On the Mountain Trail

The Clan Elves get Southern-Fried

From the mountains of Montana to the Southern-Fried Gothic goodness! Find out Lyndi’s thoughts on how setting matters, whether you’re in the valleys of the Bitterroot, the deserts of the Southwest, or buried under kudzu in the deep Southeast. Thanks to Bella Street for the opportunity.

Want to meet Lyndi in person?

Lyndi Alexander, author of the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot series, will
be a panelist at the Context 24 conference at the Doubletree Hotel,
Columbus, Ohio August 26-28.

Context is a friendly convention focused on manga, anime, science
fiction, fantasy, horror and related games, comics and films. Other authors in attendance include
Linnea Sinclair and Gary Braunbeck. Intermixed with outstanding
seminars, the con offers science fact programming, game-related panels
and events, writing workshops, author readings, book panels, fan
discussions, and more.

For more information, see http://www.contextsf.org/

Entering the paranormal world

Lyndi visits Paranormal Freebies today for an interview and discussion on the Clan Elves series, available at Dragonfly Publishing, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and Smashwords, among others. Come by and leave a comment!

The Elf Child gets a dynamite review from TCM Reviews!

“The Elf Child, second in the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot Series, can be read as a stand-alone, but is probably a richer reading experience if read in sequence. Lyndi Alexander has created a very interesting story that occupies a rather unique niche in the fantasy genre; not exactly urban fantasy, but with hints of same. I like her main characters, but like the secondary ones even more. Former wards of the state Lane and Crispy are unique and extremely likable. The overall story, which could have gotten sloppy at a couple of points, avoids falling into traditional pitfalls and instead, flows along, smoothly at times and with an urgency at others which grabs the reader and pulls him/her along in a page-turning frenzy as her well-crafted world grows real enough to create a nice movie in one’s mind. I am certainly looking forward to the third installment in the series and plan to go back and read the first one so I can have a complete understanding of what happened to set up this book. The Elf Child is highly recommended for fantasy readers who like a contemporary setting and plenty of action.”

 ~ reviewed by John R. Clark (public librarian) for TCM Reviews. | http://www.tcm-ca.com/?p=9007 |

How did the Clan Elves begin? Come find out at the blog home of author Alison Chambers

Lyndi visits with author Alison Chambers today to talk about how the Clan Elves series began. Check it out ! (Don’ t worry about the warning for adult content–this post is 100% G-rated!)

Wonderful review for The Elf Child!

Thanks to The Feathered Quill for a great review–see it here!  Days like this really inspire me!

So do mountain views like this one. Can’t wait to travel this summer and see some more exciting new places.

Do you like to travel? Where’s your favorite place to visit?

The Elves move on up to iTunes!

If you want to use your iPhone app to find THE ELF QUEEN, check out this link! http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lyndi-alexander/id402520541?mt=11  it can’t get much easier than this.

Why do we write?

Come find out as Lyndi’s alter ego Barbara Mountjoy visits Vicky Burkholder’s blog here.

First review for The Elf Child!

This review is from: The Elf Child (Clan Elves of the Bitterroot) (Kindle Edition)  posted at Amazon.com by Florida author Jane White (The Taming of Corky):

Lyndi Alexander’s second novel in her series, “Clan Elves of the Bitterroot”, The Elf Child, is a winner. The protagonist of The Elf Queen gives birth, and all kinds of mystery surround the pregnancy, as well as danger, both to the mother and the babe. If you have read and enjoyed Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series about fairies and magic, you will love Alexander’s books about elves. Suspense abounds, with danger lurking around every tree in the forest. I truly couldn’t stop reading!

How Lyndi stays sane…

At the blog of Emma Lai today, Lyndi’s alter ego talks about her crazy life and how writing helps her keep herself together. Come by and visit!

The Elf Child

Woohoo!  The Elf Child appears!  Book Two of the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot series has been released. Hardback edition available today– paperbacks and e-books coming soon. 

The moment Astan Hawk accepts his clan’s challenge to protect the young Elf Queen Jelani, trouble dogs his heels. Jelani’s human upbringing clashes with clan tradition, spurring dangerous intrigues within the Circle of Elders. Soon even the motives of Astan’s father, Daven, come into question. With nowhere else to turn within the clan, Astan has no choice but to ask Jelani’s human friends for help. Then his problems really begin. Paranoid hermit Crispy, empathetic social worker Iris, and computer whiz Lane complicate Jelani’s unexpected pregnancy and the young queen’s attempts to rule her people. And hiding in shadows, outcast Grigor Biren plots revenge for the loss of his mentor by seeking the help of powerful elf mages who live deep within the forest.Can Astan fulfill his promise to keep Jelani safe when the whole world seems to have turned against them? [Book II of the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot Series | available in hardback, paperback, and ebook from Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. ]

The Glass Slipper Challenge!

