Featured Ebook : INZARED Queen of the Elephant Riders by L.Leander

Ebook : INZARED Queen of the Elephant Riders
Genre : YA /Contemporary Fiction/Historical Fiction
Author : L.Leander
Author Website : www.lleander.com 
Author Blog : http://lleander11.wordpress.com/
Author Facebook Page : http://facebook.com/lleanderbooks
Book Video Trailer: http://youtu.be/lQHtsFQGAP0
Amazon  Stores :  Kindle Edition
Reviews : Multiple 5stars  
Blurb :  Bertha Maude Anderson has no inkling of how famous she will become. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the year 1843.  She is sixteen years old, hates her name and the hill community she was born into and yearns to explore what lies beyond the small ramshackle farm she has grown up on.  

Often forgetting to do her chores and putting the old plow horse, Aggie, in danger by trying to do tricks on her instead of plowing, Bertha is often chastised by her Ma and called a “lollygagger.”  Close to her brother Ezra, but misunderstood by her parents, her world changes forever when an opportunity arises and she is enticed to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus.  Her name is changed to INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders and the young girl discovers her true calling while learning to live with the nomadic Gypsies.  

From the hatred shown by some of the performers to the love she finds along the way, Inzared finds herself immersed in the rich folklore and customs of the misconceived performers who make up the show.  Her one constant is Cecil, the elephant, and together they form a bond that no one can break while they learn to perform amazing tricks together, becoming the headline act for the circus.  

Inzared finds herself lured into the world of the Gypsies while clinging to her own roots and trying to break free of the chains that keep her from her destiny.  Inzared and Paytre, the elephant trainer, fall in love and plan for their future as the troupe wends its way through the pre-Civil War south.  Someone is trying to sabotage the Romanoff Brothers Circus and Cecil may be in danger. Together, the two lovers search for answers as to who may be the culprit.  Lileth, the trapeze artist, hates Inzared and is spiteful at every turn, thinking she has taken Paytre away from her.  Vadoma, the old Gypsy fortune-teller, teaches Inzared her craft, although she admonishes the girl to be wary, that danger lurks nearby.  

Mala, Inzared’s friend and part of the famous “Zelenka Bareback Riders” resolutely protects and stands by her and Shandor and Udo Romanoff, owners of the circus, reluctantly give her the sought-after position of elephant rider in the show.  Inzared learns Gypsy customs, and finds the people she has grown to love misjudged by her own kind, even as she tries to become one of the colorful tribe.  Finding life on the road no easier than on the farm, Inzared is ridden with guilt for running away and young woman wonders if she should go back to her family or continue on her unpredictable journey with the Gypsy Circus she has come to call home.    

Amazon Reviews (Click on the link)
An adventure for everyone July 5, 2012
By C Karpenko
star star star star star
Wow! This excites both the senses and the emotions. I became one with the circus and Inzared and love the historical detail. This story of a courageous young girl is an inspiration as well as an exciting ride though the many turns in her life. Buy a ticket. You won't regret it.

Beautifully crafted story July 2, 2012
By judylou
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Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders, is a beautifully crafted historical tale from the 1800s. Author L. Leander has done her research well, and the story of a young Appalachian girl who feels compelled to leave her family and run off to join the Gypsy Circus captured me from the first pages. The characterizations are strong, the dialogue rings true, and Leander has successfully captured an atmosphere of gypsy intrigue, romance and mystery. I love strong female characters and Inzared is that in spades. A great debut from a new author, you'll like this one.

Inzared Has Something For Everyone July 1, 2012
By Brian Beam
star star star star starAmazon Verified Purchase
Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders is a wonderful debut release from L. Leander. The story follows Bertha Maude Anderson, a girl who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the 1800s. She is unsure of her place in the world, feeling she wants more than her small town home in Appalachia. When a gypsy circus comes through her town, she falls in love with the lifestyle the gypsy troupe leads--as well as being intrigued by a young man named Paytre and his elephant, Cecil--and finds herself convinced to leave her home and family behind to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus as Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. The story is told from Inzared's point of view as she assimilates into they gypsy culture, finds love, uncovers a mystery that threatens the circus and the well-being of its performers and animals, and settles into her namesake as Queen of the Elephant Riders.

L.Leander has done an excellent job of accurately capturing the time period and the gypsy culture and you are truly pulled into the world of a travelling gypsy circus in the 1800s. The characters are very likable and realistic with dialogue that feels natural and fits the characters well. You really get to know the characters and connect with them. The story has a little bit of everything you could want in a book: romance, mystery, suspense, adventure, tragedy, and comedy. This is truly a book that can be enjoyed by just about anyone, no matter your typical genre preference.

This is L.Leander's debut novel, but from the quality of the writing, you would never guess it. Inzared is wonderfully written, plotted, and edited. Once I had started it, it was a challenge just to put it down. If this is only the beginning of what she has to offer, I can't wait to see what's next!

Great Read, June 28, 2012
By S Von hoffmann
star star star star star
This review is from: INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders (Kindle Edition)
This book grabbed me from the moment I picked it up. Wonderful story, beautifully written and grabs you right off the bat.

Awesome story!, June 28, 2012
By ps25
star star star star star
This review is from: INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders (Kindle Edition)
If you love historical fiction (as I do!) you will love this new book by L. Leander. Set in the 1800's, it tells the story of a young Appalachian girl who joins a gypsy circus. Adventure, Mystery, Intrigue, Romance, History.. this one has it all!



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