My Interviews

Interview with Kevin Rau

When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

I started writing when I was very young. My dad was in the military and my mom worked for the government, and I had a lot of me time. I always wanted to be what I was not. I made up stories about being an Indian princess, a French exchange student, and one time I was a British diplomat’s daughter. The trouble began when I started role-playing; my poor mother was so embarrassed. I think being alone stimulated my desire to write and express myself.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? (Assuming said power would be reasonably “powerful.”)

I don’t know if being invisible is really a power, but I would like to be the fly on the wall. One could do so many fun things and also help a person or two.
Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies?

I liked wonder woman (comics). I was never taken with the TV version. I wanted her plane, amazing since I hate to fly.

Kev’s response: I just see so many issues with an invisible plane. Losing it, not being able to unlock it, people checking out your butt…. (I can just imagine all the jokes about how big the moon is these days as I fly overhead!)
Where do you get your inspiration for writing? What motivates you?

I have a fertile imagination, so it doesn’t take much to get me going on an idea. I’m motivated by my passion to write and all the wonderful authors who have shared their great stories, no matter what genre.

Kev’s response: Note to self – buy some soil, see if it motivates you to write….
Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?

Definitely seat of the pants. I do get a title in mind and a mini movie starts to play. I have a novel coming down the road that was planned out because it involves ancient history. The research took a long time, but I think it will enhance the book. It’s an urban fantasy with a bit of paranormal thrown into the works. I wanted the history that is woven into the story to have validity.
Do you write only when inspired, or do you have a set schedule where you sit down to write?

I am incredibly disciplined. Part of that comes from being raised in a military family, the other from a performing arts background. I have a time for networking, and the business. And then I dedicate a certain amount of time to writing. Unless I’m sick, I’m at it everyday.
Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?

Fantasy, definitely fantasy. I’m like a female Peter Pan. Reading is different. I love fantasy, mysteries, thrillers; I like to laugh, but I haven’t read anything lately in that genre.
What do you enjoy the most about writing?

At the end of the day there is a certain gratification in creating worlds that are only yours, or developing a character as you see them in your minds eye. A writer gives life.
Is there any part of writing that you don’t enjoy?

Editing. I think most writers would agree. It is like ouch time!
Can you tell me something odd about yourself?

I’m something of a misanthrope. I hate seeing what the human race is doing to one another. I do like people that are capable of compassion. I recoil when I bump into people that are numb.

Kev’s response: Hmm, a misanthropic, soil-loving, female Peter Pan. That’s a head-scratcher.
Do you write one story at a time, or do you have several novels in the works at one time?

I multi task. I’m finishing book two of my series, but I’ll sit down and make notes for the third and a stand-alone. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night; get an idea and work on it.

Kev’s response: Hmph, and here I’ve been waking up and just want to get back to sleep!
In my evil plot to take over the world, what one animal type do you advise I use and why?

That’s an easy one. A Sinornithosaurus, one nasty feathered raptor that can leap through the air, is intelligent; has great eyesight and is a killing machine. The beasts in my first book are based on them with added features.

Kev’s response: Making notes now….
Where do you see the future as far as paper books versus digital e-books?

I still love the feel of a paper book. I read every night and would prefer pb to digital. Digital is here to stay and it will be interesting to see how the market develops.
What are your current projects?

I just released book one of a trilogy. THE RISING-THE LOST CHILDREN of MANAGRAIL. It’s on Amazon and B&N in ebook. I hope to have some pb’s out shortly. The second VANISHED will be out in the summer. It’s YA fantasy (12-15)
Do you have any advice for others about self-publishing?

You better believe in yourself and don’t give up your dream. It is hard work even if you’re an Indie, probably harder. Put one foot in front of the other. It’s a big world out there and you just have to find your audience.
Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?

Yes, my blog is http://www.aronjoice.com, FB is Aron Joice YA Fantasy, and I tweet @aronjoice.

Kev’s response: Err, what do you tweet to yourself?! :) Aron, thank you for joining me, and providing a chance to practice my third-rate comedy routine.

Interview with Richard Stephenson

    I was raised in Virginia, a military brat. I later moved to New York City and spent most of my life in the performing arts. I also designed stage wear and theatrical costuming.  I traveled to many parts of the world, and great adventures. I have been involved in relief work with orphans in the Eastern Block, very active in animal rescue, and other community services. Now I live in the country concentrating on my writing and developing my skills and career.

