Fate: New Avalon, book 2
by Andrea Buginsky
Available September 30, 2014
Elena Baxter’s second year at New Avalon may be more challenging than her first. The demons she was warned about show up, a visitor who greatly affects her arrives, and her best friend, Izzy, has to deal with her painful past. Can Elena survive everything that’s coming at her at once? Or will the future Lady of the Lake take on more than she can possibly handle?
Excerpt “In Alchemy the next day, Elena could tell Izzy was still distracted. She never did that well mixing the potions, but she was getting better studying with Elena. Today, however, everything she mixed kept exploding. Elena knew she was still preoccupied with their conversation from the other night. “Damn!” Izzy coughed as her third attempt to mix the potion exploded in her face. Elena ran to her side. “Are you all right?” “Yeah, I’m fine.” The rest of the class rushed over to make sure everything was OK. “You alright, Izzy?” “Yeah, Mia. Just ticked. I can’t get this to work right! Lady Bittle, what am I doing wrong?” Lady Bittle sifted through the ashes in Izzy’s cauldron. “I don’t think you used the right amount of herbs. Remember, you need to be very careful when tossing each one in. You don’t want to add too much or too little of any herb.” “I know that! I’m a third-year. I’ve been mixing potions for over two years now. I know I’m not the best at it, but this is ridiculous!” “Izzy, is everything OK? You know you’re powers are linked to your emotions, and you seem to be in overdrive right now. Perhaps you should stop for the day. I’ll still give you full credit for your attempts.” Izzy looked like she was about to explode. But a scream from Elena broke her out of her anger. “What’s wrong?” “I don’t know…” Elena stood there, holding her head in her hands, nearly collapsing. “It hurts!” “What hurts, Sweetie?” Mia tried to calm her down, but they were all freaking out over Elena’s outburst. “My head! It feels like it’s going to explode.” Lady Bittle rushed to her and took her by the elbow. “I’m going to take her to Isabel. The rest of you can use the remaining class time to work on your own potions, if you’d like. I’ll see you all tomorrow.” “Wait! I want to go with her.” “No, Izzy, that’s not a good idea. You’ll see her later, back in your room.” She led Elena out of the classroom and down the hall to Isabel’s office. Isabel was waiting for them. She sensed something was wrong, as she always did, and helped Lady Bittle carry Elena to the couch in her office. She gently caressed Elena’s head, her eyes closed, her lips moving. Finally, Elena calmed down enough and took a deep breath. “What was that?” “Tell me everything that happened.” Elena told Isabel about Izzy’s trouble in class and her outburst. “I know she’s been upset lately, but I’ve never seen her like this. She just became infuriated, like she was about to explode!” “And then you felt like your head was exploding?” Elena looked at her, shocked. “Yeah, how did you know that?” Isabel sighed. “Lady Bittle, I’ve got this now. Thank you for bringing her to me. Will you return to the classroom and let the other girls know Elena is just fine?” Lady Bittle nodded, touching Elena gently on her shoulder. She left her in Isabel’s capable hands and returned to her class. Isabel gently stroked Elena’s hair. “I think congratulations are in order.” Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Print
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What Sparks My Creativity
Most writers have a set schedule and/or word count that they meet every day or week. They know when they’re going to sit down and write, and how many words or pages they will write in that session. But that’s not me. I write when my energy level and my muse are around. What sparks my creativity? There are a variety of things.
Reading – reading a good book can definitely awaken my muse! When I’m reading a story, especially a really good story, I get ideas for my own story. Eventually, I’ll put the book I’m reading down and begin working on my current project. Other times, I’ll jot down some notes for later. If the book is really good, I won’t want to put it down until I’m done. So jotting notes down if needed allows me to continue reading without forgetting my ideas.
Watching TV – I’m a huge couch potato. I have dozens of shows I watch throughout the year. Sometimes when I’m watching, I get ideas of how I would tell the storyline I’m currently watching. This will spark ideas for my own stories. Once again, I either have to write down the ideas, or start writing after the show is over.
Watching Movies – Movies give me the same incentive for writing that TV does. I’ll create the storyline in my head the way I want to see it. Movies and TV shows also tend to continue developing in my head long after I’ve written them. I must have written about 20 sequels to Dirty Dancing by now.
Reading or Watching About Other Writers – When I’m reading a book about writing, it definitely stirs up my muse, and gets me into a creative mode. The same thing happens when I’m watching a show or movie that features a writer at work. I’ll see this writer working on her craft, and I just have to get to work on mine.
These are some of the ways my creativity is ignited. When the muse hits, I either sit down at my desk and take advantage of it, or risk losing the spark when I’m ready to do so. The lesson to be learned is to take advantage of it when it’s lit up like a Christmas tree.
Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.
Andrea has written four more books since:
* My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
* Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
* Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy
* Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy
She is currently editing the third book of The Chosen series, and writing the fourth. Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.