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The Realm Wyrniverdon

 

    "Imagination is The Engine Of Dreams; Without Imagination, There Is No Love."  - Alison Clarke

    Welcome to the realm of Wyrniverdon. This is the world where angels and fairies of colour reign. They are all part of a mystical circle that includes seraphs and fairies of colour. 

    Some of these images are from pieces that have been exhibited at art shows in Alberta, Canada, like the black history art show at the AGA, the African Day art show, and Art from the Unknown, an art show off Whyte Avenue. Let your imagination unfurl, the whimsy take you into different dimensions. This is the realm Wyrniverdon, so enjoy.  

   Many of these angels and fairies of colour will be in books two and three of my young adult series, The Sisterhood. For journeys into the world of The Sisterhood, and the world of Wyrniverdon, check out my Pinterest page under AC Clarke. There are also links at the end of this section. To experience Book One of The Sisterhood, for which I won the 2016 Writer Of The Year Award by Diversity magazine, check out the links to Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.co.uk at the end of this section which are below. The journey now continues with Racine, Book Two of The Sisterhood Series. The links to this Fantastical Odyssey will also be below.


http://www.amazon.com/THE-SISTERHOOD-Alison-Clarke-ebook/dp/B00SCJPSSU/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8


http://www.amazon.ca/THE-SISTERHOOD-Alison-Clarke-ebook/dp/B00SCJPSSU


http://www.amazon.co.uk/THE-SISTERHOOD-Alison-Clarke-ebook/dp/B00SCJPSSU


https://www.amazon.com/Racine-Sisterhood-Stories-Alison-Clarke-ebook/dp/B0719TWJZ9


https://www.amazon.ca/Racine-Sisterhood-Stories-Alison-Clarke-ebook/dp/B0719TWJZ9


https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0719TWJZ9


Pinterest--


http://pinterest.com/bevinia/


http://pinterest.com/delving-into-the-literary-part-ii/







       

       

        

           

       

        

       

              


       

   Aequitas is an angel of colour who fights for injustice. She has a mirror sister, who joins her in this cause. She is focused on fighting the forces of darkness in the universe across all space and time. As indicated by the initials on the bottom right hand corner of her cloak, she is especially concerned about injustice based on difference. This is her lifelong mission, to eradicate this type of injustice, among others, and to create harmony and acceptance of all.  

   Nirvinia is a fairy of colour who advocates for potential and possibility. She often works with unicorns, who also hold healing as well as other transformative powers. She is the sister of another fairy, Araignia, but this is a well kept secret, as their mother was kidnapped by a warlock because of her unique magical powers. To escape, she transformed into a swan, and flew out of the castle, making her home in a lake, which led to another world--of selkies. Merindia, mother of Nirvinia, and Araignia, then married a selkie, which led to their birth. Nirvinia and Araignia often work in unison to defeat the forces of darkness across many realms--both fairy and non-fairy. 

   Remember to incorporate magic and wonder into the everyday. There is beauty everywhere you look, if you pay attention. Experience every day to the fullest. Embrace yourself in joy and wonder. Choose positivity and illumination. This is the realm Wyrniverdon.


UNITY BOOK TOUR AUTHOR INTERVIEWS



INTRODUCTION:



Today, as part of our publisher’s UNITY BOOK EVENT, I’m introducing you to fellow author T A Chan published by Blaze Publishing. We’re on a kind of Exchange project whereby we get to be hosted on each other’s blogs and get to hang out in their world with their readers for a day.



Be sure to head over to T.A. Chan's blog and check out my interview at www.authortachan.com.



They’re going to tell you a little bit about themselves and then for a chance to be in with winning a copy of their book, just drop a comment below.



So hi. What’s your name and what do you write?




Hi there! T A Chan speaking here, but feel free to call me Tina! I write YA fantasy and sci-fi with the occasional contemporary short story thrown in the mix.



When did you start writing and why?




