Welcome to the Wings of Nestor Blog Tour. Wings of Nestor is the third book from the young adult fantasy Solus Series by Devri Walls. Today we have an interesting guest post from Walls in which she tells us how she got into writing. Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win your choice of ebook from the whole series.
Series: Solus #3
Publication date: June 24th 2013
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SummaryKiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing: how can she stop Shadow from using Kiora’s dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.
Her search for help will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years.
But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, it looks like the land’s path is hurtling towards one outcome: war with the Shadow and death to all rebels. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path. But will fate allow it? Or will it deal her a hard lesson about following ones own destiny?
How I Got Into Writing
How I got into writing is actually a funny story that I rather enjoy telling because it is just so ridiculous. It is, however, an excellent lesson on following that little voice that whispers to you sometimes.
About 5 years ago I was working as a preschool teacher at a private school in Nampa, Idaho. The Twilight craze had taken a firm hold over the planet Earth and somehow I had not read any of them. (GASP) One of my parents had purchased the set and was so excited about it! She asked if I would like to borrow them. I said sure, and she sent me home with book one.
Well, I have two problems. One, I am a very fast reader who has to know what is going to happen, like, right now! Which means I don’t start a book unless I have about 5 hours to finish it. I read Twilight the next day and although I enjoyed it, was unbelievably annoyed that I could not finish the story because I didn’t have the next book. I was so annoyed in fact that I was a bit of a monster for the next few days.
When I saw her again I asked to borrow the rest of the books all at one once so I didn’t have to wait. She looked dubious, but gave them to me. I read and returned the rest of the series when I saw her two days later. She was so shocked that she could not stop talking about how amazing it was that I could read that fast! Mid-sentence she clamps her mouth shut, looks at me with wide eyes, and says, “You should write a book.”
What I wanted to say was, “That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard! What possible connection could there possibly be to me reading fast and writing a novel?” What I actually said was, “Oh, ha. Ya, maybe.”
I put it out of my mind, after laughing with the other teacher about it, and went home. After that, the little voice in my head would not shut up. Everywhere I went I would hear a little whisper, “You should write a book.”Over and over again. This went on for weeks. Now, keep in mind, I had never written anything before. I had never tried it as a hobby, took college classes—nothing. I tried to get it to stop, I told myself it was ridiculous—crazy! But, the little voice didn’t seem to care and it just yelled louder.
Six weeks later, maybe more, I finally relented. After mentally yelling, Fine!, to my little voice, I opened my laptop. First I just stared at it; I had no idea what to write about. And then I just started typing. I typed straight from the beginning to the end and finished it at (cough, cough) 180,000 words. That is a LOT by the way. I spent the next three years editing and cutting and muddling and trying to learn all the stuff that I didn’t know. I finally fell in with an editor and I was able to tune it up and the rest is history!
I love writing! It has given me an outlet for all my creativity that was wasting away, and helped cure my mourning for giving up the stage. Turns out, the little voice knew much better than I did what I needed. I am so grateful for the “ridiculous” comment that started it all, and a little voice that just wouldn’t let it go.
Author BioDevri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head. Her first novel, Wings of Arian, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Apple. The second book in the Solus trilogy, Wings of Tavea is scheduled for release Nov 2012.
Summary – Book #1
Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.
With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.
She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.
However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.
And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions. Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Summary – Book #2Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros.
Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora’s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble. Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win an ecopy of any book from the Solus Series: Book #1: Wings of Arian, Book #2: Wings of Tavea, or Book #3: Wings of Nestor. Winner’s choice. Open internationally. Details on the rafflecopter.
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