Thursday, June 22, 2017

BOOK BLITZ - YA Fantasy - Gate of Air (Dragon Gods, #1) by Resa Nelson

Gate of Air 
Dragon Gods, #1
by Resa Nelson
Publication date: July 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Frayka must find and convince the dragon gods of the Far East to appease the gods of her Northland heritage. If she fails, her own Northlander gods will destroy all the mortals who once promised to worship them.

The Far East is a mysterious place of legend to Northlanders like Frayka. Only an old map can show her how to get there. Once she arrives, all of Frayka’s sensibilities put her in danger. And every dangerous turn delays her from finding the dragon gods whose help she so desperately needs.
Although Frayka looks like a Far Easterner, she is a powerful Northlander warrior who is quick to voice her thoughts. She is trained to fight and won’t hesitate to do so.

But everything about Frayka puts her in deadly peril in the Far East, where the laws are strict and the punishment cruel.

Especially when the one being punished is a woman.

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CHAPTER 1:
How did my life become so turbulent?
As the pale blue and pink light foretold the dawn of a new day, Frayka walked the narrow length of the Northlander ship, a long and sleek vessel that looked like a sea dragon slicing through the choppy ocean waves. The oars piled on the center of the deck rattled against each other. The scent of fish and brine permeated the air. The taste of salt in the air gave her a thirst that seemed impossible to quench. Frayka focused on the horizon instead.
She approached the rail and leaned on it, barely noticing the sound of her sweetheart Njall grunting while he adjusted the sail. After several days at sea, Frayka recognized the coast of her homeland, the Land of Ice, in the distance ahead. But instead of filling her heart with happiness or even meager content, the sight made her stomach twist into knots.
All her life, Frayka had given no thought to the fact that she looked like no other Northlander. Everyone in her homeland—including her own family—stood tall with long blond hair and blue eyes. While Frayka stood as tall as any Northlander woman, she inherited her looks from her father’s grandmother, a woman from the Far East who must have died many years ago.
Although Frayka’s skin looked similar to everyone else’s during the winter months, too much exposure to the sun simply turned Frayka’s skin a golden brown while the skin of all other Northlanders burned bright red. And her long black hair, straight as rain, made her stand out, as well as her dark brown eyes.
Njall joined her side and draped an arm across her shoulders. “Home at last.”
Exhausted from the journey and lost in worry about the days ahead, Frayka didn’t respond.
Njall squeezed her shoulder. “Why so glum?”
“No one told me I’d be meeting a Northlander god,” Frayka said. “I’m still reeling from what the All-Father told me.”
Weeks ago, a shaman led Frayka to the ethereal world of the gods. The god of all Northlander gods—the All-Father—singled out Frayka because she dared to live as a Northlander despite her Far Eastern looks.
To appease the anger of all Northlander gods, the All-Father tasked Frayka with the duty of finding the dragon gods of the Far East. The All-Father told Frayka she then must figure out how to make peace between those dragon gods and the Northlander gods. If Frayka failed, the Northlander gods would kill her.
Why did all gods have to act so foolish and petty?
Why should it be her problem that Northlanders had once worshipped the dragon gods instead of their own gods?
Why should the Northlander gods involve her just because they felt angry and rejected by the mortals who adopted the dragon gods in their absence?
Frayka knew the dragon gods destroyed the Northlands and surrounding countries, even though she’d been an infant at the time. The full blame for that destruction fell on the true Northlander gods, who were enraged first for being ignored and then for being faulted for something they didn’t do.
Why should I care that mortals blame the Northlander gods for the sins of the dragon gods?
The task given to Frayka by the Northlander gods overwhelmed her. Frayka wished she could crawl below deck, curl up in a corner, and sleep until her life felt normal again.
But Northlanders never talked of such feelings. If Frayka admitted to any of them, she would appear weak in Njall’s eyes. He loved her because of her strength and courage. And right now, only Njall knew about the task she’d been given. If no one else believed her, she’d still have Njall by her side.
I can’t afford to lose him, too.
Njall laughed. “You’re spoiled by your own portents. Welcome to the ordinary world that the rest of us live in.”
Frayka knew Njall was right. Since birth, her portents gave her regular glimpses into the future, something no other Northlander could do. She’d known for years that Njall would someday marry her, and her faith never waived. Years ago, he teased Frayka about her portents. Thinking about those days, she said, “Remember when you used to call me Frayka the Freak?”
