Read Crystal Crowned [ARC] Online
Authors: Elise Kova
Tags: #Air Awakens, #Elise Kova, #Silver Wing Press, #Fantasy, #Young Adult
My dear reader—without you, this would be nothing. Every word I write now and forevermore is my love letter to you. Every key stroke is done with thanks that you let me take you on these journeys into fantastical worlds. Thank you for following me, for reading this tale, and, hopefully, for letting me take you on many more adventures in the future. I may not know your name, but that makes you no less precious to me.
Jeffkun—this book is for you. Thank you, my love, for letting me embark into the unknown. I can’t imagine anyone else by my side while I venture forward. I don’t tell you enough how I couldn’t have done this without you and your support. The most epic love story I could write is the one I pen every day spent at your side.
Merilliza Chan—you will always have a place in my heart as the first cover designer I worked with. You’re as beautiful a person inside as your art is outside. I wish you all the success in the world and every dream you have to be a reality.
Monica Wanat—thank you for dutifully looking over more than 500,000 of my words. I learned a lot in our time together and I’m very grateful you were willing to edit for a newbie author such as myself.
Nick—I could write an entire book on what you mean to me as a friend and it wouldn’t be enough. So I’ll settle for a sentence and the faith that you know how desperately I need our hour long phone calls to talk me off mental ledges and talk out all my wild story ideas.
Katie—every time we’re together, I just think, “How lucky we are to be alive right now.” (Yes, I just immortalized our Hamilton obsession and there’s nothing you can do about it) You remind me to have fun, to let go, to not be so obsessed on the future that I forget the present. Thank you for being the best friend a girl could ever ask for.
Mer—I love you sister. But you knew that already. You never let me forget what I’m capable of, you never let me give up, and you’re never afraid to tell me what I need to hear. Beyond that, you’re my “octurnal twin” and there’s no one else I’d rather be up until three A.M., eating cookie dough ice cream, and having Taylor Swift dance parties with.
Mom and Dad—you two are my biggest cheerleaders and largest supporters. Thank you for always being there to help me, for every bookmark you passed out, for every manuscript you’ve read. You both inspire me to be the best I can be both as an author and as a person. Every day, I consider myself lucky that you both are my parents.
Aunt Susan—I look forward to both your comments on and edits of my manuscripts. Thank you for your time and your support. It took a huge weight off my shoulders and I am deeply appreciative.
Betsy—thank you for not just supporting me in the literary world, but in life. You’re wonderful and I’m so lucky to have you as family now.
Susan Dennard, author of
—you, you beautiful person you, what am I supposed to say? You’re the awesomeist of awesomes? You’re as kind as your writing is superb? I’m so glad we met and bewildered—I mean overjoyed—that you’re not scared off by my crazy. Thank you for being an ear, offering advice, and just being a good friend.
Danielle L. Jensen, author of the
—I’m surprised Twitter hasn’t kicked us off for the gigabits of space our message history must be taking up. Even though we’ve yet to meet (as of when I’m writing this) I already feel like you’re a girlfriend I’ve had for years, the type of friend who you sit on the couch with in your PJs and order pizza after a long week. Thank you for that.
Michelle Madow, author of
—look at how far I’ve come! You helped me right at the start and have been in my corner since. I deeply appreciate all the insights you’ve given me along the way.
Rob and the Gatekeeper Press Team—I couldn’t have done this without you. I’m so glad I found you all right at the start of my publishing journey. I couldn’t imagine my stress levels if I hadn’t had you to help manage things. I appreciate your insights, professionalism, and dependability.
Jamie—I feel like you are my book blog consultant. You know so much about the bookish world and I can’t tell you how valuable your thoughts have been to me. But, beyond that, you’re a great person and an even better friend. I appreciate everything you give to me more than you know. I don’t say it enough, but thank you.
Dani—my “real Vhalla Yarl”, thank you for always being there when I need and ear. I feel like we’re truly kindred spirits and I can’t wait to give you a big hug in person! Your help on these manuscripts has been essential to getting them where they need to be.
Iris—I’m so glad I met you at the start of my career. You’re a lovely person and have been a great friend to me through the ups and downs of all of this.
Lauren & Sabrina—your enthusiasm and willingness to give advice has truly helped me throughout this process. I know whenever I’ve had a hard day I can talk to you two and I’ll be met with love and positivity. Thank you both.
My Tower Guard—I’m struggling to write this, because nothing I write seems like enough for you. Every single one of you has been essential in helping me through this process. When I need something, you’ve risen to task. When I was down, you were there to pick me back up. When I questioned, you reminded me of why I’m doing this without even trying. Thank you to each and every one of you. I hope that we can go on many more adventures together.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master's in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
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