Cleopatra’s Legacy Book 1- The Emerald Ring. A new action packed middle grade fantasy series from
debut author, Dorine White.
Guest Post by author Dorine White
Many people believe that the road to publication is fast and easy. It is anything
but. The Emerald Ring is my third manuscript. The first one I spent 3 years
sending out, all to rejections. The
second one is in a drawer waiting its turn. I jumped ahead to the third,
because it felt like the right time for it. I spent a full year querying
agents. Nothing. Agents are hard to get.
They often only take on 1 new client a year.
I went the editor route. I had great responses here. I got back many personal
notes, and several times the manuscript went all the way up to the acquisitions
committee, but, never a contract. After a year or so, I put it away and began
editing my second manuscript.
just about to send out that manuscript when I felt that I should try one more
time for The Emerald Ring. I sent it out to four more publishing houses. One
day I came home and checked my email. There was a reply from Cedar Fort Books.
I didn’t think much of it because up until that point nothing had turned up. When
I opened the email, I sat in shock. They were offering a contract! I was so
excited that I called my husband into the room to confirm that I was reading
the email right.
the publication process began. It is long and time consuming, but the excitement
carries you through. Now as my release date approaches I am overwhelmed with
gratitude. It took almost a decade to get my debut novel published. There was a
lot of waiting and wondering, but there were also a lot of wonderful friends
that I met along the way.
what is The Emerald Ring about? Here is my own personal take:
The Emerald Ring is a fast-paced, action
filled read for young readers. Kids won't get bored as they follow Sara's
Sara herself is a Guatemalan/American girl who
yearns for adventure, but is crippled by nightmares. She also has a deep fear
of becoming like her mother, who suffers from panic attacks. Sara evolves
throughout the story, taking on her fears head first, and in the final scene,
asks for her friends to turn out the lights. A total reversal of the first
Cleopatra and Egypt are main themes of the
novel, along with magic. For animal lovers, Cleopatra's cat takes a major role
in the story as she guides Sara through her shape-shifting transformations and
teaches her the magic uses of the emerald ring.
A fun-filled magical adventure with bits of
Exclusive sneak peek at chapter 1 for readers! ClickHere.
About the Author
My name is Dorine White.
My first book in The Cleopatra's Legacy series, The Emerald Ring
which has just been published by Cedar Fort Books on May 14, 2013. It is a middle grade fantasy novel.
I am a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and
Illustrators) and the PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writers Assoc.). I highly
recommend joining either if you want to become a
children's author or illustrator.
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Swimming with dolphins is said to be the number one thing to do before you die. For 12-year-old Michael, it very nearly is. A secret boat trip has gone tragically wrong, and now he lies unconscious in hospital.
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Feeling slightly better for having a bit of light to keep with her, she continued down the street, occasionally looking through a window to see the remains of a room. After the third storefront she passed, she wondered at the reason all of the furniture and even drapes, carpets, and accessories had been left behind. Even in the desperate flight from Antar, people were still taking their belongings. They removed their drapes, even ones far less decorative then what Stephenie suspected were here. Why would everyone desert a city and yet leave almost everything behind as if they were simply going across town to visit a friend? She was hesitant to consider an answer. This city had been deserted and abandoned for a long time. Antar castle and city above had been there for as long as memory could recall and the original castle even before then. Had any of those above known about a city deep in the rocks under their feet, there would have been stories.
Stephenie used her stolen crystal to look into a shop that reminded her of a bakery, with a large oven in the back wall and the remains of shelves still partially attached to a side wall. The sparkle of something shiny and shaped like a pendant caught her eye. Looking closer at a mass on the floor, she paused and then stepped quickly away from the window as a shiver of fear rolled down her spine.
She closed her eyes, but the unmistakable image of a human skull laying on the floor would not leave her sight. She shivered again and looked up and down the street. Perhaps they didn’t leave.
Mustering her courage, Stephenie slowly approached the window again. She forced herself to look at the mass on the floor. Wiping away some of the dirt on the window, she could make out the arms and runners of a rocking chair mixed with what was likely clothing and the decayed bones of the person who’s head had rolled several feet away after the chair had collapsed. Bits of hair and desiccated skin clung to the skull, which was fortunately staring away from the window. The person died sitting in a chair and no one came to remove or bury the body?
Stephenie sniffed the air and thought about the strange odor she had been noticing since she had entered the city. It was a musty sweet smell. “Is this a plague city?” She felt her throat tightening with each breath and again quickly retreated from the window. She turned toward the way she had entered the city, ready to run back to the large doors and flee, but the dryness of her throat and the sound of water stopped her. If this is a plague city, then I am as good as dead and I might as well die after I’ve had something to drink.
Slowly, she turned around and continued down the street, no longer bothering to look into the store fronts. The rot and death they held did not interest her anymore.
She passed several side streets, but continued following the slowly turning main street because the sound of water was getting louder in the direction it was heading. After a short time, the street opened into another large plaza at least a hundred feet in diameter. Several streets exited the round plaza, but at the very center, lit with several points of glowing light was a fountain. Its water pushed up from a center mound and cascaded down several stone statues into a series of white marble bowls. The fountain was a dozen feet high and thirty feet across.
Drawn by thirst, Stephenie quickly reached the edge of the fountain and could feel a cool mist splashing over her. Knowing she would die slowly and painfully from whatever disease had killed the residents of this city, she did not care if the water was poison as long as it tasted fresh. Taking a small sip, she tested the flavor and found it cleaner than what she was used to in the castle. Scooping up more water with her hands, she drank deeply before noticing how dirty her hands had become. After quickly rubbing away the dirt, she moved a couple feet away and continued to drink until her stomach felt full.
Relieved of her thirst, she sat down next to the fountain and buried her face in her wet hands. She sobbed with frustration and relief in one confused wail. While she would not die of thirst, how was she going to get out and warn her father and Joshua about her mother’s betrayal? She cradled her cut arm in her lap and leaned back with her eyes closed. I’ve got light and some water, but what good would warning everyone do if I bring a plague to them? She shook her head. Damn it, why do the gods hate me so? Fundamentally, she knew her tie with Elrin, even if a result of her mother’s doing, was her real damnation. She could not bring herself to worship the demon god and she dared not seek out the other gods for fear the priests would sense her connection to Elrin.
Opening her eyes, she stared at her foot prints along the cobbled street. A lone trail to remind her that she had to do whatever it was she was going to do on her own. There was no one to help her.
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is a coming of age story about the youngest Princess of Cothel and her efforts to save her father and brother from her mother's schemes, while at the same time, coming to terms with what it means to be a witch.
continues Stephenie's journey of discovery, where she must overcome national opposition to her being a witch as well as lead her friends and protectors on a mission to stabilize her countries finances.
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is a writer of fantasy novels who enjoys hiking, photography, and the outdoors.