About Worldweaver

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My second book, Worldweaver, is now for sale! There are new characters and kingdoms introduced in this book, so here is a little more about who they are and what it’s about. First of all, here’s the synopsis:

The war between the elemental kingdoms has ended, and a tenuous peace established. However, the strength of that peace depends upon a marriage alliance between Princess Vivian of Gealgath and King Adonyss IV of Norbane. Adyn has agreed to the match, but Vivian has other ideas for her future that don’t include marriage to a foreign king. She would much rather remain unwed and continue with her research, as she has always done. She soon learns that what she wants is of little consequence to kings, and finds herself unceremoniously packed off on a difficult journey to Norbane.

Across the continent, Morgan, Roden, and Heliodor have problems of their own. With the threat of war gone, they must now find a way to break the Great Segregation Spell. The lack of useful information on the subject is frustrating, and the eld creatures are little help. With a reference from a folktale as their only lead, the three set off on a journey to find the fabled Worldweaver. The goddess from Svengai is rumored to hold time in her hands, and if anyone would know how to unravel an ancient spell, it would be her. However, there might be more to this spell than any of them realize, and breaking it could prove extremely difficult, if not impossible.

New Important Characters

 

Princess Vivian

Briefly mentioned at the end of The Windkeeper, Vivian is the princess from Gealgath who is now betrothed to King Adonyss IV of Norbane (Previously known as Prince Adyn). She is a gifted mage, whose power stone is vivianite, and her passion is research. When her father ruled, he let her do as she pleased, and marriage was not something that interested her. Now that her brother is emperor, she suddenly finds she no longer has a choice.

Vivian is working on finding a cure for the disease plaguing the shapeshifter kingdom of Valta, one of Gealgath’s oldest allies. Being torn away from her studies to marry a king she doesn’t know now makes the likelihood of her finding a cure extremely slim. Valta is where Gealgath gets the majority of their mineral shipments, and if they view Vivian’s being sent away as a slight to them, those shipments might just stop coming. That doesn’t seem to phase her brother Eryth. He is determined she will go to Norbane as his promise of peace.

Seren Blueflame

Seren is a conflicted soul, and a bit of a mystery to all who meet her. She is a fire mage under an ancient curse, passed down in her family from woman to woman. Because of it, she is forever doomed to walk the land alone, suffering the hate of men. The only way to die is to pass on the curse, and in order to do that, she must have a child. She refuses to be weak, like the women who came before, and pass on the curse to a child she will most certainly love. Instead, she ignores the constant revulsion and insults of men and focuses on finding a way to break the curse. She knows there is one, but the answer lies in a book that has been lost for thousands of years. If only she can find that book, she will be free at last.

Seren is diverted from her quest when she is asked to accompany princess Vivian on her journey to Norbane as a companion and decoy. Feeling empathy for the princess, whose life is being dictated by men, Seren accepts even though it likely won’t bring her any closer to her goal. She feels protective of Vivian, and if it’s one thing she has in spades, it’s time.

Priestess Gypsi of Temple Evapora

As her name implies, Gypsi is a priestess who resides on the great Gypsum Flats of south central Gealgath. As all mages from the temple are, she is a bit eccentric, and sometimes appears to operate on a different plane of existence. However, she and the others of her kind are unmatched in the skills of earth healing. She accompanies Vivian on her journey as the designated healer.

Lord Saetos

Saetos is a golden eagle shapeshifter, and the lord of all avians. When his king contracts the sickness, it is his job to find Princess Vivian and get her to come to Valta. . . by any means possible. Having lost his whole family to the disease already, Saetos is determined that the disease will not also take his king. He is willing to stoop to any level to keep that from happening.

King Arktos

Arktos is a grizzly bear shapeshifter, and the king of Valta. Before his reign, Valta was a land of warring clans, more likely to follow their animal instincts than their human consciences. But he has instituted a new order, and is striving to civilize his people so they will be taken seriously by the other kingdoms of the world. He has gained the respect and love of most of his subjects due to his fairness, but it is a constant uphill battle, and they still have far to go.

