar and Fnana-fnyr," he sighed. "Never-once have Fnanar and Fnana-fnyr giggle-romped that well-together. I can't even hunt with them-together."
He shook his head and walked out under the stars. A shivering owl called. "One-thing I know-be with all head-nod," he said. "Fnanar has-had his last greedy-champ in the Hooter Cave. Let him yank-bite squeaker-rump from Gnydy. He got his hairy-face new-name cold-time, cold-time, cold-time, cold-time ago.
"But I have-to slip-let Fnarry-irrny pincher-twist me so Fnanar gets-to stay until he's giggle-grabbed a sow. But he grabby-wants the biggest milksow. Mudful hollow-head! He drool-dreams the wrong end. Hoof! He has sly-kids in every-other cave but the Hooter Cave and diggy-fingers his nose at me.
"Ooot!" he bellowed into the echoes, silencing the owl. He gave his chest a good three thump drum. "And let Gnydy come at me for a good head-smash. He needs his thunder-stamp, too."
As you can see, the Elf Killers (trolls or Dyrney, as they called themselves) were a primitive, savage race that hunted and ate elves. However, seven hundred years into the future, the Dryney ancestors had evolved into a more civilized culture. In Wham! Maxi the troll is a very popular character with the readers and a very important major supporting character in the story. He is a hairdresser and tattoo artist and a good friend to the Greenwood family, particularly, Tess who seeks him out early in the book to give her a “makeover”.
Carol Marrs Phipps is a teacher turned author. She was born in Missouri, grew up in Illinois and lives on their farm in Illinois with her husband and her menagerie: a parrot, a raven, two cockatiels and her Siberian Forest cats. The books she has written with her husband, Tom Phipps include, Elf Killers which takes place a millennium before the books of the Heart of the Staff series: Good Sister, Bad Sister, The Collector Witch, Stone Heart, The Burgeoning, The Reaper Witch, the final book of the series, Doom, and Heart of the Staff: Complete Series boxed set and Heart of the Staff: Complete Appendix. Recently, Carol and Tom launched a new Dystopian/Urban Fantasy series with the first book of a planned trilogy, Wham! (Book1 Timewalker). All their books are available as eBook or paperback except the boxed set and the appendix.
Carol taught with her husband on various Native American Reservations in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada, where they learned a great deal from their students, the very first fans of their writing. Not long after they married, she discovered to her joy that he also loved to write. They have been writing together full-time ever since.
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Brief Description of WHAM!:
Wham! is a dystopian/fantasy/scif/timetravel novel. It takes place in the 21st century. This world is populated by a number of races including humans, trolls elves, fairies and even dragons. The world is controlled by a tyrannical government, but the location of the capitol and the potentate who pulls all the strings, are unknown to the general population. The citizens are controlled by watchers from spying devices, which look like crystal balls, which are mandatory in every room in every home. The young are systematically indoctrinated in their schools and their families are usually forcibly torn apart by the local Children and Family Services Police.
Author Showcase: Words by Yvette M Calleiro
By Yvette M Calleiro
The written word and I
Are cherished friends,
Embracing each other’s thoughts and emotions
Like kindred spirits,
Dancing on clouds.
Bosom buddies who gossip and giggle
And gasp at all the same moments.
She and I are equals,
More than that, really.
We are two parts of a whole,
Complementing and complimenting the other,
The spoken word and I
Skirt around each other’s social circles.
We stumble around awkward pauses,
Unable to pull the perfect word or phrase
From our filing cabinet of knowledge.
Ease and grace flee without a moment’s notice.
She is more skilled than I.
She whispers her intricately woven ideas into my mind,
But her delicate strength is no match for
The hills of anxiety and the mountains of insecurity
That obstruct her path to freedom.
Before her words can reach my tongue,
They unravel into shreds of confusion,
If only the written word and the spoken word
They would live in perfect harmony.
It is not meant to be,
Neither willing to leave her domain,
Each content to dance alone,
I am stuck in the middle,
Pulled in both directions,
Reveling in the comfort of the written word,
Needing the spoken word to survive.
But still I dream
Of the day when my words will intermingle
And a new love affair can be born.
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Featuring Book 1 of three different fantasy series by prolific author Wendy Scott.
Ferrasium, Book 1, The Windflowers Trilogy.
Murder, mystery, and magic in a land reminiscent of Ancient Egypt.
For centuries, guided by the Destiny's Oracle, the Bera-Bera tribes have guarded the secret of the windflowers. The High Priest Seraphis covets Pharaoh's throne and his minions scour the desert sands, seeking two ancient artefacts of unrivalled power. Kalli’s fight for survival begins when the Priesthood uncovers her talent for forbidden magic. Thrust into their killing arena she’s forced to fight or die. No one has ever escaped from the Ferrasium, but Kalli knows she must or her younger sister will face the same fate. How can a small band of pygmies, a tomb robber, and a magically untrained girl compete against the might of the Priesthood?
