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Prophecy of Stones-Mishka Jenkins Q&A @WriterLifeForMe

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This was a fun read, a journey of adventure which I’m sure will appeal to YA readers very much. I’m way past that group! but enjoyed this novel even though its the opposite end to most of the fantasy I read. My eldest son is a fantasy reader too, and yet we love books at the very opposite end of the spectrum, only occasionally sharing ones we both enjoy. This is very much in his area, the classic fantasy style that authors such as Eddings and Pratchett write. Just shows how vast the range of books is that span this genre.Jennie ZelosFour Stars out of Five at Amazon

The writing was fantastic. The characters are funny and consistent. Fully fleshed out, they had histories, personalities, stories and even voices that were unique to them. The book changes perspective with the chapters, so it allowed the reader to really understand them.“-Taylor Grace Five out of Five Stars at Amazon

“From the first page to the last Prophecy of Stones had it me under its spell. This fantasy love-story takes place in a beautiful and deadly world where good and evil is controlled by people and beings with immense magical powers. But for the humans, wielding this power comes at great cost. The characters, who begin a quest to defeat their world’s ancient enemies, are finely sketched, their motives and emotions powerful and well-defined. Skilled description of their surroundings with its beauty and danger carries the reader into another place where anything is possible. I highly recommend Prophecy of Stones to YA and adult readers alike.”N. Doyle-Five out of Five Stars at Amazon

 

Tea, Romance, Writing, Fantasy and Matthew Reilly. What do they all have in common? Today’s guest. I don’t think all of those necessarily go together, sorry Matthew. I think he’s just a side interest. So many books for someone so young. Well, I really don’t know my guests age as I never ask that but I see young and then I look at me and then I say “Get up and get it done.” Yes, today’s guest inspires one to get a move on and write. Meet an inspiration, meet . . .

Author

Mishka Jenkins

 

RW: You told me you are from the UK as you put it “a country of interesting weather and teas!”, so I will go ahead and ask my usual question which I am afraid to ask. What is your favorite beverage to drink, any kind?
MISHKA: Well, it has to be tea! Can’t get enough of the stuff, it really is my fuel for life.

RW: One of these days someone will say pickle juice and freak the readers out. Now let’s give the readers a little about your writing. What genre does your book Prophecy of Stones fall into and why do you write in that particular genre?
MISHKA: Fantasy Romance. I write romance because I think it gives the reader a break from the real world. There are many stories out there about war and violence, but the real world can also feel filled with that. Romance gives us an escape, and I like the fact that it shows that not all problems are solved with violence, but sometimes with human connection and emotion.

RW: Give us the history of Prophecy of Stones?
MISHKA: I chose the name because it reflects exactly what the book is about, and gives the right feel for the story within the book. Prophecy of Stones is the tale of three people who are part of a prophecy which states only they have the power to save their world. They must fulfil their destinies in order to defeat the evil that threatens to suck the life from everything. But the prophecy might ask more of these three people than they are willing to give.
It was inspired by reading a few books about characters who are destined to be important or to be part of a prophecy and they always rebel against it. They never want to be part of the prophecy. I was intrigued by the idea of a character that loved the thought of being a hero and of being special, and how they would react against someone who really didn’t want anything to do with their destiny.

RW: I know for me I like to see a character in my mind at times. Sometimes it’s my own images of them but sometimes I’ve seen a movie about the character. Tell us about your main character and who you saw as you wrote him.
MISHKA: The story is told from three different perspectives, from each of those destined in the skandar_keynesprophecy. But I think readers would connect well with Kai, the young boy who starts the journey eager and fresh, but as it progresses the enthusiasm wanes as the reality of the quest sets in.
Everyone has that moment of facing obstacles to get to their dreams, and how we deal with them can really shape our future selves, and that is what Kai has to go through. I always imagined Skandar Keynes would make a perfect Kai!

RW: What message do you think your readers will take away from the Prophecy of Stones?
MISHKA: That sometimes giving into your fear can make you stronger.

