The Kingdom Lights by Steven VS

Kingdom lights

VSAuthor Steven VS

A resident of the sleepy coastal town of Bexhill, East Sussex, England. Steven graduated in the summer of 2013 from the University of Southampton with a Bachelor of Medicine Degree and a Master’s Degree in Global Health from Sussex University – where he spent the majority of his time in Shawcross writing this novel!
In between writing and dreaming Steven is a medical doctor and has worked at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and the Princess Royal where he fights the system with quirky lanyards.


What part of the writing process do you dread?
The initial writing is actually always the most difficult for me, I love re-writing part.

Where do you get your best ideas?
I get my best ideas from songs. I don’t know why. I’ll be there listening to a song and I’ll get a scene in my head, usually towards the middle or end of a story arc and I’ll work backwards from there

What do you do to relax?
Lots of things, but the most relaxing thing for me is to just shut off all electronics and just sit with a book and lose myself

Kingdom Lights Cover
Kingdom Lights

In a world where cities float, airships sail the skies and mythical creatures are summoned in a pinch, Celes Vale is distinctly average. Living in the shadow of his talented cousin and his powerful aunt and uncle, Celes is resigned to a future of soot, factories and well, more soot.

But on the night of his twelfth birthday everything changes. A blinding light, a whispered voice and in an instant Celes becomes the first ordinary child in history to develop magic, sending him on a fast-track ticket to the greatest of the floating cities, Gardarel. Boasting grand, elegant buildings wrought from shimmering white stone, the entire city appears as though it has been built from light, and so it has come to be called the Kingdom Lights.

Though some welcome Celes, others want the dirt-ridden up-start off their city preferably head first. Nowhere is this clearer than in the attitude and actions of the beautiful and haughty Lady Ban and her sneering nephew, Marcus Blackwood. But Blackwood, with his gang of goons and unimaginative one-liners, is soon the least of Celes s problems.
With a little magic and a lot of detective work, Celes and his group of Scurriers and Wisps unravel the dark truth behind Lady Ban s prim, perfect smile an alliance to the villainous Wardens and the masked man who leads them. However, in his attempt to expose Lady Ban, Celes unwittingly stumbles onto an even darker conspiracy a plan that could lead to the complete destruction of Gardarel itself.


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  1. It’s a great premise!

  2. Interesting excerpt. Thank you so much for hosting.

  3. The interview was my favorite part. I love getting to know more about authors.

  4. The blurb was interesting.

  5. Wendy hutton says:

    I like how you get your ideas, from songs

  6. Connie Hendryx says:

    Wow…how in the world did you study for and work as a doctor AND write a novel? Methinks you didn’t sleep much…..thanks! The book looks interesting!

  7. Corey Hutton says:

    The giveaway.


  9. i liked the book blurb, sounds like a fun one!

  10. I liked the interview, thanks

  11. Thanks for hosting!

  12. Filia Oktarina says:

    The giveaway and the book blurb..

  13. Mary Preston says:

    An interesting interview.

  14. interesting book

  15. I like the book cover.

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