Wednesday, November 13, 2013

White Leaves (E.L.F. #1) Review and Giveaway

SYNOPSIS:Shannon Hunter, an eco-terrorist member of the elusive Earth Liberation Front (E.L.F.) from Seattle, discovers real elves bent on more than petty sabotage...

Plunged into the a world teeming with magic she never really imagined to exist, Shannon discovers the terrible reality left to both Mankind and herself. The Elves have decreed - "Mankind stands upon its own terminus, heedless of ruin" - and its high time the real protectors of nature strike back.

The only person able to do anything to prevent a supernatural war mankind cannot hope to fight; Shannon must find a way to overcome her misanthropic ways, and prevent the Elves from making a mistake that threatens not only Mankind but all life on earth.

The contemporary fairy tale, "E.L.F." is set in a dystopian vein, somewhat akin to the Harry Bates' classic, "The Day the Earth Stood Still", only fantasy, not Sci-fi, and with far more epic action.

REVIEW BY :I was given this book from Tour de Blogg in exchange for an honest review.I was interested in reading about elves in a modern age.

The story's opening automatically draws you in, allowing you to both get to know the main character as well as bringing you into it.I was immediately hooked.

The biggest drawback I found was its wordiness.There were many times I felt entire paragraphs could have been cut down to a sentence - or I found something repeated multiple times on a page.It kept pulling me out of the story.

I did enjoy it overall.It was fun to read, and it made me feel guilty for reading it on my kindle - haha! (read it and you'll understand why)

I would recommend this to both dystopian and fantasy lovers.

EXCERPT:Utter tranquility wrapped about her as her bare feet settled amidst moist grasses, the softest she'd ever felt. The air was cool and smelled of pollens and perfumes she couldn't even begin to identify. The canopy far overhead obscured what should have been moonlight and blocked away the stars entirely. Yet there was a light of some sort, emanating from beyond the trunk of a tree so great in girth it could have dwarfed the great sequoia or redwoods.

She gaped in awe as fireflies and other ethereal, luminous insects flitted lazily.

"Welcome to the Veil of the Leaf's Edge," Athaem spoke softly at her back.

Slowly a smile slipped onto her youthful features.

This place was utterly magical


Born in the Midwest, I share my birthday with Leonardo Da Vinci, and seem to share a bit of that creative monster's spirit.

I paint, draw, write, sculpt, and more.

I'm extremely prolific when I don't have life and day-jobs tying me down.

I published my debut novel, E.L.F. vol. 1, White Leaves, July 1st, 2013, and hope to release the sequel, Blighted Leaves, sometime early/mid 2014

White Leaves is currently available at all major online retailers in both print-paperback and eBook forms.

I do my own cover-art, book-trailers, formatting, and marketing.

It's tough, but a thoroughly engaging ride.

I've also done logo, cover art, and animations for local Seattle area musicians, other musicians elsewhere, luthiers, videographers, authors, and retailers.


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