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Story Behind A Promise in Ash

This is a post I wrote for one of my book tours. You can view the original here: The Story Behind the Book. The Story Behind A Promise in Ash by Elysia Strife A Promise in Ash is a self-published blend of dark contemporary romance, suspense, and women’s fiction. My inspiration for this book stemmed […]

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Reblog: Author Interview at Sybrina’s Book Blog

You can view the original post here: https://sybrina-publishing.blogspot.com/2020/01/pump-up-your-book-blog-tour-stellar.html Can you tell us a few things about yourself? I’d love to! I’m a self-published author of (currently) four novels. I’m not stopping there! But I actually prefer to be outside, rain or shine. I enjoy bodybuilding, snowboarding, hiking, four-wheeling, camping, gardening, and working on cars. I’m […]

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Published! A Promise in Ash (Romantic Suspense)

Launch Day! Get it on Amazon! Happy Valentine’s Day 2020! This is my first romance book with a steamy scene in all the detail. I’d love to know what you think! Synopsis: A contemporary romance with elements of suspense and women’s fiction alike, featuring: miscarriage, hot co-workers, cybersecurity threats, and the struggle of defining family. […]

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Reblog: 5 Things You Should Know About Stellar Fusion

This post was originally featured on Literarily Speaking. You can view it here: http://literarilyspeaking.blogspot.com/2020/01/5-things-you-should-know-about-stellar.html Stellar Fusion is a blend of science and magic with cyberpunk, apocalyptic and alien elements. It features a military organization that protects all people of Earth, post the Three Hundred Year War. There are no countries, only topographical zones. It follows […]

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Reblog: Interview with The Writers Life eMagazine

I had a great time and am grateful for being included in their ezine! You can find the original interview here: https://thewriterslife.blogspot.com/2019/12/stellar-fusion-author-q-with-el-strife.html Today’s guest is scifi fantasy author E.L. Strife. Her new book is Stellar Fusion (Infinite )Spark Book 1 and she is on a virtual book tour this month with Pump Up Your Book! […]

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STELLAR FUSION

Originally posted on Sefina Hawke's Books:
Inside the Book Title: STELLAR FUSIONAuthor: E.L. StrifePublisher: IndependentPages: 330Genre: Scifi/Fantasy This isn’t the first invasion. This time, they’re taking everything… and everyone. Earth, still patching itself together from the 300 Years War, is severely unprepared and outnumbered when the invasion hits. Their only hope is a small…

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Stellar Fusion’s Tour Stops in January

Stellar Fusion’s tour page is up! Nineteen stops! View the tour page here! I can’t believe the outpouring of love from these wonderful people! (THANK YOU!!!) Stops (copied from PUYB) are listed below! I hope you’ll check them out! I’ll be there! A special gift to my most loyal fans: If you reblog, tweet, or […]

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Pre-order: A Promise in Ash

A Promise in Ash is Available for Pre-order on Amazon! Publishes Valentine’s Day: $0.99 Pre-order Price  (eBook price will jump to $1.99 after publication.) A romantic-suspense novel featuring: miscarriage, hot co-workers, cybersecurity threats, and the struggle of defining family. With only an abusive mother-figure to guide her, Norah has learned everything the hard way. An […]

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Stellar Fusion is Getting Pumped!

I’m so excited to say this: Stellar Fusion is going to be featured on Pump up Your Book for the entire month of January! Whoo! I’ll keep you updated on all the tour stops along the way! There are eighteen blog stops with a variety of content from book reviews to character interviews. I’ve written […]

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Book Delay

After three moves since May, and one final one beginning this week (4 states away), all of my deadlines have had to be pushed back. I hate saying that. But as a self-publisher who does everything from writing and editing to cover design and formatting, sometimes I struggle to keep up with all the other […]

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Requiem Gets 5 Stars!

