Amanda Ackers and The Deep Forest Elves

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Book One. This series tells of the Greatest Adventures In Modern Elvish History. Challenges and battles abound. Join Amanda Ackers and elves, dwarves, witches, wizards, and other creatures, as she finds a long lost and powerfully Wizitched artifact, that she was never meant to find. She must learn to control the spirits trapped within it, or all the good within all realms, will perish. More
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ISBN: 9781466149823
About GlennAndSasha Gabriel

Update Notice: August 2, 2014.

Hello everyone, and thank you for visiting our Authors Page.

Book three of our Amanda Ackers Adventure series novels was published today at last :)

Sasha and I apologize for the delay. We have both had some health issues this past year, so, my writing was put on hold for a good while.

Sasha and I would like to thank all of you for supporting us as new authors.

We published Book One of the series, "Amanda Ackers and The Deep Forest Elves" for FREE on January 3rd, 2012. As of today, August 2, 2014, we have reached over 100,000 downloads! To say we are blown away would be a huge understatement! Book two of the series, which was published on March 28, 2012, has 94 percent of the readers downloading book two. I guess a lot of people really do like the story!

I am currently writing book four of the series, titled: “Amanda Ackers and The Lost Family.”

We have received hundreds of emails over that past year from folks wanting book three out NOW! Thank you for that, and it has helped me keep going. We write our stories just for the fun of it, and have full lives other than writing :)

Several people had requested reading Book Three, prior to its publication. I kept that number to 50, and sent out book three two weeks prior to publishing.

Should anyone like a pre-release version of book four when we get to the editing stage, please let us know.

We are very thankful to you all, for supporting our work, which we do for the enjoyment of it.

Our thanks also, to the many of you who have emailed us with kind comments on our stories and the first two books of our novel series, and those who have requested receiving a pre-release versions. We had never thought of doing a pre-release, but thought it was a great idea! It gave many a chance to read book two and now three of Amanda’s adventures, before we actually published it. Thanks to all of you!

We are most humbled by the response we have received, and thank you from the top, middle and bottom of our hearts!

If anyone would like to correspond with us, please shoot us an email when you get the chance, we would love to hear from you.

Email us at: GlennAndSasha@gmail.com

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Hello and thank you for visiting our Smashwords.com page.

My name is Sasha Gabriel, and I would like to take a few moments to say a little about Glenn and myself.

They say that creativity belongs to the young. Well, not always. Young at heart, I’ll buy, but nothing else.

Writing is relatively new for me. I’ve been an avid reader for most of my 60+ years. But writing seemed daunting. How do you write an idea to get over to other people without boring them to death? How do you write conversations that sound like the people who are speaking them?

Once I studied the “how to’s” a bit, and with the encouragement from Glenn, my wonderful husband and best friend, I started writing.

And I love it. So does Glenn.

Writing has opened a door for me that nothing else has – my imagination has soared and I’m absolutely thrilled and thankful, from the bottom of my heart, that others like my writing, as well.

Both Glenn and I have been submitting very, very short stories (no more than 600 word stories) because these are also being entered into a writing contest with that directive.

At the same time, both Glenn and I are writing novels (Glenn’s is awesome!!!! Think the depth of Lord of the Rings with the immediacy of Harry Potter and you’ve got it!).

But I want to share something with you all… Glenn has battled Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia almost his entire life. That’s a mouthful, for sure, but try living with them on a daily basis!

Even so, Glenn has worked to overcome the more serious side effects and his talent in writing, painting, and all over creativity is nothing short of staggering.

Honestly… I’m running to keep up with him but I’m mostly just out of breath!

So… the bottom line is… we’re all just human with all our challenges and it’s those challenges that make what we create that much better.

Please… If you like to read… then write. If you like to paint… then paint. Pick up that paintbrush and start. For writing, get to your keyboard and begin.

We think you’ll surprise yourself at your talents.
And, again… Thank You all for your kind and generous words of appreciation for our stories!

