Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ The Elvenrude Trilogy by Amy Shields

Please welcome Amy Shields author of the Elvenrude Trilogy.

Ally Shields will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Elvenrude Trilogy

by Ally Shields


GENRE: Paranormal romance (sweet/sensual)/urban fantasy



X1. What or who inspired you to start writing? As a child, I read all of Walter Farley’s horse books, beginning with The Black Stallion. When I ran out of books to read, I wrote my own at the age of nine. It was the story of a wild palomino named Golden King. Luckily that manuscript didn’t survive, but it established my early interested in writing. My desire to publish a book was inspired by an instructor in a creative writing course, taken as adult education many years later.
X2. How did you come up with ideas for your books? 
My characters come first, then their personalities dictate the kind of things they say and do and what type of obstacles they might face. In the Elvenrude Trilogy, Kameo arrived in my head and told me all about her pastoral elven home. It was clear I’d have to invent a magic portal to get her to the contemporary human world. New Orleans seemed the perfect place for such a portal
What expertise did you bring to your writing? All of my books have a mystery framework, and the investigative procedures and techniques are based on my law background, especially several years on a joint investigative team working criminal child abuse and death cases.
X4. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

From the Elvenrude Trilogy, it would be Kam’s sister Esty, but just for a day. She has an irrepressible personality and runs headlong into whatever whim crosses her mind. But I couldn’t take all that exuberance for long, so her older sister Kam, a stronger, adventurous but level-headed character, would make an excellent long-term choice, especially since she has the hunky Seth for a boyfriend. 🙂
X5. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?


I tried three or four critique groups prior to publishing my first book. One was helpful but disbanded; the others were too diverse in interests. Groups are very time-consuming, a luxury I haven’t had on my current publishing schedule. Instead, I exchange manuscripts and brainstorm with another writer/critique partner, Kath Boyd Marsh. She even helped with the final proofreading of Cross Keys. I use beta readers, mostly for plot feedback, but one of them gave me the name of Rhyden for Seth’s brother.


X6. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing) Best advice: Know your characters. This is especially true for someone like me who starts with a character and develops the story from there. I wrote entire biographies for Kam and Seth before starting the Elvenrude Trilogy.

Worse advice: Don’t worry about marketing; just write the next book. You have to do both. Your great American novel will never be recognized if no one can find it. Whether you’re traditionally published, self-published, or something in between, much of the marketing effort will be up to do.
X7. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I’m mostly a pantser, because I’m too impatient to outline. Once I have an idea, I want to run with it. My very first book, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) was written completely without an outline. It took two years of rewrites to fix all the plot holes and inconsistencies. Since then I’ve started with a partial outline in mind, including how the book is likely to end, and it’s made life so much easier!
X8. Do you have an all time favorite book?

I have dozens of them! In the fantasy genre, the ones that stand out are Tolkien’s Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, Laurell K Hamilton’s Guilty Pleasures, Anita Blake #1, and Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking (Hollows #1). I’ve reread all of them more than once.
X9. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

The Maggie York Paranormal Mystery series is the next project. Ghost Walking is book one (which should be released by the time you read this), and I’m currently writing book two under the working title of Ghost Witching. Maggie York is a homicide cop in New Orleans who comes back from a near-death experience with the ability to see the ghosts of murder victims.
X10. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

It’s harder than you think. Not only do you have to make sure all the names, descriptions and places are consistent, but you must know the thousands of small things they said and did in each book. The longer a series continues, the harder it is to keep everything straight. I’ve learned to do a story arc for the series and to keep character and event cards to jog my memory.


Even if you keep good notes, small things can still pop up. While writing Cross Keys: Unity (book 3), an important minor character appeared with a name so similar to a previous minor character (named in book 2) that I knew readers would be confused. Since I couldn’t relate to the new character by any other name, I changed the first character’s name and had to work in a plausible explanation for the change!

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Cross Keys (Elvenrude Book 1)


When a common elf—forbidden portal travel to the human world—is spotted in New Orleans, Kameo Ryndel is ordered by the king to bring him home. Before she can intervene, he’s shot and his body inexplicably stolen. Even more puzzling is Seth Lormarc’s appearance at the scene. Although he’s an Elite elf from a rival guild and the sexy, arrogant heir to the centuries-old feud between their families, she’d reluctant to believe he’s a murderer.


As their paths continue to cross and a deadly plot unfolds, they struggle to set aside the past, deny the growing attraction between them, and root out a conspiracy hidden deep inside Elvenrude…a conspiracy threatening their entire way of life.



