Sunday, June 24, 2012

Arcania by Liz Maverick: Interview

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Born without arcania in her blood, Adia has lived in the shadow of her magical twin her whole life until the day she accidentally inherits her spellcaster sister’s talents. Now she’s got the ability to save the lives of everybody she loves - if only she knew the first thing about how to use it.
Once she leaves Earth for the training academy in Arcania, there are plenty of people who could show her the ropes, including darkly passionate Grey, the top shield at the school, devil-may-care charmer Seger, a swashbuckling rogue with a talent for daggers, and Finola, the clever and empathic healer with a gift for keeping her team out of sickbay.
Better watch out for the spellcasting mage Delphine and her clique of breathtakingly beautiful pals, though. They’ll do anything to stop Adia from taking her twin sister’s place as an elite spellcaster at the top of the school pyramid.
With the battle between the Arcanae and the deadly Synelv heating up, Adia doesn’t have much time to learn how to use the magic that now flows through her bloodstream, earn a spot on a fighting team, and stop the ancient war between the forces of magic from spreading to Earth and destroying the loved ones she’s been forced to leave behind.
What’s Cool from Coliloquy: As Adia struggles to unlock the secrets of her new powers, she searches for answers about her sister’s last moments. What really happened to her twin? And what are the elders trying to cover up? Engaged readers will learn that seemingly inconsequential choices can change your perception - and your reality -  in an instant.

Tell us about your next release.

My next book out is the second book in the Arcania series.  Arcania is a young adult fantasy series in a new genre of ebooks called interactive fiction—there are points during the story where you can make a choice about what happens in terms of the action, who you want to eavesdrop on, etc. 

On the surface Arcania: Trial by Fire is about a group of teen magic users who are on a team together fighting against evil.  But it's also about loyalty, the definition of "family," what to do when you work with the person you're in love with and he doesn't love you back, what to do when you work with a person who does love you back but neither of you want to go there, dealing with people who are mean to you that you still kind of depend on in one way or another, and living with the specter of death.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

That sometimes your main characters aren't so obviously your favorite characters.  Writing Arcania, I fell in love with my secondary couple!  I mean, I'm a sucker for an unrequited love trope with a little friends-to-lovers thrown in, but still.  I was supposed to be obsessing over Adia and Grey and instead I'm obsessing over Finola and Seger.  So we'll be seeing more of them too!

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

I love hearing from readers!  They ask all kinds of questions.  Usually something like, "When are you going to write more ____________?"  *laughs*  

What book are you reading now?

I'm reading J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series because it's all so insanely over-the-top and delicious that I can't stop.  I'm also reading Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone with my book club.
What do you do to unwind and relax?

I think about how I'm going to go to the art museum or study a foreign language and improve my mind and develop witty things to say at cocktail parties…and then I go play videogames and explode people's heads instead. 

At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was commuting super-long hours to a cubicle job and it just wasn't working for me.  One should not be having an existential crisis every morning before breakfast.  It's not healthy.  So, I thought to myself one day, there must be a job that allows you to set your own hours and work remotely from far-off exotic lands.  "Writer" was at the top of that list.

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

Yes, I once broke up with a guy, chucked it all and moved to Antarctica and then wrote a book about a girl who broke up with a guy, chucked it all and moved to Antarctica.  It's called Adventures of an Ice Princess.  I highly recommend making a drastic move to a foreign, um, continent as a means for moving on to the next stage of life after a bad relationship.

 Bestselling, award-winning author Liz Maverick is a novelist, adventurer and odd jobs specialist whose contract assignments have taken her from driving trucks in Antarctica to working behind the scenes on reality TV shows in Hollywood. She holds a BS from UC Berkeley, a CPA, and an MBA from UCLA.

Liz is known for writing out-of-the-box romance novels with fast-paced, unique plots and lots of kick-butt action. Her previous works includeCosmopolitan Magazine Book Club Pick What a Girl Wants, PRISM/Daphne finalist The Shadow Runners, Golden Leaf winner Crimson Rogue, and Waldenbooks/B&N bestseller Crimson City, the first book in the multi-author continuity series she created for Dorchester Publishing. Her science fiction romance project, Wired, was the launch title for Dorchester’s innovative Shomi line and was named a Top Book of 2009 by Publishers Weekly.

Liz and her books have been featured on Fox’s Geraldo at Large and inUSA Today, Cosmopolitan Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Toronto Star, and more.

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Digital copy of book.  Giveaway US only. 
Winner must have Kindle, Nook or other Android device to download the book.
Ends July 14, 2012


PuttPutt1198Eve said...

I love the cover of this book!

Holly Bryan said...

I've had my eye on this book for a while - thanks for the chance to win!

koddabear said...

This sounds like a great book to read. Thanks for the contest.

Liz Maverick said...

Good luck, one and all!


Darlene said...

I would love to have Adia's super power! Thanks for the giveaway!!

angeljenn said...

would love to read this,,thanks!

wwe11 said...

This sounds good. I'd love it for the kindle.

Kris-10 said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :))