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Kimber Li bandaged her fingers and pounded out her first novel on a manual typewriter when she was eleven years old. In the years which followed, she decided she wanted a large family of her own. When the time came, she moved to Alaska to find someone tough enough for the job of building it with her. Pregnancy hormones kicked her imagination into overdrive and she began to pursue publication. Although she achieved ePublication years ago with three Young Adult stories and one Sweet Romance, she discovered Indie Pub was a lot more fun for her and never looked back. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of multiple decades, four children who are now taller than her and want a puppy, two spoiled rotten cats, and a bunch of chickens who are nothing but freeloading slackers.
Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Newblood & the Ice Princess was my first published novel, though it was originally published under a different title and pen name. I’ve also massively revised it since then. I have the Reversal of Rights Letter on file. This story is the first official book in this fictional universe, Tales of the Elven Princesses.
Ophelia longs to be free, free of Diabetes, free to attend the college of her choice, free of her monstrous ex-boyfriend.
Gaining that freedom comes at a terrible cost, for Alaska isn’t called ‘the last great place to hide’ for nothing. Other than human renegades, an array of creatures hide among the blinding white snow. Bear-shifters. Vampires.
Elves of the Borean Realm.
Adrian’s the new guy in school. He faked his identity to get close to Ophelia, knowing the same monsters who took his sister would try to take her too. He knows better than to get too close, but he has no idea her exceptional senses make that effort futile.
Or that only she possesses the power needed to defeat the Newbloods and save her species from extinction.
A bald eagle’s white head peered over the nest’s edge. He hopped up onto the edge, spread out his wings, and launched into the hair, flapping once, twice, and soaring around.
Ophelia stopped breathing the closer the eagle flew. Its wings beat the air as it slowed and lit upon Adrian’s arm.
The eagle snatched the meat and gave her an imperious look.
“Oh, he’s beautiful.” She managed to keep her exclamation to a whisper.
“Hey, you’re my girlfriend.” Adrian winked at her.
“Oh, I am?” Ophelia didn’t feel at all cold in the near-zero air. “You think I like you so much.”
“Kissing under the stairwell kind of gave you away.” Adrian offered the eagle another morsel. “He’ll take the meat back to his mate and…”
The eagle suddenly cocked his head, shrieked, and launched back into the air.
“Someone’s coming, someone he doesn’t like. Martin.” Adrian yanked the leather sleeve off his arm and crammed it into his back pocket.
“Martin must’ve seen me leave school. You go, and I’ll stay behind and tell him I was collecting pine needles for a science project.”
Martin’s truck rounded the corner and tore through the snow berms into the woods.
“No. No way am I leaving you where he can get at you.” Adrian hoisted her up in a cradle hold and leapt right off the rock.
Ophelia swallowed her surprise upon landing. “Martin won’t hurt me, but he’ll kill you if he sees you with me.”
“Martin can kill me, but that’s all.” Adrian carried her silently away. “You’re much too valuable to kill or change, but he has more ways of hurting you than you can presently imagine.”
“What do you mean?” Ophelia whispered as the truck braked and the engine stopped.
“Martin can make you wish you were dead.” Adrian followed a moose trail into a thicket and crouched down just as Martin’s truck door slammed. He sat on an icy log and held her on his leg from behind, cheek against hers, legs wrapped around her. “I’m disguising your scent with mine.” He pressed a finger to his lips. “Be silent and absolutely still.”
Through a crack of light in the bushes, she saw Martin lift his head and sniff the air. Turning around and around, he scanned the area and sniffed.
Ophelia froze like a fawn. He’s hunting me.
Another truck engine roared up the backstreet.
Bianca. Ophelia hardly dared to breathe for fear it could be seen. She recognized the sound of Jimmy’s truck.
The old brown Ford braked and slid to a stop.
Bianca barreled out the passenger’s side. “What the heck are you doing snooping around my sister’s car?”
“I thought she broke down and wandered off.” Martin yelled back.
“She got too sick to drive, so we took her home, turtle-fart.” Bianca opened Ophelia’s car door. “Now, I’m just driving her car back for her.” The engine started up and she drove away, followed by Jimmy’s truck.
“Bitch.” Martin growled, got back in his truck, and left.
Ophelia let go of a long breath. “I love my sister.”
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There is a Prequel Short Story for this series.
This was my second published story, also originally published under a different title and pen name. I also have the Reversal of Rights Letter on file for it.
Be careful what you wish for.
Ophelia’s had a wicked crush on Martin since they were kids, but she was always just his geeky little friend. Then, on the first day of her junior year, he’s suddenly and wildly attracted to her. She can’t imagine what’s changed. Nevertheless, she thrills at shocking her small school’s social order.
Ophelia meets Adrian right after and true love extinguishes the wicked crush. In secret, he inspires her courage against a specter threat.
Tristan Li is pale and hungry and draws Martin’s immediate ire. He knows things about Ophelia which she assumes are delusions brought on by an aggravated illness like her own, diabetes.
Ophelia has no idea she is ground zero in a turf war between Tristan’s ancient race and Martin’s new blood. However, she is beginning to realize her own exceptional senses are not exactly human.
