Friday, February 10, 2017

*Paranormal Fantasy & Giveaway*
"Third Chronicles of Illumination" by C.A. Pack!

 Book Tour!

Hiya guys! DRR has a Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy for you today! It was just released, and is part of an exciting story!

Check it out, and be sure to enter the #giveaway at the end of the blog!

Third Chroniclesof Illumination

 Third Chronicles of Illumination
~Released: February 7th, 2017

~PublisherArtiqua Press 

~Length: 249 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy 

Oh, no! Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is that he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is the Terrorian wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to control everything else. Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun.

Second Chroniclesof Illumination

 Second Chronicles of Illumination
~Released: June 30th, 2015

~Length: 480 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

When an alien invasion threatens the existence of all the knowledge in the universe, eighteen-year-old Johanna Charette and seventeen-year-old Jackson Roth must rely on their wits, guts, and pluck to save the fantasy-come-to-life world of the Library of Illumination.

It wouldn’t be so bad—all right, it is bad but it would hurt less—if Johanna and Jackson weren’t the ones responsible for breaching the portals to a dozen distant worlds. Now, outside forces are causing shock waves in the space-time continuum, and if that isn’t awful enough, someone from another dimension is trying to steal a book of powerful spells created by a very famous wizard.

At first, traveling to other realms in a time machine seems like a fun perk. However, discovering some inhabitants want to obliterate the teens doesn’t leave them with a warm, fuzzy feeling. Instead, they find themselves forced to sacrifice their own welfare and the safety of their loved ones for the greater good.

**Chronicles: The Library of Illumination is the first book which is a compilation of short novellas and novelettes that aren't necessary to read before starting the rest of the series.

 C.A. Pack
C.A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017). Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangeline—is an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930's. The author followed it up with Evangeline's Ghost—a fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline's Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline's Ghost: The Bridge.

Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of television news reporters)—and has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends. She's a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists. 

The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots “ on”  Long Island, New York.

Why Fiction Is More Fun

By C.A. Pack

Before I wrote the Third Chronicles of Illumination, which is part of my Library of Illumination series, I wrote news for TV. Newswriting a very black and white form of writing. I had only from thirty to ninety-seconds to tell a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. There wasn’t a lot of wiggle room for embellishment. I had to learn to be concise and careful. One wrong word could give viewers the wrong idea about what had happened, and nearly everything I didn’t see with my own eyes or know beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt to be true, had to be attributed to its source.

While it’s true that twenty different reporters could tell the same story in twenty different ways, most of the content would be similar. The differences would depend on what individual writers choose to include, and what they leave out due to time constraints. But after a while, news stories all start to sound the same, at least to me.

Then I started fooling around with fiction in my spare time as a joke. A friend and I began writing a cozy mystery, with every subsequent line either utterly droll or completely outrageous. After a few pages, my friend stopped. It had been fun for a while, but not anymore—at least for him. I, on the other hand, loved it. I loved the freedom of writing whatever I felt like and not needing video to match my copy. I loved putting words in peoples’ mouths without having to double check the veracity of what they said. Goodbye left side of the brain; hello right side.

Writing fiction is emancipating. But that’s not to say it’s easy.

I learned that writing fiction has rules, and I was told I had to know what those rules are before I could break any of them. Writing fiction requires knowledge of spelling and grammar. I used to write for TV. Viewers never knew if the words were spelled correctly or if the punctuation was accurate. I used ellipses where I wanted pauses because they were easier to see than a comma on a teleprompter. I double spaced between sentences. There were no compound-complex sentences because viewers understood stories more easily if the sentences were short and simple. I used to edit other writers’ stories for TV. Now, I need an editor of my own to correct my fiction manuscripts.

I’m not complaining. I love what I do. I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and I enjoy using it to create stories. Even research is fun. I enjoy learning the basic facts about a location, or how a piece of equipment functions, before I twist those facts to suit my needs. It’s always nice to base fiction on fact to make it a little more believable.

Then there’s world-building. Originally, all the action in the Library of Illumination happened on one world: Earth. But when I started writing the fifth adventure in the series, I had my protagonists discover a portal in the library that connected to twelve other worlds. That’s a lot of different cultures, and character descriptions, and vocabulary to create. Each world needs its own voice and flavor. I’m not limited by the facts, but I do find it impossible to write about all twelve realms at once. I think right now, I’m juggling eight of them. I’ll save the other four for the next book. It’s like having friends. You may have dozens of friends, but there are a few who are really close and always around, some who you hang around with—even if they’re not besties, and acquaintances on the periphery that you don’t mind spending time with, but you may not see that often. When I run out of intrigue on one world, there’s always another one to take its place.

The beauty of fiction is the writer gets to call the shots. If I’ve invested in a character and I find I’ve lost interest in him, you’ll know it when he opens a door into a room that’s booby-trapped with a bomb. BOOM. You may think you hardly got the chance to know him, alas, I knew him all-to-well, and he became expendable. Besides controlling characters, I can make the weather dictate events. I can write famous people into scenes. My protagonists can do anything or go anywhere. The world is their oyster, so to speak (even though I hate oysters). Anyway, that’s why I love fiction more than fact.

I find it really rewarding. It’s not the same old newsy bank robbery, or fatal fire, or brutal murder, with all the facts dictated by the authorities in charge. It’s my story with all the details dictated by me, and maybe it’s a god complex, but being in control is a whole lot of fun.


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