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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Friday, October 30, 2015

they'll do whatever it takes - Phoenix Awakens by Eliza Nolan


Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.

Description:

Release Date: October 12th, 2015

Paranormal debut about a high school senior who finds herself in a fight with a secret society for control of ancient magic.

Julia never believed in magic.

Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.

Graham admits he was part of the Phoenixes — a centuries old secret society — but swears he left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she's discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.

But the Phoenixes want Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they'll do whatever it takes to get it.

In a mundane world where magic does not exist, Julia is the only one with a shot at stopping them. Will Julia learn to control her new abilities in time to stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?

AUTHOR's Q&A

Why do you write?
I’ve always had a really active imagination, and I love being able to share my stories.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? 
Names are so important! Each name has to be different enough that characters aren’t confused. I also think it’s important that the name suit the character. 

For the Turkish characters in the story, I did some research on naming websites. I wanted the names to have meanings that mirrored the characters on some level.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Absolutely: Each one of us has magic hidden inside ourselves.

Where do you get ideas for your books?
A story idea for me usually starts with a few characters and a setting in my mind. The next part is a lot of imagining possible scenarios and running the characters through them until I find out what the characters’ stories really are. Once I figure out their stories, I start to write.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’d love to just keep on telling stories. There’s another book or two in the Phoenix series. I’m excited about writing those. I also have a few other young adult projects in the works, one is a contemporary, and another is a post-apocalyptic that was inspired by Stephen King’s The Stand.

About the author:
Eliza Nolan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for a few years, after which she returned to icy Minnesota - where she now lives with her two cats in a house smaller than your closet.

She is an avid reader and writer of YA. She has ghostwritten a novel or two, but also writes her own stuff, and is FINALLY getting ready (to get ready) to publish her debut young adult urban fantasy novel, Phoenix Awakens.

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5 comments:

Havebook willsurvive said...

Sounds like a wonderful read. I haven't read Ms. Nolan's work before and can't wait to read Phoenix Awakens. Thanks for a chance.

Jan Lee said...

I love paranormal, especially with children, teens. They usually don't know they have abilities and it's cool to read about them finding the abilities :)

Rebecca said...

This book sounds spooky and just plain awesome! I can't wait to read it.

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Esha Indianwriter said...

I love the interview. Nice post

Fayth97 said...

The synopsis pulled me in, & the sample on Amazon Hooked me. I had to buy it!!! Can't wait to read it!! Thanks for sharing!!! 8) 8) 8)