Friday, 17 June 2016

PROMOTIONAL SPOTLIGHT - THE KINGDOM OF OCEANA BY MITCHELL CHARLES

The Kingdom of Oceana is the first book in a new 
Young Adult fantasy adventure series by Mitchell Charles. 

Title: The Kingdom Of Oceana
Author: Mitchell Charles
Genre: YA
Release Date: 27th November 2015

BLURB supplied by Taylor Book Publicity Services
SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki's spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? 
ONLY ONE CAN RULE.


YOU CAN READ THE FIRST CHAPTER HERE

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR . . . 
Mitchell Charles’ love of the ocean and its miraculous creatures began at the age of 12 when his father taught him to SCUBA dive. From his first adventure 50 feet (15 meters) beneath the Caribbean Sea he was hooked. He has been involved in the Oceanic Society, America’s first non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, established in 1969. 

Mitchell’s inspiration for The Kingdom of Oceana was born of exploring the spectacular coastline, lush valleys, and vibrant coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands. On these excursions, he imagined what Hawaii was like hundreds of years ago. Before Captain Cook arrived from England. Before the golf courses and hotels. Before the ukulele and the Mai Tai became icons of Hawaiian culture. He dreamed of a time when the islands were an undiscovered magical paradise.

These days, Mitchell divides his time between Southern California and Hawaii. He has two teenage children and a dog named Magic.
AND THE INTERVIEW . . . 

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
The Kingdom of Oceana is a series, and book 2, which takes place a generation later, will be published in 2017. Ultimately, there will be at least 4 books in the series.
(Mitchell is currently working on the second book in the Kingdom of Oceana series, The Legend of the Nine Sacred Pearls. For more information, visit HERE )

What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I’ve spent a lot of time in Hawaii since 2008, and I’ve been inspired by the people, culture, marine life, and natural beauty of the islands.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I write early in the morning, often starting before sunrise. My mind is fresh and the ideas seem to flow freely.

Do you have anybody read your books and give you reviews before you officially release them? ie. Your partner, children, friends, reviewers you know?
I have a core group of “beta” readers, most of whom are also writers, and they give me good insight into plot, structure, and character.

How do you come up with the Title and Cover Designs for your book/books? Who designed the Cover of your books?
To capture the magic of The Kingdom of Oceana, an original work was commissioned from internationally renowned surf artist Jason Alders. Jason’s work can be seen on his website at http://jayalders.com/

How do you come up with characters’ names and place names in your books?
Many of the locations in the book are inspired by my favorite places in Hawaii. For more information, click HERE.

Do you have a basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?
I start with an outline, but I let the story and characters lead me, so the plot evolves as I write.

What do you think about book trailers?
I used to produce movie trailers for a living, so I love book trailers! I had a lot of fun producing the book trailer for 

What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Write every day. Without fail.



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