Talon Thorn’s entire world comes tumbling down around him as he experiences the unexpected separation and possible death of his twin brother Gage. He struggles to balance the emotional onslaught of anger and guilt in a life where triumph can fade to cataclysmic despair in an instant.
With the ancient prophecy to protect mankind still looming over him, Talon remains confident he can unlock the impenetrable gates to an unknown dimension and free his family from the evil that has held them captive for so long. Reality cross connects with fantasy and shatters the misconception the Earth realm is the only civilization within our universe after Talon uncovers the path to mystic portals.
Dark forces remain ever present and are lured by Talon’s fury combined with his supernatural abilities to harness the elemental power of fire along with extraordinary shape-shifting skills. He must embrace the courage to control his amazing gifts and follow the hidden evidence that may lead him to discovering his lost family or deliver him directly to the enemy. Malicious minions have challenged the sole survivor of the ‘Brothers of Prophecy’ and will try to obliterate the only remaining force that can save humanity.
Elements: Veil of Darkness, Book Two
Today I am pleased to chat with twin brothers, Talon and Gage. Both share the limelight in Kate Fuentes new series called Elements. So let's get started. Ok?
Question #1: Tell us about your family:
The twin brothers laugh together, then point to one another. “He should go first,” they respond simultaneously.
“Okay, I will go first,” Talon responds.
“I’m the youngest twin and the best looking,” he chuckles then shoves his elbow into his brother’s side. “Obviously you can see we are fraternal twins, not identical, and our personalities are on opposite ends of the spectrum. My brother Gage is slow and dimwitted while I carry the family intelligence…I’m kidding, just trying to get underneath my brother’s skin. All joking aside, Gage has a calm personality and is extremely clever. I tend to be high energy and I like to do practical jokes. We were born in
America, but grew up in and have a very unique family circle. Our father, Gable, is a single dad but had some help from our sassy nanny Leia in raising us. We were also lucky enough to have a mentor slash bodyguard who we fondly regard as our Uncle Maui. You might be asking yourselves why we need a bodyguard, but as I stated before, our family is…unique. We have a relatively simple lifestyle and stay to ourselves on the ranch most days. There is an occasional visitor from time to time, sometimes they are well received, other times not so much.” Talon finishes with a sly smile. New Zealand
Question #2: Scariest moment of your life?
The brothers pause momentarily and Gage begins to speak. “I’d have to say the day I was separated from my brother and taken to a strange place where I did not know a soul. I was alone, scared, and unsure how I was going to get back.”
Interviewer: Do you remember that day Talon?
“I don’t like to talk about that part of my life. It was a dark and depressing time. I’d rather discuss something else if you don’t mind.”
Question #3: What do you do to unwind or relax?
“Part of our daily life includes physical training and stamina exercises where we learn several combat techniques and the history behind the acts. This is probably the area in which we differ from other teens our age, but for me personally, this is a great part of my day that helps me to release any tension I had built up or stress I may have been carrying. I also like to dabble with my…um…abilities, that tends to relax my nerves as well,” finished Gage.
“I like to ride horses and throw sharp objects at straw targets. I also like to catch things on fire…in a good way,” replies Talon as he laughs at the interviewer’s facial expression.
Question #4: What one word best describes you?
“Loyal,” Talon replies.
“Honest,” Gage says.
Question #5: What is your favorite meal?
“I have to tell you, I’m more of a junk food eater most of the time. I have a terrible sweet tooth and try to stay away from anything good for me. Leia, the family nanny I mentioned before, tries to get me to eat things that are good for me, but I try and steer clear of that mess if I can help it. I have to say barbeque ribs, hands down!” Talon says confidently.
“I’m more of a health fanatic and I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, I stick to mostly poultry and fish meals with occasional lapses with carbs. On rare instances, I have been known to eat chili cheese dogs or I ask Leia to make me a turkey cheeseburger meatloaf with bacon pieces. Talk about heaven!” replies Gage.
Question #6: Do your friends think you’re an introvert or an extrovert?
Gage answers, “We live a quiet, secluded lifestyle. We are homeschooled and don’t have a lot of friends that come out to the ranch. We mostly just hang out with each other,” as he points to his brother.
“He’s definitely an introvert,” Talon responds, “I’m the extrovert!”
Question #7: What would we find under your bed?
“A worn-out suitcase, probably a couple of mis-matched socks, an old wrestling poster, and an empty bottled water container,” Gage answered.
“Let see…an entire world of dust and debris, not to mention some questionable substances of unknown origin from late night snacks that have dropped under there. I wouldn’t recommend venturing into that danger zone,” Talon says.
Final question #8: What are you passionate about these days?
Both young men answer simultaneously once again, “Family!” They look at each other and laugh aloud.
Talon responds, “I’m just happy to be able to be with my family every day and have a good time learning to become better at harnessing my specific skills without going into an internal meltdown…literally. It’s not easy having a superpower built up inside of you itching to get out every time you blink your eyes. It can be exhausting!”
“I’m eager to learn all I can, about anything I can. I love to learn about history and different areas of martial arts. As my brother and I stated, family is a big part of our lives. We have a great life and we have a good time just being us!” Gage replies with a smile.
You’ve just been introduced to Gage and Talon Thorn, characters from the young adult fantasy book series, Elements. The novels follow the lives and experiences of fraternal twin brothers born from an ancient prophecy with extraordinary elemental powers. They learn to harness their special gifts while trying to live a normal life. An evil emperor seeks out the young brothers to annihilate them and crush the so called prophecy from becoming reality. The emperor wants nothing more than to destroy humanity and take the Earth realm for his own. Gage and Talon must control their mystical powers and try to stop the dark force from dominating the world. On their journey, the brothers discover there are portals to unknown dimensions hidden in remote locations, and they have to find a way to keep the wicked king locked out of their world or risk losing everything.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Kate Fuentes, author of a young adult fantasy series called Elements. I modeled the characters after my two sons and created the fantasy realm as a story to read to my children at night. I'm fascinated at the enormity of endless imagination that we humans are capable of having, and enjoy being able to write fiction for others to appreciate as well.
My series includes: Book one, Elements: The Beginning, released in April 2011 and Book two, Elements: Veil of Darkness, released in December 2011. Book three, Elements:
I attended college in
I like to meet other people from diverse cultures and backgrounds and hope to one day travel to various locations and countries to volunteer in different areas where I'm needed.
I am happily married to my junior high sweetheart and we have two glorious children. We appreciate our time spent with one another and always make sure we set aside a day for family fun night.
I enjoy family game night, playing competitive sports, sarcasm and snark, photography, and I love to travel. I have a STRONG appreciation (not obsession: wink, wink) for shoes and have justified the number I've obtained as 'collector items' to my understanding and patient husband. Many of my closest friends don't know I secretly enjoy reading a dictionary and thesaurus for fun (now they do...) and I would play trivia every night of the week if I could. I LOVE JEOPARDY!
To order theElements books, visit the webpage at www.katefuentes.com. Book one, Elements: The Beginning. Book Two, Elements: Veil of Darkness.
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