Now that he is ill, all he has worked for could crumble. If any of his subjects, save a trusted few, find out he is sick they will demand a new king. It is of greatest importance that a cure be found, and fast. Otherwise, Valta will be plunged back into the wild ages, and the civilization they’ve fought so hard to establish will be nothing more than a memory.

 

New Kingdoms

 

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Valta

Valta (Previously mentioned) is the shapeshifter kingdom on the eastern half of the continent Svalta. Valta is a mining kingdom, and holds some of the rarest minerals on the planet Endarah.

Svengai

Svengai is the other kingdom on Svalta, and is the home of Seers and Nulls. The kingdom is basically divided in half, with the civilized, educated people living in the south. The north is left to Desert raiding clans, farming hill folk, and the thieving gypsies of Terra Forest. The kingdom is divided not only politically, but geologically, as the north is situated on a great plateau that drops hundreds of feet to the lowlands. The hill folk are permitted in the lowlands, but if the desert folk or the gypsies are spotted in the south, they are immediately killed or taken prisoner.

Valathor

Known only as The North Lands in book 1, the northern half of the Nordean Continent has now been claimed by the marlens. They named their new kingdom Valathor. Now that Belydor is back in Laikland, Valathor is no longer covered in ice and snow.

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 If you wish to purchase a copy, you can click on the links below for a kindle or paperback version:

Kindle: $0.99

https://www.amazon.com/Worldweaver-Book-2-Eld-Creatures-ebook/dp/B01LZ1G520/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1477159369&sr=8-1

Paperback: $16.28

https://www.amazon.com/Worldweaver-Book-Creatures-Emily-Schroeder/dp/1539319768/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1477159369&sr=8-1

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The Sacrifice

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This piece is from a dream I had a long time ago. I have always had strange, entertaining, colorful dreams. This was one of those ones that was so vivid it will stay with me forever. I remember every detail as if it had really happened to me.

The dream…

I was standing amid a tribe of ancient people, wreathed in white flowers. They were praying for rain, and only I could give it to them. There was no fear, there was no regret, only purpose- a purpose bigger than myself. I was running, the red dust churning under my hooves as I went. Sometimes I was the deer, sometimes I was watching from above. When I neared the cliff’s edge I did not falter, nor did I slow down. I flung myself from the precipice and for a few magnificent moments, I was completely free. I was the sacrifice, and I embraced it… Then I crashed into a house and the dream took a completely different turn.

So here is my interpretation of what that dream was like.

The Sacrifice

 

After 8 Long Years. . .

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Anyone who has known me for even the smallest amount of time knows one thing: I love dogs. I just can’t get enough of them! They’re smart, loyal, cuddly, soft, and their capacity to love is 5x greater than that of a human. How could you not love a creature who looks on you with such complete and total admiration?

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Darby and I dancing in the back field.

We had a sheltie growing up named Darby. He was so smart it was like having a furry brother, and he certainly knew he didn’t have to do anything I said unless he already wanted to! I loved him so much. We had him from when I was in kindergarten all the way up till my junior year of high school. When he died I was heartbroken. We really did lose a much-loved member of our family. That was back in 2007, and our family never got another dog.

 

After Darby, I was off to school and life at college just can’t support a dog- at least not easily or with any quality. So I waited. I gotta tell you, waiting is not something I do with much grace, and my friends/family got an earful during that time about how much I wanted a dog. But I knew, for the dog’s sake at least, I needed to wait.  But now, a mere eight years after Darby left us, my puppy-less life has finally come to an end!

 

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This is Sadie. At 51 lbs, she is a full-grown sable rough coat collie. We got her from a family that had to move to an apartment in another state and couldn’t take her with them. My heart goes out to them, and I know it’s going to be hard. I know, at least, how terrible I would feel if I had to give up my furry friend and had no choice in the matter. But we will give her the most wonderful and loving home a dog could ask for.

The day I got her was a crazy one. Just the day before, I had been super sick with a stomach virus that caused me to throw up 14 times. I was lying in bed resting when I saw the add online. I’d seen it before in December and called the number but no one answered so I figured someone had adopted her. But to see the add renewed a month later, I figured why not try it again? So I got a hold of the owner and he was back in the area for three days and was hoping to get her re-homed in that time. To get down to it, that one day was my shot to go get her, so that’s what I did. It hurt my stomach to stand up and move even the slightest bit, but I didn’t care. Nothing was going to stop me from getting my dog. Because I didn’t even need to meet her to know I was going to love her forever. I already did.

