Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.
Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.
Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World.
Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum … that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.
Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.
A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women’s fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that’s another story, altogether.
The Serpent’s Ring (Relics of Mysticus, Book One)
Breaking Down (a short story)
Hungry (a short story)
Coming May 1, 2013
The Trickster’s Totem (Relics of Mysticus, Book Two)
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla ice cream with hot fudge slathered over and around it. Oh, and add bananas.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I love to visit elementary schools and watch inspiration brew inside young minds. And I never cease to be amazed by the thought processes of 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds.
What is your favorite quote?
I always love a good quote, and there are so many to choose from. It was difficult to narrow my favorites to just one, but I chose a quote from the great Dr. Seuss.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I’m most similar to my character Paige from my new adult novel, Glimmers.
How do you react to a bad review?
I try to see if there’s any good advice offered by the reviewer. I’ve been known to take a reviewers’ advice — if she sounds like she knows what she’s taking about. If someone says she didn’t even take the time to read the book and still gives it a poor rating, then I ignore what she had to say.
If you were a bird, which one would you be?
A phoenix. Do mythical birds count?
What do you do in your free time?
Free time … what’s that?
What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
As long as I can curl up with a soft blanket and sip a warm cup of coffee, I’m happy on a rainy day. Honestly though, I wish this happened more often than it does.
I can’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t have a furry friend to cuddle. These days, I have two greyhounds and one scruffy mutt.
If you weren’t a human, what would you be?
If I were a mermaid, I’d explore sunken ships at the bottom of the sea and frolic with dolphins.
How do you go about revising/editing?
I write a chapter at a time. The next day, I revise those fresh pages. I tend to revise a lot while I’m writing the story and then edit a few more times after I’ve completed the novel.
Do you write as you go, or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
Before I start writing, I research and plot my story, but I also leave room for my characters to be able to change the course of their adventure.
How do you come up with the characters names/personalities?
I draw upon my son’s and daughter’s personalities when writing Evan and Claire.
Craziest thing you ever ate?
While in France, I tried pigeon. I know, it sounds disgusting, but it was surprisingly tasty.
I have to break this into two categories:
Scariest moment that invaded my life for a long period of time happened two years ago when my husband had to undergo a stem-cell transplant for cancer. Today, he’s cancer-free.
Scariest instantaneous moment happened during my college years. I was robbed at gunpoint while working in the front office of a grocery store. Later, the man was arrested for killing a woman and setting her SUV on fire. His repulsive face was on the news for years after the incident. Frightening, but thank goodness he’s still in jail.
How do you juggle writing and family life?
I drop my kids off at school and rush home to write. Summer vacation is about to start, and I plan to sit by the pool with my laptop. I can’t believe I just said that … I am such a nerd.
Is there something specific you need as you write? Cup of coffee, pen, candy, certain room, etc.
I need my coffee and eyeglasses.
If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?
Create art: paint, draw and sculpt.
Do your characters really talk to you?
Are you for or against books being made into movies?
I’m all for it. I have a choice as to whether I watch the movie.
This or That
TV or Movies?
I prefer movies, but there are a few series on TV that I can’t live without.
Night owl or early bird?
If you had asked me this question ten years ago, I would have said definitely a night owl. After having kids, I’m up before the early bird, and I like it.
Print or Ebook?
I’m an old-fashioned kind of gal. I still covet print copies and like to decorate my shelves with the book once I’ve read it.
Regular or Diet?
Regular. I don’t like artificial sweeteners.
Horror or Romance?
Action or Drama?
Pizza or Pasta?
Skittles or M&Ms?
Sweet or Salty?
Summer or Winter?
I live in FL, and the winter here can’t be beat.
City or Country?
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Beach or Pool?
Pool overlooking the beach.
Shoes or Sandals?
Cats or Dog?
Facebook or Twitter?