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Happy Holidays!

A slightly belated
and hopes and wishes for a
                  to one and all!

And It’s Away!

I finally submitted Duty or Desire yesterday. Went over the ms until my eyes crossed. Same goes for the synopsis and query. So now I wait. It can take up to 12 weeks before I get a reply. I’m not sure that I want to submit elsewhere simultaneously.

Meanwhile, rather than twiddle my thumbs for 3 months or so, I’ve decided to start writing the next book. But I can’t make up my mind whose story to tackle — Aeldan’s or Yovan’s.

Parts of Yovan’s story will feature him as he and his mate are now. So a good portion of the book will center on an older couple. Honestly, I find the prospect highly exciting, as well as challenging. The last time I wrote explicitly about older couples in a romantic and sexual context was in LotR fanfic. You know, Elrond, Thranduil, Galadriel. But they were millennia-old Elves. So I don’t know if that counts.

Aeldan on the other hand will be embroiled in a love triangle. Truth be told I’m never comfortable writing intimate scenes, whether emotional or sexual, involving a character who’s not one of the romantic leads. So it’s also going to be a challenge which I almost always enjoy. But one concern is that part of Aeldan’s story will take him out of Ylandre which is already a huge part of the twins’ book. I don’t know if it’s wise to do a repeat of that so soon.

Decisions, decisions...

Anyway, cross your fingers that Duty or Desire will find a home soon. And if you believe in it, please say a little prayer too.

In the meantime, I hope I can finally finish not just Prior Claim but ALL the fanfic100 prompts. It’s taking too damn long!
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

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