keeperKeeper of Reign

Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?

For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.

Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn’t get himself killed first.

 

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emmaAuthor Emma Right

Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.

Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

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Author Guest Post:

What inspired me to write Keeper of Reign

I was inspired to write this fantasy when I first heard the Switchfoot song , “Meant to Live” (for so much more). It got me thinking about how far short many of us fall from our true potential. The trials and troubles of this world reduce us, and for me, most days, I feel overwhelmed, and it feels that the troubles of this world is so big. Too big. That was what Jules Blaze, the protagonist of Keeper of Reign felt. but he persevered and even though things did get worse for him, he never gave up. He kept trying and that’s the message I would like young people to realize. If you keep trying, you will succeed. And that’s one of the things that inspired me to write Keeper of Reign–to show young people that it’s okay to feel small, but in the end, they can overcome this feeling and triumph in life.

When I first finished the book, I came up with over a dozen names: one was “The Overcomers,” in keeping with the theme, and then I almost settled on: Elfie Epic, Kingdom of Keepers, Kingdom of Reign. But finally, I decided that it really was about just one Keeper: Jules Blaze, a boy who minimized his heritage, and didn’t realize he could make an impact in his world, and that his family needed him.

Some of the fantasy I’ve read growing up and have inspired me are classics, like Lord of the Rings, and the young adult book, “The Hobbit” and the Chronicles of Narnia…there are so many wonderful books out there that have influenced me in so many ways. Even allegorical books like Gulliver’s Travels has had some impact on em. In many ways Keeper of Reign is an allegorical fantasy, too, in that it reflects our human plight. At what point do we allow the troubles of this world to stop us from doing what is right? What is good? That was Jules’s journey to maturity and growth.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Keeper of Reign

  1. That it was once over 250.000 words but it was cut down to under 75,000 words—which kid could wade through 250,000 words, right?
  2. That I’d written up an entire history and back story to Keeper of Reign.
  3. That I went through different titles, from ”Elfie Epic” to “Kingdom of Reign” to “The Ovecomers” to “Blood Books”.
  4. That I started Keeper of Reign in 2008.
  5. That the five kids in the Blaze family are modeled after my five kids.
  6. That the name “Gehzurolle” is a German word and it means Confounder.
  7. That I changed the names of some of the characters: Chrystle was Sparkles, Tippy was Toepee (due to her large toes) and Tennesson was Tenacious.
  8. When I first wrote Keeper of Reign I had illustrations my children drew or sketched out that I wanted to add to the book, but with the cost of publication, I had to scrap this idea.
  9. That I have added three new paragraphs to the end of Keeper of Reign as a few readers complained that it ended too abruptly, and deleted a star from the rating just because of that—ouch! So now it would have a gentler wrap up…happy? But still, the story isn’t finished, and Book 2 is definitely coming.
  10. That Miranda is a new character and I only added her when some teenagers said, “But where is the ‘romantic’ interest for Jules?” But when I had Miranda added I realized it made for a stronger plot for she brought in her own story into the book. Yeah, for girl power!

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