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{Featured} Ever Shade by Alexia Purdy: Review & Author Interview

Happy Monday everyone! Today we have a new featured author, Alexia Purdy and her novel Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1). If you love faeries, fantasy, and adventure, then you will love Ever Shade. Magic, sword fighting, and plenty of action make Ever Shade one difficult book to put down. To get the scoop on why this novel is so awesome, check out Heather’s 5 Controller review, an excerpt, and an interview with Alexia. And don’t forget; make sure you add Ever Shade to your Goodreads bookshelf!

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Overview:

A dark twist on Faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin- has her , joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be. 

The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are round every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts on Ever Shade:

 
Ever Shade is a dark fairy tale in which a young woman named Shade is presented with a quest to save her people. However, Shade believes she is only merely human, not half Fae, but it doesn’t stop her from trying to help this race of people that she would gladly call her friends. She embarks on this dangerous quest across the faerie lands in hopes to bring back a magical water to save the people.
 

During this time she must leave behind those she loves, her normal life she had before meeting the faeries, and even possibly knowing that she may never return the same way as she left. Shade may not even return at all! But she refuses to let any of this stand in her way, so the young seventeen year old Shade starts her journey to self discovery, to save both the faerie world and hers too, and the quest of friendship everlasting.
 

Read this story if you love the idea of faeries. Read this story if you love page turning, spell flinging, sword fighting action. Read this story just to fall in love with a girl who would sacrifice her life to restore the peace and love we all seek in the world.
 

This story blends in the world of the Fae, but doesn’t hype it up to perfection. I love this! Not all Fae are good, not all are evil, and some are a mix of both. The world is created wonderfully and has a lovely balance. The writing style flows easily as it sucks you in for more and more. I was actually only disappointed in the fact that the second book won’t be out until December 2012. I was so in love with this story that I wanted to find and read the next book right away.
 

I would recommend this story to a wide range of readers. I think anyone from the age of 13 to 100 could find this to be a very entertaining story. I think girls and women might relate more, but younger boys and men might really enjoy the sense of adventure found in the storyline.

 

 

My Rating

5 out of 5 Controllers

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1.    Welcome Alexia to Mother/Gamer/Writer. For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work can you briefly tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am the author of Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale)-a dark young adult fantasy  about faeries, which launches Feb.29th 2012.  I am also a full time mom of four kids, who keep me very busy and on the edge of insanity. I love to read, listen to music, write, sing, dance, write poetry, travel, and enjoy new experiences.  I have worked as an RN for almost 12 years as my day job.

 

 

2.    Just for fun, what are some of your writing quirks and/or pet peeves?

I hate typing.  It is tedious, boring and my fingers don’t like it.  Too bad it’s a requirement for writing.  I am not patient and do not like sitting down for too long so writing is quite a challenge for me.  I also must have music while I write, I cannot write without it.  Having a cup of soda (coke) and some candy helps too 😉

 

 

3.    What inspired you to write Ever Shade?

I dreamt one of the opening scenes and thought it would make an awesome story.  I decided to develop it and Ever Shade flew out of my head.  It was an amazing experience because my characters come alive and pretty much tell me what to write.  I am pretty proud of how it turned out.

 

 

4.    What was the process like creating your backdrop for Shade’s story?

I have to admit, I am a pantser writer, I do not outline, I do not plan ahead.  The most I did was research about faery folklore online and write out character descriptions.  And that was only because my memory sucks and I couldn’t remember everyone’s eye, hair, skin color or descriptions very well.  I had to break down and write it on one page to reference.  I still do working on the third book of the series.  Otherwise, the story poured out of my head, Shade was very observant for me, I relate most to her.  I did draw the landscapes from places I had been in my travels of the Western USA, awesome scenery that should be enjoyed to the max.

 

 

5.    Who was your favorite character to write? Who was the hardest?

My favorite character to write was definitely Soap (Rylan).  He is witty, funny and intensely mysterious.  He is the funny guy who has amazing looks but keeps you on your toes because he could be the axe murderer living next door.  I liked that slightly unstable quality of his.

