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Inside The Book of Nalia and the Potion Maker w/ Queenbe Monyei by JMcManus

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Welcome back Everyone. This is JMcManus bring you another Inside The Books inteview. Today I have an interview with Queenbe Monyei author of Nalia and the Potion Maker.

Los Angeles born author Queenbe started writing as a child, but the idea for her debut novel, Nalia and the Potion Maker, didn’t spring to mind until she started blogging to promote a book she and another writer was working. It happened one night in November 2010 while she was sitting in her room thinking about what she would love to be reading if she were reading about a young girl who was special and powerful but thought she was anything but, and the girl turned out to be Nalia.

Now let’s found out some things about Nalia’s adventure.

Nalia very early on notices strange things happening around her although she can’t pinpoint what is going on. Then she finds out she is an Amemora. Can you tell us what an Amemora is and how you came up with the concept?

Well, I won’t give it away, because that’s part of the fun of the book trying to find out what she is exactly, but I will say that Amemoras are very powerful and have a unique gift.

During Nalia’s journey, she meets the potion maker Poto who is one of the key people in her story. Can you tell us a little bit about Poto and his role in helping Nalia on her journey to face Agithara?

Poto is a genius potion maker who also has a story of his own. He is a key person in helping Nalia discover all the different lands in Aetheria, and takes her on an adventure that will shape who he is. He becomes an important person in her life and will be for the books to come.

One thing I enjoyed was the riddles. As a writer, do you like creating riddles are did riddles just become part of Nalia and the Potion Maker?

Well, riddles are very important to Aetherian culture. Aetherians believe that life’s lessons shouldn’t just be handed to you. You should take the time to figure them out or else they will have no meaning in your life. Also, I love playing with language, so I wanted this to be a part of the book.

For those who like riddles, see if you can figure out one of the riddles Nalia faces during her journey. Please give your answer in the comment section. In a few weeks I will post the answer.

It comes easily enough in times of distress,
Giving the beholder no chance of any good rest.
It knows no distinction between evil and good.
And leaves not when the bearer wishes it would.
It is a thief of all things good, for sure.
But, alas, for this curse there is no quick cure.
All great and small will eventually find.
It is not easily lost whether mean or kind.

Lyris is another great character in your novel and is a great friend to have around if you’re going on a dangerous adventure. His ability to heal is extraordinary. He also lives in a very welcoming place, the land of Amoen. Can you tell us a little bit about the land of Amoen and Lyris’s ability to heal?

Amoen is a guarded city. They don’t really experience pain or sadness and it’s very different from the world that Nalia is familiar with. It is probably one of the most beautiful lands in Aetheria.

During Nalia’s adventure she travels to many different lands in the other world like the River of Caedes, the Forest of Dark Deeds and Gubland to name a few. If I could visit any of the locations I would visit the Land of the North so that I could stop by Poto’s Potions. Which location would you visit and why?

I would love to visit Amoen because it is the most beautiful and it is virtually impossible to feel pain or discomfort there.

If I could have Nalia make something for me I think I would have her make an Amoen star. What would have Nalia make you?

A Toyota Prius. No question.

What is your favorite part of the story?

Well, I love when Nalia discovers Poto’s secret and when we see Agithara’s childhood.

This book definitely leaves you wondering what other journeys Nalia will go on. Are you working on any other books?

At the moment I am only working on the Nalia series.

Since we know you are working on another book, can you tell us if Nalia’s father will be making an appearance in book 2 and if we will be seeing more of Lyris?

Nalia’s father will remain out of the picture for now; this may change in the future. Lyris will definitely be a big part of all the books. And there is a possible love triangle in Book 2, Nalia and the Rise of the Marés.

Where can people find more information about you and your books?

http://www.naliasworld.com

For all of you who are looking to get a sneak peak of Nalia and the Potion Maker please read the excerpt below.

