Interview with Sarah Renée, Author of the Saderia Series

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Sarah Renée has loved writing from an early age. At the age of 10, she came up with the idea for The Tiger Princess and wrote the novel when she was 12. She is fascinated with wild animals and the wild world outside her home, and has a great love of tigers. She enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, drawing, and playing her violin when she is not writing. In her free time, she is constantly daydreaming about her many characters, creating new ones, and coming up with interesting adventure story ideas. She is now 17 years old.

Visit Sarah Renee’s website at www.thetigerprincess.com to learn more about Sarah Renee, her books, and more!

Thank you for joining us today, Sarah. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Thank you for interviewing me! My name is Sarah Renée, I’m 17 years old, a huge cat-lover, and the author of a series of fantasy adventure books written for ages 8-12 called the Saderia Series.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

Probably before I was even born! I have loved telling stories for as long as I can remember. When I was really young, I used to just love scribbling out stories on a piece of paper. As I got older, I started writing more complex stories – but even then, they were just short stories about my cats! When I was 12, though, I started getting serious about writing and decided I wanted to be an author. That was when I wrote the final draft of my first book, The Tiger Princess, a 300+ page fantasy novel about a curious tiger Princess named Saderia, which I later went on to publish at the age of 13.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

I didn’t actually make a conscious decision to write stories for children when I wrote my first book, The Tiger Princess, since I wrote it at the age of 12. When I wrote it, I only wanted to write a story that I would like to read and that other kids around my age would enjoy reading.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?The Tiger Princess Cover 1

In my case, no. Since I started writing at a young age – the age The Tiger Princess and the other Saderia Series books are geared toward – writing from a 10-year-old tiger’s point of view for a younger audience came naturally to me. I’ve gotten so used to writing from my young characters’ point of view in the years since I wrote my first book that it still feels natural and easy to write for a younger audience even now that I’m 17. Plus, it probably helps that I haven’t grown up much since then! 🙂

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

It definitely has to be the fact that you can write so freely. Children in the age range I write for have incredible imaginations – I know I did! What I love about writing for children is that I can capture their imaginations in such fantastic ways. Stories for children don’t have to be totally based in reality – you can write about magical adventures and extraordinary characters when you write for children, and hopefully you can inspire them to use their own imaginations to come up with their own stories too!

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Dash Cover 2My latest book, Rock Bottom, is actually the fifth book in the Saderia Series. It would be difficult to talk about it without describing the other ones, though, so I’ll describe the first book first.

My first book is called The Tiger Princess, a fantasy adventure book written for ages 8-12. In the book, a sassy and brave tiger Princess named Saderia makes it her goal to solve the mystery of what happened to her parents, the King and Queen, after they vanished in a fire ten years ago. On her quest to uncover the truth, Saderia also stumbles upon ancient secrets and even incredible magic powers!

The second book, Dash, follows Saderia’s adventures in a new school as she tries to befriend a mysterious classmate with a dark secret. The third book is called Hunted Home, and it tells the story of a canine named Dingo who lives in a harsh desert and has to fight not only to save himself, but also Saderia when she finds herself lost. The fourth book, Enchanted Home, introduces a new character named Jeb, who was framed for a crime he didn’t commit and who seeks Saderia’s help and magic powers in finding the truth. And that brings us to the fifth book, which tells the story of how Saderia and her new friends must fight to save a lost member of her family – and in the process, uncover a few dark truths.

What inspired you to write it?Hunted Home Cover3

More than anything, a love of telling stories and a love of the characters I created inspired me to write each of the books in the series. I actually came up with the idea for the first book, The Tiger Princess, when I was 10 by combining my love of tigers and animals with a fascination with royalty like Princesses and Queens. Now my love of the story of Saderia’s adventures inspires me to keep writing the next books in the series!

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Enchanted Home Cover4The Tiger Princess is actually free on the Amazon Kindle right now, and you can pick up your e-book copy here. It is also available for free on the Barnes & Noble Nook, which you can find here, and on most other e-readers. If you’re looking for a paperback copy, you can also pick one up on Amazon at the same link. For a list of all the places you can get The Tiger Princess, as well as the other books in the series (Dash, Hunted Home, Enchanted Home, and Rock Bottom), check out the official website for links to all the places you can get them!

What is up next for you?

I have just finished writing the 11th book in the Saderia Series (of which there will be about 16 books), so I’m planning on writing the 12th book and the rest of the books in the series soon and hopefully releasing Book 6 sometime in 2014. I’m also tossing around an idea for another series I’d like to write. So in short, a whole lot of writing!

