The Hunters and the Queen is the first book in the Element series. I aim to have book II, The Gypsy Hunter, finished by summer 2013. I am not completely committed to the title of the second book, so when the book is released it might have a different title.
In the Hunters and the Queen, food is used to show a subtle difference between the hunters and those beings that still hold their heartbeat. As you may know, once an individual fully becomes a hunter they lose their heartbeat. Hunters also lose their ability to eat cooked food, and they further lose their ability to eat almost all food. Food is used to show a character contrast between the main character, Jolán Vajnbirg, and the Order of the Hunters. Traditionally, food holds the capability to create comfortable relationships in society, to bring joy and delight to people, so eliminating such food comfort from the hunters was deliberate. Explaining the sub-human qualities of the hunters through food helped me connect to the darker side of the hunter.
As I wrote The Hunters and the Queen, I listened to a lot of dubstep and to music with qualities similar to the group, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I have attached a brief playlist that joined me as I wrote the book. The playlist indicates the artist, the song, and the album name.
· E.S. Posthumus, Ebla, Unearthed
· Rob Dougan, There’s only Me, Furious Angels
· Clint Mansell and the Kronos Quartet, Lux Aeterna, Requiem for a Dream
· The Glitch Mob, Fortune Days, Drink the Sea
· Apocalyptica, Until it Sleeps, Cult
· Callan Maart, Liquid Shards
I hope you enjoy the story.
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The Hunters and the Queen
The Element Series-Book One
Number of pages: 191
Word Count: 88,176
Cover Artist: Andrei Titus
While working on her studies at the Churchill Military Academy in Kinsburgh, England, Jolán Vajnbirg’s final year at the academy develops into a year of competition, aristocratic love, reincarnated spirits, and a calling from the sky world to help save earth from the death and destruction caused by the order of the hunters.
Jolán Vajnbirg is an often reserved, yet occasionally outspoken young woman living in Kinsburgh, England. She has a relatively easy life living in her quiet England town. She has a full-ride swimming scholarship to the Churchill Military Academy. She has a strong mind, she has an athletic body and she has a loving family and caring friends. Even though her family has a modest income, Jolán makes the best of her situation and excels at anything she puts her focus towards.
The sky world is steadily preparing Jolán for her future fate. Jolán will need her friends to help her battle the order of the hunters. The hunters have upset the universal balance of earth, and the hunters have upset the sky world.
About the Author:
Virginia Vayna was born in Dayton, Ohio. During 1999, she moved to Long Beach, California, where she lived on a sailboat for three-years. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and she holds a Master of Social Science. Virginia enjoys writing historical fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, mystery and YA. Her first book, The Hunters and the Queen, is the first book in her Element series.