Book Spotlight: The Lightbound Saga Trilogy by S.G. Basu

13-year-old Maia is a land-dwelling Solianese living on the planet of Tansi. She has been raised by her doting grandfather. Her mother, Sophie, supposedly deceased, is accused to be a traitor who fought for the Xifarians who have subjugated Tansi. Loathing her family’s history, Maia has put herself into self-exile, vowing to steer clear of the temptations that led her mother astray. But when she is drafted into a peace summit by the Xifarians, she must walk into Xif, the planet she has always wanted to avoid. Here she meets loyal teammates Kusha, Dani, Nafi, and Ren, as well as Miir, their team mentor who is as accomplished as he is temperamental. As Maia and her teammates thwart a plot to harm the underwater settlements on Tansi, she also discovers Sophie was not a traitor but a hero. Sophie sacrificed herself to save Tansi by breaking the dark heart within Xif that would have destroyed the Tansian system.

Maia visits the Jjord nation in their underwater colonies on Tansi. More of Sophie’s secrets come to light while she is in the colonies as well as more of the Xifarians’ plots to rebuild the dark heart of Xif. As Maia’s link with Sophie becomes apparent, Maia soon finds herself in the crosshairs of the Xifarians who kill her family and send her running for shelter across the dead lands of the Solianese. Chased by the Xifarians, including her former mentor Miir, Maia barely manages to stay alive with the help of her teammates. 

While on the run across Tansi, Maia meets a mysterious man who not only unlocks a power within Maia but also turns out to be a seer of the R’armimon, an ancient and powerful enemy of the Xifarians. Maia is revealed to possess the light that formed the dark heart’s core. When her mighty Xifarian foes corner her, Maia unleashes the power of the light on them, overpowering everyone including Miir who she presumably kills during the fight.

Maia struggles with her newfound power. She pieces together information and realizes that Miir had been working behind the scenes to help her. The team is on the verge of fracturing when Maia reveals she killed him. The Xifarians grow desperate to resurrect the dark heart that would enable them to leave the Tansian system and escape the R’armimon’s massive fleet that is drawing near. The seer of the R’armimon offers help against the advancing fleet and asks Maia to find artifacts that could enable her to protect Tansi. Meanwhile, the Xifarians try to trap Maia and capture the light inside her. Maia narrowly escapes the trap with the help of the R’armimon seer and his troops but allying with the R’armimon takes a toll on her friendships. Maia is alone and hopeless until she discovers Miir is alive. To make amends for the wrongs committed by his nation, he vows to help Maia uncover Sophie’s past and help her complete her quest for the artifacts. 

Maia regains the trust of her teammates and tries to convince the Tansian leaders of the impending threat of the R’armimon fleet. With help from Miir, she continues to uncover more of Sophie’s past. They discover that along with Sophie, Miir’s mother was also part of the plot to break the dark heart of Xif. Together with her friends, Maia rushes to find the artifacts the seer demands as the massive Execution Fleet of the R’armimon appears next to Tansi.

Book Excerpt:

The large oblong lobby inside was brimming with anxious newcomers. From the far right end, a liberally sized glass staircase spiraled up to the floors above. The absolute lack of color struck Maia; the interior was stark with white walls, white floors, and white furniture.

“Kusha, Dani, Maia,” a voice, clear and sharp, rose from somewhere in the middle of the room. “Are you here yet?”

Maia shot a puzzled glance at Kusha and Dani, only to find them as surprised as she was. Hoping to detect the origin of the summons, they made their way across the crowd. The voice rang out again when they were nearer to the center of the hall; its clarity stood out among the muffled humdrum. The source turned out to be a wee little girl who stood with some papers in her right hand, and a red weapons case clutched firmly in her left. A cascade of auburn hair surrounded her head like a silken cloud, falling past her shoulders in curly waves. Her blazing green eyes narrowed when she saw the approaching trio, and she sighed loudly while brushing off the locks of hair from her forehead.

“About time you arrived . . . had nearly given up on you,” she announced. “I’m Nafi, from the Third Continent. Care to tell me about yourselves?” 

She stood with her head cocked, listening to their introductions. When they finished, Nafi pulled out the topmost sheet from the small sheaf she held in her hand and waved it. 

“Our team information—we’re Core 21 and all our stuff will be numbered per our core. Also got the week’s task list.”

“Thank you,” Dani said, smiling gratefully. “So nice of you to take care of all that.” 

Nafi did not smile back. She simply thrust the piece of paper into Dani’s hand. Maia peeked at the sheet, which listed their names in order.

CORE 21

Dani R. – V – 07656M

Kusha V. – V – 21356Q

Maia A. – V – 87243M

Nafi P. – V – 01938F

Ren L. – R – 110920D

Miir T. – R – 947430X

“These must be the numbers the Tokii assigned to us,” Maia exclaimed, noticing that the number on her lapel matched the one next to her name on the list.

“Yes. Those are unique random identifiers. Every person on this planet is allotted one. ‘V’ stands for Visitor, and ‘R’ implies a Resident,” Nafi explained.

“Ren seems to be a resident of Xif,” Dani said, shooting a questioning glance at Nafi. “Have you found him yet?”

“Oh yes, Ren . . . he’s a little busy showing off his swordsmanship in that corner.” Nafi rolled her eyes and pointed dismissively at the nook behind the staircase where a substantial crowd was gathered.

“Showing off?” Kusha raised a curious eyebrow.