 

 

6.    If you could, would you go back and change anything about the story?

Um, mmm, well, It was my first novel and I do believe I have developed my writing skills a ton more than when I wrote that book. I would probably get more into Shade’s head and maybe make her fall in love faster.  I’m really not too sure.  I probably would have liked the first fourth of it to start within the land of Faerie and revert back to the human world.  That might have been fun to work on.

 

 

7.    What can readers expect to see in A Dark Faerie Tale #2?

The book is called Ever Fire (A Dark Faerie Tale #2) and it is completed already.  I just found out it will be readied for a Winter 2012 release, which makes me super giddy! You will find that it starts where Ever Shade left off, our characters are maturing quite a bit, relationships become stronger and Shade discovers a ton about her faery family, her own magic abilities and fighting skills and, here is the clincher, the deep secrets of her own human family.  The war in Faerie is spilling over into the human realms and Shade is racing against time and enemies to save everyone she holds dear. Will she win in the end?  Or is the price far too high?  You’ll have to wait and see…..

 

 

8.    Finally, do you have any tips for aspiring authors?

My tried and true answer to that is: Write and Read A LOT.  If you write but don’t read, how do you improve your own skills?  If you just read of course, you’ll never be a writer.  Discipline is the key.  I have four kids and work, I find time to write something every day.  Excuses are the devil.  Do it now, you can always edit later 😉

 

 

You Can Find Out More About Alexia & Ever Shade at These Locations:

Blog/Website:
http://alexiapurdy.blogspot.com/

Facebook Profile:

https://www.facebook.com/alexia.purdy

Facebook Fan pages:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexia-Purdy/141367132649647

https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Dark-Faerie-Tale-Series-by-Alexia-Purdy/306272299403583

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reign-of-Blood-series/294556733940025

Twitter:

@AlexiaPurdy
https://twitter.com/#!/AlexiaPurdy

Goodreads Profile:

 http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5038699.Alexia_Purdy

 

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt from Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale):

 

 
“Shade.”

The blue fire glowed around her, crackling and popping all around. The walls seemed to be so close to her,enveloping her like a cocoon. She stood up from the ground where she had woken.

Is this real? A dream? She did not know.

She felt the walls around her. Nothing but hard, cool stone and the sound of her own breath echoed around her. The fire came from the other side of the room. It stood like a pillar, the size of a man. In fact, as she stared longer into the flowing flames, the image of a man surfaced on the fire. She gasped. The man’s eyes were closed and his hands laid crossed over each other on the hilt of a gleaming sword. The blade glowed with blue fire too. Its hilt was made of red dark rubies that bled a deep red fire. It glowed down his middle, red, like blood flowing from his hands down the blade of the sword.

Shade walked towards him, asking who he was. He didn’t respond to her inquiries, no matter how much she pleaded with him. She kept walking towards him slowly, her feet were bare but they did not feel cold on the stones like she thought they should. Her heart pounded in her throat as she reached towards the man. Help me, she whispered to him, her voice faint and weak. Her fingers were almost about to touch the blue flame engulfing his body. She felt afraid, not knowing if the flames would burn or scald her hand. She needed to wake him, to make him help her out of this place, this tomb. Her fingers were just a bit away now. His eyes flew open, bright white light poured out of them and his mouth as he opened it.

A sound quite like loud ethereal music filled her ears to the point she had to cover them. The music seemed to scream into her. The words came now and were almost booming with the deafening music.

“AWAKEN NOW AND RUN SHADE!”

Shade screamed.
 
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About the Author:
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Alexia currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada- Sin City! She love’s to spend every free moment writing, or playing with her four rambunctious kids. Writing has always been her dream and she has been writing ever since she can remember. She love’s creating paranormal fantasy and poetry and loves to read and devour books daily. Alexia also enjoys watching movies, dancing, singing loudly in the car and Italian food. Currently working on launching her debut dark parnormal fantasy Ever Shade- A Dark Faerie Tale series with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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