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Maleficent as inspiration for villain in sequel, Prism

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Maleficent. When I first saw the previews to the new movie starring Angelina Jolie, my first impressions were: Angelina Jolie was made for that role, the special effects looked amazing and I was really sad that I had to wait two months until it was released to see it. Now that I’ve seen it, I’m happy to say it met all of my expectations and then exceeded them, in the most magical ways possible.

 
Like any good story, this one tells of Maleficent, a powerful fairy who is complex, surprising and utterly captivating. This ‘villain’ is a far cry from the one-sided character most of us know from the animated Disney movie Sleeping Beauty (1959). As a mother of two small children, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched the animated Disney movie (and I confess to humming the “Once Upon A Dream” song while I’ve made dinner on several occasions. Hey, it’s a catchy tune!). The Maleficent in the animated movie appears to be a true villain, without room for redemption, no sign of good. As a writer, I know well that there’s always at least two sides to every story and the characters who are cast as the villain or the hero is entirely dependent on whose perspective the story is being told by. To quote a line from that song that likes to get stuck in my head, “…visions are seldom what they seem…”

 
While my sequel, Prism, features the character Adante on the cover, it is her mentor, the Queen of the Venvian, who is the main antagonist at odds with the heroes of the novel. Atargatis is her name and she is powerful, cunning and lethal. When I was first creating her for Book One of the series, Luminous, I tried to imagine strong female villains and Maleficent was at the top of the list. She influenced my Atargatis greatly but to make Atargatis a fully realized character, I had to delve into her beginnings, which all villains have. Somewhere along the line, everyone has to make a choice between going down the path of good or taking the path of evil, and I think that’s part of what makes villains so intriguing – the point when they decided to choose evil. The more complex a villain is, the more believable and engaging they are to readers.  I fleshed out Atargatis’s history and even wrote a short story about the pivotal moment in her life that altered her future forever (I hope to release it on my website before the end of the year).

 
To get back to the movie, Maleficent, I was very pleased to see Maleficent’s character presented in all the complexity, mystery and magic due such an iconic villain. So while I don’t routinely review movies on my blog, the fantasy lover in me thoroughly enjoyed Maleficent and you should definitely run out and see it as well. You’d get there faster if you had a pair of giant black bird wings!

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Prism is now available on Amazon.com!

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The adventure continues…Prism, my second book in the Psyne series, has been published as an eBook on Amazon!  For only $2.99, this fast-paced read is perfect for summer!

PRISM (#2, Psyne series)

Dervitika is a planet of secrets where the past and present collide.

Will Ilauria survive the collision in order to bring her people out of darkness?

At the conclusion of Luminous, the Council sentenced Ilauria to an eternity imprisoned on an exile planet—little did they know that was exactly where she wanted to be. There, Ilauria makes new friends, reunites with old ones and together, they help her uncover secrets twelve thousand years old which will transform her people’s future forever. Yet the most elusive secret is shrouded in danger and it will test Ilauria in ways she could have never imagined.
Back on the Psyne home world, the Council and Atargatis vie for control of Nessa, the twelve-year-old girl who was forever changed by Psyne magic and transformed into the Vahjra Child. Adante and Shivan find their alliance is on shaky ground as they are pitted against one another in a race to see who will get to Nessa first. Whoever prevails will have access to untold magic…

While Ilauria digs deeper into the past, her human friends try their best to protect Nessa from the powerful forces converging upon her. With the sorcerer, Arman Altieri, still at large and Atargatis poised to implement a game changing power play against the Council, the stakes are higher than ever.

Click here for Prism on Amazon


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Cover Reveal of Prism, the next book in the Psyne series!

I’m pleased to reveal the cover of the sequel to Luminous entitled Prism, available as a Kindle ebook on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  My graphic designer, Joanna Bishop, worked her magic on this book cover and I’m thrilled with how it looks.  Featuring the character, Adante, she brings drama and intrigue to Prism.  I’m a total font junkie and I love the customized font used for the title, Prism.  Self-published authors and publishing houses alike agonize over their book covers knowing that they are the visual representation of the story inside.  Book covers are one of the first and best marketing tools an author has to reach their audience initially, despite the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.  It’s hard not to do, especially since human beings are largely visual.  For a self-published author like me, I feel like jumping for joy every time I see the cover of Luminous and this newest one of Prism because they are my dreams come to life, so to speak.  Seeing my name attached to an actual book cover is one of the singular joys of my life.  For all you aspiring authors, that’s what you get to look forward to and all those published authors, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  It’s surreal.  So over the next week, I’ll explore this topic of book covers in depth and share my own experiences with you as I get ready to release Prism.

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Prism, the newest novel in the Psyne series, will be available in two short weeks!

I’m pleased to announce that Prism, Book Two in the Psyne series, will be officially released as a Kindle ebook on the Amazon website as of Saturday, June 28th. Prism is the sequel to Luminous and will continue the adventures of Ilauria, the once loyal servant to the Council, now deemed a defector, who is determined to reveal the truth beneath the lies the Council has fed her people for millennia. Adante and Shivan will be pitted against one another and the ultimate prize is the power held by the Vahjra Child, Nessa. On Earth, Ilauria’s human friends, Gavin and Duncan do everything they can to keep Nessa safe but will it be enough? On top of that, the Venvian Queen makes her bid for control of their world and the sorcerer, Arman Altieri remains in the shadows, waiting to capture the one Psyne he values most in the universe: Ilauria.

During the next two weeks, more info will be posted on my blog about Prism, the enchanting next installment in the Psyne book series. Prepare to get your mermaid on!

*Remember, if you don’t have a Kindle you can still uncover the secrets of the Psyne along with Ilauria by downloading the Free Reading App at Amazon so you can enjoy Prism on your PC, Mac, tablet, or smart phone. Click on the following link to get your Free Reading App now!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000493771