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I can’t tell you how much joy Sadie brings to our lives, how much more full she makes them. My favorite is when I come home. Not only am I so excited to see her, but she is near fit to exploding in her joy to see me. She just doesn’t know what to do with herself so she jumps on everything (sometimes including the cat, much to Kaida’s irritation)! Then there are the times when she hops up on the couch and sits in my lap like she thinks she’s a lapdog. It’s adorable, and it fills me with so much happiness I practically explode myself!

I don’t know who came up with the term “puppy love” but I think they must not have had a dog. A dog’s love is special. We should be so lucky to love even half as much as our puppies do.

And now… pictures! Because she’s so darn cute!

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Have a great day everyone 🙂 and don’t forget to love on your furry friends today!

 

Reading the Leaves

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I had an idea for a new character several years ago, and painted a rendering of her then. I never felt like the painting accurately represented her so I decided to paint a new one. I don’t know where she’ll show up in the series, what her journey will be, or even what her name is. But I do know what she will be. She will be a leaf reader, or a person who can read the veins of leaves. She reads the lives of the trees and records their stories, however deep, wise, or shallow.

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Homewood Heritage Days Festival

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This weekend, (Oct 3-4) from 8-5, my friends Kate and Pamela from Michael’s are going to be selling their crafts at the Homewood Heritage Days Festival. Since I won’t be able to go on Saturday, they generously offered to give me a spot at their table and sell my keychains for me. If you are in the area, you should check it out!

Homewood Heritage Days Festival
c/o Homewood Borough
Village Center & Buttermilk Falls
Beaver Falls, PA 15010

To make my keychains, I use regular paint brushes to paint on wooden disks with wood stain. For tiny details I use illustration ink pens. The disks are then given a high gloss protective coating. I apologize for picture quality. My phone takes bad pictures.

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COST

1-9: $5.00 each

10 or more: $3.00 each

If you can’t make it to the show but would still like a keychain, there’s hope! To place a custom order or inquire about what is ready-made and available for purchase, please email me at easchroeder06@gmail.com. I am willing to work from images you send me. In fact for custom orders, images of what you have in mind are highly encouraged.

I will entertain all requests, but reserve the right to deny anything I feel is not within my power to make or complete within the requested time frame. On custom orders, I’m setting the limit at 5 per order for my own sanity. For those who want to purchase on-hand items, you are free to take as many as you want.

If you would like more detailed information on accepted payment types, shipping, and other inquiries, please email me.

Have a lovely day!

AmberWolflogo

Spirit of Granite

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Granite is tough. It is a felsic rock underlying much of earth’s crust, almost like a foundation for the less resistant sedimentary layers above. This rock takes its time; the individual crystals that you can see in it are proof of that. If it had formed rapidly, there would be no crystals. The larger the crystals, the more time they had to form.

The wisdom to learn from granite is patience in finding balance. When our lives are unhealthy in some way, they become unbalanced. We feel it, but often times are too busy to sit down and really think about what it is that’s causing us to be unsettled. More often than not it’s something in our underlying routing that’s to blame– something in our foundation. Finding your balance is all about having a strong foundation. If you don’t have that, you won’t have a leg to stand on!

When I look at granite, I’m reminded that if my foundation is strong, the rest of me will be as well. If it is weak, everything will crumble away right out from under me. So I must ask myself: “What am I putting my faith in?” You may have heard the verse from Matthew that talks about the men who build their houses on different foundations: One on a rock and one on the sand. Guess which one survived the storm? Let your faith be your foundation, and let your foundation be as granite.

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Bubble rock is located in Acadia National Park in Maine. It’s actually a fair amount bigger than the rock in the scene, but the idea is basically the same; it’s a giant bounder poised on the edge of a cliff, looking for all the world as if it would like nothing better than to plunge over the side with the next errant breeze. It looks as if it’s in a constant state of uncertain doom, yet try and budge that fellow and you’ll see just how stable it really is. It’s not going anywhere. It has found its balance.

