My book is about a young White Magic witch-in-training who studies White Magic, is endowed with Heavenly White Magic, and is the chosen one, chosen to fight Lady Gondara the Dark Magic Sorceress, who manages to cheat death throughout history. At the same time, Amber must find and protect two hidden wands of the highest power in Magia, and rescue her family members without getting her friends, family, and herself killed in the process.
Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands is based off my own creation, some of which is based off of my experiences growing up.
There may be a future Amber Shadows Journal, Jocelyn's Legends, Spells, and Enchantment book, or Spell Book of White Heavenly Magic according to Magia Session Teachings. These are merely ideas I will develop and write after the series is complete.
Other books of magic such as mine, are brilliantly written and unique, and should have a fair judgement based on the actual story, how it's written, and the development of well-rounded, third demensional characters brought to life through the eyes of the author. Stories should never be judged on similairities to other books of magic as there are just too many things authors have used over the years, time and time again, that are needed to make the storyline work.
People who have bought my book or given me reviews, have told me that my story is unique, stands on its own, and has characters the reader loves. Others have told me the story is not only an entertaining experience, but they can visualize the world I've created . . . they felt as though they were a part of the adventure. This in itself is my greatest reward . . . hearing people say how much they felt they were a part of the story, and how much they enjoyed the adventure.
Two editors of two different web sites read my book and shortlisted it for the award, even though I never thought of entering my book in any advertised contests. In doing so, they made me feel very fortunate and honored.
Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands has won Book of the Year 2008 through Spinetinglers Committee in the UK, and in 2009, it won the Book of the Year in the YA genre through Authorsandbooks.net.
A while back, a reader from the Writers Digest Book of the Year contest read my second version of Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands, (the book had gone through 3 revisions due to publisher errors) and they compared my book to the Harry Potter series, saying it was a tiny bit like Harry Potter, yet the story was very well written and entertaining. They went on to say that I was very talanted etc. etc. What the reader failed to do was read my book without comparing it to the Harry Potter series. In doing this, they failed to see just how unique my ideas were.
Realistically speaking, most readers/writers will agree that a majority of books based on magical fantasy are similar in this way or that, due to the use of wands and magic of any type. A magical fantasy is not written well or even considered a story unless there is a protagonist fighting the antagonist for morally good/unselfish reasons. As we all know, endings are based on what the author feels should happen, predictable or non-predictable.
Although I think that the Harry Potter series was brilliantly written and I admire J.K. Rowling as an author, my book is done in my own style. My characters are uniquely drawn and well rounded from my creation, and my storyline is quite different than Rowlings'.
It is my belief that the reader judging my book through the Writers' Digest BOTY contest made an unfair comparison of my book to Rowlings' because they obviously had "Potter-on-the-brain" and carried the belief that the world revolves around the Potter series. The judge failed to recognize fantasy fiction based on magic, such as Rowlings' and mine, have similairities to other works of the same genre. A perfect example is people talking and moving in pictures. This concept was first shown on the air in a T.V. series called Bewitched. Now we all know Bewitched was written and shown on T.V. several years before the creation of the Potter series, yet it was written into the Potter series and God knows how many other series may use it or have already used it.
The final version of the Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands is now available everywhere online. I only ask for people to please write a review on Amazon.com after reading it.
It took me a long time to speak out passionately about how I feel about my writing, especially the Amber Shadows series. Up until now, I have always been modest as a writer, and I wasn't certain I should say anything. However, over the years I have developed thick skin and remain adamant about persuing my dream as a writer of books, screenwriting and script editing. In order to continue moving forward, I felt it was time things were put straight. Doing this helps me to move on with my dreams.
The one thing people will always say about me is that I am more than willing to help other writers build more confidence in their work, and encourage them to keep with it. Just ask those who have written me asking for advice. That's just who I am . . . a passionate author/screenwriter/artist who wants to succeed and see others make it in this business too.
In my next book Amber Shadows and the Crystal Locket, my characters will progress in age as they take Magia Sessions every weekend, year round, because I have a four-book series planned. I want midgrade to young adults to relate to the characters, grow to care about them, and grow up with them. Good writing can manage this and I intend to continue with my revision until I'm satisfied my book is ready for publication.
People write me and ask me what the next book will be about. I can not divulge its contents but I can tell you this much . . . unfortunately one or two will die. Intensity will run throughout the storyline, and the reader will be led to believe they think they know who the villian is. There will be twists and turns, of this I assure you. The second book will keep you turning its pages until you read the unexpected ending.
As I've always said, word-of-mouth and reviews are the best promotion. So I ask those of you who have read and enjoyed my first book to please pass the word on to those looking for magical fantasy fiction read. My goal is to reach as many readers as I can through my fans if possible. In doing this, when the second book comes out, people will be waiting for its release.