TUESDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2014
~Fate Blog Tour with Author Andrea Buginsky~
It’s launch day! I am so excited! When I started writing my first book seven years ago, I never dreamed it would turn into a full-time writing and self-publishing business. But here I am, five books published, my own website, business cards, the works. It’s a little business I like to call Andi’s Realm.
Andi’s Realm was the name I came up with for my first blog. It was a simple website where I could post my book and write some blog posts. I chose the name because I’ve always lived in my own little realm. I’ve been daydreaming and making up stories my whole life. I find myself talking to myself many times, when I’m watching TV, reading, napping, or going to sleep.
Well, to others, it would appear I was talking to myself, but I’m not. I’m talking to at least five very special people who have been with me my whole life. When I was little, my family and I called them my pretend friends. Now I know they are characters I created when I was very young. I just didn’t know it. And they became some of my best friends who have stuck by me my entire life. I can’t get rid of them…even if I wanted to, which I don’t.
When I started to sell my books, I decided why not bring some of that imaginary world to life, and Andi’s Realm was born. Although I don’t use that name as my business name, I do refer to my writing space as Andi’s Realm. When I have guests on my blog, I feel as if they’re visiting me in my realm.
So, what does Andi’s Realm look like? I picture a fairy garden with a swing hanging between two trees, lots of flowers in every color imaginable, comfortable chairs set around a fire circle, and tons of books lined up on wooden shelves. It’s my own fairyland, and I love it. Someday, I hope to have an office all to myself that I can decorate to look somewhat like my realm. For now, my desk does very well, and has some of the aspects of the realm sitting on or around it.
My realm has served me well the last seven years, and today, I’m proud to see the fifth production from it. I hope you enjoy reading Fate as much as I enjoyed writing it. I hope to see you at the realm very soon!
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?
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.
“What’s wrong?” “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.”
September 30: Missuswolf’s Storyland
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
October 9: WriterzBlox
October 10: Martha Emms Cognitive Dreamer
October 11: Teen Books and Other Stuff
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.