Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author

Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author
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New Book - In the Lion's Court

The Arkhein: In the Lion's Court, Part 1The Arkhein: In the Lion's Court, Part 1 by Elizabeth D. Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hello everyone! Thanks for taking a look at my new book, In the Lion's Court! If you're looking for more dystopian-style worlds to explore (I know I am!) this is for you. Taking place in an alternative-history, America is divided into protectorates and its industrial colonies are surrounded by poisoned "wasted lands", with travel between only by train and at the will of the Sanctioned. Seventeen-year-old Galilea is chosen through Legere to enter Arkhein, a competition with other seventeen year olds at Quentrell Palace for the right to rule as the new Monarch... To be the new face of the Empire. With only three years since the last Monarch was crowned, no one in the colonies was expecting this. The palace is full of secrets, and madness stalks the halls at night.

I wanted you to be aware that The Arkhein is being offered for FREE often, and for limited amounts of time, so check in on Amazon and grab this freebie while you can. :)

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Monday's A Beast - So Read a Book Instead

Monday is coming, and Captain Garren knows the struggle to not lose your mind and let loose the monster when the craziness begins. We all need an antidote. Grab an extra mug of coffee, turn up the radio in your car and sing at the top of your lungs, or travel away from the stress with a book into another world. So, ONE DAY ONLY, August 14, my book Saving Beauty will be nearly half-price from $8.99 to ONLY $4.99! What?!? Find it on Amazon.com



So, escape your Monday with a trip into a land of monsters and men—and the beauty that tames the heart of a beast. What gets you through a Monday? include #MondaysABeast on social medias like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and let me know!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Book Sales!

Well, my Goodreads giveaway for Chasing Cinders is over, but there are a few other offers to take advantage of yet! Specifically, a discount sale on the kindle version of this second book in my Crown of Stars series.

Before I get into that, I want to thank everyone for participating in the giveaway. I wish I could have given out more copies and made everyone winners! Unfortunately, this author has to feed herself and pay bills and I simply cannot afford to print and ship 600+ books on my income.

Therefore, I am offering the next best thing to free—which is a huge discount on the kindle version of the book. Giving those of you who entered the giveaway but did not win (or those who missed out on entering completely) the chance to still take part in this deal: Chasing Cinders is $4.99 (discounted from $8.99!!) through August 5th ONLY! Please, please don't miss out on this amazing deal! One of my favorite parts of being a writer is sharing my stories with you, dear readers, and seeing you experience the adventure with me. Your support and excitement mean the world to me!



But that is not all! Also available through August 5th, "The Arkhein", the first part in my alternate-history, dystopian book "In the Lion's Court", is FREE on Amazon Kindle. This is a limited series (just two books total, 5 parts each) and follows the perspective of seventeen-year-old Galilea in the Empire's great competition to crown their next Monarch, under the close eye of the Sanctioned. A twist of fairy-tale and dystopia, this is a clean romantic read. I am getting ready to published part 3—and cannot wait to continue writing more.

Also, Crown of Stars: Finding Mera, book 3 is scheduled for release in the spring of 2018, so keep an eye out for updates there and for an excerpt, coming soon!

Writing is my passion, and it is your support which makes that passion a reality. Thank you again and God Bless.

Monday, July 3, 2017

GIVEAWAY!!

Happy Birthday to me! Today, July 3rd, is my birthday and to celebrate, I'm giving the gift this year—1 signed copy of my newest book in the Crown of Stars series: Chasing Cinders! Just click the caption on the photo in this post to follow the link to the giveaway page and enter for a chance to win!

CHASING CINDERS GIVEAWAY!
Giveaway ends August 3rd! In the meantime, I will return to my CampNaNoWriMo writing of Finding Mera, book #3.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Cover Reveal!

As July approaches, I am plugging away at my next Crown of Stars retellings book. I will be participating in CampNaNoWriMo's July session this year, working to finish this novel. As promised with the release of the 2nd book in the series "Chasing Cinders", I am here to reveal the cover and title for the 3rd book!