2.  Tell us about your book.  What is it about?
I call it my little book.  It is a character driven series.  Even though it contains a great deal of visual fantasy, it really deals with a sibling relationship that will be familiar to most.  Twin heirs become lost in an unknown land. The struggle to return home is complicated by ambivalence, love and betrayal. They meet with challenges never imagined. Ancient talismans carried by the heirs hold their own secret;  when it is revealed their lives are changed forever. A sorceress in another realm waits to claim what was once hers. There is no language, sex, love yes, a bit of blood and guts, and of course magic.3.  What inspired you to write it?

     I always had a vivid imagination; Sometimes it got me in a little trouble with my mother. She once said, “You should write down some of this,” and I did. I have always loved books. I don’t remember what age I started reading for pleasure, but it was early on.4.  What do you think is the greatest challenge about being an independent author?The marketing; also the stamina to continue is difficult. There are so many hours put into networking. I am very disciplined so I do 6-10 hours everyday. I do miss sitting and writing for hours. I feel robbed of that joy. But hey, you do what you have to do. There are 4 million writers out there who want to make it.5.  What advice would you give to aspiring indie authors?Believe in yourself. Digest as much information as you can regarding the indie market, don’t skimp on a good editor or graphics person, you’ll regret it.6.  What have you done to promote your book?The obvious social networking as a whole; set up a blog that provides information for indie authors and promotes me. I am trying to get as many reviews as possible; do interviews. This is my first release; although I’d love to see a return, I feel it is more important to build a platform. Even if someone says, “I know her, she wrote…”, or I saw a piece…. I have a trailer going live, hopefully by August.7.  What do you enjoy most about writing?

Artistic license.  I love to see where the characters are going to take me. This book is pretty innocent, but sometimes I get a surprise. I want them to tell me their story.

8.  What do enjoy least about writing?

There isn’t anything I don’t enjoy. I wake up in the middle of the night, get an idea and I’m up and at the very least making notes. My second book in this series has just been completed. I have a novella that should be live in September, and an outline for a historical paranormal fantasy. No vampires, or creatures, however it will really be action packed. I spent one year on the research.

9.  What authors have inspired your writing?

The authors who have inspired me have nothing to do with my genre except perhaps William Nicholson with Jango and Seeker. I’m not sure I would throw him into the typical YA fantasy mix.  I love Elizabeth Peters, and have reread each of her books at least 30 times. Clavell, Peterson, Grisham, Shakespeare. I love Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling as far as my genre, but I wouldn’t say they have inspired me. They have definitely brought me pleasure.

10.  Anything specific you want the readers to know about you and/or your book?

A little over a year ago I lost my memory. I was throwing away dishes, putting my clothes in the refrigerator, things like uh oh!  My mother had Alzheimer’s as well as my grandmother. I was petrified when I saw what I was doing after the fact.  I had handwritten my ms, another story, and I changed every character out with another without realizing it.  Fortunately it was a vitamin D deficiency; I had none in my body. It took a while to get back, but I was determined to complete my work. So for me I am already a success. It was a great challenge; anything else is the old icing on the cake.

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Interview with Indies Unlimited

Meet the Author: Aron Joice

Posted on March 12, 2013 by Administrators

Aron Joice is a published songwriter, and the author of The Lost Children of Managrail series. The Rising, book one of the Ya Fantasy is currently available in Ebook and print. Book two — Vanished, will be released in early 2013 along with her novella The Land of Beautiful. An adult historical fiction is also in the works. Aron is passionate about the arts and rescuing animals.

As with many writers, Aron says getting through the learning curve of all the social media platforms has been a challenge. “At first I read every Writer’s Digest available, bought books, studied everything I could find online and then mapped out a plan. I didn’t get Twitter, or why anyone would spend their time tweeting. Facebook was a challenge and still is for me. I found a few blogs that I believed to be relevant to my purpose and stayed true. I felt like I was in Platform College. On a one to one basis I like Linkedin, it is more give and take. I’ve made wonderful friends on Twitter and we support one another. FB is like a newspaper to me. I have to say Indies Unlimited has taught me more than I could ever imagine and has been a great guide.”

Aron’s favorite part of the writing is when the story or idea is born. “I am a very visual person, and often a scene will develop before my mind’s eye. I love beginnings; it is as if I am watching a movie. I stand back and observe the details and wait for a feeling. From that point on I let it happen. I like to see where my characters are going to take me and sometimes they surprise me. The end can turn me upside down. I’ll have it all sorted out and then wham, something else develops.”

