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MEET THE AUTHOR: A.R. Silverberry is in the house!!!

Meet the Author: A.R. SilverberryA.R. Silverberry

I just finished reading one of the most wonderful fantasy novels that I have ever read! Seriously! It’s called Wyndano’s Cloak and it is written by A.R. Silverberry. My raving 5 star review is here.I enjoyed it so much so that I contacted the author and asked if he wouldn’t mind doing an interview. And he agreed. Yippee! Also, it just so happens that he is on a blog tour for the re-release of his novel. So please help me welcome the author of WYNDANO’S CLOAK, A.R. Silverberry!

Hello Mr. Silverberry, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been a licensed psychologist since 1991. I work mostly with children and teens, but also adults. I love my work, but the job of a psychologist is to help others actualize themselves. This means I have to look elsewhere for a creative outlet. I’ve played piano since I was ten and later played in bands and composed music, including a choral cantata about Paul Robeson, based on a poem by the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. My fingers started feeling the strain of banging the ivories. I had to seek another channel for my creativity, so in 1998 I turned to writing.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I still play piano ten to fifteen minutes, daily if I can squeeze it in. I do a lot of reading. I’ve got a seventy-five minute commute, which I fill with audio books, but I read a lot off my Kindle. I don’t watch TV, other than my favorite show, Iron Chef America, and movies. I love cats, pesto, homemade pasta, marinara sauce (are you seeing an Italian trend here?!), Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jane Eyre, and the Lord of the Rings, not necessarily in that order.

Awesome! When did you finish your first book?

2003. It was the prequel to Wydnano’s Cloak. It’s sitting in my dresser, waiting for revisions. I really would like to get to it, but other stories are demanding to be written first.

Oh my goodness, I can’t wait for that one! So, where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. The more I get away from my desk and out into the world, the more my imagination is stimulated. Julia Cameron, who wrote The Writer’s Way, recommends that writers have artist dates. You go out solo and explore something new and interesting. She compares the wellspring of creativity to a pond where new ideas are the fish. To keep the pond stocked, go out on an artist data. She’s right. Whenever things start to grow stagnant or stop flowing, I get myself pronto into a new environment. It works every time. Even a walk outside will do it.

I’ve always been a big people watcher. I did it all through school, and observing human behavior is my stock-in-trade as a psychologist. But I hone in on different things when I’m watching as a writer. I ask myself, why does that woman wear that color scarf? Why is that child playing with a plastic bat? I keep a notebook in my pocket and I’m constantly recording what I see. I’ve been known to do that when I’m driving, which can be quite hairy!

What a great way to come up with ideas! Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I sent that prequel I mentioned above to five top New York agents. Two asked for the whole manuscript, which is a coup in itself. Both wrote gracious letters back, and one actually provided some concrete feedback, which I paid close attention to. After that, I attended writers’ workshops and classes, and read a number of excellent books on the craft. Armed with a clear idea how to improve my writing, I wrote Wyndano’s Cloak.Wyndano's Cloak Cover

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

A snapshot popped into my head depicting exactly what the heroine would have to do in the story’s climax. The Rose Castle—made from a single piece of translucent stone, where safety or danger can be seen in the flickering and shimmering colors inside it—came straight from my imagination. Most of my settings come from real places that I visited or found photo references for. I love working this way. I get ideas I would never think of. For example, when Jen’s friend, Bit, goes into the Royal Stable, I reference sounds and sites she’s hearing “off camera”:

“The sharp ring of metal roused her from a blanket of melancholy. Outside, Hom the Smith had begun hammering. He had a long shed behind the stable, where, in addition to hot coals and bellows, a flotsam of old wheels, hubs, spokes, discarded wagon cushions, and rusty tools crowded his stall. Fifteen shoes of various sizes were nailed on a beam above his open-air window. A deep, soulful tenor sang from his hammer, and Bit guessed he was beating on number ten, a shoe for a heavy draft horse.”

That level of detail establishes a powerful feeling of place. What’s more, as the scene progressed, the pounding on the shoe, and later, the hissing steam as the red-hot iron is doused in water, mirrors Bit’s growing apprehension at leaving the safety of the Rose Castle and traveling to a strange place with dangers all around her. I never would have gotten that subtext without visiting a stable and carriage house built in the mid-nineteenth century!

