12/10: Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
The Nations of Nälu welcomes you to the western region of Nälu. Home to the elves, two of the dwarf clans, and the humans. Most likely you came by ship, so we will start with the beautiful land of Zurial…
12/11: My Love for Reading Keeps Growing – Guest Post
12/12: fundinmental – Guest Post
In the course of edits, Secrets Kept lost the opening chapter where we catch a glimpse of the Sacred Pearl. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share that scene with you all one of these days. But later in the story, we learn that the Sacred Pearl was kidnapped during the attack on Dagmar, the headquarters of the Guardians.
But what is so special about the Pearl?
12/13: Next Page Reviews – Review
This book is amazing! It’s a gorgeous fantasy with lots of action-packed scenes and spellbinding paranormal and fantasy elements. It’s a quick read (I need more!!) and is a definite page turner. It’s unique, original, and gorgeously written, perfectly for any lover of good, descriptive fantasy.
12/13: Giveaway Breaking News – Guest Post
The defeat of Lord Stygian released the people, breaking the hold of the Tainted One, but she vowed to return. Who would stop her then? Who should rule the nations? What will become of the giants? Can they be trusted? The questions gave way to chaos, but Karasi, one of the lost rulers of Zohar, long imprisoned by the Tainted One and Stygian, brought peace again and established the first Guardian Circle. They were charged with guiding and teaching of the nations, so that history would never repeat itself, and the nations would never have to endure another oppressive rule such as Lord Stygian’s again…
12/15: Colorimetry – Review of Desert Rose
“This is an intro to how JL Mbewe’s stories aren’t all peachy happy endings, necessarily, how she delivers an entire world, finished and beautiful, with minimal words. With one short story, she gained a fan-for-life with me. (I’m stubborn, too… you’re stuck with me now, JL!!) I love this book!!”
12/16: Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Guest Post
On the northern edge of the Prathae Plains lies an ancient forest. Wisps of a grey mist ooze between bent and wrinkled trees. Silvery cobwebs sway loosely among their twisting limbs like tattered curtains of the dead. A force lingers at the edge of the forest like the foul stench of a beast.
It breathes of dark magic and death…
12/17: Deal Sharing Aunt – Guest Post
Mystery surrounds the corrupted dagger of Raemoja, of course, those who created it, wouldn’t call it that.
Only the dwarves know how to “corrupt” a blade, strengthening it against things not of this world, but the dwarves did not make this dagger.
The dagger is a tool, and we cannot talk about the tool without learning about the one who crafted it…
12/19: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Guest Post
When Nälu was known as Talesri, there were only two dwarf clans. Klovan and Igazin, and they both spoke Tarôc…
During Stygian’s reign, the Klovan maintained a strong defense against the dwäza raids, but much of Stygian’s focus was on the Igazin…
[The Stozic’s] capital city, Ta’vazi, is built right into the side of the mountain much like the ancient city of Petra in Jordan…
12/20: Tressa’s Wishful Endings – Review
“I definitely found the title a perfect fit for the story. The MC, Ayianna, has had some secrets kept from her and then in turn must keep her own…
Overall, this was a good story. I really wanted to understand more about the prophecy and dagger and the role that Ayianna and her fellow companions will play, but I’ll have to wait until the next book to learn more.”
12/22: Mortal Moments – Guest Post
There are three distinct ethnic groups of elves in Nälu. The Esusamor, Saryhemor, and Wofsemor. They speak the common tongue of Nälu, their dialect of Zjótharyn, and most of the older generations are familiar with the ancient language of Táchil. Aside from the merfolk, they are the longest living beings in Nälu…
12/23: alwaysjoart – Guest Post
The feline shape-shifting race of Nälu: The Haruzo are split into two ethnic groups: The Plarzo in Bonzapur and the Rugazo in the mountainous region of Arashel…
Go to alwaysjoart to also listen to two songs representative of the music from Secrets Kept.
12/24: Mel’s Shelves – Review
If you enjoy fantasy, this is the beginning of a great series and I’m personally looking forward to reading the next book!
My Rating=5 Stars
12/26: Zerina Blossom – Guest Post
Across many watery miles and treacherous seas, is a land of mystery, great beauty, and wonder. Ragged mountains emerge from the depths and loom over lush, colorful gardens. Home to the glowing moonflower, healing waters, and dragons.
Here, you will find the Kaleki. The Sea-people. Otherwise known as the merfolk…
12/27: The Wonderings of One Person – Review
“Secrets Kept by J.L. Mbewe is a refreshingly brilliant and utterly sizzling beginning to an astounding epic adventure that emphasizes the innate desire in all of us to do what we fear the most – to truly live life to the fullest. I absolutely loved this story!”
12/29: Fictionally – Review
“I really liked the story, over all. I found it engaging enough that there were not many slow spots in it , which is good cause I read most of it in one weekend so I could have the review up by today.There’s also fantastical creatures galore!”
12/30: Dalene’s Book Reviews – Review
“I really had fun reading this book. The characters were well developed and the world building was pretty good.”
12/31: Grand Finale
by JL Mbewe
October 30th 2013 by AltWit Press
With a curse, she will build an army.
With the dagger, she will undo the last sacrifice.
But first the sorceress must find the secret keeper.
Torn from her homeland and thrust into a betrothal against her wishes, Ayianna learns her family has a deadly secret that now has her on the run. She joins forces with Kael, an embittered half-elf, and Saeed, an elderly High Guardian, to seek answers to her father’s death, the destruction of Dagmar, and the plains people’s bizarre behavior.
Ayianna discovers there is more at stake here than just her mother’s disappearance and her familial duty to her betrothed. The sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.
Tales of Nalu
A Tale of Nälu #1
First short story published March 2013
Set thirty some years before the opening scene of book one.
Can a desert princess find love with a foreign king?
Johari lives in the shadow of her beautiful sister until a foreign king notices her, but in her haste to prove herself worthy of affection she finds herself compromised and on a difficult journey to make things right.
A Tale of Nälu #2
What if all you knew had been a lie?
The teaching of the Guardians has guided Semine’s footsteps since her infancy. When her mentor shows up with information contrary to what she’s been taught, she doubts her decision to follow in their footsteps. She must decide if there is life beyond what she has always known or embrace a new, mysterious path and reject the Guardians’ legacy.
Available at Amazon. Coming soon to Barnes and Noble.
A Tale of Nälu #3
To what lengths would you go to the save the world?
Elothryn keeps the darkest secret of Nälu: The cursed dagger of Raemoja. A weapon powerful enough to release the greatest evil from the underworld. For generations, his family has lived without incident until now. The hunters have his scent and will stop at nothing to reclaim the dagger. Elothryn and his son flee, seeking help, but will they find it?
Available at Amazon. Coming soon to Barnes and Noble.
NOW AVAILABLE: Tales of Nälu (all three short stories in paperback) on Amazon!
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