Bubble rock was dropped on the edge of its cliff by an indifferent glacier as it was passing through. Glaciers are always doing that- dropping things. they really are quite messy creatures 🙂

(Fun fact: I tried out this pose after I finished painting just to see if it works balance-wise, and it does! I was a little skeptical so I’m glad it panned out. Wouldn’t that be funny if my painting on balance wasn’t really accurate…)

Spirit of Sandstone

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Over the next few days (who am I kidding. . .it will probably be months), I plan on creating a series of paintings focused on different geologic formations. My goal is to try and capture the essence of what my spirit feels when I see each one– the awe, the wonder, the freedom, the joy, and the inspiration. God is truly the master artist, for there is nothing we can create that rivals the uniqueness of his work.

The first piece in the series is called Spirit of Sandsone. For sandstone, I wanted to capture the graceful flow and movement of the ancient sands, almost fluid in nature. Though the rock is solid now, it is still ever in motion, constantly being shaped and eroded by the elements.

And that is the true spirit of sandstone: joy in change. We can stay as we are, and we may be beautiful. But if we let the lessons of this life shape us and work us, then we become the truly unique and spectacular works we were meant to be. No one likes difficult times, but they will come whether we like them or not. We can deny them, fear them, or we can embrace them and learn. Trials erode away the weakness in us, just as wind erodes the weakness from sandstone one grain at a time. What is left is stronger, and all the more beautiful for it.

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The Wave is a popular geologic feature found on the border of Utah and Arizona. It is located on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, in the Paria Canyon Wilderness. The troughs of the Wave were initially formed by runoff. Eventually the drainage basin that fed runoff to the troughs shrank, and water was no longer able to keep eroding them. Therefore, they are now mostly eroded by wind.

During the Jurassic Period, this area was covered in sand dunes. They migrated across the land, shifting and changing according to prevailing winds. these shifts are recorded in the sandstone for all time, a blueprint of the ancient past. The strange ribbing in the formation is due to the different responses of the individual laminae to erosion. Some layers are more resistant than others due to variations in cementation and grain size.

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New Kindle Price for The Windkeeper

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In order to appeal to a wider audience, I am happy to announce that in addition to Xlibris, I have now published my book with Kindle Direct Publishing! This gives customers the option of buying the kindle version at the price of $0.99. Awesome, right!

At $0.99, there’s absolutely no reason not to give it a try. So head on over to amazon and check out what you’ve been missing!

The new kindle version can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Windkeeper-Book-Eld-Creatures-ebook/dp/B012P8OPKK/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1438035897&sr=8-7&keywords=the+windkeeper

If you like it, don’t forget to add a review!

Places to Purchase The Windkeeper

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As I’ve mentioned before, I came out with my first book in December of 2014. I thought I would post a reminder of the places you can go to buy it.

Overview:

Brought up in a small town in the kingdom of Norbane, Morgan’s existence is kept secret from those who would use her for their own purposes. Even she doesn’t know who she is. With Norbane on the brink of a magical war with a neighboring kingdom, a mage named Roden storms into Morgan’s town looking for her, and everything changes. He tells her she is a windkeeper: a rare mage whose powers are intimately linked to magical creatures called marlens. With Roden as her only companion, Morgan must set out to find these elusive creatures. The marlens have been in hiding for so long most people think they’re just a myth. However, they are the only creatures with sufficient power to end the war that threatens Norbane and its mages. With time running short, Morgan must learn how to master her unique powers and call the marlens to fight. If she fails, countless lives will be lost and damage will be done that even magic can’t fix.

But what none of them realize is that there’s another player in this game, a man smart enough to know when to move and when to keep to the shadows, and he won’t stop until he has everything he wants. For him, this war is only a steppingstone to something much bigger, and it hinges on Morgan being successful at finding the marlens.

Places where The Windkeeper is available for purchase:

1. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Windkeeper-Book-Eld-Creatures-ebook/dp/B00QGBFUUW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437778041&sr=8-1&keywords=the+windkeeper

2. Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-windkeeper-emily-schroeder/1120825986?ean=9781503518742

3. Xlibris website: http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000982943/The-Windkeeper.aspx

Happy Reading! If you have any questions, please ask.