Hello my amazing followers and lurkers, today I have a special treat for you. My first Blitz Tour! (Also known as a Blog Hop) To celebrate the occasion, we are being visited today by author Mary Ann Abraham who is here to talk to us a bit about her debut novel “Gabriel” and to give us a slight insight into her mind and the mind of her major characters.
For my review of the book go HERE.
So without further ado, let’s give a warm welcome to M.A. Abraham:
In my mind the kiss of death of any story is slow dialogue. A book that is not moving is one that is apt to get thrown across the room in frustration. I think that reasoning follows through with most anyone who reads. Sure there are people who read books I consider dull, people who think any book that is not academic is not worth reading. I am sure there are people who think Gabriel silly and without purpose. It is not a story that is meant to have a major purpose; it is meant to be entertaining. I hope I reached that goal. It is meant to make you chuckle and shake your head with the things that happen at times between the proverbial covers. It is also meant to show love in all the different forms it can take.
Gabriel was a story that came at me out of the blue. I just sat down one day and started writing. I wrote an outline first then began the story. A few chapters later I threw the outline away because I was no longer following it. The story seemed to have a mind of its own and the pen followed it. I blame it on Eden. Eden never seems to stay anywhere you want her to. Gabriel, on the other hand, is a constant. He knew what he wanted, right from the first time he saw her. Of course I could not help it if a part of me thought it would be fun to play cat and mouse with their characters. I think deep down in her soul Eden wanted Gabriel to run after her, though she would never admit it. Marious is the one who eggs them on. He finds great amusement in needling his great and illustrious uncle. (Who wouldn’t?). In the back of my mind it will always be Marious that causes Gabriel to lighten up. Gabriel has forgotten how to allow the lighter side of his character out during the long war. He has been in command for so long he still expects everyone around him to follow his every order. With that thought in mind Eden is perfect for him, the exact opposite. Eden is a female with a mind of her own, she is more likely to tell him to take a flying jump at the moon than do as she is told, especially by someone who she instinctively knows is the one who will be able to control her wild ways. I have to admit, it was fun pairing those two up, and Marious? Yes, Marious will get his. *Grinning outrageously*. He will probably have an easier time of it than Gabriel did, but then again, he has an easy going attitude and knows how to deal with the ladies more. It is true, our Marious is a charming rogue with the ladies, he even deals very well with Eden.
-- M. A. Abraham
Thank you Ms. Abraham for stopping by and joining us today and know that you are welcome to back again. Now, to be honest, I haven't had the chance yet to sit down and read this book (the University is driving me crazy with all the homework), but I promise that I will get to it during the summer and post my review here (and on Goodreads) for you my amazing people to peruse.
In the meantime, the first book of the Elven Chronicles tells the story of Gabriel, Commander of the Combined Elven Forces, and Eden, a wild and free elven maiden.
Deep in the Elven woods there live many races of Elves. You are about to embark on a journey through the Elven Empires; there are nine of them.I've always been of the mind that there is nothing like reading a bit from the book to decide whether one is game or not, right? Well, here is an excerpt for your enjoyment:
We will not be visiting all nine of them in this series. We will start first with the Light Elves and the reunification of their peoples. Book One of the Elven Chronicles – Gabriel.
In Gabriel we will meet many of the hierarchy in that realm. Here is a taste of the upcoming book Gabriel.
He has returned from the wars a hero to his people, savior of their Empire and honored as such, but his world is empty, despite the peace he has won for his people. There is no light where he lives, no soft touch to comfort him, to push away the darkness of his memories. He lives only to serve his King and the world he lives in. He is the High Lord General Gabriel Eagle Claw, Commander of the Combined Elven forces sent into the outside world to bring their people home he travels with his troop to the valley where he has been told they await his coming. There he is to find the Life Mate to the King and bring her safely to his side, but there is more, for there is a mystery he must solve and claim for his own. She who will bring light and love to his soul, she is his Eden. His one and only, his true Life Mate, his love and he vows he will bind her to him forever.
