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Posted in: Journal by LaRene Ellis on March 05, 2012
On Valentines 2011, the doctors found an egg size cancerous tumor in my head. One year later, it is virtually gone. The egg size tumor was too large for surgery. So they used radiation and chemo to remove it. The tumor decided to grow in an area of my brain that affected my motor and communication skills. The doctors weren’t sure what abilities I would be able to keep after the radiation to my head.
Slowly, some abilities returned. A week before Christmas 2011 my creative ability showed up. With each week, my ability to write has increased. I do not know how well they are compared to my previous writing ability. Right now, I’m grateful to have anything back.
In Nov. 2009, I was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. My cancer was an incurable and fast growing type. One year, you receive a monogram and everything is fine. You go back the following year on the due date of your monogram and you have stage four breast cancer.
In the beginning, they requested an MRI for the brain and the cancer was not there. So it means, the cancer took three years to develop in my head. They found the tumor because I lost my balance and ability to write my name. My words were slurred among other things. I do not mind saying, the year 2011 was a very hard year.
Before I contracted breast cancer, I started to write a children/young adult series. The cancer did not completely stop me from working on the series. Until, the cancer spread to my head. In January 2011, the series came to a sketching halt. The steroids they gave me in February caused me to loose my ability to process my world let alone a factious galaxy and people.
My prayers and others have been answered. I am so grateful to be granted the opportunity to write again. I apologize to my fans for the delays that the tumor has caused. Some of you have contacted the publisher and asked about the rest of the books. When my life fell apart, I was almost ready to deliver the book four.
Right now, book four is with the art team. As soon as, they produce a cover. It will be out. The publisher feels that they can have the book out by May 2012. I am sorry that it is not sooner. I keep hoping that something will happen and it will be out in April.
I am so sorry to leave you hanging, wondering what was coming into the galaxy that would cause Ghonllier and the Master Stones grief. When you finish book four, you will be left wondering how he’s going to rid the galaxy of the menace. How will he be able to protect the galaxy from the unseen forces of danger?
My creative ability is back, but I do not know for how long. It has become important to finish the series. Since Christmas 2011, I have finished book five of the series. Now, they have the book at the editor. It is hoped to be out in the fall.
While I was writing book five, something happened that I did not expect. Ghonllier and the Master Stones had to clean up some curses and promises that Sethus the first Master of the Galaxy made. The Master Stones would not allow Sethus to finish them during his reign. I wondered why? They insisted on Sethus’s progenitors to end it. The fifth installment of the series really caused me to want to know what happened between Bog and Sethus. How did this evil sorcerer curse his family? The Master Stones weren’t always preset in the Ellisarius galaxy. What caused them to appear in the galaxy at the time that they did?
So I’ve sketched out the story and I found that there is something very interesting there. I figured that some fans would want to learn the same things that I found out. We will be adding a sixth book to the series. Book six will end the series of Stones Quest. Thank you for falling in love with a story that I had no intention of publishing. I love it too and I appreciate your prayers and support during a rough four years.
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You are probably wondering why we are closing our the Stones’ Quest paperback books. I have an incurable breast cancer. In November of 2008, I was diagnosed with a dangerous Breast Cancer that moves quickly throughout your body. It went to my breast, liver and bones between my yearly mammograms. One year, you are fine. The next year you have stage four breast cancer that is throughout your body. So far, no one with my cancer has never gone into remission.
Chemo can cause you to have problems processing new information. It became hard to watch television or read a new book. I found that I couldn’t remember what I read the next day. Stones’ Quest was my salvation. It was easy to complete the series. In the process, I noticed my writing style had changed. This is common with authors. It takes a couple of books to find their style if they are new to writing.
Curious, I went back to my first books and saw that my style had really changed. Since I had the time, I went back and rewrote the first two books. Reading the rewritten books, I like them better than my first go around. In the process, the ending has a slight change. Nothing big, I just like it better.
With my cancer under control, I decided to publish the new versions. I’m bought them out in the hardback form. The paperback books are on sale for $10.00 while they last. On the cover of the hardback books, we have published the reviews from readers. We have decided to publish the reviews of readers because you are really more important than a professional reviewer. You can read the reviews from readers here.
