Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Not a typical storybook hero: Journey in to Azra's Pith

Today I get to welcome Elizabeth Parkington-Bellows, author of the exciting Alexander Drake middle-grade books to my blog with a fascinating post introducing her young hero. There's a great rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post too. But first, here are links to my reviews of Alexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursuit and The Return of General Drake. And now, I'll let the author tell us a little about herself:

Being the frizzy-haired tomboy with buck teeth gave me a slight case of shyness as a kid. A colorful imagination meant escape and adventure at the drop of a hat.
Over the years I learned that the insecurities I carried around were a waste of time. I still prefer a football game to a manicure any day of the week. That indispensable imagination has found its way into my writing providing a sense of joy and a true purpose.

And who is Alexander Drake:

Journey in to Azra's Pith

 Alexander Drake is not a typical “story book” hero. He’s awkward, insecure and introverted. His struggle to make friends has made him a bit of a loner. He is fearful of not living up to his conservative father’s expectations of him; and does his best to make him proud. At the same time Alexander is a curious and wildly imaginative boy who constantly craves adventure.

Up to this point Alexander led a very sheltered life. He was raised solely by his father, a reserved distinguished gentleman with a rarely exposed soft side. His mother died when he was baby, and he has no memory of her. Secrets of his family’s extraordinary past were intentionally kept from him; which has sparked his curious nature even more.
Alexander wants nothing more than to know where he came from; more specifically, his mother. The opportunity finally presents itself during a stay at his grandmother’s cottage deep in the forest. His father’s childhood bedroom contained some interesting clues and a special key that set Alexander on a journey that would change his life forever.
Azra’s Pith is a child’s imagination brought to life. Enchanted spells roam the forest where Julien, a peaceful Empyrean wizard lives. A deep river flows through the realm containing run off from the snowy mountains looming in the distance.
That is where an element of unspeakable evil dwells unsettled – a sorcerer named Imperius. Alexander is oblivious of his own significance in Azra’s Pith. He is a threat to Imperius’s powers and its plans to control the realm, and therefore must be destroyed.
Alexander was being hunted by dark spells and vicious creatures every step of the way, but he was determined to complete his journey. His destination held the answers he longed for; and a surprise that was beyond his wildest dreams.

You can find Alexander in these books: 
Alexander Drake’s Extraordinary Pursuit 

Meet Alexander Drake, a curious young man living in a drab, oversized mansion with his secretive father. He spent his days playing alone. In the back of his mind he wondered what happened to his mother, and why his father was tight-lipped about the past; but secrets have a way of getting out.
It all started with a stay at his grandmother’s cottage. Alexander found strange clues tucked away in his father’s old bedroom. With a mysterious key and several maps in his pack he set off on an innocent search for answers about his family.
When he discovered a secret passageway the search took a dramatic turn. He suddenly worried about what was searching for him. Alexander was being hunted by a sorcerer from his father’s past. Answers lead to more questions and the journey of his life.
Join Alexander for a thrilling adventure in Azra’s Pith, a place of beauty and magic… but beware—something evil lurks in the shadows.

and The Return of General Drake

Hang on tight! The General is returning to Azra’s Pith for one last adventure. With a battle looming and his son, Alexander walking into a trap deep in the mountains… it is going to be a bumpy ride.

 or look for the author at: a Rafflecopter giveaway

1 comment:

liz pbellows said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog - and for taking the time to review Alexander Drake! You made my day :)