It means the world to us!

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Glenn here.

Just wanted to add that we never thought anyone would even read our work, let alone have downloaded our little stories thousands of times in such a short time.

Because of the kind words from you all, I will continue to write. I have, as Sasha had mentioned, been writing the Amanda Ackers novel series, with Sasha contributing several chapters to each book.

I had only begun writing the novel for fun, for our grandson Logan. I was not going to publish it, just print it out to give to him. However, with all the encouragement I have received via email, from those reading our little short stories, I have decided to publish the first two books of the Amanda Ackers series for FREE. Everyone keeps telling us we need to charge for them, so, should we decide to do so, they will be no more than $0.99 cents in U.S. Dollars :)

My many thanks to all of you, for your continued support.

Please feel free to contact Sasha and I at the following email address. We would love to hear from you, even to just say hi:

GlennAndSasha@gmail.com

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Review by: Srinivas Rao Gujjar on April 22, 2014 : (no rating)
Great Story ......!
When is the next edition coming....?
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Review by: lena lindsay on April 09, 2014 :
Read it.....I dont need to explain a damn thing right now....If you are reading this review, fate has brought you here and is telling you to read this story. Though I am a little upset how it underminds a certain religion, I am happy I read it and you will be too...I ONLY started reading about 2 weeks ago and I am already waiting for book three...and believe it or not this is where the suspense begins...Read it...Not for me...not for the Gabriels, but for yourself.

I hope you enjoy this heart gripping adventure.
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Review by: Nick Hare on Oct. 04, 2013 : (no rating)
This is refreshingly new way of writing. Sasha and Glenn have taken "Harry Potter" to new a new level. I have read books from Terry Brooks, Robin Hobbs, Sara Douglas etal. I found it confusing at the start, but now I find that I cannot put the book down.

I have to give this 5 stars for effort alone
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Review by: Jeannie Matthews on June 09, 2013 :
I found this book and decide to give it a try. I am so glad that I did. Not only did I enjoy it, but my grandson has fallen in love with Amanda. This is truly a series the whole family can and will enjoy. I strongly encourage you to guve this series a try.
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Review by: Tad Walden on March 03, 2013 :
Found out about this book on Twitter. Visited their blog and read all the question people had emailed them. I found it interesting and decided to download the book. I can't tell you how glad I am that I did. I read the book from cover to cover three times (skipping the rather long prologue), and found something new with each read, new questions I found myself asking. I love that. I have the feeling that this series is very deep in back-story, which is being given to us a little at a time. I love a good read that makes you question why some things are happening, or, how someone could possibly survive what Amanda goes through within just the first two chapters. In book one, we do have some of the answers given, but, I have the feeling that book two is going to begin with excitement, since this book left off with a battle against evil wizards and huge vicious spiders. I loved the ending, and can’t wait to see what happens right off in book two!
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Review by: Tasha Parker on March 03, 2013 :
After reading all the outstanding reviews, with some poor ones mixed in, which you seem to find even on the top authors sites, I decided to give this first book of the series a try. I am thrilled I took the chance. Has to be one of the best stories I've come across in a good many years. As another review stated, the prologue is way too long, but is being edited for the Second Edition according to Twitter. I did not have any problem whatsoever with the chapter on the witch hunts, but, to each their own, and, yes according to Twitter, the authors are taking that section out. I too was much surprised to learn that the authors have never written before. This series is simply outstanding and leaves you wanting more. I only signed up with Smashwords to leave the review on book one since I love it so much, and, since I've now read book two twice, will leave a review for that as well. I've learned that many teaches in schools across the country, are reading this series to their younger students. I've read the first two books to my three children and they love the story. All I can say is, get this series or the Second Edition when it comes out, you will not be disappointed.
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Review by: Tami Lee on March 03, 2013 :
I agree with the two previous posts, this is an absolutely outstanding series! I love fantasy stories and loved the Harry Potter series, and loved the Lord of the Rings as well. The Amanda Ackers series is right up there with those. I had not looked at the authors bios before reading another review. I just read their bio and was also stunned they have never written anything before, and one of them suffers from dyslexia and others. Great series. I agree with many that it's very hard to get used to the hundreds of italics, but, they do warn you that the use is because this is written in the style of the High Elves. I think the prologue was way too long, but I've read on Twitter that they are editing book one, and very much shortening the prologue, and are also taking out what many deem an offensive chapter which some think is a slap to Christians. Well, I'm a Christian, and I even loved that chapter, since everything stated is true. Yes, the Church has apologized for the witch hunts and the massive tortures blessed by the Pope and Church. I though the chapter fit the story very well, but others are just too sensitive! Five Stars for sure as others have stated. Low ratings have got to be given by people who have not read the entire book, or, just give low ratings to puff themselves up.
Outstanding series!
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Review by: Dan Roberts on March 03, 2013 :
Has to be one of the best novel series I've ever read.

