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Blog Tour: The Lost Kingdom - Interview + Giveaway

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Title: The Lost Kingdom (The Elements #1)
Author: Stephanie Beerden
Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Publication Date: April 28, 2014

A Prophecy made long ago, announced the arrival of the new Ladies of Elements.

And now almost a millennia later, it finally came true …

All her life Arima thought she knew who and what she was. That is until the day of her sixteenth birthday came and her world is turned upside down, when she’s told she’s not a White Witch but Lady Spirit. And that she is the one that has been foretold, will unite the Five Ladies of Elements once again and save Ilendia and the Other Lands from Ahriman, the Demon King.

At first Arima refuses to accept her new fate, but when Shanums come and destroy her village and kill her loved ones, she has no choice but to flee and fall right into the destiny she never wanted.

As she grudgingly starts her journey into the unknown, she is accompanied by her unicorn familiar Sirrim, Blythe, a Vampire with a dark past and Myrddin, a mysterious Ljosalfar.

And the longer her journey lasts, the more Arima begins to realise that she can’t escape her own destiny and she must learn to control her powers and learn to be a Lady for the sake of the Sisters she doesn’t know and the people of Ilendia and the Other Lands.

However, things get more complicated when Arima comes into the possession of a key. Her instincts compel her to go towards danger when she discovers that the key she holds, can unlock the legendary kingdom of Eléssima, the home of the Ladies of Elements.

She will have to make the choice to follow her instincts …

…or stay on the path that has been laid out for her.

Interview with Stephanie Beerden
  1. Hi Stephanie! Welcome to Bookwyrming Thoughts. Tell us a little about The Lost Kingdom, the first in the Elements Series.
    Well it’s about Arima who discovers she’s not a White Witch as she’s always thought, but Lady Spirit. And she’s Prophesized to reunite the other Ladies so they can defeat Ahriman, the Demon King. Of course, Arima being the stubborn little Lady she is, doesn’t want to be a Lady and she doesn’t want the responsibility that comes with it either, but she learns to deal with it as her journey to the Numinal goes on, but in the end she comes across a Key that can re-open Eléssima, which lies under a powerful curse Lock, cast by the previous Ladies of Elements, to protect Eléssima against Ahriman. And being who she is and dying to find a new home, she decides against going to the Numinal and instead travels to Eléssima to get rid of the curse and free Eléssima.
  2. What’s one fun yet interesting fact about Arima, the main character?
    She has a terrible addiction to sweets, though I haven’t gotten the chance to show that to the readers yet.
  3. Can all witches or Ladies of Elements have a familiar? What are the options besides a unicorn?
    Witches don’t have familiars, as such, they just have extremely smart pets.

    As for the Ladies, yes there are other options besides a unicorn for Lady Spirit, on the history of the Ladies of Elements there was a Lady Spirit who had a Mooncat as a familiar. But there have also been: Gwynlins (small, flying fluffy fuzzballs), Dimions (a white stag-like creature), Sprites (dwarf-sized, pixie-like humanoids) and more. The other Ladies also have different options for familiars, all of which are documented in the history books written by Ladies in the private Library inside Eilulaia, the sentient castle of Eléssima and the home of the Ladies of Elements.
  4. Are Shanums and Ljosalfari based off of mythical creatures we commonly know about? Or if they’re mythical creatures not commonly known, tell us a little about them.
    Shanums, not so much no. I couldn’t find a mythical creatures close enough to what I wanted, so I made up the Shanums. Shanums have milk-white skin, snake-like yellow eyes and they have the ability to manipulate shadows and also darkness to a certain extent.

    The Ljosalfari on the other hand, they are actually very loosely based on the Ljósálfar (Light Elves) of Norse Mythology. I do say loosely because they don’t have very much in common except that that they are fairer than their cousins the Svartalfari and that they are Light Creatures, while Svartalfari are Dark Creatures and a few others things.
  5. Which of your characters from your novel that you would actually like to meet in real life, and why?
    Wow, that’s a hard question. Okay, um … let me think. Strangely enough, that would be Echantra. I won’t say much on the why, because that would spoil too much about her. But knowing what I know about her, it would make for one very awesome meeting.
  6. If you could live in any world from any book, which would it be?
    Wonderland from the Splintered Trilogy, hands down.
  7. What is one must have when it comes to your writing?
    My world maps of Ilendia and the Other Lands and Barathrum. Otherwise I can’t navigate in my world and with the maps I made myself (which look like crap of course, I’m no artist LOL) I can see exactly where I’m going, where everything’s at and I have less chance of making a mistake when having Arima and the other Ladies move around the Lands.
  8. Sometimes music inspires an author’s writing. Does music inspire you to write, and if it does, what types? (I’m sort of a music buff. Maybe I’m looking for recommendations. ^_^)
    OH YES!! Music is also a must when I’m writing. Without music my writing somehow because “boring”, in my honest opinion. What types? Well mostly Ambient/Dark Ambient/Electronica/Neoclassical/Symphonic power metal/Rock anything that makes me feel like it belongs with the book/chapters/scenes/characters/etc. The groups/bands I listen to most are: Amethystium, Nox Arcana, Nightwish, Evanescence, Two Steps From Hell and Within Temptation.
  9. Speaking of music, what is one song on the playlist for The Lost Kingdom?
    Archangel by Two Steps From Hell.
  10. What is your biggest pet peeve in characters?
    In female characters: whining, sometimes whining is okay but some books have female characters that whine constantly and that’s just super annoying.
    In male characters: over the top arrogance, a little arrogance is okay but when it’s blown out of proportion I absolutely hate it and it can make a male lead extremely unlikable.

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

Author Bio



Stephanie Beerden was born on Friday the 13th (no joke, she really was) in a small city called Genk in Belgium. She has always been fascinated with the occult, magic and books. Her childhood and teen years were filled with reading lots and lots of books and imagining what life would be like as a vampire. Until one day she decided that she wanted to try her hand at writing her own books and that was the beginning of her writing adventure.

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