The Elementals Series
Publisher: Green Moose Productions
Word Count: 87,802
Cover Artist: www.shelbybertsch.com
What happens when a lonely water-girl finally finds her shore?
In a tourist town at the base of the Tetons, Maya Conway, a mythical being known as an Elemental, stands at a crossroads. On her current path, she is content using her life force water to protect humans and the environment. Her direction is altered when Mother Nature taps her to guide Terran Forrester, an analytical scientist, on his journey to become the next Elemental Earth.
If Maya crosses into his world, will her lonely heart find a partner or will his rational mind reject her otherworldly existence?
When an ancient evil evolved from dark matter shadows their steps, which path will they choose—logic or love?
A low beat of classic rock came from the backyard as Maya stood on Terran's front porch. Always one to forge her own trail, she fought the notion that this pull toward him was predestined. Hadn't she, so many years ago, left behind her birthplace to begin a new life? At eighteen, she had traveled across America by train to California. Forever frozen at age twenty-one, she fought the notion this relationship was chosen for her. Fate did not have her at Terran's doorstep-hope did.
At the door's threshold, indecision raced through her mind. Should she cross into his life and get release for this pent-up need, or should she walk away? If she left, could she keep him safe and ignore the pull attempting to anchor her in place? Could she stand still, neither in, nor out?
Hazy heat shot through her body. “Not shy at all, are you?” If only Terran knew how easily she could push him away.
“I’m very clear about what I want.” His dominant position was much too commanding, but at the same time, Maya found his boldness intriguing.
His lips hovered above hers and the scent of cinnamon enticed her senses. Their elemental connection vibrated throughout her body—strong, sensual, primal. Why him? Why had she never felt this attraction to Nodin or Flint? Was it because water flowed toward the shore? Was he the grounding force beneath her feet?
If she stretched, her lips would meet his. The flames from their kiss would burn down the building.
Fahrenheit 451 had nothing on them.
However, book burning in the children’s section would most likely get her dismissed as a volunteer. Tonight was soon enough to find out just how good cinnamon-flavored Terran tasted.
“I’ll drop by later.” She pushed a book against his chest and waited until he took it before stepping from under his cage. “You should read that book. It’s very informative.”
His brows drew together as he read the title aloud, “The Little Mermaid?”
Short Excerpt 2
A fine mist fell from Quint’s office sprinklers while spouts outside the glass walls still erupted with a heavy flow. Tiny droplets covered Terran’s lenses, hindering his vision. If he wiped off his glasses, what would he see? After twenty-seven years of living in one reality, would he now see another? Doubts about Quint and the Elementals’ abilities could no longer fester in his mind. They had to wash away. He used his wet shirt to wipe his glasses. With them perched back on his nose, his vision remained blurred by streaks of water, which matched the hazy perception he could no longer deny.
Quint, the lecherous being who wanted to control his body, who had tried to kill Maya, stood costumed before him in Aether’s skin. The vision of his future altered slightly as another seemingly impossible supposition became fact. Dark matter could take human form, Maya was a water-girl, and they were in a world of shit.
Character Name: Maya Conway.
Character Bio: Maya is a peri-mortal Elemental. Water is her only life force. She lives her life in secret, drawing from the various forms of water to protect the earth and its people. She’s been tasked by Mother Nature to observe and prepare Terran Forrester, an environmental scientist for his new role as Earth.
Maya, please describe yourself, what is your worst and best quality?
What?...Sorry, I had to grab a drink. Huh, best quality,… well, I guess my best quality could also be viewed as my worst quality. I have a slight tendency to leap before looking. Life is an adventure, though. I suppose, some of my decisions might seem impulsive, but I have a very important mission. Flint is always firing all over the world. Nodin’s an airhead, full of philosophical quotes. A woman has to do her elemental duties as she sees fit, don’t you agree?
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
Ah, well how much do you need to know? I’d rather not expose my vulnerabilities. I’m strong on my own, but sometimes…sometimes, it’s nice to have a shoulder to lean on. A long time has passed since I had a true partner. Someone I could rely on.
What is your biggest secret, something no one knows about?
I have an unusual affinity for water.
What are you most afraid of?
Quint. Now that I’ve found Terran, I won’t spend the rest of my life alone. I refuse. Sorry, that question just hit a little close to the surface today.
What do you want more than anything?
I would like for Terran to accept me for who and what I am.
What is your relationship status?
Ask destiny. It seems to have my life all figured out. Not only that, Mother Nature feels it necessary to set me up on a “fate date”. Ridiculous. I can meet Terran all on my own.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
Skinny jeans, sweatshirts. Cheap clothing, because I have a tendency to lose my clothes. I realize that sounds a tad odd.
How much of a rebel are you?
On a scale of 1-10, I’d say an 8.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Figuring out those darn train schedules…wait, I’m sorry…I meant…my volunteer work at the library. Trains were so long ago. I don’t know why I even brought that up.
What is your idea of happiness?
Lying on a tropical beach with Terran.
What is your current state of mind?
Overwhelmed with concern over Terran’s safety. That analytical man has no concept of the danger stalking him. But I can’t tell him. Not yet.
What is your most treasured possession?
My steamer trunk.
What is your most marked characteristic?
My blue eyes.
What is it that you, most dislike?
Water pollution. However, Pillar, the salty shickster is at the top of that list, too.
Which living person do you, most despise?
Quint, although he’s not a living person. I mean, he’s just sort of a dark character.
What is your greatest regret?
Can’t live with those. Life’s too long. Live and Learn.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Which living person do you most admire?
Matt Damon. He’s used his celebrity to draw awareness to the mission to change lives through safe water and sanitation. www.water.org for more information,
If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?
That everyone would understand, the earth’s resources are finite.
What is your motto?
Motto’s and philosophies are Nodin’s territory. I’ve been listening to the man spout them for years and years, so I refuse to state anything. He drives me crazy with his constant quotations.
In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, she’s learned there are many "rules" to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled has been an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.
Water’s Threshold, the first in Jillian’s Elementals series, was a finalist in Chicago-North’s 2014 Fire and Ice contest in the Women’s Fiction category.
Jillian is a: Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose.
The genres she writes under are: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements.