Fate: New Avalon, book 2
by Andrea Buginsky
Available September 30, 2014
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?
I have always loved the name of Emerald’s blog. I understand the concept of dreaming awake so well! I daydream all the time: when I’m eating, writing, watching TV, going to sleep… All the time. I have always lived in a dream world. I think that’s what initially made me decide to write a book. I wanted to see if I could turn all of those daydreams into a cognitive story. And I’m so glad I did! Five books later, Fate is finally here!
New Avalon was not a series I planned at the beginning of my writing career. The Chosen was my initial idea, based on characters from a role-playing game I played with my family once upon a time. I gave them each a personality based on the person who played the character, but slowly molded them into who I believe them to be. Then, I created a world for them, and sent them off on adventurous quests. Two of their quests are published, the third one is being edited, and I’ve started writing their fourth one.
As I began my writing career, I decided to try my hand at NaNoWriMo, an annual online writing event that takes place during the entire month of November. The goal is to write a 30,000-word novel in thirty days. I tried my hardest, but by the second week, I was burned out and had to stop. However, I did end up with a story I could really build on if I wanted to take the time to do so. So, I put it in a drawer, knowing I could take it out and complete it anytime.
I don’t remember how long it took, but one day, I finally took the manuscript out of the drawer, read what I had, and began to work on it again. When it was completed, I knew I had the first book of my second series, New Avalon. When Destiny was finished, I started thinking of ideas for the second book, and Fate was born. I’m so excited to see it finished and published!
Dreaming awake may sound like a strange way to live. If you’re always dreaming, then when are you living? Well, for me, the two go hand-in-hand. I can drift off into a dream any time of day from anywhere I happen to be. No big deal. It’s the way my mind works. Five books later, I’m so glad it does.
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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October 1: Bonnie Trachtenberg
October 2: Sheenah Freitas
October 3: Confessions of a Reader
October 4: Sheila Deeth
October 5: UnorthodoxBlog
October 6: Regan Black
October 7: Emerald Barnes’ Dreaming Awake Blog
October 8: Annamaria’s Writing Corner
October 9: Belinda Witzenhausen
October 9: Ignite Your Creativity
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October 10: Martha Emms Cognitive Dreamer
October 11: Teen Books and Other Stuff
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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.