1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:                                    

Erich’s Plea, fantasy – A deadly new form of magic threatens an entire world and only the powers of love, trust and friendship have a chance at saving it.

2.)   Who is your favorite character and why? 

It’s hard to say sometimes, I love them all in their own ways but if I have to pick a favorite it’s probably Nikolai, my necromancer of Bhaal.  He’s evil, filled with rage [you do eventually find out why] and utterly cold but he’s forced to work closely with a paladin of Ilmater and the two become firm friends which changes Nikolai’s life completely.  So watching him struggle between his instinctive behavior and the type of behavior he’s learning is rather wonderful. I love watching him fight against the chance at redemption that’s being offered to him and succumbing very, very reluctantly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?  

I experimented a little with characters in this novel and while I think that Tares, my minotaur priest works well in retrospect Lara, my halfling assassin may have been a little too predictable.  Given the chance I probably wouldn’t have made her a halfling but it seems to work.                                                                                                                                               

4.)  Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:

I don’t know if it’s a fun fact but an Interesting fact is while there are a lot of twists and turns to the storyline the ending is TOTALLY unexpected, I guarantee it.                                                                                                                             

5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I’m on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracey-Alley-The-World-of-Kaynos/127959000550782  Twitter – http://twitter.com/traceylalley  Authors Den – http://www.authorsden.com/members/  Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4076601.Tracey_Alley  and Freado – http://www.freado.com/users/22812/tracey-l-alley  and I can usually be found on Kindleboards as well for a chat and Erich’s Plea is available from Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Erichs-Plea-Witchcraft-Wars-ebook/dp/B003HS4V4S/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_4  and Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/15058  

6.)   What can we expect from you in the future?

I have two more books coming in the Witchcraft Wars series, both should hopefully be available by the end of the year.  Ursula’s Quest should be available in ebook format by the end of July.  I also have two series of children’s books I’m currently working on, the first aimed at the under 6 age group and the second aimed at the 8 – 12 year olds.       

7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:   

Suddenly a deep shadow filled the grove and a bluish tinted light dappled the ground.  It was as though the Sapphire moon were beginning its ascent instead of the fiery sun.  Startled Slade looked up at the sky only to find it clear and cloudless; the deep shadow caused instead by a huge black dragon in flight.  The giant creature had a wingspan easily twenty feet across, its’ body more than twice that amount including the long tail, serpentine neck and huge wedge-shaped head.  Slade’s breath caught in his throat, the beast above was magnificent, indescribably beautiful. 

     Slade found himself falling to his knees as he gazed in wonder at the immense dragon, inexplicably hanging stationary in the air.  Slade wondered what a dragon, and a black dragon at that, was doing so far south?  Traditionally they were found only in the far north of the Heldann Freeholds.    

     Slade looked up towards his mentor, certain that Karel would have some explanation of this incredible sight.  Instead Slade was horrified to see Karel had somehow grown or expanded, towering above Slade and his fellow druids.  Karel threw off the cowl, the material splitting as Karel continued to grow, and revealed the grotesque creature that he had become. 

     As Slade watched in growing horror and confusion the thing that had been Karel still retained his humanoid shape but everything else was now grossly distorted.  He or it, Slade was no longer sure, looked a little like the ogres of the north, a bald oversized head on an incredibly strong and muscular body.  Yet it also closely resembled the woodland trolls, having their tough, green tinged skin and elongated arms and legs. 

     The creature turned his back on Slade and faced directly into the rising sun.  Slade was terrified, he knew none of this was natural or normal, and he did not understand what was happening.  Then he heard his father’s voice fill the air.  “Follow the Trunk, my son.  Follow the Trunk.  Only you can save me.  Follow the Trunk.  Save me, my son, only you can save me.”  The voice faded to a whisper on the wind and all was dark. 

     Slade opened his eyes, as much as possible given the amount of swelling that had not yet receded from his most recent beating.  As expected he saw only the flat, stone ceiling of his prison cell.  Once again, he had been dreaming, but this dream had been unlike any of the others.  Slade’s druidic initiation had taken place nearly five years ago, the ritual going as expected, with no unforeseen dragons or ghosts of his father’s voice.

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