RW: What did you learn about yourself from writing this book?
MISHKA: What a good question! I think I learned a lot about myself through writing this book. In real life I can sometimes be quite pessimistic, but writing these characters’ journeys showed me that, deep down, I love the idea of triumphing over the bad.

RW: Describe your book in one word.
MISHKA: Fulfilling.

RW: How do I get a copy of the Prophecy of Stones?
MISHKA: It’s available at all eRetailers and in paperback.

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RW: Well that didn’t work out the way I hoped it would. What other books do you have to share with us and can you tell us a little about them?
MISHKA: My latest release is The Magic Spark  and is a fun, light read about a rom-com obsessed fairy godmother who can’t stop meddling in the love life of her charges.
I have also released a historical romance titled, Heart of the Arena, about a young woman forced into the world of gladiators and her struggle to survive whilst struggling against the wants of her heart.
Another book of mine is The Queen’s Jester, a tale of desire and love with a dash of danger set in a medieval-based world.

Connect with Mishka everywhere, just like I have.

Blog  A Writer’s Life For Me

Twitter @WriterLifeForMe

Facebook Mishka Jenkins

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Pinterest Mishka Jenkins A Writers Life

Fun Question Time or rather Ronovan’s Just Really Random Requests!

RW: Who are your favorite authors?
MISHKA: Hm, hard to pick! I’d probably say Matthew Reilly, I always love his work and his writing completely draws me in.

RW: What is your escape from writing when you are at that about to explode point?
MISHKA: I play a lot of video games, I find that they really take my head completely out of writing as I have to immerse myself so much into the game.

RW: What are you working on right now?
MISHKA: I am currently working on a Christmas novella I hope to release in early December.

RW: What book are you reading at this time?
MISHKA: I am reading Hands of Evil by Melissa Barker-Simpson.

**Okay, just read the book description. That just freaked me out. I wonder if an interview is possible. My hands hurt just thinking about that book.**

RW: If you could have written any book that exists, other than your own, what would it be and why?
MISHKA: Lord of the Rings. I love the idea of creating such a detailed world, incredible characters, and an epic quest!

RW: What is your favorite word?
MISHKA: Probably, ‘Blimey’, I use that a lot!

“One of Mishka’s strengths is developing relationships between her characters and, right from the start, you could feel the camaraderie. The kind of love and commitment which embodies the heart of the tale. The world in which they live is described so vividly a picture began to build in my head, further adding to the drama and excitement. They sucked me in, became as familiar as old friends, and I was with them each step of the way.”-Writing Room 101

Now you know about Mishka and her thing with tea and Matthew Reilly. Okay so he’s just her favorite author and I have to admit I went and checked out his site and some of his books as well as Melissa Barker-Simpson. Yes I actually do that when an author mentions who they like or read. I want to know why. I like that Mishka doesn’t write what I see as the average Romance. I don’t either. I think if you’ve paid attention you see that Mishka writes and the story sort of tells her the genre. At least that’s what I get. Of course tomorrow I might read and get another meaning. But for now, follow her everywhere, buy all of her books as gifts for Christmas and give me a copy of them a well.  And as always . . .

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Much Respect

Ronovan

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“It doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong.” The Convenience of Lies @K_A_Castillo Q&A!

kimberly_castillo_author.jpgI’ve known K.A. Castillo for a little while now. I received her book, and I gave my honest review of it. In fact her’s was one of my very first reviews eve. K.A. Castillo brings realism without caving to the tricks some authors use and gimmick plots. The voice of her main character is real and carries through the book. For those not accustomed to authentic writing, her book would be an interesting read. For those who like the common, everyday gimmicks, get ready to be challenged. Now it’s time to . . .

 

 

Book Description

“It doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong. All that matters is if you can. If you can do something, what difference does it make?” K.A. Castillo

Based on a true story, The Convenience of Lies is a novel that keeps readers up past midnight with its story of friendship, mystery, crime, sex, and betrayal. Set in a suburban town, this story is told through the eyes of a high school junior, Mackenzie, who describes her crush on a “bad boy,” Ramon and her relationship with her best friend, Kira. During the course of the story, Mackenzie does her best to attract the affections of Ramon while her friendship with Kira evolves. Eventually, the different characters’ property starts getting vandalized and a mystery develops as Mackenzie and Kira try to get to the bottom of who is behind the vandalism.

