A troubled, sixteen year old Blake travels to Base Camp on Mt. Everest to spend time with his physician father.  When a deadly avalanche occurs, Dad is forced to rethink things and sends Blake off the mountain.  Now accompanied by a Sherpa guide, and in possession of a mysterious camera, Blake undertakes a journey which will challenge everything he believes.  In the magical Himalayas, he will be forever changed by what he experiences.


“Into the Land of Snows is a eminently readable YA novel that moves quickly and adeptly through many mystical twists and turns. A very fast and enjoyable read! I recommend it highly to YA audiences, but to adults as well.” Rea Nolan

“Into the Land of Snows takes the reader into a world so different, so beautifully challenging in its vision of life that the reader is drawn-in completely. So strong is the vision presented in this book it may even change the being within you.” Karin DeMer

“Well-written with engaging and believable characters, this story has it all: adventure, mystery, magic, and wisdom.” Naomi C. Rose

“Yes, this is a “YA” novel, but to call it a cross-over, or even transcendent, would not be an exaggeration.” Kevin Robinson

“A great YA novel–enough to challenge YA readers to understand and perhaps learn more, and smart enough to engage adult readers as well.” Phyllis DePriest

“The journey that you will be taken on is an exciting, fast-paced adventure that will have you gasping for breath in some parts and reading with your mouth wide open in amazement only to find yourself laughing a few pages later.” Book Peeps

“If you are someone that believes there is more to this world than what you can presently see, hear, taste, smell, feel or touch, this is a story that will affirm that for you. If you are somewhat of a skeptic, this book may soften some of those sharp edges. If you are the parent of a young adult I would highly recommend you both read this book. You will find you have something to talk about!” Book Peeps

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How This Book Came Into the World

Several years ago I had a particularly bad year. My father died, my son was hospitalized, and I came face to face with my own health crisis. All in one year. My illness effectively took me out of the world and focused my attention inward. I returned to basics and found my interest in Buddhism waiting for me. Silent, I think, since at least my teenage years.

I began taking classes offered in faraway Dharamsala, India.  Thanks to the internet, I was able to study with a master who had fled Chinese-occupied Tibet to follow His Holiness, the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959. Listening to Geshe Sonam Rinchen’s patient lectures aided my understanding of Tibetan Buddhism. That along with my friendship with a young monk in India helped me to process and write, Into the Land of Snows.   The novel explores many of the themes I was exposed to as I learned Eastern concepts.

The process of the inward journey continues for me. Living in the material world is not easy. I know the majority of readers will read the book as an adventure in a foreign land, but I hope the book finds a few fellow spiritual travelers.


JURASSIC PARK meets MICRO in this exciting MG adventure!



A hundred years in the future, twelve-year-old Nigella receives a shipment from her deceased grandfather. Her inheritance is a herd of micro-elephants. While a lot of her friends have micro-pets, Nigella is at a loss on how to care for them. Why are her micro-pets so different from everyone else’s? What was her grandfather up to? With the help of her best friend, Kepler, the girls set off on an adventure to discover the truth.



What readers are saying:

“Ellis Nelson’s superb writing made this book a joy to read. I felt like I was right there experiencing the journey, the concerns, the total adventure. Lessons about friendship and family, ecology abound.”

“Ellis Nelson has a way with tweens.”

“…buy it for the tweens in your life and let it instigate a discussion on animal conservation.”

“An intriguing, positive read for tweens.”



44 responses to “BOOKS

  1. Marie Cheine

    Just ordered your book, looking forward to reading it.

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  3. Thank you for visiting my blog! Your books sound interesting; they’re definitely going onto my “to read” list.

  4. Hi, Ells, Yhanks for your “like.” Part of me wanted to title that blog “The elephant in the room.” I like cliches, have even thought of writing something with one right after the other. Your writing looks fantastic. Can’t wait to check them out, especially with my just going into middle school grandson, but I LOVE mg and ya, even though I am a few decades older. I hope to write my ghost memoir into a children’s book series, but first, I have to finish the memoir. Keep writing! You’re great!

    • Thanks, Carole! Ghost stories are a favorite of mine. That sounds like a good idea for a series!

