by Erin Pemberton

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In a land plagued by war, King Dorvin and Queen Shiara are expecting their first child. They are excited until the good fairies tell of a prophecy; that their daughter is the key to winning the war against the Shadow tribes. To protect her, mages of the kingdom create a tower to keep her and her guardian hidden until her eighteenth birthday. When Ella turns 18 she leaves the tower, only to find that her parents are dead and the Shadow tribes now control the kingdom. Trained as a warrior, and aided by the good fairies, Ella must now bring her subjects together and prepare for the final war.

“If you don’t tell me your name, you’ll find out the hard way,” Ella responded calmly even though butterflies were carrying out their own battle in her stomach. The magic was showing her just how far she could throw him with its use. She was beginning to think of it as a whole separate entity within her mind.

Just as she pulled her arm back in preparation of launching him through the night sky, he shouted “Erek! I’m called Erek.”

Ella, bemused, smiled serenely at him as she placed him none too gently back on the ground. “That wasn’t so hard, now was it?”

Erek mumbled something under his breath but made no attempt to say anything else.

“What are we going to do with him?” Ella asked, turning to look at Tia.

Tia, ignoring Ella’s question, took a step closer to Erek, grabbed the rope that bound him, and pulled him toward her. “What do you mean we’re trespassing on your land? This land belongs to Dorvin, king of Fablina,” she hissed, apparently taking care to spit in his face as she talked.

The ugly smirk appeared on his otherwise handsome face, a mirthless laugh consuming him. “My tribe killed and replaced your king seventeen years ago. This land belongs to the Shadow tribes, and you are as good as dead.”

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-What inspired you to become a writer?

It’s something that I always wanted to do. It was kind of a bucket list item that I wanted to accomplish. I tried writing a story in high school, it was every shade of horrible, which is why I have it hidden at home now. Then I tried again when I had kids, but that was another strike out. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter that I came up with a more serious idea. After a lot of work, my first book was published.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Probably hide. There is a lot of bad things going on in those books including wars and people dying. Unless I could visit after Ella reclaims her kingdom. If that’s the case, I would probably take a stroll around the castle and see all the things that I described.

-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

That she’s afraid to lose and afraid to let her people down and the ones she loves. She would tell me that she’s going to fail, but she doesn’t feel like she can stop because she doesn’t want to let her father and mother down.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Erek. He’s based off of my husband and he’s awesome because he does what’s right for the woman he loves despite what his people expect him to do. He’s the ultimate man. Awesome with a sword, willing to take on the world for the people he loves, and selfless to a fault.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

Roll my eyes and ask if the duel is to see who can drink the most without passing out.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Realistic fiction containing drugs, mafia, or other forms of criminals that you can find out in the real world today. I like taking a break from the real world, not seeing if I can compete with it in a story. That defeats the whole purpose for me.


I’m just a small town girl, living in Ohio and making up worlds for my characters to live in. A preschool teacher by day, I live with my amazing husband while dreaming of walking hand in hand with him on the beach just searching for seashells. Together, we have five incredible kids, who are starting to make their way in this world as they take on college, high school, and elementary school. I love Christmas, the beach, seashells, painting, reading anything fantasy related, and in my very little spare time, creating new worlds for others to enjoy.

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