Do you have anything else to add?Rock Bottom Cover 5

Nope, just a big thanks for interviewing me and letting me share my story!

Thank you for spending time with us today, Sarah. We wish you much success.

Thanks again for interviewing me and thanks to everyone for reading and for checking out The Tiger Princess and the Saderia Series!

 

The Saderia Series Virtual Book Tour Schedule

November 4th

Book 1 review at This Little Book of Mine

Interview at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

November 5th

Guest post at Bookingly Yours

November 6th

Book 1 review at YAdult Review

First chapter reveal for Book 1 at CelticLady’s Reviews

November 7th

Interview at Between the Covers

November 8th

Series spotlight at Literal Exposure

November 9th

Book 1 spotlight at Classic Children’s Books

November 11th

Book 1 review at Classic Children’s Books

November 12th

Interview at Pump Up Your Book

November 13th

Guest post at The Crypto-Capers Review

November 14th

Interview at Blogcritics

November 15th

Guest post and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

November 18th

Book 2 spotlight at Paperback Writer

November 19th

Book 2 review at This Little Book of Mine

November 20th

Interview at Examiner

November 21st

First chapter reveal for Book 2 at CelticLady’s Reviews

November 22nd

Book 1 review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

November 25th

Book 2 review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

November 26th

Guest post at Literarily Speaking

November 27th

Series spotlight at Thoughts in Progress

Guest post at 4 the Love of Books

November 29th

Series spotlight at 4 the Love of Books

Series spotlight at The Children’s and Teen’s Book Connection

Book tour highlights at The Book Rack

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Interview with Stephen Hayes, Author of The Magic Crystals Series

Stephen-HayesStephen Hayes is a 26-year-old Australian author who writes novels in the fantasy genre. Find out more about him and his work at his website: www.themagiccrystals.com. 

Thank you for joining us today, Stephen. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Thanks for having me. I’m 26 years young from Melbourne, Australia, and have been totally blind since I was thirteen. I’ve been writing in some form or other since I was eight; it has always been a hobby of mine, a way of expressing myself. I’ve only been serious about it for a few years, though. My main project at the moment is The Magic Crystals series of novels.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

When I was a child. Although my preferred method of artistic expression up to the age of thirteen was drawing, I was even then writing short stories. After I lost my sight, I began writing more, expanding my plots until finally, I had completed my first novel.

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

It wasn’t a decision at all: The Magic Crystals could only be for the young adult market when I started writing it because I was only a teenager myself, so I couldn’t have written it for a more mature market if I’d wanted to. Actually, when I first started, the only intended audience was myself, and since I was a young adult, that’s what it was geared towards. Even though I’m older now, I decided not to change the content to be more suitable for adults—I quite like it the way it is. Not that adults can’t enjoy the story, though. 

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

My favorite part, and the greatest challenge, are the same thing: Thinking like the audience. On one hand, writing for young adults makes me think like one (which I still am, I suppose), and keeping my mind young makes me feel refreshed. On the other hand, I have to continually ask myself if what I’m writing isn’t too full-on for my readers. I have taken a couple of things out of my books, but for the most part, I think that my target audience can handle most of what I write. I would not recommend my books to children, but anyone over the age of thirteen should be able to understand and enjoy my work.

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Can you tell us what your books are all about?

Well, I can try. Essentially, The Magic Crystals is about power, and how it should be used. On one hand, you have those who wish to hold on to power so that it can’t be used to harm people; and on the other, you have those who wish to use it to improve and optimize the world and everything in it. Although one side is depicted as good and the other as evil, both sides have valid points, which in my opinion makes the struggle that much more interesting. As you can probably guess, magic is the source of the struggle.

In the first book, The Seventh Sorcerer, a man representing one side of the debate defects and attempts to steal all the magic from both sides, and it is down to the protagonist John Playman and his friends to stop him from taking over the world. In the second book, Rock Haulter, the same man is recruited by those he had previously betrayed in order to acquire an even greater source of magic than before, and once again it is down to John and his friends to get a hold of it first. And in the third book, Hunt and Power (scheduled for publication in mid-2014), John and a couple of his friends will be abducted, held hostage and put through a terrible ordeal by those who he had twice defied.

What inspired you to write them?

