Once again, I'm pleased to feature Middle Grade/YA fantasy author Elle Jacklee, this week's spotlight author in my Goodreads group. (Read more about Elle and her books here and here.)
The Wunderwood Series
The Tree of Mindala (Book 1): Miranda Moon’s vivid imagination has gotten her into trouble more times than she can count. This time, she’s been suspended from school. So her straight-laced younger brother, Marcus, blames her when they’re relegated to their late grandparents’ old cabin over Halloween weekend. But when Miranda finds a curious trinket, they’re mysteriously whisked away to Wunderwood, where magic flows through the trees and everyone already knows their family name. A place even Miranda never imagined.
Just as they arrive, a sinister warlock, Thornton Crow, is freed from a long banishment. He resumes his deadly agenda to find The Tree of Mindala, the source of all the realm’s magic. As Miranda and Marcus discover branches of their own family tree that they hadn’t even known existed, they learn that Thornton has a score to settle with anyone in their bloodline. Especially them… Though justice has always had a way of being naturally restored in Wunderwood, Thornton’s latest evil deed just may be the tipping point.
When Miranda discovers her own role in Thornton’s release, she knows it’s up to her to stop him from stealing not just magic, but also hope. With travel companions that could as easily be foes as friends, and only the cryptic words of a prophecy to guide her, Miranda must decide if she can carry out the task that will either save Wunderwood… or doom it forever.
The Tree of Mindala is available at Amazon.
Watch for The Triad of the Tree (Book 2) coming in mid-March!
Etchings and Embers (A Muirwood Novel):
Mairryn knows she will never be a learner at an Abbey. The sheltered daughter of a humble farmer, she dreams only of traveling the realms and learning from experiences, if not from tomes. But now she’s married to Earl Magnus Adair, and people are calling her Countess. After her father’s recent death and a season of storms that ravaged her family’s crops, the Earl’s proposal had seemed like the solution to their problems. But from the beginning, he’s far from a loving husband, and the nagging mystery of why he’d pursued her so relentlessly is never far from her mind.
Theobald Cirun, a young steward from Forshee, is given the unlikely task of teaching Mairryn to ride horseback. His lessons are one of the few highlights in her mostly-desolate days. Theobald opens her eyes to a whole new world, and soon Mairryn discovers her own connection to the Medium and the shocking answers to the mystery that’s plagued her.
But when Earl Magnus’s own horrifying secret is revealed, Mairryn must decide if she can make an impossible sacrifice for someone she loves. Someone only she can save. Someone she hasn’t met yet…
What Jeff Wheeler, author of the original Muirwood trilogy, had to say: “I’ve read all the new Muirwood stories on Kindle Worlds. What impressed me about this one is the author took a very minor character (Colvin’s Pry-rian steward ‘Theobald’ who gets maybe two or three mentions in the entire trilogy) and provides a wonderful and detailed story involving him and ties in several other mysterious elements of my plot. And not only that, she made it into a novel! This is exactly the kind of story I was hoping to see when I signed up for Kindle Worlds.”
Etchings and Embers is available at Amazon.
About Elle Jacklee:
My professional titles have included software programmer, bilingual sales rep, and proposal specialist. But my favorite title, besides wife and mother, is author. It’s the only one that lets me call daydreaming “research.” My love for the outdoors is my greatest inspiration. I live in Wisconsin with my husband and two young sons, none of whom are in a hurry to grow up, and that's just fine with me.
Where to find Elle:
Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon
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