Saturday, December 27, 2014

Spoilers ahead! Deleted scenes from The Unknown Elf

 

As promised, I would like to share with you
two deleted scenes from The Unknown Elf.

These scenes are my Christmas present to all my readers. Perhaps, someday, I will refine them, or write more around them, creating some short stories in this "world" that I have created. Until then, please enjoy.


This scene comes before the tour of North Pole City, 

which happens near the end of Chapter Four.


(This one gives you more of an insight into Dena's, Marie's and Clarence's characters. Not sure why I didn't include it in with the full manuscript as it's a fun little bit. But, like all good stories, some things do hit the cutting room floor. I think I didn't include this scene because I wasn't entirely sure how to make it fit with what was already there.This scene is between Dena and Marie)


"Um, Dena?" Marie hesitated.

"What is it, Marie? You can ask me anything about anything, or anyone for that matter, here or anywhere. I'll always be there if you need someone to talk to, even if it is in the middle of the night and the cows are all screaming for Chinese food," Dena promised.

Marie smiled at the thought of cows screaming for anything let alone Chinese. "Thanks. You’re such a nice person. There is just one thing that puzzles me. I was just wondering why your office is decorated in such a weird way."

"Oh that," Dena interrupted. "I like to have a little bit of chaos, and a bit of order in my life. You know, half one color, half another color. It shows my double personality. Most people find it unnerving. Clarence is one of them. He's always edgy around my place. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were the colors I chose. He is all order and no nonsense, or fun. It’s also why I pretend to be a little ditsy sometimes," she explained. “It makes him mad.”

“Dark green and bright pink wouldn’t exactly be my choice of colors either,” Marie said. “It doesn’t exactly fit in with any of the current fads in decor, if you know what I mean.”

Dena laughed. “No, I don’t think it would, especially not with yellow chairs! To tell you the truth, the desk was originally yellow but I couldn’t stand it so I started to paint it green but ran out of paint. Pink was the only color I had left so that’s what I used. I liked the effect it had on people so much that I just left it as is.”

“Okay,” Marie replied with hesitation. “A very odd reason to keep it like that, but what ever floats your goat, I mean boat.”

“Marie, you don’t have to be so serious all of the time,” Dena said. “Life has much more to offer than that. Can you at least try to enjoy yourself today? It’s not like anyone here is out to hurt you.”

“I can try,” Marie conceded, “but on only one condition.” Dena glanced at her curiously. “Tell me how long you’ve known Clarence and if he’s always like this.”

Dena tried to collect her thoughts. She almost tripped going up the stairs. “Well, I've known him since we were both little tykes. Back then he was actually quite the prankster. Quite notorious actually, but he never got caught. I’m sure his other friends thought that that was incredibly unfair. Then something happened and he changed.

"I wasn’t there when it happened. Sandra was though. You can ask either one of them if you have a mind. I don’t feel at liberty to say anything about it. But yeah, something in him did change. He stopped pulling his pranks, became more serious.” She paused at the top of the stairs. “You know, I think I liked him better as the prankster.” She grinned.


Interview with Santa


(I hadn't quite made up my mind which "interview" with Santa this was going to go with, though it's possible that this scene was originally meant to go with the interview in the library when Marie discovers the journal. I really like this scene, though, because it tells everyone what the real meaning of Christmas is, from a non-religious view, but still holding in that religious point as well. And, to be honest, this is the epitome of what Christmas means to me. These scene is between Marie and Santa.)

"I hope that you don’t mind when I ask you about what you think Christmas means. Many elves have their own ideas about the holiday. I think that most have a similar idea, but what do you think?" Santa looked directly into her hazel eyes.

“I . . . Um, I . . . don't know. I've never had to think about that before. I guess they do." She tried to clear away her flusterlyness. Her eyes showed her confusion. What does this have to do with anything?

"I'm not necessarily a religious man, Marie, but I do have my own ideas about the season. Many people, especially big companies, see this time of year as a time to get huge amounts of money from their costumers. 'Santa' is merely an excuse to buy more toys and games." He snorted at his words.

"Most people don't see the part that is giving. They only think me, me, me. Get, get, get. Mine, mine, mine. So selfish are they. It makes me want to hide my face and cry.

"Christmas isn't necessarily just about the receiving. It's also about the giving, and people forget about that part or they just don't care. Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends. It is a time to show your love for each other in ways you normally wouldn't.

"I am who I am because there are a few out there who actually believe in the true spirit of Christmas. It is they who keep the real spirit alive. I give because I love everyone on this Earth. Most people don't see that. Most people don’t believe.

"Marie, don't let anyone make you forget what Christmas means to you. It is as important as any religion. If you lose your beliefs you lose your love. It has to be a year-round thing. Do you understand?”

She shook her head, trying to sort out everything that he had said. It made sense, but it pushed what she believed, or didn’t yet believe. “I don’t know what I believe about Christmas. I had never given it much thought at all.”

He smiled understandingly. “It’s not easy, living away from everything that you have ever known. Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few elves and humans who don’t know for themselves either. It takes time.” He got up from his chair and came around to stand by her. His large hand fell on her shoulder.

I’m not an angel, Santa. I’m nowhere near to being an angel. I've done things and seen things that don’t exactly leave me feeling very proud. I really don’t even know why you let me stay here.


And, as an added bonus, here's another scene that I left out and didn't share with any of the other bloggers doing my blog tour. 

 

(I cut this scene out because I didn't want to detract from the rest of the story. This was supposed to come at the end, when Marie is telling everyone about her past. I decided to cut it and changed the ending for something else that I think works better. I think this section felt too wordy for me and I didn't want to go through the trouble of changing it to a flashback since it would be going over some of the things we'd already gone over earlier. But, for those who were wondering what happened before and after Marie was shot off the roof in the preface, here is her explanation. Obviously some things have changed since she knows how to use her abilities, and some of the events of the escape changed as well. In this scene, Marie is speaking primarily to Clarence, though Dena, Rachel, and Santa are there as well. I think Dovan was supposedly shipped out at this point. I like the ending I put in the book better.)


"I spent a lot of time in there, reevaluating myself. I wasn’t who I thought I was. Everything my parents had ever said, everything I had ever known deep down came pelting my mind. I knew exactly what he planned on using me for, some sideshow freak, but there was nothing I could do. I didn’t know how to use my abilities and when I tried to use them nothing happened.

"Maybe it was because I was watched like a bug under a magnifying glass, until Dovan decided that there was no way to escape. I wouldn’t do anything for him even if it meant not using my gifts to get away. I inhibited myself. Even when it seemed like he had stopped watching me I knew he was still there.

"I’m not sure if my lack of cooperation made him flip or what but it soon became apparent that he had lost his sanity. On the very rare occasions when he’d come to gloat over me he would get a wild look in his eye and mutter to himself.

"One day, I overheard him talking to himself about his childhood and how he would get even. I had no idea who or what he was talking about. I only know that it had something to do with Christmas. He decided that if he couldn’t get to his victim I would serve instead but he had to have everything done in just the right times.

