Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author

Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author
Welcome to my blog—a writer's musings on characters, stories, and life

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!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Beginning a Journey into Asteriae...

In order to survive, everyone must fight. Men. Women. And children.

And if mankind is not strong enough to fight the enemy, then mankind must become something more. Mankind must become greater monsters than their foe.

But what happens when light is mixed with the shadows? Will there be anything left in the kingdom worth saving?

I began my journey into Asteriae three years ago, with the scene of a group of soldiers riding into a small farming village to recruit a group of young people who have known nothing in their lives but the growing of wheat and the watching of a sky turned red from years of war. A single female is among them, and she finds herself under the command of a man the Army has turned into a monster. A Captain who is certainly more of a beast than a man.

Asteriae is a small kingdom of territories ruled by a young King who ascended the throne when he was only eleven years old. A land torn apart by war and divided by questionable loyalties. When war with a creature called For'bane first began, the people were eager to join the King's Army and save their kingdom. But they quickly realized this was a foe they could not conquer on their own. The enemy was stronger, faster, and terrifying in their hunger to destroy humans. After nearly sixteen years of fighting, there's no end to the Great War in sight, and the kingdom is disappearing piece by piece beneath the tide of the enemy. Great cities now lie in ruins, buried beneath dirt and blood. Forgotten cities with forgotten knowledge.

This Beauty and the Beast story grew quickly through the months, spreading beyond the borders of Asteriae and becoming the series. Saving Beauty is NOW AVAILABLE to order on Amazon and the story continues in Chasing Cinders, where the young King takes center stage in his quest to protect his kingdom and receive the Crown of Stars. This series of retellings is for any fan of the fantasy, medieval realm.

So grab your sword, prepare for battle, and start the journey today!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Get Ready for An Epic Battle

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my latest post. My proof copy for Saving Beauty, the first in the Crown of Stars series, has arrived! I am ecstatic! There is nothing more thrilling in the writing experience than holding the finished book in your hands. From three years, when the first scene was written and I had no idea where it would go from there, to this moment—let me tell you, it's amazing! I can't get over it. The book is an inch and a half thick! I can't get over that either, haha.

The next great excitement will be delivering it into your hands, dear readers. It won't be long now! In the meantime, my excerpt is still HERE for your curiosity. Also, I compiled a playlist of songs to go with the theme of the story, as someone who loves music with about as much passion as I love books. Now, I have made this playlist public on Spotify for anyone who is curious to hear the music that has accompanied my writing and editing of Saving Beauty. Listen HERE.

When I first heard the song "Demons" I knew at once that it was Captain Garren's song. As a scarred and broken soldier who has built up his walls, Garren struggles with his inner demons and fears, and his desire to see beauty and find meaning and relief, while desperately wanting to protect the one he loves most from being wounded by the darkness he is fighting. While Orabelle must battle her own scars and brokenness, and distinguish the men from the true monsters.

I am so excited about this series, and I cannot wait to share it with you. It has been a journey of discovery, agony, and heartache—all worth it in the end. The story unfolds through the eyes of both the beast and the beauty, entangled with the very real struggle between light and darkness that exists not only in this fantasy world, but in our world too.

"We all have a choice, to be monsters or men." —Saving Beauty

Who else is excited about the upcoming Disney live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast"? *Two hands up!* While you are waiting (somewhat impatiently, if you are like me) check out my book and get yourself in the mood. There are battle scenes, adventure, mystery, romance, rescue, heartache, and hope. Available very soon!