Author interview for Angela Wallace and “Dreamstealer” book release announcement


Today I have an interview for you all with one of the blog regulars who happens to also be an awesome fantasy author.  Angela has agreed to be here today and answer a few of my, um, fun questions.  She’s just released her latest full-length novel, Dreamstealer, which is the sequel to her novella, Dreamwalker, from her series.

I’ve read both and can vouch for them being awesome with a tough female lead.  Check out the interview and book information below.  If you’re interested, leave a comment.  She has offered to give away a copy of Dreamwalker to one random commenter so they can try the series out!

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INTERVIEW:

*Note- my responses to Angela’s answers are in italics.

Tell us something dark about yourself.

People seem to be getting more and more reckless and impatient on the road, and I can’t tell you how many times in the past year I’ve almost been run off the freeway or squashed into a semi. I may or may not have envisioned installing a nail gun inside my front bumper with a control panel on my steering wheel…

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I want one of those too!

You are on a deserted island and can only choose one beverage to have besides water.  What would it be?

Uh, cyanide? Me and islands don’t do well. For one thing, insects run rampant. For another, prolonged exposure to the beach irritates my asthma (sucks, right?)

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Here at Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path we thrive on people suffering.  No cyanide for you!

If you had to choose between a bullwhip, cat o’ nine tails, or a crop, which would you pick?

Hm, I like the distance a bullwhip gives. But my all-time favorite weapon/implement of damage is the sai. Give me a pair of those.

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Mistress of the Dark Path does not recall there being a fourth option, but since she’s going to make you suffer on that island she might consider letting you have a sai.  You can try killing the bugs with that.  Good luck!

What mythical creature would you be and why?

Oh, that’s really hard, because while I love many mythical creatures, I wouldn’t necessarily want to be them. Like a dragon—not really into scales. I’d probably want to be a phoenix, but my version from my first novel Phoenix Feather where I get to shapeshift into a human if I want.

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I’m not so sure about the burning up every so often for that particular creature, but to each her own 🙂

Your character in Dreamstealer, Lexa, can enter people’s dreams and even manipulate them.  Now be honest and tell us what you would do if you had this ability?
Aside from mounting a dragon and flying off to battle, or kickin’ it with the Avengers? Oh, wait, I’ve already done that in my dreams. Hm, I suppose I would track down some famous actors, bring a scene from my book to life in their dreams, and subtly suggest they call their agent as soon as they wake up and demand they be cast in that role. “What’s that you say? The book doesn’t have a movie deal yet? Well let’s do it!”

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I just knew there was a naughty side to you!

What first inspired you to write your series?

Goodness, actually the original version of the first book, Dreamwalker, was written eight years ago, and I don’t remember what inspired it. As for the sequel, I never meant for there to be one, until my readers insisted I write it. I’m glad they did.

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You can just go ahead and admit you wanted a chance to screw with people’s dreams, but since you couldn’t, you wrote about someone else doing it instead.  It’s okay, I totally get it.

How long does it usually take to research/write them?

About four months. The first draft is the hardest for me, but once it’s down, I have a much easier time fixing it and fleshing it out.

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Yeah, that first draft is certainly the toughest part!

Give one unique fact about your series that makes it different from the others in its genre.

There are actually two settings in the Dreamwalker books: the “real world” or fantasy world, and the dreamscape. The dreamscape is where most of the magic takes place. In that realm, anything is possible if you can dream it up (unfortunately, that goes for the bad guys too). The configurations are dazzling and always changing, and I get to play with being more of a nature poet when describing those settings.

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Yep, both of the worlds you’ve created are fascinating, but the dreamscape is certainly the most unique.

When do you plan to release the next book in the series?

I’m already working on the next installment of the Dreamwalker saga, and hope to release it this fall, maybe late summer if I work really fast. 😉

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So glad to hear it!

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I want to thank Angela for coming on here today for the interview.  It was really nice to put the spotlight on her and her work.  She had to put up with a little bit of sarcasm from me, but thankfully she’s used to it.  Don’t forget to check out the details on her series below and leave a comment.

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Angela author picAUTHOR BIO:

Angela Wallace has been penning adventures ever since she was sucked through a magical portal as a child. What she saw and whom she met gave birth to exciting and complex fantasy worlds where defying the laws of physics was a bonus. She has since come back down to earth, only to discover this mortal realm has magic of its own. Now she is quite at home in the world of urban fantasy, though believes that love, faith, and hope are of a stronger magic than fire wielding and sorcery. She loves gun-toting good boys, and could have been a cop in another life except real blood makes her queasy. She’ll have to stick to solving supernatural mysteries. Language is her pleasure, whether it’s weaving words on a page or lassoing linguistics into translations as a sign language interpreter. Angela is currently working on her next book.

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AUTHOR LINKS:

Website

Newsletter

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

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BOOKS

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Dreamstealer-AngelaWallace-500x750SUMMARY:

When her kingdom’s former enemy suspects their princess is a budding dreamwalker, Lexa is drafted out of retirement and sent to Teltania under the worst guise she could imagine: a Lady Diplomat. It would be a simple mission—confirm the twelve-year-old girl is a dreamwalker, and if so, train her.