If you like the new ending and the hardback book, you can thank breast cancer. We can always find a silver lining in all things. Click here to see the hardback book. Click here to see the close out books. Either way, you will receive an autographed copy as long as they last. The author will sign the hardback books too that you purchase directly from us.
Below the author explains why she wrote the Stones’ Quest Series:
Posted in: books by LaRene Ellis on October 16, 2010
Now Jasper was out in the meadow. He searched for rock that he used to cross the stream with. Shortly, Jasper found the place where the water meandered into a shallow pool. He stopped and tried to slow his ragged breathing as he searched for his favorite place to leap across the water. The stream was not very wide at this place, but it was deceptively deep. He made the jump and was caught by a blinding white light. The glow totally surrounded and blocked his view.
“Jasper!” came the voice again. “There is a white Stone at your feet. Do not step on it, but pick it up. It will protect you from our enemies.”
The light dissipated and he blinked a couple of times as a white Stone came into view. Without a thought, he picked it up and slipped it into his pocket. Then he heard the voice urge him forward towards the grove of trees. For some reason, he felt that he would be safe there. Danger was starting to fill his heart.
With no memory of the white Stone, Jasper ran into the trees. There, he stopped to catch his breath. Finding himself tired, Jasper leaned against a nearby tree, listening to his beloved grove.
There’s something different, thought Jasper as his breathing became regular.
In the past, the trees housed numerous birds that at times seemed too noisy. Today there was total silence. It was so quiet he could almost hear his heart beating.
After a few deep breaths, he felt drawn to the crash site. He wanted to see a spaceship for himself. Leaving the tree, Jasper heard a twig snap behind him. Whirling around, he found himself alone. Slowly, he resumed walking. Again, he heard leaves crunching underneath someone’s feet behind him. Before he whirled around to see what caused the noise, Jasper felt a hand cover his mouth. Then he felt someone’s body gently pressed him against a nearby tree.
Before he could comprehend what was happening, a cloak covered him, stopping him from seeing his surroundings. He struggled, but the person held him tightly against the tree.
There are some new changes to the Stones’ Quest Series listed below!
First: We are bringing out the series in hardback and e-book formats. So you will be able to read the book on any electronic device, including Kindle. (There is a reason to why I changed the first two books. If you want more information, click here.)
Second: The new hardback book and e-book has a different ending and the style of the writing changed. You can see the style change of the book on Smashwords.com. You can download the first 80 pages free.
Third change: Gathering Place Store is offering both the hardback book and e-book as a set for the price of $24.95. Order before Christmas and you’ll receive an autographed copy of the books.
Forth change: We are selling the paperback books of Stones’ Quest series for $10.00 a book until they last.
Fifth change: Book 4 – Stones’ Quest: The Master Emerges will be available in November of 2010! Order your advance order and you will receive an autographed copy.
AGES 10-17 – A young boy finds an all-powerful Stone. Is it good or evil? Ghonllier is the best commander in the I-Force fleet, fighting valiantly in the galactic civil war against the evil Suzair the Great and the KOGN forces. But when the commander’s ship rescuses a young boy from a KOGN attack, Ghonllier is unprepared for the consequences, and the powerful secret the boy carries in his pocket.
Order your advance copy of the first book now! Gathering Place Publishers Store. The e-books can even download to your cell-phone or any other electric reader. ISBN: 978-0-9828311-0-6 -
Copyright 2010 – Book 1- Stones’ Quest: In Search of Its Master - is still for ages 10-17. The printed hardback book published date is Dec. 15, 2010. You can advance order the hardback copy from Amazon and all of your favorite places to shop.
Book 2 – Stones’ Quest: The Battles Begin-
Order before Christmas and you will receive an autographed copy. You will be able to order e-book and hardcopy as a package.
Battling KOGN and hiding from I-Force, Ghonllier and his rene-gade crew continue their pursuit of the all-powerful Master Stones. Searching for a solution to reverse the curse destroying the galaxy, Ghonllier must confront his greatest fears foreseeing the untimely deaths of his closets friends and family. Meanwhile, Suzair the Great continues advancing his evil reign over and increasing number of systems in the galaxy. Can Ghonllier save the galaxy and present the deaths of those he loves? Or will he have to choose?
