The Lost Dacome Files #1 – The Battle for Arcanon Major by Alexandra May + Giveaway

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“As daughter of our ruler I grew up in the crossfire of an ongoing war… All I’d ever wanted to be was a great warrior and ultimately lead my people into victorious battles.”

With only a small army at her command Halíka Dacomé, a skilled warrior and daughter of the Elemental King, is ready to lead one final battle to save her planet. A battle against the savage, bloodthirsty Primords who want to extinguish the diminished race of Elementals once and for all.

But before battle commences her father is given an ultimatum from the enemy leader, Arfron Uhnok. If the king agrees, Halíka Dacomé must marry Arfron Uhnok to prevent further bloodshed. If the king disagrees they, as a race, will all perish.

Horrified by her fathers decision Halíka Dacomé leads her army onward regardless of the consequences. Because her heart belongs to another. A love that blossomed many years ago. A love that her father has forbidden.

Halíka faces her toughest battle yet and learns that not all battles are those fought with a sword…
The Battle for Arcanon Major is an epic love story set against the backdrop of war and is the first Prequel to Elemental: The First.

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Praise:

“Excellent story. Plot line is great, definitely 2 thumbs up. Couldn’t put it down, easy read, excellent prequel to the elemental. Would definitely recommend Alexandra May!!”

“Amazing story had my attention the entire story it is hard to find a book like this, I definitely give it 5 stars.”

“Excellent short story. Plot line is great, definitely 2 thumbs up. Couldn’t put it down, an easy read. Would definitely recommend Alexandra May!!”

 

alexandraAlexandra May

Alexandra May is an English author of three books, bringing together the epic saga of Halíka Dacomé and her modern day equivalent, Rose Frost.

Elemental: The First, Elemental: Origin and The Battle for Arcanon Major draw in Alexandra’s love of strong women characters, sci-fi, history, romance and a little warmongering on the side!

 

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INTERVIEW

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
 
I’d love to travel, say, 500 years into the future. Just to see if the science fiction writers were correct. Imagine Minority Report versus Fifth Element or even Firefly.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
 
Marilyn Monroe – great eye candy for the guys and she was always good with party’s
Princess Diana – a wonderful person
Angelina Jolie – humanitarian extraordinaire
Ernest Hemingway – because he’d be a great story teller over dinner

My Grandmother – Mabel Atkinson who passed away when I was 14. I never really got to know her but she’s was a model and chief buyer for Selfridge’s in London in the days of the TV series Mr Selfridge

One food you would never eat?
Fois Gras – a delicacy that’s made in such an disgusting, inhumane way
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
As the moment I’m writing Elemental: The Circle of Fire which is Book 2 of my Primord Series. It is really long overdue but I’m determined to get it in the bag soon. After I’ll be finishing Pyrhon’s Sphere, #2 in The Lost Dacomé Files. I have a New Adult project outside of sci-fi that I want to have a go at.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Getting emails from readers who understand what I’m writing about.
If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I want to live in Nevernever!

What is your dream cast for your book?
 
Jessica Biel as Halíka Dacomé.
Chris Pine as Nerído Xipile.
Nicholas Hoult as Jerík
Ruth Jones as Carinder Dacomé
Derek Jacobi as the Scribe
Russell Crowe as Capíok Dacomé

René Russo as Capíok’s sister



What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. I read this book when I was 12. I can safely say this was the series that got me interested in writing.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Take your time. Don’t rush any process because it’ll be worth it in the end.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
I would have to say Artemis. Goddess of the hunt, animals and protector of young women. Halíka Dacomé is slightly based on her. Artemis was an archer and loved the outdoors. A bit like me!
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
It would have to be a toss between Venice, Italy and Key West, Florida. Maybe six months at each!

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A librarian on the QE2 (a cruise liner now decommissioned). Just imagine all the reading you could get done.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Natalie Portman. I think we have the same temperament and look very vaguely alike!
How did you know you should become an author?

You know when you finish a book or a series and it doesn’t end how you wanted it to. Either the story runs off on a tangent, not in the direction you expected. That is when I knew I wanted to be an author. And I write what I would want to read. So two birds, one stone

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

I can’t wait to watch Thor 2. I loved the first film. I’m actually a Marvel Films addict, I love them! But Thor was amazing, I love Norse mythology.


How do you react to a bad review?
I’m not opposed to bad reviews as long as they’re constructive. If someone doesn’t like what I’ve written then that’s fine. There are big name books out there that I didn’t like but others love.
All books have good and bad reviews. It only means I didn’t get that reader and the reader didn’t get me.
If you were a bird, which one would you be?
 Any as long as I’m not in a cage!

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Now! Autumn/Fall. I live in Portugal so its pretty hot most of the year. Autumn is when everything calms down. The weather cools, the tourists become fewer. And after a long hot summer it’s the time to take a deep breath again.
 
Favorite quote from a movie?

