Elemental Series Book 2
IMPORTANT NOTE: The tree photo on the cover of Earth's Embrace is the copyrighted work of photographer Bob Hower and may not be used or reproduced without his permission.
Synopsis of Earth's Embrace
Kira's journey to discover who she really is continues. As she tries to separate truth from lies and uncover the secrets, an old friend returns looking for more than just Kira’s blood.
Kira's worries for her boyfriend Pyre, a fire demon, have only begun as he attempts to deal with his own dilemmas. With the appearance of an old flame, discovering family he didn’t know he had, and the revelation of a potential new foe, Pyre is uncertain where to turn. Pyre chooses to conceal his secrets, in an effort to protect Kira, but only causes her more pain, forcing Kira to delve into his past as well as her own.
Meanwhile, Kira’s best friend, Lowell Hew aka Ulric the Wolf Thief, struggles with his lingering feelings for Cadel, the love who died in his arms, and the guilt he carries for her death. As he attempts to cope with his own past, he meets and falls in love with Lur, who he learns might be a demon and a threat to Kira. He grapples with his feelings for Lur, and his apprehension that she might be an enemy he must destroy.
Between the appearance of old friends and lost relatives, and meeting new friends and family, it’s hard to know who to trust. Will Kira be able to overcome the harsh reality or will she be crushed by the...
Competitions and Recognitions for Earth's Embrace
Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media 2015
Paranormal Awards Competition
Finalist and Honorable Mention
Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media 2016
Young Adult Awards Competition
Summer Indie Book Awards 2017
Writer’s Digest 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards
The Judge’s Commentary Highlights:
Citation - “Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards”
Judging Criteria, on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the best
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Carey puts a human form on the elements of nature in her latest book Earth’s Embrace. Kira, the protagonist, threatened by a childhood friend, Crystal, knows she has a destiny to fulfill, but it won’t be with her psychotic former friend. Her boyfriend, the fire demon, Pyre, has his own fears. Both characters are dynamic and compelling. They are helped by their friends, Lowell and Lur.
The first chapter seems to be more of a rehashing of the previous book. Although done in an engaging way, getting into the main conflict of the story more immediately and then doing a flashback might be helpful.
The book contains quite a few grammar errors. It needs a review from a good copy editor. The cover image works; however, I would make the font larger with more green, and outline the green with black to make it “pop” more. I recommend doing the same for the spine: Make the font larger with more green, and outline the green in black.
Good job on the back cover! Just add a very short, one-sentence author bio to the right of the picture and add one or two quotes from satisfied readers. You may have to change the font size on the synopsis slightly and/or eliminate unneeded spacing.
Inside, justify both the left and the right margins. Begin pagination with page two of chapter one; all the pages previous to the first chapter should be numbered with small Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, etc.). Write the author information in third person.
Thank you for the privilege of reading your book! And bravo on all your hard work!
NOTE: There are no spelling errors in the book, except for one Easter Egg. It's not actually a spelling error and could technically be correct if one stretched their imagination. I decided to leave it and see if the reader finds it. I have consulted a copy editor who suggests that the grammar errors mentioned probably resulted from my punctuation of dialogue. I have since changed my method, and have high hopes for future competitions.
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