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.
It's no secret in the circus camp that Lileth doesn't like Inzared. But Inzared still hopes the two of them can be friends. Meanwhile, she is astounded at the graceful Lileth as she performs tricks on the trapeze and high wire with her brothers Guaril and Andrez, The Flying Kasarskis. Having lived on a farm all of her life, Inzared has never seen anything so lovely as the threesome who perform their death-defying act high over the heads of the audience.
INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders
With no net and performing tricks in the air to stupefy and amaze you, let me present Guaril, Lileth, and Andrezj, The Flying Kasarskis.” He moved to the side of the ring as Lileth grabbed the guide rope and nimbly pulled herself to a platform near the top of the tent. Andrezj, on the other side, let the trapeze swing toward her. With perfect timing she grasped it, swinging high above the crowd. She swung back and forth in a lazy rhythm, contorting her body until she hung from her knees on the bar. Meanwhile, Guaril had climbed the rope and grabbed a second trapeze. He now swung gracefully from the other side. He and Lileth began to time their passing until the moment was right