Posted on April 22, 2013. Filed under: Book Reviews, Fiction, New Book Premiere | Tags: Appalachia, author, circus, circus animals fiction, Civil War, E-book, Family Saga, Fortune-telling, Gypsies, historical fiction, Inzared Queen of the Elephant Riders, Inzared The Fortune Teller, L.Leander, L.Leander Books, L.Leander's Reviews and Interviews, writing |
It’s here! After almost a year of editing, the second book of the INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders series continues where the first book left off. Here is a brief description and links to both books. I hope you enjoy them!
We meet Bertha Maude Anderson, a girl of sixteen from the hills of Appalachia in INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders (Book One). Bertha is misunderstood by her parents and yearns to escape her mountain home and see the world. She craves excitement, and when a Gypsy circus comes to the village of Brower’s Gap she seizes the opportunity and runs away from home. Life is not exactly as she imagines, but she definitely lives a colorful life among the Gypsies who make up the performers and roustabouts of the small circus that tours the eastern part of the United States. The year is 1843. Bertha hates her name and is delighted when the circus owners give her the glamorous stage name of Inzared. Introduced to Cecil the elephant, and his handler Paytre, Inzared falls in love with both of them and her life changes dramatically. Although she endures many hardships she is steadfast and becomes the main attraction for the small circus. She learns the Gypsy culture and superstitions and helps solve a mystery. But how will she deal with the guilt that plagues her? Will the Gypsies accept her? And what of the old fortune-teller Vadoma’s warnings? Part mystery, part romance and full of quirky characters the book is sure to delight readers of every age!
It is now 1849 and life in the circus continues. INZARED, The Fortune Teller (Book Two) picks up the story where Book One left off. Inzared feels the strong pull of home and knows she must face her demons. A series of nightmares cause her to rethink her life. When she left Brower’s Gap, North Carolina she didn’t say goodbye and now fears her family will no longer want her to be part of their lives. But things are different now and she feels she must try to make amends. After she writes a poignant letter home she makes the decision to return. She goes back to find things not much different from what she remembered. She learns the skills of healing from her Ma and with the fortune-telling she has studied from the Gypsies she journeys back to Home Run and the circus she loves. But what will she encounter along the way? Will she be strong enough to handle the problems that arise? What of the man from her past – will he be part of her future? Filled with new adventures, paranormal romance and danger, INZARED,The Fortune Teller will make you laugh, make you cry, and you won’t want to put it down until it’s finished!
Stay Tuned for the third book in the Inzared series to be published in 2014. The Civil War has broken out and Inzared and her son must make some heartbreaking sacrifices. Will they survive this terrible time in American History? What of the circus and Inzared’s beloved elephant Cecil? Will Inzared support the North or the South? These questions and more will be asked and answered in this adventurous tale of love, loss and human fortitude.
L.Leander is an e-book author, freelancer and songwriter. She writes for Yahoo! Content and does guest posts on author blogs and groups. As a child Ms. Leander dreamed of running away to join the circus. Instead, she grew up to write about it, bringing the magic alive for all who read her work.
Ms. Leander currently resides between Wisconsin and Mexico. INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders is the first book in a series about a Gypsy wagon circus in pre-Civil War America.
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Posted on March 4, 2013. Filed under: Author Interviews, L.Leander Book Reviews | Tags: author, books, high seas, highlanders, historical fiction, Kindle, My Highland Lord, My Highland Love, reading, romance, Tarah Scott, Writer, Zane Grey |
What a pleasure to have author Tarah Scott on the blog this week. You’ll see in her bio below that she and I share a favorite author we both read as youngsters – Zane Grey. You’ll definitely enjoy her candid answers to my questions. Be sure to tell her what you think – Tarah is offering a free digital copy of My Highland Love to one lucky person who leaves a comment. If you’d like to read my review of My Highland Love click here.
Interview with Author Tarah Scott
What is your favorite pastime (other than writing)? (you can only pick one) and why?
I love to bake!
Who are you as a writer?
ROFL. I honestly don’t know how to answer that. I have my regular life, a daughter, all of which comes with the day to day work of housecleaning, cooking, errands, helping with homework (who knew I would be going back to high school?) But writing is just a part of me. It’s pretty hard to separate that from any other part of my psyche.
What are your thoughts on the Indie Publishing movement?