“Be fair,” Njall said, failing to hide his shame. “I don’t call you that anymore.” He ran his rough hand against her silky black hair. “Not since I saw you become a brave warrior. Not since you saved my life. Once I tell everyone what you’ve done, everyone will love you as much as I do.” Njall hesitated. “Wait. That’s a terrible idea. Someone might try to marry you before I can.”
“If anyone tries to get between you and me, I’ll kick him in the shins.” Frayka laughed briefly before worry overtook her again. “But it’s not my portents I’m worried about. It’s what the gods want me to do. What I have to do.”
“This isn’t like you. You never worry.”
Frayka cleared her throat, knowing the time to keep secrets had to end. “I had a portent last night after you fell asleep. A portent about the gods.”
His arm tensed. “What kind of portent?”
Frayka looked at the sea. “I saw what will happen if I fail. If I don’t do what the gods ask.” When Njall stayed silent, she continued. “They will kill every Northlander who still survives. They will kill you and me and our families and everyone in the Land of Ice.”
“But your portents,” Njall said. “Sometimes they give you an idea of the future. They’re not always exact.”
“This one was,” Frayka said. “Very exact and very clear. I have to find the dragon gods and figure out how to make peace between them and the Northlander gods. Otherwise, we all die.”
Njall shifted his weight when the ship tilted. “Then let’s fight the Northlander gods. Let’s kill them before they can kill us.”
Frayka shook her head. “You don’t understand. All the stories we heard about gods are lies. Northlanders thought the dragon gods were their gods, but it’s not true. Mortals thought the Northlander gods forced the dragon gods to destroy our homeland, but that’s not true either.” She frowned. “Not entirely. Even if we could find the Northlander gods—which is impossible—it wouldn’t solve anything. The All-Father told me what I have to do, and nothing else will satisfy him.”
Njall wrapped his arms around Frayka and held her close. “You’re not alone, you know,” he said. “You’ve got me, and I’ll walk by your side every step of the way.”
His words comforted Frayka. For a moment she found hope and felt excited about the chance to make a difference in the world. She felt no fear of the danger she might face.
Njall pointed at the coastline, now close enough that Frayka saw its black sandy beaches glitter and sparkle in the sunlight. “We’re home,” Njall said. “Look how beautiful it is.”
Taking his advice, Frayka stared at the waterfalls falling from the high cliffs standing behind the beaches. Pointing, she said, “There’s Blackstone.” The settlement of small stone houses rested a short distance from the shore, and grassy hills stretched behind it. In the far distance, a mountain of ice glinted. “What are we going to tell them about why we left?” Frayka said.
“The truth always strikes me as a good idea,” Njall said.
But the truth would involve stories about Frayka’s portents and gods and strange lands.
“What if they don’t believe me?”
“Be yourself!” Njall said. “This is your home! Your family knows you. Everyone in Blackstone knows you. And I know you, too.”
But I befriended someone who suffered because she looked different. Because she came from a different world than the people she lived with. Because she walked with one foot in each world: the one she came from and the one she lived in.
And if I do what the gods ask me to do, won’t I have to do the same?
“Frayka?” Njall said. “Did you hear me?”
“Of course.” Frayka straightened her spine and drew again on her new-found hope. “Let’s go home.”
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Author Info
Resa Nelson is the author of the 4-book Dragonslayer series: The Dragonslayer’s Sword (nominated for the Nebula Award, finalist for the EPPIE Award), The Iron Maiden , The Stone of Darkness , and The Dragon's Egg . Her 4-book Dragonfly series takes place after the Dragonslayer series.

Her standalone novels include the mystery/thrillers All Of Us Were Sophie and Our Lady of the Absolute .

Resa has been selling short stories professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and she is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years as well as a regular contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

COVER REVEAL & PRE ORDER BLITZ - YA Fantasy Romance - Fathoms Above (Star Crossed #2) by Laura Hol

Fathoms Above
(Star Crossed #2)
by Laura Holt
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: May 25th 2017
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Cather Stevens is the many time’s great granddaughter of Thisbe, the original Juliet, whose determination to be with her true love Pyramus caused a star crossed curse to be cast over all the women in her family. This curse, created by Zeus, King of the gods, has lasted for centuries, and has doomed more men than Cather can count, including her own father, to early graves. Only Cather possesses the ability to break it, and with the help of Hermes, the Book Keeper and Messenger of the gods, that is what she intends to do.

