Debut Author of the Month : Farah Oomerbhoy

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For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.

Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.

Author Links

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The Interview

  1. What inspired you to write The Last of the Firedrakes?

I started thinking about this story nearly ten years ago. Building the world of Avalonia, whenever I got time. The actual world creation started with a tapestry in my grandmother’s house. One day I stood before it and wondered, what if I could step into the tapestry, where would I end up? And so the world of Avalonia sprang into existence.

From then on, the person who stepped into the tapestry was a young 16-year-old girl who didn’t know who she really was, her name was Aurora, and this is her story.

JK. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles, Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Diana Wynne Jones’ magical worlds, Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland books, Ursula le Guinn’s Earthsea Quartet and J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan are some of the books that have in some way contributed towards my love for magical adventures and fantasy worlds and inspired me to write fantasy for young people. These books, including many others, inspired me to write a story that would combine the best of all I had learned, and so The Last of the Firedrakes started to take shape.

  1. In the writing process, who was your favorite character and why?

I would have to say Rafe. He is the quintessential hero, the knight in shining armor, but mysterious and dangerous with secrets of his own. I think the hardest part of writing his character is to show how he feels through Aurora’s eyes. We can’t see into his head and I wanted the readers to discern his emotions just like Aurora has to.

  1. Did you need to do any research before you wrote this book?

Yes! There is actually a lot of research and hard work that goes into writing a story on this scale. After all, it is 488 pages and this is only the first book in the series.

From detailed maps to notebooks filled with information on all the different kingdoms, their politics, societies, trade routes, race, cultures, etc. Each kingdom has a history, with its own myths and legends, wars and rulers. For this, I visited castles and old manor houses and did extensive research on European medieval cultures.

One of the most interesting parts was creating the magic system used in this world and it was something that took a while. There are so many different kinds of magic; mage, fae, witch, and demon. All have their own qualities and strengths, and work on different principals. In the end it is hard making sure that everything makes sense and is consistent.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit of what we can expect in the book 2 of the series.

I can’t tell you very much because, even though I have an idea about what is going to happen, it always changes when I get to the second draft. One thing I can tell you though is that Aurora will grow a lot in this next book, and really find out what it means to be a queen and a warrior. She will meet her fae family, but they will not be all that she or the readers expect. In book 2 you will get to see more of the fae world as Aurora tries to learn how to control her magic.

  1. What do you do when you are not writing?

I have three children so most of my time is devoted to them. I volunteer at their schools and at other charitable organizations affiliated with the school. But when I do get some free time I enjoy reading, swimming, and working out at the gym, but that doesn’t happen as much as I would like.

 

Award-Winning Finalist in the Best Cover Design: Fiction category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards

Winner in the Collector’s Dream category of the Wattpad’s 2015 The Wattys Awards 

 

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About the Book

The Last of the Firedrakes, book one of The Avalonia Chronicles.

A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear. With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

Read my review here

What everyone is saying about the book

“…the narrative components echo the classics; the Academy of Magic at Evolon could be Hogwarts, while the Shadow Guards are reminiscent of Tolkien’s Ring Wraiths or Rowling’s Dementors…a beautifully drawn fantasy world.” – Kirkus Reviews

“THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES is a magic-filled romp that carries you back to the fantasy stories of childhood…Lovers of classic fantasy will likewise gobble down Oomerbhoy’s scrumptious story.” – Dr Vic James, author of the SLAVEDAYS trilogy

“The world building is beautiful…..That really made the book more complex for me……it is the journey of discovery for Aurora and the reader that makes this an interesting story.” – Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite

“The Last of the Firedrakes has all the elements of popular fantasy – an orphaned princess, Magical powers, an alternate sphere with seven kingdoms, a young girl with a destiny to fulfil. They are all elements of the Narnia Chronicles, The Faraway tree, The Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings and a bit of Enid Blyton fun.” – Mitali Parekh for Mid-Day newspaper

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Debut Author of the Month : Eliza Nolan

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While I know writing an awesome book that readers out there will love is hard work, I also think its great to recognise new authors who are writing fantastic stories.

And this month we caught up with debut author Eliza Nolan about her book Phoenix Awakens.

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Eliza Nolan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for a few years, after which she returned to icy Minnesota – where she now lives with her two unruly cats in a house smaller than your closet.

She is an avid reader and writer of YA. She has ghostwritten a novel or two, but also writes her own stuff, and is finally publishing her debut young adult urban fantasy novel, Phoenix Awakens.

Author Links

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The Interview

Thank you for having me on your blog. It’s an honor to be here.
1.    What was your inspiration for Phoenix Awakens?