"I learned a fear that I had never felt before and hope that no other has to feel. It was like every turn presented death or worse. I was starving in both body and spirit, fearing for my life. I knew that if I did not get out soon I would die so I explored my prison.

"I found a place near the pipes where the wall was decaying. I suppose the continual contact of rancid water had weakened it. The cement was brittle. I knew this was the only way I could get out so I started digging, using the only tools I had, my hands and fingernails.

"The work went slowly but I finally broke through the thick wall, leaving a tiny hole. My hands were scabbed-over pulp for my troubles but somehow I managed to enlarge the hole, bit by bit.

"I always prayed that the pipes would hide the defect from my uncle. I don’t know if he ever did see the hole or not. He was insane enough to not notice, or so I hoped.

"The night after I had made the whole big enough to squeeze through I made my escape. My hole led to a corridor. From there, it was easy to find the stairs. I had to pass my uncle’s door, but he was too busy plotting his revenge.

"I was almost outside when I heard his footsteps behind me. I turned to face him. I smelt alcohol on his breath. In his hand was a .35 caliber pistol. I bolted. I knew he was out for blood and that nothing would stop him from getting it.

"He tried to block my path, giving me only a set of stairs that led to the roof for escape. I took them three at a time, trying to outdistance him. The stairs led to a hallway with a window at one end. It was the only way I had to get on the roof.

"I ran as fast as I could on the loose gravel that I found out there. I only stopped to save myself from falling over the edge. The building was taller than I had thought. It was over fifty feet to the ground and I was afraid of heights. I heard the sharp report of gunfire as I turned around. The bullet hit me in the chest, pushing me over the edge. He didn’t come after me and I do not remember landing.

"When I came to I found that I was far from the warehouse. Someone had found me and saved my life. I don’t know who it was but I’m sure that I will meet up with him or her again. When I do I will thank them for saving my life. Soon after that I took to roaming. I didn't care where I went as long as I didn’t see him again.

"Somehow I made my way to a deserted white ocean of snow, somewhere near Canada. I was crawling by then and my soul was freezing in the cold. I collapsed and couldn't move because my strength and hope was gone. I guess I was carried on the wind's wings because then next thing I knew I was on an icy plain where there had been trees before.

"I called for help as long as I could, until my voice ran dry. I gave up any hope and started to drift away. The ghosts of the plains carried me toward their realm. The next thing I knew I was looking into the most wonderful face I had ever seen. I thought I was dead. It was my mother.

"She only stayed for what seemed a little while, holding me in her arms. It was so peaceful there that I fell into a dreamless sleep. I don't know how much time passed after that. When I woke I was here, staring into the eyes of someone who at first looked like the monster I had escaped from. It was the happiest moment of my life finding out that you weren’t who I thought you were.”

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A question of a query

Hey all.  I'm working on getting my next query letter ready for sending out and have two different blurbs I'm considering sending along with it, so if you could give me your input, it would be greatly appreciated.

Blurb One:


What if everything you thought was true is a lie?

When Kas accidentally stumbles on a gateway to another dimension, her entire life is turned upside down. Transported to a place called the Waymeet of Worlds, she discovers that there is more to who she is than she'd ever thought possible.

When visions of the past and future collide, Kas has to decide whom she can trust. The mysterious man called Milord. The green-clad Christoph. Or the Voice she's heard all her life. Some wish to help her achieve her true destiny. Others want her soul.

But when everything is not what it seems, who can you trust?


Blurb Two: 

Most teenagers don’t have a voice talking in their heads, but that’s pretty normal for Kas. It’s been there her whole life, giving her directions, keeping her from harm. When the voice advises against the family picnic in the mountains, she’s sure there’s a reason, but convincing her mom is another matter.

While in the mountains, Kas accidentally stumbles on a gateway to another dimension. Almost immediately, her life is in peril. From a disembodied man known only as Milord and a hoard of hooded men who want her soul, she doesn’t know who to trust in this strange place where dreams become reality.

As Kas learns more about who she is and how she came to the Waymeet of Worlds, it becomes clear that someone is lying to her. But is it the voice she’s known her whole life or the new friends she finds in Milord’s castle. Choosing the wrong people to trust could cost her soul and prevent her from fulfilling her destiny.


Blurb Three:

Kas thought she was a normal teenager, with all the normal teenage problems. Minus the Voice thing. Most teenagers don't have a voice talking in their heads. But all that changes when she accidentally discovers a gateway to another dimension.

Trapped in a place called the Waymeet of Worlds, Kas learns that everything she thought was real is a lie. From the disembodied man who rules the Waymeet, to a hoard of hooded men who want her soul, Kas must question everything she thought she knew, or risk losing herself entirely. When visions of the past and future collide, Kas has to decide whom she can trust. The invisible man called Milord? The voice she's heard all her life? The family who lied to her about who she really is? Or the even more mysterious Christoph?

Please vote in the comments section.

Monday, December 22, 2014

As promised, links to my books

Greetings all!

I hope you are all enjoying my blog tour, as hosted by the lovely ladies at Loving The Book! They are doing such a fantastic job.

Now, as I promised, here are the links to my book, the e-version, which should be 2.99 across the board for the duration of my tour. Barnes and Noble seems a bit slow on the uptake, but that's life.

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/486042

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Elf-Karlie-Lucas-ebook/dp/B00NX6FRRY/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-unknown-elf-karlie-lucas/1120613735?ean=9781502367266


Also, I am now on Microcerpt. You can find my profile at http://www.microcerpt.com/karlielucas so check it out and share with others.

In other news:

I'm still working on my dragon trilogy. Book two is coming along nicely... Wonder how book three will go. I'm only now getting inklings of what might happen. I'm sure there will be at least one dragon death.... Then, of course, comes the fantastic process of editing. I'll give you some snippets once I get book two finished... though it's all really like one giant book.

Oh yes, and I"m getting ready to send Kas out. I should post a few snippets of that for you to consider as well. But next time. Well, next year in January. The next post will have some deleted scenes from The Unknown Elf. So please look forward to it!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Upcoming and so forth

First and foremost, in case I'm not on over the next week or three... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanzaa.... and any other holidays that are/have occurred this month!

Now for a few upcoming things.

My book, The Unknown Elf, will be having it's blog tour starting December 21 on facebook. So, please help support my book! I would like to thank the ladies at Loving The Book Launch for hosting this for me!

Second..... I did offer some awesome incentives to try and get more exposure with my facebook page... Well, it doesn't look like it's going too well.... But, in honor of the book tour, starting December 21, the ebook price of my book on Kindle and Nook, and all others that Smashwords incorporates, will be reduced to 2.99, but only during the blog tour. I'll try to post links to those various pages/websites by Monday.

Also, Little known, but there are two "deleted scenes" from The Unknown Elf that I would like to share with everyone on or around December 27th.

And... I think that's about it for now.

Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays! And I hope you all go out and get a copy of my book and enjoy it! Spread the love!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Announcement regarding The Unknown Elf

Greetings all!

