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The next big thing blog hop brings you the last book in The Seven Spell Saga, 'An Ending and a Beginning'

Hi and thank you to author Trish Marie Dawson who invited me to participate in The Next Big Thing blog hop with my WIP An Ending and a Beginning



{Tristan nodded. “The icing on the cake though is the fact that Oliver and Chloe are getting engaged, and Steven you will get into university to study music, I’m sure of it”. He smiled around at everyone and then he went to Chloe and hugged her close.
I didn’t even feel a twinge. He looked at me over her shoulder and gave me a strange look. I didn’t flinch from it, and when he let go of Chloe he came to me, thumped me on the upper arm, and said, “Congratulations Oliver, I can’t think of anyone I would rather have engaged to the girl I love”.
A silence descended after he said that, and then the front door opened, and Chloe’s mom came in, which was just as well because I don’t think anyone knew what to say after Tristan’s statement.}





What is the working title of your next book?
The Seven Spell saga book Seven, An Ending and a Beginning


In this final book of The Seven Spell saga, it’s three years since Chloe moved to England with her family. She has grown up and it shows. Her relationship with Oliver and Tristan has produced some fantastic adventures and Tristan who sometimes has shown a little jealousy at her loving both him and Oliver suddenly finds out just how hard it is to love two people.
The voices of Oliver, Tristan, and Chloe continue in this final book as they were introduced in The Sealed Door. In Book five and six, the stories were told by all three and a different element was added, a narrative voice. That continues in book seven.
Dale and her people attract more danger and magic to Tristan, Oliver, and Chloe as they all try to use their special abilities to help others. They don’t know it but the seven spell that has caused so many adventures in the last three years is far less worrisome than magic that is far older.
When Oliver and Chloe meet the owner of a photography gallery, they find a big surprise awaits them. Tristan was sure he wasn’t being influenced by magic but is he right?
What is Dale’s destiny? Will Chloe and Oliver actually get engaged?


Where did the idea come from for the book?
Basically it finishes the story of the Seven Spell, which was cast upon the hero Tristan Dearing in book one by a jealous wizard. It places the three main characters in a position to continue their immortal lives together.


What genre does your book fall under?
Urban fantasy romance YA 17-21


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I really have no idea. I think I would need to look around for new faces.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Everything can be and frequently is not what it seems.


Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This book will be self-published because the whole of the saga has been.


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Six months to write, two month of edits and now it’s ‘sleeping’ for a couple of weeks before a final read through.
I hope to publish the book Dec 5 and it will be available on Amazon for all Kindles, and Kindle apps.


What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
None. I try not to compare books not mine or other authors.


Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A place inspired me. An old ruined abbey in the north of England and a castle nearby.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s set in rural England but the reader gets to travel to a different world through a portal. A central character Tristan Dearing has been influenced by magic all of his life. The main female character Chloe loves both Tristan and Oliver the other male hero character. They love her too.

You can read the first two chapters here



Here are the fabulous authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing!

Please, make sure you check them out next Wednesday

This weekend it's a pleasure to welcome guest YA fantasy author Beth Barany





Welcome Beth thank you for visiting the blog today.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Sure! Thanks for having me on your blog!

I write YA fantasy novels. I've been making up fantasy and adventure stories all my life. I write to empower girls and women with my kick ass heroines and savvy young women. I've been writing since I was a little girl. Even then, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

I also wanted to be a spy, detective, and adventurer. And I wanted to be magic, go to outer space, travel to learn lots of languages.
Today some of my dreams have come true.
I speak fluent French and have lived in Paris, France twice, and in Quebec, Canada, and I've had adventures in three out of the seven continents.
While I haven't gone to outer space yet, I have been working on a story set there.
My stories always have some kind of magic, and romance.


What book have you brought along to tell us about today?

I'm here today to share with you a little about my YA fantsy novel, an award-winning novel: Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, book 1 of the Five Kingdom series.

Here's the blurb:
Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can’t stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will misfit companions, seasickness, and an ego maniacal king derail the quest for the healing stone? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?


Are you working on another book right now?