It wasn’t really a single idea, but more of an accumulation of ideas over many years. In fact, even though I wrote the first draft of The Seventh Sorcerer more than a decade ago now, I only worked out how the series would end a few years ago. The inspiration for the first book can be traced back to the games I played with my sister as a child, games that included a lot of magic but only a certain handful of people who could use it. That’s why there are only half a dozen magical people in my books (until the Seventh Sorcerer is discovered, of course), and also the reason why I wanted the source of the magic to be transferred from one person to another. In my mind, it makes things much more interesting, and certainly creates the potential for a lot more drama. 

Where can readers purchase a copy?

So far, my books are only available as eBooks, but they will soon be available as audio books as well. Anyone interested can check out the following links:

The Seventh Sorcerer: https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000002323/The-Seventh-Sorcerer.html

Rock Haulter: https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000002325/Rock-Haulter.html

Or just go to my website at www.themagiccrystals.com if you’re undecided. You can even read the first three chapters of the first book for free.

What is up next for you?

Well, I mentioned the audio books just before, and getting the third book in the series ready for publication. There’s still more writing to be done, and more work spreading the word about The Magic Crystals (and to that end, go tell your friends about it). Beyond that, I’m not sure, but I intend to publish plenty more books in the future, so if all goes well, you won’t forget about me.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Stephen. We wish you much success.

The pleasure was all mine.

 

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Interview with Ray East and Sam D., Authors of Voluspa: A Magical World (Kindle Fire Giveaway)

Ray East and Sam D have moved to Voluspa and live in the Forest of Skotos with their 5 year old daughter and a pet Typhon.  They visit Earth with the help of an Empath from time to time. Ray East did her masters in Phsychology from Univeristy of Sussex and has worked as a counselor for adolescents. Sam D used to teach at a SPJC before he moved to Voluspa.

Their latest book is Voluspa: A Magical World.

To learn more about Sam D and Ray East, visit their website: www.magicalworldofvoluspa.com

Visit Sam D & Ray East on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/voluspa

Like Sam D & Ray East on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/worldofvoluspa

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To get your copy of VOLUSPA: A MAGICAL WORLD by Sam D & Ray East at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/VOLUSPA-A-Magical-World-Sam-D/dp/0985681608/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1

To get your e-copy of VOLUSPA: A MAGICAL WORLD by Sam D & Ray East for your Kindle at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Voluspa-A-Magical-World-ebook/dp/B008BCZBTE/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Order your copy of VOLUSPA: A MAGICAL WORLD by Sam D. & Ray East at B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/voluspa-a-magical-world-sam-d/1111523622?ean=2940014770675

Thank you for joining us today, Ray. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Firstly I am a total bookworm. I have always loved reading. I have worked as a counselor in the past but at present I am a stay at home mom who loves to write in her spare time.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I have written all through school and college for local newspapers, neighborhood journals, college periodicals and as such.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

I think children have more fun and they usually have a more open mind. Besides it so rewarding to be able to write something for children,which would inspire them or catch their imagination.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

I think so. A younger audience is so much more impressionable when compared to an adult one. You have to be careful what kind of message your book is conveying or what kind of role model your book characters turn out to be.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

My stories are my way of connecting with the younger generation. Getting feedback from a young reader telling me that she/ he completely related to my character, that’s the best feeling …

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

VOLUSPA- A Magical World, is a YA fantasy. It is a crossover between urban fantasy and paranormal romance with a mythological and dystopian twist. This book showcases a unique coming of age story of a fifteen year old girl who struggles with the ramifications of forbidden love, obscure parentage and in essence struggles to find her place in a world that is threatened by her very existence.

What inspired you to write it?

I wanted to create this magical world which would be fundamentally similar to ours but yet so exotically different that it will capture the fancy of the readers. I also wanted to showcase the character of Amy as a constantly growing, learning, strong individual – a very ordinary girl who chooses an extraordinary life.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

It’s available in Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I would urge my fans to go and request it at libraries and bookstores.

What is up next for you?

I am at present working on the second book in the Voluspa series. It should be available sometime in November.

Do you have anything else to add?

Join Amy and Drake’s journey for the next few months and win a Kindle fire and other gift certificates.  Details on www.magicalworldofvoluspa.com

Thank you for spending time with us today, Ray. We wish you much success.

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This Kindle Fire promotion will run from August 6 – October 26. Winner will be  chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on October 27, 2012.

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Interview with Alicia Rivoli, Author of Mere Enchantment

Alicia Rivoli is a stay at home mom, currently living in beautifulNorthwest Arkansaswhere the weather is ever-changing!  She loves to write, read, spend time with her family, and travel. She also loves chocolate, and gooey caramel, together they make the perfect candy.  Visit her author blog at http://www.aliciarivoli.blogspot.com.