Thank you to all who requested copies of my book, The Unknown Elf, for the Goodreads giveaway! I wish I could give away a copy to each and every one of you, but that's totally not in the budget. However, I am willing to make a compromise.

I know there are many out there who prefer the good ol' fashioned paperback in their hands, as opposed to a digital copy, but I do what I can. As such, If I can get 200 page likes on my facebook author page by December 20th, I will reduce the price of the ebook version to $2.99 instead of $3.99, but only for a limited amount of time.

If my facebook page reaches 250 likes, I will raffle off two signed copies of the paperback version, plus the discount.

But, if I get more than 300 likes, I will raffle of five signed copies AND reduce the price of the ebook version.

So, spread the word!

Details of any raffles, etc, will be given when/if mentioned goals are reached.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Just a few announcements

Greetings all! 


I hope you've all had a chance to enter to win a signed copy of my book on Goodreads. If not, you should!

Also, if you haven't had a chance to "like" my page on facebook, check it out!

A few other tidbits of holiday cheer for you, the lovely ladies at Loving The Book are hosting a Christmas Book Blitz that is coming up soon, and my book will be featured on day four. So please check that out too.

And don't forget that my book's blog tour is coming up as well! That will be happening December 21 -29, taking a break on the 24th and 25th. Don't miss the possibility of prizes!  

Feel free to share these events with your friends!

And just in case you need a refresher, here's my book cover.


Now, for something not associated with 

The Unknown Elf.

 

I am working on getting my next novel ready for publication. But, this time around, I"m going to try for the traditional route. I'll definitely let you all know how that's going.  I've hinted at it before. This one is called Kas.

I'd like to share a few snippets with you, just to get things fired up and, hopefully, get you excited for this fantastic book!

Written in first person, here's the first two paragraphs of the story.


I rolled over, aiming to hit the snooze button on my alarm clock. The insistent sound jarred my brain awake. But instead of finding the button, I felt myself falling, falling in slow motion. Part of me wanted to scream, but a far stronger part of my mind wouldn’t let me. I was too stubborn for that, but it didn’t take long before I felt myself hit the ground. It was a shorter span of time than my half-conscious mind thought possible. And with the thump of wood against my back, my eyes opened.
The light was muted, trapped from completely entering the room I was in. I groaned, wondering if I’d somehow managed to fall out of bed. Again. It was something that seemed to happen more recently, preceded by the dream of falling. But I was not in my bed and I definitely was not at my college apartment. This was home. I had been sleeping on the couch in the family room and the oven timer was going off in the kitchen, a room separated from me by a half height wall.
And one more snippet, just for fun. This one is from Chapter Two, after Kas has run off, trying to avoid the Voice that warned her not to go to the mountains.


I felt a cold splotch of water touch my arm. I unscrewed my fists from my eyes and looked up. The clouds had moved, were still moving, closing in and growing darker. I stood up and a sudden wave of intense dizziness filled me. It had to be vertigo or some other instability caused by having my eyes pressed so tightly shut. Either way, I turned and grasped at the rock for dear life. It felt like my body was trying to tear itself apart from the inside out.
Thunder cracked overhead and I closed my eyes again, keeping them shut with all my might, willing my body to stay in one piece. I felt like I was on one of those old merry-go-rounds they used to have at the parks. Of course, that was before they decided they were too dangerous and took them out. I was spinning, spinning out of control. And then everything suddenly lurched.
I told you, silly girl. I told you.
I felt the ground falling out from under me, first the rock, then the soil. I didn’t know if anything else was falling. I was too afraid to open my eyes. Everything felt like it was crumbling under me. Everything. I fell for who knows how long, definitely much longer than I had this morning. Much longer than I had in my recent dreams. I began to wonder if I’d fall into forever.  And then… Thud!
Interested in hearing more? Leave a comment!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Unknown Elf - Book Trailer

It's here! It's finally here! I'm pleased to release my first ever book trailer! Feel free to let me know what you guys think!







And don't forget about my book giveaway on Goodreads!

 



Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Unknown Elf by Karlie Lucas

The Unknown Elf

by Karlie Lucas

Giveaway ends December 10, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Thursday, November 27, 2014

On This day of Thanks

On this day of Thanks, I would like to offer up a brief view of my past year, and what I am thankful for.

It's been a very long year for me. And it's not even over yet. But a lot has happened.

At the end of May, my husband and I moved out of our lovely apartment into a new, smaller apartment. The location is further from both of our jobs, and has a lot of interesting logistical problems, but it's a roof over our heads.

Things with my day job have been less than stellar on many levels, but I have survived and still am surviving. And even though I would love to get more than the couple hours of sleep I seem to average every night, my head's still above the water.

The only a few days before our first wedding anniversary, my grandpa on my dad's side, the one I grew up with, passed away. Due to logistics of timing and my husband's work, we were unable to make it to the funeral. Even now, it is surreal. And I have not yet been able to go back west and visit. But I am thankful that he passed away peacefully, without pain.

This fall, despite many rejections, I decided to put my authorial foot out there and published my first novel. And though it hasn't done what many would consider well, I consider it a success. As one of my friends and coworkers would say, "three years ago, you set this goal. And now you have finally done it. I"m so proud of you." I am thankful for the support of friends and family who helped me get to this point.

A big thank you to my mom, who has been one of the best editors I have ever had. Thank you to my hubby and lifelong friend for encouraging and believing in me. (And for helping me keep a good perspective, and patience! during the whole process.) Thank you to all my friends, new and old, who have helped me refine my writing, and who encourage me to "keep on trucking" no matter what. And thanks be to my God, who has blessed me beyond what I probably deserve.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

And now for something completely different

Hey all, just thought I'd throw in something a bit different. So, here goes. As some of you may know, I'm trying to get more of my work out there. You've already seen my little Halloween story, Dorcha Adhmad. And now you should have heard about The Unknown Elf, but have you heard about my story,Kas? Yep, another story/novel that I'm working on. But, this time, I'm going to try going the more traditional route, fingers crossed. The manuscript is all but ready. I just have a bit of tweaking to do on the actual story (formatting, mostly), and the query, and off she goes to the lovely potential agents and/or publishers. And, with fingers crossed, I will get someone who will either represent me or publish my work. I'm going to try and be more patient with this story. It's waited over a decade, a bit longer won't hurt it. But, just to give you a bit of a tease, here's the general gist of the story. Kas is sort of a typical teen. She's got an annoying family (well, annoying to her), including older and younger siblings, and a brother-in-law who is a shrink. Oh, and she hears/talks to a Voice. So, one day, after her Voice tells her not to go up to the mountains, she decides to go against the advice and heads up with her family. It's for a celebration, after all. Unfortunately, that brings her to a most unexpected occurrence. She accidentally triggers an inter-dimensional gateway that plants her square into an alternate reality. That's when things start to get really weird. Waking up in a castle, Kas is faced with cloaked men who want her soul, an invisible man called Milord, a handsome man named Christoph, and a maid named Jenny. Then things get even more complicated when she learns that she's not really who she thought she was. Talk about a total bummer. But, like a champ, she tries to take it all in stride... mostly. That quack of a doctor did have it coming, though, so we'll forgive her for throwing things at him. Confused yet? Not as confused as Kas feels when her past starts to creep up out of the woodwork. But that's enough for now. Once I get my ideas for blurbs and such cleared up, I'll give you a bit more. That and it's bedtime. Cheerio!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Let's Talk Elf part four

Greetings and welcome back to Let's Talk Elf! 


