Posts Tagged ‘War Ya’

The fate of a kingdom rests on the shoulders of three young wizards

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Mike Shelton, how long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was in the third grade.  My first series, The Cremelino Prophecy was actually written and re-written many times over about a 20 year period.  I got really serious about two years ago and started going through the editing process and getting my first books out in 2016.

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in California.  I now live in North Carolina, but are looking to move back to the Portland Oregon area where we used to live and where most of our family lives.

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

I write about things that I would like to read.  I have always read a lot.  so if I like the idea and would read it, I figure others might want to also. 

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

Going through he editing process has been very hard for me.  I think (or at least hope) that I am getting better each time I write a book – however I would much rather be writing than editing or promotion!

What is the name of your book?

I currently have 6 books out that cover two different series as well as two prequel novellas (one for each series).  I would recommend starting with the first book in my latest series, THE DRAGON ORB. 

Tell us more about it. Perhaps a backcover blurb. 

The fate of a kingdom rests on the shoulders of three young wizards who couldn’t be more different.


Bakari is a brilliant scholar wizard who’s more at home in a library than a battlefield. Alli is a beautiful young battle wizard whose grace in battle is both enchanting and deadly. Roland is a counselor wizard with a seemingly limitless depth of untapped power — and the ego to match it.

As the magical barrier protecting the kingdom of Alaris from dangerous outsiders begins to fail, and a fomenting rebellion threatens to divide the country in a civil war, the three wizards are thrust into the middle of a power struggle.

When the barrier comes down, the truth comes out. Was everything they were taught about their kingdom based on a lie? Will they all choose to fight on the same side, or end up enemies in the battle over who should rule Alaris?

Do you have a favorite character, why?

I have three main characters int eh book and I like them all for different reasons.  I like my main characters to have some flaws, which each of them do, and struggle with something, but in the end I want the reader to be connected with them. 

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

Do you have any promotions going on right now?

My two prequels, Prophecy of the Dragon and The Blade and the Bow are always free.  Besides that, the other books are all 2.99. 

Here is my review: 5 out of 5*

The Dragon Orb by Mike Shelton is a splendid story for YA, pre-teen and adult alike.

I so enjoyed this well written story with magic and magic users. The erray of characters are remarkable and different sub stories well worth your time.

Roland is a young man been train to become a counselor wizard, he is also cookie and inmature though he has more power than many have seen for centuries.

Alli is a young woman being train as a War Wizard. She has to much power for one so young and immature as she is. Her and Roland’s tutors are over their head with this youth until there are force to unite forces or died.

I really like the descriptions in this book they seem so inspired and it make you feel like you are part of the scene no just looking into it. A breath of fresh air and a lot of imagination that is what you’ll find between the pages of this high fantasy tale. New concepts and new possibilities also bade the flavor of this tale. If you want to read a high fantasy that it hasn’t been used to many times yet, this is the book for you. Awesome job Shelton.

Where can we find your book?

https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Orb-Alaris-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01N4LI376

 

 

How does a LDS German family survive in Nazi Berlin?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

 

Lisel Spann has dreamed only of wonderful things in her future. Living with her father, sister, and brother in a cramped apartment in Berlin, the small family shares what seems to be an unbreakable spirit of love and security. However, with the rise of the Nazi party and approaching dark clouds of war, any kind of future grows increasingly uncertain. Knowing little of hate and destruction, Lisel is ill prepared as the storms of battle erupt in full fury and loved ones are taken from her as her beautiful city is reduced to rubble.

With fear and despair rising within, it is through her quiet, compassionate father that Lisel discovers faith and hope. Now, in a desperate journey to find her sister, Lisel and her neighbor flee Berlin and the advancing Russians for Frankfurt, a city under the protection of the Allies. But their flight to safety is filled with pain, hunger, and terror. However, with spiritual lessons and blessings from her father, the support of departed loved ones, and her tried but undying faith in a loving Heavenly Father, perhaps Lisel can emerge like the fireweed—rising strong and beautiful from scorched earth —transforming bitterness and despair into a charity that never faileth.

 

Terry, what makes you passionate about writing?

Telling a story that helps a reader think about a concept from a different perspective. Perhaps that perspective affirms her own beliefs about herself or her world or someone else’s world. Perhaps it doesn’t. Maybe she gains understanding and develops a clearer vision because she’s seeing it through the eyes of a character she’s never encountered before. What I love is helping someone turn over a few rocks and looking underneath.

Do you have a writing routine?

Some days I do but sometimes that doesn’t work out the way I’d like. Now, writers have to do so much more than write. There are promotional things, like blog interviews, websites and author pages to maintain and press releases. There are discussions with people in the industry and meetings to attend. Then, there is the market news to keep up with. If only it was just writing!

The routine I do try to maintain is built around what is going on in my family. Meals, dishes, laundry, school attendance and activities for the littlest kids. Plus, our daughter is a cancer patient and requires quite a lot of tending. It’s just hard sometimes to keep to a routine.

What is the title of your book?

Fireweed. With a subtitle of A Novel of World War II.

What genre does your book fall under?

Historical Women’s Fiction is the one I use most often to describe it. It is also a coming-of-age story of a teen-aged girl so it could be Young or New Adult. Or, maybe just General Fiction, if that exists anymore.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Fireweed is the story of an LDS German family trying to survive in Nazi Berlin during World War II.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I suppose any story that is set against a backdrop of war and concerns the challenges of being a woman in that place and that time.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I was doing research on the evacuation of American LDS missionaries from Nazi Germany at the time Germany invaded Poland during the first week of September of 1939. When I interviewed some of those evacuees, they had family members sitting in on the interviews and some of those family members were Germans who had lived in Germany during the course of WWII. Frequently, I asked a question the interviewee couldn’t answer from his/her memory. They’d excuse themselves to go into the next room to retrieve a journal or an album. While I was waiting, the German family members or friends would say, “Now, let me tell you what happened to me.” A writer never lets anything go to waste so I began taking another set of notes from the stories I heard. That led me to believe there was a story to be told about the LDS Germans living in Nazi Germany during the war.

Oh, the book Mine Angels Round About, which is the compilation of stories from the missionaries evacuated out of Nazi Germany will be available in the next few months. If you’re interested, watch for it at Amazon.

Great, thank you. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s not hard to find a story about World War II, told from a male soldier’s point of view and especially one from an American viewpoint. This story is told by, first, a teen-aged German girl, then by her maturing self as she sees her country and people destroyed and vanquished. It shows how she comes to the conclusion that the worst thing her countrymen ever did was to themselves through arrogance or ignorance. She also learns that hope endures, love endures, and family connections endure. Self endures.

Where can we find your book?

You can pre-order a print book through Amazon now for the release on October 5. I’m told a Kindle book will also be available soon. (I’m only the author and don’t get to hear these kinds of things. J)

http://www.amazon.com/Fireweed-Terry-Montague-ebook/dp/B013KWPB4O/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440029624&sr=1-6&keywords=fireweed
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