THE GEMSTONE CHRONICLES Book One: The Carnelian by William L Stuart
Publisher: Self-published on 08-11-2012
Genre: YA – Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery
When Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it’s just an oddity. But when they discover there is an elf imprisoned in the stone and set him free, they and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, are attacked by Dark Elves and forced to flee to the magical world of Celahir.
In Celahir, Findecano – the elf the children freed from the fairy cross – leads them on a quest to recover gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow by the Dark Elves. Without the restoration of the gemstones to the Elven Bow, the balance between good and evil in Celahir – and the human world – could tip toward evil.
Book Cover/Title – My publisher says that a book title helps sell a book. I’m not sure if this title would be a selling point, but it certainly fits the nature of the story. The picture on the cover also depicts the story, as it represents the Elven Bow, and the four gems that were stolen from the bow. 4 feathers.
Characters – The biggest problem I had with the characters, was, I couldn’t tell which one was supposed to be the main one. Since it’s a book written for young adults, I assumed it would be either Aidan or Maggie, but I think it ended up being Beepop. But, Aidan and Maggie had their share of saving the day, and causing problems, as they slowly learned their powers. I just felt it was Beepop that the story really revolved around. BTW, I love the name Beepop, and I wish I’d had a grandpa like him. I thought the characters were well-developed, even the elves and other mythical creatures. 4 feathers.
Plot/Story line – This isn’t actually an original story line as there are numerous books and movies about crossing over a barrier to a fairy world. Our history is rich with these types of tales. But, the story was presented well, and at a good pace. Of course, knowing this was Book One, you knew nothing was going to happen to the small group of adventurers, so no plot twists there. 4 feathers.
Editing/Formatting – There were some missing words, and a lack of commas, which I see all the time in indie books. A good editing would resolve this problem, plus help with some of the sentence structures. 4 feathers.
This was an enjoyable book, and I think young adults & older adults will like this story. I’m curious at what transpires to drag the children and grandparents back into another adventure. I give it 4 feathers.
Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.
About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.
So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.
One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors.
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