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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

she's looking for her body... Chloe Shipton & The Quill of LeFay by Lynn Veevers

"The plot in this book was very well developed and I really enjoyed it. [...] There are some great twists in there that tied it nicely with some well known magicians of old which I also found put a nice spin on this story.
I really say I enjoyed this book a lot and am hoping that the author may turn this into a series. I really enjoyed the main characters who had a "real" feel to them and I would like to read more about them in the future!" Ramona, Goodreads


Release Date: June 12th, 2018 

When fifteen-year-old Chloe mysteriously disappears, the rumors at Grammaire Hall point to murder, but spiritual entrapment isn’t the same as dead. In a library that’s believed to be nothing more than a myth, Chloe's spirit is separated from her body after witnessing another student's murder. Try as she may she can't remember what happened to her before she woke up as a spirit in the campus graveyard. As Chloe uncovers clues leading to the mythical library's location and her body, a secret the Magical Parliament doesn't want to get out, starts to unravel. Rogue sorcerers have infiltrated the school, intent on reinstating the Third Edict, and sorcery students are dying because of it. Destroyed long ago for horrific crimes against humanity, the return of the Third Edict would spell disaster for both magical and magicless societies. To prevent her own demise and the fulfillment of the Third Edict’s return, Chloe must find a way to reunite body and soul without giving the rogue sorcerers the weapon they need to succeed, a weapon only Chloe can activate.


1. In a society in which technology rules, why do we read and why do you write fantasy stories?
I believe that people read fantasy, because it serves as an escape into something that does not have to be proven by science. Mankind in general has always been captivated by the unexplained in mystical. I write fantasy for those same reasons.

2. You have a fascination with different cultures around the world. In what measure they influenced your stories? And how?
Yes they do. I try to pick specific themes for my novels that hinge on certain countries or cultures. I believe in proper representation for whatever culture I am writing about, so a lot of research goes into my writing to make the reading experience as accurate as possible. Where Chloe Shipton &The Quill of LeFay is concerned it is very diverse in culture. Grammaire Hall, the school this novel takes place in, services the greater European area, so the culture is very rich and diverse.

3. You also review a lot of books. As an author yourself, what do you think a book review should contain?
A professional review should touch base on the mechanics of the story. It should say something about the voice, the grammar, and the structure of the story. A fan review should mention the flow of the story, the feel of the voice and tone and whether or not the characters are believable and relatable. Was the conclusion satisfactory? Would they recommend the book to friends, family and peers? My reviews generally include almost all the points listed above.

4. How much good brings the comparison of your books with other books very well known? Is there any disadvantage?
The advantages are that it gives potential readers an idea of what to expect. The down size, especially with this novel is that some novels it has been compared to sets the bar very very high. Not to say that there aren’t similarities but, when your book is compared to a literary legend like Harry potter, repeatedly…well it sets a certain tone for what a reader expects. I have yet to get any bad reviews in comparison with this correlation. 

5. “Magic, Mayhem, Mystery,and Murder” the 4 M - What a (YA) fantasy story should have in order to be a successful one and how did you mix these ingredientsin Chloe Shipton & The Quill of Lefay? 
Magic is a given in this story it takes place in a school of Sorcery. The mayhem…well one would have to read the book to discover the nature of the mayhem seeing how it would be a huge spoiler if I elaborated anymore on that point. The mystery wraps around discovering who is behind the dastardly deeds happening right under there noses, discovering where Chloe’s body is and what the government has to do with everything that is going on. 

6. Do you have a future for Chloe? What did you prepare us next? 
I will say that the next novel is called Chloe Shipton &The Witches of Calvary Hall. There are 4 books that will come with this series. The novels follow Chloe through her high school years.

About the author:
Lynn Veevers is originally from Washington State. With her mother being from Christchurch, New Zealand and her father being a well-traveled retired Navy Chief, Lynn has always had a fascination with different cultures around the world. An avid reader, she prefers books that take her to a place she's never been and teach her something new at the same time. The Young Adult Genre is her absolute favorite to read, so it comes as no surprise that it is also her favorite to write. Lynn, on average, pens two to three novels a year with the sequel to Pinnacle in the publishing process now! 

Today Lynn lives with her husband and kids in Southeast Oklahoma. Her young adult and adolescent children are supportive and avid beta readers of her work and give her a straightforward and honest point of view about how authentic her characters voices and personalities are for their age group. What better reference than someone close to the same age as the main character. Her kids always have and always will be her greatest inspiration.

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Sounds great.

Debra Holloway said...

I found the excerpt very interesting.

CCAM said...

I think I want to read it :)