Stones’ Quest: The Battles Begin continues the take of the great quest of the Stones. Gaining more powers only adds to Ghonllier’s inner turmoil. Teeming with suspense, the story illustrates powerful battles between the forces of good and evil, and one man’s battles within himself.
All copies purchased from Gathering Place Publishers Store will be autographed copies. This book will be available in a package discount. Copies of the paperback version, we are selling for $10.00 while our inventory last.
Book 3 – Stones’ Quest: Redemption of the Curse
ISBN: 978-0-9754622-7-0 Hardback will be out first of 2011.
ISBN: 978-09828311-2-0 – E-book – Will be bring it out in first of the year.
All the Stones’ Quest series E-book and printed books will be sold at Gathering Place Store, Amazon and your favorite web store. Gathering Place Publisher will be selling this book in a package deal for a discount.
The Story continues, the curse is revealed. The balance of the galaxy is in the hands of the few. Will the revealed truth be enough, or will the overwhelming powers of the curse engulf the universe beyond the influence of the Master Stones?
The fate of all lies is in the hands of one. Will this unlikely soul choose to save it all or let everything be destroyed? The race for ultimate power…who will win?
All paperback are will be sold for $10.00 from Gathering Place Publisher as long as inventory lasts.
Book 4 – Stones’ Quest: The Master Emerges
ISBN: 978-0-9754622-8-7 – Hardback – Spring 2011.
ISBN” 978-0-9828311-3-7 – E-book – Spring 2010
Sign up for e-mail updates in the right column and we will inform you of the exact date for E-book. At Gathering Place Publishers, we are selling E-books and hard back books at a reduced price. When you purchase them together from us. Your copy will be autographed. It will be a great Christmas gift.
Book 5 – Stones’ Quest: A new Master Appears
ISBN: 978-0-4622-9-4 – Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9828311-4-4 – E-book
This will be available in the first part of 2011. Advance order from us in spring of 2011 and you will be first to receive your book.
Two figures ran from the camouflage gel to the nearest tree. The protective shield shimmered and wiggled from their exit. Staying close to the tree, they searched the sky. Seeing no birds flying, Ghonllier leaned up against the tree and started to hum while Dapper kept guard.
Someone joined the commander’s musical communication. Dapper tightened his grip on his blaster, keeping his attention on the Snacker Vines. He was taken aback to see how many of the plants were underneath their ship. Dapper wondered how many of them had tried to kill him.
Suddenly, the hums started to sound closer. They were hearing them coming from the ground and the sky. Knowing they had made contact, Ghonllier headed back to the ship with Dapper following him at a run.
They passed through the shield of gel as a large bird came swooping over their heads, landing inside the ship. They entered the ship with their blasters pointing at a large gray eagle. The bird studied the two men as a small yellow and white calico cat ran up the ramp. The cat entered and rubbed up against the bird as he nipped at her with his beak.
Looking at Ghonllier, the bird said, “Permission to change.”
“Granted,” answered the commander.
There was a slight shimmer, and suddenly, in place of the bird, stood a young man with white hair and dark green eyes. He wore old civilian clothes that were weather-beaten and frayed at the edges.
The cat did the same thing and turned into a slender young woman with blonde hair. Her clothes were very neat and precisely tailored. She daintily brushed herself off and then cocked her head towards Ghonllier. “Well, Commander?” she inquired in a sultry alto. “Shall we proceed with the formalities?”Ghonllier blocked the entrance into the ship with his blaster pointed at the spies.
“Son.” Justin held out his hand to help Ghonllier up. “I regret to say this, but you need to leave. It’s too dangerous for you to come home now.” Ghonllier accepted his hand and stood. “I cherish every moment that I have spent with you.”
The father and son hugged for what Ghonllier felt was for the last time. He felt something coming between Justin and himself and he wondered what it was.
When Ghonllier released him, Justin said, “I’m sorry there are so many negative memories for you here.”
Ghonllier hugged him again. When he pulled away, he looked into his father’s face and said, “Father, I wish she was here with me now.”
“I know. I miss her too.”
They started to walk towards the doors. Ghonllier asked, “How do I contact you now?”
“Through Dapper; we will use the ancient Eraphin language,” answered Justin.
“I’m going to miss our talks.”
