Book Giveaway & Author Interview: The Rock of Ivanore by Laurisa White Reyes

Welcome to Author Laurisa White Reyes

Laurisa White Reyes has been writing since the age of 5 when she wrote her first poem on a scrap of poster board. After earning a degree in English at California State University at Northridge, she spent thirteen years writing for various magazines and newspapers, working as a book editor, and teaching creative writing. She gave up all that six years ago to follow her lifelong dream of writing novels. Her first book, The Rock of Ivanore, will be released in May 2012.Besides writing, Laurisa is also a voracious reader. She also loves musical theater, chocolate, sushi, ancient history, bearded dragons, and rain storms.  She lives in Southern California with her husband, 5 children, 4 birds, 2 lizards, 2 turtles, 1 fish, 1 dog, and a partridge in a pear tree.



What is one book everyone should read? 
Lilies of the Field by William E. Barrett. I’ve read at least half a dozen times over the years. It is the ultimate pick-me-up feel good book.

Night owl, or early bird? 

I love tucking all the kids in bed, saying goodnight to my husband, and then withdrawing into my writing bubble until I just can’t keep my eyes open any more.  I used to be able to stay up until 1 or 2am, but now that I’m older, I can barely make it past eleven. I tend to fall asleep sitting up in my chair with my fingers still on the keyboard.

Skittles or M&Ms?  

Neither. I’m a Reese’s Pieces girl all the way.

What was your favorite book when you were a teen? 

I loved the Trixie Belden Mysteries and read every book in the series. I still have them, in fact.

What is your favorite Quote? 

“If someone else has done it, I can learn to do it, too.” That’s from my mom. She’s lived her life by that motto, and so have I.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?  
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but in high school I was fascinated with biology and genetics. The Human Genome Project was just beginning and I wanted to be a part of it.  But after ten minutes in my first genetics college course, I got up and walked out. It was way over my head. I studied creative writing from that point on.

What is your favorite children’s book? 

I absolutely love The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. My copy is 25 years old and completely worn out, patched with multiple layers of tape, but I won’t part with it.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why? 

I have a small collection of very old books, some from the 18thcentury. But my most cherished book was a gift from my husband – a 1941 first edition of Random Harvest by James Hilton. It is my favorite love story hands down and I wish Mr. Hilton was still alive so he could sign it for me.

Which authors have influenced you most and how? 
I learned more about writing from Dan Brown (The DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons) than anyone else. He is a master of suspense, every chapter a cliffhanger so that you just can’t put his books down. Period. And I love how he weaves multiple points of view together until they all collide at the end. I wish I could write like that.

What do you do in your free time? 
I have 5 kids aged 4 to 18. What free time?

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?  
First, I’d pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I’d spend the rest of the time alternating between writing and napping.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?  

I have an insatiable appetite for ancient history. I listen to university lectures on CD in the car, and I’ve spent a good deal of time trying to learn how to read Ancient Greek.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
My hope is that The Celestine Chronicles will be an ongoing series, like Anne McCaffrey’s The Dragon Riders of Pern. Book two, The Last Enchanter, is due out in 2013. In the meantime, I’m working on a YA paranormal/thriller.

The Rock of Ivanore

The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is as it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.
Middle readers will find that The Rock of Ivanore fits nicely among the traditional fantasies they so enjoy. They will also appreciate its fresh and inventive take on the genre.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of The Rock of Ivanore
Open to US only
Ends 5/14/12

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