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I loved writing Chapter Ten. It poured out pretty much as you see it, with few revisions. It tells the story about the heroine Jen’s life growing up in the Plain World—a gray, dreary, magicless world—before coming to Aerdem and being reunited with her family. What I love about the chapter is how it characterizes Jen, showing she’s an outsider, so different from the children around her. I think it beautifully establishes why Jen doesn’t want to lose her family, now that she’s reunited with them; it establishes why she yearns to rise above her circumstances, yearns to master Wyndano’s Cloak: It may be the only protection she has against the darkness about to descend on their lives.

That was one of my favorite to read as well! How did you come up with the title?

The title was hard to nail down. It refers to a cloak in the story that lends shapeshifting powers to the wearer. It’s vitally important to the plot, the main character, and the book’s theme. It symbolizes the yearning of the human spirit to soar above adversity. Such a symbol can’t be overused, and I didn’t. Think of To Kill a Mockingbird. Said bird is only mentioned a few times in Lee’s classic. Same with For Whom the Bell Tolls. You have to wait for the end to understand what Hemingway is saying. It’s not a book about church bells! So it goes with Wyndano’s Cloak.

What project are you working on now?

I’m working on a dystopian science fiction novel set in the not too distant future. I’m anticipating this one will be a trilogy. In very broad strokes, I know what will happen in books two and three. Book one has been hard to write. Orson Scott Card said that it could take years for a story to ripen. I think that’s what’s happened here. The world building and the backstory are just taking their own sweet time. After three false starts, I decided to skip the set up and started writing the middle. That went well for a few chapters. Then I wasn’t sure which direction to take things so I skipped to the end and wrote that. Now I’m back at the beginning, which is finally going well. I’m still not sure about the middle, but I have faith it will come, even if I have to set the whole thing aside and work on something else! Not to compare myself to them in any way, but I remind myself that Beethoven took nine years to write the overture to Fidelio. Brahms took twenty years for his first symphony, as did Neil Gaiman to complete The Graveyard Book. My philosophy: Give yourself permission to take time; they’re ready when they’re ready.

I’ve also got a completed science fiction fantasy, which will be coming out in the late spring or early summer. I’m not ready to release too much info about it, but will say this: It’s part coming-of-age tale, part adventure, part spiritual journey. Set in a unique, highly visual and palpable world, it cuts across several genres and will appeal to teens, adults, and fans of speculative fiction. I’ll keep you posted about it!

Jade, thanks so much for having me today!

It was a pleasure, Mr. Silverberry! Thank you for agreeing to stop here on your tour and good luck with all of your current and future projects!

About Wyndano’s Cloak:

Jen has settled into a peaceful life when a terrifying event awakens old fears—of being homeless and alone, of a danger horrible enough to destroy her family and shatter her world forever.

She is certain that Naryfel, a shadowy figure from her past, has returned and is concentrating the full force of her hate on Jen’s family. But how will she strike? A knife in the dark? An attack from her legions? Or with the dark arts and twisted creatures she commands with sinister cunning.

Wyndano’s Cloak may be Jen’s only hope. If she’s got what it takes to use it . . .

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About the Author:

A. R. Silverberry has won a dozen awards, including Gold Medal Winner in the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction; Gold Medal Winner in the 2010 Readers Favorite Awards for Preteen Fiction; and Silver Medal Winner 2011 in the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book, Children’s/Young Adult. He lives in California, where the majestic coastline, trees, and mountains inspire his writing. Wyndano’s Cloak is his first novel. Follow him at the links below!

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Put your hands together for the amazing Author John Carter! Woooo!

I have just finished reading the second book in the Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever series and I am so pleased to announce that the author, John Carter, has agreed to do an interview with me here on my blog. Today. Right here. Right now. Yes! I know, right? Woo hoo! So without further ado, let’s give a warm welcome to Author John Carter!

And the crowd goes wild! *Applause!*

Alright John, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is John Carter … of Earth, not Mars. I can’t tell you how many people come up to me on a daily basis and ask me about that! I’m married with one daughter, Rachael. She inspired the Eli Arnold Books when she was a little girl.