Contains mature themes.
Lodestone, Book 1, The Witch-Hunt Series.
There’s a cauldron of trouble brewing in Valloaria …
Sabrina and Lauren’s tales entwine – linked by blood and magic. Sabrina, a newly fledged healer, is thrust out of her sheltered life at Mistress Florisah’s healing school after the destruction of the witch-ancestor portraits. An anti-witchcraft militia is poised on Karthalon’s borders threatening full scale genocide, unless Sabrina, the last of Lauren’s bloodline, can destroy the Lodestone, and restore magic to Valloaria, but the Lodestone is buried deep within the heart of the Order’s headquarters. Sabrina struggles to accept this suicide mission, and is distracted by her inappropriate affection for Micah, a prospect monk. Lauren’s ghost haunts Sabrina’s dreams as her diary reveals the tragic events behind Lauren’s actions. With invasion imminent, Sabrina embarks on her quest armed only with a sliver of the Lodestone, and Lauren’s diary but how can a lone girl prevail against an army?
Over 60 five star reviews on Amazon US.
Contains mature themes.
Tiger House, The First Chronicle of Jairus Tanner.
Ferocious – Let the Emperor Games begin!
“The Fates have chosen you to act on behalf of our noble Houses. Challenges will be set. To ensure your utter cooperation and commitment, the fate of your loved ones rests on your actions. It is in your interest to survive. Defy us by refusing to play and we will decimate your homelands. To win, the rules are simple: by whatever means, cross the finish line before the designated cull number. But in the end, only one of you will remain.”
Betrayed. Kidnapped. A farm boy mistaken for a warrior, Jairus must survive the Emperor’s Games or everyone he loves will be incinerated by the war dragons. Thousands compete for the dragon banner, but in the end there can only be one winner.
Contains mature themes.
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Spirit of the book.
Do you believe in magic?
Ellie Forrester didn't.
Raised an only child by a mother who never hid her resentment Ellie learned from an early age to be self sufficient.
Finally moving away from her mother's negative influence Ellie thought her small run down flat was a little piece of paradise.
The old book she found hidden away didn't seem to be anything remarkable but Ellie soon discovered that it contained far more than just the words on the pages.
Ellie soon discovered that not only did magic exist but it was within her reach.
Do you believe in magic?
Ellie Forrester does!
Second edition of this book released July 2016 - now fully re-edited
Revised version released September 2016
Human love can last a lifetime, the love of a Goddess is eternal.
Kia Deering is a normal teenage girl looking forward to celebrating her 18th birthday in style. What she didn't anticipate was the revelation that would change her life beyond recognition.
The Goddess Assaie fell for a human and gave up everything, including her identity, to be with him, sacrificing everything she ever knew in the name of true love.
When Kia discovered she was a descendant of the Goddess she had a year to embrace all that it meant or to turn her back on her destiny forever.
Kia had always believed herself to be ordinary but now she was extraordinary she had no idea if she could handle the potential of the power within her. Perhaps the handsome young man she meets in a nightclub could be the distraction she needed, or perhaps he will open up a whole new set of questions himself.
“A pantheonic love story with several twists on the theme, I can highly recommend this first novel by this author”
“Amazing book from start to end”
“I shall be recommending it to my friends”
Events from the past come together, in this fantastical romance, to change the present and nothing will ever be the same again, for any of them.
Read D E Howard's début novel Assaie's Gift and follow a love that began in another era.
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The Immerse or Die tactic is a no mercy way of weeded out inferior books.
So any authors and their stories that make it into this anthology have been thoroughly vetted.
One of my favourite fantasy authors, Belinda Mellor, made the cut.
A verse about the book Stairway to Heaven:
WHAT IF YOU DIED YOUNG
AND FOUND YOURSELF LOST
ON THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN.
BUT THE MIST BREAKS
A DARK-WINGED ANGEL STEPS THROUGH.
REID DIED YOUNG TOO
TEN YEARS BEFORE.
HE KNOWS THE SCORE
HE CAN SHOW YOU WHAT HEAVEN'S ABOUT
BUT THE ANGELS OF THE REALM MOVE TO STOP IT...
HEAVEN IS JUST THE BEGINNING....
Cheryle Williams is a freelance creative writer from Pittsburgh PA. She writes sweet young adult fiction for Desert Breeze Publishing. Her first novel is a YA angel paranormal, Stairway to Heaven. Her second is a YA contemporary about teen stress in high school, Strangers in the Province of Joy. Her third, to be released soon, is a YA historical about a Scots-Irish girl on the western Pennsylvania frontier in colonial times, Eden on the Frontier.
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Author Wendy Scott comment on Stairway to Heaven:
The author has created a stylized alternative heaven and populated it with wonderful and convincing characters.
Ind'Tale Magazine, Stephanie Lodes:
4 1/2 stars and a Golden Crown.