I am proud to say, Requiem just received three, 5 star reviews from Reader’s Favorite! I’m stoked! Requiem now gets to sport the silver badge of honor also bestowed upon Stellar Fusion! “…A powerful, high-concept sci-fi series. Intense and driven from start to end, this is a rocketing narrative through (the) space-age, alien and humanoid […]

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Infinite Spark Series Update

Books 1, Stellar Fusion, and 2, Requiem, of the series are published to Amazon. You can check out my Amazon author page, with currently published works here: E. L. Strife. Book 3, Shadows of the Son is in final edits right now, planning to have Advanced Review Copies up in the next month or so […]

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Book Review: Shattered Glass by Skip Schmidt

Five Stars An extraordinary blend of historical and science fiction… Schmidt’s work delves into past and present day Germany with vivid descriptions and deeply woven political plots. Shattered Glass is full of unexpected twists and suspense that will keep you turning every page. Anyone that enjoys time travel and mysteries, will find this entertaining. A […]

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Cover Preview: Redshift

As I’m finishing up book three of the Infinite Spark Series: Shadows of the Son, and preparing it for final edits, I thought I’d show off the next book, Redshift. It is under construction with plans to be ready this winter. “We cannot continue to defend your planet retroactively. We must take the fight to them. […]

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Book Review: The Teleporter By Lee Hall

Book Review: The Teleporter By Lee Hall (4 Stars) A humorously crass story of a drunkard turned superhero. Hall has created a realistic world in which corporations hold the power and the common man has little control over his own life, until fate elects a portion and hands it over in the form of teleportation […]

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Book Review: Asrian Skies By Anne Wheeler

Book Review: Asrian Skies By Anne Wheeler (4 stars) (Shadows of War Book 1) If you like clean, character-driven, female protagonist Sci-Fi, you will enjoy this! Wheeler has done an amazing job throwing in twists and betrayals like no other. She is a master of interrogation sessions and politics. A perfect blend of easy-to-read sentences […]

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Book Review: Imprint By Nicholas Adams

Imprint By Nicholas Adams (5 stars) If you liked Ex Machina, you will like this. Overview: (spoiler alert) Imprint follows Malcolm as he tries to find a solution for a debilitating and life-threatening side-effect of the synthetic organs he designed. His wife is the last remaining test subject in a world that destroyed itself thinking […]

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Upcoming Novels 2019

I’m a fan of book series, especially when the characters are close to my heart, wield blades like their own fingers, and can torch a planet with a single, negative thought. That said, I’m completing the Embers on Ice trilogy, publishing book 3 of Infinite Spark, and starting two new series. One is centered around […]

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Universal War Novels

This is my largest undertaking as a writer. I don’t know if other authors do this, but I want you to know how big this plan is. Three series will complete the Universal War Novels. Yes, I am writing them out of order, in a manner, as I’m starting with the Infinite Spark cluster. I […]

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Book Review: Deep Cosmos

Book Review: Deep Cosmos by Project Kyle Available on Amazon November 10, 2018 Deep Cosmos follows two main characters, Sophia and Nerd, as they struggle to escape the grasp of Dr. Crimson, Experiment 1, and the lasting effects of the inhumane experiments conducted at Cosmic 5. Nerd has a secret past, buried in betrayal, something […]

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Big Changes to E. L. Strife

I’ve temporarily pulled all of my books down. They are no longer available for purchase. Why? Because I can, must… for my readers. All six of you. I want to improve the quality of my work, utilizing new knowledge and experience. Self-publishing isn’t easy. I’ve learned so much in the last few years that when […]

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Review: Rise and Run by R. J. Plant

Rise and Run by R.J. Plant Delightfully engaging and humorous, packed with action… Plant describes the post-apocalyptic world in such vivid detail, you’ll feel like you’re the third consciousness. Rise and Run follows Felix and Conor on their journey to uncovering their past as they struggle within themselves for dominance while simultaneously fighting for their […]

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Kicking Covers

I’ve been on this artistic “purge,” we’ll call it, as of late. I’m finding my hardest work in the past just isn’t up to par with what I envisioned. As my graphic design skills improve, however at a snails pace, I still look behind me and see where I’ve been isn’t as… exciting. 

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Liebster Nomination

Until my good friend, Lenn, got nominated, I had no idea what Liebster 2018 Nomination was. She is an amazing woman, fantastic blogger, and a creative fiction writer whose books I anxiously await publication of. If I were to return the nomination it would be her! She supports others, is always optimistic, and has goats! […]

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Remember Self-care

While the baseline is for my author friends, this applies to everyone. In the realm of work sometimes we forget about ourselves, too consumed with demands of bosses or projects. We must be vigilant in our personal health regimen if we are to remain productive tools of our professions, no matter what they are. We […]

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Infinite Spark Book 3: Penumbra

Finally settled on a cover for the third book of the Infinite Spark Series! Penumbra is well on it’s way to completion and I can’t wait! It’s a two part book. I won’t give away any spoilers except that the second half is all space battle! This series is a dream come true… literally. I […]

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5 Stars: Stellar Fusion

I thought for sure, when I asked for a review, I’d get the “your book isn’t good enough to post a review” response. If I didn’t get four stars, Stellar Fusion wouldn’t post. When I got the message my review was complete I literally fell over laughing in disbelief. 