Thank you for joining us today, Alicia. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I am busy stay at home mom.  I am constantly running around from baseball practices and games, soccer games and practices, cub scouts, and school activities.  I love chocolate, and think the best candy ever is a Caramello. There is just something fantastic about the chocolate, caramel combo. I find myself constantly daydreaming, which is the main reason I decided to write.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I was lying in bed one night, unable to shut off my thoughts, when the story of Mere came to my mind.  The next afternoon, after I laid my son down for a nap I began writing.  That was seven years ago now.

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

A lot of books I read are from the YA genre, so I felt it was the best option for the book that I was writing.  Although Mere Enchantment is targeted towards the YA market, it’s also a good fit for the Juvenile market as well.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

My favorite part is I can be more open.  Young adults usually have more of an open mind, and can think a little outside the box.  The challenge I have found is actually also that they can think outside the box.  It makes it challenging to find a story that will appeal to this age group and hold their interest.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

My new book is actually a magical tale of five friends who have to fight for their freedom in a kingdom that they never really knew existed. They find that they are being tracked down by a man that betrayed the crown and knows that their presence in Mere threatens his plans to overthrow the entire kingdom.  They have many challenges that they must overcome, but the biggest one is discovering who they really are, and who and what they think their friends are.

What inspired you to write it?

I have always loved stories where I could be swept away from wherever I am and taken to a land that only exists in my imagination.  Being part of a royal family, and having the ability to make something magically appear, is something that I always find myself dreaming about.  To write down my imagination and share it with those willing to read it seemed like the best way to have someone else escape into their own imaginations.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Mere Enchantment can be purchased in Paperback,  Kindle and Nook editions.  I also expect it to be available for iPhone, iPad, and other reading devices soon.

Paperback/Kindle – Amzon:  http://www.amazon.com/Mere-Enchantment-The-Series-ebook/dp/B007RTO0EO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334538643&sr=8-1

Nook – B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1110060328?ean=2940014150200

Paperback – CreateSpace:  https://www.createspace.com/3841134

What is up next for you?

I am currently writing the 2nd installment of The Enchantment Series to hopefully be released this fall, if all goes well.

Do you have anything else to add?

I would love to receive feedback on Mere Enchantment, what you liked and didn’t like about the book, what you hope to have happen as the series progresses, etc… You can contact me on my author blog at http://www.aliciarivoli.blogspot.com and tell me all about it!

Thank you for spending time with us today, Alicia, We wish you much success.

 

The Wolf of Tebron by C.S. Lakin

 Prepare to be swept away into a fantastic new young adult fantasy series that begins with The Wolf of Tebron, the first book in The Gates of Heaven series.

Living with your decisions can be tough.  Once deliriously happy with his wife, Charris, the young blacksmith Joran is now miserable and alone. Disturbing dreams come to him. Joran sets out on a perilous journey to the four ends of the world to rescue his beloved wife. Stumbling upon the wolf, Ruyah, the two become fast friends. Will they be able to unlock the keys to rescue Charris?

Just as C.S. Lewis did with his Chronicles of Narnia series, The Wolf of Tebron by C.S. Lakin serves as a moving tale of God’s love in an eloquently told fairy tale of one man’s journey to save his wife.

I can’t say that I’ve ever been a huge fan of fantasy novels. Mythical creatures and made up worlds just aren’t my thing. But every once in a while something comes along that draws my interest and I decide to give it a try. The Sapphire Flute, Book One of The Wolfchild Saga by Karen E. Hoover is one, and so is The Wolf of Tebron.

Having watched the most recent movie remakes of Lewis’s Narnia books, I felt The Wolf of Tebron, was similar in some ways, but also uniquely its own.  I was almost surprised that the main character was a married man and not a single person. This adds a wonderful quality to the story. It gives readers a glimpse into the love of man and wife. The difficulty of this type of relationship, and how one must live with their decisions.

I have my favorite moments from this book, but many I can’t share because they would give away the plot. The meeting of Ruyah and Joran, however, is one that I can talk a tiny bit about. There is Ruyah, a huge silver wolf, with one paw caught in a rusted trap.  Joran’s love of animals and his ability to communicate with them, serve him well, and he is able to free Ruyah from the trap;  though not in a way in which he would have chosen.

The reader soon discovers that Ruyah has quite a personality and he can easily become one’s favorite character.

The two will meet many interesting characters along the way and receive several gifts. Their journey will conclude with a spectacular ending that will surprise many.

