Thursday, March 15, 2012

Author Guest Post and Giveaway! Destruction From Twins by L. Carroll

I am excited to welcome the talented author L. Carroll for an author guest post and giveaway of the first book in her Lor Mandela Series, Destruction From Twins! Please keep reading after L's Character Interview to enter to win One Paperback copy of Destruction From Twins (US) and One eBook copy (International)!

Because Carroll's characters are fictitious and (hopefully) she is not, she decided to invent an equally fictitious character to be the interviewer.

Meet Evelyn Bronson, a reporter with the “Lor Mandelan Insider”. She is known for her no holds barred style of interviewing; she never shrinks from asking the tough questions. Below is arguably her most compelling interview to date. 

Invincible or Maniacal – It’s Your Call
By Evelyn Bronson

I recently traveled to the territory of Brashnell, where, perched atop a rise of lush emerald meadows and surrounded by meticulous ruby-uniformed guards, sits the fifth largest building on Lor Mandela. Adorned with intricate, scrolling silver gates, three-story high leaded glass windows, and grandiose stone-arch encircled courtyards, the beauty and grandeur of “The Manor”, as it is called, is overshadowed by secrecy and steeped in controversy.

You are likely aware that our world, Lor Mandela, is ruled chiefly by the atoc, or High Ruler; however, several smaller hierarchies exist. None of these pecking orders is more mysterious, perhaps, than that of this substantial, affluent region. Brashnell encompasses nearly a third of the planet’s inhabitable areas, and is governed by a man whose charisma is obvious; whose ability to procure masses of loyal followers, infamous; yet whose motives seem as unpredictable and illusive as a shooting star. Many call him “Sire”; many call him “Your Highness”; some call him “The Devil”.

In a rarely granted one-on-one interview, I was given the opportunity to speak with this enigmatic leader and ask him the questions many fear to. As I clawed my way into his inner-psyche, I unearthed some things, which I feel obligated—albeit somewhat terrified—to share. Below I will print the verbatim interview and leave you to draw your own conclusions.

So here, now, is the unedited dialogue that took place on the day I was allowed inside “The Manor” to meet the ever-intriguing Darian of Brashnell.

Evelyn: Thank you for agreeing to meet with me, Darian. Of course, that leads me straight to my first question. You rarely grant interviews. Why me?

Darian: It’s all about timing, my dear. You see, with the recent deaths of Atoc Cristoph and Ator Jocelynne, the citizens of the territories need reassurance that a strong leader is in control. You happened to ask at the right time. That is all.

Evelyn: Are you saying that Cristoph and Jocelynne’s son, Jonathan, isn’t a strong leader?

Darian: (Chuckles). It’s certainly no secret that Jonathan and I do not get along, is it? Let’s just say that I have my reasons for questioning his maturity. Perhaps I am wrong, but I suppose that time will tell.

Evelyn: Reports are swirling that you were somehow involved in the deaths. How do you respond to these accusations?

Darian: Just look at the facts, Evelyn. My ex-beloved, Ultara, was at the palace when the murders occurred. The curse that killed the atoc and ator was delivered on a notice sealed by her. She fled and went into hiding immediately. I think it’s clear who the killer is, and I would sooner take my own life than be involved in any of her schemes.

Evelyn: Yes. You harbor a healthy hatred of Ultara. The two of you have made that perfectly clear in the past. Why, when you were so much in love at one time, do you despise her so now?

Darian: She wanted to kill our son.

Evelyn: But that’s the law of the Trysta race, isn’t it? They believe that a first-born son to the matriarch is contrary to nature. She was obligated by the laws of her people.

Darian: Those Trysta demons wouldn’t know law if it stared them in the face! They believe a first-born son is inherently flawed! But my son has been the minister of defense here in Brashnell since he was ten years old. He is far more intelligent and un-flawed than his despicable mother, that’s for sure.

Evelyn: Hmm…but this is exactly why you’ve been accused of murdering the nobles. Some argue that with the Mandelans and the Trystas divided, your Brashnellan army has a shot at overthrowing the government. Is that your plan?

*At this moment, Darian paused and seemed to be lost in his thoughts. It was several seconds before he replied, and when he did, his entire demeanor had changed. The flames in his black eyes flashed and burned wildly, but in stark contrast, his mood was calm and eerily composed.

Darian: I shall only answer this last question, and then the interview will be over. My plans are no one’s business but my own. However, if the Trystas and the Mandelans are concerned, they should be. No one would be able to stop me, should I decide to strike—not Jonathan, not Ultara, not anyone. You see—my dear Evelyn—I am invincible. Good day to you.

About the Author

L. Carroll is a wife and a mom of five who writes, because she's found that if she pretends to travel to magical worlds, makes up wild tales, and carries on conversations with the voices in her head, it's considered mental illness, BUT if she pretends to travel to magical worlds, makes up wild tales, carries on conversations with the voices in her head, AND writes it all down, it's a perfectly normal "author" thing to do. She is the author of the YA fantasy series "Lor Mandela". Book #1, "Destruction from Twins" was released in February 2010, and the second book, "Four Hundred Days" released on July 15, 2011.

To find out more about the Lor Mandela Series (and Darian’s invincibility), visit Book one, Destruction from Twins and book #2 Four Hundred Days are available in electronic formats from Smashwords, and in paperback and electronic formats from Amazon and other online booksellers. 

About Destruction From Twins

Part I (Destruction From Twins): When a selfish enchantress seeks to steal mystical powers from her twin sister, she sentences the world of Lor Mandela and its inhabitants to death. In an effort to preserve itself, the soul of the planet appoints a Child of Balance named Audril Borloc who must solve a prophetic riddle known as the Advantiere. All hope seems lost, however, when shortly after her fourth birthday, Audril disappears without a trace. Desperate to save their world, Lor Mandelan spies travel to Earth in search of the little girl with black hair and bright blue eyes-traits that on Lor Mandela are exclusive to the ruling family, Borloc. Instead, they find seventeen-year-old Maggie. While the age difference between the girls is obvious, Maggie has the Borloc traits-evidence enough for the eager spies. They devise a plan to get Maggie to Lor Mandela, but will their scheme be successful? And what if they have the wrong girl? Who will save Lor Mandela then?
 Part II (And So It Must End): Maggie Baker has always wished for a more eventful life. Unfortunately, she is about to get it. Following an earthquake that no one seems to have felt but her, her mundane existence is thrown into a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns as she suddenly finds herself bouncing back and forth between her hometown of Glenhill, Iowa and the distant world of Lor Mandela. On this strange planet, Maggie must learn who to trust, and who to fear. More importantly, she must find a way to convince the Lor Mandelans that she is not the Child of Balance, and her family and friends in Iowa (and herself for that matter) that she is not going insane. Amid fighting a two-headed creature, being captured by a lawless band of Shadow Dwellers, and falling head-over-heels for the enchanting son of an evil warlord, Maggie sees the lines of the Advantiere unfold around her. It isn't long before she discovers that her blasé reality could be the real fantasy, and that the fate of an entire world may actually depend on her.

Giveaway Time!
L. Carroll has been kind enough to offer up a Paperback Copy of Destruction From Twins to one US winner and an eBook copy to One International winner! Giveaway is US and International but only the US is eligible for a print copy of the book. Please be sure to tell me in the raffle if you are US or International. Fill out the raffle below and Tweet/Follow for extra entries. You do not have to be a follower of this blog to enter, but as always, it is much appreciated! Good Luck!

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kimba88 said...

Loved the guest post. This books synopsis has me intrigued..thanks for sharing it.