Elemental Series by Shauna Granger – Guest Post & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Shauna Granger

I don’t do well talking about myself. So as basics go, I have recently self-published the first two books in my Elemental Series, Earth and Air, Young Adult Urban Fantasy novels. Look for the third installment, Water, coming in 2012!

I have been working on the Elemental Series for the last four years and plan for it to be a 5 book series. It was a hard decision to self-publish but it’s been an exciting and terrifying ride. 

Links:
http://shaunasspot.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/dyingechoes
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shauna-Granger/268859386472141

GUEST POST:
Dream Villain Cast


Everyone always wants to know who the author would want to play their characters. Now no one ever hits it right on the head – I mean, we see these “people” in our heads and they’re real to us, no one quite measures up. I thought it would be fun to do up a dream cast of my villains.



In book one, Earth, we have two characters who we just aren’t sure of their intentions: twins Jensen and Ian.

I needed someone who had striking eyes, tall and masculine with sharp facial features. Alex Pettyfer hit all of those qualities.

In book two, Air, we have two villains, the anti-hero, Jeremy and the crazy Sylph.

Jeremy is a haunted young boy, bullied and neglected his whole life, but you know, with a little love, there is something there. You know Jeremy should be more than he is. When I saw this picture of Cameron Bright I saw Jeremy’s eyes looking out at me. And remembering his creepy role in Birth I think he could pull it off.

As for the sylph, I needed someone ethereally beautiful and yet strong at the same time. This is probably one of the hardest roles for me to cast as no one quite hits the mark for me, I would saw Annasophia Robb, but I picked her for Jodi (though the two characters look A LOT alike) but gun to my head I’d say Emily Tennant. I don’t know much about her acting chops, but she has just the right look.

In book three, Water, our main villain is a megalomaniac water nymph, a mermaid gone wrong. This one is very hard because it’s a totally fantastical creature. Then I saw the perfect picture. I never thought this actress would work but then I saw a particular picture and it hit me in the gut! Amanda Seyfried just looks like the nymph.

This is the picture that hit me:









Now check her out after I give her the water nymph makeover:

I mean, RIGHT?!?

Release Date: 05/01/11
Paperback/e-book
Summary from Goodreads:
Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start.

Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it’s only a ploy to draw her out; she can’t let someone die because of her.

Earth links: (PS, the kindle version of Earth is free for a limited time only!)
Release Date: 10/31/11
Paperback/e-book
Summary from Goodreads:
It was a rough start to the school year for Shayna and her friends, Jodi and Steven, but thankfully summer break is near. Trying to sort out her feelings for the new guy in town, Shayna agrees to let Jensen join her on a group date with her friends. While out they end up at a local coffee house where their classmate, social outcast Jeremy McCormick, is humiliated by his baseball star brother. When Jeremy runs away from the jeering crowd, Shayna and Jodi hear the unmistakable sound of a thousand wings chasing after him, but no one else seems to hear them. These are not like any air elementals that Shayna or Jodi have ever encountered before and they fear Jeremy has gotten himself tangled up in something too dangerous for him to handle. But when Shayna tries to help Jeremy control his magical abilities she realizes it might be the biggest mistake of her life.
Air links:
Release Date: 06/19/12
Paperback/e-book
Summary from Goodreads:
Book Three in The Elemental Series

Shayna’s first surfing session of the summer is interrupted by the screams of a mother who has lost her little boy in the water. Without regard to her own safety, Shayna swims out, rescues the boy, but must escape the clutches of something far worse than she could have ever imagined – mermaids.

Compelled to answer the sirens’ call, the boys of Shayna’s town are drawn to the sea, but when they return are afflicted by an unknown illness, a sickness which is draining them of their life force. Unable to tell anyone about the mermaids, Shayna and her friends are forced to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and in doing so, Shayna will finally have to face the full force of her powers. Whether she’s ready or not, she will have to face her true nature.

Water links:

Fire, book #4 in the Elemental series is coming soon!

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