Blaylock, Madhuri: The Boy, The Sanctum Trilogy #2

July 14, 2014

 

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The Boy

The Sanctum Trilogy, #2

by Madhuri Blaylock

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BLURB:

“Every now and again an excellent novel will come forth dealing with fantasy and magic that will just grab and hold my attention from beginning to end. That is exactly what THE GIRL did.” — OOSA Online Book Club

In THE GIRL, Madhuri Blaylock introduced readers to the world of The Sanctum, one corrupted by greed and savagery and hellbent on achieving a single goal: destroying the prophesied hybrid. When one of its most celebrated warriors questioned his allegiances, age-old secrets were unveiled and violence erupted. The journey becomes more perilous and intense as the trilogy surges forward with

THE BOY

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Can you cross the plains of death, collect every piece of your soul and make it back to the land of the living?

And if you complete the journey, will your loved ones welcome your return?

The Ramyan have been answering such questions since the creation of The Sanctum. A mysterious sect of Magicals, haunting the blank spaces of time and memory, they serve no one but themselves and their higher purpose. They exist on a plane removed from earthly matters, shifting easily between the living and the dead, moving in time to the beat of their own drummer.

At least they did. Dev and Wyatt change all of that when the prophesied hybrid lands on the steps of Rinshun Palace, seeking help for the wounded Class A Warrior. That decision alters lives and sets old agendas back on course. But at what cost to Dev and Wyatt? And does that really even matter?

 “The characters in Madhuri Blaylock’s novel…are well written and unique, and the story is just fantastic…I just loved every page of the story!” – Readers’ Favorite

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EXCERPT:

The clearing in the park still hummed with magic. Her magic. And her scent. It was why he kept coming back to the same spot every night, just for a whiff. Then he could go about his business, whatever that might be.

Darvin Lucius Jefferson was one hundred and ten, going on seventeen. He was a wealthy, bored teenager who became a wealthy, somewhat bored vampire. There were a few things in this life that brought him joy, piqued his interest: from the very first day he saw her, Jools Clayworth, and as of nine days ago, that stunning thing her brother was running around with before he died.

Of course, Darvin had no idea whether or not Wyatt perished subsequent to his ministrations, nor did he care. He simply assumed the too-good looking, sanctimonious warrior was dead, for his wound was hideous and he seemed to be breathing on borrowed time. Darvin had told the pretty thing as much that night, then he’d returned to his perch atop the Dakota and watched her strap the warrior to her back and escape into nothingness.

What a feat that had been.

One moment she was there, in all her stunning beauty and tortured agony, the next she was gone.

As if she’d never been there at all.

Darvin went to the spot that night, less to follow her than simply explore. It was glamoured to avoid human detection but he found it easily, having watched the warrior and his beautiful best friend, Ryker Morrison, comb the area many a time over the past year. But try as he might, Darvin could spot nothing to hint at an escape hatch or portal. Whatever the pretty thing had used to vanish into thin air, it was long gone, hidden from prying eyes. All that lingered was her scent, that hypnotizing, intoxicating essence of her that Darvin wished he could bottle and keep hidden in his pocket. Away from Darby.

Darby Winthrop.

The one and only.

The dark queen of New York.

The southern belle from hell.

His maker.

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INTERVIEW:

It is my pleasure to feature Madhuri Blaylock, author of The Boy, on Room With Books. Thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions.

Please tell us about The Boy and what inspired you to write it?

In THE GIRL, I introduced readers to the world of The Sanctum, one corrupted by greed and savagery and hellbent on achieving a single goal: destroying the prophesied hybrid. When one of its most celebrated warriors questioned his allegiances, age-old secrets were unveiled and violence erupted. The journey becomes more perilous and intense as the trilogy surges forward with THE BOY.

Can you cross the plains of death, collect every piece of your soul and make it back to the land of the living?

And if you complete the journey, will your loved ones welcome your return?

The Ramyan have been answering such questions since the creation of The Sanctum. A mysterious sect of Magicals, haunting the blank spaces of time and memory, they serve no one but themselves and their higher purpose. They exist on a plane removed from earthly matters, shifting easily between the living and the dead, moving in time to the beat of their own drummer.

At least they did.

Dev and Wyatt change all of that when the prophesied hybrid lands on the steps of Rinshun Palace, seeking help for the wounded Class A Warrior. That decision alters lives and sets old agendas back on course. But at what cost to Dev and Wyatt? And does that really even matter?

Since THE BOY is the second book in The Sanctum Trilogy, and I’m determined to complete the trilogy, one inspiration is my sheer stubborness. But more importantly, I wanted to get Wyatt’s story down on paper. THE GIRL, which is the first book in the trilogy, was all about Dev, her journey, and how The Sanctum and its warriors affected it. With THE BOY, I really wanted Wyatt to get a chance to jump off the page and explore his evolution as an individual, as Dev’s partner, and as a Magical. He’s such a fantastic character, so I wanted to show his layers, his journey.

When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?

I tried working from an outline for THE GIRL, but found myself deviating from it so often that for THE BOY, I didn’t even bother drafting one. I simply knew how the story would begin and end, the remainder just flowed out of me organically and I have to say, it was one of the most exhilarating experiences ever.

Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?

I’m currently embroiled in arguments with two of them. I won the first but the second is up in the air.

What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?

