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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Emilyann's North Orange Branch Signing and Q&A


Luminous Words Press today officially announced a book signing and creativity Q&A session at The North Orange Branch (the Apopka branch of the Orange County Library System) for Author of The Labyrinth Wall, Emilyann Girdner. Emilyann’s attendance at the book signing event from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on April 23rd, 2016 will offer library members and the Apopka community a rare opportunity to personally meet the Author and learn more about the writing of the Obsidian Series. The Q&A should run about forty-five minutes to an hour, followed by a photo booth and signing.

The Labyrinth Wall, which was written during Emilyann’s semi-truck traveling adventure with her husband and cat, has come a long way. In addition to landing the Amazon Best-Seller list, the book earned a 5 Star rating from Reader’s Favorite, was a Dante Rossetti Young Adult Fantasy award finalist, has been #2 on the Goodreads First Person Fantasy Sci-Fi list, and has received high praise from Young Adult Fantasy readers in numerous online reviews. “If you enjoy books like The Hobbit (with a slightly lighter feel), you will definitely enjoy The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner. I can’t wait to read the next book” raves one fan. In addition to The Hobbit, the book and writing style have also been compared to The Hunger Games. Young Adult Author, Crystal Collier, wrote, “Wow. This book was engaging. It's been a while since I felt COMPELLED to keep reading, but Emilyann definitely pulled that one off magnificently” (Amazon Reviews). The Labyrinth Wall was even mentioned in a tweet by Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Rudy, 50 First Dates and more).

In The Labyrinth Wall, Araina’s lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippling wall into the dark and deadly labyrinth she calls home. She is left to solve the mysteries of who he is, why he has special abilities and what is on the other side of the labyrinth wall through which he came. 

Fans of the Obsidian Series books also love the second installment, The Haunted Realm (released in November of 2015). One fan said of The Haunted Realm “I enjoyed the first book in the series so much that I worried that the author's second book would fall short of my hopes. It did not. The scenes connect wonderfully--and readers will find themselves surprised by twists and turns and fast paced action.”

About Emilyann Girdner:

Emilyann Girdner is the author of Amazon Best-SellerDante Rossetti Award Finalist and Reader's Favorite 5 Star rated young adult fantasy novel, The Labyrinth Wall

Luminous Words Press:

Public Relations Department
The North Orange Branch:
1211 E. Semoran Blvd.
Apopka, FL 32703

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Haunted Realm Release Date News! And Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) Tweets About The Labyrinth Wall

Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings and Goonies) Tweeted Emilyann Girdner’s The Labyrinth Wall Just in Time for Luminous Word Press' Launch of the Sequel, The Haunted Realm, in November 2015

Orlando, Fl. October 09, 2015
Click Here to See Sean's The Labyrinth Wall Tweet
In addition to anticipation for The Haunted Realm book release which is officially scheduled for November 10th, Obsidian Series fans went wild on social media this weekend when Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Goonies, Rudy, and 50 First Dates) tweeted thanking Orlando, Florida Author, Emilyann Girdner, for autographing his copy of The Labyrinth Wall (young adult fantasy novel). The Labyrinth Wall is an Amazon Best-Seller, Dante Rossetti 2014 Award Finalist (an international competition) as well as a 5 Star Reader’s Favorite rated book.
The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner is a young adult book set in a magical epic fantasy world like The Hobbit but with a dark dystopian feel and it is written to be a quick read reminiscent of The Hunger Games. Emilyann has said before that she wanted to write an imaginative fantasy series that is a fast read for modern busy lifestyles. She imagined a story about a teenage girl (Araina) that is part of an entire race of people created to serve their makers within the labyrinth world. Subject to the repression of a hostile civilization within the dark labyrinth, all Araina knows is servitude until she witnesses a man unlike any she has ever seen with supernatural powers emerge magically through a wall into her world. Having realized for the first time that there must be more than the labyrinth, she is left to solve the mysteries of who the stranger is, why he has special abilities and what is on the other side of the labyrinth wall through which he came.
Emilyann Girdner and Sean Astin
In The Haunted Realm, the riveting continuation to the story, Araina again faces a series of seemingly impossible magical obstacles as she and her friends search for answers about their Creators and their magical labyrinth world. At the Barnes & Noble The Haunted Realm book launch event, fans will be able to meet the Author, grab a signed book, make memories in an Obsidian Series photo booth and more. Fans of the series can sign up at the links included at the end of this article to reserve their book for the book launch as well as sign up for the Author’s newsletter for online pre-order updates.

