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STORY SYNOPSIS
Set in 1888, The Valiard Mansion tells the story Ruth Rosewood, a middle-class Englishwoman who gets trapped inside a haunted house by a vengeful ghost.  Only one spell can set her free, and only three people believe she can still be saved—her childhood sweetheart, her best friend and her little brother. To find the spell, Theodore, Gangfield and Adam set off to traverse the dangerous past of an ancient magician, while Ruth must fight to keep her sanity in the all-consuming realm of the forgotten dead. 


Welcome to the preview chapters of my illustrated novel, The Valiard Mansion! :D It's got romance, ghosts, magic and talking animals—basically all my favourite things—and it's suitable for all ages. :meow:

The Valiard Mansion will be published by Golden Bell's Polar Press.

Released in time for CHRISTMAS, 2016!
Pre-orders open August, 2016!

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VALIARD got a BOOK DEAL!If you're a Valiard Reader, please do me the honour of watching this video
Hi, guys! Today I have some very exciting news!
The Valiard Mansion is going to be a legit, published book! Like, honest to goodness on bookstore shelves!
This has been in the works for a few months already — since right after I finished the manuscript, actually — so I apologise for keeping everyone in the dark for a bit. I don't much like sneaking around or keeping secrets, but do I make an exception for happy surprises.
Setting out on this writing journey, I decided early on to create a checklist for an ideal publisher. Anything less would be shown the door, if it ever came to it. If you're clued in on traditional publishing, you would know this checklist to be stupidly ambitious and unrealistic, but that's just how much I valued a freely distributed Valiard's potential to allow me to connect with readers. I wasn't prepared to accept anything that w
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Imaginative-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Student General Artist
:D as soon as i saw the first page of the chapter i'm like, "i'm gonna enjoy this. not because of the art style of the characters (which is amazing!), but because of the short short summary that you gave". can't wait to read the rest!!!
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Ahh! :heart: Thanks so much for checking it out! It means a ton!!! :glomp: :star: And I mean, it's good to know the summary helped to lure you in. :giggle:

I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. :w00t:
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Imaginative-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Student General Artist
you're welcome! can't wait to read more of it when i get a chance! i just love your drawing style
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Crazyfan32 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
Hi! I love your work! You dont understand HOW MUCH IT MEANS FOR ME, i couldnt stop crying on the last chapter. I have visited all your pages, but i have soooo many questions for you, also(no offense, really, just a comment) have you nottice the sinopsis you have on your official page isnt accord with the book one? Technically you are explaining what happens of book two, you most fix that for future readers.😊 Just telling, really dont get mad at me, also wanted to ask....WHEN ARE YOU GONNA PUBLISH BOOK TWO?! Im dying, sorry im so desperate but i CANT stop thinking about poor theodore.
wait for answer: your fan
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Oh I swear I replied to this before! :noes: Maybe I was just being stupid and I refreshed the page accidentally, then rage quit my browser after flipping my table. That happens to me SO OFTEN while typing deviantART comments.

Anyways, tl;dr version, for my own sanity (huge apologies):

First off, thanks for reading, You're awesome. :heart:

Yes, the summary is actually of the entire whole story, but I figured it's the best course of action for now. But, don't worry, I'm always trying to think up a more accurate summary, and I'll post it as soon as I've come up with it. ;)

And no, please, always feel free to mention anything you like. I don't get easily mad or annoyed, promise. :giggle:

Second Valiard book is still a ways away. I'll only start writing it next year. ^^; I haven't even properly started research or planning. Just been too busy, but that's a good thing. I have work so I'm happy. :D

HUGS! :heart: :star:
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La-Loo-Lauren Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
if you are new to writing then just how old are you?
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I started writing this book when I was 21, but I'm 24 now. Why would that be relevant?
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Melbunnie24 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ugh I must find the time to finish this amazing story! 
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jade-alexandria Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
So Cool! :O Really Awesome Artwork! XD

Just a few questions. I'm having problems with my own two books and I wanted to know if you ever had these situations and what your solutions were.

Do you have writer's block or parts of the story where it stops dead centre and will not move? If so what was your solution?