 

RW: When did you interest in writing begin?

K.A. CASTILLO: I was raised by an English teacher, and so my writing skills have been coached and nourished for as long as I can remember. I have loved writing ever since I learned how to string sentences together, and I’ve kept a diary since kindergarten.

RW: Is The Convenience of Lies your first published piece?

K.A. CASTILLO: The first time my name was published was a letter to the editor for Smithsonian’s October 2011 edition of Muse Magazine. My letter inspired the editors to create a “special edition” Muse Mail page focusing on letters from older readers. In 2006 I was awarded three scholarships valued at over $25,000. For each of these scholarships, the personal statement I wrote was an integral part of my application. Throughout college I studied the process of storytelling, and in 2008 I graduated with honors from California State University Northridge.

RW: Okay, I am very jealous about the Smithsonian thing. That is so amazing. Now, what inspired the story of The Convenience of Lies?

K.A. CASTILLO: The first novel I ever read was Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and it inspired me to someday write a book based on my own life. And so, I started keeping a diary with the hopes that someday I would stumble upon a story worth telling. Then, one summer while I was in high school I experienced a lot of drama which I thought could make a good story.

Mackenzie is the main character in this story, and I think that teenagers relate to her because I wrote the first version of The Convenience of Lies ten years ago when I was a teenager. Therefore, I’ve managed to preserve the mannerisms and voice of teenagers in The Convenience of Lies, much like what S.E. Hinton managed to achieve with The Outsiders.

RW: What message do you think your book delivers to the reader?

K.A. CASTILLO: Anyone can fall into an abusive relationship. It is easy to fall prey to what social psychology calls “blaming the victim” and thinking it will never happen to you. However, remember that love is blind, and look out for yourself first.

RW: Describe  The Convenience of Lies in one word.
K.A. CASTILLO: Innocence.

RW: I read some exciting news on your author blog recently about your book and its future, would you share a bit of that with our readers?

K.A. CASTILLO: I started out as a self-published author but was recently approached by Creativia and have now signed a publishing contract with them. You can read all the details on my author site here.

And do go and read it. You can feel the excitement in the story. I am still geeking a little over it.-RW

5 out of 5 Stars-This book was hard to put down and full of useful validating information. As an MFT I have suggested this book to many teenagers and young adults whom have struggled with similar issues, opening up the door for change. The writer gave a sincere portrayal of her struggles , such a difficult feat…..well done to Ms. Castillo I truly appreciate the risk you took in sharing your story.-Brenda Hopley, Amazon Review

People can currently get The Convenience of Lies at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. And of course you must follow Kimberly everywhere, just as I do at:

Facebook: K.A. Castillo-Author   Twitter: @K_A_Castillo Author Blog: K.A. Castillo

 And now for some quirky questions.

RW: What is your favorite thing to drink?

K.A. CASTILLO: It’s hard to pick just one! But I love strawberry limeade.

RW: Strawberry anything is amazing. Through our talks before I know you are in graduate school, but I have to ask, what’s in your stack of books to read right now?

K.A. CASTILLO: I have plenty of textbooks to get through.

RW: Who is your favorite author?

K.A. CASTILLO: J.K. Rowling is my favorite author.

RW: This is a silly question considering who your favorite author is, but I have been surprised before, if you could have written any book that exists, other than your own who’s would it be and why?

K.A. CASTILLO: Harry Potter of course! I’d love to live in J.K. Rowling’s shoes.

RW: In the tradition of Inside the Actors Studio, What is your favorite word and why?

K.A. CASTILLO: Strength. I love what it portrays, and it’s important to always remember to stay strong. At the same time, from a lingual standpoint “strength” is an interesting word because it’s the longest one-syllable word in the English language.

