Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Elvenrude Trilogy NBtM

Cross Keys (Book 1)
When a common elf—forbidden portal travel to the human world—is spotted in New Orleans, Kameo Ryndel is ordered by the king to bring him home. Before she can intervene, he's shot and his body inexplicably stolen. Even more puzzling is Seth Lormarc's appearance at the scene. Although he's an Elite elf from a rival guild and the sexy, arrogant heir to the centuries-old feud between their families, she'd reluctant to believe he's a murderer.

As their paths continue to cross and a deadly plot unfolds, they struggle to set aside the past, deny the growing attraction between them, and root out a conspiracy hidden deep inside Elvenrude…a conspiracy threatening their entire way of life.

Cross Keys: Revelation (Book 2)
Kam and Seth's romance hasn't been smooth over the past six months. She's been on too many CIA missions; he's had to shoulder more of his clan's duties. Then invisible assailants attack an elven guild worker, and Kam and Seth pull together to track down the intruders. The CIA interrupts again, and she and Seth part on angry words.

Returning from the short CIA mission, Kam is kidnapped by the mysterious intruders and taken to a place she never knew existed—beyond the Louisiana bayou. When she learns a terrible secret and the intruders' deadly plans, she's desperate to get home and warn Seth.

He's searching day and night, not sure whether she's dead or alive…but knowing he has to have her back.

Cross Keys: Unity (Book 3)
Despite unrest in their Elven homeland, Kam and Seth have scheduled their long-awaited promise ceremony for the night of the Winter Solstice. But once again fate intervenes in the form of an elf captured by human authorities, an escalation of the local rebellion, and a widespread theft of ancient human artifacts that forces the Elven king to break an oath thousands of years old.

When a spirit woman predicts a world-ending catastrophe, Kam and Seth set out on a worldwide hunt to stop an old enemy, while back in Elvenrude, Rhyden (Seth's cousin) and Esty (Kam's sister) have issues of their own. If any of them fail, there may be nothing left…and tomorrow might not come.

Excerpt from Cross Keys (Elvenrude Book 1):
Caleb nodded absently at the departing couple, then returned his gaze to Kam. “I’m serious. It’s time you became more involved with trade matters. In fact,” he paused, “you have several decisions you should be making. When are you coming home?”

“I’m here now.” She clamped down on a spark of anger. Why did every conversation with him lead into demands about the future?

“You know that isn’t what I meant.”

She stiffened. “It’s too soon for any long-term decisions. I like where we are now.” A storm was gathering in his eyes, and she took steps to head off a fight. The King's Harvest Ball was hardly the time or place. She tilted her head and looked at him. “Are you about ready to leave?” A diversion was in order before she lost her temper and said something she’d regret. “I have to be back in the city by early morning, and I can think of better things we could be doing.”

“More than ready.” His smile held a provocative edge. “Shall we start our round of goodbyes?”

“I’m going to visit the ladies’ room, then I’ll catch up with you.” She ducked her head and hurried away, anxious to get out of sight before he realized just how annoyed she was. She shoved the door open into the hallway a little harder than was necessary and ran into a solid body. She stumbled, throwing out her arms for balance.

“Oh, I’m so sor—” Strong hands caught her, and she looked up into Seth Lormarc’s glittering green eyes. “You!”

His eyes widened in surprise. “Do I know you?”

A spark of unexpected awareness ran up her arms, and she tried to shake off his grasp. He held tight until she was steady. “No, but I know who you are.” She looked pointedly at his hands. “Take your hands off me.”

“No problem.” He released her and stepped back, a smile parting his lips. “Are you always so charming?”

Making 3D Book Covers
Promoting is a task that most authors face these days. Some of it's expensive and time-consuming, but a few things are actually fun and cost you nothing except your time. Another author, Brinda Berry, first showed me how to do this, and I'd like to pass it on for authors and readers to use for displaying books on their websites.

 (1) You need to find a 3D book template. There are free ones at several sites like the one here (right click on the template, Save Image As, and remember where you put it!):

(2) Choose a graphics program. I use this free one on line:

(3) Click on "Open Image From Computer" and select your 3D book template. Wait for it to load.

(4) Next go up to "Layer" and select "Open Image As Layer." Select your book cover, a medium size works best. When it loads it should be a small image on top of your 3D template.

(5) Your need to make the cover so you can stretch it around. So go to Edit and select Free Distort. You can now move the corners of your cover to fix on the front of the template, leaving the “fake pages” showing slightly at the top and on the right.

(6) When it looks the way you want, click on the image to bring up a dialogue box asking if you want to apply changes. Click yes, then go up to File > Save > OK.

My first one took me a half hour, maybe more. My second was 2-3 minutes. I made one while typing these instructions.

Author Bio and Links:
Ally Shields grew up in the Midwest along the Mississippi River, still considers herself "a river rat," and currently resides near Des Moines. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time fiction writing in 2009. Her first urban fantasy, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) was published in 2012, and she currently has ten published novels. She loves to travel in the US and abroad and incorporates many of those settings into her books. Ms. Shields welcomes reader contact through her website and can frequently be found on Twitter.

Web links:
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Cross Keys (Elvenrude Book 1):
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Cross Keys Book Trailer

Cross Keys: Revelation (Elvenrude Book 2):
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GooglePlay    |    Cross Keys: Revelation Book Trailer

Cross Keys: Unity (Elvenrude Book 3):
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GooglePlay    |    Cross Keys: Unity Book Trailer


  1. This trilogy is "my cup of tea", looking forward to reading it!

    1. I hope you enjoy your "taste" of Elvenrude. :) Thanks for stopping!

    2. Thank you, hope to read it soon!

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    1. And thanks to you for organizing this tour.

  3. If you had a book club, what would it be reading — and why?

    1. The Midnight Texas paranormal series by Charlaine Harris. She's just signed a tv contract, and I'd like to get them read before the tv version is released. Think how much fun a group would have comparing the two!

  4. Happy Hump Day and I appreciate the opportunity to win, thanks

    1. Thanks for entering! Happy Wednesday to you too.

  5. Thank you so much to Sharing Links and Wisdom for featuring my trilogy!

  6. What an exciting and fascinating trilogy. I loved all the excerpts.

    1. Thank you! That's exactly what an author loves to hear. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping and for commenting!

  8. Great post - I'm looking forward to checking out the entire series :)

    1. It was fun to write something just a little different in the urban fantasy field.

    2. Sounds like it's a pretty fun genre, because you can literally do ANYTHING you want!

  9. Sounds like a fantastic trilogy. Thank you for the excerpt!

  10. Aside from reading, what are your other interests?

    1. Writing takes up the bulk of my time, plus marketing, and reading for pleasure and to stay current in the field. But I also travel. I love ruins, i.e. Native American ruins such as Mesa Verde in the US, Stonehenge in England, and the incredible monuments in Egypt! Thanks for asking.


  12. Keep up the great work and look forward to reading the book.

  13. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  14. Looks like an interesting book ;)

  15. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and learning about this book series. These books sound like such an interesting and intriguing reads. Looking forward to checking them out!

  16. I have added these books to my TBR list and look forward to reading them!

  17. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  18. Nice guest post and col cover

  19. Where's your favorite spot to read?