Aron says if a reader pays attention to the inner struggles of her characters they will get her as a writer. “At first my stories seem like simple little tales; they are not. The complexity of my characters’ struggles will surprise many a reader. You pick up on that aspect; you will understand a great deal about me as a person and a writer. Just enjoy the tale and know I am a teller of stories, hopefully a good one. The bottom line is the reader takes a ride on my words, which is my magic carpet, and in the end if they had fun with the journey, they get me.”

The romantic interludes in Aron’s books are more about feelings than sex. She’s not opposed to sex scenes, but says it isn’t where she wants her stories to go. “I have author friends that write titillating scenes, and they are adult sans the vulgarity. They are great; I just can’t write them. I hear Billy Joel singing in my head about Catholic girls. I was raised Catholic; maybe that has something to do with the inability to dive into that area? I do like touching love scenes. I’m a romantic at heart and love the whole knight in shining armor arriving on that big white horse.”

Aron is an avid reader. As she puts it, she “devours” books, ending her day with a reading. Her pet peeve is a lack of originality. “The one thing that stands out is the whole vampire, and angel thing in YA. I write YA, but I want to see more originality and less assembly line writing. It really is beating a dead horse. There are authors who are outstanding in their presentation of the above and then a thousand copycats came along. If I read a review and it stated a book was another Harry Potter, I probably wouldn’t’ read it because of that statement. I am a big Rowling fan, but there is one J.K.”

We asked Aron to gaze into her crystal ball and tell us what she sees for the future of the publishing world. “I do believe some kind of change will happen. I’d hate to see brick & mortar stores become a thing of the past. I love holding a book when I’m reading. Personally, getting lost in a bookstore is so enjoyable. After all is said and done there will be a balance between digital and brick & mortar, there has to be. People are afraid of change especially when it comes to their pocketbooks. Maybe this is why everyone is running around like Chicken Little. . . It will work out in the end despite anything we do.”

You can find out more about Aron on her blogAmazon author page, andFacebook.

The Rising: The Lost Children of Managrail (Volume 1)
by Aron Joice
Available in print or Kindle format fromAmazon.

Two brothers and sisters different in every way are brought together by tragedy. Together they will fight side by side aided by magical creatures and Managrail’s best. Can they stop the golden city from utter destruction? Will Princess Lila succumb to an evil that has long awaited her arrival? Prince Simian desperately tries to ward off his ambivalence towards his sister and in doing so questions his heart. A secret is discovered when all the magic tribes fight what could be their last battle. Thousands of lives depend on the actions of one young Princess. Everyone learns that love can heal, but also destroy.

Interview with Black Caviar Book Club

Interview With Young Adult Fantasy Writer  Aron Joice  

Of The Rising: Book One In The Lost Children Of Managrail Series

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Today our young adult fantasy interviewee is the talented wordsmith Aron Joice, author of The Rising: Book One In The Lost Children Of Managrail Series. Not your average middle grade YA Fantasy as described by one reviewer, but detailed with rich characters and plot and writing on par with the great J.K Rowling. BCBC delved into the interview box and pulled out 4 leading questions in hope to find out a little more about book one and the woman behind the series.

BOOK BLURB 

This young persons’ fantasy is a tale about a brother and sister’s perilous journey far from the safety of the golden city of Managrail. If you delight in folk from other realms, ancient beasts, and a very wicked sorceress, you will find it here. When Managrail fades from the light and becomes a city of darkness, Prince Simian must use all the skills the deceased King taught him to survive.

Simian’s twin Lila is determined to have her way at all costs, but the price will be the very lives of those they hold dear. Romance and adventure surround them whilst they are unaware of the roles they will soon play to save the lands.

From the golden city to the shores of Dirth, an epic journey begins as they enter the frozen tundra of the White Realm to encounter the sorceress Shantra. A war is about to begin, and all the magic tribes are summoned for the last battle. Brother against brother, father against son, the sprites will open the portals that have held them safe for one hundred years.

The power of magic, and talismans that keep their own secret will save and destroy, leaving you to wonder if man has any chance at all. While Simian questions his love for his sister, Lila dreams of power promised by the sorceress if she delivers to Shantra what was once hers.

Wonderful casts of characters meet and join the two on their adventure fighting side by side in an attempt to save their world and becoming slaves to an evil no one can imagine.

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 Rising_300X300 Young Adult fantasy Question 1: What is the central conflict of the plot? Is the conflict internal to the character (a psychological conflict)? Or is it external, having to do with character vs character or character vs society?