I jumped onto the writing train when an author visited my school in second grade. My first "book" was a story about a crocodile and toad going for a picnic together, and was "published" on A4 paper stapled together. Ever since then, I’ve been enjoying the train ride so far and have no intentions of getting off any time soon—or ever!



What were the biggest challenges about becoming a published author?




My biggest challenges. . . oh, you mean aside from wrestling my characters back under control when they decide to go rogue (fact: the characters usually win and the writer just has to run with whatever they want to do), churning through so many drafts I’m convinced I must’ve killed a small forest in the process of doing so, and staring so hard at my laptop screen in vain hope of a novel magically appearing on the word document that blood perspires along my forehead??!!



Haha, all joking aside, I think the three biggest challenges are:



1) Gathering up the courage to put myself out there and actually, you know, share my writing with others



2) finding good critique partners (CPs) and beta readers. A good CP/beta is better than a truck full of gold, and although it may take some time to find one (or two, or three . . .) they’re well worth it. A good CP/beta offers support AND isn’t afraid to tell it how it is (in other words, tough love).



3) Learning to let go. AKA overcoming edit-itis. I swear, my editing cycle goes something like this:





The trick is to realize a manuscript will never, ever be 100% done, no matter how many times I revise it. There’s always some change I’ll want to make—and 50% of the time, I’ll want to undo the change I just made 2 weeks ago. The trick is to know when the manuscript is 99% done, and that that’s when I should hit the "send" button.



Shout out your publisher and tell us how they helped you on your creative journey.




A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO BLAZE PUBLISHING! <3 <3 <3 I love you all Blaze—they’re a fantastic team of fantastic people. I’m so proud to be part of the Blaze family. Krystal’s a fantastic editor who’s helped bring my writing to a new level. She also has an amazing amount of patience, considering the number of times I’ve misspelled her name in our conversations (I have a character named Krystle in my novel). Mara giving me tips of how to use social media so I can meet new bookish people all over the world. The cover design team—all I can say is wow. I can’t wait to share the gorgeous cover with ya’ll in March! Also, a special shout out to Jacob Devlin, a fellow author at Blaze, who’s been incredibly helpful with my endless stream of questions about anything writing/bookish/publishing related!



Where can we find out more about them?




You can visit Blaze Publishing’s homepage here! Also, I strongly recommend signing up for their newsletters—you’ll receive a very nice welcome gift right away J http://www.blazepub.com/



What are you working on right now?




I’m currently wrapping up edits with Of Silver and Stars, my upcoming YA fantasy releasing in October 2018. I’m also working on an OSAS novella. Recently, I completed a YA sci-fi (think "Inception" x "Minority Report" . . . in space), and plan on starting the sequel to OSAS as soon as the first couple drafts of the OSAS novella is completed.



Who is your most favourite character you’ve written and why do they speak to you so much?




I can only choose one?! Impossible!! Sorry, that’s like asking me to choose a favorite song . . . or favorite food . . .



Do world events and politics influence your writing?




Y-E-S. Subconsciously, absolutely. World events often affect my writing without me knowing until I take a step back afterward and am like "Oh . . . X totally influenced my decision when writing Y." I think it’s inevitable, to be honest. Real-life events are bound to seep into writings in some sense, even though I never intentionally allow world events to influence my stories.



How important are places you have visited and where you live to your writing?




Somewhat important?! Of Silver and Stars takes place in a fantasy world which I would compare to Rome. My other YA novel takes place in space. I’ve visited neither, haha. But traveling (I have a perpetual case of the travel bug) has definitely exposed me to many cultures and locations that have kick started some sort of inspiration that’s definitely woven itself into my writing.



Share with us your favourite line from your most recent release.



Well, Of Silver and Stars doesn’t come out for a while (forget about putting a cart in front of a horse—I don’t even have a horse!) But here’s a line from a short story I published a couple years ago (you can read it here: https://authortachan.com/155-2/ )






"You’re sharp, darling, dagger of a mind. Careful you don’t cut yourself."