I’ve always been fascinated by secret societies, so I wanted to write a story about a secret society that had some dark, cult qualities. I wondered what would happen if a high school student got involved in a secret society. I also wanted the main character to be a female who needed to become her own hero. With those elements, the rest of the story really came out as I wrote it. Sometimes I didn’t know where the characters were going until I was in the middle of the scene writing.

2.     Why did you decide to write YA?

Because I love that time in life. Young adults often deal with adult situations that can be complex, dramatic, and very real. Meanwhile they still have that young imagination where anything is possible (even magic). YA is filled with creativity and possibility, and that combination is so much fun to work with.…

3.      Who was your favorite character in the book and why?

It depends on the day. I really like the heroin, Julia. I loved going on the journey with her. But I think Samantha was the most fun to watch change as I went through revisions. As the story developed, she ended up becoming so contrary to almost everything I imagined. One minute I would think I’d figured her out, and the next she would surprise me by doing something totally contrary to what I thought she would do.

4.       Do you read much? And if you do who are your favourite authors?

I love reading! However, picking a favorite author seems impossible, so I’ll just list a bunch. 😉 I grew up on Stephen King and still like his stories. I also really loved Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight. I devoured Cast’s House of Night series. I also appreciate Cassandra Clare and Maggie Stiefvater.

5.        What do you do when you are not writing?

A blind date asked me this once and my brain froze. Inside I was thinking, “Why wouldn’t I be writing?”

But seriously, I love reading (of course). Oh, I’m a big The Walking Dead fan, so I’ll watch that with friends. I like running, even though I’m slower than anyone else out there. I also spend a ridiculous amount of time on Twitter.

6.     Can you share a little of what we can expect in the sequel to Phoenix Awakens?

It’s only in its early outlining/drafting stages, so this is a tricky one to answer without giving anything away, but I’ll try. Julia is in for a big trip in search of her mother, and answers. Istanbul, get ready for Julia Long!

Phoenix Awakens is now available to buy

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Release date: 12th October 2015

Publisher: Createspace

Julia never believed in magic.

Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.

Graham admits he was a Phoenix — part of a centuries old secret society — but swears he left it all behind.

As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she’s discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.
But the Phoenix Society wants Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

Can Julia uncover the truth behind her connection to Graham? How far will Julia go in order to save Graham and stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?

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February Author Spotlight – Kat Bastion Stone Bastion.

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Just over a year ago award-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings.

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Kat and Stone live amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Kat enjoys her chocolate rich and dark, her music edgy and soul-filling, and her vacations exotic with toes dug into the sand. And she’s wildly, madly, deeply in love with Stone.

Stone likes pounding the trails on a mountain bike, vibrating the sound system with rock music, and down time spent on a stand up paddleboard. And he loves Kat wildly, madly, deeply…and then some.

Together, Kat and Stone are having a blast bringing fun-filled romantic stories to life and hope you’ll join them in the exciting adventure. Visit their blog to stay up to date on all things Kat & Stone www.talktotheshoe.com or visit www.katbastion.com.

When Kat is not writing she spends some of her time reading some awesome books most of which have had an impact on her writing. Below are a few titles from her reading list.

Non Fiction titles

The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra

Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox

Fiction titles

Split Infinity by Piers Anthony

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

Ransom by Julie Garwood

Shadow fever by Karen Marie Moning

The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

This Valentines day be sure to get your self a copy of their latest novel “For Valentines” Be sure to look out for the review which will be up on the blog as well.

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Plus to celebrate the 1yr anniversary of the No Wedding Series get “No Weddings” FREE today.

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January Author Spotlight – Jill Mansell

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She lives with her partner and children in Bristol. She previously worked in Clinical Neurophysiology for 18 years, but now she writes 5768343-largefull-time. She enjoys watching TV and loves to be one of those super-sporty types but just can’t be bothered, nor can she cook – having once attempted baking a cake for the hospitals Christmas fair, she was forced to watch as her co-workers used it to play a game of Frisbee.

Personally I absolutely love Jill Mansell’s books. Her writing style is captivating and somehow always manages to resonate with women of all ages. So If you have not read any of her awesome titles I urge you to give it a try, you will never be disappointed.

Jill has had 25 books published, sold over 10 million copies and her 26th and latest title The Three Amazing Things about you is out now in hardback.

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Look out for the review coming soon!

 

 

You can also find some of her previous titles available in paperback

Unpredictable cinsequences of Love           Dont want to miss a thing         A-Walk-in-the-Park-196x300

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