I almost died in second grade. No lie. I am in that rare 1% of folks who suffer complications after having their tonsils removed. For the first few days after the procedure, all seemed well, but around day 5 or 6, there were a few blood spots on my pillow and later that day, my stitches completely ripped open. I was going to the bathroom and next thing I know, everything was covered in red, my blood splashing everywhere I looked. My parents raced me to the ER of my dad’s hospital (he’s a general surgeon), they got the bleeding under control and I survived. But to this day, any time one of my son’s doctors suggests he should have his tonsils removed, that it’s a simple procedure, I cannot help but roll my eyes.

If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?

It’s so difficult to pick just one, but if forced, I would choose Gabriel Garcia Marquez (sorry Zora!) just to spend time with the author of my favorite book, One Hundred Years of Solitude. I would love to pick his brain about magical realism, talk writing and enjoy a nice scotch together.

When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?

What didn’t I dream of being?!! I wanted to be a marine biologist because I loved animals and Greenpeace (my mom was a huge supporter back in the day), then started reading all of Gerald Durrell’s books and decided I, too, was going to be a zoologist. This morphed into attending the University of Georgia’s School of Veterinary Medicine and becoming a large animal vet. After a stint on my yearbook staff and writing a piece on Michael Jackson, I got bitten by the writing bug and dreamed of writing for The New York Times. In high school, I started doing a lot of theatre work and dreamed of becoming an actress, then a lounge singer in a Manhattan night club and then back to writing. I was a bit all over the place!

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?

I’ve wanted to write since I was in high school, but it was really only in law school that I started thinking it could actually be a possibility. It was then that my legal writing professor told me that one day I would write a great novel but while I was in her class, she was going to teach me to write like a lawyer. Her words stuck with me and during a period of post-law school unemployment, I wrote my first book, a young adult novel called Crossing Paths. I followed that with the second book in that series, Tough Times, and the rest is history.

What music inspires your writing?

This is so strange because I am a total music junkie, a dance-it-out kind of girl, but if I’m being honest, when I write, it has very little to do with music. I’ve never really considered music when I write, probably because I tend to write at night, after I put my son to bed and while my husband is watching either a baseball or basketball game, and we’re both sitting on the couch together, doing our own thing. But now that you’ve made me think about it, I’m going to start paying more attention to how music might play a role in my writing.

Fun Facts:

What is your favorite breakfast? Biscuits from Biscuits in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. This Southern girl is telling you that those New Englanders know how to make a mean biscuit.

What is your favorite color? Right now, navy blue. Ask me tomorrow, and I’ll say black; next week, purple.

What is your favorite movie? This is impossible! Can I list 5? I’m going to list 5: Thelma & Louise, the Star Wars trilogy, Infernal Affairs, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Breakfast Club

What is your dream car? I’m not really a car girl, that’s my husband’s department, but I love my convertible Mini Cooper. There’s nothing better than zipping around town, with the “top down, chrome spinning” (don’t worry, I have no chrome, I just can’t resist quoting The Clipse).

Where can our readers find you?

Here’s where folks can find me: Facebook || Twitter || Blog || Goodreads

And here’s where you can buy my books: Amazon

I appreciate your time today and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

MEDIA KIT Author Photo 1Madhuri is a Jersey City Heights girl via Snellville, Georgia, who writes paranormal fiction and is slightly infatuated with tattoos, four-inch heels, ice cream, Matt Damon, scotch, Doc Martens, Laini Taylor, photo booths and dancing like a fool.

She’s currently working on The Sanctum trilogy and hopes one day soon, everyone is walking around with copies of The Girl and The Boy in their pocket or on their Kindle.

She wants to get a goat and a burro, but since she lives in the city, will settle for some chickens.

To learn more about her, you can follow her blog at http://madhuriblaylock.wordpress.com, follow her on Twitter at @madhuriblaylock or like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thesanctumtr. She’s totally chatty so drop her a line any time.

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GIVEAWAY Details:

Madhuri will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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9 Comments

  • CJ Schindler July 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Great interview! Thelma and Louise is one of my faves as well!

    • Madhuri July 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Thelma & Louise – breaks my heart every time I watch it, but it’s so freaking good. I remember seeing it with my roommate from college, post college, she was living in San Francisco and I was still in NY. We always had this really amazing bond and at the end of the movie, we were both crying like babies. Thanks for stopping by, CJ. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Cheers!

  • bn100 July 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Interesting music inspiration

    • Madhuri July 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      I know, it’s so weird, bn100. Especially because I listen to music ALL the time. Except when I’m writing.

  • Karen H July 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Enjoyed reading your interview today. Interesting Q&A. OK, so you don’t use music to inspire you but what about character visualization? Do you think of certain people, famous or otherwise, to help you visualize the physical characteristics?

  • Madhuri July 14, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Hi Patricia, Thanks for hosting THE BOY this morning and for the interview. Totally appreciate it and had a good time with your questions. Breakfast is my favorite meal, so I was more than happy to indulge one of my favorites. Another are the pancakes at Bubby’s. If you’re ever in NYC, you’ve got to stop in and treat yourself. They are divine. Cheers!

  • Goddess Fish Promotions July 14, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Thanks for hosting!

  • Mary Preston July 14, 2014 at 3:50 am

    I enjoyed the interview thank you.

    • Madhuri July 14, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Good morning, Mary. Thanks for stopping through and checking out my tour stop. Cheers!