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Ashabreek Author Interview

So i had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kathleen Farquhar, author of the book Ashabreek. I will be posting the review tomorrow, so stay tuned for that post!

Q: Can you tell me a short summary about your book? 
A: Sure…    
What would you do to save those you love?
   Would you lie, cheat, steal… even kill? 
What if the line between good and evil became so blurred in your pursuit to do what was right? 
What if in the process of following your heart, you became the monster? 
   How far would you be willing to go? 

Viron is under attack. The man on the other side of the sword is a man that King Promicees and his family had long presumed dead… a man who is as lethal as he is determined to take over Viron completely. His name? Ashabreek. Now the royal family of Cahya must run, taking with them a powerful medallion that is the key to Ashabreek’s success. Promicees and his sisters Genova and Babette have to find a way to kill Ashabreek before he can succeed in taking the throne and killing them all.

Q: What is the insight on the main character? 
A: The title character Ashabreek has one goal to take down the royal families of Viron and take their place so that he can reform it to his own specifications. Ashabreek sees the current monarchy as unfit and knows that deep down words will do nothing. He must bring them a war. Ashabreek is one of those characters written and designed to get you thinking. He will make you question everything you thought you knew at the beginning of this book.

Q: Which character do you relate to the most? 
A: Zezic! Zezic is snarky, sassy, tough and oddly likeable. She’s got this vulnerability deep down that she tries to hide in order to keep herself safe from the ultimate hurt… a broken heart. She was definitely the most fun to write next to Ashabreek.

Q: What genre is your book? 
A: Young Adult (YA) Fiction/Fantasy. Leans more towards dark fantasy… Definitely not a children’s book.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration? 
A: Everywhere! The books I read, the movies I watch, art, long drives, Pinterest (Yes, even Pinterest)… To be more specific the biggest inspirations for Ashabreek were the Harry Potter books and the Lord of the Rings movies. In terms of finding inspiration for a Fantasy series, those are some of the greatest resources.

Q: Are there any authors that inspire you, or you look up to? 
A: JK Rowling. Reading Harry Potter was what inspired me to write in the first place. After reading Harry Potter I couldn’t help but put pen to paper and Ashabreek was the first thing that came pouring out of me. It’s like he was trying to escape all along.

Q: I know we talked about your favorite authors, but what do you like to read in your free time? 
A: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy and Science fiction are my typical favorites. Things like Inkheart, The Bartimaus Trilogy, Dorothy Must Die… Anything thought provoking and entertaining. Though my favorite book right now is Hamlet.

Q: Where did your love of writing and books come from? 
A: my mom used to work a lot of book fairs when I was in elementary school and she would bring books home hoping that it would help me with my reading (as I struggled with it as a kid). It worked. I began with the Dear America Diaries, which led to Lily’s Crossing which finally led to Harry Potter. Though Harry Potter definitely expanded my reading horizons.

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I wrote a few small poems in third grade but I really started writing in middle school (fan fiction), and high school where I began Ashabreek.

Q: What music helps you write?
A: if I had to choose I would say Hans Zimmer. Instrumentals are best because lyrics distract and throw me off. Ironically I can’t write in silence so I watch a lot of tv and movies when I write. Nothing new because that can distract too. I watch things that I’ve seen before and can use as background noise. Things like Sherlock, Clue, Coraline, Tim Burton movies and anything Disney. 

Q: What is or was the hardest part of writing? 
A: editing! It’s a long, tedious and repetitive process that just seems to suck the life right out of you. But it is so important and so it must be done over and over and over again.

Q: What do you do when you get the bad case of writers block? 
A: Oh man! I’m still figuring that one out. In general I simply change gears. I don’t force myself to keep writing because what comes out is typically ‘bad writing’ and that is something I strive to avoid. I work on multiple projects at a time so I will move on to the next or scribble out some Fan Fictions… however if the block is bad and across the board I will typically take a break from writing all together. That’s when I turn to reading a lot and run to Disneyland…

Q: What are your current projects? 
A: currently I am working on a few projects. Book Two of the Tales of Viron series (in which Ashabreek is the first installment) currently titled Renegade. The other is unrelated to the Viron series and it is called The Center.

