Monday, July 16, 2012

Welcome to the Secret of Vanmars Blog Tour! I've got a special set of blurb with a great interview for you so don't leave! The party's getting started! *cheering ensues and the fun begins* Since The Secret of Vanmars is the second of 7 books I'll be blurbing about the first as well! That way you aren't totally clueless!
Janir had the misfortune of being born with one of the hated Argetallams for a father. But unlike other Argetallam children, she was mostly granted a normal childhood, away from the rest of the family. It looked as if she would live a relatively normal life as the foster-daughter of a powerful lord. Until one critical day Janir's powers awaked and she became entangled in a young enchanter's quest for a long-ost treasure called the Ket of Amatahns....

After her adventures with the Key of Amatahns, sixteen-year-old Janir Carsynn Argetallam returns home to find Brevia on the brink of war with a neighboring country Stlaven. Her foster-father and even Saocen (a brave young elf warrior) think it will be safe at the castle where Janir grew up. However while trying to unravel a looking mystery, Karile (self-taught wizard and Janir's self-appointed best friend) becomes certain that there is danger in the mountains surrounding Janir's childhood home and that is has something to do with Stlaven's most powerful family, the Vanmars....

"She's going to be legendary!" - Tim McClure, co-founder of GSD&M, one of America's most successful advertising agencies.


Elisabeth Wheatley started writing short stories when she was as young as seven years old. She began working on what would eventually become The Ket of Amatahns when she was eleven. The story went through countless total requites until Elisabeth began working on what would be the final version when she was fourteen. When she completed the draft at fifteen, her parents (being supportive) sent her manuscript to a professional editor in West Texas. The editor, Suzanne O'Bryan was so impressed with her work that she recommended it to a friend at a small publishing house, Chengalera Press. Chengalera Press was also very impressed and wanted to publish the manuscript. the first Kindle edition was published June 2011 when Elisabeth was still 15. Paperback followed days later. She is currently working on the following installments in the Argetallam Saga while continuing to attend her high school in the Texas Hill Country. Hobbies include beekeeping, cheese making, mythology and studying ASL.

Visit her on her WEBSITE / FACEBOOK PAGE

What inspired the idea for this story? Was it totally random or based on something? First, I created an imaginary world. Then different stories to go with it came and went like flies. Finally, I got the idea of a main character who was invulnerable to magic. The story stemmed from there.

If you had to rename your book, what would you name it? The Key of Amatahns was easy to name, but The Secrets of the Vanmars vehemently wanted to remain anonymous. After fighting with a title for a few weeks, I came up with a list of potential names and picked the one I liked best. But there was a close runner-up and if I had to rename The Secrets of the Vanmars, I would call it The Wizard’s Gambit.

Idea of a perfect dinner? Crab sushi with wasabi and green tea. (My grandmother would be so proud.)

When did you know you wanted to write? I’m not really sure. I toyed with the idea off and on for awhile, then abandoned the idea of writing for the idea of becoming a veterinarian. But I had my mind promptly changed after a traumatic experience at a my vet clinic internship involving surgery on a Chihuahua, fainting, needles, and an ambulance ride (it was nothing serious, it just freaked me out). Ever since, I’ve decided I don’t want to be a veterinarian. Or a nurse. Or a doctor. Or anything else that involves...needles.

Most exciting books to read by other authors this year? Oh, I’m getting excited just thinking about it! Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. The first book hasn’t even come out yet, but I’ve read three of the four e-novellas that tell the backstory. They are (for lack of a better word) awesome and I have sky-high hopes for Throne of Glass when it comes out in August.

Was there an author who inspired you to write a fabulous book? Someone you look up to? I was really inspired by Christopher Paolini. He was a teenager when he started writing and I’m officially a crazy fan of his Inheritance Cycle. But I’ve also been inspired by Shannon Hale and, my favorite author of all time, Madeleine L’Engle.

Who was the most supportive in your writing process? The most influential? I have to say my mother was the most supportive in my writing process. She has an English BA and she never lets me get away with sending a faulty-grammar-ridden manuscript to my editors. As for most influential, that would have to be the eldest of my three brothers as Karile is very loosely based on him.

Chocolate or Vanilla? CHOCOLATE. The super-dark, 89% cacao stuff that nobody else likes (which is fine because that means more for me ;).

What’s your favorite color? Grass-green. Like in the pictures you see of looks so gorgeous!

What are your favorite scenes to write? I love writing fight scenes (I’m an action-junkie, sorry) or reading them in other books for that matter. But my favorite scenes are the ones between Saoven and Janir. I’m still experimenting with writing a romance and I’m pacing their story, but those scenes are the ones that make me smile as I write them.

How much is your MC like you? I would say Janir Caersynn Argetallam is 53% me and 47% what I’d like to become. Janir is braver and often more reasonable than I am.

What do you have in common with your MC? We both hate lying, we both adore horses...oh, and we both have troublesome younger brothers. (Though, when compared to hers, I don’t have much to complain about.)

If you could have any other author to dinner, who would it be? Does it have to be someone who is alive? Because, if it could be arranged, I’d like to have tea with C.S. Lewis. But if he’s not an option, then I’d be tickled pink to meet Shannon Hale, author of the Books of Bayern, Book of a Thousand Days, and lots of other incredible works of literature.

Favorite fictional crush? As it happens, every crush I’ve ever had has been on a fictitious character. My favorite is Prince Caspian of Narnia. He’s so brave and good and always tries to do the right thing and...*sigh* (Note: I had a crush on the character long before I saw the movie. Just saying.)

Best book quote? “DIE, PUNY HUMAN!!!”~Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I’ll take Wolverine’s unlimited regeneration, please. With a side-order of gravity manipulation.

Any advice to Aspiring Authors? Don’t give up. Everyone whoever got anywhere had to start somewhere. Don’t ever, ever give up.

Has being a writer changed the way you read and perceive literature? A little bit. Since I’ve started writing and thinking about plotlines, setting up scenes, and preparing readers for story twists, I’ve started to recognize those things in other stories. I try to spot when a writer is setting the story up for something, make guesses as to what’s coming and sometimes I’m even right.

Any upcoming projects we should look for? I’m thrilled to say that I have completed the first draft of the third book in the Argetallam Saga, titled The Chalice of Malvron, and it should be coming out sometime in early 2013!

Thanks so much to Elisabeth for spending some time with me today! It's been a pleasure having you her on the blog. Honestly guys, I'm going to try and get my hands on her books because they sound amazing! TNT,


  1. I'm loving how you're using the colored boxes. It really helps my brain to organize the different information. :D

    Clean Teen Fiction
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    1. I know. That's what one reason I'm glad to have the codes! I can't use bold for everything! Thanks!


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