Chapter One

The phone rang at an ungodly hour. In the darkness, Blake reached across his desk and clicked it on.

“Hello?” he said, wiping the gunk from his eyes.

“Hi, Blake. It’s Dad,” came the response.


“Listen, I got a call from your mother.” The line crackled with static.

Blake threw his legs over the side of the bed and sat up. “Where are you?”

Mumble, mumble crack. “…at Base Camp. Look, I can’t get away, so the best I can do is have you come here,” Dad said.

“Come there? To Everest?” Blake said with disbelief. He dug his toe into the carpet and reminded himself he wasn’t dreaming.

“Yes, here. Your mother is very upset.”

“I know, but she’ll calm down in a couple of days,” Blake answered.

Dad’s tone turned harsh. “You’re coming here and we’re going to straighten this out.”

Blake drew in a cold breath and pleaded, “This is not a big deal. Everyone is overreacting. Besides, I can’t come there. I’m in the middle of school. Maybe over the break. I know Mom will calm down. Look, this isn’t necessary.”

Static filled the line. “…not open to discussion. You are in big trouble and your butt is mine for the next few months. I’ve talked this all out with your mother and she’ll help you get ready. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.”

“But Dad—”

Click. The phone went dead. Blake let it drop into his lap. He climbed under the covers and pulled his comforter up close. With his back against the headboard, he shivered and wondered why everyone was making this out to be so important. On top of that, this was the first time he had heard from his father in the many months following the divorce, and the phone call hadn’t been the warm reunion Blake sought. Why had Dad felt compelled to call in the middle of the night? Everyone was acting like this was a really serious thing, and it just wasn’t. Go to Everest? That was crazy! He’d talk to Mom in the morning and once she truly heard what he had to say, she’d agree and Dad would back off his insane idea. Blake chuckled. Base Camp, Everest, yeah, right!

Several free chapters are available on Amazon for your review. 


66 responses to “READ AN EXCERPT

  1. Great excerpt and that’s a brilliant idea putting an excerpt on your blog. :)

  2. Keep going. Love your dialogue, and sample on Amazon. Gotta write! Enjoy.

  3. I appreciate the quality of your site and your message, and you’re messaging me. I’m with you, Brother. Let’s see where this thing goes!

  4. The first thing that caught my attention on your site was your sidebar – I was impressed that you chose a representation of Kali -The Dark One. I can deduce that she occupies an important part in the sphere of your interests (I don’t dare to say: “in your life”). I myself believe in the transformative power of female energy, especially at this time – she’s not for nothing called goddess of time, change and destruction. She incarnates the feminine aspect of the most important archetype, the archetype of transformation. Getting rid of the old to give way to the new as a cosmic pattern is my favorite subject that I intend to develop on my site.
    Besides getting to know your book “Into The Land of Snows” (which I intend to read), I enjoyed reading your post on the labyrinth theme, an old passion of mine – that’s how I was happy to discover also here on your site The Lady of The Labyrinth and her site. Thanks for doing all this.

    • I think maybe Kali showed up on purpose now. There has been much destruction in my life to prepare for this new way of being. Some days I deal with it better than others. Glad you found something interesting here!

      • Well, there goes the pattern…
        If suffering is due to loss, then a part of us has to die with it; and we need to keep on living and build a stronger structure than before – more sense and meaning to life, together with an understanding that, here or there (on the other side), it never ends (it is so easy to put it into words, and so hard to live it as a reality).
        If suffering is due to lost pride, Jung says that, in order to construct a more adaptive personality (by that, he means a personality that is centered on the Self and no more on the ego), the ego has to die first. Mine, too, has died a thousand deaths…
        But then, after some time, one begins to quite befriend Kali, and she responds with the same in turn.

  5. shanechall

    Very nice style. Clean and quick, it hooks me in pretty well.

  6. Love it! Definitely want to read this one next.

  7. I’m hooked! It’s next on my list. :-)

  8. This excerpt certainly peaks my curiosity. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  9. Hi thanks for reading my blog your book feels intriguing. peace

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog! I really like your idea! I’ll need to check this out! Good luck!

  11. i have never climbed everest before. somehow i don’t think i’ll get around to it in this lifetime. i’m far too lazy. i hope your characters make out all right.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my post. I love the excerpt, dangling something interesting for the audience is something I have a lot of difficulty doing, cant wait to read the rest of the book! Sorry to hear about the big name publishing difficulties (Should I be?). You’ve probably heard this before, but Rowling was turned down repeatedly before a little publishing company took a chance and made a fortune. :)

  13. Hi Ellis, Thanks for finding and liking my blog. I’ll be reading more of your work. SD

  14. It’s an excellent book! I loved it! Marla, my wife, finally read it… and she enjoyed it a lot too! It was a splendid break from all of those violent thrillers that she perpetually reads that – unlike Ellis’ book – have no deep intrinsic goodness or penetrating meaning. ;)

  15. Ellis, The excerpt sound tantalizing. I tried the Amazon link for a sample but couldn’t locate the sample offer.

  16. Love your writing style… looking to write in that similar style… will look to purchase your book, just reading the excerpt has got me hooked!

  17. I could see my teenage students getting into this story. Especially the young men. Great to see you engaging this audience!