This will soon become a Christian fantasy lover’s favorite. Though geared toward young adults, an older audience will also enjoy this one.  I highly recommend The Wolf of Tebron by C.S. Lakin.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: AMG Publishers
  • ISBN-10: 0899578888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899578880
  • SRP:  $14.99 


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    The Elf of Luxembourg by Tom Weston

    Alex and Jackie are back with a new adventure in The Elf of Luxembourg by Tom Weston.

    Sisters Alex and Jackie O’Rourke vacation with Aunt Anne and Uncle Jim in Luxembourg. Along with shopping, they find an unexpected adventure involving vampires and an elf.

    Hundreds of years ago, the lands of the Muisca were invaded and the wife and son of Cuchaquicha, kidnapped. While many treasurers were gained, what the invaders truly sought was El Dorado. The vampires believed Cucha could draw out the elf who was the guardian of El Dorado, but their plan failed.

    Four hundred years later, Jackie and Alex are traveling the streets of Luxembourg, when they are given a strange gold coin. The coin and a meeting with a handsome and mysterious stranger pulls the girls into a dangerous adventure that places them in the middle of a battle between the vampires and the elf.  

    As with the first book in this series, First Night, Tom Weston uses an historically rich location and his own imagination to create a young adult fantasy novel that is both unique and engaging. While The Elf of Luxembourg is the second book in this series, you do not have to read the first book in order to follow these events, as this is a stand-alone book. And just like in First Night, Jackie and Alex manage to stumble into the thick of things without realizing it. Don’t you think they should learn by now? 🙂

    The story of Cuchaquicha and his desire to be reunited with his wife and son connects Alex and Jackie to the past, but it is also a love story that readers get to see unfold as the book progresses.

    Weston has a different style than many of the YA books I’ve read. He chooses a third person narrator to unfold the story, versus having it be told from the point of view of one of the young main characters. As a result, he is able to share the rich history of landmarks in Luxembourg up to the present day. This decision does have its drawbacks, however, as it doesn’t allow the reader to get inside Jackie’s and Alex’s heads. For a character-driven reader, this style might be a challenge. That said,  this was the same style Weston used in First Night, and even though I am a character-driven reader, I requested to review the second book in the series.

    The Elf of Luxembourg is a great addition to the Alex and Jackie series. With the popularity of Twilight, I’m certain this book will have many fans.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: tom weston media 
  • ISBN-10: 0981941346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981941349
  • SRP:  $10.95


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    Interview with Author Michael Ventrella

    Joining us today is author Michael Ventrella. We interviewed Michael at our parent blog—The Book Connection—in 2008 for his contribution to the Inside Scoop: Articles about Acting and Writing by Hollywood Insiders and Published Authors. During this interview, we discovered that Michael had based his Young Adult novel, Arch Enemies, on a game.  

    Now the sequel to that book, The Axes of Evil, has been released.   

    We’ll be talking to Michael about his work, why he writes in this genre, and what other tricks he might have up his sleeve.  

    Hello, Michael.  It’s great to talk with you again. We are excited to have you here. 

    Great to be here! 

    Since this your first time at this blog, why don’t you tell our readers a bit about yourself.  

    My secret identity is an attorney, and I love writing and just wish I had time to do more!

    Your most current writing focuses on the Young Adult market. What do you like about this genre?  

    I do not dumb down my books, try to preach, or treat my readers like children in the slightest.  Because the main character is a teenager, the book gets put in the Young Adult category – which I don’t mind at all! – but plenty of adults have read it and enjoyed it. 

    It’s not a tremendously serious novel – people do die, and there is real danger – but there is also humor, just like real life! 

    Now, I mentioned already that Arch Enemies is based on a game. How did that all come about? 

    It’s based on a live action role-playing game I created called Alliance LARP (www.AllianceLARP.com).

    A LARP is a kind of combination of a renaissance faire with a fantasy game, except instead of sitting in front of your computer screen, you’re actually out in nature, meeting other real people, and with a practically infinite amount of options to pursue instead of the few a computer game can provide. 

    The world in which this game exists is well thought out and detailed, so it was easy for me to place my books there.  However, I ignored the rules of the game almost completely.  What works in a game doesn’t work for literature, and vice versa.  People who have read the book have no idea it is based on a game, which is what I want! 

    When you wrote Arch Enemies, did you already have it in your mind that there would be more than one book?  

    Indeed, and in fact the first book ends with a hint about what the next book would be like.  The Axes of Evil does the same. 

