‘The Dragon Sleeps’ takes place in 1927 Queensland, Australia and follows 21-year-old aspiring antiques dealer, Alexandra Thornton. Alexandra plans to follow in her forefather’s footsteps and get into the ages-old family business of antiques. Only her father doesn’t know it yet. As Alexandra plans to head to a weekend party at Thornton Park, her ancestral […]
As I start a new phase of my writing career, I’d like to share my news with you.
This week I signed a contract with a publisher, and not only for one book but for four books. They will pick up The Dragon Sleeps and also publish the three books that follow it in The Thornton Mysteries series.
I’m writing Book 3 now.
It’s more than I could have imagined, even in my wildest dreams, and definitely worth celebrating.
Book 1 The Dragon Sleeps is set in 1927 at Thornton Park, near Melbourne, Australia.
There is a weekend house party and amongst the guests are Zhang Huo, the Chinese antiques dealer who, with his son, has brought a Ming dragon statue from China for Thomas Thornton.
Then a body is found in the orchard and, before the weekend is over, a priceless artefact is stolen.
What secret has remained hidden at Thornton Park for the last eighty years?
A Dragon statue. An ancient sword.
What treasure is worth killing for?
Book 2 is set at the Thornton’s holiday home in Daylesford, country Victoria. Alexandra and Benedict are no sooner there, than Alexandra’s pearls are stolen. Two murders follow. A girl’s body thrown into a lake. The second body is found at the bottom of a collapsed gold mine tunnel.
What do these have to do with the drowning of Thornton Antique’s acting manager in Melbourne?
Then, Alexandra discovers an old love letter written by her grandfather, along with a necklace that is missing a large diamond.
Are the rumours about a cursed necklace true? Can a curse cling to an object and unleash its power through the decades?
Alexandra must discover the truth before more people are killed.
THANK YOU TO MRS B’S BOOK REVIEWS FOR THIS WONDERFUL REVIEW OF MY BOOK, THE DRAGON SLEEPS
Title: The Dragon SleepsAuthor: Ellen Read
Published: November 4th 2016
Publisher: Epic Reads Publishing
Genres: Fiction, Australian, Historical, Mystery
Rating: 4 stars
A Dragon statue. An ancient sword.
What treasure is worth killing for?
It’s 1927 in Victoria, Australia. A hedonistic time after the Great War
when young people knew they could enjoy life without the threat of war hanging over them. A time when women have more options opened to them.
There is a weekend house party at Thornton Park and Alexandra Thornton thinks it will be a good time to break the news to her father that she wants to be an antiques dealer, like him, her grandfather and great-grandfather before her.
Only a small number of people are invited. Amongst the guests are Zhang Huo,
the Chinese antiques dealer who, with his son, has brought a Ming dragon statue…
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I am delighted to welcome Kelsey Stone to my blog today to discuss her trials with critique groups and her road to becoming traditionally published.
ER Your latest project, a book, is Sabiak’s Creed. What inspired you to write science fiction? The genre’s obviously one you love.
KS I have a very eclectic literary taste, and so it took me a while to find my voice. I started off writing suspense. Before I began working on my writing career, I spent five years in law enforcement and I drew on my experiences and heartaches to write my first novel, but I fizzled out. Even though I managed to finish the story, I was stuck. I didn’t write anything else for almost a year. The characters and words still played in my head, it just took me a while to realize that those characters and those stories were rarely confined to this world and when I’d chained myself to a non-speculative genre, I’d drained the energy out of my imagination.
For me, science fiction operates much like a parable. I can tackle pressing issues in a manner that is less threatening for the reader and hopefully reveal some truths about the world we live in and what it means to be human. It’s kind of like being a scientist. I can isolate certain aspects of society and humanity and really dig in with the what-ifs.
ER Becoming published is not an easy task. Even before you’re ready to take that step, there are so many stages during the writing. Do you send your work to critique groups? How do you find that part of the process?
KS I am blessed to be a member of two fantastic critique groups, two amazingly talented editing partners, and one extremely argumentative writing group. It took me a long while to get to the point where I was capable of sharing my work. It was my passion for my stories and my determination to produce the very best story possible that finally pushed me to look for feedback, that and the gentle prodding of a couple of close friends who did their best to slay my insecurities.
I started the writing group in a quest for feedback. Originally, I had hoped that it would grow into a finely oiled critiquing machine, but that just wasn’t in the cards. There are too many strong personalities, and because of that, everyone was afraid to share their work. I did find one of my critique partners in that group, however, and I absolutely love the debates the group gets into, even if we aren’t particularly productive. The critique groups that I participate in found me through my writing platform and invited me to join them. As my writing network has grown, I have been presented with opportunities to grow my skill and craft.
With Sabiak’s Creed, I wanted a professional opinion before I sent it off, so I found and carefully vetted a freelance editor. The experience was incredible, and my writing grew profoundly during the couple of months we spent working on my manuscript.
ER Once your manuscript is finished, the road to publication is, or can be, a long one. Agents are reviewing Sabiak’s Creed at present. Finding an agent can be difficult too. Have you learned anything along the way that might help other writers?
KS The most important trait a writer can have is tenacity. The odds of an agent liking your book are about as good as have the same taste in food as a random stranger off the street. Not everyone is going to like your writing, and that is okay. Rejection is part of the writing process, no matter the type of publishing you pursue. A writer needs to learn how to move on and keep at it.
You can increase your odds by researching agents carefully. Find agents who you think will enjoy your story and tell them why you think they will enjoy your story in your query letter. Personalization is the key to getting agents to take notice.
ER Why did you decide traditional publication over Indie publication?