I think the Indie Publishing movement is a natural evolution of the industry, and like any other new phase of any industry there are plenty of growing pains. The opportunities are endless. A professional, serious author can shine. There’s plenty of less-than-stellar fiction being published but, again, that’s the same in any industry. I love indie publishing.
Have you ever ghostwritten? Would you? Why?
I haven’t ghostwritten. I haven’t given the idea much thought, but my first reaction is no, I wouldn’t ghostwrite. I don’t think I would care for the having to take orders from someone in my writing.
What is your favorite book of all time? Why?
A Tale of Two Cities! The characterization in this book is as masterful as it gets. A Tale of Two Cities isn’t just a love story, it’s a story of redemption. Dickens is the man.
Do you believe writers need a degree to be successful? Why or why not?
ROFL. They better not, because I don’t have one. Doctors, lawyers, law enforcement officers must learn medicine, science, and law. These are specifics that can’t diverge. We writers must study our craft, but our mistakes won’t jeopardize a life or set free a criminal.
You are camping in a tent in the woods. A loud roar happens outside the flap to the tent. What do you do?
I always was a fool. I peek through the flap to see what’s happened.
What is your greatest asset? Why?
My sense of humor. Because I am a never ending source of amusement for my friends, which makes it easy for them forgive me—a lot!
What do you treasure most on earth?
I’m corny; my daughter.
What did you like to do as a child? Favorite games, pasttimes, friends, etc.
You’ll laugh, my favorite thing to do as a child was read. I was a total geek. Favorite games: basketball, pool, and ping pong. I was good at all three. I had some very nice friends. If the teenager years count, my first serious boyfriend at age 16 (if serious can be associated with that age), was a doppelganger for Patrick Swayze. Of course, Patrick wasn’t known then, but years later I actually had to look up the old boyfriend to be sure they weren’t the same. Heh heh. I should be so lucky—though my boyfriend was a pretty good guy.
What is the single-most important thing that has happened to you thus-far on your writing journey?
I think the single most important thing that has happened to me so far as a writer is meeting the people who are my teachers/critique partners, Kimberly Comeau and Evan Trevane. They’ve made me the writer I am. I was beyond lucky to meet them so early in my writing life.
How important is being successful as a writer to you?
Of all the things that belong to me and me only, being a successful writer is number one.
The genie is going to grant you three wishes. What are they?
I am granted ownership of a Caribbean island. I can eat chocolate without gaining any weight! My internet connection quits bleeping out on me.
You get one day to spend any way you want with whomever you want. Describe the day (money is no object)
Oh boy, I would gather my daughter, my brother, and a couple of my very close friends and we would go to the Florida Keyes for the whole summer.
Who or what were your main inspirations for choosing a writing career?
One huge inspiration was (and still is) Amanda Quick. I adore her work and could only hope to be as good as her someday. Of course, Charles Dickens, who I couldn’t hope to be as good as for at least ten lifetimes.
What else would you like us to know about you Tarah?
My latest release is My Highland Love, the first in the Highland Lords series.
How does a woman tell her betrothed that she murdered her first husband?
Elise Kingston is a wanted woman. Nothing, not even Highlander Marcus MacGregor, will stop her from returning home to ensure that the man responsible for her daughter’s death hangs.
Until she must choose between his life and her revenge.
My next release is My Highland Lord, the second in the Highland Lords series.
London Heiress kidnapped by the Marquess of Ashlund, read the headlines. Yet no one tried to save her.
You can find my books at all the major distributors. I have character wallpapers I offer free to my fans, so stop by my website or email me anytime to see what I have on hand.
Thank you for being my guest this week. Readers, please don’t forget to leave Tarah a comment below for a chance to win a copy of her ebook My Highland Love. If you’d like to find out more about Tarah Scott be sure to check out the links below her bio.
Thanks for having me, Linda! It’s been great being here at L. Leander’s Book Reviews and Interviews, and it’s been so nice visiting with everyone today.
Tarah Scott Bio
Award winning author Tarah Scott cut her teeth on authors such as Georgette Heyer, Zane Grey, and Amanda Quick. Her favorite book is a Tale of Two Cities, with Gone With the Wind as a close second. She writes modern classical romance, and paranormal and romantic suspense. Tarah grew up in Texas and currently resides in Westchester County, New York with her daughter.
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