Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wizard of Ends Blog Tour: The Kickoff

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Welcome to the first stop on the month long Wizard of Ends blog tour. For those of you that haven’t been reading this blog for the last couple of months, Wizard of Ends is the new fantasy series by Indie author Vanessa Finaughty and the first two books are being published this month. Why this month? Well that’s an easy one; what better month to publish a novella or two featuring Wizards?

When you have a single book debuting and you’re doing a blog tour it usually runs for a couple weeks. Vanessa, however, has two books coming out and she decided that rather than do two weeks for each  she’d do an entire month devoted to both of them. This may be an insight into her personality.

Without further ado (in other words, I’m going to stop typing) here’s Vanessa to give us some insight into how the series came to be:

What Inspired the Wizard of Ends Novella Series?

To say the last nine months of my life have been hectic is an understatement of note. Besides a surprise pregnancy that doctors had told us was ‘unlikely’, my business partner at the time quit not two weeks after my emergency c-section. Since I was unable to sit at a PC for months while recovering from the c-section, the business pretty much ground to a halt. This meant that, when I had recovered enough to work again, I had a lot of catching up to do.

Between work and Myka, our new baby, I found myself unable to think straight by the time the clock hit 6pm. I am still enjoying – and writing – my first fantasy series, Legends of Origin. However, the series is very deep, and all that ‘life, the universe and everything’ grew a bit much on top of my busy schedule and all the baby-related things I suddenly need to know. So, when a new adventure series popped into my head, I jumped at the chance to write something lighter. Wizard of Ends is a fast-paced adventure story that wasn’t intended to be too deep. Of course, my main character, Lashlor Leaflin, decided that it would be deep in places – typical! Sometimes I wish my characters would just do as I tell them, but, if they did, the story would probably be boring!

That said, Wizard of Ends is still much lighter reading than Legends of Origin, and I’m enjoying the writing process tremendously. There are two main themes in Wizard of Ends, the first of which is that you shouldn’t always take the easy route just because you can, and the second is that you should always try to do the right thing, if only for the pleasure of knowing that you did some good.

I toyed with the idea of making each Wizard of Ends book longer, but decided that would ruin it, because it would mean combining two stories – each book in the series continues the overall story, but can also be read as a standalone book. These novellas will be priced at half the price of my novel series, thought, so readers won’t feel cheated when it comes to comparing length and price.

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Author Biography:

Vanessa Finaughty is an author of many genres who now focuses on fantasy and science fiction. She’s published 15 books, of which 6 are fantasy. Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’.

Vanessa has always been passionate about books, and knew from a young age that she wanted to write them one day. She loves animals, coffee and the smell of wet grass, and hates liars, sweltering weather and long queues. Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, mythology, aliens and outer space, ancient history, life’s mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.

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Publication dates:

Wizard of Ends, Book 1: 9 October 2014
Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature: 23 October 2014

Day Two of the tour will see a guest post by MC Lashlor Leaflin: Abusing Magic, hosted by Lauren Scharhag and over on the Author’s blog: Wizard of Ends, Book 1 – COVER REVEAL!

Also, if you missed our interview with Vanessa back in August you can read that by clicking here.