Fate: New Avalon, book 2
by Andrea Buginsky
Available September 30, 2014
Elena Baxter’s second year at New Avalon may be more challenging than her first. The demons she was warned about show up, a visitor who greatly affects her arrives, and her best friend, Izzy, has to deal with her painful past. Can Elena survive everything that’s coming at her at once? Or will the future Lady of the Lake take on more than she can possibly handle?
“In Alchemy the next day, Elena could tell Izzy was still distracted. She never did that well mixing the potions, but she was getting better studying with Elena. Today, however, everything she mixed kept exploding. Elena knew she was still preoccupied with their conversation from the other night. “Damn!” Izzy coughed as her third attempt to mix the potion exploded in her face. Elena ran to her side. “Are you all right?” “Yeah, I’m fine.” The rest of the class rushed over to make sure everything was OK. “You alright, Izzy?” “Yeah, Mia. Just ticked. I can’t get this to work right! Lady Bittle, what am I doing wrong?” Lady Bittle sifted through the ashes in Izzy’s cauldron. “I don’t think you used the right amount of herbs. Remember, you need to be very careful when tossing each one in. You don’t want to add too much or too little of any herb.” “I know that! I’m a third-year. I’ve been mixing potions for over two years now. I know I’m not the best at it, but this is ridiculous!” “Izzy, is everything OK? You know you’re powers are linked to your emotions, and you seem to be in overdrive right now. Perhaps you should stop for the day. I’ll still give you full credit for your attempts.” Izzy looked like she was about to explode. But a scream from Elena broke her out of her anger. “What’s wrong?” “I don’t know…” Elena stood there, holding her head in her hands, nearly collapsing. “It hurts!” “What hurts, Sweetie?” Mia tried to calm her down, but they were all freaking out over Elena’s outburst. “My head! It feels like it’s going to explode.” Lady Bittle rushed to her and took her by the elbow. “I’m going to take her to Isabel. The rest of you can use the remaining class time to work on your own potions, if you’d like. I’ll see you all tomorrow.” “Wait! I want to go with her.” “No, Izzy, that’s not a good idea. You’ll see her later, back in your room.” She led Elena out of the classroom and down the hall to Isabel’s office. Isabel was waiting for them. She sensed something was wrong, as she always did, and helped Lady Bittle carry Elena to the couch in her office. She gently caressed Elena’s head, her eyes closed, her lips moving. Finally, Elena calmed down enough and took a deep breath. “What was that?” “Tell me everything that happened.” Elena told Isabel about Izzy’s trouble in class and her outburst. “I know she’s been upset lately, but I’ve never seen her like this. She just became infuriated, like she was about to explode!” “And then you felt like your head was exploding?” Elena looked at her, shocked. “Yeah, how did you know that?” Isabel sighed. “Lady Bittle, I’ve got this now. Thank you for bringing her to me. Will you return to the classroom and let the other girls know Elena is just fine?” Lady Bittle nodded, touching Elena gently on her shoulder. She left her in Isabel’s capable hands and returned to her class. Isabel gently stroked Elena’s hair. “I think congratulations are in order.” Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Print
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Getting to Know Me
Hello readers! Since this is my first visit to Belinda’s blog, I thought I would use the interview questions I use on my own blog to introduce first-time authors to introduce myself to you.
When did you start writing? I’ve been writing all my life. I loved writing papers and book reports in school, and I kept a journal on and off throughout my childhood.
What is your favorite writing style? I used to love freestyle writing, otherwise known as pantsing. I would sit in front of my computer and just start typing whatever came to mind, and format the book as I went. But lately, I’ve struggled to keep up with my stories this way, so I started outlining. However, I do notice that when I get into the groove, the words will begin to flow and take on a life of their own. So, I create an outline based on where I think my story is going, use it to get me on track, then let the words flow as they want. It’s kind of a mix of pantsing and plotting, but it works for me.
Where do you get your ideas? From TV and movies I watch, other books I read, and even video games.
What’s the best thing about writing? Creating the characters and stories. I have so many in my head all the time anyway, so it makes sense to get them out of my head and onto my computer screen, then into a book I hope readers will love.
What’s the worst thing about writing? Coming up with new ideas. I have two series I write, and it’s a little difficult coming up with new adventures to take them on. But once an idea pops in my head, I’ll write it down, then when I’m ready to write the story, I’ll start developing the idea.
What do you do when you’re not writing? I watch a lot of TV. I have so many shows I love! Both during the regular season and summer season. I am a huge couch potato. I also love to watch movies and read.
Do you like reading? Yes, although it has been a while since I’ve read regularly. I’m trying to get back to reading on a regular basis. I miss it. And I have a ton of books on my Kindle.
What are you reading right now? Perfect for You by Ashelyn Drake
Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.
Andrea has written four more books since:
* My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
* Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
* Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy
* Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy
She is currently editing the third book of The Chosen series, and writing the fourth. Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.