Never On A Friday

For those of you living in the future, it’s Friday (woo!)

Soon it will be time to have breakfast and get ready for my day job. But first, I’m making the transition on this site from being a place for announcements – though those will absolutely happen here – and turning it into more of a dialogue between me and anyone who cares to read and engage.

A few years ago, I took a class where one of the assignments was to find out about my family’s superstitions and folklore. It was an interesting assignment, but the thing that stuck with my most was something my youngest aunt told me.

When she was five years old, my grandmother was sick for a while, and all of her older brothers and sisters were pretty much teenagers and adults – so it was just her and Grandpa around the farm. She followed him around as he did his chores, and he would tell her stories. He pointed out fairy rings, and told her some “rules” that he followed. Some of the things came out of the Farmer’s Almanac, I think – for instance whether or not you could plant a potato under a full moon. Details are fuzzy.

But the thing that stuck out the most for me was his rule that you must never start something new on a Friday. If he could, he would wait until Saturday, and spend Friday continuing things he’d already started. Maybe it was a way to make sure he ended the week by finishing things he’d already begun. Maybe it was a superstition passed down from his family. He never really explained to my aunt, and it’s too late to ask him now.

The ‘rule’ stuck with me, and I began to subconsciously follow it. Any new thing I decided to do – whether joining a gym, starting a new good habit, or starting a chore I hate – would have to wait until Saturday, or maybe even Monday. It became a wonderful excuse to procrastinate, without calling it that. But today, in my quest to become a superhero professional writer, I’ve decided to change that. Starting with this post.

No more procrastinating. Not when it comes to this.

Happy Friday. Happy “first” blog post. Here’s to a hopeful new beginning.

Now in paperback!

Good news, everyone!  (I love saying that).
The Underside is now available in paperback form!  This is the first book in The Underside Trilogy.  This is the story of Rosalyn, an ordinary woman who is turned into an extraordinary monster when her troll ex-boyfriend just won’t let go.  She’s pulled into the bizarre world of fairies as she searches for a way back to her normal life.

On the way she makes new friends and wicked enemies, and one of those friends might be a new love interest… if she can get over the fact that he’s a troll just like her ex!

I’m extraordinarily happy for a Monday  morning.  There’s nothing like holding a physical copy of my book in my hot little hands.

In other news, I am over 80% done with the first draft of book two in the trilogy, with the working title Curse Breaker.  If all goes according to plan, it’ll be out by Christmas (knock on wood!).  I’m very excited by the progress I’m making.

What projects are you excited about?

The Underside is LIVE on Amazon!

The title says it all.  The Underside is uploaded and available for your reading pleasure.  It’s $2.99 on Amazon, and since I’m all-in with Amazon right now, you can get it for nothing if you’re signed up for Kindle Unlimited.



I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited.  My next project is to make a paper version available.  It may take some time to get the formatting right and to expand the cover, but I will update here as soon as it’s done.

Thank you to my wonderful cover artist, Sara, and to everyone who has checked out the book so far.  I hope this is the start of something amazing.

Cover Reveal!

I am very excited to announce that the cover art for The Underside is complete – check it out!




I can count the days until the book is ready for upload.  Look for it by the end of next week!

A new voice clears her throat…

Hello, world!  (I didn’t want to erase that completely from my first Word Press post!)

I’m Madelyn Eld, indie fantasy author.  I’m riding high on the fact that I’m less than a month away from the release of my first novel, Underside.  Underside is a contemporary fantasy about Rosalyn, a woman who’s been cursed to live life as a troll.  She has to weave the dangerous underbelly of the fairy realm as one of its most despised yet feared creatures, while trying to find a way to break the curse.

I’ve spent a lot of time with Rosalyn and her new friends, if we can call them that, and I’m thrilled to think that Underside will be released by the end of July 2014.  More announcements to come as soon as I have them.  Peace out!