A Bloodline’s Echo
The Avadi Series, #1
by M. R. Pilot
Date of Publication: December 29th 2017
Cover Artist: Illustration - JDSarte
Typography - Rebeca
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance
Tagline: A missing father. A handsome stranger. A feud within the Avadi. Cori will find out who she is in this tale of romance and adventure.
Eighteen-year-old Cori has been tucked into a corner of Verbena her entire life. With no memory of a father and an abusive mother, her escape came in the form of living and working in her town’s inn, a place that happens to be owned by her best friend. Cori was all but resigned to the uneventful and dutiful life as a barkeep.
That is, until a hooded stranger showed up—just in time to witness an incident Cori herself cannot believe—and changed everything. Now Cori must leave Sagebrush, the only place she has ever known, setting off to discover love, adventure, heartbreak, and more about herself and the world she lives in than she could have ever imagined.
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Moonlight peeking through branches illuminates his face, allowing me to examine his features. I thought it was odd that he kept his hood up, even inside the Oak Hand. Aside from hardened lines drawn by worry, his face holds youth. He can’t be much older than I am.
He looks to the side as if considering his response, his hood falling back a bit. He has light freckles splashed across his cheekbones, long fair eyelashes and a square, chiseled jawbone. When his hazel eyes return to me, they flicker with amusement.
“Am I following you? Hmm. I don’t think so. Is the moth’s intent to follow the flame? I don’t know that either. But I can understand why the moth is drawn in by the flame. It’s intriguing, isn’t it? How something with the potential for such destruction can dance around with the innocence of a child?” he asks, his eyes lighting up and widening. “From the looks of it, you’re trying to run away from your discovery. You can’t—you carry it with you. May I ask where you’re headed?”
By now his hood has fallen to his shoulders and, even in the dark, I can tell his hair is a short, untamed crimson. This strange encounter is not what I expected from this still nameless, shadowy figure.
Resigned, I shake my head and sigh. “I’m looking for something I lost long ago, something that went in this direction. Who are you?”
He doesn’t bear an emblem, but I hadn’t pegged him for a trader anyway. He smiles and reaches out a hand in greeting. “I’m Rylo. Corinth, right? Although the dark-haired gentleman, perhaps your male counterpart, called you something else. What did you lose, a pet? I’m good with animals. I can help you find it.”
I grip Rylo’s hand. We both pause momentarily, assessing the situation. The contact generates heat far too quickly, and I break the connection.
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M. R. Pilot is an avid reader, coffee-drinker and animal lover. When she’s not cleaning teeth, she’s partaking in Alaskan hikes, watching anime, relentless page-turning and/or keyboard clicking. She loves to talk about any of those things for an indiscriminate amount of time—feel free to reach out if you do, too.
What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I’m a couple of weeks out from typing “THE END” on my side project manuscript—an urban fantasy titled The Curse of Luma. I have fully plotted and started the second installment of The Avadi Series, so writing-wise I’m rooting for myself to have that drafted, edited and published before 2019. My permanent writing goal is to never be discouraged and always find joy in it. It’s the most fulfilling kind of fun I’ve ever had.
Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
A bit of both, if that makes any sense. Sitting myself down and concentrating on getting it into words can be challenging. But once I get into it, the day passes in a blink. The story continuously develops in my head; from the moment of conception, my characters to feel real to me. I don’t feel like I made them up, or that they have anything to do with me at all, only that I discovered them. But editing…editing is a trial in self-discipline.
If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional characters, who would they be?
FIVE?! That’s so generous, but somehow not enough! Hmm… to start off, Auri from The Name of the Wind, if we could convince her to come along. Might as well bring Elodin from the same world. Solembum from The Inheritance Cycle. I’d pull a couple from a favorite anime: Luffy and Nami from One Piece; Luffy because he’d make everything fun—I bet Auri would like him—and Nami because one of my dogs is named after her. Now all these other characters are pouting in my head, but I’ll be here all day if I give in.
Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
I want to move to Japan SO badly, so I’d go there. I’d climb Mt Fuji, I’d take trains everywhere, I’d go to every anime convention, I’d soak it all in and let it inspire me. I’d write when I wasn’t adventuring. 😊
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