The Haunted Realm Book Launch Event: 

Barnes & Noble 
Altamonte Mall 
December 12th, 2015, 4:00pm 
451 E Altamonte Dr. 
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 
(407) 261-0252


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Friday, May 8, 2015

News Update: One Page at a Time Says that The Labyrinth Wall is an Entertaining & Captivating Read

Review of The Labyrinth Wall (Young Adult Fantasy Novel) from One Page at A Time:


It's unpredictable and somehow refreshing. The pacing was just okay, bordering slow. It has the right amount of action though so it's not too overwhelming and too boring. I liked how every chapter seems to present a new challenge for Araina and her companions. It made me look forward to what will happen next. However, despite those challenges and adventures, I felt like it lacked the 'amazing' factor. I was entertained but I don't think it got me completely.


The idea of a labyrinth isn't completely unique. But the small details and elements were woven together to create a somehow refreshing story. There's still so much to learn about the world they're living in. But since The Labyrinth Wallis the first book in a series, my questions may be answered in the succeeding books. Otherwise, the labyrinth, I think, is a well-created world. It's an interesting puzzle. And I'm looking forward to exploring their world more.


I liked Araina's character development. It was slow and calculated. But I liked how Araina was able to trust her companion and open up, even if it's just a little.Aside from Araina, I was also intrigued by Korun and Darith. There's still so much to learn about them, as well as the other characters, so I'm looking forward to that.I especially liked how the characters were able to form a bond despite the cruel world they're living in. In a world where trust and friendship are unfamiliar, the characters were able to stick together to overcome the difficulties and challenges.


I liked the style of writing. The Labyrinth Wall is easy to read. Even though, it's a completely unfamiliar world, the author was able to tell the story without me questioning what was happening. Haha! The flow of events was smooth while maintaining its unpredictability.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. Again, I was not totally wowed but The Labyrinth Wall presented refreshing and interesting things. Would I read the next one? Yes. Maybe in the next ones, the story will pick-up and things will be more exciting.

Nevertheless, The Labyrinth Wall is a good read. More than the adventure, it is a story about trust, relationship and being brave. Bravery in experiencing the unknown, in trying something unfamiliar, in opening up to connect to others.

Biography from Goodreads:

Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University in 2011. Her writing has appeared on websites and blogs including Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology’s Musings and She is best known for her Amazon Best-Selling novel, The Labyrinth Wall. Emilyann is now living and working in Florida.

Given her three focus transitions as an undergraduate, it isn't a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets.

To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul (Source: Goodreads).

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Monday, April 27, 2015

News Update: COOLERBS REVIEWS Comments on The Labyrinth Wall

The Labyrinth Wall Book Cover

“I thought of a labyrinth of labyrinths, of one sinuous spreading labyrinth that would encompass the past and the future and in some way involve the stars.” 
-Jorge Luis Borges, The Garden of Forking Paths

I must admit, I love mazes! I adore labyrinths! I crave a well-designed dungeon.
I have since I was a kid.

I grew up on the myths of Theseus and his defeat of the Minotaur, and just the idea of a structure built to confuse and trap stimulated my imagination to no end. And clearly I was not the only one, because popular culture loves to utilize a good labyrinth or maze nowadays. From the third challenge in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire to the titular location in The Maze Runner, authors love to stick their characters inside these prisons of paths.

Now, I do realize that mazes and labyrinths are different things (only mazes are meant to confuse.) but they both serve as great symbolic locations. Inside a labyrinth, you really have no idea what’s around a corner, and you can’t see where you are in relation to everything else. It’s an effective place for conveying a feeling of loss or uncertainty.

Which of course brings me to this book: The Labyrinth Wall. A book that by its own promotional statement says:
“The Hunger Game’s darkness and chaos meets The Hobbit’s magical charm in The Labyrinth Wall, an Amazon Best-Selling YA Fantasy Novel.”
An apt description really. This novel does feel like a marriage between the dystopian world of The Hunger Games and the adventurous trip that is The Hobbit. But instead of coming off as some kind of hybrid, it utilizes the qualities of the latter to improve the former. Creating a new thing entirely that may, in some ways, even surpass its famous ancestors.

By utilizing the genre of fantasy, instead of the standard dystopian science fiction format, this book skirts around the issue of unrealistic technology. It’s a world of magic, which means it can have a lot more interesting things occur without breaking the suspension of disbelief. This allows the story to have a very natural flow.

In fact, that might be the best aspect of this book: the flow.
It’s really an engaging read, the story has an excitingly fast pace, and really only stops to have character moments when absolutely necessary. The main character is not one to sit around and brood, and when she does think over her feelings on various matters, it’s usually during a dangerous situation. It’s really nice to see a character that is proactive, who continuously goes towards her goals instead of moping around all the time.

Sadly, this is also a bit of a double-edged sword. With so much focus on the continuation of the plot, there’s not enough time or room for any of the supporting cast to get much focus. Outside of the main girl Araina and her rival/mortal enemy Darith, none of the other characters are really given enough time to establish who they are outside of their stereotypical roles.