Did you ever get discouraged with your book, like you felt like it didn't go anywhere?

And how did you get your book published?
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
The solution is to plan ahead. I spent two years doing research for and planning this story, down to the content of each chapter, start to finish. That way it's impossible to get stuck while writing. You can't get stuck building a house if you have the blueprint.

So, no. I never felt the book wasn't going anywhere, because I always knew where it was going. :)

I suggest you go back to the drawing board and plan your stories in detail before continuing writing. You may have to scrap a few chapters you've already drafted if they don't work with your new plan, but it'll be worth it. Get your outline done first, always.

And I got my book published by uploading it. (Is that what you meant?) I just export my chapters in Word to PDF files and pop 'em up here and on the official website. I also publish on Wattpad, but I don't update there because it's a pain to format the story there. :stare:

Good luck! :D
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jade-alexandria Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Thank you! :D I really appreciate. Good luck to your work too.
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Sleevia Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup I'm probably going to spend all night binge-reading this (: 
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DazedDaisiesO-o Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool of you! I haven't got to reading yet but I will soon (I've heard great things about it). Thanks beforehand for supplying us with free content! :D
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Kassandrish13 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Holaaaa <3
Una pregunta, yo admiro mucho tu trabajo (Me enamoraste con tus dibujos °^°) y quería saber si algún día sera traducida al español "The Valiard Mansion"
Me encantaría saberlo, por que la verdad de que si me intrigue <3 
De paso, saludos y muchas felicidades por todo tu trabajo :DD
PEARL FANGIRLS OVER SOMETHING (Now animated) .:Bunny in love: .:Bunny love:. Love Bubbles Black (Free) 
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!!!!!! :glomp:

Unfortunately, if you would like to read my novel in Spanish, you will have to use Google Translate. I want to arrange for the novel to be translated properly, but must finish writing it first. :aww: Please be patient!

Thanks again! I'm so happy you like my drawings! :hug: I hope you will keep enjoying my work even if you can't read my story. :blush: :heart:
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Kassandrish13 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Muchas gracias!!! owo 
Sere muy paciente, espero que si se pueda hacer la traducción (Y si no, pues ni modo >w<), y claro que disfrutare de tus trabajos, en serio los admiro, sigue así :D (Big Grin) 
PD: Gracias por contestarme, me emociones como no tienes idea  Thank you La la la la :squee: Hug 
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Omnisciency Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh look at that! I have finally quit stalki- lurki- ... admiring your artwork from afar and actually read something!
I have admired your characters and fabulous style for a long while, but I can't believe it took me so long to begin the story! I truly love it so far, as you have a lovely way with words. My favorite thing by far is the dialogue- you can almost hear the accents Mr. Tardbot 
The only thing I can think to say is I think it would flow nicer if you spelled out mister and missus rather than using Mr. and Mrs. though honestly that's more personal opinion/preference than critique.
I saw nothing blatantly wrong and I would not change a dang thing about the story! I can't wait to read the rest! Alas I should be asleep at this hour, so I will catch up tomorrow! So expect an incoming wave of comments from moi :wink: rvmp 
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and for leaving such a lovely comment! :hug:

I do have the characters emphasise the pronunciation of "Mister" and "Missus" here and there. I keep it for those moments when it's needed. :meow: Otherwise, whenever I do need it, I can't use it! :XD:

Thanks again for reading. I truly hope you keep enjoying the story! HUGS! :glomp: :heart:
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detectivegirl15 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I just finished chapter 1 :iconfangasmingplz: 
I really like it, I'm definitely going to read the next chapters. 
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The-Ez Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much for reading! :w00t: I really hope you keep enjoying the story. :blush: :glomp: :heart:
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detectivegirl15 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome :giggle:
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My-Anne Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa! I'm gonna read this!! Sounds amazing!!
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Ah, thank you! I really hope you enjoy it, dear!!! :glomp: :heart:
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Pfft, I'm not rereading this for the fourth time, no freaking way xD 
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Pffft OF COURSE you're not. :iconohstopityouplz:

Actually, I'm really grateful you feel the need to revisit the story time and again. It's more than a compliment -- it's an HONOUR! :glomp: :heart:

Do let me know if you notice anything that's off story-wise, though. When you read something a couple of times, those questions start popping into your head like, "Why didn't Character X just do this?" or "Why isn't there a X in town?" and so on. :blush: I feel like a cad asking you for help like this, but you're free to tell me to jump off a bridge. :XD: No pressure, okay. :giggle:

Thanks again for all your support dear! :tighthug: :star:
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Nono it's fine! I definitely will! You're very welcome Ez :D Hug La la la la 
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fangirl2369 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
I can't find it. I clicked the link and it was just people saying how great it is :-! I wanna read it!!!
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yeah the PDF display on deviantArt is a bit weird. Sometimes a refresh does the trick.

Otherwise you can download all the chapters at the official website: www.thevaliardmansion.com/chap…

If you click the links on the website, you can read the chapters on your phone or tablet, so that's a bonus. :D

Thanks so much for expressing an interest. I truly hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it. :aww: :hug:
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DelpheneLightfoot Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm just starting to read this. I'm very intrigued and impressed by your characters thus far!!!!! I'm excited to read the rest!!!!!
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much!!! :la: You're actually reading the brand spanking new revised chapters! :D So I'm very interested to know what you think. :iconbearpokeplz:

Feel free to let me know at any point if you have any comments, input or crits. I'm all ears!! :D
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DelpheneLightfoot Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will for sure!!!!!!!!
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riku-gurl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh GOODNESS. (forgive any upcoming comment spam on your individual chapters, its about to happen >u>)

So I've been meaning to read this for SUCH a long time now! Its been on my to-do list and I even started chapter one a few months back, but things just kept getting away from me and now with your trailer happening, I just because so much more eager to make time for it!

I just want to start by saying that I found your characters already interesting just viewing them as sketches, now that I'm getting to know them, I love them even more-- Especially what seems like the main trio. I love Ruth and her humor and character and I really adore Gangfield's confident and perceptive seeming demeanor and Theodore (skipping ahead a bit) is just super down to earth and wonderful!

I love the characters dialog and interactions with one another and the little illustrations placed throughout are a really nice touch.
Really enjoying this so far! I love it :'D
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! Truly, I appreciate your continued support. You've always been so kind and you've always commented on my drawings—I just wanna thank you, I guess. :blush: But the words aren't coming out right. ^^;

What I'm trying to say is it means a ton that you're enjoying my story now, too, on top of my drawings. :D I work very casually on my drawings, but my writing is what I pour my heart and soul into. :dummy:

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Please never hesitate to share your thoughts or input. I'm still very much learning the art of storytelling and any help is appreciated!!! :glomp: :heart:
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sindos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fav for after work read!
Sounds intriguing ;D
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Aw cool!!! I really hope you enjoy it!!! :D :D :D :hug: :star:
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Will-Kaye Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What kind of file do you use to submit to dA? I tried submitting a Word document, but it didn't do anything like what I'm seeing up there. 
Thank you in advance and sorry to bother you, but you're the only person I've seen with this kind of file on dA. 
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It's just a PDF. :meow:
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Will-Kaye Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, that helped more than you think. I'd forgotten you could save a document as more than one kind of file XD
Shows how much of a tech whiz I am XP
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earothschild Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Artist
AMAZING!! I usually don't read on the computer that much, but it's totally worth it!! :)
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DemonicAngelRampage Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
This is absolutely amazing! I love your art style and your story. It's just amazing.
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FriesianKiss Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't understand how anyone could say Gangfield looks odd, he's absolutely gorgeous!  Love 
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hey, we all have different tastes! :giggle: Ruth has her type, and her type happens to be tall and messy. :meow:

I'm super glad you like Gangfield, though, of course! :la: BIG HUGS FOR YOU!!! :glomp: :star:
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FriesianKiss Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
lol ^^
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slycooperfan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Writer
This is amazing! I love your writing style, it's so Jane Austen, but with a child's spark added to it. My favorite character up until now I have to admit is young Adam. He reminds me so much of my brother in looks - they both look so similar! But they are opposites. My brother is always energetic about topics and gets interested in a lot of things. Adam's reaction to how his mother was treating him just reminded him so much of my brother. This made me smile and made me relate to the character. That makes a good writer, relatable characters even thought they might be different in personality. 

