ThunderlightAuthor: Adrienne Woods
Title: Thunderlight
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
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Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…

All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.

Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.

Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed.

Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?

Excerpt

The voice over the speaker introduced all the players on the team. There were four humans gliding on their raiders. Four dragons, a Copper-Horn, a Fire-Tail, a Moon-Bolt and a Night Villain, flew out from an opening in the cave wall and hovered in the air below their human team members.

  The next team, the “Yellow Hornets,” flew in from above our heads and the crowd painted and dressed in yellow blew on their horns. Around me yellow flags flapped in the wind created by the beating of the dragons’ wings.

  They came to a halt opposite the “Sapphires” and the voice introduced all of the players. One dragon blew a fire bolt into the crowd as a cheer rose, but an invisible wall blocked it before it could do any damage. The crowd rooted as the Sun-Blast dug in and dove into the air.

  Another team, this time wearing blue and black uniforms was introduced as “The Blue Raiders”. I noticed as each team received their introduction that the dragons all had abilities and almost every team had a fire-breather and a Swallow Annex.

  Two more teams, the “Red Crusaders” and “Black Leapers” were introduced to roaring cheers from the crowd. Last was the “Green Masquerades” and I was excited that it was finally our turn to cheer.

  Four humans dived out on their boards to a roar of applause. The one in front made a loop on the raider and was followed by a couple more.

  “That’s Blaze, she’s so amazing on that raider of hers!” Sammy yelled into my ear.

  “That’s a girl?” I yelled back.

  Sammy’s dimples dented deep into her cheeks. “It’s not just men participating. She’s been the captain of her team for the past four years,” she yelled. “She’s tried every year to get Blake on the team but the Council doesn’t want to budge, he can’t even participate in his human form.”

  “Why not?”

  “Multiple abilities, who knows.”

  That is so unfair. He’s not allowed to do anything. No fun. No wonder he did messed up things.

  The booming voice introduced the four humans. Blaze Trulip was the captain just as Sammy had said. She wasn’t afraid of anything, and she played the duty of soldier, which meant that she could be everywhere, score, defend, attack and help keep the other team from scoring. The guy next to her was Wilson DJ, who was introduced as the keeper. Richard, the diver, was one of the scorers with Baba Johnson. He bowed on his board which made the crowd cheer the loudest. The four dragons were Kyle, the Snow Dragon, Peter, the Sun-Blast, Dez, the Copper-Horn and Fick, the Green Vapor. They were the four attackers.

  Once the team introductions were made the five referees were introduced. They wore black pants with boots and white and black striped shirts. They each had flying goggles and a baseball cap on their heads.

  Sir Robert and George growled at the same time when Peter McIntosh was introduced as one of the referees this year. “He’s a cheat,” George yelled.

  Clearly half the crowd didn’t like this Peter McIntosh dude, but he handled it well as the crowd booed at him and he bowed as deep as he could.

  “The Yellow Hornets are going to win this year for sure,” Sammy said. “He used to be their coach.”

  I shook my head. I’d never been into sports, exactly for that one reason. Dad hated it when they cheated at football. This would have been a game we could enjoy together. I could just imagine how he would’ve explained this one to me. I smiled as I imagined him babbling excitedly about scorers and attackers, the words coming from his mouth fast while he crouched on the couch, like he did whenever he got excited when his favorite football team was about to score.

  He must have missed this, I thought painfully. Knowing my father, this was definitely his sport. He used to yell at what patsies the quarterbacks and football players were whenever he used to watch the Sunday games. I still didn’t know what a patsy was, but the way he used it, it had to be something lame.

  I cheered along with Sammy and everyone else when the teams left the arena. The Yellow Hornets and Sapphires stayed behind for tonight’s game.

  The players each took their places in the field, if you could call it that. The two keepers stood in front of the two bells and we were in the perfect spot as each bell faced us on opposite sides. The rest of the players stood in a row in front of the keepers. They looked so small seeing them there, but the big screens captured each of their faces in turn.

  One of the referees, not the McIntosh dude, was chosen as the main ref for this game. The other four stood on the sidelines. When the whistle blew the four dragons dove down with the scorer and the two soldiers. Their main target was a huge axe that dangled in the air a few yards below them.

  Fire, frost, and acid balls flew through the air in rapid succession. All of them bounced off the invisible shield that protected the crowd and everyone cheered again as one of the humans on the yellow team got to the axe first. His goal was to hit the huge bell on the opposite side. He ducked and dove on his board, and missed a couple of fire bolts, as a frost ball smashed into snowflakes right behind him.

  The crowd hailed and it turned into what I knew as a wave. It was so fun to participate as it came our way.