 

First of all, I want to thank K.A. Castillo for the interview. Some day I might ask her which Harry Potter book is her favorite, but I decided not to put her on the spot this time. Just as I wouldn’t ask someone which is their favorite child or year of Mustang. K.A. Castillo’s book The Convenience of Lies may be in the category of Young Adult book but it is for readers older as well. For some it will help them recognize what may be happening in their lives, for others it might even show them what they are doing to others. K.A. Castillo’s book is a classic example of how a book can mean different things to different ages. Just as various ages read Harry Potter and get something from it, so too can people read The Convenience of Lies and take away a new understanding. Read my LWI review of her book here. Now go buy her book in paperback or for Kindle. 

 

Much Respect

Ronovan

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One decision can be a life changer: Book Review of The Convenience of Lies by @KCastilloBooks

Title: The Convenience of Lies
Author: Kimberly Castillo
ISBN-13: 978-9527114476
ISBN-10: 9527114470
Website:  http://www.kacastillo.blogspot.com/
Pages: 242
Genre: Young Adult (YA) Romance/Suspense/Drama

It’s 2013 and Mackenzie begins a letter to her old friend Kira. It’s 10 years after the events that changed their lives. The book then begins with new girl in town, Mackenzie and local girl, Kira as best friends forever, and then there is Ramon, a crush and ex-boyfriend in a small California town. The three send us on a trip of real teen life and feelings mixed with some unexpected surprises along the way with a group of vandals and thieves thrown in who make their attacks personal. Who has it in for these three friends?  This story is told in an authentic teenage voice as Mackenzie Fairbanks recalls that particular summer before her senior year in high school.

The book flows well taking the reader  from one chapter to the next. It is an absorbing  read, well written not only in story but in structure and grammar as well. The author conveys vivid emotions and dialogue throughout the book, with captivating prose for example, scenes describing a character’s intoxication and the resulting actions that are spot on. I like the fact you don’t notice the writing. You are in the story and there are no odd moments where you wonder what is that word doing there.

The emotional content within the book is realistic and appropriate as scenes transition well.  The emotional jolt near the end is handled exactly right, as one would expect such a situation to be in real life. The emotional moments throughout the book are presented in an amazingly genuine teen/coming of age point of view.

The story keeps ones attention and you want to see what happens and to whom.

Was I surprised by events in the book? Not entirely as the author provided sufficient clues for the discerning reader to figure things out.

Just to let those who might purchase this as a gift without reading it first, there is some profanity used, but we are talking about teens. Some teens of certain environments grow up using certain language while others do it to be cool. I believe the author handled this well as she doesn’t have every character do it, an excellent job in my opinion. And to be honest, if there hadn’t been any profanity it would not have been an authentic book.

You are inside the main characters head a lot, but that’s to be expected in the type of story being told. This is a diary type of story. The only time I really had any problems with it was in the very beginning where things were being set up for us to know what is going on. Once past that first chapter or two of setting things up, the story takes off and you are ready to go.

Reading The Convenience of Lies shows you what is possible inside the life of teens. And I do mean what is truly possible. Having been a teacher and youth pastor I know what can happen. The reader will identify or recognize the struggles teenagers encounter in their world, how they perceive themselves, and that lessons have to be learned in their own time no matter how painful they may be or who they may hurt. Do you lose a best friend, a crush, a dream?

Read The Convenience of Lies by Kimberly Castillo and experience a slice of teenagers’ world through what happens to Mackenzie and her friends.

The elements about where McKenzie is as an adult and how she got to that point are things you need to think about as you read the book. The Convenience of Lies is more than you think if  you know what to look for going in.

If I were to categorize the book it would be difficult to say. Young Adult? Yes. Marital Issues? Yes. Although not a category. Domestic Abuse? Yes. That can be defined in many different ways so don’t jump to a conclusion there.

Ratings:

Realistic Characterization: 5K.A. Castillo/5

Made Me Think: 3.5/5

Overall enjoyment: 3.5/5

Readability: 4/5

Recommended: 4/5

Ovearall Rating: 4

Buy it at: Amazon

Format & Pricing:

Paperback: 10.46 USD

Kindle: 2.99 USD

Author Kimberly Castillo

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