Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My guest today is Shay West, Author of The Chosen and Shattered Destiny. 

Shay lives in Grand Junction Colorado and I met her at a talk on self-publishing in April. She is full of energy and loves sci-fi/fantasy as much as I do. I enjoyed talking with her and linking together on social media. I've joined her blogs and she posts regularly about her genre and about herself and the things she's going through.

I hope you enjoy reading about her and check out her newest work. She does have other books already out for YA that look like fun also. If you get the chance browse through her links and leave questions below for her. 

Shay, tell us a little about yourself and your work: I'm originally from Longmont, in fact I was born there. I earned my doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus in Aurora CO. I live with my two cats, and when I'm not writing novels, I play with plushie microbes and teach biology at Mesa University. My other series is The Adventures of Alex Davenport. 

Wow Shay, quite an accomplished person. Are there more published works by you? Yes, Ive also been published in the military scifi anthology, Battlespace. And, I do have one more book in this series I wanted to share. It's Resigned Fate. It's forthcoming this year. 



Well, I look forward to your series. I plan to get the first book and start reading. Thanks for joining us today. I'm sure there will be comments below and I wish you luck and prosperity with your novel and life in Grand Junction. Thanks Lisa for having me on your blog. And those of you who are interested I  have my links below and blurbs for each of the books in the Portals of Destiny series. I hope you give my books a read. And don't forget to let me know if you enjoyed them.


My Website http://shay-west.com/
Facebook: Portals of Destiny: http://www.facebook.com/authorswest
              Alexis of Davenport: http://www.facebook.com/authorshaywest
Twitter: Scifi/fantasy https://twitter.com/DrShayWest
                YA/fantasy:http://twiller.com/ShayWestYA 





Shattered Destiny:http://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Destiny-Book-Portals-Volume/dp/1620151359/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369748488&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=the+chosen+by+Dr.+Shay+West 

Astra. Kromin. Volgon. Earth. To each of the four planets are sent four Guardians, with one mission: to protect and serve the Chosen, those unwitting champions of prophecy who alone can save the galaxy from the terrifying Mekans. But the signs of prophecy have not yet appeared, and the decision to send the Guardians early could doom all in the galaxy to death.

Shattered Destiny blurb:

In the second book of The Portals of Destiny series, the Chosen have teamed up to learn about each other’s worlds. But things on their home planets are not as they left them. Astra is plagued by a genocidal maniac, Earth’s Jhinn are worse for the wear after losing their General, and Volgon is turning over a new leaf. 

Meanwhile, the Chosen discover there is a lot about each other they don’t understand, and that makes fighting anything–let alone the universe threatening Mekans–difficult. 

When more of the Chosen die, the question becomes not how will the Chosen defeat the Mekans, but can they?




17 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me on your blog! :D

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  2. Thanks for coming on! I hope my followers leave you comments and read your books!

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  3. I wish you much success with the books. Any plans for a novel based on your field of Human Medical Genetics? Not sure what all that field entails, but it sounds like something with a lot of story potential.

    Grand Junction is a beautiful place--or at least it was last time I was there which would have been about 25 years ago. I would imagine it still is.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. It's so awesome that you know Grand Junction! It hasn't changed much although the center of town has moved from North Ave (which is really dead business-wise)out near the mall. Lots of new businesses and such. As for upcoming books, there's always going to be a little science in each one if I can help it :D

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  4. Very cool! Thanks for the links to your books. You and Lisa have corresponded much more frequently than you and I, and I am guessing you have a good feel for Fable, Book 1 of the Lorn Prophecy. With that in mind (and some of the insider information you have on the upcoming books), which book or series of yours would you recommend I start with?
    On a completely different note - I am absolutely mesmerized by the idea of a scientist that writes fiction! :)

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    1. The Chosen is the first in the series and Shattered Destiny is the second. You could start with Mad Lord Lucian, which is a novella base don a legend I bring up in The Chosen. It's a stand-alone, fast-paced read and will introduce one of the planets (Astra). The Alexis Davenport series is a YA/time travel/coming of age story that is really fun and easy to read and brings up all sorts of uncomfortable things that we all deal with as teens. Except for that whole time travel/save the world thing...that's just Alex ;)

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    2. Thanks, Shay! After having met you in person, I must say that your personality comes out equally well in your writing. I am very much looking forward to reading your books! :)

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  5. Shay, so good to see you on Lisa's blog! I enjoyed meeting you and hearing you speak at the RMFW Indie Pub Extravaganza. I will have to check out your books as soon as my TBR pile gets a little smaller. They'll be on my TBRATBR list. I've also enjoyed reding your blog posts. You've got to be one of the busiest individuals I know.

    Have a great summer vacation!

    RG Calkins

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    1. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I wasn't busy as heck :D

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  6. Shay,

    its so nice to see you on here! I find it so interesting the creativity that authors have when writing sci-fi and fantasy novels. Good luck with your series, it looks quite interesting!

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    1. I've always had an active imagination. I'm so thankful I grew up in the days before electronic gadgets. Playing outside and having all sorts of wonderful adventures definitely added fuel to the fire :D

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  7. Welcome, Shay, welcome.

    I must say, those are mighty nifty covers for intriguing books. I shall have to add them to my extremely long list of books to read. I can't say I'll get around to them any time in the near future, though. I still need to slog through the rest of Les Misérables. A version of me less stubborn than I would have put it down before reaching half-way. I'm not one for such laborious—or should I say lugubrious (anyone who's read the book will get that joke)—reads. I like my entertainment light, apparently. Oh, and I do have to finish my triennial re-reading of the Harry Potter series. And finish Patterson's Jack & Jill. And somewhere along that line, finish writing two novellas, plot two or three more, spit and shine a novel, write two others ...

    I think we writers are all completely insane when it comes to how much work we engage ourselves in. What it's true. If we weren't working, what the heck else would we do?

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    1. I know what you mean about reading. Just finished one the first 2 of the Hunger Games (waiting to borrow the 3rd), one called Coding Isis and started Lisa and Toni's book ;)

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    2. YAY! Do be sure to let us know what you thought of Fable! I do plan to order your first book, the Chosen, but I am in the middle of judging the Aspen Gold this year and have 3 books to read along with another I am reading with my husband. I love reading, but can get confused if I have more than 3 going at the same time lol! Plus, doesn't leave much room for writing! I did read all the Hunger Games books though and really enjoyed them. I'm looking forward to the second movie this fall.

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    3. Yeah. Hunger Games and Fable are another couple I have to get to reading eventually. Gotta rent Hunger Games first, though. I never enjoy a film adaptation if I've read the book first.

      @Lisa: I can scarcely pull off two at a time, let alone three. Egad.

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    4. I waited to see Hunger Games movie after reading the book. Still have to read the 3rd one. And Lisa and Toni...LOVING Fable!!! Stevie reminds me a lot of Alex from my time travel series :D

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    5. Oh, I'm so glad your loving Fable! Do you think when your done you could do a review for me? We only have one so far,

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