I am a voracious reader, and love a good fantasy story. Glenn and Sasha have created a wonderful novel filled with spectacular wonders.

I agree with another reviewer. I see NO reason for any rating less than four, and four only because you never give anyone five stars, other than to God.

The Harry Potter story was great. This novel? Terrific!

Yes, it takes a little getting used to, and yes, one section of one chapter I could do without (history of the witch hunts and the torture blessed by the church), however, nothing stated is incorrect. I am a minister and the church has apologized for these true atrocities many times. If you read on however, there is a reason this is brought up, and fits the story very well.

I loved the Lord of the Rings series, and this series has the epic depth and history of LOTR.

Chapter one (not the rather long prologue) starts right off with action. I love that. I was hooked from the first chapter, and they only get better!

I am just about finished with book 2, and I've got to tell you. WOW!!! I'll do a review for that book too, but suffice it to say, FIVE STARS all the way thus far.

If you have not read this series, you are truly missing out. Don't let the occasional poor rating fool you. Something is seriously wrong with those. Perhaps simply people that love to give low ratings for the sick fun of it. Truly a shame.

Love this series!!!
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Review by: Sally May on March 03, 2013 :
The best book I've read in years!

I can't for the life of me understand anyone giving this book less than 4 stars... period!

The review that says they couldn't finish the book,and gave two stars? Who had only read half way through... what an idiot. Did they miss the part about this being a SERIES. I loved the entire story, and, yes, there are battles later in the book.

If you love elves, witches, wizards, dwarfs and just a good read, this is the series for you.

I just finished book two of the series and was floored. It has many battles and, answers many of the questions I had from book one. Book two is even better than book one, and we get to know how Amanda was able to do all the things she did.

Fantastic!!!
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Review by: Cathy Crittenden on March 03, 2013 :
I love fantasy books and the longer the better. I almost always read an entire book. This book is one of the rare exceptions - I can not continue reading it. I plowed through Amanda's solo adventures and actually enjoyed that section of the book. Finally, about half way into the book, Amanda encounters beings that she can interact with in a meaningful way - not life and death gory battles. Instead of rich conversation about the new world that Amanda is in, the dialogue quickly becomes a history lesson and rather shallow condemnation of human conduct on earth. A couple of pages of such dialogue would be okay and get the point across. After more that 10 pages with no end in sight, I can't stomach any more.
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Review by: Deanna Wiseburn on Jan. 14, 2013 :
I don't generally read a lot of Fantasy. When I first saw that the book was to be read differently, I was not sure about the book. But once I started reading I was instantly pulled into the story. Amanda is a likeable character that falls into an adventure that she can't begin to imagine. She makes great friends, and towards the end of the book, she realizes that she is on a larger adventure, with greater risks than she ever knew.
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Review by: Pellia Ony on Dec. 09, 2012 : (no rating)
It took me about 5 chapters before I really adjusted to the writing style, but I guessed correctly it would be worth it. The book is titled "The Deep Forest Elves" and for the first half of the book you're left wondering why: there are no elves or forests to be seen. Amanda's journey to find the elves is itself a page-turner. Amanda faces crisis after crisis and discovers some genuinely interesting creatures. The transition to the deep forest and the elves was surprisingly jarring for me after the non-stop action of the first half of the book. It was difficult to adjust to the new characters and to really warm up to them, but by the end of this book I was invested in all of them. A great read and I followed it immediately with the next book in the series.
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Review by: Deena Daily on Nov. 30, 2012 :
One of the best series EVER!

