Bertha Maude Anderson has no inkling of how famous she will become. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the year 1843. Her world changes forever when she is enticed to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus and her name is changed to INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders. Inzared discovers her true calling while learning to live with the nomadic Gypsies. From the hatred shown by some of the performers to the love she finds along the way, Inzared finds herself immersed in the rich folklore and customs of the misunderstood people who call the circus their home. Her one constant is Cecil, the elephant, and together they form a bond that no one can break as Inzared finds herself lured into the world of the Gypsies. Will Inzared cling to her own roots or try to break free of the chains that keep her from her destiny?
L.Leander is an e-book author, freelancer and songwriter. She writes for Yahoo! Content and does guest posts on author blogs and groups. As a child L.Leander dreamed of running away to join the circus. Instead, she grew up to write about it, bringing the magic alive for all who read her work.
Ms. Leander currently resides between Wisconsin and Mexico. INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders is the first book in a series about a Gypsy wagon circus in pre-Civil War America.
In this chapter Inzared is having problems facing dislike from some of the Gypsy circus performers. Her friend Mala tells her to ignore the petty people, but Inzared is upset because she is trying so hard to fit in.
She and Cecil, however, are beginning to bond and she loves spending time with the elephant and often talks to him about her problems.
Inzared needs an unbiased friend in the circus and Cecil becomes that friend. He is an animal, yes, but he listens to her and she is able to talk about all the things that are bothering her and sort them out.
INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders
“Cecil.” I offered him a treat and watched as his trunk hovered over my hand, picked it up, and put it in his mouth. I tried every day to cajole Cookie out of an extra pancake to bring with me. “Someday you and me’ll be famous. You’re a special animal and I’m a lucky girl.” We had been training together now for two and a half weeks. He rocked back and forth, the chain that held him in place rattling against his leg. “Here, let me get Paytre to take that off you. I would hate to be tied up like that.”