Date Published: 5/19/2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?
For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.
Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.
The others stood by the doorway and gaped.
“Why didn’t Grandpa tell us of this—this library?” Tst Tst’s eyes stared accusingly at Jules.
He shrugged. “Maybe you were too young—I don’t know. We shouldn’t argue about this, we don’t even know where Mom is.”
On hearing this, Tst Tst and Bitha cried, “They took her!” Tst Tst whimpered between sobs.
“Do you think the intruders are inside our living room, now?”
Ralston’s voice quaked.
Miranda said, “These books are made for giants! There’s no way a
normal Elfie can handle them.”
Jules had never heard her so surprised. “They were for normal people.
Once. Elfies were normal, once.” She took the lantern from Bitha and moved toward the nearest book-case. “Where did your grandpa get all these books?”
“It’s a family thing. An inheritance. You wouldn’t find it interesting.”
“Like jipsy I wouldn’t? How’d they even bring these giant books through your tiny doors?” She faced Jules squarely, her blue eyes burning like emeralds. “Tell me your secrets.”
About the Author
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.
Visit Emma Right at her home site and blog for tips and ideas about books, homeschooling, bible devotions, and author helps of various sorts: www.emmaright.com and follow her on facebook emma.right.author
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1. Can you tell me a little about Keeper of Reign?
Keeper of Reign promises readers 11 and up, an adventurous journey, and I wrote it with for lovers of the Narnia and Hobbit books in mind. This young adult fantasy takes readers to the fantastical world of Reign with teen protagonist Jules Blaze, half Elf and half fairy. I hope to encourage young readers that no matter how small they feel, they can make a positive difference.
2. What was the hardest part of writing the book?
The hardest part of writing Keeper of Reign was juggling the mommy part of living. As a homeschool mother of five, with kids with me the entire day, (and night) and a husband who travels a lot, the greatest challenge was trying to get at least a ten minute block of time without being interrupted by some comment, or 'Help! Mommy! The cat's scaring the dog!" or "Where is…" or a loud crash coming from somewhere, or 'Mommy,the cat's eating the bunny's grass"…the list continues.
3. Where did the idea for the book come from?
When I heard the Switchfoot song, Meant to Live (for so much more) it made me realize that each of us have so much potential but it's so hard, with the trials of this world, to reach our full potential, and even exceed this. Then I read a book "Destined to Reign" and I thought, this is so true. We've all been reduced because of our problems, just like the Elfies in Reign. They have forgotten how to reign, and in many ways so have we, as a human race. But evil doesn't have to prevail, and that's what I try to show in Keeper of Reign.
4. Who was your favorite character to write in Keeper of Reign?
5. Is it going to be a series/trilogy?
Either a trilogy or a four book series.
6. Is this the first book you wrote?
7. What do you like to read for yourself?
I love all sorts of books, from classics, like Dickens and Austen and George Elliott, to contemporary authors like Suzanne Collins, and some of Jeffrey Archer's, and Michael Connelly's less racy books--I love the plots, although I always cringe at the profanity-- and YA authors like Lois Lowery, Madeline L'engle, CS Lewis, and Tolkein, of course.
8. What is the greatest thing about being a writer?
I think to make a small positive difference in someone's life, someone I would never meet, and yet was able to encourage or give hope to, or something.
9. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I know it's ridiculous but I get choked up when i read this question. There's so much to say. In my heart, i hope my book or books to come will plant a seed of optimism and a promise of something better to come, and that although i hope to entertain, i want them to also know through my books we are connected somehow. That's what we humans need to know, that we are all connected somehow.
10. Describe in one sentence why everyone should read your new book.
LOL! Keeper of Reign may not be for everyone, but it might be for someone they know: like that child who feels inadequate, or doesn't feel he can ever overpower the problems life throws at him, or maybe a reader wanting a fast adventure read, and needs to take a break from that one more computer game, killing zombies.