Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Let's Be Extraordinary! Guest Post by Devri Walls

As great as it is to connect with other writers online, I love meeting them in person. I met soon-to-be-published-author Devri Walls several weeks ago, and was thrilled to find out she writes YA fantasy, too.  After reading this excerpt and hearing her talk about Wings of Arian, I can't wait to read her debut novel! Welcome to the blog, Devri....

Let's Be Extraordinary!
by Devri Walls

           Nobody is truly comfortable with being ordinary, average. Deep down, sometimes only admitted to ourselves, is the desire to be extraordinary in one thing or another. Some try to live out that extraordinary desire by doing extraordinary things. Some jump off mountains, or out of airplanes. Others climb that mountain to achieve what few others have. And the rest of us? Well, we READ!
            In reading we can see and do and be and experience anything! We can ride a bullet train, clinging to the outside while chasing the evil villain! Or if you’re like me, you can leave to worlds and things that do not exist here. I read what I write and I write what I read, YA fantasy! Why? Well, who doesn’t like fantasy? Whether its magic wands or flying horses, it releases the imagination and makes us feel the way we want to feel, like anything is possible. And that right there, is what makes writing it so fun. Anything is possible. There are no rules except those you create yourself. It is a world in which I decide when the sun sets, how tall trees grow and of course what magic works, and what doesn’t.
            This book of mine, entitled Wings of Arian, is full of amazing creatures and things. And it is only the beginning! Book two opens it up further, looking into creatures that hatched inside of my head and I am itching to show you. ( No, really itching! I am forcing myself not to tell you about my favorite two..better move on before my hand disobeys my brain and types it anyway.)
            Now, if you were to live in Meros, and if you were lucky enough to have some magical abilities you would be able to tune into threads. Rather than explain it, I will let Aleric do it for me. Here is a snippet of Wings of Arian

            The King lowered himself into his chair staring at the book as if it were a viper about to strike. ”How do you know that evil is returning?”
            Aleric let out a deep breath. “I felt it. It's what we of the magical community call a thread.” The King looked at him as he normally did when ever magic was discussed, like he had sprouted a second head. “This world is inhabited by many creatures both magical and non magical, all with threads. It is the essence of our life force. These threads” he explained, “weave themselves together in a beautiful tapestry. Each thread shines with different intensities; each is unique to its master. A thousand years ago, after the battle and before Arian made his prophesy, the dark threads that had been woven in were finally silenced.” Aleric frowned. “But this morning, one wove itself back in.”
            The King sat, eyebrows knitted together. “Just one? One is easily contained, don't you think?”
            “No, this was not any thread your Majesty. This was the thread.” He could still feel it, like a black snake weaving itself in and out of the other threads, marring the tapestry he knew so well. “The power was, impressive. I have no doubt it was Dralazar. He will call his people to him and then, everything you have tried to hide from this people will be marching through the village square.” Aleric gestured out the window. “Including magic.”

           Fun right!? Ok, so the whole village is about to be threatened by evil, maybe fun isn't the right word. But threads, I loved it! Feeling the intentions and essence of another run through your heart like a thread, telling you what you need to know. Although sometimes it would be uncomfortable, knowledge is power!
            There may be one more thing that is just as fun as inventing your own world. Writing a love story. Which is perfect because young adult fantasy can be BOTH! Heart stuttering, swooning love stories. Sigh..... My husband asked me if the main character looked just like him. I ho hummed for a bit before I admitted that no, no he did not. And could not help but laugh as he joked that he was, sorry he wasn’t my ‘ideal man’ as he huffed around the house. Which is of course not true. My husband does however insist on cutting his hair irritatingly short and Emane, well Emane has this nice blond hair that barely falls over his forehead, and .... Well, needless to say I made him up, of course he's dreamy! But, Emane is not there when I cry my eyes out at night, so my husband ultimately won out in the end.
            With writing I do not need anything more than my imagination, and words to create entire worlds, people and creatures. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up a book, or pick up a pen, and lets become extraordinary!
            My book, Wings of Arian, is scheduled for release in April of 2012 and I am currently working on book two, Wings of Tavea. You can find me on Facebook or Twitter under Devri Walls. You can also try devriwalls.com, or if you would like to listen to more musing and random stories you can check out my blog at writingmyfuture.com. Thanks To KC Neal for letting me invade her blog and being a smiling face when I needed one most! 

Author K.C. Neal :: Pyxis Series :: YA Paranormal

Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's Natasha Larry's Birthday! And a Chance for 2 Signed Paperbacks!

Help yourself to a cupcake!
Today is author Natasha Larry's birthday! Happy birthday, my friend!

When I was reading Natasha's debut novel, Darwin's Children, I discovered the main character, Jaycie, has the same birthday I do (December 8). I tweeted at Natasha because I thought that was kinda neat, and I found out Natasha is a Sag, too. No wonder we've always gotten along so well! ;)

I love Jaycie not just because we have the same birthday, but because she's an awesome heroine. Psychokinetic superpowers and a sharp wit, need I say more? :) Natasha recently released the follow-up to Darwin's Children, Unnatural Law:

Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psychokinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.

As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power. So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.

Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them all.

To celebrate the awesomeness of our Sag birthdays, we're giving away signed copies of our books! Enter below:

Author K.C. Neal :: Pyxis Series :: YA Paranormal

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Get a Signed Pyxis Paperback... Cause It's My Birthday!

I'm doing a birthday giveaway celebration with one of my favorite Sags, author Natasha Larry. Head over to her website to enter to win a signed paperback copy of Pyxis or a signed copy of Natasha's new release, Unnatural Law!

We Sagittarians may have to share our birthday month with the crazy holiday season, but that doesn't stop us from being AWESOME!

Sags need space and independence because they're adventurers. "Independent" has always been the first word I use to describe myself. And while my adventures don't take me around the world, they've always had me immersed in all kinds of crazy projects. I love to learn new things, and learning usually means trying. ;)

Sags are truth-seekers and want to understand the deeper meaning. Yep. I always want to know why people make the choices they make, how things work, what the process is for getting from A to B... Simply put... I want to know and understand, well, everything. :)

Sags are goal-oriented, action-oriented, consistent, sincere, and creative. I like to think all of these apply to me. I love setting and working toward goals. Without a big goal or project in front of me, life becomes a bit meaningless.

Sags' values are rooted in tradition, but they're open to experiencing all things new. So true! Deep down, I'm fairly traditional, but my quest for understanding pushes me beyond the confines of tradition.

Sags are extroverts who are always the life of the party. Mmm, this is the one area that's way off for me. I'm about as introverted as they come (BTW, introverted does NOT mean shy, low self-esteem, or lacking confidence; most people have this term completely wrong).

This graphic pretty well sums up the negative side of the Sag traits. And umm... yeah, a bunch of these definitely apply to me. Not going to say which ones, haha.

Come back here on December 11th, which is Natasha's birthday, for a post in her honor!

Author K.C. Neal :: Pyxis Series :: YA Paranormal

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pyxis Now in Paperback!

 Today is Pyxis paperback release day! It's available only on Amazon. Well okay, that's not completely true. :) I also have a few copies, so if you'd like a paperback and can't get it through Amazon, please email me at kcneal.author(at)gmail(dot)com.

Author K.C. Neal :: Pyxis Series :: YA Paranormal