joi, 31 octombrie 2013

Giveaway & Guest Post "The Megalith Union" ("Celtic Mythos", #2) by Brad A. LaMar

Howdy ma' fellows! How are you doin'? Today I'm hosting Brad A. LaMar and his newest book The Megalith Union. We'll start with the book description and then you guys can read the great guest post Brad has written. If you do like the sound of this book, then you should enter the giveaway below.

The Megalith Union (Celtic Mythos, #2)
Brad A. LaMar

Illustrator: Igor Adasikov
Genre: Fantasy, Myth & Fairy Tale, Middle Grades / YA
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing
Date of Publication: October 24, 2013
Number of pages: 342
Virtual book tour organized by: Bewitching Book Tours


Book Description:

The fate of mankind teeters on the edge of the megalith union...

Just as life was returning to normal for Brendan as a college freshman, the hands of fate intervene and adventure besets him again in the second installment of the best-selling Celtic Mythos series.

Elathan, the golden god of Celtic lore, is reborn out of the ashes of a dead king and evil witch. Through Brendan and his family, Elathan maneuvers tendrils of destiny, seeking to gain ultimate power at the expense of all humanity.

Dogged by giants, alphyns, and ruas Brendan, Dorian, Lizzie, and a new cast of characters risk it all to unravel the mystery of the ultimate foe.

With Corways under attack and Brendan's father captured by a forgotten enemy, can Brandan and his allies prevent the end of the days?

As the megalith union looms, Brendan and his friends must look to the past to prevent a future where Elathan reigns supreme.

If you liked "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" or "Fablehaven", you won't want to miss "The Megalith Union"!


Guest Blog- The Megalith Union Character Profiles ~

Creating interesting characters can be a challenge for any writer, so coming up with your own method is important. The hard part isn’t necessarily making up a character for a fiction work, but rather trying to give the character sufficient depth and development so that the reader feels some sort of emotion for him or her.

How do I know how much development I should give a character?

Page space is at a premium for many writers, especially when you are trying to keep a story lagging in places.  So, how do you decide on the development of the characters you have created? Obviously, the main character should receive the most attention as far as development goes, but supporting characters add interesting elements for the protagonist to interact with during the plot. You may want to ask yourself:
  • How much time will the reader spend with this character? 
  •  Does this character drive any part of the story making it necessary to dive a little deeper?
  • Am I as the author trying to evoke any emotions by putting this character into the story?
  • Will providing background for the character enhance or detract from the story?

Let’s think about each one of these for a moment.

Time

One deciding factor for many authors when deciding on how much development to give a secondary character is the amount of time that the reader will spend with the character. Stories are full of characters who appear briefly in a scene and then aren’t seen in person during the rest of the story, but for whatever reason their impact can be felt throughout. Think of most Batman stories. His parents are killed and this event shapes Bruce Wayne/Batman’s story. The parents are really there to add layers and to provide a motive for the hero. Their deaths are the springboard for the storytellers to let their imaginations run crazy. It really isn’t necessary to give too much background on his parents since they have served their purpose for the story.

Drive

Like Bruce Wayne’s parents, there are many times where a decision or action by a secondary character is the catalyst for the plot. Sometimes more depth is needed in these characters so that we can understand the motives of the decision that the story is centered around. Readers want to be informed but not oversaturated with information about secondary characters. How you feel about a story where the author develops a guy named Andy as he walks into the dinner where our hero is, but has no interaction with the hero and is never talked about or seen in the rest of the story. This sort of thing leaves the reader wondering if the author has any idea of where the story is going. 

There are moments though, and I’m sure you can think of examples, where it’s necessary to provide some background so that the reader can understand why the character is acting, speaking, doing certain things.

Emotions

Going deeper into a character’s past can be a powerful tool in connecting to the reader emotionally. This can be tricky since every reader is coming in with a personal history and will relate to characters in varying and sometimes surprising ways. Authors want to tap into a reader’s emotions since we are built that way as a species. A key death, as mentioned above, a fleeting love that’s been gone for way too long, my sweet puppy that ran away, or whatever it may be can be a very powerful tool for an author. If he or she can elicit emotions through the protagonist then it’s a good bet that the reader will perceive and connect even more closely to the story.


Enhance or Detract

In the previous paragraphs I have discussed whether or not the secondary character’s backstory should be used, but the main decision comes when we are deciding if it will enhance the story or detract from it. All characters need some semblance of a backstory, but the degree of backstory will massively different. An author can make decisions about the degree of backstory by deciding if they have time to develop, if the backstory drives the story, and if the backstory will help the reader connect emotionally to the story. 

Below I have offered some character profiles from my new book, The Megalith Union, to show you what I mean. I have also assigned a level (1 to 10) of backstory that I used for these characters in my story and why I chose to develop them the way that I did.

Brendan O’Neil

Level of Development in the story: 10
Reason for Level: Brendan is the main protagonist in the Celtic Mythos series. It is vital that his character
is fully developed so that the reader can connect with the story and appreciate Brendan’s situation.

Situation: Brendan is a college freshman at Syracuse University, one year removed from an amazing, magical adventure in Ireland, and ready to move on with his life.  Fate has other plans as Brendan is pulled back into the battle and away from the normal life that he desired.

Height: 6’2”
Weight: 190 lbs
Hair: Brown
Attributes: Telekinesis, strength, visions, swordsman, energy pulses
Relationships: Dorian (girlfriend), Lizzie (sister), Oscar (father).


Elathan
 
Level of Development in the story: 8
Reason for Level: Elathan is the primary antagonist in the story. His decisions and the motives behind the decisions and action directly impact the plot and drive the action.

Situation: Elathan desires to instigate the megalith union for his own needs.

Height: 6’4”
Weight: 230 lbs
Hair: Golden
Attributes: Telekinesis, strength, swordsman, energy pulses, create Ruas, powers still growing
Relationships: None other than with his followers.

 

The Three Sisters of Death

Level of Development in the story: 6
Reason for Level: The Three Sisters of Death serve to push the story for our heroes.

Situation: Banshees that are loyal to Elathan.

Height: 5’9” to 6’0”
Weight: 115 lbs to 130 lbs
Hair: Black, Red, and Blonde
Attributes: Deadly wail, flight, shape shifter, strength
Relationships: Married to each other.
 



This was an amazing guest post! Really helpful for those who want to become writers.

~ About the Autor ~
When he’s not fighting evil witches and wizards, Brad A. LaMar is an educator who resides in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. He has taught science to middle school students for 12 years and works with teachers facilitating professional development and school improvement. He is married to Lori, a beautiful and supportive woman, and together they’re raising Evan and Paige, two intelligent and wonderful children.

The idea for the Celtic Mythos series came from his love of science fiction and fantasy and the underutilized and abundantly rich folklore of the Celtic people. They are so much more than leprechauns! Brad has always loved a good story, and upon researching the mythos of the Celtic Isles he became enthralled in the type of story he could tell.

Brad has always enjoyed writing, but in the beginning it was more for examples to share with his students than it was for anything else. It wasn’t long before Brad found himself writing every night and submitting his work for publication. Brad finds publishing a tedious and painstaking process, but he says it’s worth it. There are so many more stories to tell, and he can’t wait to get started.

~ Giveaway ~

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Good luck guys and have a scarrrrry Halloween! \^o^/ 

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  1. Chiar interesanta cartea, poate sunt un pic cam mare pentru ea, dar as citi-o cu placere :)

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