But the gods don’t make anything easy, especially when a mortal dares to challenge the divine. Soon, Cather finds herself pitted in a race against time against Athena, the goddess of Wisdom and Battle Strategy, who will stop at nothing to prevent Cather and Hermes from reaching their destination: Salem, Massachusetts, where Peter Ganis, the last living descendant of Pyramus’s bloodline, lives. Because of his ancestor’s tie to Thisbe, a marriage to Peter will help Cather end her family’s curse once and for all. But can she love a mortal boy, or will the shattered pieces of her soul forever belong to Hermes?
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Laura Holt is from a small Georgia town, where she lives with her daughter. Growing up as the oldest of three sisters, Laura used her imagination to makeup stories as a way to escape from the sometimes crazy-making monotony of everyday life. As she got older, her love of stories grew into a love of books, especially fantasy, and eventually she began to write her own stories down as well. When Laura isn’t busy writing or thinking up a new way to promote the Star Crossed series, she can be found curled up on the couch reading, working out, or spending time with her daughter. A few of their favorite past times include watching shows like Merlin on Netflix, shopping, and going treasure hunting. Laura is also active in the children's ministry at her local church, is addicted to Pinterest, loves anything chocolate (as long as it doesn't have soy in it), and is always looking for a new way to get her daily adrenaline fix.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Audiobook Tour - YA Fantasy - The Sparks (Feud Trilogy, #1) by Kyle Prue

The Sparks
Feud Trilogy, #1
by Kyle Prue
Narrator: Jon Eric Preston
Length: 9 hours 14 minutes
Release date: February 24th 2017
Publisher: Cartwright Publishing 2017
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Honor does not bend. A will of iron does not break. Victory lies within the ashes.
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . THE SPARKS (Feud Trilogy, #1) . .  . This was a bit different for me. I got to read a book for he YA Fantasy written by an YA. This was a new take on the way that they see things. The level of imagination that was put into the world of Altryon. I found it to be intriguing. The separate, yet powerful families promise to protect the future and the people. Eventually this was to come to some type of impasse and in-fighting. If not for one reason it was for another. This for me was just wat a book one would state. It was the laying of the ground work to set the stage for more to come for Neil and the others. This was a complex read that would require more than one brief look. The depth needs to build and surround your senses.

The Narration of . . . THE SPARKS . . . Jon Eric Preston put a little something extra into the way he narrated this read. I found some comfort in listening to his voice. I found the audio to be clean and of good quality. The narration was solid for the work that was provided.

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The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. The Vapros have the ability to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius have super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum have skin like steel and godlike strength. Centuries of petty infighting have turned the families against each other, resulting in a secret war. A powerful emperor now rules over all, as the families have weakened by massive casualties.

Sixteen-year-old Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin, to please his hyper critical father. After failing his first mission, Neil learns that a sinister new force has awakened. This mysterious new power threatens to shatter the established order and threaten the lives of everyone in Altryon - regardless of their family name or allegiance.

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Kyle Prue is an award winning author, actor and comedian. Kyle wrote The Sparks: Book 1 of the Feud Trilogy when he was just 16 years old. Kyle has spent the past year on a national book tour visiting over 80 middle and high schools and meeting over 60,000 students. Kyle is now a freshman at the University of Michigan, studying acting and creative writing. He still visits schools and is a keynote speaker for conferences.

Kyle is the founder of Sparking Literacy, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the high school dropout rate by inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams.  The Sparks has won numerous national awards including Best YA Fiction awards from: The Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association, the Florida Book Festival, New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. Kyle also won an International Moonbeam Award and IndieFab Award for Best Young Author.
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Jon Eric Preston received his Theatre degree from Florida State University after returning from the London program. He earned top honors narrating in the Dramatic Interpretation category on the Speech and Debate team, and performed professionally in Children’s Theatre companies and did National Tours of A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, and Othello.

