Monday, September 19, 2011

Rebecca Russell

Please welcome Rebecca Russell to my blog! She writes MG and YA Dark Fantasy and Horror while living with her family in a Victorian house on five acres of North Florida countryside. She also runs a Vacation Rental Log House on the property: Florida Black Bear Cabin.

She is a fourth generation Floridian. She was born in Gainesville, grew up in Sunrise, lived in Orlando and Jacksonville before moving outside Lake City to care for ailing parents.

The daughter of an Elementary-school principal and secretary, for fourteen years she taught Middle Grades, preferring English and Creative Writing. She had several students’ works published in anthologies as well as her own poetry, photography and stories. Her main interests are her four children ages 22, 19, 16, 11 and Irish hubby of 35 years. She enjoys spending her time writing, drawing, going to movies, reading, discussing philosophy with her 17-year-old son.

Over the course of the next few years she has several books being published.
Be sure to check out the special interactive Middle Grade Reader website for tons of information about Stardust Warriors as well as the other projects Rebecca has in the works.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I was inspired to write Seraphym Wars YA series and Stardust Warriors MG series as a way of alerting our young people to the creeping evil that is taking over entertainment and our very lives without anyone noticing. Every evil event in either series comes directly from actual news events over the past few years. I made up NO evil for the demons to do.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
I planned and prewrote the series for 30 years. The actual first book, which became 2 books of the Seraphym Wars and 6 books of the Stardust Warriors, took 4 years.

Q) Can you talk about the story's evolution and publishing history?
The story evolved through research and collection of news articles; planning and designing the world of Dracwald where the demon-dragons live; creating the characters who became the Vigorios - teen demon hunters with special abilities; then the writing, six rewrites and finally finding a publisher, editing and putting the stories out for the kids to read.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Readers can look forward to the next book, Prophecy of the Seraphym Wars series to come out this month; next month Jeremiah of the Stardust Warriors series comes out; then in January we have Harpies Seraphym Wars, February is Laman Stardust Warriors, April is Mercy Stardust Warriors, June is Magealbash Stardust Warriors. I'm planning out Majikals, the next Seraphym Wars book now and revising the next 3 Stardust Warriors books - Long Tu, Phoebe and Lobo.

Q) Where can readers find you?
I have several websites and blogs where readers can check on my various works in progress, latest releases or newest giveaway/contest news.

Author Website
MG Website
YA Blog
Author Facebook Page
Series Facebook Page
Personal Facebook Page

Zarena Blurb

14-year old Zarena spends time with a Holy Order of Clerics on their hidden world of RevrumNatura, while she receives training in Martial Arts, Herbology, Astronomy, Weaponry and Mind Control. Destined to become the leader of the Vigorios, child warriors, who will assist the Seraphym in the war against the demon-dragons of Dracwald, Zarena grows up in a hurry. Lonely and homesick, she meets a Mermaid who encourages her to talk about her training. Is this new friend too good to be true? Zarena learns a valuable lesson about trust and betrayal—a lesson that will serve her well as leader of the Vigorios.

Prophecy Blurb

For centuries the residents of Solsyl lived in peace and harmony with the planet. Then the dragon-demons arrived, causing the Great Shuddering. Majikals from everywhere scurried to find shelter from the evil while humans hid. Laud regretted his rash decision of exiling the demons on Solsyl and asked one of his advisors, a member of The Conscientia, to protect his people. Jeremiah Holyfield agreed to leave the peaceful world of RevrumNatura for a life of constant strife and fear on the newly renamed planet of Dracwald. But Narciss, ruler of Tartarus and King of the demons, desperately wants what Jeremiah has sworn to protect—a Prophecy of Narciss’s future doom. And Narciss refuses to take no for an answer. But Jeremiah discovers allies along his path and even true love, which he never dreamed possible.
But forever is a long time to protect something without ever letting down one’s guard.

Odessa Blurb

17-year-old Myrna is drawn into the middle of an epic battle between Seraphym and Demons. An average High School student from Florida, struggling with inner demons resulting from an attack when she was 15, she wakes one morning on the Steampunk planet of Dracwald, home of the demon-dragons responsible for her brother’s recent murder as well as many other atrocities in the news. She meets sweet and sensitive Michael, who explains that according to prophecy, Myrna must gather the remaining six Vigorios (teen warriors with special talents) then train with the Majikals on an enchanted island. He accompanies her on the quest, but harbors a secret past that ironically would destroy all the faith she has placed in him. A handsomely roguish Scientist with suspect motives haunts her dreams and makes sudden appearances in unlikely places, while a sensual dragon warrior defends her against her will.

Will love and lust, jealousy, greed, deceit and distrust break the delicate tie that binds these teen warriors called The Vigorios? Can a troupe of teens help the Seraphym finally defeat the massive empire of evil dominated for eons by the demon-dragons of Dracwald?


April 2011-Odessa, Seraphym Wars YA Series-available at Amazon
July 2011-Zarena, Stardust Warriors MG Series
September 2011-Prophecy, Seraphym Wars
October 2011-Don’t Make Marty Mad (adult Horror story)
November 2011-Jeremiah, Stardust Warriors
January 2012-Harpies, Seraphym Wars
February 2012-Laman, Stardust Warriors
April 2012-Mercy, Stardust Warriors
June 2012-Magaelbash, Stardust Warriors


Marva Dasef said...

Rebecca: You have so many tasty books to choose from. I do have Zarena on my Kindle now, but I clearly have some catching up to do on Seraphym Wars.

Best of luck on ALL your many offerings.

Charlie said...

Hi Rebecca,
What fun stories. If this is anything like Odessa, you're going to hook me, hook, line and sinker! Great job.
C.K. Volnek

Rebecca Ryals Russell said...

Pembroke--Thanks so much for hosting me.

Marva and Charlie--thank you for your continued support and encouragement. You guys are the best.