If you haven't broken the rules, have you really lived?
Excalibur has been pulled from the stone, but what does it mean? Arriane (aka Ryan) DuLac doesn’t really care. She's got bigger problems—as student president, she's got to put on the Prom. While the Wizard Council debates their next move, she leaves the craziness behind and heads home.
But she can’t hide forever. Sooner than she’d like Merlin (aka Matt) has her chasing mermaids on the trail of the Fisher King. The wounded King, defeated by Merlin’s brother, Vane, in the past holds the key to save the future.
On the journey, Ryan begins to realize the friends she thought she knew, she may not know at all. At a time of shifting alliances, she must decide whose side she’s on—the brother who struggles to do right or the brother who dares to break the rules? And Ryan must decide who she is—a regular girl or a champion?One wrong decision and her family falls apart. One wrong decision and the world falls apart. No pressure.
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Priya Ardis loves books of all kinds—but especially the gooey ones that make your nose leak and let your latte go cold. She started her first book at sixteen, writing in notebooks on long train rides in India. When not living in her character's world, she might be found at the local coffee shop—her nose buried in a book. A hopeless romantic, she is a longtime member of the Romance Writer’s of America.
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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
My Boyfriend Merlin, Book 1, of the My Merlin Series was my debut YA Arthurian paranormal in late 2011. My Merlin Awakening is Book 2 of My Merlin.
2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
“I can’t believe it’s actually out. I’ve had it in my head for so long. This is awesome.” Followed shortly by… “Eeek, it’s out. I’ve dropped my baby off into the wild. I hope the other kids play nice.”
3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I wanted to write about Excalibur falling in modern times and shortly thereafter I knew where Excalibur was Merlin would shortly follow. I love how organic stories can be.
4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
LOL. I reread the positive ones. Seriously.
5. How long was the writing/planning process?
It depends on the book… sometimes several months. The planning process for the first book is much longer because you are doing a lot of world-building and getting to know your characters. In a series, the key is that the tension has to last through until the end.
6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
When I saw it, I knew it reflected the mood of the book perfectly. The Boyfriend Merlin cover has a younger girl and in Book 1, Ryan is an ingénue. The Awakening cover is more moody and shows the water element in the book off very well.
7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
Currently, I am working on Ever My Merlin, Book 3 in the series.
8. Top 5 books
· Harry Potter (all seven)
· Beauty by Robin McKinley
· Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
· Alanna series by Tamora Pierce
· Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
9. Recommended books
All of the ones above!
10. Why read your novel?
If you’re looking for a paranormal with wizards and gargoyles, this one is for you! In Awakening, you also get to see a few more supernatural creatures like mermaids. But in the end this is a story about a girl finding herself and deciding what (and who) she wants in her life.
But before we do, I have some awesome news:
My Merlin Awakening is currently a Barnes and Noble Teen NookBook Bestseller!
My Boyfriend Merlin, Book 1, is currently in Barnes and Noble's Top 100!
AHHHHHHH HURRAH!! To view the list go HERE!!!!!!