Fate: New Avalon, book 2
by Andrea Buginsky
Available September 30, 2014
When Author and Character Collide:
My Interview with Elena
Hi Andrea. Lovely to see you on my blog today, and I see you've brought a friend.
I’m so happy to be posting on Sheila’s blog today! Thank you, Sheila for hosting me on my tour, as I introduce Fate to readers. I’ve brought Elena along to talk about New Avalon and help readers get to know more about the school.
Hi Andrea! Hi Sheila! Thanks for having me here today! I’m really enjoying the blog tour, too. I’ve never been on one.
I’m sorry I didn’t take you with me during the Destiny blog tour last year. But I didn’t want to take you away from your studies in your first year.
Oh, I understand.
I’m glad. So, now that you’ve been there a year, how do you like New Avalon?
I love it! I finally found my home, where I belong.
*laughing* Yeah, I hear you. Do you hear that song in the background?
It’s called Kansas City Lights. Every time I hear it, I realize that Kansas is definitely home to me. Though I do miss my family…
Yeah, me too…
OK, change of subject. I really love your dress! It reminds me of the Renaissance period, and purple looks great on you! Is that your typical daily wear at New Avalon?
Yes, this is how we dress every day! I love it too. I remember when I first came to Avalon. When the mists parted, and the boat docked at the island, I saw the girls waiting there, all dressed in similar dresses. I loved them! When Izzy first showed me my closet filled with my own, I was in Heaven!
I’ll bet! They are beautiful. What else do you like about New Avalon?
I love my classes, especially potions. I want to be an alchemist! One day, I hope to apprentice at the potions store at Mystic Square. Oh, I love it there, too! The stores are really cool, and the diner has the best burgers! I also love the grounds. Avalon is so beautiful! I love walking around and seeing all the wonderful creatures that live here. The fairies are my favorite!
Yes, I love fairies, too. And burgers! I would love to visit New Avalon and go to Mystic Square with you.
You should! I’ll have a dress made for you. What color?
Pink, of course!
Yes, of course, I should have known. OK, I’ll meet you at the computer when you’re ready to step through your portal and come visit. Thanks again for taking me along on the blog tour! I had so much fun!!
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you were able to join me. Enjoy your classes. See you soon!
I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Elena a little more. She’s a wonderful character to write, and I love visiting Avalon and all of its wonderments when I write the New Avalon stories. I hope you enjoy reading Fate.
It was lovely to meet you Elena, and you too Andrea. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.
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?
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Excerpt from Fate:
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.
“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.”
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About the Augthor:
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.
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