As a SAG BookPAL and a father reading to his two boys for more than 12 years, moving into the booth to record audiobooks was a natural and joy filled progression.
He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.
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MY INTERVIEW WITH KYLE PRUE
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
With my writing, I like to follow Stephen King’s advice of “leave out the boring bits.” My goal is to always put the reader right into the middle of the action. Every scene should be worthwhile and should follow the fast-paced rhythm of the novel as a whole. If something isn’t needed or slows down the piece as a whole then it needs to be reworked or cut. We should always be learning something new or moving forward with the story.

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
This year I plan to finish and release the Ashes, release the Audiobook for the Flames, complete editing on a solo YA project and finish up an adult mystery book. I also plan to never sleep again, apparently.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
Writing is a learned thing. No one is an incredible writer starting out and even good writers often have less than perfect first drafts. Writing is about trial and error and editing.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
I’d love to spend some time with Sherlock Holmes, Tony Stark, Beatrice from Much Ado, Dr. Gregory House, and Rocket Raccoon just to watch them argue for a bit and take notes.

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYwhere? What would you do with this time?
If I had a full year I’d probably try to travel to as many different countries as possible and experience as many different cultures as I could. Good writing comes from life experience and travel is an amazing way to achieve that.

Can you share your next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Unfortunately, most of my creative projects are under wraps, but The Flames is out now and the audiobook should be following this year!  In addition, the summation of the Feud Trilogy, the Ashes, will hopefully be released early next year!
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Virtual Tour - YA Suspense - Shattering Truths (Deadly Veils, #1) by Kyrian Lyndon


Shattering Truths
Deadly Veils, #1
by Kyrian Lyndon
Publication date: January 30th 2017
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult
She was left fighting her demons alone . . .


The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . Shattering Truths (Deadly Veils, #1) . . . Dark. Dangerous. Debilitating. Determined. Deadly. Danielle had a traumatic experience or hallucination. She was not sure which until she started to remember. And remembering things was not making life any easier for her. She experienced this with her cousin. But her cousin cannot or will not remember any of the event. The story was wrapped in suspense, confusion, loss, understanding, coping, and so much more. This YA was a serious story put to words and explained in terms that could be felt deep down to your soul. This was a heavy read that involved emotions on various levels, abuse, victimization, stalking, harassment, and memory and mental issues. Don’t take this read lightly. 

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For sixteen-year-old Danielle DeCorso, the old house in Glastonbury was an eerie place to grow up. Coping with mental health challenges exacerbated by a traumatic family dynamic, Danielle watches from the window for two men in a dusty black sedan who keep circling the house and harassing her with phone calls. The two predators drugged her and her cousin, Angie, and then lured them from Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport to a secluded cottage on Long Beach West. She remembers feeling dizzy, the room spinning. She recalls screaming, crying, fighting, and then slipping in and out of consciousness. Angie, however, has no recollection of the incident.

When Danielle attempts to jog Angie’s memory and convince their best friend, Farran, that the two strangers had victimized them, no one seems to believe her. Alone in her pain, Danielle remains guarded, obsessed, and withdrawn. Soon she is sinking deeper into a tumultuous world of adolescent isolation and change. Grief, guilt, and anger send her spiraling into an even darker place.

Tormented by terrifying nightmares, she fears she will lose her sanity, or possibly her soul. Is she having post-traumatic stress hallucinations, as one of her friends suggest, or are her recurring nightmares as real as they seem? Trapped in an unyielding emotional bondage, Danielle continues the fight to reclaim her power. Startling revelations awaken her newfound spirit, inspiring a once naïve girl to grow into a woman of defiance and courage.
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Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published two poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, and Remnants of Severed Chains. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.

Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants —her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies. She resides on Long Island in New York.
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Virtual Tour - YA Fantasy - The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. Lem

The Waterfall Traveler
by S.J. Lem
Publication date: April 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . THE WATERFALL TRAVELER . . . To be eighteen with a deep-down desire to do something for someone else. This was a journey of more than love. She travels near and far. Finding friendship, understanding, love, respect, and a deep sense of self-worth/pride/triumph/success, and so much more. Come on this journey with Ri and those she met along the way. I found this read to most enjoying and adventurous. I will begin to read this one with the children later this spring.

