Children of the Elementi by Ceri Clark [Teenage Fantasy Novel)

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When Jake discovers he is adopted it is the least of his worries. Suddenly he has to learn how to control his growing powers over the elements of air, earth, fire and water. Not only that but the fate of Eleria rests in his hands. Without the other lost children he will stand no chance against the Elerian Emperor, Aras who must find and kill Jake, or die himself.

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Praise for Children of the Elementi:“The writer has produced an excellent story of two magically endowed power groups confronting each other across time and space. One race, the Elementi of the title, is linked to the classical four-element theory which imbues them with specific super-powers associated with Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Their High King has all four powers. The other group, the Magi, have different faculties and can create illusions. The plot is enriched and developed by the Magi’s search for the mysterious, hidden Citadel where the power of the Elementi is concealed and protected, and by the Elementi children’s search for one another. These basic factors taken together make a thoroughly intriguing and absorbing narrative. ?Good books that have much in common with Children of the Elementi are C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, Tolkien’s Hobbit and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter stories.”
Academi Critique Service
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Samsung Galaxy Tab for Writing

I’ve recently bought the Galaxy Tab 10.1. I primarily bought this as a reading device but I wanted something that wasn’t too heavy but which I could write on.

Hardware:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (running Android with ADW)
    Samsung bluetooth keyboard case (the official one)

I can’t praise the tablet enough. I wanted something that was flexible, with a good battery life and which was light enough to carry oround. I usually charge the tablet every couple of days and I am an intensive user!

The tablet is light and if don’t want to use the keyboard for any reason I can hold it one-handed for a loooooonnnng time. 😉

The keyboard is also just what I need. It isn’t noisy and while it is heavier than a rubberised bluetooth keyboard it is nicer to use. It feels like a quality product and has all the features I need.

Software

The tablet comes with Polaris Office. This is amazing. I am using it to write the second book in the Elerian Chronicles (Elementi).

I save it as an Office document format and back it up to my Skydrive using Sorami. I know with Docs to Go I can back it up to Google (I also have this)  but I rather use Skydrive for my writing. I do find it frustratng that you can only back up files to Box.net with Polaris but I hope this will improve with time. May be they will do some sort of sync option?

For those who are short sighted like me, you can increase the font on Polaris to 200%! Simply reflow the text and you can edit in comfort.

Of course the question now is do I really need a laptop now my Samsung is so good?

Time will tell…

Children of the Elementi passes the first round of the Amazon Breakthrough Award

To celebrate getting through the first round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, I’ve reduced Children of the Elementi to just 99 cents on Amazon and Smashwords until the end of March.

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Smouldering in the circle the Deoc glared malevolently at Aras. Its body was made entirely of fire but as Aras watched, the flames rescinded. Skin formed over the creature’s body. First its arms and legs, then its face before it was covered completely in skin. Over this, a robe formed until a man stood before him with red and gold-flecked eyes.

‘What do you want?’

‘I need you to kill a boy.’

‘Why would I do that?’ The creature smiled, confident in its power.

‘You have no choice.’

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The pitch:

The powerful Elementi Empire spanned over a thousand years, its kings and queens loved and revered by their people and their elemental abilities feared by their enemies. Treachery and Magi illusion destroyed the Empire almost a century ago. All five heirs were thought to be lost.

On present day Earth, fourteen-year-old Jake has an ordinary life of school, bullies, parties… until he stumbles on an ancient crystal. Meanwhile across the dimensions, the Magi Emperor is alerted that not all the Elementi were killed all those years ago. He summons and dispatches Adramelech, an evil fire demon to hunt and kill the last of the Elementi. If the heirs unite their powers and return to Eleria then all Magi gains from the war could be lost.

Can Jake learn to control his growing elemental powers and reunite the other lost children in time?

Children of the Elementi is a 51,000 word young adult adventure set between two worlds. Written by a former school librarian, it is a culmination of book requests and feedback from children and includes magical powers, underwater cities, sword-fighting and a sea battle.