The Grand Finale for Secrets Kept

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The Secrets Kept Tour Grand Finale!

This tour explored the World of Nälu: 
Where a story with adventure, action, love, betrayal, and a quest takes place.
We visited sites, learned more about the cuisine, and were introduced to some fantastical characters.

12/9: Launch

12/10: Kelly P’s Blog - Guest Post

The five must see places of Western Nälu

The Nations of Nälu welcomes you to the western region of Nälu. Home to the elves, two of the dwarf clans, and the humans. Most likely you came by ship, so we will start with the beautiful land of Zurial...


What is a visit to a new land without exploring some of the cuisine? I don’t know about you, but I LOVE food and discovering new favorites. If you’ve been by my Facebook page, you probably have guessed that. Ha! Well, here in Nälu we have quite a variety. Today we’ll just look at a few favorites...

12/12: fundinmental - Guest Post

In the course of edits, Secrets Kept lost the opening chapter where we catch a glimpse of the Sacred Pearl. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share that scene with you all one of these days. But later in the story, we learn that the Sacred Pearl was kidnapped during the attack on Dagmar, the headquarters of the Guardians.

But what is so special about the Pearl?

12/13: Next Page Reviews - Review

This book is amazing! It's a gorgeous fantasy with lots of action-packed scenes and spellbinding paranormal and fantasy elements. It's a quick read (I need more!!) and is a definite page turner. It's unique, original, and gorgeously written, perfectly for any lover of good, descriptive fantasy.

12/13: Giveaway Breaking News - Guest Post

The defeat of Lord Stygian released the people, breaking the hold of the Tainted One, but she vowed to return. Who would stop her then? Who should rule the nations? What will become of the giants? Can they be trusted? The questions gave way to chaos, but Karasi, one of the lost rulers of Zohar, long imprisoned by the Tainted One and Stygian, brought peace again and established the first Guardian Circle. They were charged with guiding and teaching of the nations, so that history would never repeat itself, and the nations would never have to endure another oppressive rule such as Lord Stygian’s again...

12/15: Colorimetry - Review of Desert Rose

"This is an intro to how JL Mbewe's stories aren't all peachy happy endings, necessarily, how she delivers an entire world, finished and beautiful, with minimal words. With one short story, she gained a fan-for-life with me. (I'm stubborn, too... you're stuck with me now, JL!!) I love this book!!"

12/16: Katie’s Clean Book Collection - Guest Post

On the northern edge of the Prathae Plains lies an ancient forest. Wisps of a grey mist ooze between bent and wrinkled trees. Silvery cobwebs sway loosely among their twisting limbs like tattered curtains of the dead. A force lingers at the edge of the forest like the foul stench of a beast.

It breathes of dark magic and death...

12/17: Deal Sharing Aunt - Guest Post

Mystery surrounds the corrupted dagger of Raemoja, of course, those who created it, wouldn’t call it that.

Only the dwarves know how to “corrupt” a blade, strengthening it against things not of this world, but the dwarves did not make this dagger.

The dagger is a tool, and we cannot talk about the tool without learning about the one who crafted it...

12/19: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Guest Post

When Nälu was known as Talesri, there were only two dwarf clans. Klovan and Igazin, and they both spoke Tarôc...

During Stygian’s reign, the Klovan maintained a strong defense against the dwäza raids, but much of Stygian’s focus was on the Igazin...

[The Stozic's] capital city, Ta’vazi, is built right into the side of the mountain much like the ancient city of Petra in Jordan...


"I definitely found the title a perfect fit for the story. The MC, Ayianna, has had some secrets kept from her and then in turn must keep her own...

Overall, this was a good story. I really wanted to understand more about the prophecy and dagger and the role that Ayianna and her fellow companions will play, but I'll have to wait until the next book to learn more."

12/22: Mortal Moments - Guest Post

There are three distinct ethnic groups of elves in Nälu. The Esusamor, Saryhemor, and Wofsemor. They speak the common tongue of Nälu, their dialect of Zjótharyn, and most of the older generations are familiar with the ancient language of Táchil. Aside from the merfolk, they are the longest living beings in Nälu...

12/23: alwaysjoart - Guest Post

The feline shape-shifting race of Nälu: The Haruzo are split into two ethnic groups: The Plarzo in Bonzapur and the Rugazo in the mountainous region of Arashel...

Go to alwaysjoart to also listen to two songs representative of the music from Secrets Kept.

12/24: Mel’s Shelves - Review

If you enjoy fantasy, this is the beginning of a great series and I'm personally looking forward to reading the next book!

My Rating=5 Stars


12/26: Zerina Blossom - Guest Post

Across many watery miles and treacherous seas, is a land of mystery, great beauty, and wonder. Ragged mountains emerge from the depths and loom over lush, colorful gardens. Home to the glowing moonflower, healing waters, and dragons.

Here, you will find the Kaleki. The Sea-people. Otherwise known as the merfolk...


"Secrets Kept by J.L. Mbewe is a refreshingly brilliant and utterly sizzling beginning to an astounding epic adventure that emphasizes the innate desire in all of us to do what we fear the most – to truly live life to the fullest. I absolutely loved this story!"

12/29: Fictionally - Review

"I really liked the story, over all. I found it engaging enough that there were not many slow spots in it , which is good cause I read most of it in one weekend so I could have the review up by today.There's also fantastical creatures galore!"

12/30: Dalene’s Book Reviews - Review

"I really had fun reading this book. The characters were well developed and the world building was pretty good."