I think the main reason for this is the fact that the story is told from Araina’s perspective, and without spoiling too much, she is not a big fan of working with others, so we only view them from a distance like she does.

And while that might be an excellent tool for forcing the reader into Araina’s mindset, it did leave me wanting to know more about the other labyrinth dwellers.

Finally, there’s the setting. It’s certainly an interesting one. While reading, I found it more like a traditional dungeon than a labyrinth. Because all the characters already know their way around to a more or less degree, the walls of the labyrinth only seem to exist to force the characters through specific areas and set pieces. This isn’t really a problem though, because the locations they do travel to are quite interesting. My personal favorite being a pit of snakes that you can only cross via a bridge.

And then there’s the mystery of the labyrinth itself.

Despite the events of the story being easy to follow, there’s an aura of secrecy to the whole thing. The book seems to continuously hint at the idea that there is more to the labyrinth than meets the eye. This, I imagine, was done on purpose to make us need to read the sequels. A trick that certainly worked, as I am quite curious to see what the author plans to reveal.

All in all, this book is a delightfully easy read that pulls its audience in, and holds them there with a surprisingly dark tale of danger and mystery. One that, from what I can tell, will only improve with its sequels.
  • Personal score: 7 out of 10
  • Worth owning: Yes
  • Recommended audience: 13 to 18
  • Multiple readings: Yes
  • Warning: Contains a surprising amount of death. It’s not heavily described, but the actual events are fairly graphic in nature. 
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

News Update: The Labyrinth Wall Book Review from Kirstie Chan

Another Review is in for The Labyrinth Wall:

4/5 Star Rating!

The story of The Labyrinth Wall is very captivating and sucks you into the world of Creators and the Mahk, a race of people made by these Creators. We get inside the mind of an unique Mahk and her journey inside this 'Labyrinth' and the struggles the Mahk people face inside this maze not only against the Creators, but amongst each other and natural forces. 

The world that Emilyann Girdner created is very in-depth and at times it can be really confusing to read. We get taken into something very complicated right away which made the book a bit hard to follow and understand. As you keep reading, it gets even harder to remember the different names of Creators and each purpose they serve. I found myself a bit lost in the beginning which made it hard to continue reading. The book was still interesting enough for me to continue and I found myself unable to stop, especially during the greater portion of the middle to the end of the book. A lot of action occurs at the end of the book and was also a bit confusing. There was so much going on it was hard to keep up with. However, the very end of the book definitely makes readers want more! I know she has a draft of the sequel in works and I can't wait to read the finished product.

This book is a bit graphic in terms of violence and death and it also touches on darker themes such as cannibalism and dehumanization and is much darker than other Young Adult novels I have read. If you aren't sensitive to such themes, then I would suggest giving this book a read.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

News Update: Book Review from Oh My Bookness

A New Oh My Bookness The Labyrinth Wall Review...

Review by: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)

The Labyrinth Wall
The characters that you meet on the journey through  the labyrinth is various fights against the guards to keep them from leaving, the cannibals and something out of the Stone Age........SABER TOOTH DOGS ( Oh yeah I went there, or I should say they went there. I like to know where to where they pulled that stone aged beast out of, maybe a little black magic had a helping hand!). It's a fight for SURVIVAL! It's a crude adventure that makes you believe your out while your still in. It's a survival, it's a fight for survival, it's a adventure of life and death.....

The Labyrinth Wall is filled with suspense and excitement, it's a addictive fun read. Combining fantasy, adventure, magic, strange beings, beings that just seem real enough as they can come off the page. It has that mix of the The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien with James Dashner's Maze Runner. Beings and magic you see in the Lord Of The Rings with magic and Maze Runner being kept captive being told it's for your safety than being stacked by the same people who put you in. This dystopian novel will not release you from its grasp up until the very end. Even when you're already out......

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

News Updates: The Labyrinth Wall Lands Best Books of 2014 List

Crystal Collier
Young Adult Author

The Labyrinth Wall made Crystal Collier's Best Books of 2014 List!

In the year since The Labyrinth Wall was published, The Labyrinth Wall has become an Amazon Best-Seller, reached 2nd of the Goodreads First Person Sci-Fi Fantasy List, been given a 5 Star Rating by Reader's Favorite and more. And Luminous Words Press is excited to announce that Moonless Author, Crystal Collier, recently listed The Labyrinth Wall as one of her favorite books of 2014. In the sea of popular epic Young Adult Fantasy books released in 2014, Luminous Words Press is honored to have seen The Labyrinth Wall mentioned on the list.

See Crystal Collier's Best Books of 2014 post for the full list...

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