Q: What can we, as readers, look forward to seeing as your writing career progresses? 
A: the Tales of Viron will continue beyond book two, and there are several more novels in the drafting and plotting stages unrelated to the Viron series. I also apply for the ABC writing program every year so I am hoping to make that a reality.

Q: Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers? 
A: thank you for your interest in Ashabreek. I spent a great deal of time and poured every scrap of love I possess into it. I hope you love Ashabreek every bit as much as I do.
Also, if you run a book club and decide to read Ashabreek, let me know when you finish and I would love to talk about making an appearance either in person, or for those who live further away via Skype or FaceTime for a Q and A.

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Ashabreek Excerpt. 

Here is an Excerpt from Ashabreek by Kathleen Farquhar! 
Excerpt:::The realization that she was not quite as numb as she had thought was forced into sharp perspective when six rows of razor-like teeth pierced into her legs and hips. They clamped down with the force of an enormous and powerful jaw. Babette screamed bubbles as the water beast dragged her deeper into the lake’s seemingly endless depths. She had no more breath; she was struggling to keep from inhaling as she tried to free herself from the jaws of the beast. She was too weak to pry its mouth open. The beast responded to her attempts by clamping its jaws down harder snapping her femur in two. Babette screamed the last of her air in a series of feeble bubbles…and took a breath.
Even at the bottom of the lake where the beast was beginning to slow its pace, air was coming to her freely. Confused and afraid, Babette started screaming bubbles again, though not sure how she was able to breathe so deep underwater. She had no doubt that once the thing was comfortable, it’d feast on her. The thing that had carried her away from the surface was long and scaled with a tail-shaped like an axe. It was a strange cross between a fish, a shark and a serpent; it had a single eye, glowing bright orange, and its teeth that were imbedded into her flesh were sharp as knives, two inches long at least.
Babette tried to scream again, but even while able to breathe, she could only scream infuriatingly silent bubbles. Babette struggled for freedom as someone dove into the water after her. Babette’s little body couldn’t handle the pain or the cold; she blacked out as the beast made ready to enjoy its meal.

Mist & Whispers Summary and excerpt 

The Weaver’s Riddle (Mist & Whispers)By: C.M. Lucas

Summary from Goodreads:

Imagine a world in eternal darkness. A world where skeletal beasts lurk in the forest. Where the
women are missing, and the men are in need of salvation…
In the West-English town of Little Wolf Green, Scott’s bookshop is about to close down. Convinced
the bookshop holds the key to her mother’s identity, sixteen year old Anya Piddling vows to save
Scott’s, whatever the cost.

When four books of magic and myth take the world by storm, Anya begins a journey to discover the
truth about the author, known only as the Weaver. Followed closely by her friends, and one surly,
bitter ex-boyfriend, Anya soon realises a whole new world awaits: a world gone very wrong, with
maddening whispers in the forest, magical winged Kings and a dragon-boy that understands her,
inside and out. But this world needs a saviour… and everyone is looking at her.

 
EXCERPT:

Erimus Hall
HIS HEART THRASHED against his chest, a prisoner desperate to be freed from this bur-
den. There was no way out. He had a job to do, and if it wasn’t done at that moment, his entire plan
would be over before it even began.

 The earth was but sludge, encasing his feet as he struggled up the bank. Bullets of rain
struck his face as the winds lashed around him, obscuring his view and leaving him helpless in the
dark.

 Then, as if a divine hand was guiding the way, a flash of lightning revealed his final destina-
tion; Erimus Hall. The Hall was only another hundred meters away, run down and deserted, his
sanctuary nonetheless.

 Resisting the temptation to rest against the stone wall at the top of the bank, he pushed on,
clambering across it with the rain-soaked trunk in his hands. Once over and sure of his feet, he took
a moment to look around. Any sign of someone following and he’d have to revert to his back up
location, as even with his goal in sight, he wouldn’t allow himself the risk of assuming he was
home safe.

 A clap of thunder quickened his pace and a minute later he’d reached the doorway, where a
century’s worth of ivy had claimed the oak as its own. He set on it straight away, teasing back the
creeper with a gentle hand, the whole time fighting against the instincts that were screaming inside
his head.

 Just tear it down – you’re going too slow – someone’s going to see you!
No. He couldn’t leave a sign that he’d been there. It had to look natural.
Two more bursts of lightning gave him a glimpse of what he needed to allow his unmarked
entry into the building. With the trunk safely inside he took one more look around, and with another
strike of lightning, he was gone.

*To pick up your copy, click the link below* https://www.amazon.com/Mist-Whispers-Weavers-Riddle-Book- ebook/dp/B01DPPQHZ8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1466396354&sr=1-1 

GIVEAWAY:

If you purchase a copy of Mist & Whispers you will be entered to win 1 of 10 Proof copies of the
sequel. These will be special edition.

Rules to Enter:

1. Send proof of purchase to: oftomes@oftomes.com

*Oftomes Publishing will be selecting the winners. 

The Guide

The Guide 

by: Justin Chandler

Summary from Amazon:

“Know yourself.” Nicholas Forsythe never knew how important those words were at his first year at Glenoak High School until he met Garron. After he is given a mentor by his parents to help guide him through his rebellious phase, Nicholas is initially skeptical of Garron’s methods. Who is he? How does he know so much about Nicholas without meeting him? As Nicholas works to find the answers to these and other questions about the guiding process, he soon uncovers a deep secret about Garron and the guides: they are from the future, working for the mysterious Determinant Industries in an attempt to fix the perils of the past. All is well with the program, but when a brooding figure from Garron’s time threatens to unravel the very events of history, it’s up to Nick and Garron to not only save their lives, but also the entire fate of the future. Through strained friendships, inner battles with identity and free will, and watching the entire world around him morph and change to the whims of an evil dictator, Nick discovers the true meaning of choice and the sacrifice involved in order to truly “know yourself.”

EXCERPT:

Prologue:

Sunset. The bridging between the follies of day and the unexpected ventures of night.

A man, tall and lean in stature, stepped through the thresholds of a plate glass door, shutting down the ominous purple light peeking behind him. He looked at his suit. Finely crafted, tailored to his unique size and stature. Black shoes, shined for the occasion, leading to pressed navy pants and a black belt. Covering his torso was a light blue shirt, casual blue tie, all held together with a snug coat. He continued walking forward through the white room. A young woman, holding a clipboard, met him immediately.

“Welcome! I see that you arrived here safely.”

“Indeed, and my belongings?”

“As request, the car you decided on is parked right outside of the building. Lincoln Continental, right?”

“Brown paint?”

“As noted.”

The man smirked, “You know me too well.”

The woman smiled, “Simply the instructions you provided us, sir.”

The man looked through the adjacent window towards the sunset. “Today is the 22nd, correct?”

“Yes, they should be expecting you soon. You contacted them, right?”

“Both of them, haven’t talked to the young one yet, but I figured it would be best to do so in person.”

“And the school?”

“Already taken care of. Did they leave what I requested?”

The woman pulled out a small black box and handed it to the man. “And you also requested this.” She reached into her pocket and pulled out a leather-bound notebook. “Still relying on this old trick?”

He smiled. “The more some things change, the more others stay the same.” He looked at his watch. “A little behind schedule, but if I know them as well as I do, they won’t mind.”

The man took his belongings and walked towards the exit. As he reached for the handle, the woman began saying, “Now, you remember the protocol, right? You’re not allowed to-“

“I know, I know,” he cut her off.”Trust me, I wouldn’t dream of it. No use in adding any unnecessary ‘additions’.”

“In that case, good luck then. With this one, you’re gonna need it.”

The man walked out of the building and entered his loaned car. He looked into the rear-view mirror, adjusted his tie, and pulled out of the driveway.

Sunset. The bridge between what can and what will happen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Justin Chandler is an aspiring educator, currently finishing his last year at Appalachian State University as a Middle Grades Education major. Residing in Connelly Springs, NC, Justin has written short stories for years and has recently contributed articles for websites such as TheOdyssey. His twin brother, Dustin, is attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a Screenwriting major. In his free time, Justin enjoys hiking, reading, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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