Justin nodded. “With you going rogue, I could lose my job. I’m working on keeping my job, but if I can’t, Sohmer and the Senatorial Board will be forced to remove me. You’ll be on your own then.”
Ghonllier smiled and said, “Then you can join me on my ship.”
Justin grinned and responded, “I would like that.”
The new Master felt tears welling up, walking behind Justin. He forced himself to remain calm. They walked silently down the stairs. Halfway down, Justin stopped and leaned into Ghonllier. He whispered, “Son, that memory chip I gave you is the only copy of those coordinates. Do not lose it. Go there as soon as possible.”
“Why?” Ghonllier responded, whispering.
“Just go. Consider it my last order.” Ghonllier started to ask another question, but Justin stopped him. “It’s too classified to talk about it here,” his Father explained.
Justin dropped to the next step and Ghonllier stopped him. Looking back, Justin saw Ghonllier held up the chip. “I’m not going without more information.”
“Ghonllier, please don’t do this,” Justin pleaded.
“If I’m about to desert I-Force, I want to know what I’m walking into.”
Justin sighed. Walking back to Ghonllier, he leaned in to whisper in his ear. “Son, trust me. You’ll find a clue to your new crew.” He stepped away before Ghonllier could respond. “Well, I’m glad for your visit,” Justin announced loudly.
Dapper and Justin exchanged looks. Ghonllier knew his father was finished with the discussion. So he followed him out of respect.
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He lost their tracks shortly after finding them. So he circled back. This time, he landed on the path near the place where he saw their tracks disappear. Expecting to feel soil underneath his claws, Bert found himself disappearing beneath the ground.
Everything went dark as Bert found himself descending down into a tunnel. Confused, he tumbled down a dark hole numerous times before he landed on soft dirt. Dazed, Bert just lay there before he slowly picked himself up. I wonder how far I fell? he thought, looking upwards for some reference.
The place was dark and dank. He struggled to see, but his acute vision wasn’t allowing him to see his surroundings. If he changed into a man, he could use the field glasses to see. Staying a bird, he felt, was his only out. Above his head, he could smell fresh air. One last time, he tried again to contact Celia with no success. I need to get out of here and get back to our ship. Spreading his wings, he lifted off, flying up the tunnel. Luckily, it was just wide enough for his wingspan.
Following the scent of fresh air, he felt something brush by his wingtips. A root had extended itself out into the tunnel and somehow it grabbed hold of his right wing. Pulling away from it, pain shot throughout his body, causing him to cry out. It resonated in the darkness. His body went limp, and a falling sensation overtook his mind along with the pain. He tried to pull the wing into his body, but it wouldn’t respond. The pain took over, causing him to fall down the tunnel again. When he hit the bottom, he went into unconsciousness.
I know there are numerous Master’s between us But the Master Stones have shown you unto me. I know that you are a descendant of mine. I can see the fear in your heart to become the Master of the Galaxy. Do not be afraid of what the Stones are asking of you. For I see, you do not want to be the Master. This will be a grave mistake if you don’t accept the mantel.
The Master Stones have shown me your time and I’m writing this to you in hopes of helping you stop the curse that has been placed on our family. The war you are in isn’t your brother’s fault. It is mine or at least it is because with me. It hurts me to see my beloved galaxy being torn apart in your time.
I do not know if the Master Stones completely understand what caused your war. They could or would not tell me because it isn’t my place to stop it. I know it feels like a huge burden being placed on your shoulders. It is your job and destiny to stop the destruction of this galaxy.
From personal experience, I can tell you that your greatest weapon will be knowledge. Seek it and learn about my time so you can understand the origin of this curse.
To be the Master of the Stones, you need to completely free yourself of any negative feelings or thoughts. The Master Stones cannot work with a person who has negative issues. The Stones cannot function on negative thoughts. You can’t help but have them with all that I see in your days. But you will need to rid yourself of it.
The curse came from your great, great grandfather. He placed the curse on our family out of anger towards my wife and myself. He is her father. He is an evil sorcerer who has caused the people of my days a lot of grief. I know my wife’s father was upset about his powers being past on to half-breeds, as he called them.
Your sister is very gifted and she has great powers. Protect her. She is important to you and the Master Stones. Together, the two of you can stop the curse and rule the galaxy together. You will become the most powerful Masters of the Galaxy because you’re twins. You will be the first Master to have duel leadership and powers. Use them wisely and the two of you will go down in history as the greatest Masters of the Galaxy.
