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THE VALIARD MANSION - Chapter 1 to 5 by The-Ez THE VALIARD MANSION - Chapter 1 to 5 by The-Ez

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STORY SYNOPSIS
Ghosts, magicians, and romance collide in this Victorian comedy.

The restoration of the derelict Valiard Mansion throws childhood sweethearts Ruth and Theodore back into each others' lives after eight years apart. Can they reconcile their differences when their worlds are so very changed by the societal gap which divides them?

And when emotions run high, the spirits of The Valiard Mansion stir.




Welcome to the preview chapters of my illustrated novel, The Valiard Mansion! :D This version has been edited for print, and although it still needs a few proofreads from me and its editor, it hopefully serves as a faithful sample of what to expect once the novel hits bookstore shelves.

KINDLY NOTE: This PDF will be appended with illustrations as soon as they are finished. The formal illustration process of the novel will begin in June, 2016. :aww:

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

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

:bulletyellow: Sign up for the Valiard Newsletter for updates on pre-orders and release dates!


:bulletgreen: Read this Journal for the full scoop!
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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idijacreepy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
hi, that story is awesome!^^ <3 .. how did you do this ? Which programs you use for this?
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rayben2012 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
I love it! When can I read for more? I´m so excited and suspense. Plis would you allow me to read some more?

When can i get this book?

I´m from Argentina!
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inkandparchment23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful, every bit of it! I absolutely adore your dialogue and cannot wait for it to become a bestseller!
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kittykit125 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
I can not wait for this to be a fully published story! After reading the first two pages I knew this would be a wonderful story and that I was in for a treat!
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peblezQ Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Student Filmographer
Wow, this is incredibly more vivid and descriptive than it was before. I trust that you're doing good things with the editing after reading this through. It was like a whole new experience reading this again with the heavy editing done to it. This makes me even more eager to get my hands on a hard copy now!

Here's something I couldn't help but notice that I have a suggestion for. In the following sentence (Chatper 1, pg.4), "This put undue strain on the relationship and Ruth found her self turning more and more towards her father." I felt the more and more could be replaced with something along the lines of: "This put undue strain on the relationship, causing Ruth to turn more towards her father." It's just a minor suggestion that I thought I'd like to throw out there. Something felt off about that sentence for some reason, and I felt like I had to point it out now. there isn't anything really wrong with it; actually, this would even work, "This put undue strain on the relationship and Ruth found her self turning more and more towards her father." You just didn't need that "and more" added in there. Overall, this story is improving greatly, and I can't wait to re-read it! :meow:
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Peluchepaz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Hi! Just wanted to ask, where are the illustrations in this illustrated novel? I just saw one pic and I really want to get a better view of what I'm reading. Please don't get mad at me ;-;
I love your artwork, you're so very talented! I just want some more of that amazing art in the novel <3

Greetings from Chile (the country at the end of the world)
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hmm! Yeah, I'll have to make a note of that in the Description. Thanks for pointing it out! :D

The illustrating process will begin in April, and I will update the PDF with those illustrations as soon as they are done. These chapters used to have quite a few pictures, but since many of them were done in 2013, I feel they no longer faithfully represent the final product, so I took them out to be replaced later on. :aww:

Thanks again for pointing this out! I'll change the Description to reflect this information right away! :w00t:

And don't worry, I'm from South Africa — basically the opposite end from Chile! Haha! :XD:
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Peluchepaz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Student General Artist
I'm so sorry, I did not read the last journal you updated. I will wait for the illustrations :3
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
Oh gosh! No need to apologize! :XD: I should have it in the Description anyway. ;)

Also, if you reply to your own comment, I don't get it in my Notifications. It was only when I navigated to the deviation to add info to the Description that I spotted your follow-up comment. Just a tip! :D
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Peluchepaz Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Hahahaha thank you! You're awesome :3
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thereina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist
Once again waking up early did me good ! Reading those chapters again was a great way to wake up ! :D
Now that is great editing :) i really like the new descriptions, it does give à better look at what that time used to be and i loved it ! The editing on the characters is also really well done. To be honest i was a little scared of change there because i really loved their first appareances, but its as you say: it just make the characters more lively than before, and its honestly awesome ! :D
Thanks for making my day start on a good note ! Besh wishes !
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lilybear93 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
ahhh the beginning.....that takes me back!
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Mazapowa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yei!!! omg! esto estará genial :)
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alvringer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh I'm really excited for you! Bookshelves this Christmas! :la:
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squidjoy123 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Student Artist
hey i just saw your work at Cleveland wizard con!  
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
NO WAYS! You were there? :XD: Ahh I'm freaking out! :la:

What did the banner look like? Was it super big? The publisher had me up 'til 2.30 AM one morning getting its design done so they could print it in time for the con. :faint: But I can't complain, from the photos I've seen, I think it was worth it. ^^; I only wish I could be there to meet you, though!!! :glomp:
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squidjoy123 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Student Artist
Everything looked great! I saw the banner from across the room and maaaay have knocked a few people over to get to it. Sweating a little... I'm so used to seeing your work here, it was weird/cool seeing it out of context! Congratulations on getting published!!I am a dummy! Hug Love Clap 
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AgathaKitty Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
I will binge read these two chapter to feed my hunger until Christmas!La la la la La la la la La la la la  I love your story and characters so flippin much!!Love Love
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The-Ez Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Haha! Thanks so very much! Words really can't describe how grateful I am for your support, dear! :glomp: :heart:
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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 General Artist
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 General Artist
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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Crazyfan32 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
I REALLY CANT BELIEVE YOU ANSWER ME, THAT PRETTY MUCH FANTASTIC, YOU HAVE JUST MADE MY DAY!
LOVE YOU SO MUCH
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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 General Artist
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 General Artist
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 General Artist
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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skipwr3ck 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 General Artist
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 General Artist
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 General Artist
Ah, thank you! I really hope you enjoy it, dear!!! :glomp: :heart:
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The-Viking-Waterbear Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
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 General Artist
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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The-Viking-Waterbear Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
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 General Artist
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 General Artist
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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