But danger awaits her arrival, for many would seek to woo and control a young mind with such rare power. Lexa doesn’t know who to trust—the steward who knows her true identity, the visiting Duke with an avid interest in the princess, or even her own country, whose motives for sending her to Teltania are less than savory. Lexa is used to meeting opposition with a sharp sword or a right hook, but now she’ll have to navigate hidden agendas and outward threats while trying not to wrinkle her dress.

The waking world isn’t the only place that presents peril. The dream realm is growing dangerous, and Lexa’s powers are suddenly waning when she needs them most. How can she train and protect the young princess if she can no longer dreamwalk herself? Alone in a foreign country, Lexa must discover who the true enemy is, both waking and dreaming, before whoever it is comes to claim them both.

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PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon US

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

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AW-Dreamwalker-432x648SUMMARY:

A novella

After Lexa’s comrade died saving her life, she retired from the special forces and retreated to a sanctuary in the mountains. A year later, war is brewing with the neighboring country, and Lexa discovers a threat even the army can’t stand against–a dream assassin. As the only other dreamwalker in known existence, Lexa returns to the capital of Artasia and her old post to protect her country’s leaders. But is the cocky, mysterious dreamwalker who seems to be stalking her the true mastermind? Or is something even more sinister threatening not just Artasia, but the dreamscape as well? As Lexa fights to protect those she loves, she discovers a power that can transcend worlds, and a destiny she never could have imagined.

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PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon US

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

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EXCERPT FROM DREAMSTEALER:

Lexa reached the first floor and shoved open the doors to the library.
Elonso sat in a chair in the back, but jumped up at the raucous entrance. The book he’d been reading thudded on the floor. She marched toward him, grabbed him by the front of his shirt, and slammed him against a bookcase. The entire thing shuddered and a few books slipped off and hit the floor.
“You lied about seeing Taryn in the village. Where is she?”
“I…” he stammered, “don’t know what you’re talking about.” He held his hands up defensively.
She slammed his back against the shelves a second time and pinned her arm across his chest. “Someone saw you up by the cliffs, not in the village. What are you hiding?”
His pupils were dilated and sweat had broken out on his forehead, but Elonso didn’t respond. There wasn’t time for this. Lexa dropped his shirt and punched him in the side of the head. The academic hit the floor, out cold. Lexa sank into a chair and entered the dreamscape. From there, she summoned up the door to Elonso’s unconscious mind and slipped through it.
“One last time, where is Taryn?” she said, snapping Elonso out of his daze. He looked around at the swirling blackness of his mind and his eyes widened in fear.
“Don’t touch me, witch!” He tried to scramble away, but there was nowhere to go. “Get out of my mind!”
Lexa frowned. Did he know about her dreamwalking? What about Taryn’s? Had he done something to her in retaliation or prejudiced fear? She envisioned a knife in her hand and it swirled to life. Elonso looked around frantically. He didn’t need to know that as long as they stayed in his mind, the knife couldn’t hurt him.
“Do you know who I am?” Lexa asked.
His fear briefly turned to hatred and he spat at her. “Artasian devil.”
She had to smirk at never hearing that one before. “Then you know what I’m capable of. I won’t ask you again.” She took a deliberate step forward, the knifepoint aimed at him.
Elonso’s mind rippled to life with images of four men emerging from the woods as he and Taryn walked along the cliffs. Taryn stepped behind her tutor, visibly unnerved by the roguish looking men that approached them. One held a coil of rope, another a knife. A third stepped forward and nodded to Elonso.
The tutor moved aside and placed a hand on Taryn’s shoulder. “Remember, she’s not to be harmed.” He pushed her toward the men.
Taryn screamed as they descended on her. She kicked, but they quickly had her arms bound and her mouth gagged. Then they dragged her back into the woods. Elonso watched until they disappeared, and then resumed his leisurely stroll. Money hadn’t even exchanged hands.
“No!” he shouted as the memory of his treachery played out. He swung his arms, blurring the images, but Lexa had seen enough. Those men had instructions not to harm Taryn, but if it was ransom, why hadn’t the castle heard anything? And why had the princess’s tutor set up the abduction? Lexa wanted to ask those questions, but she couldn’t risk that those men intended to disappear with the princess. She had to find them fast.
Elonso whirled and gave her a feral snarl. “I should have given them you!”
Lexa arched her arm back and threw the knife into his leg. She left him screeching and yowling as she exited his mind.

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~ by Suzie on April 27, 2013.

5 Responses to “Author interview for Angela Wallace and “Dreamstealer” book release announcement”

  1. Love it! I would love to dream-control a movie deal for one of my (future) books 🙂

  2. […] hope you enjoyed the sneak peek. I was also on Mistress of the Dark Path’s blog this weekend for an interview. Curious if I have a naughty side? […]

  3. Four months? I’m very impressed! 😀

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