While I was finalizing my first book "Saving Beauty" for publication, I was also working out the idea of turning it into a series. As other characters in the story presented themselves for future retellings, I developed the titles and ideas for the rest of the series. But I'm only revealing them one at a time! 6 books in total, for those who are wondering, with a possible companion novel for two of my favorite, lesser-known characters in the series. ;)

All my books can be found on Amazon.com, including the newly released Web of Time series in kindle ebook format and my first book in the Haak Brothers Trilogy (currently only available in ebook format).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Release

So, I haven't posted here for a few months. Last entry, I was in the midst of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) working hard on my first draft of book #3 in my Crown of Stars series, while editing book #2. Since then, much has been happening.

I wrote the first part of book #3, and succeeded in reaching the 50k word count goal of NaNoWriMo. Wohoo! As well as finalizing the cover for the new book.

My beloved cat of thirteen years passed away, which as those of you who have lost a dear pet can understand was overwhelming and difficult. This put my writing energy into a downslide for a time.

I picked up my final editing of Chasing Cinders, book #2 with several great sessions with my editor. Enjoyed my visits with her, spending time pouring over the book and just catching up on life.

Now, after much hard work, late nights, and long days, the book has been published! I just found this morning that it is live on Amazon.com! I'm so thrilled to share this next installment with you all, and to finally tell Alaric's story, the Boy King, in this Cinderella retelling. The Kingdom of Asteriae faces a new....and maybe not so new...enemy. See the return of a few characters from the first book, including a certain Captain. ;)


Check it out HERE!

As always, if you enjoy the story, I would be so grateful for ratings and reviews. Tell your friends and family, and support a writer's hard work and dedication that made this book a reality.

Until next time. The writing never stops.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Celebrating 25k Achievement!

As I pass the halfway mark on my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project, I thought a great way to celebrate the 25k achievement would be to share with you all an excerpt for the new Chasing Cinders, Crown of Stars #2!

Six years have passed since where Saving Beauty left off, and the Boy King is ready to rule the kingdom of Asteriae with a bride at his side. But danger still plagues the land, and rumors of monsters in the woods is just one of the many problems he faces. Without the crown of his father, and a secret buried at the heart of the Summer Palace, the last thing he wants to do is play host to the visiting nobles—especially the unwed daughters they have brought with them.

"Through tragic circumstances, a prince becomes King at a young age. While a war-torn kingdom begins to heal, a new battle begins—a battle for the King's heart.

"Because of a tender act of kindness, Ella is brought into the Summer Palace. Having lost her father in the Great War, and her only home reduced to ashes, she discovers there is more to the King's heart than meets the eye. And that love can hold many secrets.

"Betrayed by those closest to him, surrounded still be those who would seek to use him for their own gain, Alaric sees trust as a fragile thing. Haunted by the pain of his own losses, familiar with deception, and reluctant to love—yet he is drawn to give his heart to the girl he can never have. Because the truth my destroy their tender bond forever.

"Will the expectations of the kingdom overrule his heart?"



Read the first 3 1/2 chapters HERE! I would love it if you could leave a rating on the preview and share it with your friends and family, and I am eager to share Alaric and Ella's complete story with you soon!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Prepping for November

October is NaNoWriMo Prep Month!

Yep, it's that time of year again and I am busy prepping for the start of my next book. I have a "first draft" book blurb completed (okay, not a priority but it was a good exercise to get me focused on the heart of what this next story is about... an introduction, if you will). Now, character profiles are dancing through my head with glee, storyline is falling and tumbling through my brain like an advanced game of Tetris, and I cannot quite decide if I can't wait till November starts or if I desperately want another month or two to prepare.

As I finish up Chasing Cinders, envision wrapping the manuscript in a big red bow, and celebrating its completion with a...hmm. I don't know. Maybe a nice long nap. Or a trip to the bookstore with a bag of cash for all the books I still haven't read yet. Okay, now I'm just dreaming. Anyway, as I near that victory, I have been getting ready for book 3 in the Crown of Stars series (which takes place during the same time as the events in Chasing Cinders).

For those of you familiar with my Captain Thorne of the SS Daring series, I am particularly excited to return to writing about life on the high seas... this time, in the medieval-fantasy kingdom of Asteriae and the Four Islands. Crown of Stars book 3 reintroduces Master Jariel Easton from Saving Beauty, and follows a dangerous quest for wealth and fame. The risk is great, the cost is greater, and the enemies are closing in fast.

That's all I have to say about it for now. Be looking for updates on Chasing Cinders, book 2! Extended excerpt available soon! (I will post the link here on my blog). For now, it's back to editing I go!