Monday, August 2, 2021

Dear Reader, Love E.P. Bellows


Dear Reader and Fellow Adventurer…

Hello from Azra’s Pith! Thank you for joining the adventure. I have a few tips for you before you begin. First, the thought of jumping through the passageway can be a scary idea (you’ll find out in chapter 4). Once you are in, the excitement and energy take over and it feels like the best rollercoaster you’ll ever ride. Enjoy it because you will land on the dirt of Copious Forest in a flash.

When you meet Ferdinand, he may come off as a little... well, testy. The truth is, he is a bit on the prickly side. He is also one of the most loyal friends one can have. Ask him to take you to the closest waterfront town. If you are lucky enough to see Market Day make sure you visit with Rosie the fox. She loves to trade and always has rare treasures from all over the realm. 

Another thing to remember, birds in Azra’s pith are not always what they seem. If you catch one at the right time you may find yourself in the presence of an Empyrean Wizard. Most are good, peaceful and wise... but there may be an evil one out there with dark powers; so be careful!

If you need to get around, scamper fouls are the quickest mode of transportation on the ground (Empyrean Wizards can soar across the realm’s sky at amazing speed). Scamper fouls are also great companions! Hold on tight though! The ride is bumpy!

Always be aware of your surroundings! Bandits will catch you off guard to pick your pockets or capture you for ransom! If you happen to see Sebastion’s ship sailing up the river, try to hop aboard for ride! They are a spirited group and a swashbuckling adventure at sea is an absolute certainty! 

Azra’s Pith is a place of wonder, filled with magic and fantastic creatures. Beware of what lurks in the shadows. There are dark forces at work. If you are willing to join in the quest with John William Celeste, and the others; prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime! See you there!


E.P. Bellows 

About the Author

A few random things about me…

Um, let’s see… when I was eight, I had a pet turkey. I used to take it with me on my very short lived paper route. Needless to say, I was terrible at delivering the paper. No one wanted a “Dollar Saver” with turkey poop splattered across the front page. Apparently that’s where the best coupons are.

Books… well, “Treasure Island” is a fantastic pirate tale. I love just about anything by Roald Dahl. I would also like to thank C.S Lewis for sending me on an unrelenting childhood quest for portals to amazing worlds (even in the most unpleasant locations, e.g… the older brother’s closet, etc…)

I write fantasy stories for children. Yep – I am a HUGE fantasy geek. I can’t help myself! It’s too darn awesome to escape to another realm with sorcerers and wizards. The underlying theme in my stories is empowerment, self love, and living purposefully.

When football is on I turn into a different person. I may even use a curse word or two… or three. I enjoy running; which is a good thing because I need to do it in order to fit into my jeans.

I love to cook and really, really love to eat. I have a theory that avocados actually contain super powers and have the amazing ability to make any snack epic. I also love garlic… which, according to my loved ones, also has an unfortunate super power … the pungent breath-inator… or something of that nature.

Few things make me smile more than chocolate, cheese… AND, if the Chargers would make it to the Super Bowl again – just once:)


About the Book

John William Drake was born an explorer; just like many, many Drakes before him. His adventure really began with the discovery of a book hidden in the ceiling, followed by the mysterious disappearance of his father. He lived every day in misery until his twelfth birthday. A new friend gave him an invitation he could not turn down… follow me and change your destiny.

He never imagined being captured by bandits and taken to a ship riddled with river rats was part of his fate. Not just any bandits – the Bandits of Basswood; known to be a ruthless and wild crew of thieves. Trying to escape would be a ridiculous idea. No one has ever escaped and lived to tell about it. Uncovering traces of his missing father gave him hope and upped the stakes. John William was determined to get off the ship alive and search for the missing pieces of the puzzle. The chase out of Basswood was on. He took a chance to change his destiny and ended up on a wild ride to solve the most important mystery of his life.

You can pick up your copy of BANDITS OF BASSWOOD at Amazon.

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