Thanks for hosting me today, Ellie! This has been a wonderful blog tour, and it’s great to have the support I’ve gotten over the past few days in promoting my debut fantasy novel, Spell of Entrapment. When I set out writing the novel, I spent countless hours alone at my keyboard, trying to get the right words down on the screen. To the casual observer, it seemed like a lonesome activity.
I will not contest that the act of writing is one-sided. To apply words to the page, you have only yourself involved in the act, at least when it comes to the rough draft. As you go along with revisions and final drafts, you’ll certainly seek out others to help you out. An editor or a beta reader can go a long way to helping you out, even in the self-publishing journey.
But writers are not the only ones who take a seemingly lonely journey. Our characters also go through such plights. Take for example the protagonist in Spell of Entrapment, Embekah Mare. She’s spent twenty years in exile, her social life completely obliterated, just to avoid capture for a crime no greater than affiliating herself with a thieves’ guild that’s now defunct. The only companion she has at the novel’s onset is her pet toad, Halscrad.
Yet Embekah doesn’t let her lack of friends keep her from living her life as near close to fulfilling as it can get under the circumstances. And sometimes the business of the day forces her to go to town, too. At least, until a certain spell is cast…
Bio: Jeffrey Beesler was born on May 2nd, 1978. In addition to self-publishing his debut novel, Spell of Entrapment, he has had a short fantasy story published in Abandoned Towers #4, The Broken Pipes of Drei City. He is a graduate of the LongRidge Writers Group correspondence course, Breaking into Print. His book can be purchased here:
When a knight, Sir Patrew of Trava, infiltrates sorceress Embekah Mare’s home, a magical backlash renders her unconscious. She awakens to discover a spell of entrapment binding them both inside the manor’s walls. Now forced to live with him after twenty years of solitude and exile, she must navigate her way through alternating feelings of distrust and attraction.
As the weeks pass with no end in sight of the hex, a shape-shifting spirit arrives inside the magical barrier’s walls to target Embekah specifically. When she seeks out Patrew’s help against this new threat, she uncovers a secret in his past that could very well destroy her future. With the help of her trusty toad Halscrad, Embekah must see through the deceit and find something long lost to her.
But not everything is as it seems. With lies all around her, Embekah finds the truth to be more elusive than the freedom right outside her manor. Can she survive long enough to figure out what’s real and what isn’t?
Thank you Jeffrey. That was a fascinating insight into your writing journey and self-publication. Don't forget to check out the rest of his blog tour.