stories, writing

Vampires, Elves, Witches, and Humans, Lust and Fight in “Elfin Blood”

Elfin Blood is my first novel. It’s a dark fantasy romance that is at times scary, romantic, and a challenge for my MC (main character) princess Selene.

It’s challenging for her, because she’s just been turned into a vampire, kicked out of the only home she’s ever known, and thrown into a world she only read about in books. Before, Selene was never allowed to go anywhere outside the palace walls. For her, many new things come as a shock. At least she’s strong, quick to learn and she fights.

Many of my MCs are prepared to fight through challenges. They give their everything, even if they don’t want to in the beginning. They are stark.

(Your German word for today “stark” means “strong”.)

I wrote a short summary of Elfin Blood:

Selene’s turned into a vampire by the mother she thought was dead and banishment from her kingdom comes soon after. With few choices, Selene turns to light elf prince Mist for help. Her mother’s got something else in mind – Menase, a young vampire groomed to be Selene’s mate. Selene’s caught between the two of them and as the fight for her heart intensifies, so does her struggle to accept her new life as a vampire.

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I do not think about romance much, as I explain in this post, and this story’s romantic side still surprises me. In Elfin Blood, Selene will have to choose between two lovers, there’s intense jealousy on her part at times – a love interest is already engaged, she’ll meet a human who becomes a true friend after trying to kill her, and she’ll struggle with deep feelings of abandonment from both her parents.

Of course there’s a love triangle ;).

That’s a lot, and there’s more to it too. I hope you will enjoy reading and learning about Selene’s world in Elfin Blood.

stories, writing

Story Line Drop #1

I like writing stories with different kinds of supernatural beings, myths, and things like this. Burning Chariot, my Four Horsemen story, is the same.

The line in the picture is taken from Chapter 1: Remember. It’s the first time Rolf (Conquest) and Xandros (Death) have contact with a Valkyrie in their current timeline. They will meet all kinds of things, like giants, ruthless creatures I made up up called scavens, and of course evil magicians. What would a story with magic be without evil Zauberer, yes? Lol.

(“Zauberer” your German word for today is the masculine form “magicians”. The feminine form is “Zauberinnen”.)

My magicians are less pretty ;).

You might be scratching your head wondering about all these new characters and things you’ve never heard of. You are just now getting to know my stories and the worlds so this is understandable. I’ll make it easier as soon as I can, by having a separate page on the site for all important story things. For now you can find short summaries of all my YA stories in this post.

You can be aware of every new story line drop, by choosing one of the subscribe options in my sidebar. I suggest email subscription so you definitely don’t miss anything :D.

Making a dedicated page like this will take some time, as I want to give you a lot of story information, so you become more than a reader or spectator. You become a part of my worlds too.

stories, writing

Stories Can Be Telling Tales, No Lie

Anna J. Rose Tells Tales. This is my site’s tagline and I think it’s amusing, since “telling tales” can also mean to lie. In my case I’m telling stories about all kinds of things. I like to use ideas from what I experience, or others I am close to have. Like my mum.

She’s not originally from Europe and the way she grew up is very different to me. My mouth was left open more than once when she tells stories from her childhood. They do things very differently where she’s from.

Yes, I mention my mum quite a lot, but you would too if you knew her :D.

I could tell you a morning story about two boiled eggs and toast with strawberry jam for breakfast. This would bore you for sure lol. Instead the boiled eggs would be sacred stones and the jam blood of elf warriors sworn to protect them :D.

I haven’t written a story like that yet, maybe I should?

I talked about my mum and where she’s from because my story Fate’s Undesirable is based on an “archaic academic construct” found in her home region. These are mum’s words not mine. She has a point though. Kids have to take an exam when they’re 10 or 11 and it decides if they will get into a elite secondary school or not. It is something like our Abitur or maybe like SATs(?), but happening when you’re little. I think England has the same thing too.

In Fate’s Undesirable my main character Rihka doesn’t do very well on this exam. You meet her at 17, many years after she’s done it. She’s living with other “undesirables” on an island apart from the rest of society and is responsible for her little group. I always liked that about Rihka too, she’s the protector type.

She doesn’t have a cape or laser vision though.

The only time undesirables get to mix with the “gifted” in the wider republic, is to go to school or work. In general the gifted think they’re better than everyone and some treat undesirables pretty badly. Let’s just say it, they treat them like…

Scheiße. (Your German word for today means “shit”. If you don’t have an eszett you replace with two “s” – Scheisse.)

To develop the world and setting, I used people and experiences from my mum’s past, combinations of school stories she has told me over the years, and events from her teen years. I added sci-fi elements like advanced tech, increased the stakes for Rihka and her friends with a winner takes all battle royale and soon she had a whole story all for herself.

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It’s fun to see where stories will come from. You never know if an ordinary breakfast will turn into a tale or not ;).