Elements Trilogy – Melissa Pearl

Author Melissa Pearl thought that her Elements Trilogy books could use a makeover… So she asked Kelly Waker from indie-spired.com to help her do just that! Check out the awesome results below!

UNKNOWN

 One prophecy…Two seekers…A journey into the UNKNOWN.

 *****
 
Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.
 
Then a star begins to fall.
 
Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped trusting in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.
 
Then a star begins to fall.
 
Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.
 

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending these two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.


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UNSEEN

It’s hard to trust when the truth is hidden in the UNSEEN.

*****

Danger surrounds the Seekers. Having already faced overwhelming odds, Kyla and Jethro discover it is only the beginning. Now they must face the power of nature itself.

Each day is a test of faith.

Two elements remain undiscovered. The light is yet to be resurrected. Dark forces prepare to descend upon the heroes of prophecy and they have one more power they must over come…their forbidden love for each other.

Each moment is a test of loyalty and courage.

In Taramon, Athra faces his own demons as he frets over the safety of his fiancée while trying to counter a dark evil that is brought to his doorstep. Treachery lurks in the shadows, forcing the future king into an action that could destroy his beloved city.

Through it all, they must cling to the truths hidden in the unseen.

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UNLEASHED

 A furious light is about to be UNLEASHED.

*****

 
The prophecy has failed. As Athra lies in the dungeons of Taramon with his defeated army, this is all he can believe. His city has been torn apart. He has failed his people and all that awaits him is an agonising death.
 
But the light has been found.
 
Ashan and his dark army proceed in gloating triumph. Safeer heads to Mezrah with Taramon’s women and children, while the rest of his men remain in the northern city, forcing their prisoners to tear it down stone by stone.
 
But two sparks have been ignited.
 
Kyla and Jethro learn of Taramon’s demise and, with the children, formulate a plan to rescue their people and bring an end to the overpowering darkness. It will take all their strength and every ounce of faith they possess…
 
But a furious light is about to be unleashed.
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And to celebrate this new reveal, I’m having a one day sale. All three books for only 99c each!!
 

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Before – Melissa Pearl

RELEASE DAY POST FOR AUTHOR MELISSA PEARL!
 
BEFORE


 
(A Betwixt Novella #0.5) (Betwixt Series)
 
Book Description:
 
Dale Finnigan is a teenage rebel; he lives for parties, girls and joy riding in
stolen cars. In spite of his uptight parents’ constant warnings and lectures,
he continues to run wild. His crazy lifestyle is the only way he can live and
feel free…until his reckless behavior takes him down a path where there is no
going back.
In this prequel to BETWIXT, find out who Dale Finnigan was before he became known as “scar-face”—the unassuming hero everyone underestimates.

WARNING:
This book is intended for mature teen readers due to coarse language and mature
content.

