Arc of Fantasy, The Twilight of the Gods, Dragon’s Rain, Frost Giants, social media links

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Portal to Gaming
“Welcome to Portal to Gaming, the largest company in the gaming and entertainment industries. Here, we pride ourselves on offering our clients and players once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We offer a wide range of options, from fame and fortune to epic, high fantasy adventures, and at prices anyone can afford. Whatever you wish for, we can make it happen so stop on by today and talk to one of our friendly staff members to see how we can serve you. We can turn your dreams into reality.”

For Fen Willows, his current dream is to not have such a boring life or a broken heart. On the heels of a break-up with his boyfriend, Fen takes to the virtual reality simulators of gaming giant, Portal to Gaming. There, he tries to forget his troubles and loneliness until a mysterious swordsman shows up and turns his life upside down. The lines between fantasy and reality start to blur for Fen, but there is more. Feelings of unease hound him after his encounter, sensations he can’t explain. Unsure of who he can really tell, Fen keeps his thoughts and emotions to himself.

Not all is as it seems, though, and the new twists in Fen’s life are the only hints of what’s to come. Greater powers are at work, and Fen is only one of several people in the heart of the conflict.

Book One in my Arc of Fantasy series. Available for $3.99
http://www.amazon.com/Portal-Gaming-Fantasy-Turning-Reality-ebook/dp/B00MQ68JNQ/ref=pd_sim_sbs_351_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0PB3TNGSSX8N2R9ZG01F&dpID=51YcrBepg1L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR100%2C160_
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/portal-to-gaming-elise-k-rasha/1120942910?ean=2940150257382
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575707

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The King and Queen of Wands

For the Gods of Asgard, their twilight is drawing near. Loki and his son Fenris have broken free of their bonds and will lead their Jotun enemies to them in one final glorious battle.

Only Loki never shows.

Disturbed by the Trickster’s lack of appearance, Odin and Thor set out to find out why.

Zeus is living the good life. His reign as the King of the Gods is flourishing. Warm weather, an abundance of food, a beautiful Goddess as his Queen – life is good.

Until Hermes announces there are trespassers in the sacred groves of Olympus, and they’ve stolen from the Gods. A man, a woman, and a wolf, and the two are not mortals. Curious and determined to bring them to justice for trespassing and thievery, Zeus goes after them with Artemis and Athena.

Loki is hungry.

For centuries, he’s lain bound to three rocks, a poisonous snake hanging over his head. For centuries, he’s watched his wife, devoted Sigyn, stand vigil over him, holding a small wooden bowl to catch the poison and keep the pain away. And she’s told him something that changes the course of his fate, something that’s more important than revenge on Asgard for slights and insults and the deaths of his sons. He and his small family have stumbled into a lush, green paradise but know their reprieve is destined to be short lived.

Worlds collide as the Norse and Greek finally meet.

Available for $2.99
http://www.amazon.com/King-Queen-Wands-Elise-Rasha-ebook/dp/B00PM9R6SS/ref=pd_sim_sbs_351_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1HEFYM3XWRSH1EE9FCX6&dpID=419Z-MyFNeL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR100%2C160_
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-king-and-queen-of-wands-elise-k-rasha/1120960202?ean=2940149969357
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/504507

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The Sons of Thor
They were supposed to be having the time of their lives on the biggest gaming adventure ever. After all, nineteen-year-olds Daniel and Wolfgang have just received the best news imaginable. They’ve been chosen to be among the only five players to participate in Portal to Gaming’s Arc of Fantasy pre-game launch, something they’ve wanted since the epic gaming adventure was announced.

Only something’s gone wrong. The twins are now stuck in their virtual reality where the situation has gone from fun and make-believe to very real, very quick, and dangerously so. The only way they can go home is to embark on the very real quest of facing King Lopt’s twin-headed fire wyvern, a creature no one has ever slain. The Salmorians, the alien race at war with Earth and her allies, chase after them, intent on killing them, and they’re not the only enemies hot on the twins’ trail.

Little do the twins know they’re undertaking a journey of great and dangerous significance, one that will change their lives forever or kill them in the process. The race to the fire wyvern is on!

Book 2 in the Arc of Fantasy series. Available for $3.99
http://www.amazon.com/The-Sons-Thor-Fantasy-Turning-ebook/dp/B012XDRNQA/ref=pd_sim_sbs_351_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1W9J8WSR3V4AC8S95T44&dpID=61xYl3N0TlL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR100%2C160_
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sons-of-thor-elise-k-rasha/1122600105?ean=2940150919105
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575757

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The Twilight of the Gods

For those who have purchased The King and Queen of Wands and wondered where the missing scenes went, this series is for you!

First in the series is Snow in Olympus, which will follow Loki and Freya as they honor the pact made between Odin and Zeus, two for two in a prisoner exchange.