“To say the least,” Nafi scoffed. “If he keeps at it, there’s no chance in the world for us to win this contest. I think—”

“All right, fine,” Dani interrupted, bringing Nafi’s tirade to an abrupt end. “So, we know who Ren is, but what about Miir?”

“He’s a mentor or team counselor. They assigned a senior from Circle Four to guide each core. Whether he’ll meet us here, I don’t know.” Nafi sounded a little disappointed. She tilted her head toward the staircase, clearly referring to Ren. “Was hoping that Mister Show-off there would be able to help us, seeing he is from Xif and all.”

“Let’s go talk to him then,” Maia suggested. 

They walked to the corner of the hall where the crowd now stood in hushed silence. Finding an unobstructed view through the solidly packed gathering was not an easy job, but Maia eventually managed to peek inside. A boy stood at the center in a steady stance, wielding a pole sword that was twice as tall as he was. The curved blade at the end of the long burnished handle of his sword glowed with open menace. Maia could not see his face clearly because of the dark red hood that covered his head and hung over his brow. 

“What is he trying to do?” Maia whispered to a girl who clearly did not appreciate the small talk at the crucial moment. She scowled at Maia before replying.

“He’ll split that liemeberri into four pieces . . . midair. Keep watching.” She pointed at another boy who stood with a small purple fruit in his hand, facing the boy with the pole sword.

The boy with the sword did not even flinch when his assistant tossed the liemeberri in the air. He did not look up, but simply sensed the trajectory of the fruit as it rose, reached the peak, and then started to fall. He moved when the target was a little above the level of his head. In a blur of action, the sword went up and down and then from left to right. The crowd stood in complete silence as the four pieces fell in a neat pile on the floor, forming the whole fruit like it had not been cut at all. The applause broke out immediately. 

Maia stared in awe, dumbstruck by the precise execution. The boy stuck his sword casually into a belt that hung across his shoulders and walked up to a group of rowdy-looking kids. When he started collecting what looked like Xifarian money, Maia blinked, taken aback by his brashness. He was audacious, no doubt about that, daring to put up a wager on his first day at the academy, right before the opening address. Slightly flustered, she started to weave her way through the crowd toward Kusha and Dani who had found a spot to watch from the opposite side. 

A frown was deeply etched on Maia’s face when she stepped on someone’s toes. Looking up, she stifled the gasp of surprise with the utmost difficulty. A boy carrying a long sword on his back and a red hood over his head stared back at her. His intense gaze was fixed on Maia—his dark pupils, bizarre with their spatter of white dots, widened as he studied Maia’s face. 

So . . . this is Ren, our fifth teammate. 

“My eyes won’t burst into flames if that’s what you are expecting,” the boy said in an odd raspy voice. He scrutinized her face one more time. “Oh wait, I get it. You’re not impressed with my little demonstration there.” 

He has noted my disapproving look. Maia wavered for a moment between lying and telling him the truth and decided to go with the latter. “I didn’t like your idea of . . . making money,” she said, trying to choose her words with care, “not that I don’t appreciate your skills.”

“A stranger dares to give me a sermon on my little financial venture. You have guts and . . . I like it,” he replied, a temperamental smile playing on his lips. 

“Well, that’s good, seeing that you two will be working together in a group for a while.” Nafi had strolled over to the pair. “I’m Nafi, and the gutsy one here is Maia. The other two of our core are way over there.” Nafi pointed to the other side of the crowd. “That boy with the red headband is Kusha, and the shining angel with him is Dani. And by the way, I, too, thoroughly despised that betting action you had going. Stunts like these could have us disqualified from the contest. Don’t know about you, but I’m here to win.”

“I’m Ren,” the boy said smugly, ignoring Nafi’s lecture. He pushed the hood off his head revealing a shock of spiky silver-and-black hair. Five silver rings adorned his left ear, matched by rings that decorated each of his fingers. Maia had to admit that the flamboyant persona of their teammate from Xif was meticulously matched by his flashy appearance.

“Already know your name.” Nafi waved the piece of paper listing their group. “Some people have to work when you choose to play.”

“You seem too little to be here, even to play,” Ren retorted.

“I’ll be twelve soon, thank you very much.” Nafi’s eyes flashed. “And since you think I’m too young, let’s hear how old and wise you are?”

“I’m already twelve,” Ren replied with a smirk. “And if you’re looking for wisdom, look no more, you’ve found me.” 

“We’ll see about that.” 

As the two stood measuring each other up, Maia could not help but question the prudence of the Board. She wondered what could have driven them into matching two such abrasive personalities. This did not bode well for her or the team. In the very next moment, she banished the smidgeon of worry from her mind. 

Why should I care if the team falls apart? It would be the greatest possible way to escape the contest and Xif, and if it happened soon enough, she might even be able to catch the caravan to ThulaSu.

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S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Although she’s an engineer by training, writing has been her passion since childhood. Her other loves include extra-hot lattes, fast cars and binge watching sci-fi movies.

Find out more about the futuristic worlds she creates at sgbasu.com. She can also be reached at sg@sgbasu.com.

Books by S.G. Basu:

The Lightbound Saga series (YA Dystopian Science Fiction)

Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy

Maia and the Secrets of Zagran

Maia and Regency Protocol

The Lightbound Saga 3 Book Bundle

The Firefly League-A Lightbound Saga novella

Elementals-The Serial Thriller (Paranormal Science Fiction)

Population Morpheus (Near Apocalyptic Science Fiction)

Jumpers (Paranormal Thriller)You can visit the author’s website at www.sgbasu.com or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

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

Follow Sam D & Ray East at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15592516-voluspa

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.