 
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Excerpt:
The car horn sounded like a trumpet, making me laugh hysterically. Hugh was anything but subtle.
Jamming my feet into my Converse shoes, I tie the laces in a hurry and rush for
the door.
“Where are you going?”  My mother, one of the shortest people I know, tries to block my way. I gently nudge her aside as I zip up my hoody. “I’m going out,” I mumble.
“No you’re not.  It’s Friday night. You have youth group. Your father is expecting to see you there.”
“Well he’s going to be disappointed…again. How many times do I have to tell you guys I’m not interested? I don’t want to sound snarky, but I can’t help it. I hate youth
group. I hate church. I hate that my minister is my dad who is constantly harping on about it and forcing me to go to stuff that is as boring as hell.  It’s bad enough they force me to the Sunday morning snore-fest each week. I decided a few months ago, that my parents could stop stealing my Friday nights as well. I used to sneak out after youth group all the time, but it was getting tiring. The last few months of just skipping it have been much easier, although I could do without the arguments.”
“Dale, stop.”
I don’t bother holding in my sigh as I pause by the front door. My mother’s voice, usually so soft and sweet has taken on a hard edge. It’s been doing that a lot lately.
“You know the rules.”
Do I ever!
“You must attend youth group. How do you think it looks to the parishioners when their own minister’s son doesn’t even show up?”
“I don’t care how it looks.” I spin around to face her. “I don’t care what any of those people think. I’m not here to impress them. I never asked to be a minister’s kid.”
“Dale…”
“No! I’m going out.”
Her expression crests with sadness before bunching into a tight frown.  I race out the door before she can stop me. Her voice chases me down the path all the way to Hugh’s
car. I slam the door shut, trying to block out the, “Dale, you get back here right now!”
“Go, man, go!”  Hugh nods and screeches away from the curb, but not fast enough for me to miss the tears welling in my mother’s eyes. I shouldn’t have looked back.
I hate that. Why does she have to go crying about it and making me feel bad? Maybe if her and Dad would stop lumping so many rules on me, and actually listen to what I had to say, I wouldn’t have to cause her so much pain. This had been brewing for years, mostly without me knowing it, but at the end of my freshman year I just snapped. I couldn’t play the role anymore. I refused to keep following the rules I thought were stupid. They weren’t doing it because they loved me, they were just worried about what the damn church goers thought. It was all about appearances to them. I refused to follow some religion I wasn’t even sure I believed in. Hypocrites were the worst kind of sinners, and I wasn’t going to be lumped in with them.  No, I had chosen to swing to the complete opposite side of the spectrum. Having spent a lifetime living by the letter of the law, I was now doing my best to live as far from the law as possible. 
 
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The Elements Trilogy – by Melissa Pearl

Elements Three covers

 

 

The Elements Series: Unknown, Unseen, and Unleashed by Melissa Pearl

Release dates: Unknown – June 2013, Unseen – July 2013, Unleashed – August 2013

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Some Interesting Facts about the Elements Trilogy by Melissa Pearl

The trilogy took me 6 months to write. I made sure all the first drafts were finished before publishing the first book, just in case I wanted to add anything into the first book. I totally did so I’m really glad I held off publishing straight away.

There are four cities in the Elements World. The northern city (Taramon) is based on an English medieval type city, the eastern City (Mezrah) has an eastern/Asian/Indian feel to it, the southern city (Doran) has a Scandinavian flair and the western city (Ravma) is now an army base for King Ashan’s army.

Most of the names in the book (characters and places) were derived from Hebrew and Arabic words that I adapted. For example – the Hebrew word for fire is ‘esh’. So I named the fire element, Eshron. It was fun coming up with all the names 🙂

Raquel (introduced in Unseen) was never planned. She appeared when I was writing the second chapter of Unseen and became a key character in Unseen and Unleashed. The same thing happened with Bordor and Nafeez. I love surprises like that.

Some of the bad characters actually became my favourite to write. Safeer was far more complex than I originally intended and I grew to really like him. Although he is a greedy, arrogant soul, he still has a heart and I enjoyed discovering his humanity.

Levi, Jethro’s younger brother, is named after my first nephew – a ten-year-old boy with a passion for storytelling.

Never did I imagine writing a fantasy trilogy. This series came to me as a complete surprise, but was so mind consuming that I had to write it straight away just to get it out of my system. I’m confident in saying this will be a one-off thing for me. I’ll return to the comfort of contemporary/paranormal romance now, but will forever remain proud of myself for pulling this off.

Writing the sword fighting and battle scenes presented a big challenge. I really wanted them to be realistic, although still maintain some magical elements. I spent a fair amount of time researching the art of sword fighting and watching some great duals on YouTube. Rob Roy, Lord of the Rings and First Knight came in very handy.

Throughout the writing of this trilogy I had pictures of actors that reminded me of my characters. It was great having the visual aides on my wall and made the characters so much more real somehow. If you want to see them, you can check out my Pinterest board.

