Blurb The Aurora Stone.
An ancient prophecy, a special gift and an epic adventure awaited Evangeline of Harmoria. On her 18th birthday Eve’s whole world is turned upside down. Learning of her long-lost twin brother and the prophecy, she alone must fulfill. Eve sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. Battles are fought and friendships made, as Eve journeys through the realms of Orea.
All the while a great evil is on her tail. Its aim? To stop the prophecy coming to pass at any cost!
Will Eve fulfill the prophecy and save all of Orea from the void?
Will she ever find her twin brother?
One thing Eve knows for sure, she will fight to the death and beyond to save her friends, and all that she holds dear.
The Aurora Stone is my first novel, it is something I never thought I would do. I have always had an overactive imagination. As a child my dad would ban me from watching some TV shows as I would have vivid dreams for weeks after.
The conception of the The Aurora Stone was in actual fact a reaccruing dream. It drove me crazy for weeks! I remember talking to my friend and fellow author Beverley Hollowed about it and she said I should take notes see if it could be a story. She had been saying for months how I had a book in me and that I should try to write. So that is what I did every night I woke up with the dream I would write notes in my phone and read them the next day. After about a week I could imagine the story and decided to try and write it.
It took me a year from start to finish to write the book. I had just had my second son, so publishing was far from my mind as was the money to afford the edits etc that you incur on the road to publication. So it sat in on my hard drive , waiting for the day it would be read by others.
Fast forward to May 2016
We had relocated from Scotland the year before and were finally settled. I decided to read through my book. Beverley offered to give it a rough edit and format it , which was wonderful. She then put in my touch with her editor, Sally Orchard and she completed the final edit. lastly my sister and a really good friend of mine both completed final proofs on it . It was then time for publication.
It has to be one of the most exciting yet utterly terrifying things I have ever done.
The book has been well received by those who have read it so far with an average 5 star rating on Amazon and a 4.5 star rating on good reads. The joy for me is that people are enjoying the story. That is all I wanted from this .
Fast Forwards again to April 2017.
A lot has changed over the last few months. at the beginning of 2017 I decided to remove my book from sale, I had become very unwell and couldn’t give the marketing the time it needed. Then in March I came across a publishers called Bella Tulip, Still feeling down I sent the link to a fellow indie author as The company said they took unsolicited manuscripts and previously published ones too. So they signed up and I continued to be unpublished.
Then in April I discovered the company had grown and had imprints for different genres. It was then my friends turn to push me to take the chance and get my confidence back. So I did, he helped me sort my manuscript for my submission. I didn’t believe they would take the book. Then a a week later they wanted the full manuscript and a week after that they offered me a contract! I couldn’t believe it, after all this time a publisher wanted to take on my book!
Today my manuscript is with the editor of Feather Dreams Press and I have a fab new cover ( see above ) and so many other things are happening now that I never dreamed possible for me. I am so happy right now and so grateful to a friend who kicked me up the backside just enough to get me to take a chance.
Fast Forward to June 2016
My release with Feather Dreams Press was a great success, it took place on the 9th of June which is a very emotional day for me. Unfortunately, personal events caused me to remove my book from them and after having it off sale for a few weeks I hope to have it back up for sale in early July. I still remain great friends with all those at the Press and hope to work with them again in the future.
Other things that also happened in June, I stepped right out of my comfort zone and had an erotic short story published in another Press under the Bella Tulip umbrella, Zombie Cupcake. The book has so far been very popular and all the authors that took part are amazing.
REVIEWS FOR THE AURORA STONE.
Set in the fictional realm of Orea, the protagonist of the story is a young female elf by the name of Evangeline or Eve for short.The story opens on the morning of Eve’s 18th birthday. A special day in the Elvish culture, a day that sees Eve attending a coming of age ceremony, which will bestow upon her an extra ability unique to her.
Little does she know, that the ceremony will mark the start of a life changing series of events and along with a revelation from her mother, Eve is set on the path of adventure.As the story unfolds we follow Eve as she travels through the five realms of Orea, battling foes, making new friends and acquiring companions along the way.
With a host of supernatural beings to encounter and vast lands to discover, the story progresses at a fast pace. This pace is maintained throughout the book and gets into the action very early on.
The authors vocabulary is diverse and extensive, the use of which keeps the narrative interesting and engaging without the need for a dictionary.
I laughed, I cried and at times I wanted to run and hide.
A fast paced and well-structured piece of work, I have read it 3 times already and look forward to seeing what else this author has in store in her future works.
By Amazon Customer on 9 Aug. 2016
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Hey I’m Ruby, I am 25 red hair (dyed) blue eyes (contacts) I’m five foot 7 and oh yeah, I’m dead. Don’t freak out, technically I’m un-dead.
Ruby Jones’ new un-dead life sucks! She has no rights and a crappy job at a zombie-hating newspaper. Things aren’t great. That is until she meets Luke Walker.
Some were hot, some were gruesome and some were pretty funny.
This is a definite must read and I NEED to own a physical copy!!