Guardians of the Light

Seventeen year old Emerin Gareth has always known that there is something unusual about her. Constantly plagued by headaches that compel her to wander away from home and into the surrounding mountains, Emerin is always a source of concern to her parents and her future husband. She knows that she will never be able to live the life that's expected of her in her small farming community.

But a chance meeting, with a strange creature in need of help, changes Emerin’s life forever, leading her to question everything she’s ever known. She finally understands just how very different she is and how different the world is from the sheltered life she has always known.

On the other side of the Riverlands lies Nebril City, a sprawling metropolis that is taking over the lands that surround it. But this growing city has a dark secret which threatens the security of everyone around it, and only a select few are able to right the wrongs that have been committed. And, at the height of the summer, the weather keeps mysteriously getting colder.

Now Emerin and her best friend Jalya, two naïve farm girls, must leave home for the first time and embark on an epic journey over dangerous terrain. The world outside of their village is full of fantastic creatures, diverse communities, unexpected friends and unimaginable horrors--horrors which they have the power to stop, if only they can follow through with the quest that they have been given. They must restore balance to the spirit world of their land in order to save the physical world in which they live. To complete their mission, Jalya must find her missing brother and Emerin must find a part of herself that she never knew existed.

Map of the Nebril Riverlands

The map for my book series shows the lands in which the adventure takes place. Being the technological simpleton that I am, I opted for drawing it on paper, then photographing and photoshopping it. Though, even that proved to be a long and tedious procedure. I think it turned out pretty well; however, I always feel like the trees of the woodlands look like a herd of sheep. So I asked my 6 year old daughter what she though they were and she said. "They're sheep!" When I told her no, that they were actually trees, she looked at me like I was crazy. Oh well. I guess people will just have to think that there are a lot of sheep living in the riverlands.