My favourite creatures from this trilogy were the dragons and I fell in love with Flynt. He is just plain cute and if I could ever own a pet dragon, I’d want him.

The books

 UnknownUnknown

Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.

Then a star begins to fall.

Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.

Then a star begins to fall.

Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.

Purchase Unknown through Amazon – Smashwords –  Barnes and Noble – iTunes 

Unseen

UnseensmallDanger surrounds the Seekers. Having already faced overwhelming odds, Kyla and Jethro discover it is only the beginning. Now they must face the power of nature itself.

Each day is a test of faith.

Two elements remain undiscovered. The light is yet to be resurrected. Dark forces prepare to descend upon the heroes of prophecy and they have one more power they must over come…their forbidden love for each other.

Each moment is a test of loyalty and courage.

In Taramon, Athra faces his own demons as he frets over the safety of his fiancée while trying to counter a dark evil that is brought to his doorstep. Treachery lurks in the shadows, forcing the future king into an action that could destroy his beloved city.

Through it all, they must cling to the truths hidden in the unseen.

Purchase Unseen through Amazon –  Smashwords –  Barnes and Noble

unleashed 5by8Unleashed

The prophecy has failed. As Athra lies in the dungeons of Taramon with his defeated army, this is all he can believe. His city has been torn apart. He has failed his people and all that awaits him is an agonising death.

But the light has been found.

Ashan and his dark army proceed in gloating triumph. Safeer heads to Mezrah with Taramon’s women and children, while the rest of his men remain in the northern city, forcing their prisoners to tear it down stone by stone.

But two sparks have been ignited.

Kyla and Jethro learn of Taramon’s demise and, with the children, formulate a plan to rescue their people and bring an end to the overpowering darkness. It will take all their strength and every ounce of faith they possess…

But a furious light is about to be unleashed.

Purchase Unleashed through Amazon –  Smashwords –  Barnes and Noble

About the Author

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has produced four more books and has a YA fantasy trilogy coming out this year. Unknown and Unseen (The Elements Trilogy) out now!
“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

Author Social Media Links:

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Blogs: Melissa Pearl and YAlicious
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Website
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Tour Giveaway:

(3) eBook sets of the complete series – Smashwords coupon code (International) with an approx. value = $27.00 (USD)

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You can follow the tour to see reviews, guest posts, and excerpts by clicking on the Elements Trilogy Blog Tour

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Double Cover Reveal – Before and Beyond – Melissa Pearl

Mrs.
Potter’s Book Publicity Services Presents:
A
Double Cover Reveal for author Melissa Pearl!
 
BEFORE
(Betwixt
Novella #0.5)


 

 
Description:
 
Dale
Finnigan is a teenage rebel; he lives for parties, girls and joy riding in
stolen cars. In spite of his uptight parents’ constant warnings and lectures, he
continues to run wild. His crazy lifestyle is the only way he can live and feel
free…until his reckless behavior takes him down a path where there is no going
back.
 
In this
prequel to BETWIXT, find out who Dale Finnigan was before he became known as
“scar-face”—the unassuming hero everyone underestimates.
 
Add BEFORE to your Goodreads TBR List
 
 
BEYOND

(Betwixt Novella #1.5)


 

 
Description:
 
Have you
ever been so in love with someone, but not had the courage to tell them?
Nicole
Tepper is that girl. She loves her boyfriend Dale, but fearing rejection, keeps
her feelings buried deep. She can’t even let on how heartbroken she is when
Dale begins applying for colleges thousands of miles away from her; never even
whispering a word about how much she wishes he would stay close.
 
But, when
Dale is rejected from Colombia University in NYC, due to a police report that
follows him wherever he goes, Nicole soon discovers that love can drive
her to do things she never thought possible.
 
There’s
more than one way to say, I love you and Nicole Tepper is
about to prove to Dale that she loves him beyond all common sense.
 