“Hey Johnny, I’ll see you in another life” – Point Break

 
This or That
 
TV or Movies? Movies
Hot or Cold? Cold
Black or White? White
Night owl, or early bird? Early bird
Print or Ebook? eBook
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Regular or Diet? Regular
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Horror or Romance? Romance
Action or Drama? Action
Pizza or Pasta? Pizza
Skittles or M&Ms? M&MS
Sweet or Salty? Salty
Summer or Winter? Winter
City or Country? Country
Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter
Gum or Breath Mints? Breath Mints
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Planning Ahead
PC or Mac? PC
Beach or Pool? Beach
Shoes or Sandals? Sandals
Cats or Dog? Dog
Apples or Oranges? Oranges
Cause or Effect? Effect
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Truth or Dare? Dare!
Text or Talk? Text

Introvert or Extrovert? Neither!

 

Character This or That
— Jerik Dacomé, Halíka Dacomé’s younger brother
TV or Movies?
What are they? Never heard of a TV..ha, wait till I tell Orthían about that one

Hot or Cold? 

Hot, so I can swim in the Mystric Sea. Hally used to take me a few times before she got all warrior-like.Black or White? 
Our uniforms are Grey. Black and White are Xipilé colours so I’d have to decline that one.
Night owl, or early bird? 

Early bird catches the worm. Or maybe a Primord or two. We don’t have many birds at home. Just the odd Sparrow-hawk..

Horror or Romance? 
Romance, I’m all about the romance. Just the other day, with the baker’s daughter…um, I guess you don’t want to hear that story.

Action or Drama? 

Action. Drama is way too dramatical!

Summer or Winter?
Summer! Winter clothes chafe and the armour’s too tight. Less clothes the better.

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? 
I’m all about the spontaneity. Kind of goes against my sister. She’s a planner. I guess I’m a black sheep with wicked hair!

Shoes or Sandals? 
Sandals. Sand gets everywhere where I live

Cats or Dog?
Cat or Dog? Oh, you mean Apeth or Scant. Scant’s are way better. Zaquinto, Halíka’s scant is one of my best friends. What? You think that’s weird? Scant’s are clean. Apeth’s dirty.

Truth or Dare?
Dare! Just can’t resist a dare. I had to climb the roof of the palace once. Let me to you, its not easy crawling onto a dome

Introvert or Extrovert? 
Always in shadow or always in sunlight. The sun is always brighter so I guess I’m an extrovert! Oh, yes, that’s me!

 



Words you try not to use.
1) Like – as in “I was, like, so unsure…
2) Amazing – grrr, so overused
3) Fabulous – too camp
4) Darling – always reminds me of Blackadder
5) Fine – such a bland word.
Favorite desserts
1) Blackberry cheesecake
2) Key Lime Pie
3) Profiteroles
4) Brandy snaps with fresh cream
5) Apple Crumble with custard
Favorite cities I’ve visited
1) Venice, Italy
2) Marrakech, Morocco
3) London, England
4) Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
5) Seville, Spain
Movies you watch over and over again
1) Thor
2) House of Flying Daggers
3) Underworld
4) Serenity
5) A Knights Tale
Guest Post

Why women Sci-Fi writers putting a spark back into my life

I’ve always loved Science Fiction, especially movies. The first film I ever saw at the cinema was Star Wars. In 1978. I was seven. And I fell in love with Luke Skywalker as he watched over the dunes with the twin moons rising in the sky. You know the scene.  Someday, I thought, someday I want to invent a world just like that.

 

My childhood was unusual. We moved every four years (something I’ve related to in my books) and so no matter how settled I ever got I always knew I would be moving on. The worst years were when I was 12 and 16. I left real true friends behind at 12 and at 16 I left a boyfriend too. Heartache or what. Especially for an angst-ridden teenager. Everything you read about in YA books is absolutely real. I suffered.

 

So my solace was Sci-Fi. To dive in deep into a world that wasn’t my own. To feel so overwhelmed with someone else’s emotion. Live with the characters. Breathe in their life and forget my own.

 

I spent a long time reading Sci-Fi Fantasy. My Dad and brother were also readers of it so our house was always littered with David Eddings, Terry Brooks and Tad Williams books. But I got bored. All the main protagonists were male. All doing the same quest. Finding a sword, a chalice, a stone etc. Occasionally there’d be a love interest but nearly always a sappy, waif-like girl who needed rescuing. So I started looking for women writers. There weren’t many. Until I discovered Tamora Pierce, Mary Stewart and Diana Wynn Jones.

 

My world exploded. Finally I was reading about women who were adventurers, who had guts and confidence that awed and inspired me. As a teenager the characters raised me to be a better person, to help the helpless and oppress the bullies. I think my parents noticed a difference. My boyfriends certainly started to become taller, wider in the shoulders, and not so adolescent.

 

What I love about women sci-fi writers is that they tell a story with more emotion. And for young teenagers or young adults who need guidance in their lives from bullies, or a bad home situation, or just living in the wrong area – the characters can lift your spirits and encourage you to overcome whatever hurdles lie in your way. It’s no good thinking that someone will come along and help you with your burdens, you have to gather your confidence and deal with whatever life throws at you.

 

Now I’m a Sci-Fi writer and a woman. My only hope is that I can inspire someone, maybe just one person, to be better. That will make it all worth while.

Playlist -Share your play list for your book
Ellie Goulding – Explosions
Paramore – Now
Thirty Seconds to Mars – This is War
Linkin Park – Burn it down
Katy Perry ft Kanye West – ET
Florence + The Machine – Never let me go
Imagine Dragons – Demons
Paul McCartney – House of Wax
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

 

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