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I know—late but better than never, right? The past year was a mixed bag for me. I hope and pray 2017 will skew more to the good than the bad not just for myself but for all of us. Meanwhile, here's the third to the last part of Prior Claim. Just one more chapter and an epilogue and it will be finished. As always, I hope it pleases.


Title: Ponder
Author: Eressë
Fandom: JRR Tolkien - The Sons of Elrond (written for the fanfic100 challenge)
Characters: Elrohir/Legolas
Prompt: 096: Waiting
Word Count: 912
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: The characters belong to the wizard of storytelling himself, JRR Tolkien and/or his estate. No offense is intended or profit made in my use of them.
Summary: Elrohir contemplates both past and future as he awaits his spouse’s return. Part 53 of Prior Claim.

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Yuletide Greetings


May your fondest dreams and dearest wishes be fulfilled
in the year to come.

I've been struggling with writer's block for some time now. Hence the paucity of updates and lack of a book release this year. I decided to try and write another chapter for Prior Claim to help jumpstart my writing. I think the timing was right because the words just flowed while I wrote this. So here's the fourth to the last chapter of PC. As always, I hope it pleases.

Title: Prospects

Author: Eressë
Fandom: JRR Tolkien - The Sons of Elrond (written for the fanfic100 challenge)
Characters: Elrohir/Legolas, Elladan, Gimli
Prompt: 073. Light
Word Count: 1504
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: The characters belong to the wizard of storytelling himself, JRR Tolkien and/or his estate. No offense is intended or profit made in my use of them.
Summary: Middle-earth emerges from under the shadow. Part 52 of Prior Claim.

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Updates and Explanations

I know, it's been ages since my last post. I can only hope people are still interested in anything I have to say (or write).

Truth be told, I hit a long dry spell after I completed Shield Mate. Couldn't write anything substantial until almost Christmas. But then I got sidetracked by the yuletide season. I did manage to write a number of chapters when I still had spare time pre-hectic holiday schedule whereas before bits and pieces simply percolated in my post-book addled brain. But once my schedule tightened up, I put my writing aside with every intention of getting right back to it in the new year. Should have known it wouldn't be that simple.

The hubby and I decided it was time to do some minor renovations on our house toward the end of January, "minor" being the operative word. Wishful thinking that one. What started as one new cabinet and a few repair jobs morphed into major additions such as display shelving over our kitchen counter, more cabinetry and shelves in the bedrooms and dining area, expansion of our pantry, new tiles for the powder room and changing all the cabinet doors and drawers in the kitchen.

We finally completed the renovations last week. Needless to say, my writing was repeatedly disrupted. Being the stay-at-home spouse, I'm the one who had to oversee the workers. Ordinarily, I make up for lost time during the day by writing well into the wee hours. But this time around, I was so tired come nightfall that my brain refused to cooperate. And my muses? Seems like they decided to take a vacation.

Anyway, I'm back on track with the next book and crossing my fingers that I'll stay on it until I'm done writing. My muses have returned from their holiday as well so it's all systems go once more. Everyone who contacted me during the past two months, my deepest apologies for not responding. Please bear with me, I'll do my best to get back to you asap.

~ Eressë ~

Here's to 2016!

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! My apologies for being so late with my greetings. My schedule throughout the holidays was so packed I didn't have spare time to write or keep up with my correspondence whether snail mail or online. Sadly, I even missed a few yuletide gatherings and reunions with friends and family. Anyway, may your fondest dreams and dearest wishes find fulfillment this 2016.

Dec. 25th, 2015

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Shield Mate is Out!

Shield Mate is now available at Liquid Silver Books and other retail outlets worldwide. A big, big thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the book. I hope Shield Mate lives up to your expectations. Thank you one and all for the support and encouragement.

           To Buy: LSBooks, Amazon, ARe, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Google
Shield Mate, Book Seven of Chronicles of Ylandre, is now available for pre-order at LSBooks at 20% off the retail cover price. :D
I'll always be grateful that M/M fiction came into being. I wouldn't have started writing for public consumption if not for the introduction of this genre and its fanfic relation, slash fiction. But I'm disheartened when the very people this genre revolves around, even purports to champion, report feeling baffled, hurt or further marginalized by some portrayals of their lives and are told they're wrong to complain or scolded for airing their grievances. Worse, are met with indignation for not appreciating their "allies." As if writing M/M automatically makes one an ally of the LGBTQ community. Margaret Hamilton wrote about slavery in the deep south but she was hardly an ally of POC. Not even in the loosest sense of the word.

I'm too annoyed right now by the hostility and condescencion shown those who dare to speak in less than glowing or grateful terms of the genre or its writers to put my thoughts into words with any coherence. But this post by author Alexis Hall says it all so I'll let it speak for me: I may not agree with what you say but i will try my best not to be a dick about it.

Shield Mate: To be released 12/21/2015

Chronicles of Ylandre Book Seven: Shield Mate will be released by Liquid Silver Books on December 21, 2015. My heartfelt thanks to Lynn Perkins for creating this luscious cover.

The respect of many pales beside the regard of one who matters above all else.

Ranael knew his obligations to family and society. As a scion of Ylandre’s most powerful House, he was destined for a life of service, albeit a privileged one. As the son of a wealthy fief-lord, he was supposed to bed or wed as befitted his station. With obedience to authority ingrained in him since childhood, Ranael hewed closely to what was expected of a royal-blooded aristocrat and a military officer. Thus, defiance of the strictures of his position never entered his mind. Until he came to covet Vaeren Henaz.

Vaeren did his duty to king and country despite attempts to put him in his place and keep him there. A survivor of neglect and frightful adversity before and after he fled the orphanage wherein he grew up, Vaeren refused to let his illegitimacy or lack of sufficient lineage stop him from fighting his way up the ranks of Ylandre’s hidebound army. Nor did he allow anything or anyone to trample on his dignity or his heart. Until he learned to love Ranael Mesare.

In the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre, two warriors of nigh irreconcilably dissimilar backgrounds battle their way through the vagaries of military conventions, social censure, and personal vendettas. All while struggling with an attraction that contravenes the traditions and expectations that shape life and love in the world of Aisen’s most powerful nation.

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