Thursday, May 5, 2016

Blog Tour/Spotlight: Solus Series by Devri Walls

Book 1: Wings of Arian

Series: Solus
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Number of pages: 484

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.

She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

Book 2: Wings of Tavea

Series: Solus
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication Date: February 20, 2013
Number of pages: 364

Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros.

Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora’s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble.

Book 3: Wings of Nestor

Series: Solus
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication Date: September 20, 2013
Number of pages: 332

​Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing—how can she stop the Shadow from using her dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.

Kiora’s search will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and lead straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years.

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, the rebels are hurtling toward one outcome: war. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path, but will fate allow it? Or will it teach her a hard lesson about following her own destiny?

Book 4: Wings of Lomay

Series: Solus
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
Number of pages: 372

In defense of the small remaining group of rebels, Kiora has to cross lines she never thought she would, making her redefine not only herself, but what’s right and wrong. Outnumbered and out of time, Kiora turns to the only two groups that could help; the Shifters and the Dragons. But will either of them come to their aid?

As they prepare for a war against the evil army, Kiora must lead the rebels and find the strength within herself to defeat Jasmine.

Kiora’s the Solace. She’s their only hope.

Devri Walls lives in Kuna ID with her husband, two kids and one very bouncy lab. After suffering from an abundance of creativity with not enough places to put it, she turned to writing. Which in the end, turned out to be exactly where she should have been putting it all along.

Guest Post: Finish the Book

​One of the most frequently asked questions that I get is, What advice would you give to a new writer?

Finish the book.

Before you finish that eye roll, this is a huge problem. You see, writers start judging their own work the second it’s on the page. Then they start comparing the rough draft that they just spit out to books they’ve read. It, of course, doesn’t seem to compare.

Some push along for a little while longer but ultimately decide that the book isn’t good enough, set it aside, and start a new one. The problem with this is that the cycle will repeat itself over and over again until the would-be-author has an enormous pile of half finished manuscripts and nothing more.

Rough drafts got their name because frankly, they suck! I read through my roughs wondering what on earth I was thinking, having no idea what part of it was even suppose to mean, and wondering what happened to me since my last release and how I’ve suddenly lost the ability to craft words!? I mean, that last book was good, but I’ve clearly digressed several centuries. Then I remember, it’s a rough draft. A book becomes a book and a wanna-be because an author in the EDITS.

Editing can turn garbage into gold, mediocrity into brilliance. And the more you edit, the better you’ll get. You have no idea how many times your favorite author has rewritten your favorite line before it got to the point that it touched in a way you can’t quite describe.

Finish. That. Book. Then, and only then, can you start down the path to become a writer.

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Devri Walls said...

I appreciate your time! Thanks for having me!

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