Haha! I’m glad you cleared that up  for me. I was seriously wondering… 🙂 Ok, so what do you do when you are not writing?

And here is John. Practicing law…Oops. I mean playing ultimate Frisbee.

When I’m not writing (or working) I love to play ultimate Frisbee. I also like to explore a lot of the old tunnels that run beneath my little town of Macon, Georgia. And of course, I love to read!

 Do you have a day job as well?

I’m actually a practicing attorney but really can’t stand all the rules and regulations that go along with that job. Poor career choice on my part, I know, but it is what it is and it pays the bills 🙂

A lawyer, huh? You’re right. What a terrible choice of career.  😉 (For a Eli Arnold, maybe!) Haha!  When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

My first book, Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book One: It’s About Time rattled around in my head for a long time. It started out as a bedtime story for my little girl and sort of took on a life of its own. I actually started putting it down on paper sometime in late 2011. I finished it in March of 2013.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

Like I said, the Eli Arnold series started as a bedtime story for my girl. I’m sort of a big kid anyway so Children’s Fiction was a logical choice.

Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. News articles about historical finds, something someone says to me … they really do come from all over. I have a box that a keep interesting articles I find in and go through it when I need some inspiration.

A box of interesting articles…What a great idea for inspiration! Do you ever experience writer’s block?

All the time. In fact, I can’t think of anything else to put here right now, so …

Haha! Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I sort of know where a book is going but I don’t have any kind of written outline. I work it out as I go which requires me to go back and make changes a lot but it works for me.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

When I was a kid, I read a lot of Stephen King books – I particularly liked the Dark Tower Series. I also read a lot of James Rollins and Steve Berry now. Rollins incorporates a lot of science and history into his works – that really appeals to me. Berry was an attorney who quit practicing law to write – that very much appeals to me as well! He also went to the Law school in my hometown and is a really nice guy!

You know Author Steve Berry? No way! How cool! So can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I self-published my first book and didn’t really have a clue about what I was doing. There was a lot of trial and error involved in getting everything just right. I also had a hard time believing that I had actually written a book and that people actually wanted to read it. I sat on it for a few months before I actually pulled the trigger and published it.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I don’t think so. I learned so much through that first publishing experience that I probably wouldn’t change a thing. That experience certainly helped me down the road.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

I use social media a lot and have had a few local events. Free giveaways seem to work well to get prospective readers interested and Facebook has driven a lot of traffic my way.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

I’m working on a book geared more toward young adults right now. I might shop that around to the more traditional publishers when it’s finished. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Ooooh, can’t wait! Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Absolutely! Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever Book Three: All Roads continues Eli’s quest to recover the Keys to Forever, find his brother and return home. This installment finds our hero in ancient Rome around the time of Leonardo da Vinci. Eli battles a branch of the Order of Disorder called the Legion in an attempt to locate Vulcan’s Fire and move on to the next time. Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, and nothing is as it seems. Eli meets an entire new cast of characters and runs into trouble no matter what way he turns. He’ll also get a little closer to finding out about the ancient race that created the Keys to Forever and started him on his long adventure. And of course there’ll be a twist 🙂

Ancient Rome? Leonardo da Vinci? I’m sold! Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Some of the characters in my books are based on people I know but most everything is from my imagination. I do try to incorporate as much cool science and history into the books as possible – things like Archimedes’ death ray and invisibility devices – cool science and history…not the boring stuff 🙂

You’re right, a death ray is definitely NOT boring!  🙂 What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

In book two, Eli deals with a used car salesman styled Cyclops in the first few chapters. I think so far that was my favorite part to write. It was fun to do and when I went back and read over it, I loved it. I also like the very end of each book where all the seemingly unrelated stuff from the books get tied together and works out exactly like I’d planned all along – yeah right 🙂

How did you come up with the title?

I liked the name Eli Arnold and the full title sounds like a 1950’s serial to me. It just sort of worked so I kept it. Originally, it was Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever – Stones of Never. I liked it better shortened.

Interesting…What project are you working on now?

Book Three is almost finished! Then it’s on to Book Four!

Will the next book in the series be coming out soon?