Cross Keys: Revelation (Elvenrude Book 2)


Kam and Seth’s romance hasn’t been smooth over the past six months. She’s been on too many CIA missions; he’s had to shoulder more of his clan’s duties. Then invisible assailants attack an elven guild worker, and Kam and Seth pull together to track down the intruders. The CIA interrupts again, and she and Seth part on angry words.


Returning from the short CIA mission, Kam is kidnapped by the mysterious intruders and taken to a place she never knew existed—beyond the Louisiana bayou. When she learns a terrible secret and the intruders’ deadly plans, she’s desperate to get home and warn Seth.


He’s searching day and night, not sure whether she’s dead or alive…but knowing he has to have her back.



Cross Keys: Unity (Elvenrude Book 3)


Despite unrest in their Elven homeland, Kam and Seth have scheduled their long-awaited promise ceremony for the night of the Winter Solstice. But once again fate intervenes in the form of an elf captured by human authorities, an escalation of the local rebellion, and a widespread theft of ancient human artifacts that forces the Elven king to break an oath thousands of years old.


When a spirit woman predicts a world-ending catastrophe, Kam and Seth set out on a worldwide hunt to stop an old enemy, while back in Elvenrude, Rhyden (Seth’s cousin) and Esty (Kam’s sister) have issues of their own. If any of them fail, there may be nothing left…and tomorrow might not come.




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Excerpt One from Cross Keys (Elvenrude Book 1):


Caleb nodded absently at the departing couple, then returned his gaze to Kam. “I’m serious. It’s time you became more involved with trade matters. In fact,” he paused, “you have several decisions you should be making. When are you coming home?”


“I’m here now.” She clamped down on a spark of anger. Why did every conversation with him lead into demands about the future?


“You know that isn’t what I meant.”


She stiffened. “It’s too soon for any long-term decisions. I like where we are now.” A storm was gathering in his eyes, and she took steps to head off a fight. The King’s Harvest Ball was hardly the time or place. She tilted her head and looked at him. “Are you about ready to leave?” A diversion was in order before she lost her temper and said something she’d regret. “I have to be back in the city by early morning, and I can think of better things we could be doing.”

“More than ready.” His smile held a provocative edge. “Shall we start our round of goodbyes?”


“I’m going to visit the ladies’ room, then I’ll catch up with you.” She ducked her head and hurried away, anxious to get out of sight before he realized just how annoyed she was. She shoved the door open into the hallway a little harder than was necessary and ran into a solid body. She stumbled, throwing out her arms for balance.


“Oh, I’m so sor—” Strong hands caught her, and she looked up into Seth Lormarc’s glittering green eyes. “You!”

His eyes widened in surprise. “Do I know you?”


A spark of unexpected awareness ran up her arms, and she tried to shake off his grasp. He held tight until she was steady. “No, but I know who you are.” She looked pointedly at his hands. “Take your hands off me.”


“No problem.” He released her and stepped back, a smile parting his lips. “Are you always so charming?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Ally Shields grew up in the Midwest along the Mississippi River, still considers herself “a river rat,” and currently resides near Des Moines. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time fiction writing in 2009. Her first urban fantasy, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) was published in 2012, and she currently has ten published novels. She loves to travel in the US and abroad and incorporates many of those settings into her books. Ms. Shields welcomes reader contact through her website and can frequently be found on Twitter.


Web links:






Amazon Author Page:





Cross Keys (Elvenrude Book 1):





Etopia Press:

All Romance Ebooks:



Cross Keys #1 Official Trailer:


Cross Keys: Revelation (Book 2):







Etopia Press:


Cross Keys: Revelation book trailer:


Cross Keys: Unity (Elvenrude Book 3):









Cross Keys: Unity book trailer:






Ally Shields will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


11 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Elvenrude Trilogy by Amy Shields

  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Ally Shields
    May 4, 2016

    Thanks for letting me visit today. It was a fun interview. Good questions! 🙂

  3. achristay
    May 4, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. James Robert
    May 4, 2016

    Stopping by to say hello and also thanking you for the giveaway

  5. Victoria
    May 4, 2016

    Great post – I’m looking forward to checking out the entire series. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Danielle Corrow
    May 4, 2016

    Thanks for sharing the great excerpt

  7. lilallykitten
    May 4, 2016

    I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and the interview. This book trilogy sounds like very interesting and intriguing reads. Looking forward to checking out these books.

  8. Becky
    May 5, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this giveaway.

  9. lilallykitten
    May 5, 2016

    Where is your favorite place to read?

  10. lilallykitten
    May 9, 2016

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  11. Ally Shields
    May 18, 2016

    Thanks for entering. I’m afraid the system has been ignoring my replies, but I appreciate everyone who has entered!

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