The Cephrael’s Hand whirlwind tour starts today! Welcome to blogaganza where the questions are fun and the prizes are huge.Posted on Dec 31, 2012 | 23 comments
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Today, we’re absolutely delighted to kick-off the the Cephrael’s Hand whirlwind tour. It’s going to be a wild ride as the author weaves her way through the blogosphere and social media universe in a way that just can’t be ignored. So who’s this cool gal you’re going to be hearing all about this week? And what kind of book did she write? I’m glad you asked. Let’s get to know Melissa through a quirky Q&A we like to call “blogaganza.”
But first, here’s our overview of this rich, wondrous, and spellbinding epic fantasy novel.
Trell–a man of noble heart with a missing memory–ventures to rediscover his origins. Prince Ean survives a gruesome assault and must uncover the shadowy plot to destroy his kingdom. Both are drawn into an intricate game of chess by a figure known as “First Lord.” The Adept race is dying in The land of Alorin and it is up to Raine to find the way to save them, but only the traitorous Bjorn has the knowledge and power to help.
With a plethora of characters and an eye for Balance, this book has everything seasoned readers and fantasy newcomers alike will enjoy. Spellbinding strands of magic are woven into this storied tapestry by the guiding lights of the constellation of Cephrael’s Hand. Rich cultures complete with languages, extraordinary creatures and a system of magic that is smartly devised and powerfully enacted are staples of the genre, and Cephrael’s Hand is no exception.
Be sure to keep an eye out for The Dagger of Adendigaeth, the second in what will hopefully be a long series.
Now onto the blogaganza…
Let’s paint a picture of your novel. Please choose something from each of the following categories that best summarizes the book and explain why: color, animal, US city, car, and food.
Oh boy, I would love to be able to answer all of these with dry witticisms like my characters Fynn and Carian, but my nature walks a more sobering path. You’re going to get the philosopher in me with these questions. I hope I don’t scare everyone away – LOL.
So here goes:
- Cephrael’s Hand is like the color green. The story grew organically, each character sprouting as the story grew. The tale itself a wild vine spreading and branching with multiple tendrils; the whole itself forming an intricate, complex pattern.
- Cephrael’s Hand is like a leopard: wise and temperamental, at times leisurely, but always with an eye toward the goal, its prey. From a warming pace, it shoots into action and doesn’t relent until the end is achieved.
- Cephrael’s Hand is like the city of Atlanta (not so surprisingly, my hometown). It’s big, it’s crowded with people, there’s a lot going on, and you can’t immediately see the conflict that has the entire interstate tangled up. On the surface, it seems daunting, but once you dive in, you find wonderful people, amazing experiences and a journey well worth the time spent getting there.
- Cephrael’s Hand is like a Lamborghini. On the surface, it’s daunting and appears complicated, but once inside and oriented, it takes off fast and is a joy to drive.
- Cephrael’s Hand is like baklava. At times it’s sweet and nutty, at others meaty and dense and requires some concentrated chewing. For all that it’s packed with experience, it’s delicately constructed with many layers–each one contributing to the next, and there are no wasted ingredients.
Here’s a clichéd question: You’re wandering out in the desert and trip over a hard object lodged in the sand. It’s a magic genie’s lamp—OMG! Which three things do you wish for and why? Any chance you’ll regret these choices later?
For my daughters’ lasting happiness. For more sanity in the world. For others to find a path that makes them happy.
I feel truly blessed in my life. I’ve gained a perspective and understanding through my personal journey that make the bumps unnoticeable and the mountains molehills. But I see all around me too many struggling to find happiness. There is so much to be gained from really living life to the fullest — in mind, heart and action. I would that all might find a path that takes them to brighter meadows.
If there was one fictional character (either from literature, television, or movies) whose life and personality most resembled your own, who would it be and why?
My husband always says I’m a shoe-in for Jane Austin’s Emma (at least through Gwynneth Paltrow’s rendition of her).
I don’t think anyone I’ve read is exactly like me, but I identify with David Eddings’ Polgara—I’m surrounded by Old Wolfs who think of themselves as virile young pups—who handles life with a sage eye and a dry sense of humor. But I also have much of Dagney Taggart’s obstinance and my own Alyneri d’Giverny’s fragility.
Now a different spin on the same question: If you could pick, which fictional character’s life would you most want to have and why?
I don’t see myself in anyone’s shoes, but the life of Anne McCaffrey’s The Rowans comes close to my heart. The Rowan has amazing talent put toward a vital purpose, an extraordinary husband and brave and adventurous children.
Would you rather your writing remain obscure forever all the while knowing you had talent and stayed true to your creative vision OR would you prefer to write a book that achieves great commercial success but that you just aren’t proud of? Why did you choose the answer you chose?
Neither seem truly viable options – LOL! But I would definitely choose the first. It’s better to do what you love and stay true to your muse than to gain a lot of money for something you’re not proud of. Happiness lies in overcoming obstacles toward achieving a known goal, not necessarily in the achieving of the goal. If you can’t love what you’re doing while you’re doing it, what’s the point? In the end, all you take with you is the lasting peace of living your life with purpose and integrity.
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About Cephrael’s Hand: Two brothers find themselves on opposite sides of a great battle, neither knowing the other is alive… A traitor works in exile while preparing for the disaster only he knows is coming… A race of beings from beyond the fringe of the universe begin unmaking the world from within… And all across the land, magic is dying.Cephrael’s Hand is the first novel in the award-winning series A Pattern of Shadow and Light.Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
About the author: Melissa McPhail is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid Fantasy reader. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their twin daughters and two very large cats. Visit Melissa on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.