Tell us five things that you love in life.





Tell us five things that you hate in life.





What book started your love of reading?




Probably the Magic Tree House series!



Tell us about your most recent release.




Well, my upcoming release is scheduled for publication on October 16, 2018! I suppose if you want a really quick teaser blurb. . .




A hunter with a magicked amulet. A girl with a hypnotic voice. A queen who controls winter.



Who is the true enemy?




Where can we buy it?




It’ll be available on Amazon, B&N.com, iBooks, Kobo . . .



Where can we find you on social media?




EVERYWHERE mwahaha!!!



I spend most of my time on Twitter (@The_Book_Lander) and Instagram (@T.A.Chan)




Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_Book_Lander








Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/t.a.chan/?hl=en








Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTAChan/








Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16737199.T_A_Chan






It was nice meeting you!!



UNITY BOOK TOUR AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


 


Today, as part of our publisher’s UNITY BOOK EVENT, I’m introducing you to fellow author Liz Keel published by Fire Quill Publishing House. We’re on a kind of Exchange project whereby we get to be hosted on each other’s blogs and get to hang out in their world with their readers for a day.



Be sure to head over to Liz’s Facebook page and check out my interview at


www.facebook.com/lizkeelauthor/


 


So hi. What’s your name and what do you write?


Hi fellow readers! My name is Liz Keel and I write Upper YA Fantasy.


 


When did you start writing and why?


It was about three years ago now when I wrote my first full length novel however since I was young, I’ve written short stories all fantasy. I’ve always fallen in love with this genre; books like ‘The Enchanted Forest’ by Enid Blyton had me wishing I could be a part of their adventures and meet characters such as Silky and Moonface. Then when I moved on to C.S.Lewis, I tried so many times to get my wardrobe to transport me to Narnia and wanted to be a part of that world! With so many stories out there set in mystical lands, I spent a lot of my free time day-dreaming of journeying to these other-worldly places; I just loved the idea that maybe there was something else out there and wondered what it would be like to find out you were the special one chosen to go save another world or were more than just human.


 


What were the biggest challenges about becoming a published author?


One of the main challenges is to have confidence in yourself and persevere. It can be quite daunting putting something you have created – your heart and soul – out there for others to view and potentially criticize. Whether you decide to go through a publishing house or not, the second hurdle to face is the whole new world of marketing you will enter. Knowing how to market your book can feel overwhelming especially when learning to do this the first time round. Looking back on my own journey, there have been things I would change with hindsight however I also believe you learn from your mistakes and if anything become stronger as an author. It isn’t an easy ride becoming published but so worth it in the end!



Shout out your publisher and tell us how they helped you on your creative journey.


So I have been lucky enough to form a partnership with Fire Quill Publishing and I use the word partnership as they have been 100% supportive of me, us both working together. Even from the submission stage, I was in touch with the lovely Monique who then became one of the Editors working on Enlightenment suggesting ways to develop the story further. Fire Quill have also been very supportive in helping me reach out to readers because like I mentioned in answer to the previous question, it can be daunting putting yourself out on social media; becoming an author isn’t just about writing books!


 


Where can we find out more about them? 


You can visit the Fire Quill Publishing website at:


http://www.firequillpublishing.com/  There you can take a look at their current titles and new titles coming soon, and for those of you that like to read novels before they are released, you can grab some of their titles before publication on Netgalley.


You can also catch up with their news via the following social media sites:


Twitter: https://twitter.com/firequillpublis?lang=en-gb


Instagram: www.pictaram.com/user/firequillpub/3847792158


 


What are you working on right now?


I’ve finished writing book 2 – Entanglement and I’m about to start book 3 – End Games which I hope to finish by Christmas time/early next year.  Hints on future developments in the story…we’ll I don’t want to give away too much but needless to say things are going to get a lot tougher for Thea but at least she’ll have a certain Thill guard who will look after and protect her! ;)


 


Who is your most favourite character you’ve written and why do they speak to you so much?


