Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Stone Legacy Series Blitz by Theresa DaLayne Giveaway, Trailer & Interview


Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…
Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm. With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watched—the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, who’s more like a little sister than her best friend. Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger… When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, he’s playing for keeps. A wicked secret hides behind a handsome face… When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanya's mission, it's unclear if his intention is to help, or if he's on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.
Tara may have spent years in an asylum, but that doesn’t make her crazy–just fearless.Interlude-Draft-2-2
Dropped in Moscow with a the group of enchanted Mayan descendants, seventeen-year-old Tara is forced to wait on the sideline while her best friend—the Stone Guardian— battles to reclaim a friend’s soul trapped in the underworld. It sucks being ordinary when everyone else is superhuman… A mortal girl with a tainted past, Tara is left to deal with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. Her boyfriend, Peter, is a healer. Her best friend is The Guardian, and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. Meanwhile, she struggles to leave her childhood of abuse in the past, and while Peter picks her up every time she falls, it becomes clear he deserves better. When they opened Pandora’s Box, hell came pouring out… When she’s given a chance to aid in the group’s mission, Tara is eager to pull her own weight, even if it means uncovering buried memories of being held prisoner by the underworld general. Now haunted with flashbacks of torture, Tara wanders from the safety of Peter’s arms into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world she’s always feared. He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground ring of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can survive…

After living her entire life in an orphan asylum, Zanya fears she may actually be losing her mind.
Following the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Zanya Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the relic stone while Sarian, the underworld general, ceaselessly drives her to the brink of insanity. With the approach of an ancient bonding ceremony, Zanya struggles to control her abilities—and her desires… As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. While Zanya struggles to seize control over her supercharged powers, she must also face an overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both. And with her powers finally taking root, the struggle to pace their relationship takes on a life of its own. Just when she thought life couldn’t get more complicated… With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Zanya’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive. separator
A long-time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of fiction.
Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and has been repeatedly guilt-tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries—not to mention an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. Wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.


Where are you from?

Originally born in the garlic capital of the world, but I call Kodiak, Alaska home. I lived on that glorious island for seven amazing years. That’s where I grew up. Where I became me.

Tell us your latest news?

My current big news is The Stone Legacy Series—a five-book young adult paranormal romance series based on Mayan mythology. All five books will be released by April 19th, 2016. Books 1-3 will be out by the end of January. February has a release, and then another in April. So watch out because you won’t have to wait a year to read it to the end. Right now the books are only available on Amazon, but they will also be available on print everywhere.

When and why did you begin writing?

My high school English teacher, Mr. Stewart. He had a prostatic leg, which was fun when tapped his pencil on it.

In his class we read the Iliad and the Odyssey, were my intro to mythology began. Later I applied for his journalism class, and from there became the features reporter, and the next year, features editor.

After my first semester as an intern at a local newspaper, I realized I hated journalism. Like—hated it. I just didn’t like writing what other people told me to. I wanted to write what I thought was interesting, and I didn’t want such a strict word count limit on what I wrote. That’s when I realized I wasn’t cut out for writing news, and instead would write fiction.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I read an article—can’t remember which one—that said, “If you love to write, you’re a writer. You have something important to say. Something others want to hear. Don’t ever forget that.” I had to believe that or I wouldn’t have made it through some of the struggles I faced as a self-taught writer. And you know what they say: If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Colleen Houck’s Tiger series was a great inspiration. I wrote my series after reading the first few books of hers, where she used Indian mythology in the most magical way. When I finished her book I remember hugging it to my chest and letting out a long, exasperated sigh. Why did it have to be over so fast? Why can’t there be more? Why can’t I write a story like this to make people swoon over the final page? Wait...I can.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I love to write detail and visceral reactions. I want to insert the reader into the scene and bring them along for the ride, right along with my characters. Texture, the temperature of the air, and any assault of their senses—I want my readers to feel every page.

How did you come up with the title?

My publisher and I changed the title of book one from Stone Guardian to Mayan Blood. We wanted to shed the book’s old identity and highlight the Mesoamerican inspiration. It was a collaborative effort, and I love it.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Every book carries its own moral or message.

Mayan Blood is very much about being brave, overcoming your inner fears, and embracing your talents—however scary that may be.

Interlude is about loving yourself, even when you have every reason not to.

Lights of Aurora is about following your heart and trusting your gut against all odds.

Anarchy is about closing one chapter of your life and moving on to another. It’s about blazing a new path. A new future.

Birthright is about standing against the most impossible challenge to fight for a brighter, more stable future. It’s about refusing to let go. It’s about closure.

How much of the book is realistic?

I think a huge part of the series is realistic. Besides the paranormal aspect—Mayan mythology, an enchanted stone, various deities—the humanistic aspect of the characters are very real.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No, but I think each of my characters have aspects people can relate to.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I haven’t gotten into it as much as I’d like because I’ve been buried in edits, but so far it’s fantastic.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I am excited to read Savannah Blevins. She has a new book coming out called Frog Hollow which I think will be fantastic. I love reading witches and complicated stories.

What are your current projects?

My current one is the final book in The Stone Legacy Series—BIRTHRIGHT. I don’t have the blurb from my publisher yet, but I can tell you it is full of more twists and turns than you’ll be able to anticipate. Birthright releases in April, 2016.

What would you like my readers to know?

Mayan Blood is up for pre-order right now on Amazon as a Kindle book! Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out:

Also, the entire series will be released by April, so don’t be afraid to pick up each book as it’s released! You won’t have to wait a ye

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