The Cephrael’s Hand whirlwind tour starts today! Welcome to blogaganza where the questions are fun and the prizes are huge.

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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.

Cephrael’s Hand is a fantastical journey in which the familiar story of good versus evil is so refreshing convuluted that you may have trouble figuring out who’s who. From tales of lost pasts and political intrigue to piracy and magical discovery, Melissa McPhail weaves strands of character journeys into a rich tapestry of wonder.

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…


Melissa McPhailLet’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.



  1. I am so excited to be participating in your blog tour! Love the book!
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  2. I couldn’t agree more with how you summarized Cephrael’s Hand. Leopard and baklava — perfect!

    I’m so excited to participating in the blog tour, promoting such an wonderful book. It was truly a pleasure to read and review, though I don’t think I could ever do the story and all themes justice.

    Thank you!
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  3. Hi Kat and Raina,

    Thank you both so much for participating in the Cephrael’s Hand blog tour.

    Raina, I’m glad you agree with my summary choices. It’s not every day one has to choose a food to describe their life’s work. ;)
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  4. kindlemom1

    I haven’t heard of this series before, it sounds like a fun one!

  5. Emma isn’t a half bad character to be compared to :)
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  6. wifeysarahg

    Looking forward to this!

  7. ruthhill74

    I love the three wishes! I always love it when people think of others and of the things that really matter!

  8. cansel65

    Looking forward to reading this!

  9. Oh, I loved the Belgarion series when I was a kid. Polgara was such an awesome character :)
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  10. Donna Hole

    The Rowans was one of my favorite Anne McCaffrey families. She really knew how to built a society; and her female protags were amazing.


  11. MattnLinda99

    I am so excited to get my hands on this book!!

    • Congrats! You won the autographed copy of Cephrael’s Hand. YAY! I’m sending you an email right now :-D

  12. This sounds like an interesting series & I love how the book was compared to different elements in the interview above. Thanks for the giveaway! I bought the ebook on Amazon & look forward to reading it.

  13. calee51

    Baklava, huh? I think that’s such a great question and I love your food comparison. Great interview!

  14. Victoria CK

    I agree/like several things you said.
    Even if hard to pick, not being known would be better than having novel/work changed until bad or too different. I know some authors have worked with others(Anne McCaffrey is one who did it very well) or let others write in their worlds without loosing their ideas. But as soon as this question was asked, I thought of those who let their worlds be written in often/series with many authors (Star Trek) or who write lots of books that are much the same (Clancy or Ludlum). These books just loose something along the way, and I even stop reading the author’s other work because of it.

    And I love The Rowan/Talent series. The Ship Who Sang later books are almost as good (great leads, ideas).

    Good luck with your release!

  15. Thank you for your well wishes, Victoria.

    I completely agree with you about switching authors within a series. There is always that danger when a new writer takes over the world from its original creator. How difficult it is to truly duplicate another author’s voice in all the same ways. Something is often lost in the translation from the original author’s universe through the via of a new one.

    And of course a similar danger exists in traditional publishing, but I do believe there are many incredible editors working for the big houses who ultimately improve the work (the majority of the time). My novel, being long, ran a larger risk of being chopped up into insignificant pieces of a once integrous whole. Hence the route I chose.
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  16. lisapeters

    I love magic and wish I had some to use for housework and cooking. Thanks

  17. jenny1236

    I love this, the book looks really really good! I would love to win it!