      • My ghost stories are true stories about the conversations I’ve had with my father since his death in 1990. It has been an amazing experience, life-changing! I want to do the children’s stories, so that kids who see ghosts will not be as scared as I was as a child. So much to write!

  5. chrissy50

    My gosh, thank you for liking my silly A-Z blog post! I felt so privileged, when I read what your WRITTEN, PUBLISHED books are about. lol So, tell me, what does it feel like to be a real writer, or are you still as poor as ever? That would be a bit disheartening! Whatever the case, I look forward to finding and reading your books, especially the one about the micro-elephants! Elephants are SUCH amazing creatures, I wish I could have one for a pet.
    Love and hugs,

    • Hi Chris,
      There’s a certain satisfaction to having some of my work published. There’s absolutely no money in it. I’ve enjoyed meeting some amazingly creative and supportive people over the web. Thanks for writing. Hope you like the elephants book. Ellis

  6. Thanks ellisnelson for liking Dragon Spirit. Into the land of snow sounds really interesting. How many books have you written?
    My blog is

  7. Hi Ellis
    Thank your for visiting my blog and making me aware of your book. I’m going to take a look at your sample (which probably will lead me to buy) Love the topic – speaks to me.
    I am an amatuer photographer and also a master sumie artist. I wonder if you’d want to collaborate on a project of some kind? Love to take a shot at doing some paintings for your stories.

    • I love your ink paintings. Especially the cats. Not sure how to collaborate though. If Snows inspires you, and you do something for that, I can post it on the blog and do some FB and Twitter for more exposure to your work. Ellis

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog recently and for drawing my attention to your book – sounds like a good read!

  9. Interest is developing to read this book for sure. Need to grab a copy.

  10. Thanks for visiting my website My book very briefly touches on Tibet Buddhism but not nearly in depth as I would have liked. I will be buying your book as I want to read some middle grade visionary fiction like my own to see how other authors present mystical themes. It sounds like a good spiritual adventurous read.

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have a teen-aged grandson who I will be recommending your book. It sounds like something he would be interested in reading.

  12. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to getting to know you more through your blog posts.

  13. Ellis, happy happy happy you found the Dharma in this lifetime!

  14. Thanks for stopping at my blog! And congratulations on your book, I definitely have to read it!

  15. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I was intrigued just by the title and the cover art of this book but the story sounds very interesting as well. Did you design the cover yourself? I’m in the process of e-publishing a book of poetry and hope that my book is able to grab readers’ attention as your book has grabbed mine!

  16. Read the book and really enjoyed it. Makes me want to visit Nepal but I don’t know if I am physically up to it! Thanks for a great weekend read.

    • Thanks, Barbara. It’s wonderful to hear when readers really connect with the book. I doubt I’m up to traveling in the region as well. If you get a chance, I’d love for you to write a few words about the book at Amazon or Goodreads. Thanks!!

  17. Thanks for the “like” on my blog! This book sounds captivating! Adding it to my Goodreads “to read” shelf! 🙂

  18. The synopsis has me curious, an interesting plot. I’m looking forward to reading some more. Glad you enjoyed my blog. cheers

  19. I’ve read this novel before and I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I look forward to reading more of your work!

  20. Ed

    Hi Ellis. Just finished your book. I enjoyed it and found it most relevant. It was a good book, put together very skillfully.

  21. I would love to get my hands on this soonest i get a copy.. 🙂

  22. Seems like a fascinating book.

  23. Ed

    Thanks for looking at my blog. YOur book looks intriguing and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  24. “Into the Land of Snows” is a wonderful story and I throughly enjoyed reading it. It is very uplifting and intriquing to learn about so many different ways of being. I have traveled alot and have lived in several countries. I think I would have loved the experience of being there.

    • Thank you for such lovely comments! It’s always wonderful to hear someone enjoyed the book. Would love for you to write a few works on Amazon or Goodreads, if you get the chance.

  25. Just ordered the book for my Kindle. Sounds intriguing.

  26. This sounds like a very interesting book. I will be adding it to my ‘To Be Read’ stack

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