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Woman Soldier Turns Fantasy Author with Debut Novel - "The Sound of the Stones"

Beth Hammond moves from wearing combat boots and camo to wielding daggers and fighting giants in her debut YA fantasy novel "The Sound of the Stones." This isn't a fluff piece. It gets dark. Things get ugly.

Columbus, OH, October 23, 2015 --( Beth Hammond is a former Ohio Army National Guard Engineer, wife mother, and lover of life. She writes and illustrates anything from children’s picture books to YA fantasy and recently released “The Sound of the Stones” through eLectio publishing. This YA fantasy features 14 illustrations and a sweeping coming of age tale.

The ancient book about the past holds the future. Frankie is the key.

She doesn’t remember stopping at the used bookstore, but there she stands as if drawn by an unseen force. Anticipation wraps around her like a cocoon. When she opens the door, the wind nudges her through, and expectancy turns to purpose. The man inside, and the book he offers, changes everything. Unusual things happen when she begins to read:

In a time long forgotten, people are held captive by half human creatures. Ashra holds a secret close to her heart, and must discover the purpose of her gift before the oppressed human race is destroyed. An unlikely ally comes to her aid. Strangers bring her a message from a far off land. Ashra and her band of misfits set off in search of answers. Together, they find love, uncover mysteries from the past, face ever-present danger, and hone powers they never knew they had.

Frankie and Ashra are separated by millennia, by fiction and reality, but in the end the barrier shatters.

"The Sound of the Stones" is an elemental fantasy with a unique perspective. It is written by a woman who has been in the trenches, wielded weapons, and seen the darker side of life. Hammond brings her womanly instincts and combat ready attitude in line to spin an emotionally deep and fierce tale. It gets dark. Things get ugly. But it holds beauty and hope as well.

When asked what her number one piece of advice is for a new writer she said, “Don’t write what you think will sell. Write what you want to read.” – Beth Hammond

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