I know it's been a while since we last had an episode. There have been a lot of different things going on, including work back at North Pole City, but here we are!


Today's episode it all about the holidays elves like to celebrate.


Do elves celebrate holidays? The answer to that is a resounding yes. You should already know that they celebrate Christmas. It's the main event at the North Pole, after all. As for the other holidays, in general they don't celebrate them all, but they do celebrate a good majority of them.


New Year's Eve

The elves celebrate New Year's Eve, and Day, every year. They stay up late to welcome the New Year. It's as big a tradition as Christmas is. They share time with friends, family, and loved ones. No alcohol is consumed, unlike in human society. (Most elves can't tolerate alcohol.) Instead, they drink hot cocoa, egg nog, spiced ciders, or bubbly juices. When the clock strikes midnight, they hold hands with those near, and sing songs. Many games are played. No one works New Year's Day. Even Santa gets the day off.


Valentine's Day

Just like most countries celebrate this holiday, so do the elves. They make valentines by hand and secretly give them to each other. Sometimes they hide these valentines in lockers, mailboxes, or other objects, making it a sort of game to find them. It's always fun seeing what happens when a valentine is found.

Although elves appear young in age, many still have sweethearts. These loved ones often exchange gifts to show affection. Sometimes they will lead their significant others on a wild goose chase, with a fun surprise at the end!


Labor Day 

Labor Day, while only celebrated by certain counties, is another fun holiday for Santa's little helpers. Labor Day is usually spent with friends, using the recreational facilities. Such facilities include: water parks, amusement parks, and health parks. This is a day when most elves get a day off. They take turns with the various members of their departments so that everyone gets this day off every other year. It is all very organized, perhaps more so than most countries.


St. Patrick's Day

St. Patty's Day is a real treat at North Pole City.  Anyone who is not found wearing some type of green will be sent to "green jail" for several minutes. (They are usually in there for less than ten.) This is done instead of pinching, as some cultures prefer to do.


The "green jail" is all in fun, being constructed of colored plastic pipes. And almost every elf has ended up there at least once over the years, even Santa Claus.


April Fool's Day (April 1st)

On the first of April, everyone plays practical jokes that are harmless but entertaining. The elves believe in good, clean fun. Such jokes might be someone changing the colors of another work's paint, leaving small gag gifts, or making it rain popcorn. The festivities last until midnight.


July 4th (American Independence Day)

Perhaps a bit surprising, but the elves do celebrate America's Independence Day. They recognize what life would have been like for America if independence had not been declared. The celebrate because some elves have close friends in America, or they work there with various companies and corporations. That, and the elves like to celebrate good times.


Thanksgiving

This holiday is celebrated with a feast of thanks. The elves spend the day preparing food and activities. At the end of the day, they gather together to eat what was prepared. They each offer thanks for what they have, what they have accomplished, and for life.


Halloween

This amusing holiday is a wonderful day at North Pole City. All elves are allowed to wear some kind of costume. Treats are made that are shared with others. Instead of trick-or-treating, they offer little acts of kindness to those who may need such attentions. Many games are played, including traditional games from around the world.


And last, but not least:


Christmas

If you have ready any of my other works, they will tell you that the elves celebrate this holiday by singing, playing, remembering, and making last minute preparations for Santa's Flight.


There is a large, ever-lit Christmas tree in the Main Rotunda of the Main Office Complex building. This tree is brightly decorated, with thousands of twinkling lights that never go out.


This is considered a great time of joy and peace. Dancing and joyful celebrating are guaranteed by all, working or not.


Well, I hope you have all enjoyed this little glimpse into elves and the main holidays they celebrate. And maybe, the next time you go to the store for one of these holidays, you might meet an elf in disguise. You never know.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Quick musings

Here's a quick muse for you. I'm actually currently volunteering at an anime based convention in my area. I know the CEO of the convention (con for short), and he asked me to help, which is why I haven't posted up a new episode of "Let's Talk Elf". But I do hope you've been checking out the cover reveals on my "Review" blog http://taliasreviews.blogspot.com if you haven't.

So, I am working hard on getting my stuff done and all that jazz, but, admittedly, I may have gotten a bit over my head. I'm currently working on doing two book reviews, editing another book, trying to write on three different books while working full time and doing radio drama stuff. I know, burning the candle at both ends... and the middle. I"m a bit crazy like that. But it's what I love to do and I love doing it. Add into that the convention stuff this weekend... and well... I'm one tired kitten... So, I should have another ep. of "Let's Talk Elf" out around Monday or so, fingers crossed. If not, you know why.  And please, if you do have questions or anything you'd like to have brought up doing my little "segments", please do comment!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Giveaway! Just in time for Christmas!

Yes, you read it correctly. I am giving away five signed copies of my new book to those interested. Just enter below for your chance to win!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Unknown Elf by Karlie Lucas

The Unknown Elf

by Karlie Lucas

Giveaway ends December 10, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Special Announcement

My debut book's launch party is coming up! I'm so excited! It's almost like Christmas! Oh wait, the book is about Christmas! Well, sort of. One thing for sure, this is not your typical Christmas story. So feel free to join and spread the word! And who knows? You might win an awesome prize!


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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Let's Talk Elf, Part Three

Hello and welcome to the third installment of "Let's Talk Elf"! It looks like our information is more than enough to our readers. Since that is the case, we'll carry on with the scripted program. Today, we will be discussing elf treatment and equality. Several years ago, a radio talk show host did a program about Christmas and elves. One of their major point was that elves are mistreated and underpaid. I would like to beg to differ. Let me put it bluntly. The elves are not underpaid. they receive a monthly income, as well as access to all that is in the North Pole Organization for free. Yes, you heard me, free. Meals, energy, housing, entertainment, all free. The money is in case they choose to go out and about in human society so that they have some spending cash. The amount each elf gets is dependent on seniority and location. After all, the differences in national economies must be taken into account. The typical elf's work schedule follows an eight to ten hour work day, with frequent breaks throughout. They are given a fifteen minute break every two hours, with a lunch break in the middle of their shift, which is approximately an hour long. Everyone, and every living creature inside the North Pole Organization is treated with respect. Violence is practically unheard of. It is true that each elf has a title, but they are treated with the same level of respect and regard. The most respected individual is, of course, Santa Claus. Everyone plays an important role in the carefully designed government, each with a meaningful job. And all are given a say in any matter, unless it involves executive decisions, which are only made to ensure the safety of the elves and Santa Claus. These decisions are made after careful deliberation by the North Pole Council. When not working, there are plenty of different things the elves can do. There are many recreational facilities around North Pole City, with the freedom to travel to other destinations if so desired. Health and sanity are taken into careful consideration, with a comprehensive medical facility available at all for whatever purpose, be it minor injuries or illness, or something much more major. Mental health professionals are provided to all in need of such. No elf, or animal, is required to work when they are not in peak physical condition. There is also a highly trained team of veterinarians for all animals. As for the reindeer, they are well groomed and taken care of. There is a vast plot of land set aside on the outskirts of North Pole city where they are allowed to graze and play. This area is also used for training purposes, such as flight training. There are several teams of reindeer housed inside the massive stables. Well folks, that's all the time we have for this go around. Feel free to comment about any questions or other comments you may have about this segment, or any previous ones, and we will be sure to answer/address them in the next episode!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Let's Talk Elf, Part Two