From chapter 10 Sarp the Grogin, after Nalia learns about Poto’s Secret:

Nalia quickly took her hands away from Poto, as she didn’t want to see anything he didn’t want her to. She still wasn’t used to seeing other’s memories, and she felt sorry for what she had done. She sat there motionless for a few minutes, staring straight at him, still transfixed on what she had just learned.


How could Poto have done such a thing? He didn’t seem evil in any shape or form. Quite the contrary, Poto was gentle and kind, and his eyes gave him away easily enough. This, coupled with what she had just seen, made her all the more confused.


Sensing that he was being judged, Poto finally spoke.


“You cannot understand what she did, what it took. No,” Poto was trembling as he said this. His eyes were filled with tears, but he was fighting back the urge to let them loose. “Only one who lost all that is good inside him could truly understand how she became what she is today.”


Then, he did something that took Nalia by surprise; he held his hand out to show Nalia the memories that had been hidden for so long, memories that he was thankful Agithara had stolen and those that he was not eager to have so soon returned.


“Please…don’t see me for what I was then,” he said softly.


Nalia agreed and took his hand.

 

I want to thank Queenbe for taking the time to tell us more about Nalia and the Potion Maker. And I hope you enjoyed finding out about Nalia and the Potion Maker. If you have any suggestion please don’t hesitate to email me at Info (at) InsideTheBooks (dot) com.  To keep up with interviews please follow me on twitter @InsideTheBook.


The Septavalent Stone Book Giveaway

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I’m happy to announce the first Inside The Books Giveaway.

Author J.O. Jones has sent me a paperback edition of The Septavalent Stone for a free giveaway. To enter this giveaway click here and fill out the entry form before the end of the day Friday, September 16, 2011. In order to be eligible to win, you may enter the giveaway only once. Once a winner has been chosen I will post the winner’s name on twitter as well as send the winner an email for shipping information. This giveaway is for the US only.


For more information about J.O. Jones, The Septavalent Stone, you can visit his website. To read JMcManus interview with J.O. Jones click here. To find out when new interviews, reviews and books are posted please follow us on Twitter.com.

SYNOPSIS:

Mrs. Ama never told Andrew that she was a renowned witch or that his uncle was a retired magical salesman who traded contraband dark magical objects. If she had, he would have known that:

1. Traveling to his uncle’s house to stay for a few weeks was a bad idea, and,
2. Forgetting to search his box before leaving the house in case anything sinister found its way into it was also a bad idea.

Instead, Andrew has to learn about his uncle the hard way as strange things begin to happen around him. As the medical schools in Africa grow worse academically, Andrew transfers to Norgads University in Ukraine where a group of fellow nephews-and-kids of mystic parentage have mysteriously convened, unaware that he holds, in his box, an ancient relic that belongs to a very powerful being called an elder.
But just when he thinks he can settle down and finally study, he discovers the stone, and to make matters worse, his cousin, the wild and unpredictable Aloysia, arrives on her father’s orders to retrieve it. With a second war threatening to repeat itself between the two families, and the power of the stone causing the school cadavers to arise and attack the students, Andrew and Aloysia must put aside all differences, and team up to solve the mystery behind the stone which leads him to learn that there are some situations that two enemies cannot pass through together without becoming best friends.

 

Nalia and the Potion Maker

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Nalia and the Potion Maker
By: Queenbe Monyei

Paperback: 328 pages

ISBN-10: 1461094852
ISBN-13: 978-1461094852

Buy at: Amazon
Buy on:
Kindle

About the Author

A Los Angeles native, Queenbe Monyei shuffled between England and the U.S. as a child. After graduating UCLA she taught English for a year in Turkey then earned her graduate degree in Education in England. She enjoys writing fantasy novels with a hint of romance.