I’m hopeful Book Three will be out before Christmas – cross your fingers for me please!

*Fingers crossed!* 😀 Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

There are several characters that will make second appearances in the later books. I have them all carefully stashed away for when I need them.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism – I was told that a lot of what I written in the first book was unnecessary and detracted from the flow of the book. I went through a lot of re-writes to get things whipped into shape and the book is better for it.

The best compliment – I got a review comparing my book to the movie the Princess Bride which is one of my favorites. I keep a copy of that review on my desk to keep me motivated!

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Keep writing. Write as much as you can and be open to constructive criticism. The more you write, the better you’ll get!

Great advice! Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you! I love writing and hope that my books are well received. I work really hard to make sure that the product I put out is the best it can be and hope it brings some enjoyment to my readers’ lives. Thanks for taking a chance on me!

I’m sure your new readers will NOT be disappointed!

Well there you have it folks! Author John Carter. And wasn’t he a pleasure! If you (or your kiddos) would like to give the Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever series a try, swing on over to Amazon here and get yourself a copy of the first installment. I’ve also read (LOVED) and reviewed both books. Take a peak at the reviews here.

And until next time, may your dreams become a reality, and your words be never forgotten…

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Review: Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever, Book 2: The Myth of Mythology

HOLY HILARIOUS MYTHOLOGICAL GOODNESS!

Ok, so here’s the deal. Not too long ago I read the first book in the Eli Arnold Series, titled ELI ARNOLD AND THE KEYS TO FOREVER: IT’S ABOUT TIME written by author John Carter and I was HOOKED! I’ve already written a review for the first one here. But let’s talk about book 2. I don’t even have the words to explain how much I enjoyed these books, but I will try.  First off, it is definitely hard to put this book down. It is fast paced, quick, witty, and–not to mention–hilarious! Second: Not only is John Carter’s style of writing perfectly engaging, he fills his books with true historical mythology, but in a super creative way that makes children and adults alike want to soak in more, read more and learn more. Thirdly: Mr. Carter has brought in some wonderfully lovable and not-so-lovable (but still sort of lovable in a terrible-Villain-type-of-way) characters to the playing field. Not only do find myself rooting for the main characters and booing the bad-guys, but I continually crack up at just hearing their names; names like the lovely and daring Princess Pitter Pat and the sleazy car salesman-like Cyclops Ira Unaoculus.  Oh and I can’t forget one of my favorites, Hades, God of the Underworld! There are fauns and Pegasus’, and giant three-headed dogs, oh my! But I fear if I go on any further I may start to give away pertinent and top-secret information. Alas, I must leave you to your own devices but I definitely recommend this series to anyone of any age. It is truly delightful! ELI ARNOLD AND THE KEYS TO FOREVER: THE MYTH OF MYTHOLOGY deserves a whopping 5 stars!

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Review: Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It’s About Time by John Carter

I just recently finished reading Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It’s About Time by John Carter, and what a treat it was! I am a huge fan of young adult fantasy series’ and this one takes the cake! This book is fast-paced and hilarious; perfect for young readers as it will definitely keep their attention and keep them laughing. Not only is this book a riot and I found myself giggling out loud at times, but it is charming in the way it integrates fantasy with historical and mythological elements. This story is so very fun and captivating, not to mention well written with quirky and quick-witted and lovable characters. I found it hard to put this book down and would recommend it to anyone who is young at heart! I am very excited to start reading the next book in the series!

I give this book a whopping 5 STARS and commend author John Carter for such a great piece!

*Here is my review for the next book in the series: The Myth of Mythology.

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Review: Through the Paper Wall by Heidi Nicole Bird

I just finished reading Through the Paper Wall by Heidi Nicole Bird and what a refreshing story it was! It took me to a magical place in my mind; one of mystery, imagination, and wonder, yet had the touching side of real-life struggles that a lot of people have to deal with. Even though the main character is quite young, I found myself identifying with his frustration, pain, love, and realization. I love how he grows as a person as the book progresses and is taken to a whole new world that puts things into perspective in his own life.

