Today I welcome Rebecca Ryals Russell, author of the Seraphyn Wars (YA) and Stardust Warriors (MG) Series, published by MuseItUp Publishing! Make sure to check out the information about her giveaways and prizes below!!!!
Here are the books in the Seraphym Wars series for young adults (I love these covers!!!):
And here are the books in the Stardust Warriors Series for middle graders / tweens:
Take it away Rebecca!!!
Where Do Story Ideas Come From?
I first wish to thank Jan for allowing me to spend the day here on her blog. I also wish to thank her for inventing and organizing this Summer Reading Blog Hop.
There’s an old house I pass every day I drive from my home in the country into Lake City, the nearest city. It sits close to my own house but directly on Highway 90. The house is more of a cottage, actually, and very cute. It’s the sort of cottage I could imagine visiting Grandma at or meeting other ladies for afternoon tea. The cottage is adorable.
But beside the cottage sits a rugged lean-to shed that isn’t quite as adorable. In fact, it scares me. I always study it in passing wondering what’s inside. That’s when my imagination kicks in and I think I know what, or rather who, is inside that lean-to.
I see a pair of very young light blue eyes watching cars pass through slats between the weathered boards. Dark stringy hair, once shiny blonde, surrounds a round, dirty face that was once white as paper. Then, from within the house I hear a male adult bellow. A quavering old woman’s voice yells back. I can’t distinguish what the words are but the intent is obvious. They are arguing about something. The girl’s eyes widen and slide sideways, her gaze falling on the house.
Then I am past the house and my mind returns to driving into town to get my son at school. But those pale blue eyes haunt my memory…
As you can see, the horrors of our world are never far from my mind. It always pains me when something like my vision actually occurs—which is too often these days. This pain is the reason I began writing the Seraphym Wars series. It contains actual news like my scene above, except taken directly from newspapers.
My newest book, Harpies, Book Two will be out soon, we are currently in edits. It is a continuation of the journey for the remaining three Vigorios. Here is a blurb to whet your whistle:
Transported to a planet he'd never heard of was the least of fifteen-year-old Griffen's problems. Learning to control his suddenly increasing strength and new ability to pull lightning from the sky takes some getting used to. Angry preteen Seth joins the quest; meanwhile discovering his combusting ability as a fire-starter. Driven to find the last Vigorio, a young girl able to experience others' emotions, they journey together toward their destinies as warriors against Narciss, Ruler of Tartarus and his Legio of demon-dragons. But Belial, a power-hungry demon determined to win Narciss’s approval makes their trip miserable while Narciss’s Harpy henchmen take matters into their own hands.
Here are the links and topics detailing where I’ll be all month. Check them out and win PRIZES.
EXCERPTS AVAILABLE TO READ:
Comment on EACH of my postings (listed above with links) showing you read the posting. Commenters will acquire ONE point per comment. (If you are unable to comment on this blog post, email Jan at jfis6 (at) allstate ~dot~ com with your comment) At the end, fill out the form on my blog, Under the Hat.
The prize? The lovely Phoenix medallion on the Harpies cover, and a bag of swag including Odessa notepad, Seraphym Wars pen, Mind the Signs bookmark, coverart Postcards for each book in both series AND an eBook copy of my newest release: Harpies, Book Two Seraphym Wars Series.
Catch Rebecca at any of these links:
Barnes and Noble http://tinyurl.com/rebeccaryalsrussell-B-N
Rebecca Ryals Russell writes MG and YA Dark Fantasy while living with her family in a Victorian house on five acres of North Florida countryside. She also runs a Vacation Rental Log House on the property: Florida Black Bear Cabin.
Over the course of the next few years she has several books being published in two series: Stardust Warriors for MG readers and Seraphym Wars Series for YA readers.
Be sure to check out the special interactive Middle Grade Reader website Tween Word Quest for tons of information about Stardust Warriors as well as the other projects Rebecca has in the works and Under the Hat for all of her other works.
Click on the below pic to go to the party!!! Lots of fun stuff there!
About Jan's book, Veiled Virtues:
When Paige Stewart left America to house-sit in England, her only thoughts were to get away from her controlling mother and to have fun. Little did she know that her working holiday would find her hearing eerie voices, experiencing alarming dreams and bleeding from old scars. Although Paige's differences confuse and disgust her, she opens up to the shopkeeper of a strange metaphysical store in town, where she finds much more than tarot cards and crystals. Soon, Paige is stalked like prized game. Relentlessly pursued, her holiday takes a turn for the eerie and dangerous. Her only saving grace may be a modern-day English knight who sweeps her off her feet and recognizes the true virtues the American teen unknowingly possesses.