I have now read this book through cover to cover for the third time, along with book two which I like even better than book one! I agree with some that the prologue is rather long and not very exciting, but, then again, it is setting you up some. Starting with the first chapter though, WOW! I could not put the book down. Elves, dwarves, witches, wizards, dragons, tons of adventure. that's my kind of story! The heavy use of italics really got to me in the beginning, but once I actually read the APPENDIX which you are told to read BEFORE reading the story, I understood why they were there. From that point on, I have to say, I love the italics. They really do give more emotion and feeling to the characters. Book two blew me away, and I had to come back here to give a review on book one. If you have not read this series, you are missing out. This series is a hot topic at both of my kids schools. I discovered the book through our book club, which gave these first two books FIVE STARS PLUS!!!
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Review by: Dana Page on Nov. 30, 2012 :
OMG! I Love this book! My husband does too!

Our four children ages 6 – 14 like it better than Harry Potter... and that was their favorite until this book.

My husband and I had to laugh at the review with only two stars. Needs an edit? No... it was written that way for a reason. Too much detail? No... the detail is in there for a very good reason also, which you find out in book two which I just finished reading to my children.

Wow, and I thought this book one was great! Amanda is wonderful and has so many adventures in book one beginning in chapter one, "Terror In The Forest" that you wonder how she could possibly survive. That is explained later in book two also.

The person who gave this book two stars obviously missed the fact that this is a series, and that things happen for a reason.

Please, if you or your family liked the Harry Potter series, or the Lord of The Rings... read this book... all the way through... then decide for yourself.

Book two answers a lot of question you will have in book one.

