26 August, 2013

#BlogTour & #GuestPost :: Stelletwal Vengeance & Domination by Tiffany Carmel Lake

The result of every action yields consequences which can irreversibly turn the tides of life. Some work quickly with passion and perseverance, motivated by vengeance, entitlement and a lust for power. But there are those who are passive and slow to respond, fearful, victimized and doubtful of their worth. Both extremes can be deadly and the lines between right and wrong begin to blur. The truce between the Elves of the Southern and Western kingdoms has ended, forcing King Rinion and Queen Kaliopy into war against the Southern Clans. But just days before the battle begins Azuryne, the High Princess, is hesitant to commit Stelletwal's magic to the cause as the foundation of her faith is shaken. Princes Rylan and Chalorys find evidence of an ancient weapon which could alter events further, sending the twins on an adventure far away from their homeland. As Rinion and Kaliopy turn their attention to the needs of their people, an old foe resurfaces. But there are others who can justifiably lay claim to the throne. The struggle will not cease after the King is dead. Stelletwal Vengeance & Domination is the sequel and continuing saga, following Stelletwal Deception & Illumination.

We make choices nearly every minute of every day.  Coffee or tea?  Do I follow the speed limit?  Should I take that phone call or respond to that text?  If I procrastinate long enough, will the pressing issue (that I’d rather not deal with) simply go away?  I have always found the phrase, “even choosing not to make a decision is, in fact, a decision” rather annoying.  Although, I admit, I wrote an essay about the topic when I was in the eighth grade.  Choices range from the simplistic: for example, I could wear those shoes but my feet may hurt by the end of the day; to the extreme, I could wear those shoes, but what will happen if I must flee the zombie apocalypse?  I could twist my ankle and die!  And for the sake of argument, the non-decision decision might be something like “I just won’t wear shoes.”  Luckily, unless you’re an avid gamer, you are not running from many zombies on any given day; you can rest assured that your fashion sense can go uncompromised for the sake of a life or death practicality. 

But what if your decisions affected not only you and those you love, but your entire community?  How do you handle failure on a grand scale?  Living life is an ever revolving sequence of trial and error.  There are consequences.  I believe there are times when honorable causes have catastrophic outcomes and mistakes can inspire a glorious, positive turn of events.  This leads me to a dichotomy that has always fascinated me: every hero and every villain has something noble influencing their motives.  I take that one step further, and suggest that that duality is present in each and every human being.  Think about it as a reader or from an entertainment perspective, how boring would a character be if they wholly fell into a neatly wrapped package labeled “good” or “bad”?

A few years ago I faced a choice: to write or not to write?  I did not know what I would lose or gain and it didn’t matter.  The muses kept calling, echoing, like one of those songs you can’t stop humming fragments of.  They appeared as magical Faeries, elegant Elves, daring Pixens and vengeful Demons, each of them beautiful and richly multifaceted.  Their stories are Human, torn and familiar, burdened with the trials and joys of life in a medieval, sword-and-sorcery world.  I am grateful I changed my mind and decided to transcribe their tales.  Stelletwal is more than a series of novels.  It is a place where epic fantasy comments on humanity and the stories do not always conclude with happy endings.

About the Author
Tiffany graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with her Master's Degree in Classical Vocal Performance. Her love for fantasy, stage combat, costumes, and the rich traditions of grand opera have served as the foundations for her first book in what is destined to become an episodic legacy. Her travels have taken her to Europe and Japan where she has gratefully experienced many cultures while communicating through the boundless language of music. Inspired by strong historical figures and the timeless characters in stories ranging from "Lord of the Rings" to "Battlestar Galactica", Tiffany brings new life to Elves and Faeries exhibiting very human qualities confronting and struggling with universal issues of honor, entitlement, and personal growth. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and their three cats.

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