Monday, December 7, 2015

#EXCERPT: The Haunted Realm by Emilyann Girdner


The-Labyrinth-Cover6v4---Amazon-2The Labyrinth Wall: Read Amazon Best-Seller, Reader's Favorite 5 Star rated, Dante Rossetti Award 2014 Finalist novel, The Labyrinth Wall, the first book in the Obsidian Series. Imagine a story set in an epic fantasy world like The Hobbit with a dark dystopian feel (and it is written to be a quick read like The Hunger Games). This adventurous tale will transport you into a magical but deadly world with new races, creatures, heroes and villains that you won’t soon forget. Even Sean Astin (from Lord of the Rings, Goonies, Rudy, and 50 First Dates) got a copy of The Labyrinth Wall and tweeted about it.

  Summary:  Araina’s lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippling wall into the dark and deadly labyrinth she calls home. She is left to solve the mysteries of who he is, why he has special abilities and what is on the other side of the labyrinth wall through which he came.

Hunting or Hunted Excerpt from The Haunted Realm:
The bushes beside us rustle wildly. The three of us backing away, Soll shoves the light toward the tangled shrubs, which are shaking. There’s no one to be seen.
Hissing erupts as something sweeps beneath us, sending us to the ground. Hand still gripping the stick of fire, Soll yanks it about to his left then our right.
Giant jaws burst forth, revealing teeth, each one the size of my dagger.
Covered in mud, my fingers slip when I try to withdraw an arrow. Vickon slashes the giant reptile across the nostril, enraging it further. Glowing eyes set on him.
Soll’s managed to gain his footing again and stabs the fire stick in the ground a couple feet away as he draws his swords. Before he even takes a swing at the predator, its giant tail again swipes at us. Vickon and I duck, but Soll falls backward into a tree.
Squirming in the madness and mud, I inch over to the nearest stump and pull myself up. Vickon defends with his sword, trying to get in an impactful injury. This thing is huge, its skin tough. Its snout alone must be two foot in length, its body probably over twelve. Light reflects off the slimy residue that sits on the creature’s skin. Blood and bits of flesh hang from the corners of its mouth. How in the world are we going to conquer this beast and in its own natural habitat no less?
The creature sets its sights on Vickon again. It looks hungry and not ready to give up a meal.
My crossbow extracted, I aim for its eyes. That tactic helped slow the Buyu down in Segment One, so it’s worth trying. That giant serpent seemed indestructible until I blinded it. My advantage is being in close proximity. Unfortunately, terrible lighting and the reptile’s spastic movements work against me.
“Soll? Come back!” I scream.
What’s going on with him? He’s gone, no longer beside the cypress where he had fallen.
“Ah!” Vickon moans. A tooth catches his arm, yanking away part of his flesh.
The creature jerks about frantically as an arrow grazes by its eye, taking a large chunk of flesh with it. It was a shot in the dark, but it worked.
“Run,” I tell Vickon. He’s in no shape to continue this fight. The animal’s too large, and he’s been holding it alone. Now he’s injured. “Go!” I scream at him.
He backs only a few feet away as our attacker turns toward me. Its lengthy body crawls in my direction. I shoot again, but miss. Its motions are more chaotic now that it’s hurt. Rough skinned, gigantic, and bloodthirsty, this animal has the upper hand still, and it’s angrier than ever.

The Labyrinth Wall Ebook: Amazon  | The Labyrinth Wall Paperback: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million
The Labyrinth Wall Shirts, Mugs, Journals and Other Fun Merchandise: The Labyrinth Wall Zazzle Shop Reviews:  5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Dystopian Fantasy By Ellen P. Lafleche-Christian I’m a big fan of fantasy fiction provided it isn’t super sweet and cute and I am so glad I read The Labyrinth Wall. The Labyrinth Wall is a great adventure with a dystopian fantasy feel. Ariana and Darith go from one exciting adventure to another which makes the book impossible to put down. There is a constant quest to learn whether there is really something better outside the labyrinth walls. If you enjoy books like The Hobbit (with a slightly lighter feel), you will definitely enjoy The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner. I can’t wait to read the next book. 4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Adventure By Desert Rose Reviews I enjoy books about puzzles, mysteries, riddles, adventure and suspense. Some of the best books for those ingredients are stories involving a labyrinth. There aren't many books that deliver the same kind of entertainment and excitement as a well-written labyrinth adventure. This is one such book, and is one I really enjoyed.


The-Haunted-Realm-Cover12-bgnameThe Haunted Realm:
The Haunted Realm is the thrilling sequel to Young Adult Fantasy novel The Labyrinth Wall (Tweeted by Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist, 5 Star Reader's Favorite Rated and Amazon Best-Seller). In this riveting continuation of the story, Araina again faces a series of seemingly impossible magical obstacles. As Araina and her friends search for answers about their Creators and their magical labyrinth world, their journey becomes rife with peril when Araina falls victim to illness. Despite heart-pricking losses in the labyrinth swamps, vengeful ghostly attackers in the Blinking Willows, and many other dangerous obstacles, Araina is determined to succeed. If Araina can’t solve the mysteries of the haunted realm and find a cure for her sickness, she and her friends may never escape the labyrinth, or even live to try.  
The Haunted Realm Ebook: Amazon | The Haunted Realm Paperback: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million

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About the author:

Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University. Her writing has appeared on websites and blogs including Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology's Musings and She is best known for her Amazon Best-Selling novel, The Labyrinth Wall. Emilyann is now living and working in Florida. Given her three focus transitions as an undergraduate, it isn't a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets. To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul.
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