Aron: The central conflict in the Rising is the ambivalent relationship between the royal children of Managrail, Simian and Lila.

The self-centered and willful princess demands her ways at all costs. Simian is aware he is the enabler and realizes his weakness, yet he is unable to deny her whims that will destroy a civilization.

Due to an accident they become lost in the outside world where the conflict escalates between them.

Young Adult Fantasy Question 2: What motivates the actions of a given character? To what degree does the character’s past play a role in his/her present actions? Are those actions justified or ethical?

Aron:  Simian’s soul motivation is his devotion to his twin sister. Always coming to the rescue, Lila’s once harmless wants now leave them fighting for their lives. Simian’s motivation changes throughout the story as he gains wisdom and strength.

In order to save Managrail and all the lands he must make choices regarding Lila’s dangerous actions.

Young Adult Fantasy Question 3: What are your top three most important elements when hooking a reader to your novel or book series?

Aron: The elements that I use to engage a reader are my characters quirks and personalities. I want the reader to feel they really know and can relate emotionally to each one. I am a very visual person; I want anyone who picks up my book to be immersed in my world(s). If there’s a banquet, the feast should be tasted.

Young Adult Fantasy Question 4: Tell us a little bit about your new cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

Over the last year Rick Green and I developed and worked tandem on my covers, book trailer, and commissioned works.  My visions and his great graphic design took on a life of their own. The sorceress (cover) continued to evolve and reflects the end of Book 1 and a jumpstart into Book 2- Vanished. I absolutely love her and the cover reflects the story. I hope my readers are pleased with the end result.

Thank you Aron for taking the time to answer my interview questions, I wish you the very best with this and the rest of the books in your Lost Children Of Managrail Series.

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Interview with Athena Brady 

Today I have the great pleasure of introducing to you, the Author Aron Joice. Many of you may have already come across her before. Aron’s book                                                 “The Rising (The Lost Children Of Managrail)” is the first part of a trilogy and it has received excellent reviews, which you can view here  http://bit.ly/140cTh9  and herehttp://bit.ly/WlFgBP  Aron’s trailer for her book is here  http://bit.ly/ZQIkVz  If you would like to buy Aron Joice’s book after you have read the article, you can get it here.http://amzn.to/TVJUFx

Apart from being a talented writer Aron still finds time to support other writers and bloggers, work and be a volunteer in an animal sanctuary. This writer is a close friend of mine but she really is someone special who you will see a lot of in the future. Please take the time to check her out you can find her on these various sites

Facebook                    http://on.fb.me/ZNLOIn

Goodreads                  http://bit.ly/15R9TSs

Twitter                        http://twitter.com/aronjoice

Aron’s website           http://aronjoice.com/

To give you a flavor of what this author is about, I asked her the following questions.

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(1)        When did you first start writing?

I was very young when I took pencil to hand. I had a vivid imagination, and my mother encouraged me to write stories about the things that I made up. I loved acting and role-playing, being someone that I wasn’t in everyday life.

(2)        How many books have you written?

I have two completed works.

(3)        Are you writing anything now?

The Lost Children of Managrail a trilogy is my first attempt at a novel. However, I have written poetry and I am a published songwriter. Presently, The Rising, the first in the series is available and Vanished is forthcoming. I only have the final edit and it is ready to fly. I am also working on a YA Novella set in medieval times and a women’s’ fiction.

 The Lost Children of Managrail

The trailer for Aron’s blog is here http://youtu.be/yN1xzuUAZjg

(4)  What inspires you?

Compassion and truth inspire me.

 (5)  Do you ever suffer with writers block if yes, how do you deal with it?

I have been fortunate in that area. My mind never rests. Some days I am more productive than others but I’m never at a loss for words (anyone who knows me will agree).

 (6)  What is the message you would like to get across to your readers?

I think the thread of my message is about our strengths and weaknesses, learning to step up to the plate, taking responsibility and how complicated relationships can be. There is no easy answer. Love, hate, and greed sidetrack us. At the end of the day we are alone with ourselves and must deal with our truths.

(7)  Do you have any advice for aspiring writers out there?

First, believe in yourself. So many people will want to give you advice; it can be overwhelming, especially since some of it isn’t good. Read your favorite authors, and authors that have achieved success. Study styles, formatting, learn about the industry. Subscribe to publications, and find a few good blogs to follow. Most importantly sit down and write every day. Don’t get discouraged and have people other than your family to provide feedback on your work. Your family loves you and won’t be impartial, or worse they won’t want to be bothered and will continuously put you off.