Readers have lamented about the missing scenes from The King and Queen of Wands. I have read their words, and I’m pleased to announce I will be publishing The Twilight of the Gods along with Arc of Fantasy. The Twilight of the Gods will feature the missing scenes from the time Loki and Freya join the Olympians with Ares and Athena in Asgård and the chaotic consequences that follow.
Snow in Olympus is the first book slated for the series and follows Freya and Loki as they try to navigate the very different playing field of Olympus. In addition to facing the many enemies of the Olympians, the two must contend with the Olympians themselves. Freya has two warring brothers competing for her affections and the jealousy of Hera and Aphrodite
Not to mention what will happen when one puts Loki, Dionysus, and Hermes in the same room.
But the story is more than just fun and games. There’s unfinished Ragnarök business, something that will haunt Asård and Olympus as they seek to set up their treaties and learn how to deal with each other as deities.
Olympus and Asgård will never be the same again.

Snow in Olympus will be available for purchase in 2016 on Kindle, NOOK, and Smashwords.

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Frost Giants

I am pushing myself to get back to work on this amidst working on Snow in Olympus and Ravensrealm.

Frost Giants is a Loki-centric story set in the distant future, post-Ragnarok. No longer bound away, Loki is free to do as he wishes, but there are restrictions in place upon. It doesn’t help that all of Asgard continues to mistrust him and his wife Sigyn. When he uncovers a secret, he’s faced with the decision and the consequences for his decision.

The end of the world looms near, but will anyone be able to stop it?

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Dragon’s Rain

A non-Norse inspired story in what can be considerd a typical fantasy setting . . .

Only things are different. A battle has reached the heavens of the Goddess Iris and her Consort, Odin, and the aftermath has fallen to the earth, the powers infecting select individuals in the city of Fyre Bane. One is driven mad with power, whereas twin brothers Alexei and Micah are spooked enough to just want to escape, and the King and his family are forced into exile. Truths come to light in a harrowing adventure filled twists and surprises at every turn.

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Frost Giants and Dragon’s Rain will be available around either Yule 2016 or Yule 2017.

Social Media Links
https://www.facebook.com/archoffantasy?ref=hl (Arc of Fantasy page)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elise-K-Rasha-Author/144995235564573?ref=hl

https://www.facebook.com/elise.rasha

https://twitter.com/EliseRasha

https://www.facebook.com/Dragons-Rain-a-fantasy-novel-1483492708647689/?ref=hl (The Dragon’s Rain novel page)

https://www.facebook.com/Frost-Giants-1518945038416113/ (The Frost Giants novel page)

https://www.facebook.com/thetwilightofthegodsseries/ (Twilight of the Gods – fantasy series page)

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Talking about Portal to Gaming with people, The Twilight of the Gods, and Loving My Genre

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There is one thing I have learned over the course of the year, and that has been who I dare speak to about my publications. Each city, each person gives off a different vibe.

And I have talked to people about Portal to Gaming. Granted, it has not been a lot of people. Each situation is different naturally, but sometimes it’s a gamble either way.

So far, the dice have rolled in my favor. The handful of people have actually been very impressed to hear my first publication has a gay main character. I do reiterate that it isn’t a gay love story (because it’s not). I’ve even been told good for me on this so . . . I’m rather pleased by these results.

Now, mind you, I understand not everyone is going to be thrilled that my first novel has a gay main character. In fact, I do expect more than a few to be displeased and to turn away from the series. But this is also my vision. This is a world I can get behind, not just because of the wonder of what the future could hold and the different worlds we could see, but because it won’t be unusual to have gay people walking down the street without fear, to have people of color not be looked down up as though they’re nothing more than criminals, and for women to be totally kick-ass, the same way as men, and for men to be more . . . expressive with their feelings beyond displays of anger. I have loved the science-fiction and fantasy genre for as long as I can remember. I love it when the main characters are expressive, not just with things like joy and anger but with sadness and uncertainty. Do I get annoyed when a female character tends to carry things too far? Of course, I do. There comes a point where anger, sadness, frustration, and all of those other negative emotions need to just melt away, be the character male, female, or idenitfying as something else completely. If the character doesn’t do that, despite his or her status in the story, said character is ultimately weak, in my estimation.

But then it’s more than just the characters that draw me into the realm of science-fiction and fantasy. It’s the worlds created within that are just so magnificent. I love the visuals for games like Star Ocean and Final Fantasy. Sure, there are some things that will look similar to this mundane world we live in, but even those mundane things aren’t so mundane. They possess their own energies and spirits. It’s about traveling to worlds we can still only imagine. Even urban fantasy possess a type of magic and wonder that is just so . . . beautiful to me.

And that’s why I like to write science-fiction and fantasy. I can create these worlds and hope what I envision in my head translates well into the written word without it sounding so clunky and lumpy and lame.

I am an inspired soul.