This story is a young adult fantasy but is perfect for all ages and it has definitely not been done before! It was so well-rounded and interesting that it kept me reading long into the hours of the night. I would describe Ms. Bird’s style as whimsical and fresh, yet she gets down and dirty in the depths of the human soul and puts in some hard-core real life lessons. Bird’s style can almost be related to that of M. Night Shyamalan, in that it is mysteriously engaging and so true to heart in its mesh between fantasy and reality. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, as it will not disappoint!

Out of 1-5 stars, I give Through the Paper Wall a whopping 5 star!

And there’s more! I’ve had the pleasure of having Heidi Nicole here to answer some question’s. Take a minute to meet the author in her amazing interview here!

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Presenting…(drum roll please)…Author Heidi Nicole Bird!!!

Hello friends! Today I am happy be interviewing Author Heidi Nicole Bird, author of THROUGH THE PAPER WALL and soon to be released ONTARIO. I just read THROUGH THE PAPER WALL and loved it!Product Details See my review here.

Welcome Heidi Nicole! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am 23 years old and I live in West Jordan, Utah. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and I am a NaNoWriMo addict! Besides writing I love to read, sing, play guitar, piano, and violin, and have a good time. I really like to dance, though I pretty much look really bad while doing it. I am very religious and I always write family friendly content, no matter the age group I am writing for.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Honestly, surf the web. I have a problem with YouTube. We spend way too much time together. I also hang out with friends fairly often.

LOL! YouTube can be very addicting! Do you have a day job as well?

Nope, right now the only thing I do is write, though I am trying to get a job at one of my local libraries.

Good luck with that! When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

The first story I remember actually writing down was called “Jenny’s Horse” and I was probably ten years old or younger. I finished my first book the beginning of 2010, thanks to NaNoWriMo 2009.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I am most comfortable writing fantasy, probably because that is my favorite thing to read. I also write general fiction, which has been fun as well, but fantasy allows for more imagination, and I love that.

Where do you get your ideas?

They usually just come to me out of nowhere, quite often in the middle of the night when I want to sleep instead.

Haha! Those story ideas can be pests sometimes! Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Sure do, though not a ton. I usually have some sort of idea where the story is going to go next, but I like to let the characters tell the story, not me.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

Just write. I’ve never made an outline before. Well, that’s not true. I made one, but it was really just a timeline so I could make sure things worked together, and I made that after I had finished 90% of the story.

 

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

I was very influenced by the writings of Bruce Coville while growing up. He is, to this day, one of my very favorite writers, and I respect him so much! I strive for his type of excellence.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

It was definitely interesting. For a while I tried sending one book or another to publishers, and I was even offered a contract for one of them, but I finally realized that what I wanted to do was indie publish. I wanted the control. That sounds lame, but honestly I had a very definite set of goals for my books and I could only meet them by doing it all myself. It was challenging to get things going, but overall I think it went well. I designed my own cover, and the hardest part was getting permission for the image I wanted. Editing was a pain too, and formatting! Those two are definitely not my favorite things to do, but I’m glad I did it in the end. Marketing has been interesting as well, but I have a great group of authors that I work with daily and we all help each other get the word out.

It’s so nice that you have support of fellow authors. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I would definitely like to have another set of eyes do a final proofread. Though I had three people besides myself edit and proofread, a few typos still made their way into the final book, so it would have been nice to maybe have someone professional do the final read through.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

I start off with a blog tour and launch party. Then I utilize my blog, facebook, and twitter to get the word out. Networking with other authors has been very important as well.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Oh yes. I have a trilogy, the first three books I ever wrote, and I adore them. I was naïve enough to try and get the first one published, but now that I am a much more seasoned writer I realize how far gone the book is. Once I am done publishing my current project I plan on doing a major overhaul of my trilogy, then work on publishing them again.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

My second book, Ontario, will be released April 29th. It is a young adult romance, telling the story of a girl in her senior year who has been abandoned by her mother and left with her older brother as her guardian. Throughout the story Ontario, the main character, has to learn how to love and trust again, and she does that through her new friends and co-workers at the local 50s diner.

That sounds amazing! It’s definitely going on my to-read list! Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Events-wise, no, nothing is based on real events, but the character Ontario is actually me in many ways. Some of that was intentional, some not.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Probably the prom scene, because I never got to go to a school dance with a boy, so I got to create my perfect prom through that scene.