Let go of your fears and be the man. May you prevail is my wish. I hope this helps you. Your loving great, great, grandfather,
How does this end? Will the galaxy be destroyed if one man doesn’t understand his future? For ages 10 and up. Find out by purchasing an autographed copy from Gathering Place Publishers Store. Or you can purchase from Amazon by using the link in the right hand column. Have Fun! Enjoy Reading
Are you ready for a new adventure that consumes your full attention? Find yourself lost in a world between Avatar and Star Wars; a believable world where fantasy and reality are undistinguishable.
A world where people must beware of deadly vines enticing their victims by giving off a smell of baking bread and strawberry jam or chocolate and peppermint.
A world where spaceships pick up an entire city with just a beam of light.
A world where some people can move faster than the eye can see, blend in with a wall and disappear, control the weather, move objects with their minds, or see the future. Most folks are like you. Their technology rules but in a previous time sorcerers ruled the galaxy before their self destruction. Leaving behind, a time bomb that will destroy all human life in the galaxy. Will their off spring discover the powers in time to reverse the curse before the galaxy is destroyed?
A world where mystery, fantasy, reality, good vs. evil, and hope all combine to give birth to new ideas, new adventures that tug and pull at the reader’s sole; challenging the reader to view the purpose of life with a new perspective that is healing in a world of personal chaos and misery.
You can discover all of these adventures in the Stones’ Quest series. Begin the first installment, Stones’ Quest: In Search of its Master and enter a fantastic world where anything can happen. Ages 10 and up. It’s possible to receive an autographed copy. Amazon and Barnes & Noble carry it online. Have fun and keep reading!
For five years of my life, I had been a real estate agent and enjoyed it. Finally at the end of my fourth year, I decided to get my real estate brokers license. After, I received it. I made the choice to go out on my own. For me, it was the smartest thing, I ever did. What happened next made it possible for me to deal with the changes that were about to take place in my life.
It was November 2000 and for the first time in my career, I had sold my entire inventory. It was strange to have no buyers either. In my area, November and December are traditionally our slowest months in real estate. Ever though, I have written and presented offers on Christmas Eve. This year, it was going to be different. I was tired and grateful to take a break.
Five days into my vacation, I had the most bizarre event take place in my life that has permanently changed my life. I woke up discovering that I couldn’t speak. My voice was gone. When I tried to force a whisper, it caused my lungs to go into long coughing spells. If I laughed, the coughing spells would appear. It sounded and felt like I was coughing up my lungs.
The problem didn’t make it easy for me to go out into public. I wasn’t sick. The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with me. They just called it a virus assuring me that I would have to ride it out. Little did I know that it would take me ninety days for my voice to return and my lungs be able to take a deep breath again.
The winter was long and cold. We had little wind and storms in our area. When you live in the tops of mountains, you can easily get an inversion where the cold air is trapped to the floor of the valley. This happens when you have little wind or storms. Even if no one lives in the valley, it can happen. Our inversion spread from Provo, Utah to Pocatello, Idaho and it was thick.
I struggled to go outside and breath the air that winter. Never in my life had my lungs been a problem for me, so why was the winter of 2000 to 2001 different. My health problems trapped me inside a room in my home. I couldn’t be away from the humidifier or air purifiers without my lungs coughing to hard it could cause my bladder to have problems. They weren’t portable. So every morning, I picked a room and stayed there all day breathing fresh, moist air.
In November 2000, I did not have an email address and I don’t think I knew someone who did. Maybe, I did know someone. I just didn’t use them because I was terrified to write. I do know they weren’t as popular then as they are today. Either way, I had to write down my thoughts on a note pad if I wanted something. Remember, I told you earlier that I found writing emotionally painful and it terrified me.
This virus seemed to perfectly design to force me to face my fears. In the process, I discovered something very special regarding me. Those ninety days, I spent trapped in a room with a humidifier and air purifier has forever changed my life. It changed my career and how I view the world in away, I cannot ever go back…
This post is getting a little long. In my next post, I’ll tell you what happened, during those ninety days. My hope is it inspires you find something special about yourself. I’ll see you next time.