Welcome back to "Let's Talk Elf!" We hope you enjoyed our last program and that you will enjoy today's show as well. Today's topic is Santa Claus. So, what about Santa Claus? At the time of writing this, Santa Claus was not included in a lot of dictionaries, though I'm sure that may have changed as his popularity has grown. If a typical dictionary writer were to write the definition, it would probably go something like this: "A chubby man that wears red and is associated with Christmas." Well, let me add to that definition. Santa Claus is a loving and caring human who has gone past being selfish, and has the ability to life for over a thousand years. Now that we have a few basics under our belts, here are a few tidbits of information that have become muddled over the years. The first man considered to "hold" the title of Santa Claus was a young man by the name of Nicholas, and he was born in what is now present day Hungary. After a rather giving life, he died and was canonized by the Catholic Church. As time went on, several other men took on the mantle of St. Nicholas, with various traditions spreading out from the position. Each tradition became unique to its country of origin. There are some traditions that remain the same, all the way across the board. Those traditions include a man who brings gifts at a designated time of year in celebration of Christ's Birth. What isn't mentioned in the usual tellings is that Santa eventually discovered, or was discovered by a race that we know as elves today. With the help of these elves, Santa relocated his base of operations to the North Polar region, where what is known as the Legacy House was build inside the cavern of a giant ice berg. As time went on, the location was expanded to include what is present day North Pole City, with the North Pole Organization. Over the course of history, there have been many different men who have donned the red coat and hat. And, with faith, hope, and luck, there will always be a man willing to take on that role. Now, for those who say that Santa stole his current home, let me point this out. Santa was given the North Pole long before we even set foot in the Arctic. No one really wanted a giant chunk of ice anyway. Through the centuries, Santa was able to build North Pole City with the help of the elves. The city is more grand than New York City, or any other large metropolis, without the pollution and crime associated with those areas. And, thanks to its location underground, it is mostly undisturbed by those who are not associated with the North Pole Organization. I've had one person ask what Santa does when he's not off delivering presents and whatnot. Well, that answer to that is running the North Pole Organization in a similar manner to the President of the United States. He is the president of the Organization, and is charged with the running of and organizing of this vast network of elves and humans. Of course he has help, mainly from those just under him in authority. (This has been previously covered in character introductions. Please refer to them for more information.) Well, I just got the signal from our producers that the time is up for this episode. We hope to see you again in a few days when the next episode arrives. Until then, don't hesitate to leave a comment about any questions you may have! And remember, you can now buy a copy of The Unknown Elf at most major retailers online.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Let's Talk Elf! Part one

Good Morning and welcome to "Let's Talk Elf!" This program is designed to inform you about some of the least commonly talked about things surrounding the North Pole, elves, and that Jolly Ol' Man in the Red Hat, Santa Claus! (The reader of this transcript has the right to pass off all of this information as a bunch of "fooey". I can't force you to believe.)

First things first, though, right? Let's start off with a bit about this show. "Let's Talk Elf" was created as a means for the average joe to learn more about Christmas and the North Pole. Backed by financial support by the North Pole Organization Fund, and readers like you, LTE promises to be an interesting and informative program. (If you have any questions you'd like discussed in future episodes, by all means! Leave a comment below!)

First item on our list. What exactly is an elf?

The Webster's Dictionary states than an elf is "an imaginary, tiny being of mischievious character; a sprite; fairy."
And this is just about what most dictionaries say on the matter.

In my own words (being something of an expert), an elf is a being who appears to be a child or a teenager. The elf has pointed ears and rosy cheeks. They are most commonly found at the North Pole, but can occasionally be found in other places as well, such as the South Pole. And, sometimes, you can spot them in the general masses of normal human suburbia.

"What about the North Pole?"

The dictionary states that the North Pole is "the end of the earth's axis of rotation--the zenith of this point."

This may be true, but it is also true that the North Pole is the accepted home of Santa and all his elves.

But wait, you might say. Isn't the North Pole just a giant iceberg stuck in the middle of the Arctic Sea? A giant floating mass of ice and snow?

Well, technically, yes. In a manner of speaking. You see, what most people consider the North Pole, isn't strictly what we experts refer to as The North Pole, where North Pole City is located. The area we are talking about is a bit further north. And yes, it only sees so much sunshine every year, which also makes it one of the most cold places on earth.

Perhaps this excerpt, taken from The Unknown Elf's Appendix, is the best explanation.


            "North Pole City can be found in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, above Greenland but not entirely in the North Polar Region.  It is an underground city, being encompassed about by a vast iceberg that has not moved in thousands of years, being firmly attached to the ocean bottom.
            Though the City is indeed under water, it is not directly even with the ocean floor.  Instead, it is only several hundred feet below the surface.  The iceberg that contains the city rises several hundred feet above the ocean’s level, near the center of the berg.  The berg itself, is several hundred miles wide at its most, though the majority of it only surrounds the city.
            The most stable portion of the iceberg has been hollowed out like a giant snow cave, with the ceiling of the dome being within only a dozen or so feet from the top of the berg, enough to keep it solid enough on top for frequent traffic of sleigh teams and walkers.  The top of the dome is about one hundred feet in diameter, with several smaller domes for various way stations and settlements.
            Within the city are the various buildings described under the buildings section.  Also within the city, aside from the housing district, are the Stables and various fields of greenery, as well as several small parks.  Near the outer limits of the city are scattered exit points that lead directly to the upper levels of the berg and to the outside.
            Despite common belief, North Pole City is not a frozen area where there is continual snow on the ground.  It is only on the outer level that this atmosphere can be found.  Within the city it is a different matter.  Through the use of various technologies, as well as the principle of thermal dynamics, the city enjoys a fairly moderate climate, being neither too hot nor too cold."

Now, perhaps you have already read this information. If that's the case, carry on, but if not, please reread the above information and commit it to memory. (Just kidding.)

But it is safe to say that The North Pole comprises a vast underground city in the Arctic region that is about 10-15 miles in cubic size. And it has a fluctuating population of between 100 and 250 thousand elves and humans. Sometimes there are more. Why so many, you might ask. Well, that's because there's a lot more to the underground home of Santa Claus than you might think. But, alas, this segment's time slot is over. So please look forward to our next episode coming soon!