Now, for a little bit about The Twilight of the Gods
From The King and Queen of Wands

“About Snow in Olympus:
Readers have lamented about the missing scenes from The King and Queen of Wands. I have read their words, and I’m pleased to announce I will be publishing The Twilight of the Gods along with Arc of Fantasy. The Twilight of the Gods will feature the missing scenes from the time Loki and Freya join the Olympians with Ares and Athena in Asgård and the chaotic consequences that follow.
Snow in Olympus is the first book slated for the series and follows Freya and Loki as they try to navigate the very different playing field of Olympus. In addition to facing the many enemies of the Olympians, the two must contend with the Olympians themselves. Freya has two warring brothers competing for her affections and the jealousy of Hera and Aphrodite
Not to mention what will happen when one puts Loki, Dionysus, and Hermes in the same room.
But the story is more than just fun and games. There’s unfinished Ragnarök business, something that will haunt Asård and Olympus as they seek to set up their treaties and learn how to deal with each other as deities.
Olympus and Asgård will never be the same again.”

There’s a bit of a snafu with this particular series right this moment, one that I need to resolve, but it should be fun all the same. The snafu itself has prompted a search into Greek Goddesses and brought about an interesting and potential conflict for Thor, our favorite dorky but lovable God of Thunder. I look forward to how this particular twist will play out, hopefully leaving a few things intact, or things I’ve already done will be meaningless and pointless.

One final note: I’m now more than just a little halfway to my goal for ISBN purchase. However, I have discovered the price went up by $45 since the last time I checked. Not to worry, though. It’s hardly a major deterrent. I still have over $100 to go, but, if things go the way I’m being told they will go for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, everything will be set, and my three published stories will be available as audio and paperbacks.

The future holds so many possibilities!

A horror and ghost story fan

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Yes, this admitted science-fiction and fantasy geek also loves horror movies and books – Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe are among my favorite authors. On the last day of school for my third grade year, I spent the night at my best friend’s house, and we watched Stephen King’s Children of the Corn (the one with Linda Hamilton). Her mom let us. We ate pizza from Pizza Hut and drank Pepsi, and we were going to throw the blankets over our heads whenever a scary part was going to take place.

We never did.

Fast foward to July 1987, and I’m wanting to watch Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror/thriller Aliens with Sigourney Weaver. When I was thirteen, it was a five movie horror flick marathon with both Phantasm movies and all three Poltergeist movies.

It wasn’t always this way, though. The first time I saw parts of the first Poltergeist movie, I was about five or six years old, and the tree eating the boy (trying to, anyway) scared the living daylights out of me. I started screaming, “Turn it off, turn it off”, and my mom forced my dad to change it to football because of how terrified I was. To this day, I sleep with my head by the window. ^_^

Otherwise, I love horror flicks as much as I do sci-fi and fantasy flicks. But I’m also very discerning. I don’t watch just any horror films or read just any horror stories. I don’t watch gratuitous slasher movies. Films that depict killing for the sake of “candy” are just not my thing. (I’m looking at you, Aliens vs. Predators 1 and 2 and Ogre from SyFy.) I don’t go for the films where the “bad guy’s” sole purpose is just kill for no reason and be indiscriminate about it. It’s boring, and, in some cases, pretty unbelievable.

Like with SyFy’s Ogre – the village offers up a sacrifice to keep the Ogre from killing everyone. It’s all part of a pact with the Ogre, who slumbers for so many years/decades/centuries . . . I’m not sure how long. However, from the one scene I caught, the Ogre doesn’t even eat the villagers, just . . .  rips them limb from limb and leaves their bodies on the ground. Come on now. If the sacrifices are not for food, why does the Ogre need it in the first place? Yeah, the villagers are immortal, but they’re isolated. It takes a group of people from the modern era to even get the villagers to stand up to the Ogre and defeat it. The concept behind the Ogre just killing for the fun/rage of it after awakening from a lengthy slumber just makes no sense to my mind. Of course, the one scene I witnessed, maybe the Ogre was just POed at the village’s top sorcerer. I don’t know.

To me, that’s just poor writing.

Other stories, I can definitely get behind. I love it when a horror story is as engaging as a science-fiction/fantasy piece or when both genres are combined. Aliens is one of my favorite films along with Event Horizon. I like the movies that will screw with your head as you’re watching them, like The Grudge or The Ring or even Stephen King’s The Mist. The Fog (remake) was fun and interesting, too.

And most horror movies don’t generally stick with me. I don’t lose sleep over them or visualize myself living in the moment of the story itself. The writer has to be very gifted in order for a horror movie to actually haunt me (looking at you, King!) and truly submerse me into the terror of the moment.

I also love a good ghost story, the kind that can give you chills as you’re watching it. White Noise was spectacular in that sense and got, in my opinion, a good portion of how EVP works correct. Paranormal Activity, yeah, I did like that, but I admit to yelling at the one guy for being an idiot. I know a thing or two about ouija boards as well.

I’ve been this way since a child. I love a good ghost story.

Update on the informal meet-and-greet: I am cancelling the date in favor of another time and place. I have spoken to a store manager at Barnes and Noble, but because I have nothing in print, it’s a no go. And Fridays in a restaurant are just going to be too busy. This isn’t to say this won’t happen; it will; but the holiday season is coming up, places are going to be packed, and not very many are going to want me to eat up a portion of space for five hours in the evening. Plus, much to my chagrin, I haven’t planned this as well as I could have. In the meantime, I’ll continue to promote my stories on social media and to work on Ravensrealm.

Until the next time!