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Book Review and Author Interview – Origins, the Legend of Ava by Ivy Logan

Fantasy Short Story - prequel

I’m very pleased to be hosting Ivy Logan on my blog today.

She has exciting news – she is releasing her book, Broken, Book 1 of the Breach Chronicles, and it will be available to buy on the 1st December – and will be free on Kindle Unlimited. This is what it’s about –

The dark shadow cast by an ancient prophecy shatters an innocent family, but all that is broken is not lost.

Unaware of her supernatural legacy, half blood sorceress Talia has a unique childhood. Although protected by the love of her parents, Talia is instructed in the art of combat by her mother, Caitlin, a powerful sorceress of the Heichi clan. When Talia’s family’s worst nightmare comes to pass, her protected life spins out of control. Everything she believes in and everyone she loves is cruelly snatched away and Talia is forced to flee the attentions of a mad king. Choosing a path of retribution devoid of love and friendship, Talia comes to learn that love can be received even if it is not sought.

‘Broken’ is a tale of Talia’s coming of age, reuniting with her family, and seeking vengeance. Most of all, it chronicles, Talia’s rise from the ashes and how she finds herself again. Set against a background of time travel and supernatural forces, read Talia’s epic saga of love, sacrifice, and discovering the hero within. There is also a prequel available. I read it the other day, so here’s my review!

Origins, the Legend of Ava

Ava is a sorceress who has the power to see into the future, and when she witnesses the terrible death of a young girl, she sets events in motion to try and stop the death – even though interference is forbidden. Unfortunately there are terrible consequences to her actions.  

This is a short read, and basically takes us back in time to the events that caused the supernaturals to live apart from humans, separated by a veil. Ava becomes one of the guardians of the veil. The writing is good, and the characters interesting, and this short sets up a good introduction to Broken. If you’re after a quick read – and a taster of what’s to come, I suggest you check it out!

Ivy kindly agreed to an interview. Author Questions –

When did you first start writing?
In school. I would submit articles to the school publications and then jump for joy when they were published. This continued later in life to but then I got diverted. My studies and career took me in a totally different direction for many years. The love for stories, books or movies always remained and eventually drew me back. This time the pull was powerful enough to force me to make a life changing decision. I was hooked. This was my new path. I turned writer with gusto.

Tell us about your book(s) and the genres you write in?
As we speak Origins-The Legend of Ava has released  this November. A short paranormal romance, it is the prequel to Broken. Broken is the first book in the series, The Breach Chronicles. It releases on the 1st of December 2017.
The genre is fantasy and paranormal romance, but I write primarily about women and girls- a combination of fragility and strength. They can be loved, protected and sheltered all their lives, but turn on their families and wohoo, discover their inner power which can translate into giving them the power to do amazing things.
My characters ain’t perfect but they go through a journey of self discovery, a coming of age and discover new strengths and capabilities they never knew they had.
The genre might be YA fantasy but the stories are always etched in love, romance, family , friendships, loyalty  and sacrifice. The time travel, the parallel worlds, the shape shifting, supernatural powers etc. never takes away the focus from the story and its characters.

Who’s your favourite character and why?
My favorite character is Sarah Crewe from a classic, The Little Princess by Frances Mary Hodges. The reason is in the quote given below.
“Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
Heart of heart every girl wants to be a princess, but they know it’s only a dream. Sarah Crewe has a different take on what it means to be a princess. After I read those lines, I never forgot them. They stayed with me forever. In every character of mine you will find Sarah Crewe’s dignity, sense of self and innate grace.

How much time do you spend writing? How do you avoid distractions?
It changes day to day. Sometimes I am absorbed by my writing and nothing can distract me. At other times.. The less said the better.
Two key things I now try to follow  – is to set goalposts/ deadlines, slightly ambitious ones. Otherwise, one can just get lost in a maze of writing and never come out of it. Earlier I used to just write. Over the past couple of months I’ve realized that the purpose of writing is not writing, for the sake of writing. It is to get my books out there in the hands of the reader.
Having said that I must add that the social media requirements  of being an author are pretty demanding and it takes a lot to build a presence online. Despite that, there are constant tempation to network, to express yourself, and to build a following. If you don’t teach yourself to detach from all of that, the writing suffers.

What are you working on now?
I am working on Book II of  The Breach Chronicles Series . It follows Broken. It will  feature a couple of key characters  from the prequel- Siobhan, Ava and Tagasaya. The prequel left of with Tagasaya’s need for revenge. A lot of readers told me it left them wondering what would happen next. Book II, Metamorphosis, will take the story forward with a new protagonist, Amelia.

Where can readers go to find out more about you and your writing?

https://ivyloganwordpress.com
https://fantasybooksivylogan.wordpress.com
amazon.com/author/ivylogan

Thanks for your time Ivy!

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