*** In our next episode, we will discuss some of the various buildings and departments inside the North Pole Organization. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Unknown Elf: Job descriptions (Plus an announcement)

Okay, so I know that a few positions were mentioned in previous character introductions, and I"d like to give a bit of an explanation on some of them. So, here's the blurb about the Emergency Replacement Specialist, and the Head of Operations.



            The Emergency Replacement Specialist, or ERS for short, is the only one given the authority to act in Santa’s place should he become incapable of keeping up all of his respective duties. This is generally considered temporary, and only occurs in such situations as illness, injury, premature death prior to being able to find a new Santa, and any other absences for whatever reason.  It also involved such responsibilities as helping to keep the North Pole Organization up and running smoothly, making regular inspection rounds of each department with the Head of Operations, and keeping tabs with the supervisors of all the departments inside the North Pole Organization.

            The Head of Operations, or HO, is responsible for the upkeep of all operations within the NPO, including but not limited to security, import and export, upkeep, construction and distribution, as well as acting as an aide to the Head Elf.  He or she is charged with the protection of the Head Elf, as well as being his right hand man, though not as a personal bodyguard.       

            The HO and the ERS work hand in hand to make sure that everything is kept up to speed and in perfect order.  They act as judges in any disputes not settled in private and are occasionally asked to settle disputes in private settings as well.  They are also in charge of the Observer Partner stationings around the world, including the pairing of Observing Partners.

As for the Head Elf, that Jolly Man in Red, his responsibilities aren't limited to that one magical night and all its deliveries. Oh no, friends. It entails much more.

It is Santa's job to head the North Pole Council.

 The North Pole Council (NPC) is comprised of the Head Elf, the Head of Operations, the Security League Head, and the Emergency Replacement Specialist.  This council is the highest level of authority inside the North Pole Organization, with the final say on all decisions made in regards to the running of said organization, including laws, bylaws, and other matters.
          
It is also Santa's job to keep tabs on all his elves (admittedly he does use the ERS, the HO, and the head of the Security League to help him out with this, along with his secretary.) He also keeps tabs on both the naughty and nice lists, makes the lists of presents for each individual/household, on top of being something like the president of the entire North Pole Organization. Believe me me when I say he is a busy boy.

Something that most people don't know about, or think about, is that Santa also acts as a father figure to those elves who are broken, or have suffered some kind of traumatic experience. Spoiler examples include Clarence and Marie. He is both councilor and a shoulder to cry on. Not to mention being a great listener.

Questions about Santa? Or the North Pole Organization? Post them in the comments below!

And now for the announcement:

You can now order your paperback copy of The Unknown Elf! You can buy it here, or request it from your local retailer!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An Introduction to North Pole City

Hey all, I figured it was time to give you all an idea of my vision of North Pole City and the world surrounding Santa Claus in my story. So, without further ado, today's blurb is about the actual city.


North Pole City
            North Pole City can be found in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, above Greenland but not entirely in the North Polar Region.  It is an underground city, being encompassed about by a vast iceberg that has not moved in thousands of years, being firmly attached to the ocean bottom, despite the threat of global warming and other environmental concerns.
            Though the City is indeed under water, it is not directly even with the ocean floor.  Instead, it is only several hundred feet below the surface.  The iceberg that contains the city rises several hundred feet above the ocean’s level. The city is located near the center of the berg.  The berg itself, is several hundred miles wide at its most, though the majority of it only surrounds the city.
            The most stable portion of the iceberg has been hollowed out like a giant snow cave, with the ceiling of the dome being within only a dozen or so feet from the top of the berg, enough to keep it solid enough on top for frequent traffic of sleigh teams and walkers.  The top of the visible part of the dome is about one hundred feet in diameter, with several smaller domes for various way stations and settlements throughout the region.
            Within the city are the various buildings, which will be given their own introduction later.  Also within the city, aside from the housing district, are the Stables and various fields of greenery, as well as several small parks.  Near the outer limits of the city are scattered exit points that lead directly to the upper levels of the berg and to the outside.
            Despite common belief, North Pole City is not a frozen area where there is continual snow on the ground.  It is only on the outer level that this atmosphere can be found.  Within the city, it is a different matter.  Through the use of various technologies, as well as the principle of thermal dynamics, the city enjoys a fairly moderate climate, being neither too hot nor too cold. They are even able to grow some of their own produce within the confines of this feat of technological awesomesauce.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Freebie!

For a limited time, I am making my Halloween story, Dorcha Adhmad The Dark Forest, available for free Smashwords! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/479982

In return, could you please post a review either on Smashwords, Goodreads, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble?

Hurry, though! Once November hits, it goes back up to $0.99.



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Character Introduction: Mr. Dovan

All right, friends, readers, and those who are simply just curious, here is the last character introduction for my new book, The Unknown Elf. (Don't forget you can pre-order it in eBook format at Smashwords, Amazon, and Goodreads. Paperback version coming soon as well.)

Today's character introduction is a man named Damar Dovan, or simply referred to as either Dovan, or Mr. Dovan.

Dovan is an adult male, human, probably in his late forties to mid fifties (approximately). He has a look of charm and is quite debonaire, when he wants to be. Inside, he's not so pretty. Standing about average height, Dovan has dark hair and eyes, with an obsessive personality. It's very safe to say he's a bit off his rocker. Okay, a LOT off his rocker.

Dovan definitely has a few screws loose, with little or no moral values to his name. He doesn't care who he hurts in his quest for "revenge", though I personally think it's more of a personal vendetta that has little to do with revenge. That's just his excuse.

Having been in a few mental institutions, Dovan finally escaped and set up base in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in either America or Canada. (You can guess which when you read the book.) He has a few faithful followers were, more than likely, brainwashed into helping him out, or were convicts or fellow mental patients he helped boost. Not much is really known about them, and it's probably better that way.

Dovan is considered ruthless and clinically insane. (Did I say that already?) Approach with extreme caution. He carries both a gun and a knife that he called "Betty", which was his mother's name.

As far as family goes, they're all dead. He was an only child. His father committed suicide and his mom died after a long battle with cancer.

Always a bit more on the rebel side, Dovan took both their deaths hard, especially when his father blamed "certain people" for his mother's death. In the end, his dad was definitely off his rocker, which probably didn't help keep his son on his.

I would give away more, but that would be telling you too much. Read the story to find out exactly what this guy is really like, and don't be surprised if you want to slap him a time or two. I did just from writing him.

Coming up next time: a look into North Pole City.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Character Introduction: Marie (The Emergency Replacement Specialist)


Marie - Marie is the Emergency Replacement Specialist, or, rather, she becomes the E.R.S. (Sorry for the spoilers. Promise I won't give too many away!)

Marie is the unknown quotient in Clarence's "perfect" equation to life. She is mysterious in that she keeps mostly to herself. (Whether out of a sense of self-preservation or something else, I'll let you decide when you read the book.)