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All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive who saves her life—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressive city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unforeseen love, Ri risks it all to save those she cares for. But if she prevails, she’ll find the one thing she yearns for most—a cure for Samuel.
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S.J. Lem is a digital art director gone writer in hopes of expanding her creative aspirations. Whether it’s introducing dimensional characters, crafting imaginative worlds, or transporting readers into high-stakes adventures, she strives to deliver an immersive experience.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. When not writing, she enjoys pottery, gardening, and volunteering. Connecting with readers and fellow writers is one of her greatest joys.
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SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - YA FANTASY - Phoenix (The Peradon Fantasy Series, #1) by Daccari Buchelli

Phoenix
The Peradon Fantasy Series, #1
by Daccari Buchelli
Date of Publication: April 30th 2017
Publisher: Buchelli Books
Cover Artist: T.L. Mason
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Tagline: 'You're only a prisoner if you believe you are.'

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Magic. Sheltered from the cruelties of the world, Princess Violetta came to adore it. When a terrible tragedy befalls her realm, she vows to shun her royal duties, setting off a chain of events that will see her true power come to light.

Prince Ryore spent his life at the mercy of his father and was deemed the weak link in the chain of command. His new found status as Emperor sees the entire Frost realm bow to him. Little does he know that enemies lurk within his walls, determined to end his reign before it begins.
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'Darius, can you feel that?'
A tingling sensation seeped into her bones. It pulsed through her, prickling the hairs on the back of her neck.
'Darius, something feels wrong.'
Violetta turned and was surprised to find Darius facing away. His tall frame appeared to have frozen beside her much loved tree, his face turned up toward the sky.
'Brother? What's wrong? Tell me.'
Violetta followed her brother's gaze.
Darkness stole over her. Violetta could see the storm a mile off and it showed no signs of letting up. She flinched as she felt something hit her face. Water? Darius began to stir, but Violetta's eyes remained fixed on the sky. She had heard of rain. It was said that the Air Realm was frequently visited by such cool showers, but never had she heard of a storm in the Flame Realm. At least, not since the Almighty Storm of the Ancients.
Violetta felt her courage flee her. She let out a high-pitched squeal; a reaction to the hands that had forced themselves around her arms.
'Shh, it's just me.' Darius stroked the golden waves of her hair. 'We must get inside. Understand?'
Violetta gazed into her brother's dark eyes. She nodded.
'Yes.'
'Good, we haven't got long before the storm hits.'
Violetta dove toward Jork's ball. She trapped it between her wrinkled skirts, gathering it up in her slender arms. The rain gathered speed.
'Darius, I've got it!' she squealed. Silence greeted her. 'Darius? Where are you?'
Violetta could hear raised voices in the distance. They were muffled, likely from inside the secret passage they had used to get down here.
'Darius?' She spotted a limp shape stretched across the lap of her tree. 'DARIUS!'
Something struck Violetta hard in the shoulder, lifting her clean off the ground. Her mouth formed a silent scream as she flew through the air, clinging tight to Jork's ball. To Violetta's surprise, she landed on her feet.
Violetta's vision swam, her shoulder screaming in agony at a chunk of ice that had pierced the flesh. She glanced about, searching for Darius when something else zipped past her ear. Violetta tried to put thoughts of the pain aside. She gazed above her, where the sky had become a blinding white.
Violetta's fingernails dug into her ball and the agony she felt appeared to diminish. Her eyes snapped down to her shoulder, which only moments ago had been spiking with pain.
'That's not possible,' she gasped.
Violetta's skin was pale and smooth, not a cut or scratch anywhere in sight. Her eyes wandered down to Jork's ball, before flocking back to the pale skies above. This had to be a dream. The sky here wasn't white. It was a bright and beauteous blue, always.
Remembering how Darius had been struck, Violetta returned her gaze to her tree.
'Darius?'
Her legs carried her over to him, aching with the sudden chill. Violetta was unsure of what she was going to find. She drew close and saw the tree's tangled roots embracing Darius. His mop of dark hair was slick with the rain, his eyes only just glazing over.
'No.'
Violetta knelt down and gasped at the sight of her brother's chest. A large needle of ice had speared his flesh, spilling ruby liquid around its edges. A banshee's wail exploded from her.
All sound escaped Violetta's world. The edges of her vision darkened, leaving her only with eyes for her brother.
'Good Lord, Prince Darius!'
Clarisse's harsh voice cut through the silence. The elderly nursemaid sprinted past, her cold stare fixed on the limp form of their Realm's heir. She bent down to examine the prince's wounds, shooting an angry scowl Violetta's way.
'Just what did you think you were doing?' she snarled.
 The veins in her forehead began to rise, as though attempting to escape from their fleshy prison.
Violetta's face was devoid of emotion. She could do little more than stare when a startled scream sounded nearby.
'My boy!'
'Mother?' Violetta got back to her feet. 'Mother, ice is coming down from the sky. We must go. Darius said-'
Violetta locked eyes with her parent. Tears ran afresh down Queen Isobel's face as she raced through the rain to reach her child. Her golden curls, which were usually pinned atop her head, now hung loose and trailed limply down her back.
No-one noticed the shards of ice soaring past. Violetta wanted to run. She wanted to warn her mother before it was too late, but her body felt like it had frozen in place. She strained against her fear with all her might.
'Mother, we must go! Now!'
The queen darted across to the great oak tree. She scooped up the body of her only son, wailing against his dark mop of hair.
'Darius!'
The despair in her voice matched the feelings that stirred within Violetta. 
Queen Isobel refused to part from her son. He lay there, still as stone, his flesh growing colder by the moment. Violetta would remember this day for the rest of her life. She clung tight to Jork's gift and prepared to race, to grasp hold of her mother, when another shard shot out of the darkness. A struggling scream filled the air. It was a scream that would haunt her forever.
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Born in 1993, British writer Daccari Buchelli spends his time focusing on his favourite genre, Fantasy. Having developed an early love of literature, he became determined to create his own magical wonderlands for fellow readers to explore. He spent his teenage years working on several Fantasy novellas, which he has yet to release to the general public.