There are two that I can’t choose between! The first has to be Thea, the one the trilogy evolves around.  She is feisty, loyal, passionate and determined and for a seventeen year old, she has a lot of responsibility to take on and needs to grow-up fast. Throughout the story you see her strength of character grow as she becomes determined to succeed with whatever life throws at her. Thea remains loyal to her friends throughout and considers them part of her family and this loyalty is reciprocated by her friends who would do anything for her, including the Thill guards who would give their life to protect hers. Thea’s determination to face what’s thrown at her head-on, and to fight for what you believe in, are ideals I totally agree with.


I’m also rather fond of Bay, one of the friend’s Thea makes in book one. He’s one of those friend’s everyone needs – mischievous and generally good fun to be around.


Do world events and politics influence your writing?


I think every author is influenced by world events which reflect a political stance and this can’t help but influence and shape what we do and how we write. The good thing about writing fantasy is that you can choose to ignore what’s going on around you and create your own political world. Enlightenment is set in a world in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice and this very much influences Thea’s decision-making.


 


How important are places you have visited and where you live to your writing?


I’m very much an outdoors person and need fresh air and natural beauty around me to help keep me sane let alone write! This is one of the reasons I live right by Windsor Park. One of the most inspiring places I’ve visited is New Zealand and I found just being there very addictive, providing nourishment for my soul.


 


At home I’m lucky enough to have a summer house in my garden a.k.a ‘the writing shack’. It’s quiet and secluded and perfect for writing in. Night time is also very influential in my writing as there are no distractions, just the darkness around me which helps me get immersed in the stories I’m writing.


 


Share with us your favourite line from your most recent release.


Can I give you two…please?! I can’t decide on just one!


 


“What I’m going to say will change your life forever…” (When Thea finds out from Eli she’s Faey)


 


And the other is…


 


“Your journey has only just begun but know that I will always be with you.” (The goddess Elebrin speaking to Thea).


 


Tell us five things that you love in life.


Imagination


A good book (of course!) ;)


My family


My friends


Exploring other cultures



Tell us five things that you hate in life.


Violence


Pretentious people


*Shuddering as I write this* Spiders (in fact any small insect including ones that flaps around…Urgghh!)


When humans can’t seem to work together to sort out so much wrong in the world.


When u can’t think of a 5th thing to put on the list!


 


What book started your love of reading?


Since I was young, I’ve fallen in love with fantasy stories; books like ‘The Enchanted Forest’ by Enid Blyton had me wishing I could be a part of their adventures and meet characters such as Silky and Moonface. Then, when I moved on to C.S.Lewis, I tried so many times to get my wardrobe to transport me to Narnia and wanted to be a part of that world! With so many stories out there set in mystical lands, I spent a lot of my free time day-dreaming of journeying to these other-worldly places; I just loved the idea that maybe there was something else out there and wondered what it would be like to find out you were the special one chosen to go save another world or were more than just human. That’s what started my love of reading as well as inspiring me to write.


 


Tell us about your most recent release.


Enlightenment, (#1 in the Driel Trilogy), is a Young Adult Fantasy.


Without giving too much away, the story revolves around a girl called Thea who gets thrown into the unknown realm of Faey. Here she is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice. On this journey, she has the support of her new friends to help her as well as a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian who watches her every move.


 


 


Where can we buy it?


Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/zbjq7rh
Amazon US: http://tinyurl.com/z6hand6
Nook: http://tinyurl.com/j28cqfb
iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/z89tzfs
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/h25hrm3
Inktera: http://tinyurl.com/hcsaum6


 


 


Where can we find you on social media?


www.facebook.com/lizkeelauthor


www.twitter.com/lizkeelauthor


www.instagram.com/lizkeelauthor


www.lizkeelauthor.com


 






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