Introducing: A Darkness Awakens (Elements of Ilysia: Volume One)

Thank you so much for the feature!

E.J. Haddock

Happy Saturday and happy March!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog that wasn’t a part of the #IWSG blog hop, but what better way to jump back in than to be able to promote a new book release!

I’d like to introduce you to Helena Lancaster, a fellow South Carolina writer, and her new fantasy series Elements of Ilysia. The first installment, A Darkness Awakens, just had its book birthday!

Look at this beautiful cover! Alluring and mysterious. Looking at it makes me feel like I’ve been dropped in the middle of a dark fairy tale, and I want to be there.


This is Helena’s first solo novel. Previously, she’s released two collections of poetry, Behind the Mask: A Collection of Poetry and Phoenix from the Ashes: Poetry from Personal Struggle, Rebirth, and Triumph. She also co-writes The Passion of the Dragon Saga

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Big Passion of the Dragon Saga Updates and Other News!

releaseannouncementRayna and I just announced over the weekend the title for the third volume in The Passion of the Dragon  Saga and I am very excited to share it here as well! We have titled it Souls Ignited: The Story of Vlad the Impaler and the Women He Loved and it will release in Paperback and for Kindle on December 12, 2016! The process of writing this series has been an emotional journey full of adventures across the world and learning some new things about history. I’ve always been passionate about history so this just allows me to dig my claws deeper in. Telling the story of Erzsébet with Rayna’s story of Erdenia is something that I am beyond happy to be a part of. Hisboxset1&2tory excites me almost as much as my work on this series does. Rayna and I are building an incredible story here that I love to unfold with her, puzzle piece by puzzle piece. To celebrate this we will also be releasing a special digital boxed set of Hearts on Fire and Love in Flames on August 24, 2016! The boxed set is now available for pre-order on Amazon for you Kindle readers. You can also read the first two books on Kindle Unlimited or catch them on their upcoming Kindle deals! There is a full update, including those details and more from Rayna and myself in our latest series blog post.

I am still working on other projects. The fantasy series is coming along rather nicely, actually. I plan to share a piece of the writing with the world later on this week. It’s just a simple, short paragraph but it will give you some kind of premise for this story that’s been cooking up in my head for more than a decade. Stay tuned for that to come this week!

phoenixfromtheashesfrontcoverfinalresizeAs for my poetry, you can read both Behind the Mask and Phoenix from the Ashes for free on Kindle Unlimited or you can get a free copy of them when they go free on Kindle coming up very soon! Phoenix from the Ashes will be free on August 3 – 7, 2016 and Behind the Mask will be free August 25-29, 2016 in exclusive Amazon Kindle deals!

Life has been insane for me lately but I have some upcoming plans for my blog besides just the sneak peak (and other looks) at my in development fantasy series. Keep an eye out for:

  • A blog (or several) about Game of Thrones because let’s face it I am as addicted to it as the rest of the world.
  • A blog about my latest adventure in reading Philippa Gregory’s Cousins War series. I just finished reading The White Queen and have begun to read The Red Queen.
  • A blog about Kim Harrison’s Hollows Series, which I finished reading earlieHouse_Targaryen_Sigilr this year. A fantastic read for anyone who loves a good fantasy series about witches and other supernatural things.
  • Some more bits and pieces of my poetry.
  • Some personal insight into The Passion of the Dragon Saga, working with Rayna, Vlad’s story, visiting Romania, and much more.
  • A blog (or several) about the music that inspires me most and I can’t function without.
  • A blog (or several) about my historical obsessions like The Tudors and The Borgias, along with the tv shows that stemmed from their legacies.

My hope is to be blogging more often so there is what to expect! Keep up for more news on The Passion of the Dragon Saga and much more! I’ll be blogging at least once more this week on my in development fantasy series.



The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova

This is one of my absolute favorite books! I always highly recommend it.

Far North Book Review

I finished reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova last week and I absolutely adored it.

Important to note: I’m generally a fast reader but this book was very meaty and it took me about a month to read, which is three weeks longer than I had expected. I typically read on my lunch breaks at work, so figure 45 minutes to an hour five days a week, plus a few hours in the evenings and on weekends; so a rough estimate puts me reading The Historian in 15-20 hours total. (Expect to renew your copy of this book from the library in order to finish it!)

Not to scare you off of this book! It really was terrific, although a quick answer to “What’s the book about?” is a rather dull “Well, it’s about a man and his daughter who are both researching Vlad Tepes,” which is true, but that’s…

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