(8)  Do you have any writing regrets?

To date none, but I’m far from out of the woods. I am still honing my skills.

(9)  How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?

 I have been active in animal rescue for many years and that takes a good deal of time and at odd hours. I am passionate about animal rights.

(10)  If money was no object and you could have one wish, what would it be?

 I’d wish for a million wishes. I think that could cover a lot of territory. There is so much that I’d like to do for certain causes.

 (11) What have your readers taught you?

They have allowed me to see myself in a way that I could have never imagined. They make me want to be the best storyteller that I can be.

(12) If you had to leave your house in a hurry and could only take three things, what would they be?

My pets, my wallet, and my thumb drives.

I hope you all enjoyed Aron Joice’s author interview. I am thinking of making it a regular feature, what do you think? All you authors out there if you would like an Author interview please e mail me atathenabrady1@gmail.com  Or if you are a reader and would like to find out more about your favorite author please feel free to contact me and I will approach them with your request.

 

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Awesome Authors — Aron Joice

Now that Yucatan Dead’s up and running, I’m resuming the semi-bi-weekly Awesome Author interviews. Today’s guest is Aron Joice, fantasy author and animal rescuer extraordinaire. I came to know Ms. Joice through the indie network swirling around Indies Unlimited (www.indiesunlimited.com). If you have the chance, check out the informative blog–it has much to offer the indie writer, and the people who contribute and comment are some of the best folks around. So, without further fanfare, heeeeere’s Aron

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D: Hi Aron! Thanks so much for being here. I’m curious: what made you decide to become a writer? Why did you choose fantasy as a genre?

A: I have written stories since grade school. I always had a vivid imagination, and told fantastic stories (mom called them fibs). I would get on a bus and pretend I was from France and couldn’t speak English, or I was a mysterious Indian princess. I believe I embarrassed her just a bit. She encouraged me to start writing my fantasies down and I did.

I absolutely love fantasy. My YA isn’t as sophisticated and adult as most. It really is for the younger person who loves magic worlds. Like many people I have faced some challenges where I didn’t think that I’d survive. It is a safe place for me. I have to say, I am also an avid mystery reader and devour cerebral thrillers. Fantasy is a place to escape.

D: Can you tell me a little bit about your latest book? What was your favorite part about writing it?

A: Well, Vanished Book two in The Lost Children of Managrail series takes a turn from where Book one ended. The journey for the two young heirs continues and magic still abounds. Lila, heiress to the throne finally gets her act together and delivers. The entire trilogy is about complex male/female relationships. Throughout the story many have to make difficult choices realizing the end result could destroy someone they love. It is really about love and how it can heal and destroy.

I just love to write. I am a very visual person and when I write it is like there is a mini-me watching a movie of my thoughts. I even hear music. I immerse myself in the process. Yes, I’m certifiable.

D: Love your cover for The Rising. Who was the designer?

A: Thank you. She is the sorceress from the White Realm, and a real piece of work. Richard K Green handled the graphic design.

D: Do you outline or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?  How long does it take you to finish a novel?

A: I’m more by the seat of my pants. I know how it will begin and I always know my ending. I give the characters free reign during the middle. I oooh a lot! I’m a sucker for action, and even though it’s fantasy, I try to make it believable

The first draft flows right along. I have never had a block where I couldn’t continue. I can finish the first draft and two rewrites in about 2-3 months, if I don’t get distracted. I love to garden and the weather is nice right now, so I’m bouncing back and forth. I do have a deadline, although it is self-imposed I want to meet it.

“It is really about love and how it can heal and destroy.”

D: What are you working on now?

 A: Union Book three, the last in the trilogy. This will be a large book for me. I pray that I deliver what is floating around in my gray cells. I also have another book that I’m working on simultaneously which isn’t YA fantasy, but adult fiction based on current events. It is very different for me. I am excited about it, but it is real life and gritty. I will publish this under another name. My YA is very innocent and it will be a shocking difference in styles. I feel a responsibility to my young readers, and I want them to grow with my characters.

D: Give us a ‘day in the life’ of author Aron Joice.

A: Can you say BORING?  I rescue animals that are abandoned, mistreated, and otherwise suffer at man’s hand. Before I have a cup of coffee their needs come first. Then breakfast, and I sit down to check my emails, and write. I’m doing very little social networking since the two books take up a good part of the day. I end every day by reading. It is the last thing I do except to say thank you for all the wonderful people I have met on my journey.

