You up for a new fantasy read? Well, then please take a look at the freshly published Shadows of Angels! In this post you will find a few informations on the book, an excerpt of the story, a blurb, the author’s biography and a little interview I did with her. I loved talking with Laura, she’s awesome and got me really insterested in her writting. Hope you guys enjoy this!
Shadows of Angels
L. G. Rollins
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: 320
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Date of Publication: December 8th 2015
Goodreads Average Rating: 4.20
“Stay calm, her father’s words echoed in her head. When you find yourself in danger, above all, stay calm. Aerbrin took a deep, steady breath and leaned down, reaching for her bow. one of the Forest Dwellers charged. It collided with her and knocked her to the floor. Raising a knotted fist, he bashed her head.
Sparks exploded across her vision. She tried to raise an arm, tried to call out. Her body wouldn’t respond. The Forest Dwellers grunted again. The creature above her raised its fist again. She looked up. This was the end, she knew. When these monsters attacked, they killed everything. Animals, plants, and particularly humans. No one survived.
Closing her eyes, Aerbrin forced her body to relax. This time, there was no pain.”
“After the forest dwellers destroy her home and kill her father, Aerbrin sets off on a journey to find the truth about her people, her kingdom, and the mysterious Zaad stone that contains a power she never imagined. Magic and mystery join forces in this intriguing fantasy world. Full of shifting alliances and twists you won’t see coming, it’s a can’t-miss read.”
L. G. Rollins grew up in a far off land fighting dragons, stealing talismans, and traveling with dwarfs and elves. She is especially skilled at bribing giants with sweets. Currently, her husband and four kids live in Utah so that is where she spends most of her time.
Laura Rollins is an avid dessert creator, fiction writer, and probably Lucille Ball’s biggest fan ever.
She homeschools her four young children and finds the kitchen a perfect place to teach them math – 1/2 cup plus 1/2 cup equals a full cup – science – add the lemon juice to the sugar because the acid is necessary for the sugar to melt – and, of course, manners – please don’t grab the beater from your brother, I’ll get you a spoon of cookie dough instead. While Laura enjoys allforms of cooking, baking, and any other culinary expression known to man, her heart alwaysleads her back to deserts, treats and the sweet things on the table.
- Who or what inspired you to write a strong female protagonist?
- Wow, that’s a hard one. Honestly, I didn’t start out thinking ‘I really want to write a strong female protagonist’. My mom is a strong women, I’ve had several female mentors throughout the years who were all strong women. In the end, writing a strong female protagonist came naturally, I believe, because I’ve seen it modeled so often in my life.
- What do you do when you have writer’s block?
- Now that’s a loaded question! And the answer is different now than it would have been if you had asked me that three years ago. I’ve come to believe that “writers block” is short hand for “my sub-conscious doesn’t like the direction I’m taking this scene and has gone on strike until I can figure things out and get back on course”.So, that’s exactly what I do. When I find myself with fingers on the keys, staring at the screen and no words are coming, I take a deep breath, sit back, and ask, “What else could I do with this scene?” or “How could I up the tension?” or even “Is this scene necessary at all?” Usually one of these questions leads to a huge deluge of new ideas and words. And thus ends the “writer’s block”.
- Do you have the ending of your story in your head before you start writing? Or does it come to you as you’re developing the story?
- You don’t ask easy questions, do you? Well, yes. Yes to both. I usually have an ending in mind when I sit down to write chapter one. Emphasis on the “usually”. However, the ending always changes before I get to it. Sometimes it’s just a few tweaks, just a few details I include that I didn’t have planned from the start. But, once in a while, it’s a complete over-haul.Take Shadows of Angels for example. I had a certain ending in mind. It was awesome, too. Something the reader wouldn’t see coming and blows them out of the water. But, by the time I got there, guess what, the book was too long. Tens of thousands of words too long. I tried to shorten things, but the ending wouldn’t work with fewer words. So, I improvised . . . and got out my scissors.
I chopped the ending off all together. That’s right, the original ending of Shadows of Angels is now the ending of the sequel. I came up with a whole new ending for this book, and have been able to develop the ending I loved originally so that it can shine as it always should have.
That’s art for you—the process, and especially the plans, are always changing.
- Do you prefer happy or sad endings? And why?
- Finally, an easy question. Happy endings. All the way. At least, this holds true for the end of series. If a novel is a stand-alone (no sequel, etc). then I want it to end happy. Maybe not the way I originally thought it would, but still happy for the good characters. I think life is too depressing to read a sad book. I mean, why do that to yourself? When I put a book down I want to feel a little lighter, a little better than before.And I hope I deliver that in Shadows of Angels.