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Akea – His Mother’s Son
by Elizabeth Jade
Akea is no ordinary husky and taking her place as Wolf Queen was just the first step in the journey set out for her by the Great Wolf. Akea’s world turns upside down when humans raid their home, scattering the pack and capturing her hybrid son. Salvador struggles to adjust to a life in captivity quickly realising not everyone approves of his mother’s rise to Wolf Queen. When the Great Wolf sends him warning dreams, Salvador discovers his true purpose for being there.
“Ms Jade perfectly captures the atmosphere of life as part of the wolfpack and its many challenges. Her stories remind me of Jack London’s Call of the Wild, and with ‘His Mother’s Son’ she proves she not only has a knack for creating realistic and powerful characters, but a talent for describing the wild settings they inhabit with a natural confidence that is quite charming.” Colin Garrow (author)
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The opening part of Akea – His Mother’s Son, Book 2 in the Akea series
A great snowfall had held the vast and pleasant land within its wintery grip for what felt like a lifetime. Now, at long last, spring had taken its place in the great circle of seasons. The sun passed slowly over the pack’s mountain home, sharing its much needed warmth, and small clusters of flowers lay nestled in patches of sunlight, their purple heads nodding gently in the passing breeze. A silvery-grey muzzle sniffed a group of sweet-scented blooms before gazing out at the land beneath him. It was his duty as alpha male to patrol the wolf pack’s territory each day and he took this responsibility seriously, even though it was not always easy.
Ambling playfully behind him were his three-month-old pups, four gorgeous bundles of fun, eager to discover this exciting new world. Kazakh had named his pups with care, studying their looks and personalities as his father had done before him, and as they trotted past him, he smiled thoughtfully.
First in line was Gwenevier, meaning ‘white wave’- a perfect choice with her white wavy coat. Then her sister, Fayth, named in memory of his own mate’s beloved sister. This little one was quiet and thoughtful, like her namesake. She had odd-coloured eyes with thick black rings around them which stood out against her red-tinged coat. The third pup was Adair, a large bold male who looked more like his mother. And finally…
“Wait! Stop!” he cried, and the three pups stopped in a neat straight line. They could sense that something was wrong. Kazakh stooped as he counted them – one, two, three… four? No, there were only three. “Who’s missing?” he asked anxiously. Kazakh inspected each one in turn, repeating their names as he went. “Gwenevier, Fayth, Adair… Salvador.” he muttered crossly. It was always Salvador.
On the edge of a rocky outcrop some distance away, sat Salvador. He was taller and more wolf-like in appearance than his siblings. Even from a distance, it was easy to see the others were not pure wolf, but not Salvador, he was every inch a wolf pup. Nevertheless, despite having inherited his father’s looks, this fine young male was far more like his husky mother, Akea, in behaviour. He always sat away from his littermates, looking out into the distance as if he were searching for something, but didn’t quite understand what it was.
Salvador was so deep in thought that he had failed to notice his father approaching. Kazakh nudged him to one side and sat down in his place. Salvador glanced briefly at his siblings who were playing happily behind them, then hung his head submissively. He could tell he was in trouble again.
Elizabeth Jade was born in 1998 in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England, but moved with her family to Wellington in Somerset when she was very young. Her early schooling did not go smoothly, and as a result, she was home-schooled from the age of seven. Her parents soon learned she had a unique slant on life and quickly abandoned attempts to follow the national curriculum in favour of child-led learning.
Elizabeth stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to suffer from anxiety and depression and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to Aspergers Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder).
As an enthusiastic animal lover, Elizabeth volunteered first at the Conquest Riding Centre for the Disabled and then at St Giles Animal Rescue before moving on to the Cats Protection Homing and Information Centre. Her gifted way with the cats quickly earned her the title of ‘Cat Whisperer’ from the staff. Since she had always possessed such a way with animals, it was only natural for her story ideas to revolve around them.
Elizabeth’s personal experience as a young author with the challenges of autism, depression and anxiety, along with her writing theme of acceptance and overcoming obstacles, have led to her having a junior school class named after her.
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Book Trailer – https://youtu.be/GBR5Qmk61yk
Website – https://www.elizabethjade.org
Blog – https://elizabethjade.org/blog/
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