Monday, August 6, 2012

The Key - The Anna Kippling Series by A.D. Duling : Character Interview, Excerpt

Anna Kippling has found a skeleton key that ironically only opens one door and from the wrong side. On the other side of it awaits a world called Tatania. There Anna finds herself in battle with an evil Chancellor and also finds love in a grey eyed, blonde hunk named Hayden.

Anna also finds herself fighting large birds, magically hiding in tree trunks, eating magical beads as she tries to save an Empress. She does all this with just a necklace of invisibility, a time turning bracelet and a dagger. Even with her newly acquired Book of Answers, nothing is ever simple here for Anna Kippling. But Anna is slowly learning nothing is impossible, not even for her.

How far would you go to reach your potential? How much would you sacrifice for love? And is it possible to outwit death?

Cautious, Anna stepped to the edge and reached her arm out. Her arm passed through as if just reaching into another room. She reached over and pulled down on the nearby tree branch and let it slip out from under her fingers. The branch bobbed back up to its place; it was real. Anna looked about the magical forest on the other side of the door, looking as far as her eyes could see. No sign of life or threat of danger were apparent. The forest was brightly lit and gave off a pleasant feel about it, beckoning her to proceed. The same pine trees filled the forest matching the ones that stood outside her house. Even the same rocks and dirt lined the floor of this magical world. Chirping birds above her looked nothing different or sounded any different than the ones in her world.
Still feeling cautious, Anna returned to the steamer trunk and retrieved the dagger from it. She tucked it inside the waistband of her jeans and returned back to the doorway. Stepping through, was an intriguing and exciting transition for her; the simple task of stepping from wood floor to dirt ground was remarkable. Anna stepped through the portal a few times over for fun, enjoying the magic of it. It was almost unbelievable that this world was real, but yet here she was passing from one to the other and back again.
Standing in the forest and looking back at the door, it appeared as a trick of the eye. As if someone simply grabbed a door and stuck it in the middle of the forest. Anna walked around to the back of the door and found forest on the other side. When she came back around to the front, her attic was still there. Anna turned around and scanned the forest again. Deciding on which way to go was a difficult choice. In every direction, all she could see were trees. The fear of getting lost crept into her thoughts. Almost every tree looked like the other. Not knowing where she was or what was waiting for her, Anna was hesitant to trek off without peace of mind on finding her way back.
You can’t get lost if you mark your trail! She thought.
Anna returned to the attic and rummaged through the stack of boxes against the wall to the right of the door. In the last box, she found some loose ribbons and decided on them. Tying them to branches to mark her path as she went along guaranteed her an easy return, and with the ribbons being bright, spotting them would be much easier.
Anna stuffed a handful into her front pockets and returned to the portal door. She pulled a ribbon out and tied it to the branch just outside the door and then stepped through. Her parents leaped into her thoughts then and once again, Anna returned to the attic. The first box she had dug through had old papers with blank backs. To write with, Anna found a still working BIC pen at the bottom of it. Using the top of the trunk for a desk, Anna wrote a note:
Mom and Dad,
I know you won’t believe this, but you’re just going to have to. I found a portal by opening the door with an old skeleton key I found. Read Grandma’s journal, it will explain. I will be safe and will return. I know you will still be worried and I’m sorry.
Anna knew this was not the best letter she could have written, but also knew even if she had explained down to the tiniest of detail; it still would not have eased her mother’s worries. This brief note would have to do. Anna grabbed her grandmother’s journal from out of the steamer trunk and placed it over the note lying on the floor in front of the door. She then stepped back through the portal and pulled the door shut behind her.
The door disappeared.
Panicked, Anna reached out for it and her hands quickly found wood. Relieved, she ran her hands down until she felt the cold brass knob and turned it. As soon as she pushed the door open, the door reappeared. Anna smiled in relief and closed the door again. Once again the door disappeared.
With a new sense of confidence, Anna turned around and headed straight; tying ribbons on branches as she went along. Sure enough as she had hoped for, the forest led her out to a clearing where a captivating view awaited her. Vibrant green hillsides, lushly filled with various colors of wild flowers, spanned to the horizon. Anna wished she had thought to bring her camera as she took in the sight of it. A few yards down, leading off to her left, was a dirt road. Anna headed down it hoping it would lead to her grandmother’s Tatania.