Brilliant! Brilliant writing! can't wait for book three!!!
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Review by: Kimberley Winterbottom on Oct. 25, 2012 :
All I can say is it could use a solid edit, and by that I mean it really could have been 1/2 as long and a lot more enjoyable to read. This book while truly filled with action scenes, could have left out half of the endless detail and been really terrific. I waded through on will alone sometimes, I feel the characters need more development they are amazingly one dimensional for such a long story. This story was so full of endless and often needless detail it left very little to my imagination which actually really detracted. Detail is food for the reader,
in fact that's a good analogy a book is like a meal the best ones leave you savouring not only the ingredients but how they were put together and presented. This sadly to continue the food analogy was a heavy dough overly salted meal. I'm not really up for the next instalment. Oh and I do love a long read, Heinlein, and any of the HP"s, Tolkein are good long stories and that's the point they are good and long. Good luck next time and I wish you well
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Review by: Rowena Miles on Sep. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
very good book
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Review by: Juliet Cleary on Aug. 08, 2012 : (no rating)
BRILLIANT
Move over Harry Potter, Amanda Ackers is coming through!
Loved every page. Great Story and a hard book to put down.
Spent every spare minute i had reading it. Would love to see it made into a movie.WELL DONE
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Review by: Musicmann25 on June 25, 2012 :
Great story. Full of action, adventure, and surprises.
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Review by: Gareth Parker on March 20, 2012 :
Well done on this book should be very proud of yourself :-) Gareth X
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Review by: Christopher Riley on Feb. 22, 2012 :
So it took me 3 weeks to get through this and at first the italics threw me. BUT once I got past that I had a hard time putting the story down to do important stuff-like go to work.
This is a great story but needs to be on the big screen to get the full effect. So many things going one thatkept me riveted.
And if this is Book 1 can't wait to see Book 2. How much longer until you get it onto here? I need to know what happens, man!
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Review by: Jill Witmer on Feb. 20, 2012 :
Wow is all I can say.
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Review by: Catherine Felton on Jan. 05, 2012 :
I downloaded the book onto my iPad the day it was uploaded. Usually it would take me a couple weeks at least to read something this long, but, I was so hooked, I just had to keep reading. That doesn't happen with me all that often. I love this book! Amanda is great, but I really like Tianna's attitude, and love little Sadie too. This is a great adventure story with elves, dwarves, witches and wizards and others. I really liked the chapter on the Aviary, and the Dragons Den. The fight scene where Blaine turns to stone and then shatters... Wow! I'm going to begin reading the entire thing again tonight, now that I know how and why Amanda was able to do the things she did! Can't wait for book two!!!
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Review by: Annamarie May on Jan. 04, 2012 :
I downloaded yesterday morning and am now almost half way through. This is a terrific story! I've recommended it to some friends already. The book is huge, but I'm already hooked! I'll have to read your short stories when I'm finished with this.
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Review by: Steve Lachey on Jan. 03, 2012 :
I've been watching out for more books from you because you're story-telling really resonates with me.
I just downloaded this - wasn't expecting it to be so big but, so far, I'm hooked.
Something's up with this amanda - I know your style and she must be something more. Well, whatever she is, the story is great and, you know what... I really like the italics and punctuation. It makes it more than just a story.
Great!
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Review by: Lora Keene on Jan. 03, 2012 :
OMG!!!! Thank you so much for sending me a pre-release, as well! But I had not expected this!
First off, this has GOT to be made into a movie!! I can see it all and I'm sold!
Second, I know you told me that this is a series and I want them all! I'm thrilled that you're giving this free - so great! But, honestly, I would be happy to pay!
This is sensational!
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Review by: Andrina Mars on Jan. 03, 2012 :
Okay, I've read all your short stories and have loved them all. I'm a stay at home mom, so I spend a good deal of time reading, and keep my eye out for your work. I should have emailed like I see another reviewer had, for an advanced copy, but I never thought of that. I just downloaded the novel a while ago, and have only read the first five chapters. OMG! I Love it already and just had to write a review right away! I love the way you bring us as the reader into the story, as though we are on the adventure with them. I can see why you want everyone to read the Appendix first, so we understand why the style of writing is like it is, which doesn't bother me in the least! I also love how the first chapter, Terror In The Forest, starts with IMMEDIATE action, I LOVE that! If she's been through all this in just the first few chapters, I can't wait to get back and read more! I'll review again when I finish the entire novel. Wow is all I can say for now!!!
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Review by: Tom Banks on Jan. 03, 2012 :
I too was fortunate enough to have received an early release of this, their first ever novel. I had emailed them from their authors page and asked if they would consider sending me an early copy. What a unique idea, having the story being retold by an elder elf. And having the reader become PART of the adventure also? Brilliant! It did take some getting used to the elvish style of writing, in their use of punctuation and prolific use of italics to emphasize where the original speaker emphasized or put more stress on a word or words. But I have to say, it didn't take long before I was really into it! I am so invested in the characters! Love Amanda, Thian and the others, and love all her adventures. If this is just book one, I can't wait to see what happens in the others! Well done you two!
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Review by: Layden McKinney on Jan. 03, 2012 :
Glenn, Sasha, thanks for the prerelease of this novel a week ago. Gave me a chance to read it, and I've got to tell you, I loved it! This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I can't wait for book two! I LOVE Amanda, Thian, Tianna, Tia and the others too. Wow! Amanda goes through a lot of adventures in a very short time. Talk about a book you can't put down! Thanks again for the prerelease.
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