    Can you bring us briefly through a bit of what happened in the first book? 

    There are lots of books and movies where there is a chosen hero from a prophecy – where some Obi Wan type of character finds the unsuspecting Luke and trains him to save the day in the end, because Luke has powers no one else has blah blah blah.  

    I began Arch Enemies with the thought “What if they got the wrong guy?” 

    So the main character Terin is grabbed and told he fit the description of the hero from the prophecy.  He’s thrown into the adventure without any idea of what he is supposed to do to “save the day” and without any special powers whatsoever. 

    In the end, he triumphs by being honest, brave and clever, which to me are the things that make a true hero.  When Superman saves the day, it’s kind of expected because he has all those powers at his disposal.  When the average citizen does something extraordinary, that is worth celebration. 

    Does The Axes of Evil pick up right where the first book left off? 

    Sure does!  Arch Enemies ends with Terin being celebrated for helping to prevent the evil from being released from behind the magical arch (hence the title).  “I’m glad all this prophecy nonsense is over,” he thinks.  Suddenly, a barbarian tribe confronts him and tells him that he is the hero of their prophecy as well… 

    The Axes of Evil picks up a few weeks later as Terin heads to the barbarian lands on the order of his Duke.  He discovers that there are three barbarian tribes who are at war with each other, and each has their own prophecy about him.  He later discovers that the prophecies contradict each other.  How in the world can he resolve them all while also obeying his Duke’s order to get the barbarians off the land? 

    Along the way, he has to avoid crazed assassins, possessed werewolves, lovesick barbarian princesses, and confused goblins while attempting to figure out the meaning of the magical and mysterious Wretched Axes. 

    Nobody said being a hero would be easy. 

    Near the end of the book he also discovers why everyone keeps thinking he’s the guy in all their prophecies. 

    You do not have to read Arch Enemies to enjoy The Axes of Evil.  Although it is a sequel, it is not a “part two”.  They are two separate stories, with a continuing plotline in the background, in the same way that the Harry Potter novels have an ongoing plot but each book is self-contained.

    What can you tell us about the hero from these books, Terin Ostler? 

    Terin is a teenager who ran away from home to pursue his dream of being a bard.  He wanted to sing about great heroes, not be one.  When Arch Enemies begins, he is a complete coward, running away from battles and doing everything he can to avoid conflict.  However, through the two novels, he learns to be brave (sometimes because he has no other choice).  

    Being brave, however, doesn’t mean being stupid.  He is fully aware that he does not know how to use a sword or throw mighty spells like his opponents, so he has to rely on being clever and resourceful to accomplish his goals. 

    Will readers discover new characters in The Axes of Evil? 

    Quite a few!  A lot of people loved the silly goblins from Arch Enemies, so readers will discover a tribeful in The Axes of Evil.  There is a beautiful barbarian princess who has a terrible crush on Terin who learns through the book that he isn’t some kind of superhero after all.  And there are three separate barbarian tribes with their own personalities and quirks.  Oh, and werewolves. 

    It’s a fast paced novel, and the action never stops.  There’s a lot going on. 

    What is different about your book compared to other books out on the market? 

    Well, I tried to avoid clichés that you see in many similar books. 

    I try my best to have believable characters who react to the strange things that happen to them as real people would.  They argue and make bad decisions, and things don’t always work the way they plan, just like in real life. 

    And then I tend to have very complicated plots with lots of twists and turns that aren’t solved by “magic.”  In Axes, Terin is facing a number of mysteries concerning the various prophecies (not to mention the strange writing on the axes, political intrigue with the new Duke, and figuring out how to kill a werewolf when you don’t have any silver weapons).  The fun is in placing the clues throughout the book so that in the end, when everything comes together, it all makes sense while being a satisfying result.  

    Terin saves the day by being the detective who figures out the solution, not by waving a wand and having some magic solve everything or by hitting the bad guy till he dies.  This, I think, makes these books a bit different from most other fantasies. 

    Where can readers purchase a copy of your books?

    If your bookstore doesn’t carry them, you can order them from Amazon.com and other online places.  You can also download an e-book or a kindle version.  There are links on my webpage:  http://www.MichaelAVentrella.com where you can also read book reviews and visit my blog (where I interview other authors!).  

    What is up next for you? 

    Rum and Runestones is a collection of short stories about pirates and magic which will be released soon and features my story “X Spots the Mark.”  And I’m working on my next novel about a vampire who runs for President!  

    Thanks for spending time with us today, Michael. We wish you much success.



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