Character Interview with Anna Kippling – star of The Key

Welcome Anna!  I'm so happy for this opportunity to learn more about you.  Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I always wanted to go to Europe. You know visit it all, London, Paris...I love the history that comes with it. Also, I'm a big Harry Potter Fan. Love the accents:0)

Tell us about your family.

Well, it started out as Mom, Dad, me and Grandma. Grandma died and then well...I now have added more to my family. There's Val, I would call her my sister. Then Trum, my little brother and Fallon, well...I'm on the fence with her. Hayden.... well...

What was the scariest moment of your life?

Choking on the rope, yeah...I though I was gonna die! Being dragged, yeah...that really hurt.

What books have most influenced your life?

I loved Little Women and Pride and Prejudice. Right now the book that has the most influence in my life is my book of answers....yep big influence.

What is your favorite meal?

I love pizza...I miss pizza.

What are you passionate about these days?

Staying alive and destroying the stones.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Talk to Hayden and tape Fallon's mouth shut.

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

My mom. I know she's worried...

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

Definitely not a morning person. Hayden says this.

What would we find under your bed?

Even I don't know:0)

Tell us about your favorite restaurant.

Chick Fila...I miss the waffle fries and sauce!

What makes you happy?

Time with friends.

What is the next big thing?

I have to go after the Chancellor to get the spell page. I need to destroy the stones and stop the Serpentine Army or its gonna get pretty nasty.

What one word best describes you?

I would say stubborn. Hayden would say Hero. Val would agree with Hayden and Fallon would agree with me. As for the Chancellor's opinion, he doesn't get one.

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with
you? If so, what was it?

I've been given a lot of advice since my entrance into Tatania...a lot of really great advice. The one that stands out the most with me is Hayden's- No one really knows their true potential Anna, until it is challenged.

A.D. Duling enjoys writing books filled to the brim with magic,adventure and of course romance. She writes Paranormal romance and Urban fantasy novels. The paranormal has always captured her interest and who doesn't love romance? Sometimes its just fun living in fantasy rather than reality.

When she's not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature she would think of (oh and she would!), A.D. loves painting Folk Art, reading, spending time with family, and running slowly.
A.D. lives in sunny Florida with her husband,six children (yes that was not an error) three dogs, two guinea pigs, two turtles and a few fish. Whew!
Want to read more about her? Go to www(dot)adduling (dot) com and find out more!
Her books:
The key- #1 Anna Kippling Series
The Tokens- #2 Anna Kippling Series
The Stones- #3 of The Anna Kippling Series
One of Them- Urban Fantasy
Molly Woodhaven- Stories of her Adventures & other Extraordinary Experiences- Mr. Pickett & his Sailing Adventure

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DMS said...

What a great idea for a book. I am totally intrigued and want to know more! Thanks so much for sharing and for the great character interview. What fun! Also- thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win. :)


A.D. Duling said...

Thank you Laurie for spotlighting my book on your site! I love the layout! Anna had a wonderful time with the interview and good luck everyone on the giveaway!

D Mason said...

Thanks for offering such a great book for a giveaway!

Karen Arrowood said...

Oh, I hope I win this! I love this kind of book, and am always searching for new authors to read.

kmarlein said...

Thanks of the awesome giveaway!

Amanda Engelkes said...

Thanks for the giveaway and Character Interview. I really love interviews with the characters especially before I read a book. So cool. The book sounds like something I would definitely read! <3 - Amanda

Sandy V. said...

This sounds like a good well written book!