Meet Alexander Drake, a curious young man living in a drab, oversized mansion with his secretive father. He spent his days playing alone. In the back of his mind he wondered what happened to his mother, and why his father was tight-lipped about the past; but secrets have a way of getting out.
It all started with a stay at his grandmother’s cottage. Alexander found strange clues tucked away in his father’s old bedroom. With a mysterious key and several maps in his pack he set off on an innocent search for answers about his family.
When he discovered a secret passageway the search took a dramatic turn. He suddenly worried about what was searching for him. Alexander was being hunted by a sorcerer from his father’s past. Answers lead to more questions and the journey of his life.
Join Alexander for a thrilling adventure in Azra’s Pith, a place of beauty and magic… but beware—something evil lurks in the shadows.
When Alexander arrived in Verhonia, something went terribly wrong. A dark spell delivered from the mountains of Acadia sent him on a dangerous journey in the middle of the night. As he marched into the mountains, the great city of Verhonia was ambushed and burned to the ground by Roman’s army of vicious giant murks.
With the safety of the realm in jeopardy, General John William Drake was asked to come back to Azra’s Pith. He swore he would never return. But after discovering his son was under a spell and in the grips of a dark sorcerer, he had no choice.
Things take a wild turn in the mountains, with runaways, a hungry wolf and a mysterious, young empyrean wizard thrown into the adventure. A tight race against time and evil is in full swing. With faith and a little magic, they just might come out on top.
Being the frizzy-haired tomboy with buck teeth gave me a slight case of shyness as a kid. A colorful imagination meant escape and adventure at the drop of a hat.
Over the years I learned that the insecurities I carried around were a waste of time. I still prefer a football game to a manicure any day of the week. That indispensable imagination has found its way into my writing providing a sense of joy and a true purpose.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Anthony Bourdain, Oprah (of course), and Ellen… if I could have seven I would include the Property Brothers from HGTV. I don’t know if Oprah would be able to make it because I think everyone wants her at their dinner table.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
The thickest tablet I could find to write, “The Hobbit”, and a box of truffles from See’s. Oops, “The Hobbit” would have to stay behind because I’d need a pencil and there is no way I’m giving up the chocolates! With out water I would not last long; but at least I would die happy….
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Cappuccino Girl – After a single cappuccino I would be able to take on the world – starting with cleaning my house and doing the laundry… with a smile on my face, no less.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Wheat toast and a stiff cup of coffee… I know it sounds boring; but I do put brown sugar on the toast to spice it up a bit.
Hands down, it has to be clutter… no matter what I do it seeps to the surface. I suppose it comes with the territory of having little ones. Legos seem to appear out of nowhere. Usually when I’m not wearing shoes; and they hurt when you step on them! I still can’t seem to keep the Barbies separate from the Disney princesses and the toy solders for more than an hour.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I really, really wanted to be an archeologist, adventurer, extraordinaire. Just like Indiana Jones complete with the whip and dusty kaki outfit… and the mangled fedora was a must!
What is your dream cast for your book?
I love this question – Asa Butterfield (from Hugo) as Alexander Drake, James McAvoy as General Drake, Rowan Atkinson as the voice of Ferdinand (he’s a hopper and would have to be animated), John Rhys Davies as Julien, Alan Rickman as Imperius, Jonathan Rhys Meyers or Clive Owen as Roman, and Jeremy Irons as King Paraclete… a girl can dream, right?
If you were a bird, which one would you be?
I would definitely be an owl! I’m fascinated with them. They are such beautiful creatures. Julien, the Empyrean Wizard in Azra’s Pith is part owl. He sprouts silky brown feathers and soars over the realm… sometimes with passengers on his back.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am currently polishing up book 3, “The Butterfly Curse” before I send it off to the publisher. I am also working on a new series. Book 1, “The Bandits of Basswood” will be out at the end of May.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The Azra’s Pith Series has a little something for all dreamers and adventurers – beautiful lands, magic, intrigue, the unassuming hero, Alexander… and some dark sorcery to make things really exciting!
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