In general, she is about five foot three inches tall, with long, dark hair that has natural red highlights. She is about average in build, with hazel-green eyes like bottomless pools, as Clarence would describe them. She likes to wear loose and flowing type clothing that is not restrictive in any way.

As for her personality, she's fairly easy to get along with, once you get past her outer shell. It would be very easy to call her introverted, because she is. She's not likely to ask for outside help, preferring to try and handle her problems on her own. She does have a bit of a temper on her, but only when provoked. And it usually takes a lot to provoke her. And she has the unfortunate habit of bottling her emotions. But, when push comes to shove, she has no problem standing up for herself, so long as she's not fearing for her life.

Marie has lived a life full of hard knocks and misfortunes. The idea that North Pole City offers peace and equality is kind of a new concept for her. As such, she is often overwhelmed by everything, and a bit unsure how to interact or respond to those around her. It would be safe to say that she has some trouble with believing in herself as an individual, something I think most people can relate to.

As far as favorites go, she likes pizza, the usual staples such as bread, milk eggs. Actually, there's probably not much she doesn't like, minus liver, the more exotic foods that involve creepy looking animals (ex. crawfish, most seafood, embryos, sardines, haggis, etc.), but she tries to eat healthy. She does have a sweet tooth, mostly for ice cream related desserts, including frozen custard, frozen yogurt, and Italian ice.

Want to know more about Marie? Or ask her, or any other of the previously introduced characters a question? Have something you just want to say or ask? Leave a comment!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Character Introduction: Sandra (Santa's Secretary)



Here's the next character introduction for you.Sandra.

Sandra is the personal secretary to the Head Elf. She's in charge of all the records kept inside the Main Office Complex. Most of those files are related to the various children around the world, as well as their status on the "List", and any personal requests from them for various gifts, etc.

Sandra is very loyal but not always practical. She's also sometimes a bit clueless, though not in a bad way. In general, she's fairly observant. She has no problem taking charge when she has to, but usually prefers not to. She likes being a secretary because it means she doesn't have to be the one leading.

As Santa's personal secretary, she is highly trusted, and is sometimes called in to consult on various matters of importance, though she usually defers to the Head Elf, or to Clarence.

As far as physical appearance goes, she's a blonde, though only in appearance. (She's actually quite intelligent.) Appearing to be around fifteen in human years, she's a little more on par with her superiors for height, standing about five foot four, with gray eyes. She likes to wear casual clothes, usually loose fitting pants with peasant style blouses.

Her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite food is ice cream with caramel sauce. She likes a good action novel, but prefers to not be in the midst of all the action when any occurs.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Character Introduction: Rachel


The next character I'm going to introduce from my story, The Unknown Elf, is Rachel.

Rachel is the Head Medic of the Medical League in North Pole City, which is located in the Medical Department section of the Main Office Complex. It's her job to look after the physical, emotional, and mental well being of all who live within the City, as well as the outlying territories, outposts, and other areas associated with the North Pole Organization.

Appearing to be around thirteen or fourteen years old in human years, Rachel is on the shorter side, probably around five foot even, or a little less. She is petite but exudes a sense of health and well-being. She has light colored hair and light blue eyes. Her cheeks are generally always rosy with health.

Speaking of her personality, she's got a bit of "salt and pepper" to her. She's a no-nonsense kind of girl, especially when it comes to her job. She doesn't put up with shenanigans, especially those that could jeopardize the health or safety of any under her care. She also isn't afraid of much, with the possible exception of dogs. She's not a fan. Long story. When it comes to business, she's as serious as can be, with just the right touch of bed manner to soothe the most irate of patients. Just don't cross her and you'll be fine.

In general, she likes to wear high heels, or other shoes that will make her look taller. (She gets a lot of comments over her height.) While at work, she sports a white lab coat over casual wear. Outside of work, she's more of a skirt or dress kind of person. She's an avid reader, mostly of romance novels (clean romance novels), and likes the quiet life where she can just relax when not on duty. As for d├ęcor, she's contemporary in style.

Like most elves, she enjoys a good cup of hot cocoa, but prefers orange juice over all other beverages. She also favors a healthy diet of mostly fruits and vegetables, with limited portions of carbs and proteins.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Character Introduction: Santa Claus

All things said, a story about Christmas elves would not be complete without the jolly man in red. Santa Claus, in my world's view of things, is similar to that of the Disney movie, The Santa Clause, except that instead of having some card stuck in the suit that some hapless stranger can find, then put on the suit and become the Head Elf, the next Claus is carefully screened by the North Pole Council before being invited to North Pole City. That being said, the current Santa, in our story, has been at the job for a good number of years. I can't say exactly how many, but enough for him to be on friendly terms with all the elves in the Organization, and to know them all by name.

In general, Santa is an easy going individual. Sporting the usual long beard and mustache look that is classic in the traditional sense, Santa also has hazel-brown eyes that twinkle merrily. His sense of humor is vast, and it takes a lot to get under his skin. It seems, most of the time, that his patience is infinite. It is very rare for him to loose his temper, something that probably hasn't happened in years.

Our current incarnation is a widower, his wife having died before being offered the position as the Head Elf. But the appointment couldn't have come at a better time for him, as it filled the void that his wife left behind, especially since they'd had no children.

Having lived for some time, Santa has acquired a great deal of knowledge and wisdom. He likes to "rely on his gut instincts" a lot. These intuitions are usually backed by Dena, and tend to be right. Introspective and thoughtful, he takes calculated risks, not random chances. And he knows how to coax others along. His listening ear is immeasurable, which is probably part of why he gets along with everyone so well.

Santa likes his milk and cookies. There's no getting around that. But this current Head Elf does not like smoking at all. He thinks it's a nasty habit, even if he does keep around an antique pipe. It's more for sentimental sake than for anything else. He also likes his pasta. When it comes to a mean bowl of fettuccine, he can eat anyone under the table, though he'll probably regret it later.

Out of the reindeer, his favorite is probably one named Sparky, who usually doesn't get much mention, probably because he's a mini, as far as things goes, and will never fly the sleigh. But Sparky is different, which Santa can relate to. He's a champion of the underdog, which is probably why he does so well at his job. He's more than fair and is willing to give all a chance to prove themselves.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Character Introduction: Dena

The next character I'm going to introduce from my book, The Unknown Elf, is Dena, the head of the Security League.

Dena is a younger looking elf. She looks like she's about fourteen in human years, with longish light, brown hair. Her eyes are a nice hazel in color, and she has a clear complexion. In general, she likes to wear darker colored clothes that are easy to move in, in case she needs to do a bit of "butt kicking". As a security chief, you never know.

Dena was voted "the most friendly" as a child, and tends to like being friendly to all around her, unless you're on the wrong side of the law. If that happens, watch out. Competent and down to earth, Dena sees more than she lets on, knows more than she'll admit, and lets things slide that she probably shouldn't, so long as they're minor infractions. She also likes sweets, especially chocolate.

