Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rebecca Ryals Russell Talks about Her Books

Today, I welcome Rebecca Ryals Russell back to my blog.  Ms. Russell is a very busy writer and has several releases to talk about today.

Odessa is a dark fantasy/supernatural/Steampunk adventure about 17-year old Myrna who finds herself transported to the demon-dragon world of Dracwald where she must fulfill a prophecy. She goes through hell avoiding death by dragon-demons, monsters and natural disasters while finding the rest of her army—a group of teens called The Vigorios (demon-slayers). Each contains majik they didn’t realize they had and has to learn to handle this new talent while surviving being hunted. But Myrna is struggling with more than just external demons.
She also fights an internal battle due to an attack at age 15 by three red-eyed demons in the guise of teenaged boys. Her brother saved her at the last minute, but 2 years later these same boys killed him. This created all kinds of problems for Narciss, Ruler of Tartarus and head demon, but that’s another part of the story. Needless to say, in the end, those three demon boys regretted moving in on Myrna.
As a result, though, Myrna doesn’t trust men easily—and that becomes a problem for her on this quest. First she meets Michael, coppery red curls and goatee, icy blue eyes, sweet and smart—he teaches her how to hunt using a sword and becomes her mentor. Then there’s Bartholomew, dark, handsome Pistrologist (scientist who studies sea dragons) with long black hair and black soulful eyes (or are they soulless?), suave and sexy—she feels drawn to him like a moth to a flame. Lastly, there’s Conall who just shows up one day during a dragon battle and saves all their butts, then disappears only to reappear the next time Myrna is in danger. After a few times of this he tags along with the group. Coal black skin, heavily muscled all over, with long auburn hair and dark eyes, wearing only a loin-cloth because as a demon-hunter he needs to move freely, Myrna feels an instant attraction to him, but doesn’t want to feel it. So she pushes him away.
The word Odessa is Latin for odyssey, as in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. It means journey or quest. I chose this as a title for my book because of the journey or quest Myrna undertakes. Traveling from the northeast corner of Dracwald, she and Michael journey on foot to the southwest corner where the Majikals live on Caldelub Island. Along the way they collect as many of the Vigorios as they can find. And like Hercules, she encounters one difficulty after another threatening everyone’s safety and the fulfillment of the Prophecy.
Odessa is part of the Seraphym Wars Series for YA readers who enjoy Dark Fantasy/Steampunk/Supernatural. As Myrna is reminded over and over, Mind the Signs.
The next book in the series, Prophecy, comes out this month. It is about Reverend Jeremiah Holyfield and his trials and tribulations in protecting the Prophecy of Solsyl. You see, Narciss, King of Tartarus, wants the Prophecy because he’s heard it details his demise. But Jeremiah, an immortal member of the Conscientia, left his home at Revrum Natura, to live on Solsyl, renamed Dracwald by the dragons, and protect the Prophecy.
Another series I’ve written based on the world of Dracwald, is the MG series Stardust Warriors. The first book in that series, Zarena, came out in July. In it, fourteen-year-old Zarena wakes on Revrum Natura one day to discover her destiny as leader of the Vigorios. While there, she is trained by the Conscientia, Laud’s Holy Order of Advisors. But she also meets her fate without realizing it until it’s almost too late.

Zarena Blurb
14-year old Zarena spends time with a Holy Order of Clerics on their hidden world of Revrum Natura, 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 Revrum Natura 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?


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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

Rebecca Ryals Russell 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.


  1. Thanks, Penny and Rebecca. The books sound fascinating, and your hat is stunning. Happy book sales!

  2. Thank you for allowing me back on your blog, Penny.

  3. Joylene, thanks for stopping by. I've enjoyed working with Rebecca on a couple of her books and I highly recommend them.

  4. Rebecca, it's my pleasure and I hope you'll come back again to update us on your many projects.