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Cohen: The Colors of Courage

I would love feedback since I do all my covers myself (with stock photos of course).  I’ve been editing this handsome guy for a while. It’s my first time writing a book solely from the male perspective, but I think it’s working out. It’s been an interesting challenge for sure. But after some time, I […]

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Embers is up for Presale

Officially up for Pre-sale! Free from Smashwords and $0.99 at most other retailers to include Amazon! It’s my Valentine’s gift to you! She will be Published on March 1, 2018 and the price will then go back up to $2.99, so order her cheap while you can! Orion knows the dire consequences of pushing the […]

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Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Kids already love this little book. I’ve even been asked to read it to students back home. If you need a stocking stuffer or just a cute holiday read for young kids, A Wet Nose Christmas on Amazonis perfect. It’s paperback and fits inside a stocking, and at $6.99 costs less than the other kids’ […]

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Wildfire Finally Has a Cover

Wildfire, book 2 in my Embers on Ice series, is in progress. I guess I just can’t stop thinking about Christmas. 🙂 Here’s a hint: As Matt and Orion’s love grows, so does the trouble brewing in their little town. With the summer fire season quickly approaching and Matt headed back to the city on […]

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Cover Circus

Spent many long hours searching for images and finally settled on this for Zedger. She’s done and waiting in the growing lineup for edits. A Scifi/cyberpunk novel, Zedger starts off the Lucid Genesis series following a young female Commander and the army she didn’t know she had under her control. For more info check out […]

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New Cover: Lost Souls

I’ve been on a Shutterstock kick. Thought I’d show you what I did this morning. So many wonderful, talented artists out there… I wish I could create art like you. But, hey, you need customers too! 🙂 Lost Souls is the second book in the Infinite Spark Series, following Stellar Fusion, my first self-published novel. […]

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United by Differences

We don’t all have to agree to achieve unity. Balance is the way of most spiritual guides and a basic scientific principle (equilibrium). This means we must have two or more opposing things that ‘reach a common understanding.’ Without sides, without different perspectives, we cannot see the entire picture (of our situations) to make the […]

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The Fate of Earth

In our hands sits the future, home, our planet. Following our self-deconstruction, an apocalypse of conflicting opinions that sets us off through three hundred years of unrest, Stellar Fusion arrives. It is my call to you, as soldiers of peace, and civilians for change, however fantastical, (a fun twist). The Shepherds, our guiding soldiers, are […]

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Master List of Colors

Though it’s often not the most important part, the right color can invigorate any description. I made these lists for myself, to help me pick color names that were exactly what I was searching for. Depending on the content, you might consider selecting recognizable names within a specific category to supplement your theme. 

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Achieving Acceptance of Equilibrium

The search for progress is hard-wired into us humans. But to be truly at peace, we must see what we have now, and sometimes that takes practice. It sounds like a lesson in being grateful, but it isn’t. It’s about being realistic about your expectations. They lead us so often down a dark path, overly […]

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Home Inspired: Lumberjack Mack

If you’ve ever had a live Christmas tree, or lived in a stick-built (wood-framed) house, built a deck, or steps, or anything with 2x4s, ‘Mack’ was your man. This upcoming children’s book, Lumberjack Mack, is about the courage and love of a logger to do a dangerous job for the family he loves. It honors several who have […]

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Creative Mistakes and Discovery

I was working in Photoshop on a new cover design and made a mistake, easily fixed with ctrl+z. I’ve been distracted, worried about my first book. And when I refocused, I realized my mistake had just taught me a quick way to make simple planets! I love moments like that, where “oh no!” turns into, […]

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The Spark

There is nothing more liberating than taking your own path and knowing no one can tear you down or derail your plans unless you let them. Because you’re the boss. If you don’t allow them investment in your life, their words have no clout, and their scoffing remarks become a mere whisper of wind in […]

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Our Purpose

Like many, I have struggled with discovering my purpose in life, what I can give this world, and what I will find in it for myself. I discovered a simple, generic answer: Humans have a unique gift, and every single person is capable.

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Exercise Basics

Disclosure Anyone can exercise. Everyone should exercise. Do it for yourself, for your life. We only get one. It doesn’t matter if you do five minutes on a bike at home or body-build for hours straight at the gym. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.

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