She is like a forest creature, wild and free. Warrior trained alongside her brothers. She guards the life and spirit of the forests that surround them, as well as those who live in the valley with them. She also guards a secret, for she is more than just a simple Elven maiden tending to the care of the elements they live in. Within her lives the talent to communicate with the very trees she treats, they tell her tales, stories, tidings of things that have passed. To them she is their guardian. To them she is Tratchar, she who heals their ills, beloved of the Sentinels and their salvation. Beautiful and proud she is no man’s possession, nor shall she be, this she is determined she will never be.
“Catch,” the warning comes just in time to alert the General Gabriel to attention and warrior that he is he is quick to react just as the young Elven maiden is knocked from the tree that he has chosen to stand under, catching her as she falls. When blue eyes meet silver each know they have met their Life Mate, but such things as not as quickly accepted as they are recognized. He would have order in his ranks, she must be free to mark her own trail, he would bind her, tie her, control her. She would test his patience and will to the limit, and challenge his rights to own what she would not give freely.
As he brings those he has been ordered to collect home a new world unravels for the Elves that neither has expected. As the King claims his bride, Eden hears a different voice, for the GREAT GUARDIAN has recognized her for what she is. TRATCHAR. A title that has been lost in time and is said only to live in legend. None have lived in the living memory of those who dwell in the Empire. Embraced by the forest that surrounds her, revered by the inhabitants, Eden seeks no more than to regain the peace she knew in the valley, while Gabriel wishes no more than to hold her tight to his side.
Brought together through trickery, separated through duty, Gabriel and Eden find that their worlds have changed, for both are recognizing more and more that the bond that will make them complete will not be denied. It is forever in her character to fight that which she cannot battle, and Gabriel will use whatever means in his arsenal of tricks to complete their bond and hold her to his side, until no longer able or willing to deny the love that haunts her, she becomes his in body, mind and soul. It is a coming together that binds not only one, but both, as the words they share in bonding declares. “You are mine, I am yours. Together, we are one.”
That was why Eden was perched high in a towering Oak when her group of Elven women rode into the main encampment to rejoin their families and friends. She watched as her mother and sister were reunited and noted how they were afforded special attention. She listened to the reports that were given to, what appeared to be, the commanders of the forces. She frowned as she heard her name tossed about in all the tales relayed of their rescue and recovery, and heaved a silent sigh of resignation. She had told everyone to leave her name out of the telling, no one had listened to her it seemed. A sudden gust of wind made the branch she was on, sway and she adjusted her told on the tree.
"Uncle," she heard a voice call to another who had been standing close to the tree. "Catch."
Eden heard the sound of something speeding through the foliage, then felt the limb she was on, vibrate. A moment later she gave a slight yelp as she flew through the air to land heavily in the arms of the Elf commander. blue eyes met silver for a split second, followed by a gasp, almost as if of recognition. Then, before anyone had a chance to recover from the shock, she flipped backwards out of his arms, onto the ground and sped off.
"Stop right there." Eden's almost captor snapped out, expecting her to come to an immediate halt. She kept on going. He wasted precious moments deciding whether to give chase personally, as he was tempted to do or to order her capture. He was quick to bark out the order for her retrieval. It, however, was easier said than done. Eden was nowhere to be seen.
A few hours later, the pursuers returned empty handed to report their failure. "We lost her General Gabriel."
It was not news either of the trackers wanted to report. Gabriel tossed them a nasty look and growled. "How and where?"
"Just outside the camp, we double tracked, we checked the trees, top and bottom. It is as if she just disappeared."
Gabriel suppressed the urge to scream his frustration. Up to this point everything had gone smooth. There had been no glitches to the gathering at all, and suddenly some slip of a girl threatened to throw off the whole mission! Not while he was in command.
"Marious," Gabriel yelled, bringing the younger Elf running.
"You bellowed, uncle?" Marious' attitude was enough to set Gabriel off. He was amused and willing to show it, something he knew would aggravate the great General. Gabriel was never one to put up with familiarity from his troops. Marious hardly cared. The war was over, and he was not one of his uncle's troops. He was a diplomat, when he chose to be, or his King ordered it.Want to know more about M.A. Abraham? You can find her at:
"We are missing an Elf."
"Anyone in particular, uncle?"
"You should know," Gabriel growled. "You were the one that shot her out of the tree."
"Oh, that one," Marious laughed. "What is the matter uncle? Finding it impossible to hang onto a simple Elven maiden? I was sure that you would appreciate my gift better than that."
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