  18. This sounds really interesting. Introducing young adult readers to new places and new philosophies through engaging fiction doesn’t seem to happen nearly enough in today’s publishing world, but it’s so needed, now more than ever. (By the way, thanks for liking my post on favorite books about the craft of writing). :)

    • My agent always thought this would be “a quick sell” but it wasn’t. The big companies seemed really resistant to taking on anything they didn’t have a track record of sales for (ie. looking for the next “Twilight” kind of thing). I finally found a small specialty publisher.

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me the opportunity to find yours. My dream is to become a published author for children so I admire your achievement and look forward to reading more.

  20. In a warm bed, a chilling call, and I’ll bet an even chillier adventure to come. I felt that – was immediately drawn in. Congratulations and I look forward to reading more. Love your style! Thanks for sharing :)

  21. sixtyonabike

    Your book starts really well. I was drawn in. I’m going to download a bigger sample on my kindle right now. Well done!

  22. kai

    Great!! Definitely want to read more! And by the way thanks for stopping by my blog…..will be putting up a page about a book of India stories soon. Glad to follow along your blog! in peace….kai

  23. I got what you mean,bookmarked, very nice web site.

  24. Hi Ellis,
    Thank you for reading my blog. I can’t wait to read your new book and I am so excited for you, since my dream is to do a book someday, also. I’m concentrating on my painting right now and the only writing I’m doing is my blog. I am a Christian, which means that I believe in things you can’t see, and places beyond this earth, so I appreciate your own journey into what really matters.

  25. Thanks for posting an excerpt. Always inspiering to learn about others who slave in the mines of the imagination. keep digging …

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  27. Everest? Yes. I’m sure he goes. He must! We all have our Mount Everests, and we must scale them. Tremendous metaphor!
    Keep it Up!

  28. I enjoyed this very much! Would you consider submitting a short or excerpt to the Short Attention Span Press?? If so, you can email me at

  29. Great excerpt. It’s tight, clear, and suspenseful. Poor Blake . . . I have a feeling Mom’s not going to agree.

  30. I am not a good book reader, but I am intrigue to see what’s next… So it’s probably will be a visit to Amazon to check as suggested.. Good luck with the book anyhow. I think it is great to be able to write any, well done. Thank you for visiting me.

  31. This sounds excellent and I want to read more! I have written for children and once came close to publication but life has been getting in the way for the last fifteen years or so but I’m gearing up to writing again! Thank you so much for liking my recent post. Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to you and yours!

  32. I like the start. I’ll have to order this one, too! :)

  33. Thanks for liking my blog! I will definitely check out your book (combines many elements that are close to my heart – Buddhism, mountains and mysteries!). If you get a chance, check out my fiction blog (Life in Black and White) at

    Thanks again! Happy Reading/writing!

  34. Beverley Burgess Bell

    I’ll have to get a copy of your book to read. The mountains pictured on your website alone has sent me off into nostalgia. I went to school in Kalimpong which is a tiny town two hours away from Darjeeling (of tea fame) in the foothills of the Himalayas. Kanchenjunga was a backdrop to our playing field. Good luck on your book.

  35. Congratulations on the publication! That’s one summit I hope to join you on soon!

  36. Congratulations on completing your book and getting it published – as someone who dabbles in writing, I have a lot of admiration for people who make it to the end of the journey!
    And, as a budding blogger, thanks for liking my post, it means a lot :)

  37. I really enjoyed this excerpt and would love to read the entire book. I look forward to the opportunity! Congratulations on your tremendous success!

  38. Very captivating, you have the golden pen for story writing. Not many authors can grab hold of a reader’s curiosity. Just this short excerpt has me seating my rump on the edge of my chair. Best fortune on the many more stories waiting to be birthed. Also, thank you for the like.

  39. Great grab.
    Hope sales are going well.

  40. WOW! What an attention grabber. A definite book to add to my Nook. I wish you much deserve success on the sale of this book.

  41. Thanks for visiting Life’s Little Surprises. I read your excerpt and it was a teaser. I want to know what got him the call from his Dad. I’m going to have to buy it.

  42. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve put this book on my wish list. The excerpt pulled me right in, and I will likely be placing a new book order in the next couple of weeks. (My To Be Read basket is overflowing today, but that will change. And I don’t dare let it get all the way empty, or I’ll have a panic attack! *smile*)

  43. Hi Ellis,

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I really like yours and I enjoyed myself reading this very well written excerpt from your book. It left me curious, and that is a very good thing!

    All the best!


  44. Your writing is so great and captivating. I want to read more! Best of luck with the sale of this bool. Thanks so much for liking the post on my blog:

  45. Sounds like Blake is in for some adventure. I look forward to reading more chapters.


  46. Thanks for liking my blog. I’ll go read more of this on amazon. I’m ready to read anything about snow at this point, and Everest sounds just the ticket. Crisp, clean, bracing…perfect place to preserve a corpse…Good luck.

  47. This is suspenseful! Thanks for posting an excerpt–I liked it. And thank you for visiting my blog. :)

  48. Hello Ellis
    Thanking you for your likes! This excerpt is very clear and well written. I’m learning a lot from it. Well structured too. The tumbling suspense wants me to read more.

  49. Thank you for liking our page. I really enjoyed reading this sample from your book; and look forward to reading more. As one fellow writer to the next; I believe that imagery is the best detail of all and you have definitely tackled that. While reading your passage of literature, I felt like I was right there.

  50. I love your whole blog and the recurring theme of connections, history, inner strength, questioning, leaning, personal relationships growth and spiritual enlightenment. Everything that really makes life worth living! I look forward to reading your book, and see what’s in-store for Blake!

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