Yes, I am! I'm getting ready to publish book 1 of the Five Kingdom series, called Henrietta and The Dragon Stone.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love submerging myself in another world, and especially stepping into the skin of my characters. I like exploring the edge of bravery and courage, and intimacy and friendship. I also looking picking what's called in French “le juste mot,” just the right word, and paying attention to the rhythm of the language, so my readers step seamlessly into my stories.


What do you like the least?

How long editing takes! I write my first drafts quickly, but need to ruminate over my stories for a long time.

Would you like to see any of your books as movies?

Oh yes! I've always seen Henrietta The Dragon Slayer as a film.

If so can you name any actors you would like to see as the lead characters in your book.

Sure! I'd love to see Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, or Teresa Palmer in the role of Henrietta the legendary Dragon Slayer!

What things do you like to do to relax?

I love to watch movies, read, and travel to new places, especially to the ocean or sea.

Do you have another job as well as writing?

I do have another job beside writing, one that takes up the majority of my time, besides book marketing! LOL I help authors get back into their writing, finish their books, and publish them. I'm a creativity coach and book consultant.


If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?

Only one?! I'd love to be able to fly.


If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

Paris, France!

What kind of car would you have if money was no object?

A Red Mustang or a Tesla Roadster in Twilight Blue.

What’s your favorite food?

I love oranges. And eggs, potatoes, and bacon. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

Favorite color?

Well, it's a toss up between orange and blue.

Can you think of a song or piece of music that could be your theme tune?

I love the movie music of John Williams and the soundtrack for Chariots of Fire, written by Vangelis. But I think my theme song could be Bring Me To Life by Evanescence.

Just answer these questions as quickly as possible.


Chocolate or vanilla?-----

chocolate

Dog or cat?----

cat

The film or the book?-----

both


Heels or flats?

flats

Jeans or dress?

jeans

Beach or Snow resort?

beach

Flowers or chocolate?

both

Bath or shower?

shower

What do you love best about yourself?

My humor!

What do you like least?

My worries.

Do you have anything to share with other authors that might be a help?

Oh, I have tons of tools and tips on my blog for writers, Writer's Fun Zone.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?

Enjoy Henrietta The Dragon Slayer to escape into a world of heroes and become empowered and inspired.

Can you share one of your favorite parts of one of the books?

From Chapter 1 of  Henrietta The Dragon Slayer:

“You can’t do it anymore, can you, Dragon Slayer.” He drew out the word “slayer” as if it were an insult.
Fear coursed through her at his words, and that made her angry. “I don’t have to listen to this!” A cold sweat broke out under her tunic and across her forehead. She shivered but kept walking, her greatcoat and hat back in the tavern.
“You can’t do it,” he repeated louder. “You have grown soft, weak. That’s what I told my king. You are but a shadow of your former self, if you ever were that Dragon Slayer. I don’t think you killed the Fire Dragon of Britham’s Keep after all. Your story back there was all show. It was your so-called partner who did the deed, and you stole his glory.”
Henrietta froze. She brushed away what little truth he said, and focused on his lies. Anger fired through her body and gave her strength. She turned and stomped back toward the knight. “My partner was a she. But what do you know? I don’t have to listen to your insults.”
“You don’t have it in you,” he said again, holding his ground. “A fool’s errand I was sent on. But duty is duty.” He spat.
Enough. It was time to show this disrespectful knight who it was he insulted.
She didn’t have the advantage of the light, but she was fast. As she feinted toward the trees as if to walk away again, she grabbed the daggers from her belt and slammed them into the frozen ground at the man’s feet, neatly slicing boot leather, hopefully hitting a toe.
He didn’t say a word, but clapped slowly, mocking her, probably smirking. She couldn’t tell. The night shadows still covered his face.
“Fine. Show’s over,” Henrietta said, leaning down for her blades. As soon as she did so, she knew she’d made a stupid mistake. For once she really had had too much ale.
He dug his huge hands into her shoulders, trying to knock her down. The fire of rage washed over her. She ignored the pain and stepped backwards, slipping out of his grasp to head-butt him in the stomach. He fell to the ground with an “oomph.” She had a dagger at his throat before he could open his eyes. She pressed hard, but not enough to draw blood. He got the point. No pun intended.
He glared from his position flat on his posterior.
She glared back. “Did I pass your test?” She let up the pressure on his neck, but didn’t remove the dagger.



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