We were at I Love Your Shoes in Meadville today, with the glass slipper challenge–if the shoe fits, you have a chance to win an autographed book of The Elf Queen or a Clan Elves of the Bitterroot mug filled with teas, coffee and hot cocoa!

See some of the fun here:

 People from all around the mall came in to have some treats, and to judge the awesome fudge contest! ILYS will have a signature fudge from 3 Gals Gourmet–either raspberry/chocolate or orange/chocolate– there’s still time to cast your vote!

(And the strawberry fudge with FRESH STRAWBERRIES…omg. Tastes just like an ice cream sundae.)

We had a number of ladies try on the slipper in their quest for a book–almost had a gentleman try it on, because he felt lucky in the store. No winner yet, so people can still stop in till 6 p.m.

All in all, a short but VERY sweet chance to meet people in the community, and introduce them to several women in business. If you didn’t catch your chance for a copy of The Elf Queen, remember you can buy them online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble or locally at Tattered Corners on Chestnut Street. Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Elves Love Valentine’s Day!

Does this winter weather make you feel like you just need a little pick-me-up? A treat? A prize? Something special just for you? We’ve got it!

This February 10, I Love Your Shoes Shoppe at the Downtown Mall in Meadville, 900 Water Street, is having an Early Valentine Day event—and the good news is, you don’t even need a Valentine to come down and win!

The Event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with samples and giveaways from local businesses Magenta’s Tanning, 3 Gals Gourmet Shoppe, and ILYS– refreshments, too!

From 12 to 1, meet Lyndi Alexander, who will be signing copies of her 2010 book THE ELF QUEEN, an urban fantasy that uses the Cinderella motif—get it before the sequel, THE ELF CHILD, debuts this spring! Try on the glass slipper – if it fits, you will be entered in the drawings for a free, autographed copy of her book and a Clan Elves of the Bitterroot coffee mug filled with assorted coffees and teas!

I Love Your Shoes specializes in fabulous, affordable name-brand women’s shoes and purses, like Keds, Clarks, Easy Street, Rocket Dog, and Bella Vita. Stylish and practical purses, wallets and belts are also available. Don’t go out of town—come see what we have! For more information, contact Pam Micosky at 814-807-1407.

See ILYS and the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot book series on Facebook!

Lyndi goes traveling…

Today I’m visiting Warm Days, Cool Nights and Hot Guys– the blog of historical romance writer Jennifer Jakes, talking about critique groups and how to choose the one that fits you. You can just click by the adult content warning–my post is pretty vanilla!! Come by and say hello!

The elves visit Amber Polo’s Wordshaping!

Lyndi visits with Amber Polo this week at Wordshaping, a blog about fantasy authors and books. Come by and comment for a chance to be named a character in book three of the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot series!

CJ Lyons comes to walk the trail!

Check our Other Writers and Worlds Page today as CJ Lyons, author of the medical thrillers in the Angels of Mercy series joins us to give fellow writers some tips on world-building, whether you’re out in space or right here at home!

Elves have a social conscience, too!

Jelani, Astan, Lane, Daven, Crispy and Iris are on their way, once again, to help others–this time as a donation for a Worldbuilders fundraiser sponsored by author Pat Rothfuss. The books you can win will be posted over the next week or so! The fundraiser benefits Heifers International. Win, win in my book!

Thank you, Pennwriters!

Catherine McLean and the MVP group

Awesome booksigning and workshop today, sponsored by the Meadville Vicinity Pennwriters chapter at a lovely location in downtown Meadville, @ the Bank.

I had the chance to reconnect with some of my former teachers at the St. David’s One-Day mini-conference and may have scored a conference gig for next year sharing all I’m learning about book promotion. How very exciting! I’ll also be teaching a mini-workshop in the coming months for Pennwriters’ Thursday night group.

It was great to see some old scrivener friends and make new ones in this gathering of writing companions. Thanks, Catherine and Todd, for including me in this event.

Are elves–or ELF–part of a trend?

Found this totally by accident this morning. I had no idea we were so subversive.  :)


Happy reading, not tree-killing!


Award-winner Matt Forbeck joins our author list!

Please stop by our Other Writers & Worlds page today for an interview with fantasy author/game designer Matt Forbeck.  His novel Amortals launches tomorrow! Thanks for coming by, Matt!