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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

Coming out of my post-holiday hibernation with a snippet from The Shape of Temptation. This comes right from the opening scene:

Kailey ran, her feet barely hitting the packed earth. Twigs whipped at her arms and a broken branch sliced a line across her cheek as she ducked beneath a leaning, half-rotted trunk. On the other side, there was a sharp twenty-foot drop. With any luck, one of the bastards would try to leap over the top and she’d have one less soldier to worry about. Flipping herself onto her stomach, she grabbed for the familiar handhold in the rock and held her breath until her toes found the ledge. Only a handbreadth wide. She had to move slowly, no matter that she could hear them now, crashing through the forest, making a sound as if the trees themselves had uprooted and joined in the hunt.  

If she made it to the caves, they’d never find her. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Shape of Temptation

Hi all! My new fantasy romance comes out in just a little over a month and is up for pre-order now. The Shape of Temptation is the second book in the Spellcraft series after Threads of Desire. Both books share the same world, but there are no interconnected plots or characters, and the stories stand alone.

Here's all the info...

Available February 23, 2015




Born in a humble village at the edge of the Sarian Empire, Kailey is an untrained stone mage who wants nothing to do with the guild that controls all magic within the empire. When a guild master arrives at the gates of her village looking for gifted citizens to claim in service to the empire, Kailey runs. She doesn’t get far before Benim, a guild soldier, chases her down and drags her back to the capital for training.

As Kailey struggles to navigate the strange society of the Sarian upper-class, she learns to use her talent with stone to create magnificent works of art--like the statue she intends to gift to the emperor. But when Benim is commissioned as her model, he changes the course of her life for a second time.

Kailey can’t resist the charming, hard-bodied soldier she spends her days sculpting, and Benim can’t resist the little lost barbarian he captured in the wilds. They both know there can be no future between an ambitious mage and a low-born soldier. But when Kailey becomes entangled in a political scheme to force the emperor's hand, Benim might be the only one who can save her.

Pre-order links:

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If you're a reviewer who's interested in receiving an ARC for review, you can contact me at: eleristone@gmail.com.






Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday Snippet: Ride to Ruin

This is a snippet is from my work in progress, Ride to Ruin, Book 3 of the Reaper series. It continues directly after last week's post which you can find here. From the point of view of the heroine, Ellie:


She didn’t truly wish Lu dead instead of their mother. If anything, she’d rather have been the one out collecting eggs when the Reapers attacked the town. If she’d been the one to die, her family would have been able to get along just fine without her. Now it was only her and Lu left and they were just kids. What were they supposed to do?

Ellie didn’t have an answer for that which is why they were still standing here on the outskirts of town in the deepening twilight. There were decisions to be made and she was the only one left to make them. She just didn’t know how to start.


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Extra Holiday Scene from Dragonslayer

Ah! I thought I posted this earlier in the week. But, no! Everywhere except for here. Poor neglected blog.

In case you missed it, I wrote an extra, brand new holiday scene from Dragonslayer for the awesome Jen at That's What I'm Talking About. Read it here. There's also still time to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of Witch Bound and an Yggdrasil necklace!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Snippet: Ride to Ruin

These are the first eight sentences from my WIP, Ride to Ruin, Book 3 in the Reaper series.


A cold wind tugged at Ellie’s torn calico skirt, stinging her wet cheeks and pushing the smoke and dust around until there was no escaping it. Funny. A full week of early Spring with nary a cloud in the sky and then this afternoon, just like that, winter was back with a vengeance.

One day too late.

Reapers didn’t like the cold. If the weather had turned just a hair sooner, the Reapers would have fled south. If it had been later in the season, the Rangers would have been more prepared and not slumbering in their forts thinking they had another few weeks before the packs swarmed north. If Lu had gone to collect the eggs like she was supposed to that morning, then her sister would have been the one to die instead of their mother.


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