12/31: Grand Finale


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Desert Rose
(A Tale of Nälu #1)



Secrets KeptSecrets Kept 
by JL Mbewe
YA Fantasy
October 30th 2013 by AltWit Press

With a curse, she will build an army.
With the dagger, she will undo the last sacrifice.
But first the sorceress must find the secret keeper.


Torn from her homeland and thrust into a betrothal against her wishes, Ayianna learns her family has a deadly secret that now has her on the run. She joins forces with Kael, an embittered half-elf, and Saeed, an elderly High Guardian, to seek answers to her father’s death, the destruction of Dagmar, and the plains people’s bizarre behavior.

Ayianna discovers there is more at stake here than just her mother’s disappearance and her familial duty to her betrothed. The sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.



Tales of Nalu

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Desert Rose
A Tale of Nälu #1

First short story published March 2013

Set thirty some years before the opening scene of book one.

Can a desert princess find love with a foreign king?

Johari lives in the shadow of her beautiful sister until a foreign king notices her, but in her haste to prove herself worthy of affection she finds herself compromised and on a difficult journey to make things right.

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A Tale of Nälu #2

What if all you knew had been a lie?

The teaching of the Guardians has guided Semine’s footsteps since her infancy. When her mentor shows up with information contrary to what she’s been taught, she doubts her decision to follow in their footsteps. She must decide if there is life beyond what she has always known or embrace a new, mysterious path and reject the Guardians’ legacy.

Available at Amazon. Coming soon to Barnes and Noble.

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A Tale of Nälu #3

To what lengths would you go to the save the world?

Elothryn keeps the darkest secret of Nälu: The cursed dagger of Raemoja. A weapon powerful enough to release the greatest evil from the underworld. For generations, his family has lived without incident until now. The hunters have his scent and will stop at nothing to reclaim the dagger. Elothryn and his son flee, seeking help, but will they find it?

Available at Amazon. Coming soon to Barnes and Noble. 


NOW AVAILABLE: Tales of  Nälu (all three short stories in paperback) on Amazon!

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Living life balanced between reality and dreams.

JL Mbewe - AuthorWriting as J. L. Mbewe, Jennette is an author, artist, mother, wife, but not always in that order. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now braves the heat of Texas, but pines for the Northern Lights and the lakes of home every autumn. She loves trying to capture the abstract and make it concrete. She has two short stories published in The Clockwork Dragon anthology, and is busily creating worlds inhabited by all sorts of fantasy creatures and characters, all questing about and discovering true love amid lots of peril. Her debut novel Secrets Kept and her short stories set in the world of Nälu: Desert Rose, Dragon Thief, and Indestructible are now available. She is currently living her second childhood with a wonderful husband and two precious children who don’t seem to mind her eclectic collections of rocks, shells, and books, among other things.

For more information about her journey as a writer mama and all things creative please visit her at:



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2013 Favorites, Part III


Welcome to my last day of favorite reads from 2013 (not necessarily published this year, but which I read this year). Today I'm going to list my top ten books (in no particular order):


Dear Mr. KnightleyAcross a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)After HelloA Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)
BlackmooreSiege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

And I also have an honorable mention because it is just a really good book and one I would recommend for everyone to read:

The Rent Collector

Have you read any of these? What was one of your favorite books from this year?

Tomorrow for New Year's you can see my list of books that I'm most looking forward to in 2014. Did you miss my contemporary list or list from yesterday? You can see it here.

Want to win one of my favorites? I'm giving one away, winner's choice. There are some limitations. The book/ebook has to be from one of my lists, be $15 or under in USD, and available from the Book Depository, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. All of my other usual requirements apply. Enter via the rafflecopter below.

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2013 Favorites, Part II


Welcome to my second day of favorite reads from 2013 (not necessarily published this year, but which I read this year). Today I'm going to list non-contemporary books, so where the setting is in the past, future, or another world. Here are my top picks (in no particular order):


Were any of these your favorite books from this year?

Tomorrow I'll list my top ten favorite reads of this year and on New Year's you can see my list of books that I'm most looking forward to in 2014. Did you miss yesterday's list? You can see it here.

Want to win one of my favorites? I'm giving one away, winner's choice. There are some limitations. The book/ebook has to be from one of my lists, be $15 or under in USD, and available from the Book Depository, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. All of my other usual requirements apply. Enter via the rafflecopter below.

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Weekly Update #44


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week. I don't actually have a lot scheduled this week because of the holidays, again. :) There will be a few things. You'll be seeing:

I have another favorites list for you for 2013. It was so hard to choose only a few books, which is obviously why I'm posting three lists over three days. Did you miss yesterday's? I'll be giving away one of my favorites (winner's choice) as well.

I'll be posting my last list of favorites from 2013. This list will be my top ten. There will be some great books on there!

The Grand Finale for the tour for Secrets Kept is also on Tuesday. This was a really fun tour with some great artist renderings!
Secrets Kept

I'll be featuring a book for Waiting on Wednesday. Come see which book I can't wait to read!
I'll also be sharing which books I am most anticipating being released in 2014 and my goals for next year. Come see which books are also on your list!

I'll be a stop on the Mistress of the Wind tour and will be sharing my review. I just love fairy tale retellings! Did I like this one?
Mistress of the Wind

I'll be posting for Stacking the Shelves again, if I get any books to share with you. I'll also be participating in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop. I have a couple of books that I'll be giving away for that.

I'm super excited to be a stop on the tour for Echo In Time. This is a book by one of my favorite authors. (LOVE the cover!)
Echo in Time (Erasing Time, #2)

Have you entered my monthly giveaway? There's only a few days left. It's for a $15 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or you can choose a $15 YA book from the Book Depository or Amazon depending on where you live.


What do you have going on this week? Are you doing anything exciting for New Year's?
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