KS The biggest factor in my decision to attempt traditional publication is actually my own limitations. I am in awe of many of my writing friends who are Indie authors. They do it all: writing, formatting, publishing, and marketing. At this point, I am just not talented enough to balance all of those hats well. Also, I want my novel to reach the widest audience possible, and traditional publishing offers the best opportunity to get a large readership. Finally, I would love to build my craft and skill enough to write literary fiction, and about the only chance I would have to find an audience for that kind of writing is through traditional publishers. The benefit of pursuing traditional avenues is that it has forced me to be more reflective about my writing.
ER Would you ever consider Indie publishing?
KS Absolutely! In fact, I do plan to pursue Indie publishing in the future with specific manuscripts. At this point, I just feel like I have a ton left to learn and refine before I am ready for that step. In the meantime, as I learn to navigate the literary world, I plan to continue querying agents and trying to get traditionally published. It doesn’t cost me anything, except, perhaps, a few tears over rejection letters, and it has already led me down unexpected paths and grown my writing in new ways.
ER What are you working on now?
KS Sabiak’s Creed is complete, but I am planning on taking another few passes to polish it even further. When I get stuck on new stories, I take a break and do an editing pass. It is the first in a series, and I have two more novels in the series written and am working on revising those right now, as well. I have also started a new project that melds science fiction and anthropology, but it is in the very first stages of writing and has a lot of growing to do. Whenever I need a break or need to feel the ecstasy of completing a project, I spend some time on short stories and poetry. My hope is to eventually have some polished shorter pieces that I can submit in competitions and to journals.
Thank you so much, Kelsey, for joining me today. It’s been a pleasure.
Check out what Kelsey Stone has to say about writing and peruse her short stories on www.tibetanlemon.com or connect with her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorkelseystone/ or on Twitter or Instagram as @scifistone
I had to share this wonderful review of The Dragon Sleeps.
4.5 Stars from book.revi.wordpress.com
Thank you so much.
Author : Ellen Read
Publisher : Epic Reads Publishing
Publication date : 30 Oct, 2016
Book length : 252 pages
Language : English
Genre : Fiction
A Dragon statue. An ancient sword.
What treasure is worth killing for?
It’s 1927 in Victoria, Australia. A hedonistic time after the Great War when young people knew they could enjoy life without the threat of war hanging over them. A time when women have more options opened to them.
There is a weekend house party at Thronton Park and Alexandra Thronton thinks it will be a good time to break the news to her father that she wants to be an antique dealer, like him, her grandfather and great-grandfather before her.
Only a small number of people are invited. Amongst the guests are Zhang Bio, the Chinese antiques dealer who, with his son, has brought a Ming dragon statue from China…
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I’m very happy to offer five copies of The Dragon Sleeps for this Giveaway.
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The Dragon Sleeps by Ellen Read.
A Ming dragon statue. An ancient sword. What treasure is worth killing for?
Set in 1920s Australia, this is a story of murder, mystery, love and secrets.
At a weekend house party at Thornton Park, Alexandra Thornton wants to break the news to her father that she’s decided to be an antiques dealer, like him, her grandfather and great-grandfather before her.
Amongst the guests are Zhang Huo, the Chinese antiques dealer who, with his son, has brought a Ming dragon statue from China for Thomas Thornton. Benedict Archer, who is manager of Thornton Antiques in Melbourne and who has been secretly helping Alexandra learn more about her family business, is also invited. Alexandra asks Benedict and Edith Blackburn, her friend since childhood, to be with her when she approaches her father. When Edith claims that Benedict is in love with her, Alexandra can’t believe it. In all the time they’d been at Thornton Antiques together, he’d never said a word. Now, Alexandra looks at him differently. Can it be true?
Then a body is found and, before the weekend is over, a priceless artefact is stolen.
Alexandra is determined to discover how these things are connected to the Ming dragon and the antiques her great-grandfather brought from Hong Kong so many years ago.
As she peels away the layers of an eighty-year-old mystery, she discovers her life is in danger.
“An enthralling novel of love, betrayals, loss and family secrets”
A ruined castle deep in the rainforest holds a secret that unites three generations of women: two sisters who find themselves in love with the same man as the Second World War rages and, decades later, a young woman determined to uncover the secrets in her grandmother’s hidden past.
To start with Castle of Dreams has the most beautiful cover. I know many readers, my self included, who have bought books for cover-love. In this case, the story doesn’t disappoint.
Set in the Northern Queensland rainforest, it is an enchanting and compelling read.
It took me on a journey through the lives of three generations of women, revealing secrets and bitter betrayals, and ultimately the love that is the glue that held them together.
I think it’s special for me because, over the years, I’ve often been to the castle on which Elise McCune has based her story.
I highly recommend this book and eagerly anticipate Elise McCune’s next novel.
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Hell’s Teeth by James Fahy
A phone call wakes Phoebe Harkness at 3.00am.
‘At that godless hour, it’s only ever one of two things. Somebody’s dead, or somebody’s drunk.
Unfortunately for me it was the former.’
From this gripping opening, James Fahy’s fast-paced story held me every step of the way.
New Oxford. In a new world after war has ravaged the old, Dr Phoebe Harkness hurries to uncover a mystery of a terrible crime. In the process, she must go into dark areas of the city, and try to get out again alive. In this new world, humans co-exist with Vampires, GOs (Genetic Others), Pales and Bonewalkers. James Fahy’s world-building is excellent and is delivered with complete ease to the reader.
The characters are fantastic. I’ve read James Fahy’s Isle of Winds and I found the same in that story – wonderful, well-rounded characters that leap off the page. Chief of these is Phoebe who is tough, witty and smart.
I found the story gripping, compelling, and exciting, with a good dose of humour, and with a thrilling, nail-biting conclusion.
This is a 5 Star read.