Add BEYOND to your Goodreads TBR List
 
 
 
Cover
Designs By: Eden Crane Design
 
AUTHOR
BIO:
 
“I used to be a full time teacher
(11-13 year olds) then I became a full time mother. During that time I also
found my passion for writing. Over the last ten years I have been studying the
craft and putting myself out there.
 
My first trilogy came out in
November, 2011. It has been a wild ride swimming in this indie river and I have
loved so much of it. I have learned so many amazing things and met so many
great people. It has totally solidified the fact I want to be a writer for as
long as I possibly can!
 
I now have five books published
and am working on a new YA Fantasy trilogy for 2013. I am having so much fun
with it and can’t wait to share it with everybody.
 
I am from New Zealand, but am
currently living in China with my husband and two sons. It has been a culture
shock, but it’s pretty cool living in such a different country.” ~Melissa Pearl
 
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Unknown by Melissa Pearl

Melissa Pearl, who brought us Golden Blood, Black Blood and Pure Blood has put her hand at Fantasy and created the Elements Trilogy – the first book is Unknown, with Unseen and Unleashed coming out later this year.

UnknownDarkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.

Then a star begins to fall.

Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.

Then a star begins to fall.

Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown

Exercept

“Nikara?” Mordekai poked his head into the room, he saw the small lump in the bed and hurriedly approached his apprentice. “Nikara, my dear.” He shook her shoulder.

She let out a soft groan and turned towards him. “Morning already?”

“No. No.” He shook his head. “Sorry to wake you, but this is of the utmost importance.”

Her wide, slanted eyes looked dry as she gazed at him. He knew she would never have the impudence to consciously show it, but he could sense her reticence.

“Please, child. You must see this.”

Biting her rosebud lips together, she slid out from beneath the covers and took the candle he held out to her. Throwing a robe over her shoulders, Mordekai danced like an excited child as he beckoned her to follow.

Her steps were too sleepy and slow for his liking, and he found himself dragging her through the streets. She knew not to question him before she must and stayed silent throughout the short journey. They reached the top of the stairs and stepped out onto his small perch.

“Mordekai, what are we doing up here?”

He turned away from the inky blackness below and gazed up at the sky. His white teeth beamed through his grey beard. “Look through the telescope.”

Nikara covered her yawn with delicate fingers. “Mordekai…”

“Just look, child.”

She blinked slowly. He knew she didn’t like him calling her child anymore; she was nineteen years of age and quite a beauty. He noticed how men now stopped to glance at her, something he was struggling to adjust to. To him, she would always be the little waif he found bleeding on his doorstep.

He bit his lip as she stepped towards the telescope he had spent hours gazing through. He knew the night sky better than anyone in the city.

Nikara squeezed her left eye tight and peered into the lens.

“Do you see my star?”

Her small fingers swivelled the telescope to the north. “Yes,” she mumbled.

He watched her in agitated silence. Her body was rigid, her fingertips turning white as they pressed against the smooth wood.

Had she noticed? Why wasn’t she saying anything?

Finally unable to bear it, he whispered, “Do you notice—”

“It’s moving.” She glanced up at him, her lips parted. “I thought I was seeing things, but…” She bent down to have another look. “It’s…” Stepping away from the telescope, she leaned against the wall. “Mordekai, is it falling?”

He let out a chuckle. “Look for a diamond glowing in the north, though it falls, it will not fail.” He quoted the second part of the prophecy with a laugh.

“What does that mean?”

“It means I was right. The diamond of the prophecy is not the crystal in Taramon Tower. It is this star.”

The one he had discovered sixteen years ago.

Nikara swallowed. “Mordekai, it’s been too long. No one believes the prophecy anymore.”

“Well maybe they should.”

Her lips pressed together in a tight grimace as she looked out into the inky blackness. “Do we tell—?”

“No. No, we mustn’t. He forbade talk of the prophecy years ago; we must keep this to ourselves.”

His face scrunched in thought as he turned his gaze to the far borderlands.

“Mordekai?”

