Monday, September 22, 2014

Christina Weigand, Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two



AUTHOR: Christina Weigand
BOOK TITLE: Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two
GENRE: YA Christian Fantasy
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing
BUY LINK:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/palace-of-the-three-crosses-christina-weigand/1116894510?ean=2940148717713

To celebrate the first anniversary of the release of Palace of the Three Crosses, all three books are on special for $2.99.

Please tell us about yourself.

Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of four. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Cranberry Twp. Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.

When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church and volunteering at her daughter’s school helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing. 

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?

That’s hard to say. I am a mother of a teenager, a wife of a self-employed wonderful man. I volunteer at my daughter’s school. I don’t have another job outside the house so I guess you would say I am a full time writer. But the writing works around everything else in my life and is just a part of the full-time me. I write when my daughter is at school and since she is a teenager and doesn’t require my undivided attention I even write when she is home. I try and spend the mornings doing housekeeping, marketing, email and Facebook (my biggest distraction) and then the afternoons are supposed to be dedicated to writing. Most times the schedule doesn’t work out that way. Like my writing my scheduling is more a  by the seat of the pants endeavor.

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve written all my life. But I seriously started writing when my last daughter was born. I had already pretty much raised three children as a stay at home mom and we decided that I would do the same with our fourth child. About the same time I had a couple bad experiences with jobs and God put it on my heart, although I didn’t realize it was Him at the time, to pursue my writing. So I took Writing for Children at the Institute of Children’s Literature and the rest is history.

What inspired you to write your first book?

The easy answer is God. Palace of the Twelve Pillars started out as an assignment to write a short story for the writing course I was taking. That story Aaron’s Revenge was about a boy who wakes up one morning to find out he is a prince and wizard and not a simple farmboy. The first thing I realized after having finished the story was that there was too much story to tell in a short story and it had to be a novel. The second thing I realized, that I as a reader was what brought that boy to this place in his life, who were his parents, his siblings, his extended family. So Palace of the Twelve Pillars was born.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?

Lea Schizas and the wonderful people at MuseItUp Publishing are my publishers.  The Catholic Writers Guild was hosting their annual online writing conference. MuseItUp was one of the publishers taking pitches at the conference. I had just started shopping Palace of the Twelve Pillars and they seemed like a match, so I pitched to Lea. She not only asked to see the first book in the trilogy but synopsis’s for the other two books as well as a timeline for their completion.

What are your current projects?

I am working on an epic fantasy. It starts at the birth of Christianity and I insert dragons into different periods to deal with the events from that period of time.  Recently God has put on me to write about current events with my dragons and several characters I have been developing.

I am a little nervous about this project, because I am dealing with some very volatile events and I struggle with how much to put in the books. Of course it is a fictionalized version but this is the first time I have ever dealt with something so current and powerful. I only pray that God will give me the strength to pursue it fearlessly.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?

Twitter: @CAWeigand
Email: palaceofthetwelvepillars@gmail.com

Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.

Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two is the second book in the Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy. It picks up where Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One left off. Prince Brandan and Prince Joachim have returned to Wryzburg to bury their father and recover from the wounds of war.  
Brandan and Joachim have returned from the brink of Hell, but everyone questions if they are truly healed and one with Asha.

As each prince tries to readjust to life, they must face the funeral of their father and their missing mother.

They each take on the responsibility of ruling a country with new wives by their sides, but can they and the countries survive the trials that will ensue because of their choices?

What genre do you write in and why?

YA Christian Fantasy. To provide to middle-grade and YA readers a balanced reading palette. While they may be reading vampire books and the like I also want them to see God’s side and to have a fuller, more well-balanced vision of what is out there, so they can make informed choices in their lives.

What is your experience working or being around children or teens?

Besides having four children of my own, three of which are grown, I also have spent time working in the schools that my children attended helping in the library and in the classroom helping with reading and writing.

What influences your writing?

God is my first influence. Then comes life and my family.

Is this your first published children’s work? What other types of writing have you done?

This is the second book in a trilogy. All three books in the Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy are now available in ebook format. The titles to look for Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One, Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two and Sanctuary of Nine Dragons: Book Three. I have also written a Bible Study for women entitled Women of the Bible: A Study.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Read, play games on Facebook, watch television, go to my daughter’s volleyball games and theater activities, travel (although I’m not sure that counts, since I write while I travel).  Now that I think about it I do very little when I am not writing, because there is very little time when I am not writing. I tend to combine activities with my writing. So even when I am not holding a pen or sitting at my computer a part of me is still writing, whether it is spying out a new character, listening to an interesting conversation or plotting the next scene in my book.

What books have most influenced your life?
The Holy Bible




EXCERPT:


Derdrom walked forward leading Lilia in chains. 

“We could have been one happy family, but now, I have to kill the two of you along with Lilia. You brats have put me in disfavor with Sidramah, and the only way to regain his favor is to get rid of all three of you. I had hoped to spare at least one, but alas, that is now impossible. The only question is…who’s first? The time has come for a decision.”

Brandan stood beside Joachim, his face working with barely controlled rage. Brandan lunged toward Waldrom.

Waldrom sensed the presence of magic and glanced behind him. Rupert and Lukan stood behind him. He grabbed Lilia and pulled her close, placing his short sword at her throat. “I suggest you stop, or I will cut her throat,” he warned Brandan. To emphasize his point, he pressed the sword against her skin puncturing her flesh.

Brandan, with sword drawn, took another step.

“I wouldn’t do that, unless you want your mother's corpse on your hands.”

Brandan advanced, as Waldrom muttered a spell to compel the king to keep moving and cut a little deeper drawing blood. He felt Lilia quivering in his arms.

A woman stepped out of the chapel, carrying a sword covered in blood. “Brandan, what are you doing? There’s a battle being fought. Why are you out here and not inside helping me?”

Waldrom glanced at the new arrival. He did not recognize her and turned his attention back to Brandan, who was still advancing. “Well, I see you’ve gone and made yourself right at home. You even found a strumpet to help warm the place up. I should have known you wouldn’t waste any time. Sorry to break up this little party, but it’s still my kingdom. I would greatly appreciate if you would all leave. But, since you won’t go, I’ll have to remove you myself. Where were we? I was deciding which of you to kill. I see, though, a few have been added to the numbers. All the more fun for me. Although it may be a little more painful for you, but that doesn’t matter. Should Lilia remain my first choice?”

* * * *

Magda grabbed Brandan's arm. She recognized Waldrom and had as much against him as Brandan and her father. “Wait, Brandan, I will deal with this.”

She moved toward Waldrom, but a voice in her head cautioned her. “Don’t reveal yourself. This is not our battle. Walk away. Let Waldrom do what he will.” She glanced around. Whose voice did she hear? It sounded like Melvane, but he was nowhere in sight. Upon further consideration, she realized this wasn’t her battle. She had every reason to want Waldrom out of the way, and if she let him get rid of these humans and the Kningrad, then she could deal with him at my leisure.

The voice spoke again. “That is right, let Waldrom do what he may, and then we will take care of him.”
Magda dropped her sword arm. “Brandan I don’t know what’s going on here, but I don’t want any part of it.” She turned and walked back into the chapel. “Hurry up and finish out here. I’ve taken care of those in the chapel so we can begin the joining once you’ve ended things. we’ve a joining to conclude. I’ll be waiting.” She slammed the door behind her. Waldrom’s voice followed her into the echoing chamber of the chapel.

Waldrom laughed. “Brandan, I would say you haven’t made a very good choice. You should be grateful I am going to end your life so you don’t have to put up with her much longer. Now where was I?”

* * * *

Joachim wanted to run to Lilia, but his head whirled. Stars floated in front of his eyes, their motion making him sick with dizziness. He stepped up to stand beside Brandan. “Waldrom, I’m afraid you’re mistaken. First, you are seriously outnumbered. Second, what makes you think you can use Mother to blackmail us? Such childishness, using a woman to negotiate, instead of dealing on a man-to-man level. Let her go, and we will discuss your surrender. I don’t want to kill you.”

Brandan pushed Joachim aside. “You may not, brother, but I do. He will stop at nothing to destroy me, and I can’t let that happen.”

A group of Brandan's personal guard came charging down the hall. Waldrom pushed the sword point a little further into Lilia's throat. “I see you boys still don’t agree on anything. I suggest you stop the group of soldiers from attacking me. Rupert, I know you’re back there, trying to form a spell to stop me. That wouldn’t be a good idea either.”

The tableau unfolded before Joachim's eyes. Waldrom, in the center of the circle holding Lilia with a short sword slicing her throat and Brandan, his long sword drawn, advancing on Waldrom. Rupert and Lukan stood motionless behind Waldrom. Lukan had his sword drawn. Conflicting voices rang in Joa's head. “Kill them all. You don’t need them.” Other voices calling, “Joachim save them. They need you.”

Lukan yelled, “Sire, watch out behind you.”

Joachim started and turned as a Mantion rushed at him. He pulled his short sword from his scabbard and stood before the coming onslaught. As the attacker reached him, he swung his weapon cutting and angering the Mantion. The foe sliced at Joachim's knees with his knife, leaving a gash in his thigh. When Joachim doubled over in pain, the Mantion leapt on his back and pummeled the king. Suddenly, the weight of the attacker lifted from his back. Joachim fearfully turned his head, expecting to see the Mantion standing over him ready to deliver the kill stroke.


2 comments:

  1. Four children and you can still find time to write!

    Nice interview.

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  2. Wow, I'm amazed that you somehow find time to write and get books published while raising 4 kids. You are a super hero! Plus your books sound amazing.

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