Dena uses her elf magic to help her discern the hearts of those around her, as well as helping to diffuse difficult situations through emotional manipulation. She likes to keep people a bit off guard at times, just to keep an edge on the situation. And her quarters and office show that taste. She uses bold, and sometimes clashing colors in her decor, simply to put people off their guard when they're visiting the Security League offices.

Also quite technologically advanced, Dena likes to economize her space with computers built into her desks, using touch screen technology. She's also a great strategic planner, and excellent at running scenarios.

In her off time, Dena likes to read or spend time in nature. It is her goal to read every last book in the massive library inside North Pole City (which, I'm told, rivals the Library of Congress for collection size). She also likes low key gatherings and parties, always keeping a firm hand, to make sure things don't get out of control.

Clarence admits that Dena could take him down at any time, which is more than true. Dena has studied various forms of martial arts, as well s different combat techniques and all forms of fighting. She works out regularly, keeping a low but healthy weight.

As the head of the Security League, Dena makes up the fourth member of the North Pole Council, with an equal say with the Head elf, the Head of Operations, and the Emergency Replacement Specialist. She often will defer, however, on decisions, unless it is necessary to cast a deciding vote, or break any conflict between members of the Council. She is also an acting member of the League Councils.

In general, Dena keeps a reputation of "doing what she wants", but mostly because what she chooses to do is for the good of all inside the North Pole Organization. Marching to her own drum, Dena's sense of ethics and justice are at a higher standard than most, with the added sense of mercy to smooth over things that are trivial. Over all, she's one great gal that you would rather have on your side than not.

Remember, if you have any questions about Dena, or Clarence, feel free to comment and I will try to answer them next time.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Unknown Elf: An introduction to the characters

Today I would like to introduce you to some of the characters in my new novel, The Unknown Elf, which will be released in November.

Today's character is Clarence.

Clarence is the Head of Operations for the North Pole Organization. Basically speaking, he's Santa's right hand man... er elf. It is his job to make sure everything runs smoothly so that Santa can focus on such things as making the Naughty and Nice list, acting as head of the North Pole Council, among other things. He gets to go places Santa doesn't, and shouldn't (for security reasons). Basically, he's the second in command, jointly with the Emergency Replacement Specialist, who is equal in rank and authority with him.

But enough about the humdrum of his job. I'm sure that some people would like to get the gnitty gritty about this character.

So, Clarence has dark hair and brown eyes. He likes to wear his hair in an almost braided style, making it look "yarn-like" in appearance. He's also relatively tall for an elf, though not as tall as, say, a basketball player. I'd say he's about.... 5'6", give or take. And, as far as physical appearance, he looks like an older teenager, with some potential anger management issues.

You see, when Clarence was younger, he had a handful of friends pull a really nasty prank on him, which could have caused some serious damage. Thankfully, he was rescued from the situation, but has had trust issues since then.

Personality-wise, Clarence is the kind of guy who, unless he knows you, will be suspicious of you, especially if you meet under unusual circumstances, which happens in the story. He likes to put on a "tough" exterior for everyone to see, making everyone believe that he's all "no muss" and constantly angry. But, deep down inside, he's more of a cream puff. Once you're accepted into his circle of trust, you're in there for life, unless you do something really stupid, like pull really evil pranks on him.
One might call him a "lone wolf", in that he does have trust issues, but he respects those around him, especially those who have proven themselves. He is also detail oriented, and has a tendency to be overly nit-picky. He takes his job very seriously, and expects the same from his colleagues. There is a time and a place for everything with him, and work is not the time, or place, for foolery.
He also has a tendency to not let things go, especially mistakes he's made in the past. One might say he suffers a bit from "survivor's guilt" because of some incidents in his past, which you will find out about in the book.

In general, he likes to wear loose, but comfortable clothing, usually in earthy tones. He also usually wears a beret-style hat that was a gift to him from the previous Head Elf. You could almost say that it's a "constant reminder" of the past. And no, he does not like pointy shoes, so don't even ask about them.

His favorite color is probably either green or brown, depending on his mood.
He's not a fan of flowers, and isn't really into sugary foods, but does enjoy hot cocoa.
His favorite food is probably pizza, because you can eat it on the go without too much mess.

His favorite part of the job? That would probably be getting travel. He doesn't just stay inside North Pole City, but makes regular inspections of the outlying outposts, stations, and cities associated with the North Pole Organization.

Have a question about Clarence? Post a comment and I'll include an answer in my next post.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Working on a book trailer

Hey all, I just thought that I'd share that I"m working on a book trailer, and if you check in with me again this weekend, I will start posting a bit about the characters in my book, The Unknown Elf.

Short but sweet entry, right? Just a reminder, though, there's a launch party for this book on facebook. I'll post the link later. That will be happening November 22. Be sure to check for the link, because there will be prizes.

Also, thought I should mention that this book will officially be released in November. Official date to be revealed later on this month.

That is all.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cover Reveal is here!

Hey everyone! Today's the day. I'd like to thank the people at http://lovingthebooklaunchparty.blogspot.com/ for helping me get the word out. They are a really fantastic pair of talented ladies, and I highly suggest giving them a visit.

Now, a few notes: I will try to be a bit more consistent with posting blogs from here out, but my "day job" might make that a little difficult at times. But I'll keep at it so keep tuned in!

So, are you ready?

Keep scrolling down.

Back Cover Blurb:

Marie never expected to wake up in North Pole City, let alone become Santa’s Emergency Replacement. It was a job she never wanted but couldn’t turn down, thanks to Clarence, Santa’s right hand man.
Now, Marie has to work with Clarence, who believes she is some kind of criminal who will cause the destruction of everything he holds dear. Trying to prove that he’s wrong, Marie keeps making mistakes that push them even further apart. It doesn’t help that she has a past she’d rather keep hidden. However, trying to keep her past where it should belong isn’t easy.
Just when Marie starts to feel like things are coming together, a madman with a bone to pick, and Christmas to ruin, threatens the whole of the North Pole Organization.
Marie must rely on Clarence and her new friends to help her face her past before Christmas is gone forever. But does she have the courage to truly be herself when it could mean losing everything?
 
 



Did I mention that one of my nephews (he's about five or so), calls this a "Christmas story... about Death!" Personally, I think that's hilarious because, yes, this book does deal with death. And, like all the stories I plan on eventually publishing, it deals with overcoming trials and hardships. But I'll get into that a lot more as we get closer to the official release and launch party.

So, ready? Really ready?   Here it is!

 I hope you like it!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Cover Reveal coming

Tomorrow there will be a cover reveal for my new novel, The Unknown Elf. Of course, I'll post a pic and all that jazz about the story, but I thought that I'd give anyone who reads this a head's up.

In other news, I got my proof! So, now I'm going over it with a fine toothed comb. I almost think the pages bleed more ink from this round than they did when my editor took over and had a hay day with it.

That being said, I'm starting to get really excited! To see my book in actual print form is something I never thought I'd see before, but now I have! And it's exciting! Now to make it all pretty for everyone, because I can't stand less than as perfectly perfect as I can make it. As I told a co-worker "I'm going to Mary Poppins the heck out of it."