Saturday, September 3, 2016

Enlightenment by Liz Keel

Title: Enlightenment
Author: Liz Keel
Series: The Driel Trilogy (Book 1)
Genre: Upper YA/Fantasy with SciFi Elements
Release Date: April 18 2016
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print (1st Edition)
Page Count: 190 (Approximately)

After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice.
With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate...

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Excerpt 1
A couple of hours later Eli turned up with his family. Who’s Eli? Explaining him isn’t exactly one of the easiest things to do, as our relationship was complicated to say the least. Foremost, he’s my best friend, even with his over-protective nature, which I think stems from his need to look out for me, kind of like how I imagined a brother would for a sister. This would make sense as I’ve always been really close to his family, who seem to have been in my life for forever. Yes, it was helped by the fact they lived in the same neighbourhood as us and that he went to the same high school as me; but more than that Eli seems to have been there at all my major life events. From losing my first tooth, to falling off my bike and then taking me for walks in the forest when I needed the company, he’s always been there, someone I could rely on.

And again on this eventful day, he turned up knowing exactly what I needed: for someone not to say anything, but instead just to sit with me. He completely ignored his mother’s sobs as he only had eyes for me, walking quickly over to my bed and wrapping his arms around me. He pulled me onto his lap and once again I seemed to fit perfectly as he cocooned me, wrapping his arms around my back, his warmth spreading through me like a drug. We were both seniors but he looked older, probably due to the growth spurt he had had over the summer. At six foot one he was a whole seven inches taller than me and had these tanned muscular arms that were freakishly strong, probably due to his part-time job as a labourer on the local farm. His dark blond hair spent most of the time being brushed back from his forehead, as it always fell into his eyes, but it always really suited him that way. One of the things I loved most about him were his eyes, which sparkled different shades of emerald green and I swear just looking at them let me know how he was feeling. On that day they had been a dull green.

Bonus Excerpt
“Oh Thea!” a voice called out, trying to take me away from the peaceful slumber I had found at last. “Thea, oh Thea, open your eyes,” the voice commanded, sounding more insistent this time.
Confused, I sat up, surprised I was no longer sat with Isaac on Terin, but instead sitting by the Waterfall of Knowledge. It was night and everything seemed to have a hazy aura around it.
“Fascinating isn’t it? What the mind can do? How when we relax enough another can invade your dreams, which is how I can be here with you now!” the voice whispered behind me.
Turning suddenly I saw him, Minen, standing right in front of me with a delighted expression plastered on his face before he continued. “Judging by how you are now asleep, I’m guessing you managed to escape and are on your way home, which of course is what I planned for you to do. You may think you have won by rescuing the prisoners, but I have many more. You see this isn’t my only hide-away, there are others filled with Elves and other species, all more or less willing to help me with my cause.
“I’m not giving up Thea, this is just the beginning. I just needed a little more time, which is why I let you go for now, and then I will find you and finish what I’ve started. I will build my master race, become Lord of all Faey and the rest of the world. I know what to do now, it was simply a matter of how we extracted the element that was holding us back. You helped us to see that, Thea, when we tried to take your magic. Thank you Thea, you are the reason I have now succeeded. We have a host, you see!” His eyes glinted at this point. “This host is just like you, able to wield all the elements, but stronger. He is the first of many! Soon I’ll be coming for you Thea, soon!”
Author Information
I live in Surrey, England, a short walk from the beautiful Windsor Park, with my husband Richard and our two gorgeous children Noah and Olivia. For me, writing is nothing short of an addiction and I often find myself sneaking out to my writing shed for just a few minutes, which can often turn into hours of pure, unadulterated bliss catching up with my characters and continuing their story. In-between writing, I teach in a primary school where there’s never a dull moment! I will also often be found Kindle in hand, reading a wide variety of genres but with YA fantasy and paranormal romance at the forefront of my reading list. Although I’m currently writing the second book in the Driel trilogy, other characters involving all things fantasy, paranormal and YA romance are jockeying for position, wanting me to write their story next, so watch this space! It is such a privilege to share my stories with you the reader. Thank you enough for taking the time to find out more about me.
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