Monday, March 16, 2015

Tears for a World VBT

The holy artifact bonded around Marisylia Malludar's neck gives her incredible physical and magical powers—at a price. The bloody piece of vein is consuming Marisylia's body inch by inch, her skeletal hands and feet only the beginning of a slow death. A cruel sorceress and her assassins are on the hunt for Marisylia to steal the artifact. Religious fanatics, volatile and unstable in their blind faith, also seek her to exploit the vein’s most dangerous purpose—liberating the erratic Creator of the World, Lysielle, from her 1,000 year incarceration.

With the vein the key to Lysielle’s freedom, Marisylia must use her abilities to survive long enough to find Lysielle first. Then her most grim challenge awaits—deciding if the Creator has truly repented for attempting to destroy all life. To achieve global peace, Marisylia must discover faith in the unpredictable Lysielle or rely on her own instincts to set the world’s fate.

Marisylia nodded, then reached out and touched his shoulder. “Thank you for watching over me, Krahn. You haven’t stopped doing that since the explosion. All those days I wrapped myself in seclusion, but I do realize how much you’ve been here for me.”

Krahn turned toward her on the bench. Unexpected heat rose in Marisylia’s cheeks as their eyes met. Her hand still rested on his shoulder. His arm moved as if to touch her leg, but his hand ended up on his knee. “You’re very welcome,” he said. “But I’m just doing my job, Mari. Security has been my life for many years. With Milick in Three Fingers, I can return to Lenth knowing you are safe.”

Disappointment pressed Marisylia like a weight, pinning her to the bench. Is that what he had been doing all this time, merely performing his job? Did he not care about their effort at a relationship that began in Lenth? Apparently he wanted to return home. She then felt a bit naïve as the warmth returned to her cheeks. Of course Krahn was doing his job, that’s what he had been hired to do. And truthfully, their short time together in the city didn’t warrant a full loving commitment, as if they had been a couple for years.

Still, after everything they had experienced together, she hoped Krahn had developed more affection for her. She certainly had grown to appreciate him, and found his company reassuring.

Alex, thanks so much for stopping by. So, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Greetings, and many thanks for hosting my novel on your site. I grew up in southern California without having any idea what I wanted to do in life. That usually means a stint in the military is just around the corner. And here I am, a 21-year veteran in the U.S. Air Force and still going strong. Halloween is my favorite time of year, even though I’m afraid of everything in the dark. My favorite books are the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. I’m a fan of old video games and still rock my PS2.  

How did you get started writing?
Being fascinated by books as a child motivated me to start writing. I felt absorbed by the stories and I would become physically, emotionally, and spiritually a part of those adventures. Remember what happened to Bastion while he read The NeverEnding Story? That was me as a kid with whatever book I read. I wanted to duplicate those experiences when writing.

What was the inspiration for your book?
Throughout my life I had written several short stories with many different characters, but I never had a real focus for something bigger. The characters were a part of me, and I thought putting them all together in one solid story would be exciting. In Tears for a World, there are elements from each smaller story woven into the novel, which is cool because it reminds me of the short stories I had written long ago.

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
Romance. It seems like a good, enjoyable challenge that I would love to pull off.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
Hm, I don’t think there’s anything I’ve turned away from reading. If it’s on the back of a frozen dinner box, I’ll read it. As for writing, I’d stay away from a memoir due to my life story probably boring people to tears. 

So, what are you working on right now? Have any releases planned, or still writing?
My fantasy novel Tears for a World is part of the Lonely World Trilogy. Right now I’m putting the final touches on the 2nd book in the series, Tears for Love, and shooting for an early summer release. The 3rd book is barely in the draft stages right now, but I’m having a blast getting it off the ground.

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?
I love blue, the darker the better.

Favorite movie?
Not to sound cliché, but Braveheart is my favorite. For me, this film touched a huge number of emotions. I even shed a tear when it first came out in the theater. Good thing it was dark in there. Say what you will about the historical facts, but remember that it is just a movie. 

Alright, you have one superpower. What is it?
Invisibility. Now who wouldn’t have fun with that?

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
1) Geraldine Ramirez. She’s the girl I had a gargantuan crush on in high school and was too terrified to even say a word to. I would just like to know how her life turned out.
2) Anyone from my father’s side of the family; I have never met any of them.
3) Anyone who built the following: Machu Picchu, Great Pyramids, Stonehenge. I would ask them just how in the heck they moved and stacked those massive stones with no machinery or technology.

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
My protagonist Marisylia Malludar and I share some characteristics. Well, not the physical ones as she’s a 16-year-old girl and I’m an “older” gentleman. We share a passion for reading, not worrying too much about “what’s out there” since current life is busy enough, sometimes feeling isolated even though friends are around, showing raw courage and being steadfast when pushed to the limits.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Author Bio and Links:
Alexander Fernandez was born in Santa Monica, CA and grew up in Rancho Cucamonga. Currently serving over 20 years in the United States Air Force, he lives with his wife Helem in Rocklin, CA.

Alex has been writing fantasy stories since early childhood for both school and for pleasure. He hopes to make a lasting emotional impact in his readers. He thrives in the exhilaration of creating memorable characters and adventures that become a part of the reader’s life.

Author site     |     Facebook     |     Twitter


  1. Hello, just wanted to say thank you again for hosting. I'll stop by late this evening to reply to any posts. Have a great day.

  2. I liked the excerpt. The story sounds very exciting.

    1. Hi Rita. Glad you liked the excerpt. Marisylia and Krahn are testing their new romance here with a little awkwardness (we've all been there), and it will develop further as the story goes on.

  3. Replies
    1. Hello, thank you for commenting. These were fun questions and I had a great time answering them.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the interview. :)

    1. Greetings Cali. I hope people are able to know me a bit better with questions like these. Best of luck with the giveaway!

  5. My favorite part of the post was the author interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Hi Felita, glad you liked the questions. Good luck!

  6. I loved the author interview! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

    1. Hi Ree thanks so much for commenting. No problem at all on the giveaway, have fun :)

  7. I appreciate your service in the military. What an interesting reply about talking to the builders of Stonehenge, Manchu Pichau, great Pyramids etc. What mysteries that they could resolve for the so called modern man.

  8. I loved the interview. Thank you!