  When the man with the axe realized he was trapped, he threw it through the air to one of his teammates.

  Seeing an opportunity, one scorer from the Sapphire team went for it, and grabbed the axe before the other yellow scorer caught it. The Sapphire crowd jumped up in their seats and yelled with fists pumping in the air.

  By the sound of Sammy’s rooting, I knew we were cheering for the “Sapphires” tonight.

  The scorer, which I assumed was Luke, twirled around on his board, ducking and diving through a couple of bolts and with a loud ‘gong’, he hit the bell with the axe. An animation of a dragon jumping up and down with a huge ‘3’ flickering behind him, appeared on all the big screens.

  Everyone I’d come with tonight whistled and yelled wildly.

  Luke’s human team members congratulated him with high fives, slaps and everything you could think of to say well done.

  I laughed as one of them bumped him with their head.

  After the celebration was over, the players went back to their positions and the whistle blew once again.

  The Yellow Hornets scored next and then the Sapphires were on fire, scoring three times in a row. Each time that animated dragon would come back, announcing the total points of the team who’d just scored. I now understood why Sammy was so crazy about Luke; he was really fast and always had a smile on his face.

  As the game progressed, the crowd drew in a collective breath as a fire bolt headed for one of the human players. It was too late to block it and the fire bolt struck the player. One of his teammates caught him as his board came smashing against the shield protecting us from the action. His teammate dropped him off at a Swallow Annex standing off to the side, who I assumed was there for medical reasons.

  “This is why this game is really dangerous. You’ve got to pay attention,” Sammy said without taking her eyes of the commotion.

  The crowd cheered when the player got up, but he was way too disoriented to carry on and they had to make do without him.

  The game started again when the Yellow Hornets scored another point.

  Dragons flew in all kinds of directions, using their abilities on one another, while the scorers tried to gain extra points.

  Suddenly, the crowd went completely silent as all the dragons in the arena froze in mid-air. As if on strings, they all turned their heads in unison in our direction and came charging at us with a venomous look in their fiery eyes.

Interview

Why did you decide to become a writer?

I always had a huge imagination as a kid, and guess it started again around thirty.

Who/what are your writing inspirations?

Anything, from one sentence to a lyric to something small in a movie and usually it’s just my curiosity.

What are your favorite genres to read?

Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Romance.

Favorite writing food / snack?

Coke and coffee

What do you hope readers take away most from your writing?

That anything is possible, and to just forget about reality and discover a different world, and although life seems hard, you have no idea what awaits around the corner. Never give up.

Who’s the favorite character of yours that you’ve written and why?

I would say it’s a tie between Becky and Calista, they are both these vibrant, strong girls, that doesn’t give a damn what anybody thinks about them.

What is your writing style? Outliner/Planner or Seat of the Pantser?

I’m a daydreamer. I concoct all my stories in my mind from beginning to end and then I start writing, that way I don’t get writers block.

If someone wanted to become a writer, what tips would you give to them?

Never give up is the first one, as you do get many obstacles in your way. Make sure you pour your heart and soul into your novels. It doesn’t matter what genre it is, or how funny it is, if you cry, your readers will cry, if you laugh so hard you can’t type, then your readers will laugh with you. Your emotions will become part of your work and your readers will experience it if you put everything you have into your writing.

Have you ever purchased something from a late-night infomercial? If so, what?

No, never.

If you could collaborate with any other author (living, dead, or undead) who would that be and why?

Anne McCafferty and Terry Prachett

If you weren’t a writer, what would you do?

I would probably have been in events coordinating still.

Coke, Pepsi, or?

Coke

What’s one thing people should know and/or don’t know about you?

I am extremely friendly, but I do have a dark side, I know how to stand up for myself and will do whatever is in my power to get out of a bad situation. I do not dwell on the negative and get easy over obstacles and move on to a better tomorrow.

Is there a character that has the most “You” in them? Or the opposite of you?

Yes, Elena has a lot of me in her, or my sixteen year self as I still didn’t know all the kinks of character development then, but she’s also the opposite of me.

If we lived in a Fahrenheit 451 culture, which book would you want to memorize?

Romeo and Juliet, everyone would listen to the beautiful dialect, even though some would not have an idea what it is I’m saying. hahahaha.

Has anyone written a fan fiction based on your work?

I don’t think so, if they did, I haven’t found it yet.

Thank you so much for your time and for having me, I really appreciate it and it was a fun interview, thank you so much.

Kind Wishes to all,

Adrienne Woods

About Adrienne Woods

Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girl’s night out, or just watching a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid-2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016.