A NATO training exercise goes terribly wrong when five warships from different countries are mysteriously transported to Eledon, the Realm of the Elves. The warrior Lady Alexin is charged to escort the troops back home to London in the year 2031 with the aid of the Wizard Ecstasy and a magic shrinking potion. Yet, when the authorities question her story, Alex is detained and imprisoned under suspicion of terrorism. Caught in a web of politics, betrayal and bungling bureaucracy, the confusing world of the future will push her magical gifts to their limit, and her own future will hang in the balance, caught between “justice” and the place she calls home.
Targeted Age Group:: Ages 16 and over
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is the third series involving my main character, Alex Dumwalt. Up to now, she'd lived in Eledon, the world of the Elves, so I wanted to see how she would do outside of her comfort zone. I sent her to London. It's quite a culture shock for her.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My main character, Alex, came out of my love for "The Lord of the Rings" series. She's only part Elf, however. She's also part mortal because I wanted her to be more human and part Titan because I find the Greek gods to be fascinating. She's why I started writing in the first place. I'm not really sure how I came up with the other characters; they sort of pop in my head and stick around. I don't normally base them on a real person although I did visualize President Obama in a naval uniform for Admiral Teller. Their personalities are nothing alike.
Excerpt from chapter 9:
The woman pointed to a chair for Alex and sat down at the other end of a table. She turned on a small light and put earphones on her head.
“Speak into this, please.” She put a silver-looking rod on a stand in front of Alex and pointed to the tip. “Please state your full name, last name first.”
“My name is Alex. I just told you a few minutes ago.” She glanced around as the low, gray walls closed in around her.
Pennington rolled her eyes. “Just follow my instructions, please. Say your last name into the microphone.”
“What’s a microphone?”
The woman pointed to the silver rod.
“Alex.” She pronounced her name slowly.
“Last name first, please.” Pennington stared at a computer screen with gritted teeth.
“Dumwalt, my father’s name was Count Stephane Dumwalt.” Alex nodded.
“Count?” Pennington raised her eyebrows. “Say his last name and spell it for me.”
Alex leaned forward and spoke to the silver rod. “Dumwalt, d-u-m-w-a-l-t.”
“Where is he?”
“Dead. He died when I was four.”
“Where was he born?”
“Somewhere in the mortal world. He never told me. He was the Count of Oltria.”
Pennington turned around and tapped the keyboard in front of her with her fingers. Alex peeked over her shoulder and saw her father’s name appear on the screen, then the words, Count of Oltria. No results found.
“Hmmm.” Pennington drummed her fingers on the table. “When were you born?”
“The spring solstice, 985.”
“Do you mean 1985?”
“The spring solstice.”
Pennington continued tapping her fingers impatiently. “Where were you born?”
“On Seaward Isle.”
Pennington went to the next question without typing any information. “What city?”
“There wasn’t a city. It was in my father’s fortress.”
“What about your mother? What’s her name?”
“Cadwin, she was the daughter of Themius the Titan and Lady Lestin of the Water Elves.”
“Themius, the Titan. Right.” Pennington checked the Internet for a Titan by the name of Themius. No results found. She gritted her teeth. “Lady Lestin? Who’s she?”
“I told you. She’s a Water Elf. She lives in Eledon and she just got re-married to Lord Odin of the Tree Elves, so he’s now my grandfather.”
Pennington pressed her lips together and spun around in her chair. “I want the truth, not this crap.” She grimaced.
“It is the truth.” Alex stared at her curiously.
“Stay here. I’ll be right back.” She pointed her finger at Alex and left the cubicle, going out the door.
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