D: Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: If I’m still this side of the grass, I’ll be writing. If the world calms down, I’d like to do some traveling. I was fortunate to have seen a good part of the world in my 20’s and 30’s. Somehow I ended up in many places where young men carried M-16s. As I said, “I like adventure.” It is scary out there, but I love learning from other cultures.

“I feel a responsibility to my young readers, and I want them to grow with my characters.”

D: Where do you see the publishing industry in five years?

A: Where is my crystal ball? You know things are changing daily. I keep up with most of it, but I’m not sure. There will probably be some fantastic digital improvements, maybe interactive e Books won’t cost as much to produce. I have been interested in that for quite a while. I hope we never lose bound books. It would break my heart; there still isn’t anything like holding a book and reading it, at least to me. Traditional publishing will be forced to change; in what manner I’m not sure. It is going to get very competitive. I believe the problem with most of the world is greed, straight across the board. It is in every walk of life, and big business? What can I say? There is more people writing, reading, and it is exciting. We have to cherish this gift and pay anything good forward. I interviewed a 12-year-old writer. I absolutely loved her. Her attitude and confidence put many an adult writer to shame. She is the future and if we can mentor the young writers, they will step it up.

D: What made you decide to go indie rather than traditional publishing?

A: I knew right out of the gate the chances of getting an agent or a traditional publishing deal were slim to none. I wanted to go through the motions, get feedback, learn, and keep moving forward. I gave myself six months to get an agent; if I weren’t successful I would approach the Indie Avenue. I was greener than green. I lucked out when I found some great blogs/sites and I am so grateful for what I gleaned from all of them. I’m still polishing, asking questions, and paying attention. I have so much respect for everyone over at Indies Unlimited; there couldn’t be a better family in which to belong. (Totally agree, Aron   )

D: What advice would you give to new writers?

Love what you do, or don’t do it. Believe in yourself, and be open to constructive criticism. Let the trolls roll off your back and pity them. Pay attention; know how important social networking is in the digital age. Find a family of writers who will treat you kindly, but be honest with you. If they can do that, the rest will follow.

The following excerpt is from Vanished: Book 2 of The Lost Children of Managrail:

PROLOGUE

He remembered their childhood in a series of flashes; even then she had the power to bend him to her will. On one hot summer day, she climbed higher up the mountainside, taunting him, laughing, beckoning him to follow, and he did. That was the way it always was and had been until now….

Standing at the water’s edge, Simian watched the longboats close in on Lila. It reminded him of a hawk circling a rabbit trapped in brambles. Escape for Lila was impossible, and he didn’t care to find a solution.

Managrail had fallen, destroyed by the Fergay. Whether it was by luck or providence, many survived. Now Dirth, a village by the sea, was home, and had brought new adversaries. Moments away from capture, Lila called upon the Light Bringers for help. The magical talismans answered and she vanished.

It is time for stories of old to be retold and a council of war to form. The White Realm and the sorceress have been waiting for one hundred years.

CHAPTER 1

Instinctively, I wrapped my arms around my body. The air around me cold and still, I thought if I breathed too hard the sky would break into a million shards. Blinded by the absence of color, I tried to grapple with the starkness of my surroundings. Am I dead? Am I in heaven? That would be surprising, based on my recent behavior. Something about this place seems familiar…. Have I been here before? I remembered what the sprites had said about the White Realm when they rescued me. “Evil lives here and evil hunts for the lost.”

Well, right now, I definitely fit into the “lost” category. The White Realm. Is that where I am? I closed my eyes, sucking in the air, and heard muttering from behind me. I turned and found myself facing the bedraggled longboat crew cowering in fear. “I can’t believe this!” Just moments ago, inches from their grasp, I had disappeared into blinding rays of light shooting toward the heavens.

Now facing me, one man whispered to another, “She must be a witch. May all the gods protect us. How else did we land in hell?”

“Well, well, look who decided to join me. Now remind me, you planned to do what with me? Sell me into slavery? Tut, tut, not nice.”

“Please, lady, if we hadn’t followed our captain’s orders, we’d have been flogged or worse—keelhauled. If you are agreeable, we can be on our way. Everything forgotten?”

“To where, the sea? Can you guess where you are? For now, you stay with me, but don’t get too close,” I said, pointing my finger like a weapon. My bravado fooled them, but deep inside, I was a little shaky. I had no idea what to do. I thought I would somehow try to find a way out of this predicament.

“Follow me.”

END EXCERPT

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