Monday, January 6, 2014

The Labyrinth Wall Monster Party

To celebrate the release of Emilyann Girdner's The Labyrinth Wall, she's hosting The Labyrinth Wall Monster Party, where we each post a little about our labyrinth monster of choice, visit the other monster hunters, and tell you a little about The Labyrinth Wall.

So climb through the doorway my friends, and join us in the labyrinth, where you'll find creatures of all shapes, sizes, and capabilities.

What you may not know is that there are tales that have been buried, an addendum to the myth of the Minotaur. Each victim killed in the labyrinth was brought back from the dead to assist the Minotaur and hamper the next person foolish enough to try their hand. Sporting horns wherever they'd been wounded, these monsters scattered throughout the labyrinth, never discovering the way out, even in death.

Dinerius was one of these monsters. He had been gored through the chest, his head squashed like a ripe melon against the labyrinth wall. When he returned, the horns grew from his sternum, front and back, and only one eye could see from his ruined head. Out of the damaged side grew an additional horn, adorned with symbols and indecipherable writing.

Dinerius was a formidable opponent, having been a strong warrior in life. Skilled in swordplay, he often used this weapon instead of the horns, though they certainly made him look quite fearsome.

When the Minotaur was slain, Dinerius was unaccounted for. He may yet roam the world, looking for his next victim.

That's my monster contribution for the Monster Party! Now let me tell you a little about Emilyann Girdner's The Labyrinth Wall.

The Labyrinth Wall
Obsidian Series, Book 1
Young Adult Fantasy Novel
By Emilyann Girdner
Editors: Nicole Zoltack and James Allen, Sr.

This is the tale of a young woman who discovers that although labyrinth walls confine her and her enemies try to repress her, the power of hope can set her free…

Free Amazon Download (New Year Special!)
Ebook: Now on Amazon

Paperback: Delays on physical copies, look for them later in January through Barnes & Noble and Amazon
Readers have said:
"A fascinating tale of adventure, danger and self discovery. You will not want to put this one down as you are drawn into the quest for something as unknown and distant as a reoccurring, puzzling and incomprehensible dream."

"The Author created a very in depth world that left me even more curious about it."

“Full of exciting situations, humor, and a good look at the human psyche of a labyrinth prisoner, this book pulls you in, and doesn't let you go until the very end.” ~ Desert Rose Reviews

(Read other excerpts at my fellow participants' blogs)

We sit together in silence and pretend like its three weeks ago before my world changed. Extracting the chalk from my box, I spend a few moments sketching on the wall. Creativity often helps me sort out my thoughts. The entire space is covered in my depictions but more always manage to fit. My arm dances in different directions, drawing what feels natural. Not allowing my mind to plan anything seems to extract the best results.

My sketch depicts a person slouched over in tears. With the creation of lines around and above her, the figure becomes enclosed in a cage.

“Guess that’s how I feel.” I look over at Blue sadly. It didn’t take away the aching in me, but the drawing did help me figure out my emotions: that I’m trapped like a prisoner. A prisoner of the bounds set by the Creators and those I’ve brought on myself. After tucking the chalk back in the box, I close its lid.

The Labyrinth Wall Arcade Game: can you help Araina escape the labyrinth?


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Don’t forget to hop around to all the participating sites and show some comment love…
The Labyrinth Wall Party Sites and post dates:


Rachel Morgan (1/2/13)


Julie Flanders (1/2/13)





The Warrior Muse (1/6/13)


Heather Holden (1/5/13)


Fiction and Film (1/5/13)


Cynthia Shepp (1/2/13)


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What monster do you think lurks within the confines of the labyrinth? What do you think of all this cool stuff Emilyann shared? Intrigued by the cover and excerpt? Interested in reading more? Check out the other participants!

May you find your Muse


  1. Congratulations, Emilyann!
    And I'll be on the look out for Dinerius...

  2. Wondering how you set this up, so very clever!

  3. I only thought Minotaurs hunted in the labyrinth. I love books based on mythologies. Congrats to Emilyann.

  4. Her own arcade game? Now that's just plain cool. I'm off to check out the book... after I get out of this damn labyrinth.

  5. Wow, nice monster Shannon. That was so vivid, I might have nightmares, lol! Hopefully he's not still wandering around anywhere =)

    Thanks so much for sharing my book. I really appreciate your help.

  6. Thanks everyone for congrats and your interest. Hope you guys have had a really fun time with this event =)

  7. Wow, wouldn't want to meet Dinerius in a dark alley--er, labyrinth! What a cool monster, Shannon! Congrats to Emilyann on what sounds like an awesome read!

  8. Alex, that's probably wise.

    Carole, she did some awesome stuff!

    Susan, there's so much we don't know.

    B&B, isn't that awesome!?

    Emilyann, I was happy to!

    Jessica, thank you! He is a scary fellow. And he's only one of many. ;)