Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tour + Guest Post, Teaser, and Giveaway: Daughter of Etheron by Brandon Young

34403037Daughter of Etheron
by Brandon Young
Genre: YA Space Fantasy
Release Date: April 18th 2017
Starforged Entertainment

Summary from Goodreads:
Born the children of the ruling family. 
Betrayed by the ones that swore to protect them. 
Siblings, Elenah and Teveran are thrust into a secret war of space magicians that will decide the fate of the galaxy. 
But a darkness swells in the galactic depths, magicians wielding magic not seen for millennia, and as the struggle for power grows more desperate, the children might find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the conflict. 
The first book in the Saga of the Magicus Eye.

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Guest Post
Inspiration for Book

Thanks for having me on the blog!

Daughter of Etheron is the beginning of the story I’ve been wanting and trying to tell for a few years. It actually started in 2014 with a story starring a character who appears later in this book. I attempted to execute this three or four times, each novel with a different protagonist and set in entirely different worlds, and failed a little less each time. But at its core, the heart of the story was always very similar. With Daughter of Etheron and this current incarnation of the story, I think I’ve finally found the right way to launch the Saga of the Magicus Eye.

I guess there were a couple of other things that inspired specific aspects of it. In terms of the actual galaxy, I always wanted to make something epic and expansive like the Star Wars universe, but more focused in a way. So rather than aiming to create thousands of planets and tens of thousands of characters, I wanted to put a greater emphasis on showing how a smaller (but still substantial) cast of characters and planets evolve and change over a long period of time through multiple conflicts and generations, exploring past, present and future.

But like most authors, I think, inspiration comes from all over the place. I listen to a lot of music, and these have a very strong effect on my stories. For example, the prog band Haken recently released a fifteen-minute epic entitled The Architect, which just felt so grand that the name “the Architect” became what they called the founder of the Forty-Ninth Council in my novel. I think it’s also true that the best authors steal from the smallest of things and repurpose them. A great German band, Blind Guardian, have a song called The Ninth Wave in which there’s just one lyric that is “File 664” and I just felt that number was so ominous that it became the inspiration for my mysterious prison camp, Area 664. Small things like that pop up all over my novels.

There are some writers who struggle to generate ideas, but my advice would be to just observe. Listen to conversations, watch movies, watch TV, listen to music...just immerse yourself in the world and don’t be afraid to steal small nuggets of things to use for your own. After all, that’s what creativity is in the end of all things: it’s taking two or three seemingly unrelated ideas and mixing them together to make something new. Embrace the works and creations of those who have come before you. Use them. And see what happens.

But it’s a really fine line to walk.

You don’t want to be copying other works.

About the Author
Brandon Young is the debut author of the Saga of the Magicus Eye. He’s also a musician, gamer, and avid Star Wars fan living in Melbourne, Australia.


Receive a free digital copy of Daughter of Etheron and the first novella in the Magicus expanded universe, Rebel and the Aeonseer! Simply fill-in the signup form to receive monthly updates on the Saga of the Magicus Eye, and automatically go into the draw to be one of ten winners! This giveaway expires at midnight on May 12th (AEST) (which is 10am May 11th EST), with winners being notified that weekend.

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