The tremor in her voice was hard to miss, and he felt a touch of guilt as he turned to her. “Pack your things, child. It’s time to leave Mezrah.”

Review

Unknown is a book about a Oron, a God of Light who destroyed darkness, but was destroyed himself.  Whispers of a prophesy have been building until a new star is discovered in the night sky by Mordekai and a new adventure begins.

I love the characters in this story, their flaws are so completely human and normal, the twists and turns are fast moving and head turning.  There are some great characters in there, from Mordekai, the wise man, to Kyla the princess, Asthra, the fiance and the elements themselves.  I can’t wait to see more of the others in this series.

For a fantasy, it is easy to read, no heavy description, no long winded explanations, it is a story that flows quickly and ends way too suddenly.  Can’t wait for Unseen to come out.

The exciting thing is, this book is being released today!  So you can get your hands on a copy over at Amazon and Smashwords

Pure Blood – Melissa Pearl

Publisher – Melissa Pearl ISBN

  •  1475027605

It is only a matter of time before Gemma’s parents find out she traveled through time to bring Harrison back into existence. The fear of being found out is a heavy weight on her shoulders, but she refuses to give up on everything she’s fought for. Harrison is worth the risk.

The couple draws closer together as they battle opposing forces from all sides. They stay strong until Gemma’s parents welcome an exchange student into their home. Simeon, a gorgeous Californian, is as smooth as coffee and, supposedly, a fellow time spirit. Gemma’s parents expect her to take him everywhere and, of course, fall in love with him. After all, he is the boy they have chosen for her. 

No longer able to sneak off alone, Gemma must watch every step as she waits for the inevitable nightmare to catch up to her. Her parents ultimate goal is to get that last necklace and open the box hidden in their safe. If they do, Gemma knows her entire world will unravel.

As the danger mounts, Gemma must decide if she has the courage to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the ones she loves and stop to her parents’ destructive plans.

I have read Golden Blood and Black Blood and this is the final in the series.

Gemma has learnt that her parents are not who she thought they were, and they aren’t nice at all.  Harrison is doing all he can to protect Gemma, but it just doesn’t seem to be enough, especially when she escapes her parents, but decides to confront them.

Gemma must go back and save herself from her “parents” so that she can live a normal life with her parents, but is it the answer?  Her parents died protecting her, can she prevent them dying a second time.

Harrison and Gemma are faced with the ultimate sacrifice, and I really don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet, but the ending made me cry.  I won’t say if it was because I was happy or sad, but I think everyone will be shocked by the realisation of the full impact of the sacrifice that Gemma has to make.

I love this series, and highly recommend it to anyone.

Purchase Golden Blood through Amazon for free for a limited time.

Betwixt – Melissa Pearl

ISBN-10: 1479165913  ISBN-13: 978-1479165919

Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes theBetwixt next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well. 

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.

Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?

 

Nicole Tepper is a very underestimated person.  She has suffered tragedy in her life, and her way of coping is to close off to those around her.  Her parents have let her have her way, and she became known as bratty.  But she really wasn’t, just misunderstood.  She has had to live with the tragedy for two years, and it has slowly eaten away at her.  It is even eating away at her parents, so when she goes missing, the strain on their marriage is heightened.  The kids at school think she has run away, but the only person Nicole can turn to is the one person she really liked, and humiliated.

Dale has his own tragedies to deal with, and he liked Nicole, saw a kindred spirit, until she embarrassed him, and he is the only person who can hear her.  But she doesn’t know where she is.  How can Dale find Nicole if she doesn’t know where she is?  How can they find out who did this to her?

I loved the character of Nicole, and I could actually relate to her.  I understand where she is coming from, and how people have misconceptions about you, to try and explain away the behaviour.  By the end of the story, Nicole has opened up herself to the one person who could hurt her, Dale.  And Dale realises that Nicole isn’t as bad as she claims.

A lovely romance story, taken from a different perspective.