Readers can find this book for FREE at two different places. The first place is a blog I created especially for this fictional universe, called Tales of the Elven Princesses
Also, it can be found at Wattpad, the social media story-sharing site- Kimber Li’s Profile at Wattpad
The other two stories in the Tales of the Elven Princesses trilogy are
The Ice Princess & the Immortal Protector
and The Ice Princess & Dark Elven Blood.
Once that trilogy is complete, I’ll move on to Bianca’s Time Travel stories, which will always include the words An American Elf in the titles.
My intent is to have Book Two by the end of summer vacation. I have the cover art’s image, but no cover yet. So the blurb will have to do for now. Also, this book was previously published under a different title and pen name. Like the other two, I have the Reversal of Rights Letter on file.
Unlike the first two, The Ice Princess & Dark Elven Blood was never previously published. Expect that one in the Spring 2020.
Questions & Answers
Why Indie Pub?
As mentioned, I was originally ePublished. That was a thrilling experience and I learned a lot. Totally glad I started out that way. I discovered I really enjoyed the whole process while also being kinda frustrated by my lack of control over it. For example, the reason there is no previously published third book in the Tales of the Elven Princesses trilogy is because my ePublisher went out of business before it could be published. I don’t blame the publishers. That’s just the nature of the business. I’d heard that authors who enjoy the process as much as I do get huge kick out of Indie Pub, so I did my homework and plunged. Love it! Can’t imagine ever doing it any other way again!
What inspired the Tales of the Elven Princesses?
I honestly can’t remember. It’s been over a decade and my brain cells are fried on child-raising, you know. At the time, everyone told me not to follow the market because it changes so fast. But…that’s not what I saw happening. I saw publishers churning out tons of Twilight inspired novels! But, I’m not into magic or blood-sucking dead guys. I’m a proud Trekkie (a Star Trek fan) and I think of the different supernatural creatures in my Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy stories as just different humanoid species, like any group of aliens in a Space Opera. Star Trek So, this really isn’t a Twilight knock-off, but it does fall into that same category. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
What took you so long?
Honestly, real life. As mentioned, I have a large family. So, things like health problems and unemployment are multiplied by a factor of six. Now that my little darlings are bigger than me, it’s not so hard.
Why does Ophelia have Diabetes? Type 1 Diabetes
Because I’m sick of Kick-Butt Heroine Knock-offs! And also Alpha Clones. No one is born perfect and all-powerful. We all have to grow up and overcome challenges in life. That’s what eventually makes us strong and wise, and still we’re not perfect and all-powerful. We all just do the best we can with what God gives us. I wanted to hand Ophelia an extra challenge in life. Since this was paranormal and vampires were the big bad thing in YA literature at the time, I decided to make her blood extra sweet. Then, of course, I had to figure out how she, a supposedly immortal elf, could have a human disease. Honestly, I don’t know yet. I’m passing it off as the work of Dark Elves at this point and maybe we’ll find out in Book Three.
I’m a huge Tolkien Nerd. Seriously. Whenever we have potatoes for dinner, I look at my husband and say, “Taters, Precious?” If you’re a Tolkien Nerd too, you’ll totally get that. J. R. R. Tolkien
Of course, it’d be boring for me, as the storyteller, to make my elves like Tolkien Elves, because I need to do my own thing with characters. I’m a hugely character-centered writer, and reader. So, I went back into Norse Mythology for inspiration, particularly Iceland where elves are still revered as the Huldufolk. Huldufolk
Why are Bianca and Ophelia astonished to see Asian and African American people?
Because they’d never seen any in person. They’d never been out of their isolated Alaskan town before. For them, the only non-white people they knew were the Alaska Natives and they were like family. Having lived in Alaska for a couple of decades, I can tell you that it does not have the same history of racism as the Lower 48 States. It does have it, sadly, but it is very different.
Why did Ophelia date Martin in the first place?
Because she was inexperienced with boys and he was, in fact, a nice guy before he was turned into a Newblood. Smart girls date bad boys all the time in real life, often with sad consequences. We live and learn. I think it’s more significant that she recognized Adrian as the amazing young man that he was right away. Of course, she’d developed empathic and telepathic abilities by then. But, we can be quiet, listen, and be empathetic in real life too. The good ones are worth it, trust me, married for decades.
Do you only write Young Adult?
No. As a writer and a reader, I prefer a buffet. Most of the rest of the Tales of the Elven Princesses will be New Adult and Time Travel. My next project is Jack & the Very Proper Nanny and it is a Contemporary Romance. It starts a series I call Keepers of the Sacred Code. I have a Western series set on a Montana ranch, starting with its founding, a Historical. I call it, for now anyway, The Winterbourne Ranch Saga.
Did I mention my zombie novels? Oh, crap, they require a ton of world-building! It’s gonna be a few years, I think. Again, they’re more Science Fictiony. No Horror genre. It’s about pandemics and how an individual handles the world they know collapsing all around them. ‘Cause Charles Darwin was right about at least one thing, those who can adapt survive. That’s why we have billions more rats than Panda Bears. Could you walk from one town to the next without your cell phone? Or even a paper map? Can you build a campfire, catch a fish and cook it, and keep yourself dry outside during a rain storm?
Check out this YA zombie novel with a very believable Sci-Fi explanation. You can find out more about it and the author’s other awesome books at his website. Gregg Hurwitz
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