Recommended Read: Ardraci Elementals Series by Carol R. Ward

I’ve refrained from reviewing these books thus far due to the very
obvious conflict of interest I have – not only do I consider Carol a
good friend, but she’s also my editor, and I act as her publisher. I’ll
just disclose all that right from the start, and you can choose to read
further or dismiss.

The fact is, these are *awesome* books, and I anxiously wait for
the next in the series (okay, I don’t actually wait, I read the draft on
her blog, and look forward to reading the whole thing again when it’s
done). They are a very nice blend of romance and fantasy, and
exceedingly easy to get lost in. Once you pick one up, you won’t be able
to put it down. Or I can’t, anyways.

The first book is An Elemental Wind, and the description says it better than I could:

Nakeisha Windsinger has been chosen
to represent her planet to the Pan-Galactic Council of Worlds. She and
her mentor, the Ilezie E.Z., must travel in secret to avoid their
enemies, but when her mentor is killed, she loses control of her
element, the wind, as she takes vengeance on those responsible.

In doing so, she crosses paths with
the crew of the Burning Comet, a ship with a secret mission of its own. A
reluctant guest, Nakeisha struggles to control her element, a task made
more difficult as she fights her growing attraction to the ship’s
navigator, Chaney.

As their enemies close in, Nakeisha
and Chaney spin a fragile web of trust between them, finding that fate
has a way of interfering when you least expect it and love can destroy –
or rebuild – worlds.

It’s a romantic sci-fi/fantasy where
things aren’t always what they seem, and secrets are often necessary for
survival. The chemistry and burgeoning relationship between Nakeisha
and Chaney is amazing and intense, one of those emotional roller
coasters that leaves you breathless and glad you took the ride. 

The second book is An Elemental Fire, and here’s the description:

Wynne Ignitus has a secret she’s been keeping from the children she rescued from genetic experimentation.


Rayne has a secret that doesn’t stop the longing she feels for her reluctant ally.


Pyre has a secret that keeps him from what he most desires.


the desperate would seek the aid of the reclusive Fire Elemental up on
the mountain, but Rayne would do anything to help her sister. However,
once she persuades him to return to the village with her, it’s to find
her sister, and the rest of the children, gone.


has taken the children, and why? And why would the Mother send them on a
quest to seek the aid of the mysterious Illezie, a race they’d never
heard of? Together Rayne and Pyre must find the answers to these
questions before time runs out . . . for everyone.

This book introduces us to a sinister
plot involving experimentation with the elementals. It’s a bit freaky,
and we’re only just catching the tip of the iceberg here as Rayne and
Pyre fight really bad odds to save their kind from a monster. Again,
there’s an intense (and forbidden) love story in the midst of all the
action, and both of the main characters have to do a lot of soul
searching before they can really allow themselves to love. 

When you’re done with that one, you’ll
want to visit Carol’s blog, and start reading Water, the third book in
the Elementals series, being drafted as a weekly serial story. If you’re
looking for background and to learn more about what the elementals
Rayne & Pyre saved were going through, you won’t want to miss that
(especially since I have it on good authority that the format may change
quite substantially in revisions).

So if you’re looking for weekend reading
(or even if you’re not), go pick up a copy of these books (available in
ebook and print at your favorite online retailers). I promise you won’t
be sorry…

Naturally, these are available in the Brazen Snake Books store, and there are also links there to all the other major retailers.

I’m not a
professional reviewer, I don’t accept offerings direct from writers or
publishing houses (so don’t email asking me to review your book – that’s an
excellent way to ensure I never read it), and there’s a very good chance
I know the authors of over half the books I’ll recommend, so my opinion
is likely biased on any given day. This is just me telling you about a
great book I recently read. Nothing more, nothing less.