Monday, May 21, 2012

Random Act Of Kindness - Elysabeth Eldering

Elysabeth Eldering is one of two people that I chose to honor for the Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ!  If you didn't get a chance to see the original post, click here.  My gift to Elysabeth was to do a blog post about her.

Elysabeth Eldering has been a traveler since birth.  Her father was a military man, so her childhood was spent living in such places as Germany, Japan, and many of the different United States.  These days, she calls South Carolina home, her mindset being that she is "Southern by choice, not by birth."

This busy mother of three is a full time medical transcriptionist.  She also participates in virtual classroom visits and can be found at home school and book events promoting her writing.

On a dare, Elysabeth entered her first writing contest in 2005 and took second place for Train of Clues, a children's mystery story.  She was then inspired to take that story and start writing a series for children, the premise being that each state would be the mystery.  Each book in the series concentrates on one state and there are supplemental study guides available, which take the series cross curriculum.  

This is the cover of one of the books in the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS) series.  The books focus on middle grade geography of the different states.  The series, loosely based on the original Train of Clues story, follows four friends in their handheld game playing adventure.  The game gives the four friends clues and they need to guess which state is being described.  

For more information about the JGDS series, please visit the JGDS blog at or the JGDS website at

Some of Elysabeth Eldering's other award winning stories include: The Proposal, a humorous romance, which took 3rd place in Armchair Interviews April Fools Day contest; Butterfly Halves, a YA fantasy that was a runner up of Echelon Press's fast and fanciful contest; The Tulip Kiss, a paranormal romance that took 1st place in Echelon Press's fast and frigid contest; and Bride-and-Seek, a paranormal romance which was a selected story for SCWW's anthology, the Petigru Review.

I did a review of The Tulip Kiss back in March.  Click here to read the review.

I will be featuring other books and short stories by Elysabeth Eldering in the upcoming months.
For more information about Elysabeth's other writings, please visit her general writing and family blog at or her website at

Twitter: elysabeth42

Facebook: Facebook profile


elysabeth said...

Thanks for featuring me. I appreciate you putting the word out there. I look forward to reading more of your reviews of my other stories. - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of Finally Home, a YA paranormal mystery

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I understand the traveling due to military. Good luck, Elysabeth!

anthony stemke said...

Interesting background on miss Elysabeth, "Train of Clues" sounds interesting.

Sherry Ellis said...

What a neat idea for a series. I'll have to check out some of those books.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

What an amazing story. Thanks for sharing this, Susanne. Elysabeth's story is inspiring.

Robyn Campbell said...

Susanne, this was a terrific story. Elysabeth, I'll look for your books. Awesome. *waves*

Lynda R Young said...

Gotta love where those dares sometimes takes us ;)

elysabeth said...

Thank you all for the kind comments. I've been busy today and my computer decided it was still on battery time throughout the day although it really was plugged into an outlet (guess after leaving it alone all weekend, it was upset with me - lol).

Again, many thanks to Susanne for featuring me as part of the RAOK blitz. Reposting now (first chance I've had to get to anything for my blogs today. - See you all in the postings - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of Finally Home, a middle grade/YA paranormal mystery

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

Loved hearing about your journey. The dare sparked your passion.

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck Elizabeth and best wishes for the success of State of Successes!

Li said...

Cool idea for random act of kindness! There can never be too many :-)

T. Forehand said...

Great post about your writing journey, tweeted it too.

Blessings for much more success.


Karen Cioffi said...

Elysabeth, Congratulations on being honored!

Shannon Lawrence said...

What a neat story. She sounds like an incredibly busy woman. Love that it all started with a dare!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, road tripping through the #atozchallenge participants!

Melissa Sugar said...

Great interview and an interesting idea for a series. I have an award for you over on my blog.

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats to Elysabeth for the Random Act of Kindness.

Angela Ackerman said...

Such a great feature, and a kind way to celebrate someone!


elysabeth said...

Thanks to everyone who has since stopped by. Please come over to my blog and visit and leave some comments there. I'm doing a comment drawing for a new project of mine. The drawing will be next Wednesday so please be sure to leave your comments by Tuesday night, midnight.

I look forward to having some new followers and following you all - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of Finally Home, a middle grade/YA paranormal myster

Donna McDine said...

Great profile of Elysbeth! I've enjoyed getting to know her even better. I've Google+, Tweeted and FB.

All the best,

elysabeth said...

Thanks, Donna. Every little bit helps. Stop over to my blog and leave a comment on my New Product posting and be entered to win a crocheted kindle or nook cover - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of Finally Home, a middle grade/Ya paranormal mystery


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