Synopsis:

In the once beautiful Aetheria, a spreading evil stems in the great Land of The North. It is a world that has been ravaged by vengeance and fury. But Nalia knows nothing of this world. She doesn’t even know that she bears one of its most coveted and sacred gifts, a gift that has killed many and forced others into hiding. But when an unusual visitor escapes from the other world to find her, he claims that her gift is vital in order to save his world. Her task won’t be easy: find the great potion maker whose memory has been stolen, if he’s even still alive. There, Nalia meets the strong yet gentle Lyris who can heal anything with his touch. Soon she discovers that his powers run deep as he slowly begins to mend the pieces of her heart, shattered by her own tragic family and a haunting secret; a secret stemming before she was even born. A heart wrenching tale of death, betrayal, and the dark side of unrequited love.


Sneak Peak of what’s to come: Nalia and the Potion Maker

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I’m working on an interview with Queenbe Monyei’s Nalia and the Potion Maker for Inside The Books. Here’s a sneak peak of what the book is about.


Nalia and the Potion Maker
By: Queenbe Monyei

Paperback: 328 pages

ISBN-10: 1461094852
ISBN-13: 978-1461094852

Buy at: Amazon
Buy on:
Kindle

 


About the Author

A Los Angeles native, Queenbe Monyei shuffled between England and the U.S. as a child. After graduating UCLA she taught English for a year in Turkey then earned her graduate degree in Education in England. She enjoys writing fantasy novels with a hint of romance.

 

Synopsis:

In the once beautiful Aetheria, a spreading evil stems in the great Land of The North. It is a world that has been ravaged by vengeance and fury. But Nalia knows nothing of this world. She doesn’t even know that she bears one of its most coveted and sacred gifts, a gift that has killed many and forced others into hiding. But when an unusual visitor escapes from the other world to find her, he claims that her gift is vital in order to save his world. Her task won’t be easy: find the great potion maker whose memory has been stolen, if he’s even still alive. There, Nalia meets the strong yet gentle Lyris who can heal anything with his touch. Soon she discovers that his powers run deep as he slowly begins to mend the pieces of her heart, shattered by her own tragic family and a haunting secret; a secret stemming before she was even born. A heart wrenching tale of death, betrayal, and the dark side of unrequited love.


Inside The Book of The Septavalent Stone w/ J.O. Jones by JMcManus

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Hey Everyone,

Welcome to my first Inside The Book interview. I’m JMcManus and today I’m going to go Inside The Book with J.O. Jones and his book The Setptavalent Stone.

But before we get inside this book let me share some information about J. O. Jones.

J.O. Jones was born in Nigeria and like others around him he never knew he could be published and that people could read his stories. He just knew he wanted to write especially after reading Prince Caspian by C S Lewis. His favorite author is Chimaamanda Adichie: Half of a Yellow Son.

In the tenth graded he wrote his first novel titled The Survivors, and went on to write two sequels and drafting the last four. And now he is ready for readers to go on a journey through his book The Septavalent Stone, which he says, is for 14+, who love fantasy books of Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore’s WHIZZARD.

To start the interview off let’s find out about how he came up with the concept.

How did the concept of The Septavalent Stone come to you?
The concept is very tricky; if you do some research you’ll find bits of African myths joined there. The idea of the elders for example, is in my culture. I also have Ukrainian myths infused in there. The stone idea grew from the need to thicken my plot; I did not think it would be realistic for a bunch of supernatural men not to have a weakness.

What is The Septavalent Stone and how does it play a role in the story?
The Septavalent Stone is a mystical stone with the stolen powers of seven supernatural beings combined in one. When it gets stolen, the quest for these supernatural beings to get the stone is what makes up part of the plot for my story.

The Septavalent Stone has 2 main story lines happening at the same time. One story line follows Eshury and one follows Andrew. Can you tell us a little bit about each story line?
Eshury is a young boy who discovers he has the same supernatural abilities, his motivation in my story is the quest to master these abilities, and he makes a lot of costly mistakes while doing so.

Andrew on the other hand seems to have no motivation at first till he discovers that the school his mother has sent him to is not an ordinary medical school, and that she, his mother, is not all aprons and cooking spoons, but that in fact there is so much more to her than it seems. The quest to find these answers becomes his drive as we read further.

