THE LITERARY DARK EMPEROR:
“Thanks for joining us today, Kayla. I know that—” pauses as a volcanic tremor shakes the ground beneath their feet; a pocket of sulfur-reeking steam bursting from a nearby rift, “O-o-okay! Moving on then! Can you tell us a little something about your childhood that influences your work today?”
“Well, as a child I was interested in the paranormal and magical. I believe it was fourth grade that three of my friends and I all wanted to know more about witch craft, so we went to the library and I checked out a book on witch craft. I took it home with me and I remember my mom finding it and being horrified because there was some nudity in some of the images, and she didn't really like the thought of witch craft either. I didn't ever get a chance to read that book and I can't remember the title. My mom took it back to the library that night as she muttered things about irresponsible librarians. I wanted to know how witches came about and what spells they could cast, but without the book all I could do is make up my own.”
“I don't suppose you ever pursued the actual witchcraft further than that, did you? Don't get me wrong, it definitely lends an”—clears throat—“enchanting element to your work, but it'd be comforting to know that I had some power on my side if the... uh” feels another quake beneath his feet, “If the time calls for it?”
“Besides the occasional sleepover ‘Light as a feather, stiff as a board’ trick, I don't think anything ever worked, but that doesn't mean the witches in the Mystic Stones Series aren't super powerful. They are the ones you don't want to mess with.”
“I see. In that case, which of the Mystic Stones witches would you say is the most powerful?” Bites his lip as the smell of sulfur grows stronger. “Would you say they're... er, helpful in dangerous situations?”
“In the soon to be released Moonstone, you'll meet Tallia. She is the most powerful witch in the series so far. Unfortunately, at the moment she's sailing the world with her vampire and human friends. There is Sarah, but it's doubtful that she would help us. She's not exactly on the side of good. She is the one who cursed Jesse in Obsidian to turn to stone every night, after all.”
Frowns, “So we’re pretty much on our own in an active volcano!? Okay… well if the witches can’t help, is there anybody else that could—and would—help us?”
“Hmm. Let me make a phone call,” Kayla smirks as she pulls a cell phone from her pocket and rapidly dials.
“I… uh, I don’t know how good your reception’s gonna be. We are in a volc—”
Kayla perks up as the line is answered: “Yeah, I'm up at Mauna Loa with a friend and it's getting a little hot. Could you cool us off a bit? Great! How is Ava doing? Just graduated high school? Wow! Okay. Take care!” she hangs up and beams up at Nathan, “It should be here any second now.”
Still stupefied that the call went through, Nathan stammers, “Uh… What should be here any second now?”
A slow smirk grows on Kayla’s features, “The tidal wave that will carry us out of here. I hope you can swim!”
Suddenly, a massive tidal wave comes up on the horizon, a little yellow life raft bouncing about the peak. As the water splashes down on the two, Kayla swiftly boards the raft while Nathan, still gawking at the spectacle, is swept off his feet.
*The Literary Dark Emperor has been lost at sea since this interview. Police have recently called off all search attempts*
Kayla Curry lives in North Platte, Nebraska with her husband and two children. She likes spending time with family and friends when she’s not writing or planning out her conquest of the world. Her other hobbies include reading, metal detecting and research of local history. You can visit her website at http://sites.google.com/site/kaylacurryauthor/ to keep up on her progress in the Mystic Stones series.
|Cover art for "Obsidian"|
by Kayla Curry
Ava Tanner finds herself in a world without satellite technology in a time of GPS, Smart Phones and Tablets. When she discovers that a corporation headed by vampires with a sinister motive is to blame, her world is turned upside-down. After a narrow escape, she learns a mystical secret about herself that could aide her in her fight against the vampires. Unfortunately, the vampires see her either as a valuable asset or a target for destruction.
When the world is on the brink of complete social and technological devastation, one must ask themselves: Would I give up my blood for the modern ideal way of life, or will I wage war with the overlords of chaos?
At a hotel in Richmond, Virginia a chance meeting occurs between Aila Myles and Dorin Dimir. Aila sees Dorin as a hansom foreigner with charming ways. Dorin sees Aila as his next meal.
The only problem? Aila wears a protective ring that keeps her safe from monsters she didn’t even know existed—monsters like Dorin. Unfortunately, the curse he shares with his brother makes it even more difficult to take blood from unsuspecting prey, but as Dorin pursues Aila, he finds that he’s having strange feelings for the first time in over one hundred years.
Dorin and Aila’s affair isn’t as private as they thought. It’s also the concern of his brother and the powerful Vampire Emperor. Can Dorin have his cake and eat it too? Or will Aila prove to be more than just a menu item?
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