How did you come up with the title?

It literally just popped into my head. I think I was lying on my bed thinking about Canada for some reason, haha!

That’s how some of the best ideas happen. What project are you working on now?

I am mostly working on publishing Ontario, but I am also finishing up another YA fantasy entitled Lorn, which I am particularly fond of. That is the next story I hope to have published.

Will you have a new book coming out soon?

Yep, Ontario will be released April 29th!

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

I have long since missed my characters and world that make up my trilogy. I’ve always thought it would be fun to publish some novellas based off the three books, after the originals are published.

 

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I’ve been lucky enough to not have received anything that bad, but I definitely hate hearing there are loose plot threads. So, when I hear that I am even more motivated. I always try to tie up every loose end.

 

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

The best thing I can tell you is to start writing, or to keep writing if you have already started. It really is as simple as that. It took me four years to get to this point. It’s not something that happens overnight, and I still have a long way to go. Never give up on yourself! You can do it, just keep telling yourself that, because it is true.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

As always, I am so grateful for my readers and fans. None of what I do would be possible without them. Thank you all so much for supporting me! For those who aren’t fans yet, I hope you will check out my books!

Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today Heidi!

Check out more from Heidi below! She will also be holding a contest through April 17th for her book launch party of Ontario! Go here for more info on how to win!

Heidi Nicole Bird’s twitter handle is  @HeidiNicoleBird

and you can follow her on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/HeidiNicoleBird?fref=ts

and check out Heidi Nicole’s blog here! http://heidinicolebird.blogspot.com

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Review: Foundling Wizard by James Eggebeen

I just finished Foundling Wizard by James A. Eggebeen and had a great time reading it! It is the first book in the Apprentice to Master series and I am very much looking forward to reading the next books. (See below for titles and links.) Now, I am quite a fanatic when it comes to fantasy series, and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised with Wizard Foundling, which creates a whimsical and magical feeling throughout and carries you effortlessly through the story.

Lorit, a boy of 18, who comes from a small farming village, finds himself in quite the predicament when magical powers arise within himself, catching the attention of the dreadful high priests from the Temple of Ran. He flees his home and goes on a treacherous journey where he meets new friends, travels through high mountains passes and plains of deadly grasses, only to find that the priests have taken from him the things he holds most dear. When he becomes paired with his new friend Chihon. a sorceress, and with the help of the Master Wizards, he seeks vengeance against the priests, putting his and Chihon’s lives in danger.

The author creates an amazing alternate world in which his character’s live; one with wonder, magic and mystery. The plot was suspenseful and engaging, and the thought behind the details was well worked out. Eggebeen is a good author, but as he writes more books, I believe he will be great!

On a scale of 1-5, I give Foundling Wizard a 4 star and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good epic fantasy.

You can find Wizard Foundling here on Amazon. The second book in James A. Eggebeen’s Apprentice to Master series is Wizard’s Education found here. And the third book, which is also the prequel to the series, is Wizard Pair and you can find that here.

But wait! There’s more! It is with great pleasure that I have the author of Foundling Wizard joining me today in a ‘Meet the Author’ interview. Check it out here .

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THE NEXT BIG THING!

The Next Big Thing …

Welcome to The Next Big Thing. My author buddy, Suzanna Williams, recently tagged me for a ‘chain’ blog entitled ‘The Next Big Thing’.
The deal is: I answer a few questions about my current work-in-progress, then I invite other authors to do the same. A bit like a chain letter, except it is only focused on an author’s work-in-progress.
Suzanna is the author of a young adult sci-fi action adventure titled Shockwaves. You can find her answers about her latest book by clicking here.
Suzanna was tagged previously by Katherine Lowry Logan, the author of The Ruby Brooch, a time travel romance.
Read about her work-in-progress here.
The authors I’ve chosen have been tagged can be found below my answers. So here goes:

What is the working title of your next book?