"Sixteen-year-old child actress Minx never thought she would meet her demise on stage - courtesy of an out-of-control reindeer! When Minx finds herself in Heaven, she’s surprised to find she’s alone. No pearly gates or greetings from St. Peter for her. No, she’s stuck in limbo and fading fast since her courier angel didn't know she'd died!
This is how Reid, one of Heavens flyers, finds her. She quickly learns from him that Heaven isn’t all it’s cracked it up to be. Not only can she not look upon Reid for fear of imprinting, there’s sex segregation and three months of orientation! And worse, they’ll never see each other again!For a debut book, the author definitely brings a flare for description in her writing that helps bring her characters to life. Throughout the story the reader is taken on Minx’s soulful and emotional metamorphosis. One sees her transform from a spoiled and narcissistic teen actress into a thoughtful and compassionate young woman.
The trouble is that through much of the book, Minx and Reid’s time is spent apart, which leaves the reader wishing for more interaction and dialogue between two main characters that the author has so giftedly crafted. Ms. Williams is certainly onto a very promising start with her first book. Readers will certainly enjoy the journey the author takes one down as she paints a fluid and colorful picture with her rendition of Heaven. A definite must have, worthy of any angel romance collection!"
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Author Wendy Scott.
Location: Hokitka, New Zealand.
Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:
*One (1) e-book copy of Lodestone (Witch-Hunt)
*One (1) e-book copy of Tiger House,
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Hokitika is known as the "Cool Little Town" and home to many artistic pursuits: jade and bone carving, painting, stone and copper sculptures. Host to the annual Sand and Driftwood Sculpture Competition.
Most nights tourists and locals with cameras poised, line the beach boulder's like a colony of inquisitive meercats to watch the last sun's rays dip into the ocean.
Below are some photos from my personal collection. The scenery inspires my over-active fantasy author mind.
I write Fantasy (with mature themes) as Wendy Scott, and Children's as WJ Scott.
Recently, my books have won international awards.
My current Fantasy WIPs (Works in Progress) are:
Pyramidion, Book 3, The Windflowers Trilogy.
+ The Windflowers Box Set.
Hoping to release later in 2017.
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When I was researching Lodestone (Witch-Hunt) I unearthed some interesting beliefs about hair and finger nails.
Both purportedly possess magic so they were used as ingredients for magic potions and spells.
(Ugh! Drinking someone else's toenail juice - doesn't appeal to me).
Hair was considered a source of strength and magical power. During the middle ages suspected witches often had their hair shorn off as they believed this reduced their spelling power.
Some traditions kept a lock of a loved one's hair in a locket worn close to the heart.
A bracelet woven out of hair was reputed to keep your lover faithful.
Red hair was particularily associated with witches.
A potent love potion could contain pubic hair (double ugh!!).
Some cultures still practice burying their cut hair and nails.
A cauldron of trouble is brewing in Valloaria!
Sabrina and Lauren's tales entwine - linked by blood and magic. Sabrina, a newly fledged healer, is thrust out of her sheltered life at Mistress Florisah's healing school after the destruction of the witch-ancestor portraits. An anti-witchcraft militia is poised on Karthalon's borders threatening full scale genocide, unless Sabrina, the last of Lauren's bloodline, can destroy the Lodestone, and restore magic to Valloaria, but the Lodestone is buried deep within the heart of the Order's headquarters. Sabrina struggles to accept this suicide mission, and is distracted by her inappropriate affection for Micah, a prospect monk. Lauren's ghost haunts Sabrina's dreams as her diary reveals the tragic events behind Lauren's actions. With invasion imminent, Sabrina embarks on her quest armed only with a sliver of the Lodestone, and Lauren's diary but how can a lone girl prevail against an army?
BOOK VIRAL REVIEW:
"Notably orbiting a deluge of pedestrian YA Fantasy Fiction, Lodestone is Book 1 in Witch-Hunt series by author Wendy Scott and it proves to be an intriguing foray in the realms of witchcraft. A delightful mix of romance, adventure and mystery, Scott ably manages to evade well-worn clichés to deliver a tale that is clever in concept and executed with understated flair. Her protagonists are deftly drawn, substantive and vibrant as she veers away from passive stereotypes, but it’s Lauren’s character that many readers will find most endearing. Her back story is told through journal entries and is wonderfully emotive whilst being the perfect device for shaping the direction of Sabrina’s life and her burgeoning romance with Michah.
With an original and endearing narrative that whips along at a splendid pace, Scott ably manifests the age old duel between good and evil as Sabrina sets about her fated quest. Teeming with inventiveness, amidst twist and turns that are refreshingly unpredictable, Scott has a natural flair that lends itself well to this popular genre. Sure to win her a host of enthusiastic followers, Lodestone certainly bodes well for future releases in the Witch-Hunt series and is highly recommended."
120+ reviews Amazon US 4.4*
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