Entombed in Glass
(Unfortunate Soul Chronicles, #2)
Publication date: March 29th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Mirror, mirror on the wall.
What’s behind that fated call?
He’s the seer of present, future, and past,
Yet remains a nameless face entombed in glass.
Raised as a servant in the underwater kingdom of Atlantica, Alastor worked his way up to a regal member of the Royal Guard. Only as a decorated soldier did he stand a chance of winning the hand of the woman he’s loved since childhood … Poseidon’s only daughter, Princess Vanessa. But, when the war against humans rages, dark magics are evoked to give the mermen a fighting chance. Temporarily granted legs, they charge from the sea into a doomed battle.
Doing the bidding of his masters as a trusted pawn,
The claims of his loyalty couldn’t be more wrong.
Waking on land, with bodies all around, Alastor’s lone goal becomes returning to the ocean and the only life he’s ever known. A plan that is quickly diverted when Hades, Lord of the Underworld, appears with a twisted agenda all his own. Cast to a land far from the lapping comforts of home, Alastor’s sole companion is a troubled misfit named Sterling that soon comes to depend on him. Trained to be a hero, how far is Alastor willing to go to return to the woman he loves? And can he live with the sacrifices he’s forced to make?
Each day he schemes to break free from their thrall,
and honor a self-made vow … to kill them all.
How has your travel experience helped with your writing?
When I was first writing Entombed in Glass, I was finding myself somewhat blocked for imagery on my version of the Enchanted Forest. I didn’t want it to be a cookie-cutter replica of how it has been described in countless books dating back to the original tales. Then, my family took our first ever trip to Hawaii. Hiking through the lush forests there, I found my inspiration. Trunks of towering trees braided together in intricate patterns. Huge leaves provided shaded canopies from the hot midday sun. Everywhere you looked the scenery was more beautiful than the last. As soon as I got home, I had to rewrite all of my enchanted forest scenes in this new image. It had finally come alive for me in a new way I couldn’t have come up with without being immersed in it.
This wasn’t the first time that I found inspiration in travel. Once looking out the window of a plane, I saw a sea of white fluffy clouds stretching as far as the eye could see in soft, subtle waves. It was so beautiful that if became the cloud garden in my Gryphon Series when the characters visit the Spirit Plane. Seeing new glimpses of nature is always very inspiring for me, because there is a beauty found there that can often trump anything we could imagine. For example, I can write about being on the beach, but when I go there and actually feel the sand squishing between my toes I get a more real feel for it. I taste the salt water on my lips, and feel the tightness of it drying on my skin, and I can use them elements to add more realism to my scenes.
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.
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