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 January 14, 2013. Filed under: Author Interviews | Tags: author, Cherley Grogg, Facebook, Fiction, L.Leander Books, L.Leander's Reviews and Interviews, Literature, murder, mystery, publishing, Writer, Writing Wranglers and Warriors |
I really enjoyed interviewing author Cherley Grogg this week. I found out about a Facebook group Cherley runs called Writing Wrangler and Warriors. I joined and have had a grand time interacting with the talented authors there. Cherley heads up the group, and it’s a great place for blogging and sharing about our books (and our lives). I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cherley’s novel Stamp Out Murder. You can read my review here. Come along while I ask Cherley some off the wall questions so you can get to know what really makes her tick!
Interview with Cherley Grogg
1. Where do you write? What’s your creative space like?
I do a lot of writing on the move since I’m a trucker girl. At home I live to pull my rocking loveseat close to my roaring fire in the fireplace. And in the summer on my front porch in the swing
2. What is your favorite writing tool?
My little laptop, except for poetry and outlines I like to write long hand.
3. What movie star would you pick as one of the characters in your book and why?
The young man on suits. I think he had a charm about him.
4. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you realize that dream?
I wanted to be a mother and later i wanted top be a school teacher. I an a mother and I taught Sunday School.
5. Explain your creative process. Pantser? Outliner?
Both, I like to do a loose outline and then write as I go.
6. If you could only have one mode of transportation what would it be, a horse or a bicycle? Why?
Bicycle, because it costs lessee to maintain.
7. Do you dream about your stories? Ever written about a dream?
My stories are with me day and mighty for about a year before I put them on paper. I don’t remember my dreams.
8. What were you like in high school? Class clown? Nerd? Cheerleader type?
I was a fighter, a defender of the weak and helpless. I’ve always loved top laugh and have fun. I made good grades, but I loved skipping school.
9. What’s your favorite theme park? Why? (If you’ve never been, which one would you like to visit and why?)
Dollywood, it’s geared more towards adults.
10. Are you a reader? What types of books do you like best? What author(s)?
I read a lot. I like all kinds of genres. Westerns, history, cozies, suspense, mystery, true crime, children’s books, spiritual books and most of all the Bible. Jeffry Deavers, Sue Grafton, and we have some great writers on Writing Wranglers and Warriors, including you.
Thank you for a very interesting interview Cherley. Readers, leave Cherley a comment to let her know you stopped by. And be sure to pick up one of her books. Here are other places you can find Cherley Grogg and her books.
And please join Cherley on her Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of her most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell