The Battle for Arcanon Major Blog Tour

November 8, 2013 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Interviews, Reviews 1 ★★★★

The Battle for Arcanon Major Blog Tour

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The Battle for Arcanon Major Blog TourThe Battle for Arcanon Major by Alexandra May
Series: The Lost Dacomé Files #1
on 7/20/2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 162
Format: eBook
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“As daughter of our ruler I grew up in the crossfire of an ongoing war... All I’d ever wanted to be was a great warrior and ultimately lead my people into victorious battles."

With only a small army at her command Halíka Dacomé, a skilled warrior and daughter of the Elemental King, is ready to lead one final battle to save her planet. A battle against the savage, bloodthirsty Primords who want to extinguish the diminished race of Elementals once and for all.

But before battle commences her father is given an ultimatum from the enemy leader, Arfron Uhnok. If the king agrees, Halíka Dacomé must marry Arfron Uhnok to prevent further bloodshed. If the king disagrees they, as a race, will all perish.

Horrified by her fathers decision Halíka Dacomé leads her army onward regardless of the consequences. Because her heart belongs to another. A love that blossomed many years ago. A love that her father has forbidden.

Halíka faces her toughest battle yet and learns that not all battles are those fought with a sword...

The Battle for Arcanon Major is an epic love story set against the backdrop of war and is the first Prequel to Elemental: The First.

Today I have an interview with The Battle for Arcanon Major author Alex May. Check below the interview for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or Paypal cash.

Review

This book follows Halika Dacome, the leader of the army and the daughter of the king. Her people once ruled their planet but now they are almost extinct and are fighting to save the one last city (Arcanon Major) from their enemies. She saves her people from the threat but is ultimately betrayed.

What I liked about this novel was while much of the novel had an alien feel, you could really get inside of Halika’s feelings and thoughts. She was torn between loyalty to her father, and saving her people. It was a roller coaster of ups and downs and ultimately a bittersweet ending.

I would have liked to have a bit more development on a few of the characters, as it would have helped me to understand their motivations more. And the king and the enemy leader remained a bit one-dimensional. It would have been more enjoyable if they were a bit more rounded with more good qualities.

Ultimately though this was a nice, quick read and I look forward to reading other novels in this series one day.

Interview with Author Alex May

Hey! Thank you for having me on this blog. It’s a real pleasure to be here!!

Can you talk a little about what the book is about?

Certainly! The main character is Overlord of the Arcanon Army and a woman. Her father is the King, but this is a land where titles aren’t used so although Halíka Dacomé is a Princess, she isn’t ever known as that.

All her life Halíka wanted to fight wars. Not surprising considering her country has been at war since before she was born. So the book starts at dawn before the final battle, however Halíka Dacomé is called to meet with her father in the palace. Her father knows that if the war is lost their race will die. Only a few thousand are left so Halíka is surprised when her father issues an ultimatum. Marry the enemy leader and their lives will be spared. She doesn’t agree with this preferring to take her chances on the battlefield. Her father is kept as a hostage and so Halíka must fight. If she wins her father will go free. But she is outnumbered hugely.

Surprisingly for her, her best friends fly in and help her win the battle. But, the enemy is only sent running, not defeated. She is persuaded with her childhood sweetheart to take action and fight for supremacy. With disastrous consequences.

She is betrayed by someone close to her and her world starts to fall apart.

Where did you get the idea for the book?

I always wanted to write books about warrior women and I always wanted to create a role model for teens and young adults. So, originally I wrote Elemental: The First. The main character is a direct descendant of Halíka Dacomé. She discovers she has unusual abilities all because of what blood flows in her veins. While writing this story I wanted to give people an idea of who Halíka Dacomé was before she came to Earth.

What message do you want readers to get from reading the book?

That we are all infallible. And matters of the heart can often blind us and make us do things we would not normally do.

How long did it take to write the book?

Three months, off and on. I think I wrote the majority in about six weeks but I wanted time to reflect afterwards and ended up adding a few more characters that I think the story needed.

Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?

I wanted a fun character so I made Jerík, Halíka’s brother is a little bit younger and less serious than everyone else. He was a great character to write.

Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?

With most of my books, I know how it begins and how it ends. Then I fill in the story with the events that lead to the finalé. Following that all I have to do is join the links together to get the story. I had a very clear story line when I wrote this one and I didn’t divert from it at all.

If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?

I’m not sure I would change anything. I’ve read a few reviews that say there’s maybe too much of the battle. However the story IS about a battle so….

How did you come up with the cover?

As this is the first of The Lost Dacomé Files I wanted some sort of text showing. My graphic designer found something that looked like a newsprint. Following that we added the main shadow and the fire underneath with the magical flare in the centre depicting Halíka’s magic.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I actually wrote my first prose when I was six. But I think I knew during my teens I wanted to write a book, I just didn’t know what to write about. From 2001 I started putting some ideas together but something always got in the way. Work, job, not enough time etc.

What are you favorite books and authors?

Hmm, I love Tamora Pierce. Her Alanna Series was one of the first series that I fell in love with. Every release date of Tamora’s next books I was on the doorstep of the local bookshop waiting for my copy!

What are you working on next?

I’m currently writing Elemental: Circle of Fire which is Book 2 of the Primord Series. This one is the modern day version of Halíka Dacomé. Following that it will have to be Pyrhon’s Sphere – Lost Dacomé Files Book 2

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Don’t stop after you release your first book. Keeping writing and developing. And take your time. There is no rush.

Giveaway

Ends 11/13/13

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About Alexandra May

Alexandra May is an English author of three books, bringing together the epic saga of Halíka Dacomé and her modern day equivalent, Rose Frost.

Elemental: The First, Elemental: Origin and The Battle for Arcanon Major draw in Alexandra’s love of strong women characters, sci-fi, history, romance and a little warmongering on the side!

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