I think Zachary is a cool big brother and just want people to be introduced to him. Can you tell us a little about Zachary?
Zachary is Andrew’s brother. He is a big teddy bear of a brother who seems at times nonchalant and un-serious but he can be overly protective. For plot reasons, that is if there will be future books, I cannot say more on him but one thing you can be sure of is that their mother is not the only one hiding her true nature from Andrew.

Norgards is a very interesting medical school with it’s rail car system and school policies. Tell us a little about the school and how you came up with the concept.
I just needed to do something amazing that hasn’t been done, (not quite sure if I achieved that). I have always been a fan of roller coasters, amusement parks. Have you seen the schematic diagram of the human vascular system? Join these two things, (roller coaster and human vascular system) and voila you have a transport system that is quite efficient.

As for the feel of the book, I love all things ancient. I watched a lot of movies, which I think brought about the rocky and cavy nature of the school. I loved Odysseus, Clash of the Titans (the old version and new one). Do you remember The Fellowship Of The Rings, the part were Gandalf did not want the monster to pass? I wanted my school to have that kind of dangerous and yet efficient sort of environment.

I do love ancient things in my fantasy stories. It seems to give the world history. And Norgards does have an ancient feel to it. But why did you choice a medical school and not a magic school or some other type of school? I, Myself would just generally assume that a magical school would be a school of choice with so much magic in the world.
I chose a medical school because it just had to be. I would not do a magical school justice and besides what would my characters learn there. Medicine I think is unique, and the way I have done it, I think people will love it. Every ailment anyone has ever suffered will be added and twisted so it is relatable. So if Mr. A in the real world had a headache that made him weak and lie down all day, and would have to take aspirin to calm the headache, for Mr. A in my own world having a headache might cause him to spit fire, and cause a relocation of his eyes, ears and nose and the only way to calm it is to have his head surgically and temporally severed so it can be cradled and rocked, then fitted back in. You get me, that’s part of the concept.

One of the main issues the students of Norgards have is racism. Can you tell us where the racism came from and how it affects Andrew, Zachary and Aloysia?
The racism is not really that bad in the book in fact, it’s the kobolds that express this more to the foreign students than any other person. I think it is a normal thing for a foreigner to feel kind of “racisized” at one point in their life when they are in another country other than theirs.

I found it very interesting that the rail car system was ran and maintained by kobolds. Can you tell us a little more about what kobolds are and how they came to be in charge of the rail car system?
Ever heard of bluecap, knocker or coblynau. They are all mythical creatures associated with mining and metal work, considering how dangerous and technically impossible the transport system is at Norgads I thought it was only reasonable that technically impossible creatures run it.

I haven’t heard of bluecap, knocker or coblynau so I will have to look that up. But I have heard of wallpaper and one of my favorite things about the book was the wallpaper. It comes to life in the most interesting way. Can you tell us about the wallpaper and how you came up with that concept?
In as much as I might have a hard time putting it down on paper, I am obsessed with anything magic (I hope my parents never read this). Throw in mythology from any country, and I am good to go. So you see, the idea of the wallpaper came to me while writing chapter nine, the one where Aloysia is introduced. I went to a friend’s house, and saw that he had the most bizarre looking wallpaper full of lions and stuff, and then it hit me. WHAT IF YOU WERE ASLEEP AT NIGHT, AND THEY CAME TO LIFE.

You have seen nothing though, you have no idea what one of my characters, Alex’s wallpaper can do.

With so many interesting wallpapers will there be a wallpaper shop and will we ever get to visit it?
Yes most definitely there will be a wallpaper shop visited. But it’s going to be later if all things go well. I have drafted the scene somewhere.

Well if you ever want to give us a sneak peak of a scene please fell free to share with us. But before we end the interview I would love to know what your favorite part of the story is?
I love the chapter of the THREE FRIENDS and THE BROKEN DOOR ROOM. My best character is Aloysia and Mrs. Ugabi, but I can’t tell you my worst because you’ll be shocked.

