It’s almost time for the release of book four in the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot series, and folk here in the great Northwest are pretty excited!

The first three books brought to life the story of Jelani Marsh, a young barista who believed she was mostly a failure in life, having grown up an orphan, losing her parents, dropping out of college, not having much to show for her years. But her encounter with a glass slipper revealed a whole different side to her life she’d never known. After that, she and her friends became involved in a secret world deep in the forests of the Bitterroot Mountains and had many adventures, even fighting in a civil war unseen by the outside world.

THE ELF GUARDIAN tells the story of what happens when that outside world becomes aware of some of the effects of the elven community on the human terrain they share, particularly the Montana Vortex, a fascinating site in Columbia Falls, Montana.

Here’s the book blurb:

Clan Elves of the Bitterroot – Book 4:
The strong Earth energies that support the Clan Elves of the Bitterroot have gone awry for unknown reasons, and the powerful forces at work have not gone unnoticed by the outside world.  When a paranormal investigator looking for a story to save her career is told a fantastic tale by the juvenile and disobedient elf prince Elliun, his young albino elf bodyguard Max must try to fix the mistake.  Can Max get  humans, mages, and elves working together in time to save the land before the energies spin out of control?  Or is this the end of the elven world in the Bitterroot Mountains?

And here’s today’s snippet, which delves a little into the histories of Jelani’s human friends Lane Donatelli and Ron “Crispy” Mendell,  and their interaction with elf mage Daven Talvi:


Lane tried to ignore the worm of nausea that slid, wet, through his stomach, at the memory of their thin, bruised foster brother. Crispy had been particularly close with Sammy during those times he’d lived with them, when the court hadn’t sent him back to his abusive mom and her boyfriend for ‘trial’ visits. During the last of those visits, Sammy hadn’t come back; the boyfriend killed him.

And Crispy had gotten revenge for poor Sammy, in his own way.

“Yes,” Daven said, “that hurt from the past is tied to his remorse for what happened that day.”

“He must have been able to sublimate it for awhile, in all this excitement of being free to go outside and all that.”

“Sublimate it? As in hide it away?”

Something in Daven’s tone flagged Lane’s Crazy-o-meter. “Daven, what did you do?”


Coming soon from Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. in ebook and paperback!

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  1. Poor Sammy. My snippet in over on my website as usual. I have to stop forgetting to add my name to the list.

  2. Good snippet.

  3. “worm of nausea that slid through his stomach” that line alone is snippet worthy and that you use sublimate in the same snippet is just showing off.

  4. Worm of nausea…! Ack! *gag* Wonderfully *gag-hack* evocative *urg*.

  5. Sound like something’s going to happen.

  6. Sounds like something’s going to happen that they aren’t going to like.

  7. Loved the worm of nausea line.

    And now I really want to know what Daven did!

  8. Automatic kudos for working “sublimate” into the snippet.

  9. Loved your ‘worm’ description! I couldn’t stop giggling at this…you’ve a nice, humorous flair. :)

  10. Uh-oh!

  11. Poor Sammy!

  12. What HAS he done?

  13. Another example of good intentions coming to a bad result. When Daven “healed” Crispy earlier on in the series, he allowed this pain to become trapped…and fester…and it’s now bubbling back to the surface.