Thursday, May 17, 2018

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Rebirth (Birds of Change, #1) by A.J. Wharton

Birds of Change, #1
by A.J. Wharton
Date of Publication: April 15th 2018
Publisher: Angela Wharton       
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Tagline: What’s your talent?

In a world divided between those who are talented and those who aren’t, Vici is a city governed by an egotistical Praetor driven by his hatred for the gifted individuals—the Tallents—who he considers a plague. Tallents are forced into the shadows, for fear that they will be caught and executed.

An explosion rocks the city to its very foundation; the sole survivor a young woman with no memories of her past. Her only tie to her previous life is a silver necklace with the name Asylia inscribed. Risen from the ashes, she pieces herself together while taking control of her emerging fire talent. She must be careful; one mistake and she will end up like all the other Tallents who have faced the Praetor’s wrath.

Harbored by a mysterious group called Revival, the young woman discovers that the people of Vici are disappearing at an alarming rate. Together with her new friends, she must rally against the Praetor’s tyranny, racing to free the city in hopes that she isn’t too late to bring peace to this world in turmoil. 

A rustling chain nearby; my body feels weak and heavy as the darkness surrounds me. Cold numbness fills my body. The razor-sharp wind cascades past my face. A shattering noise wakes me up to the icy wind whipping across my body. The current turns me over and over as if I’m a mere plaything for the air around me. My eyes spring open and struggle against the oncoming current. I am high in the air above the city. Beneath me, bright lights of buildings stretch as far as I can see. I panic as I fall faster and faster toward the ground.
A bright light emanates from behind me and lights up the night sky as the pulse of power fuels an explosion above me. I twist and turn as I rocket toward the ground. Something is attached to me and squirming to get out of my reach. Got to hold on; got to hold on just a little longer. A black, crumpled mass tears from my body, its claws ripping at my flesh as it disappears above me. My body rocks from it, picking up pace as my arms flail around, helpless against the downward pull of gravity. Beneath me, I recognize the building as the one they had shown when Praetor Fraus delivered his announcement. It isn’t how I remembered seeing it though. When I last saw it, it was charred and broken, but this building looks pristine. The city fills my vision as I soar closer and closer. Brilliant glistening buildings formed almost a perfect circle: the edge of the city outlined by crystalline magenta walls.

A mangled voice comes from behind me, but the wind makes it hard to make out what it is saying. I see through the glass ceiling of the building and I try to change my path, but I burst through the glass as fire surrounds me.

Author Info
Angela lives in the small capital of Delaware. An avid gamer and superhero fan, she spends most of her free time playing video games. With her work, she travels for hours at a time and that’s where she discovered her love for audiobooks. Angela would get wrapped up in the story, and the fantasy that came alive all around her made the miles fly by. After being inspired by Susan Ilene’s Sensor series, she was motivated to write her first book. Angela dreamed about the events in the books for weeks before she finally started writing them down. Rebirth is Angela’s debut novel, but first of many in a series.

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Interview with A.J. Wharton . . .

How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I’d think of my style as narrative, the reader is placed viewing the world from the main characters view point. She experiences the world through bright innocent eyes, not knowing what her past is. As she finds her past so does the reader. I strive to bring the reader into the story as much as possible, as if they themselves are living it.  
What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I have a couple of goals for this year. My main one being to make an audio version of Rebirth, I’m striving to start looking at narrators in June or July of this year (2018). After that I am also working on the sequel to Rebirth, and its working title is Resonance and I am aiming to release it around February 2019. The final project I’m working on is the Prequel which will be set many years before Rebirth and will be in the from Junia’s perspective.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
For the most part it just flows naturally. The characters and plot almost write themselves at times.

Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
Yes! I’ve been working on characters for Junia’s story and I’m absolutely in love with them. The sequel will also introduce several characters that I can’t wait to show everyone. They have me almost giddy with excitement.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional characters, who would they be?
My main picks would be,
Castiel from supernatural
Kara Danvers from Supergirl
              Melena Sanders from Susan Illene’s Sensor series
              Q from Star Trek next generation
              Sam from Debra Dunbars Imp series.
Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
I’d love to go to outer space for a year. I think Zero G environments look like so much fun! And being a bit of a trekkie, I think space travel is something I’d love.

Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Absolutely, I am working on Rebirths sequel and am about ¼ of the way through the initial draft. I’m absolutely loving the characters and how they are developing. The main premise will follow Asylia in the aftermath of the events of Rebirth. She will be pitted against some of the most dangerous adversaries she has ever faced, while struggling for balance. I’m also working on the prequel which will take place many years before the events of Rebirth and will be in the point of view of Junia as she is sent to earth to evaluate the progression of the mortals.


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