I also like the Victorian details. "He tapped twice on the ceiling of the carriage with his cane and the driver beckoned the horses into motion." I don't know if this is something you made up or if they actually did this back then, but this is the kind of detail that helps me imagine the setting. I found it enthralling.

Ruth is obviously my kind of female protagonist. Lively and real. I like her very much. I can't wait to learn what really happened between Theodore and her. Gangfield is charming, as is Ruth's father. I don't like comparing characters from an original story to another one but I have to say Ruth's mother does remind me of Elizabeth Bennet's in Pride & Prejudice. I hope you are not offended by this comparison! It is a classic, after all.

I can't wait to see when the magic comes into the story. You wrote a very lovely first chapter. :)
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh, no! I don't mind the comparisons AT ALL!!! :la: Tell me if this is stupid, but I'm trying to establish these familiar scenarios that we see in period stories all the time, but then I wanna turn it on its head by having the characters react differently to those scenarios. :D Plus, when I have to describe Valiard, I always say it's Jane Austen meets The Mummy. :giggle:

I've seen characters tap on carriage ceilings in a few movies, so I just used it. =P And man, oh man, I love it when a character in a story reminds me of someone I know! It always makes it so much funnier! :XD: You better go give your brother a big hug!!!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment! :heart: Please never hesitate to let me know if you notice anything wrong or off in the writing/story!!! :dummy: Though so far I'm just so happy you're enjoying it! :XD:

Thanks again, dear!!! :hug: :star:
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Alethearia Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Filmographer
Finally getting around to reading this. Amazing story. I love the characters, they're very well defined even with simple actions and dialogue. 

Gotta say, though, it reads a little more like a play than a rich detailed description of goings on. But even so, it's masterfully done. With a little work, this could easily be a real tight, professional, sell it in a freaking book store! kind of piece.
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
WOW! :wow: That's a massive huge compliment!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! :glomp:

And thank you for taking the time to read and comment. It means the world to me! :heart: And I'm so glad you enjoyed it. That in itself is just, ah~ BLISS! :dummy:

Please don't hesitate to share any crits you may have. I'm keen to keep learning about writing! :D Especially when it comes to making it feel more like a novel and less like a play. I'm still struggling with prose as a whole. :XD:
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Alethearia Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
Well, you've got the hard part down - the story that is. Everything beyond that is fluff and details that really flush out how the readers see your story. I guess the easiest thing to do is to take a really good look at the story in your head. I figure you're a visual person so this'll be easier for you than most people. Pick an image, describe every intricate detail of the image, and then eliminate the things that don't make much sense. ;) (Wink) Hope that helps... like at all? *shrugs* Shall make more comments as I read on. (Which, I shall. You have inspired me to keep working on an awesome project I gave up on a little while back.)
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GreaseZelda Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
Dude! The drawings are super awesome! The fact that this is an illustrated novel just makes it THAT much more awesome. haha
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3Fangs Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
I simply love the fact that your story is illustrated. It adds such a perfect touch--truly, I think more ought to do so.
(It rather makes ME want to try my hand at writing again...though I haven't done so in YEARS!) :giggle:
Are you familiar with the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi?
I only ask, because as illustrated stories go, they really make for quite a good read. (I imagine you'd enjoy them, certainly DiTerlizzi's art.)
Ah, back to my main comment! ^^;
I must say, this was a rather good start--a nice introduction to all of the characters...! Their personalities were each given a nice airing, so I think readers can get a good sense of who's who and where they stand. Yes, I'll admit it, Gangfield is EASILY my favorite. (There was really no denying THAT.) ;p
But I like Ruth and I think she'll make for an interesting character to read about.
Perhaps it's because I know of your desire to be in animating, and it influences my mind, but I could picture this quite clearly as an animated film...:heart:
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