MER: volume 2. (This is just a working title until I make a decision on what the second book in the series will be called.)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Besides the fact that I love anything fantasy, involving mermaids and magical creatures, it all started with a late-night conversation with my hubby. We were talking about current trends in young adult books and movies and I was like “There are so many vampire, werewolf, and wizard type books…what about merpeople?” And thus, MER was born.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young adult fantasy with a touch of romance.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

This is a very hard question, because I have so many characters in my book, a lot of them being children and teens. BUT I will say that Russel Crow would be a great Lord Emrys, the children’s father.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

MER is a dark and magically gripping tale of the Castlecray children, who are forced on a treacherous journey where bed-time stories come to life right before their eyes.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This was a very hard decision for me at first, but for now I will am self publishing the MER series. If I get a fantastic offer from a big-time publisher, then it may be a different story.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took me nine months to write MER, the first book in the series, and I am shooting for six months for book 2! Wish me luck!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

This is also a very hard question, because I believe my book is very different from any other. But if I had to choose I would say J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER and George R.R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, which are two very different styles.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My family. My daughter, who is absolutely obsessed with fairy-tales and anything mermaid and my husband, who is my biggest support system!

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

This series is geared towards young adults, but it is great for and loved by many people of all ages. It has a little bit of everything, from knights who fight for honor, a rebellion war and slimy crag trolls, to magical creatures, ancient prophecies, mermaids, and romance. If that doesn’t get you, check out the book trailer here done by Director Jeremy Womac and Monsoon Productions. It is amazing!
The authors I’ve invited to join in the fun are: James Eggebeen, a fantasy writer after my own heart, and Bethany Aan, a steamy erotica/romance and sci-fi writer.
I hope you’ll visit their websites and check out their books. Their answers will be posted on their blogs on Friday, March 1st, along with the names of the authors they’ve tagged. Look for #BlogNextBigThing

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REVIEW: DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT by Laini Taylor (No Spoilers)

…And add a cherry on top!

If you read my earlier review of the first book in this trilogy, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, you will remember I called it a treat. More like vanilla ice cream dripping with hot chocolate fudge sauce. And now I say add a cherry on top. Or an entire jar for that matter!

I can’t get enough of this series and will be biting my fingernails awaiting the release of the third book in the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series!

Ok, so we got to know Karou quite well in book 1. And the strapping Akiva as well. -I think I have a crush, by the way. *blushes* Anyway, the characters, who had fully developed into amazing “people” in the first book, only go on further and take you into the depths of their minds and souls. My heart aches that Karou and Akiva, soul mates for sure, are torn apart by unforseen reasons and pulled to opposite sides of the war of the realms!

I had also stated in my first review that it was like author Laini Taylor uses her beautiful words to paint a masterpiece, and this one, like Romeo & Juliet, except totally twisted in a fantasy world. Well it’s funny that in book 2, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, Laini references the story of Romeo and Juliet quite a few times, therefore solidifying my connection. Have you ever watched Romeo and Juliet the movie with Clair Danes and Leonardo DiTap-that-ass? Oops, I mean Dicapalicious, I mean DiCaprio. LOL. *blushes again.* That is the exact movie that came to mind when reading both books in this series. It wasn’t even that the story structure was the same, which it is similar, but Laini’s intricately carved words artfully depict the scenes in her book like the cinematography director Baz Luhrmann did for the 1996 Romeo and Juliet. Stunning! Dazzling! Gorgeous! I wish I could show you the inside of my head while I read through the trials and tribulations of this gripping and addictive story!

A little bird told me that this will be made into a movie as well! (actually Laini said it herself on twitter!!!) That would be awesome if Baz Lurhmann, director extraordinaire in my opinion, would do the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE movies. I know he’s not, cause I think I heard the name Rupert Sanders, who directed Snow White and the Huntsman, but don’t quote me on that.

Anyways, without spoiling the book, I feel like all I can say is you will  absolutely not be disappointed if you pick up and read DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. But of course you must read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE first!

A definite 5 stars out of 5!

When you do read it, come back and we’ll have a chat. One which will include giggling and crying, laughing and screaming over this book series and a bunch of “when the heck is the third one coming out!?”

Have a nice week everyone! And may the power of words be with you!

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MER book trailer!

MER by Jade M. Phillips

MER book trailer directed by Jeremy Womac

and produced by Monsoon Productions

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