Friday, July 14, 2017

In the Spotlight...Elizabeth Russell


Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Russell and her new release, Halfbreeds. Available from your favorite ebook retailer.


Blurb: In a village wrapped about with strange monsters and superstition, a new kind of child is born. Half-man half-monster, the villagers fear their own children and, turning against them, burn them at the stake. But a small band of resilient Halfbreeds escape their executioners and take up their home in the wild. In a desperate attempt to find their place in the world, these children question what it really means to be human.

Excerpt:
     When Bobakin was born, he was as normal as any other boy in the village, only rather bald. He had a loving mother and father and knew nothing of the evils of the world. Then one day, when he was four years old, he saw a child burned in the square. When he asked his father why, he told him the boy was evil, “a Schump.” And from the fear in his father’s voice and the shudder of his shoulders, Bobakin knew he never wanted to meet a Schump. As  he grew, he heard tales about the Schumps—how they looked with their eyes the color of hell’s fire, hair the rank growth of green weeds, and short, stumpy legs that caused them to waddle and hobble like a lame duck. Some of the villagers told ghost stories to the children, warning them if they weren’t good, they’d change into a Schump for their sins and be burned to death.
     When Bobakin was five years old, his hair finally began to grow in; and one day, after he’d had a bath and was combing it before the mirror, he saw to his horror that his hair was green. Only a small tinge of green in the muddy brown color, but it was there. He was transforming into a Schump for his sins and would be burned to death.
     He ran out to the garden and rubbed mud all into it to conceal his disgrace and keep alive. Miraculously, this trick worked, and Bobakin managed to keep his secret for three whole years, often forgetting his shame, and even enjoying life. He went to school to learn his numbers and letters and was a bright child— far ahead of all the others in his class, though his teachers always complained of his dirty hair.
     Then one day, and this day did not seem any different from any of the others, his mother walked by him and ruffled his hair.
     “You’re so dirty!” She laughed at him. “You always are, and no amount of bathing ever seems to get it out of you.” And on an impulse, she grabbed a jar of water and poured it over his head.
    There was a ghastly silence, and Bobakin was afraid to look at her. When he did, her face was white. “A Halfbreed,” she whispered, and it was the first time he ever heard the word. “My only son, a Halfbreed. I swore, I swore it was your father’s—I did— I swore you were. But you’re not—you’re a Halfbreed.”
     “I will be burned?” he asked with wide open eyes. She did not answer, but he saw the look on her face.
      She ought to have sounded the alarm, as they had done with so many children before, but right then she could not move. Bobakin saw she no longer looked at him as a mother looks at her child, but as a woman looks at a frightening thing: a snake or a rat that has wandered into her kitchen. This gave him the courage to do what he must, the courage to turn tail, then and there, and run away from home forever.

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About the Author:  Elizabeth is a part-time teacher and a full-time writer. She lives in a small town in Illinois where she loves to cuddle up to her computer with tea and a blanket and write. You can find her there creating an original fairy tale or adding to one of her numerous in-progress novels. She writes for The Fairy Tale Blog at TheFairyTaleBlog.com and her favorite activity is telling stories to her young siblings. If you want to leave a comment on her blog, she would love to hear from you. Let her know what you think about her first published novel, Halfbreeds!

Find her at:

You can email her at Elizabeth Bernadette Russell @ gmail.com (without the spaces) or call at 630-277-0111. Check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Halfbreeds-1148200605284291/?ref=bookmarks
Follow her on Twitter through her handle @TaleBlog