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CHRONOLOGICAL NOTETo Nurture & Kill is a novella set about fifteen years before the events of The Deadbringer, the first book of The Ellderet Series. Despite being a prequel of sorts, it can be enjoyed as a standalone story and requires no knowledge of prior works.

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Title: To Nurture & Kill

Series: Ellderet Tales

Author: E.M. Markoff

Genre: Dark Fantasy, fantasy

Audience: Adult 

Publisher: Tomes & Coffee Press

Awards: 2018 Novella Finalist-Next Generation Indie Book Awards

ISBN: Paperback - 0997195134 (ISBN13: 9780997195132); E-book - 9780997195149 (ASIN: B06ZY28V3V) 

Trim Size: 5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm)

Page Count: 198 pages

Formats: Paperback, E-Book, Kindle Unlimited

Cover Artwork: Pink Pigeon Studio

Release Date: April 22, 2017


A promise imprisoned him. Betrayal will set him free. 

Eutau Vidal owed nothing to anyone and lived his life as he wanted. But then his sister died, leaving her newborn son Kira in his care, and everything changed. The Purging sweeps on, spreading misery across the Land of Moenda as the Ascendancy wages its war of extermination against the Deadbringers. Now, torn between a promise to his dying sister and the desire to regain his freedom, Eutau struggles to care for his young nephew even as the babe begins to manifest dark powers of the most dangerous kind.

 To Nurture & Kill is a tale of love and loss, the story of one man's search for meaning amid the ashes of war. It is a standalone prequel to The Deadbringer, the first book in The Ellderet Series.

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Latinx author and publisher E.M. Markoff writes about damaged heroes and imperfect villains. Growing up, she spent many days exploring her hometown cemetery, where her love of all things dark began. Upon coming of age, she decided to pursue a career as a microbiologist and spent a few years channeling her inner mad scientist. Her works include The Deadbringer, To Nurture & Kill, and her recent short story “Leaving the #9.” She recently published the charity anthology Tales for the Camp Fire under her imprint, Tomes & Coffee Press, to raise money for California wildfire recovery and relief efforts. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and is mostly made up of coffee, cat hair, and whiskey.

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    (A note from the author) Music is dear to me. Just like I can't imagine a life without books, I can't imagine a life without music. It motivates me in so many ways, and it is vital to my writing since it helps set the mood and excites the writing muse. The songs chosen for the To Nurture & Kill playlist were what I listened to over and over again as I wrote. The songs are in order and can be played while reading. Or read the book first and then listen to the playlist and have fun assigning the song to the story ;)

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About the Publisher

Tomes & Coffee Press is an independent publisher of diverse and dark literature. Operated by Latinx author E.M. Markoff, it previously published The Deadbringer and To Nurture & Kill.