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READING FOR KIDS

By Julie Herath

The Nashville News, May 11, 2005
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NOTEWORTHY

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Ogden, UT, February 27, 2005
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FIRST TIME AUTHOR LARENE ELLIS FINDS A BOOK WITHIN HER

By MATT JAMES, Record Staff

Park City, UT, February 26, 2005
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UTAH WRITER LARENE ELLIS DONATES FIRST EDITION BLOCKBUSTER BOOK TO UTAH SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SALT LAKE LIBRARY


"STONES' QUEST" SERIES SET TO BECOME U.S. EQUIVELENT OF HARRY POTTER PHENOMENON


Kaysville, UT, February 14, 2005 - Gathering Place Publishers has announced the donation of 300 first edition copies of volume I in the Stones' Quest science fiction novel series to all Middle and High Schools in the 40 Utah School Districts as well as all six branches of the Salt Lake Public library. Stones' Quest is the brainchild of Utah writer LaRene R. Ellis and Volume I -- Stones' Quest: In Search of its Master has been hailed by reviewers at Marvelous Multimedia, Inc. as a combination of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Volume I is available to the public at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com and other book outlets. Volume II will be available to the public in the spring and volumes III through VI are in various stages of editing and printing.

"The series is primarily geared to the teenage and young adult audience," said Ms. Ellis, "And I wanted to make sure that it was available to all in that age group through their schools and the library system. I felt that making this donation would be the best way to accomplish that."

Stones' Quest - In Search of its Master begins the tale of the great quest of the Stones. Filled with mystery and magic, spaceships and spies, the story chronicles an ongoing war within the Ellisarius Galaxy that once enjoyed peace and prosperity when the Master of the Galaxy ruled with four pure white Stones of ultimate power. But three decades ago, the Stones were scattered and the Master disappeared. Now the story begins.

Readers will be introduced to the book's captivating central character - Ghonllier, considered to be the best commander in the I-Force fleet who, along with the inimitable I-Force General Dapper, fights valiantly in the galactic civil war against the evil Suzair the Great and the KOGN forces. The delightful Sooner and Jasper, along with many other imaginative characters, fill the pages of this enchanting series of novels.

The first volume in the series is receiving rave reviews from its readership who anxiously await the availability of volume II in the spring of this year. "The book was fantastic," said Heidi Tice, book editor from Middleton, Delaware. "My imagination was kept in high gear as I anxiously followed the interest-gripping action. The story line was unique and exciting and I became very involved in the characters lives and anxiously watched to see what would happen next." Youth are being enchanted by volume I. Twelve-year-old Cameron Mumford says, "I really enjoyed reading this book. I just couldn't put it down. I could hardly wait to see what was going to happen next."

Even the adult audience is giving Stones' Quest the two thumbs up. Listen to what Jennifer Jacobson, Assistant Principal at Juan Diego High School has to say about the series. "I believe the Stones' Quest series will garner a large audience and will have broad appeal. It has elements that will appeal to younger and older teens and the adult Sci-fi audience as well. I can honestly say that I look forward to reading volume II. I found it hard to put the book down once I began reading it. I said to myself, more than once, I would stop between chapters and do other things. However, when I found myself at the end of a chapter, I had to continue reading to find out what was next. This is definitely a good sign for the opening novel of a series."

"I feel very fortunate that I have been able to write this series of science fiction novels and see plots and characters come to life," said LaRene Ellis. "My greatest satisfaction comes in seeing the response of my readers and knowing that they can soon enjoy volumes II through VI that are in the pipeline." Readers can hear LaRene Ellis, who will serve as a panelist, at the Marion K. Smith Symposium on the BYU campus February 17-19.

About Stones' Quest

Stones' Quest is a six volume series of science fiction novels written by author LaRene R. Ellis. The series chronicles the tale of the great quest for the four pure white Stones of ultimate power that for generations, under the protective care of the Master of the Ellisarius Galaxy, have contributed to the Galaxy's peace and prosperity. Now the Stones have been scattered and the Master has disappeared. Now Ghonllier, the courageous I-Force commander must confront the evil Suzair the Great as the Stones' Quest: In Search of its Master unfolds.


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NEW SCIENCE FICTION SERIES "STONES' QUEST" BY AUTHOR LARENE R. ELLIS HITS BOOKSTORES


STONES' QUEST - IN SEARCH OF ITS MASTER FIRST IN THE SIX VOLUME SERIES BEGINS THE GREAT QUEST OF THE STONES


Kaysville, Utah, November 8, 2004 - Gathering Place Publishers, Inc. has announced the publication of book one in the six volume Stones' Quest series of science fiction novels by author LaRene R. Ellis. The series, primarily geared to the young adult audience, will delight young and old alike. Reviewers at Marvelous Multimedia, Inc. have hailed the book as, "An original sci-fi story - Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings. We loved it!"

Stones' Quest: In Search of the Master begins the tale of the great quest of the Stones. Filled with mystery and magic, spaceships and spies, the story chronicles an ongoing war within the Ellisarius Galaxy that once enjoyed peace and prosperity when the Master of the Galaxy ruled with four pure white Stones of ultimate power. But three decades ago, the Stones were scattered and the Master disappeared. Now the story begins.

Readers will be introduced to the book's captivating central characters - Ghonllier, considered to be the best commander in the I-Force fleet who, along with the inimitable I-Force general Dapper, fights valiantly in the galactic civil war against the evil Suzair the Great and the KOGN forces. The delightful Sooner and Jasper, along with many other imaginative characters, fill the pages of this enchanting series of novels.

LaRene R. Ellis is a deep thinking, insightful and imaginative writer, who has used her life's experiences and observations to create this mind-expanding science fiction series for her teenage and adult audience. The Stones' Quest series began to flow from the keyboard when LaRene found herself confined to her home for three months following a bad bout with the flu. The project extended into a "quest" that lasted four years - eight hours per day, six days per week.

The younger members of her audience have hailed Stones' Quest: In Search of its Master as "A real page turner." One twelve-year-old has said, "I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I just couldn't put it down."

"I feel very fortunate that I have been able to write this series of science fiction novels and see plots and characters come to life," said LaRene. "In my writing, I have found that my mind is always two sentences ahead of my fingers and I have a difficult time keeping up. My greatest satisfaction comes in seeing the response of my readers to book one and knowing that they can soon enjoy books two through five that are in the pipeline and book six that will be close behind."

"The book was fantastic! My imagination was kept in high gear as I anxiously followed the interest-gripping action and unique story line," said Heidi Tice, book editor from Middleton, Delaware. "I became very involved in the characters lives and anxiously watched to see what would happen next."


About Stones' Quest

Stones' Quest is a six volume series of science fiction novels written by author LaRene R. Ellis. The series chronicles the tale of the great quest for the four pure white Stones of ultimate power that for generations, under the protective care of the Master of the Ellisarius Galaxy, have contributed to the Galaxy's peace and prosperity. Now the Stones have been scattered and the Master has disappeared. Now Ghonllier, the courageous I-Force commander must confront the evil Suzair the Great as the Stones' Quest: In Search of its Master unfolds.