I love Mrs. Ugabi because she is a mad woman, and in that madness there is a lot of good. I love Aloysia because she’s so determined, and very protective even though the people she finds herself trying to protect are at times way older than her, (her dad) or her age mate, (Andrew).


Is there anything else you would like us to know about The Septavalent Stone?
This is the first in what I hope will be an interesting series, for readers. Thank you JMcManus for giving me this opportunity to contribute to your website. If you are a Christian, then this is me proclaiming that your website has only begun its journey of going to greater heights, thank you.

This website is at the beginning of a wonderful journey and I’m happy to have you be apart of it. Are you working on any other books that you would like to share?
I am working on the sequel, and if all things go well, it should be out in two years or less. It’s been plotted down; I’m halfway through the first chapter already. And if things go as planned, and if I don’t change anything, I’ve abbreviated the name to K.O.O. I hope my fans (I pray I have some, any amount is okay for me) would be interested enough to guess, there’ll be lots of giveaways to those who come close.

For those who want to find out more information about you where can people find you and your books?
I’m on twitter as
jacobolisajones.

I have a blog in which I talk about all things that might interest me: http://theseven-piecestone.blogspot.com.

I have a fan page on facebook J.O jones.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JO-Jones/185381468163807.

Well thank you J.O. Jones. I wish you much success with The Septavalent Stone and all of your books I know you will be publishing in the future!

And for those who would like to find us on twitter please just follow @InsideTheBook.

Have a great day!

 


 

The Septavalent Stone

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The Septavalent Stone
By J.O. Jones

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(synopsis)

Mrs. Ama never told Andrew that she was a renowned witch or that his uncle was a retired magical salesman who traded contraband dark magical objects. If she had, he would have known that:

1. Travelling to his uncle’s house to stay for a few weeks was a bad idea, and,

2. Forgetting to search his box before leaving the house in case anything sinister found its way into it was also a bad idea.

Instead, Andrew has to learn about his uncle the hard way as strange things begin to happen around him. As the medical schools in Africa grow worse academically, Andrew transfers to Norgads University in Ukraine where a group of fellow nephews-and-kids of mystic parentage have mysteriously convened, unaware that he holds, in his box, an ancient relic that belongs to a very powerful being called an elder.

But just when he thinks he can settle down and finally study, he discovers the stone, and to make matters worse, his cousin, the wild and unpredictable Aloysia, arrives on her father’s orders to retrieve it. With a second war threatening to repeat itself between the two families, and the power of the stone causing the school cadavers to arise and attack the students, Andrew and Aloysia must put aside all differences, and team up to solve the mystery behind the stone which leads him to learn lesson number three:

3. There are some situations that two enemies cannot pass through together without becoming best friends.

 

Sneak Peak of what's to come: The Septavalent Stone

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Sneak Peak:

The Septavalent Stone
By J.O. Jones

(synopsis)

Mrs. Ama never told Andrew that she was a renowned witch or that his uncle was a retired magical salesman who traded contraband dark magical objects. If she had, he would have known that:

1. Travelling to his uncle’s house to stay for a few weeks was a bad idea, and,

2. Forgetting to search his box before leaving the house in case anything sinister found its way into it was also a bad idea.

Instead, Andrew has to learn about his uncle the hard way as strange things begin to happen around him. As the medical schools in Africa grow worse academically, Andrew transfers to Norgads University in Ukraine where a group of fellow nephews-and-kids of mystic parentage have mysteriously convened, unaware that he holds, in his box, an ancient relic that belongs to a very powerful being called an elder.

But just when he thinks he can settle down and finally study, he discovers the stone, and to make matters worse, his cousin, the wild and unpredictable Aloysia, arrives on her father’s orders to retrieve it. With a second war threatening to repeat itself between the two families, and the power of the stone causing the school cadavers to arise and attack the students, Andrew and Aloysia must put aside all differences, and team up to solve the mystery behind the stone which leads him to learn lesson number three:

3. There are some situations that two enemies cannot pass through together without becoming best friends.