He has since released the first book in a new Fantasy series, which revolves around young royals and the elemental magic that they possess.

As an active member of the LGBT+ community, Mr Buchelli hopes to help reduce intolerance and bullying by promoting acceptance and understanding of those different to ourselves.

MY INTERVIEW WITH DACCARI BUCHELLI
What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
It is my goal to not only have both of the projects I'm currently working on published in time for the New Year, but to expand my distribution range in order to reach more avid readers.

I am in the process of casting a narrator for the Audiobook version of my Fantasy novel Phoenix, and so far things are looking good.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
I've always felt that writing was a key part of my identity. It has always come naturally to me, ever since I first learned to read. I found myself making up stories when I was in school, which often led to me daydreaming about the dangerous antics my characters would get up to.
If I didn't write, then my imagination would fill my mind with so many ideas that it felt like it might explode. To this day it still does if I go even a few days without writing.


Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
I do have a character that I've been working on, but it hasn't been for a long time. Just the other week I found myself with a character that I couldn't wait to start creating, forging their back-story, appearance and quirky habits.

Lily's character has a dark and mysterious past, although I don't intend to give this away using her appearance. To the typical passerby, she is just another excitable teen girl, attending proms, gossiping, and braving the world of the popular crowd. In reality, she is so much more.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional characters, who would they be?
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Richard Rahl (Sword of Truth), Elphaba (Wicked), Wizard Howl (Howl's Moving Castle), and Sabriel Abhorsen (Abhorsen Series).

Each of these characters has a natural gift, be it intelligence, magical ability, or a sharp wit. Each would provide no shortage of fun and would have a memorable impact on my life.

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
Tokyo. I've always wanted to visit. The food, the culture, the architecture; they have always fascinated me. I'd want to explore it all, taste it all, learn it all. It is a place that I've wanted to visit since my childhood and if I ever get married, I would love to take my honeymoon there.

Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
I'm currently working on two projects side by side, one being a thriller, the other Fantasy.

Book Two of The Peradon Fantasy Series, Symbiote, follows on five years from the events of Phoenix when an all consuming storm blankets the Realms of Peradon. Violetta Flame is called upon to make a choice that could seal the fate of her own people.

It is my first time working on a thriller, yet I remain confident that the story of Evylia Wilde in See will hold its own appeal to fans of the genre. After being cured of a horrific skin disease using fringe science, young Evy develops the ability for clairvoyance and begins to have visions from her past. Her story teaches us that sometimes the past stays buried for a reason.

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