Talisman of El Blog Tour & Book Blast ~ Guest Post by author Alecia Stone & Review

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Talisman of El by Alecia Stone


One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human … 7 billion.
Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He’s afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn’t know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

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Author Alecia Stone

Alecia Stone is the author of Talisman Of El (Centrinian, 2012), the first book in the Talisman Of El trilogy. She graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period of time before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. Her fascination with all things supernatural sparked her obsession with books, particularly young adult fantasy fiction, which she has never grown out of. She was inspired to become an author after reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen at the age of fourteen.

In 2008, Alecia started working on Talisman Of El, a contemporary young adult fantasy fiction inspired by people who disappeared mysteriously, including, but not limited to, Amelia Earhart and Percy Harrison Fawcett, who went on an expedition in search of an ancient lost city. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling.

Talisman Of El is her first novel. At present, Alecia lives in England, United Kingdom with her family.

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Photobucket Hello again everyone, Paul here. I am so excited to be involved in the Talisman of El Blog Tour. If you missed the Book Blast and giveaway, click here. Today we are fortunate enough to have author Alecia Stone guest post for us. I was in charge of picking the topic so I hope you enjoy it.

Guest Post: Religion in Talisman Of El
by Alecia Stone
 I guess the first thing to ask is what exactly is religion? As defined by many, religion is a set of beliefs that is held by a group of people. For me, religion is an important part of human nature, so it is almost inevitable to dismiss it from anything especially when it comes to exploring or trying to understand creation and its purpose since a lot of the intentions of religion is to give meaning to life or at least an explanation to the origin of life. As a child, I was surrounded by people who told religious stories about supernatural beings such as God and angels which, at the time, I thought of as creative fantasy. When it came to writing my own fantasy novel, I wanted to create a world people would be familiar with but at the same time feel as though they had encountered something new. So, that’s what I did. I created the world of Arcadia, a place where no one had been before, and filled it with supernatural beings who had a history influenced both by world religions and mythology.

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of religion no matter which culture it derived from. I have a thirst for knowledge, so I guess this world is a great place for someone like me to be. The world is filled with so many different opinions and views, and I wanted to incorporate that mentality in my book. What one person takes away from it may be different from how someone else interprets it. So, I guess, in a sense, the inspiration to incorporate religious aspects in Talisman Of El came from the world and the people who inhabit it. At least that’s where half of the inspiration came from; the other half came from the character of Charlie Blake, who happens to be of a supernatural nature.

In Talisman Of El, Charlie ventures off on a journey of self discovery as he attempts to find out about his own origin and find his purpose in the world. Like the reader, Charlie is familiar with some of the stories of Arcadia and the beings who inhabit the land, but there are also aspects of Arcadia he isn’t familiar with so he has many questions, some of which, it turns out, maybe only he has the answers to. The whole creation of the world in Talisman Of El came about because of Charlie Blake, who was the reason I started this journey. Out of nowhere, this character just popped into my head. I knew his name, age, and a little about his history. I just filled in the rest using inspiration from real people and my own imagination.

Talisman Of El incorporates a blend of mythology, religion, mystery, adventure … It’s just a fun fantasy story that I think many people will be able to relate to no matter what you believe in.


Author Bio:
Alecia Stone has been in love with anything and everything paranormal for many years. She grad­u­ated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in tele­vi­sion for a short period of time before branch­ing out into storytelling. When she isn’t writ­ing, she enjoys going to the movies, lis­ten­ing to music, and travelling. Talisman Of El is her first novel. She currently lives in England, UK.
Website: http://www.aleciastone.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TalismanOfElTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/Alecia_Stone
           Amazon: http://amzn.to/WCVQt3
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5227478.Alecia_Stone
Talisman of El by Alecia Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks Alecia for the wonderful guest post. Paul here, and I personally find fantasy stories with religion mixed in to be powerful and exciting. I actually can only think of one other such book (along with Talisman of El) that does it so well. The key here is that it’s part of the fictional story. It holds the awe inspiring and intimidating feelings still, but it is certainly fictionalized to be part of Charlies tale. Thanks Alecia and now for my review. I am thrilled to have been able to read Alecia Stone’s paranormal fantasy the Talisman of El. Before I get to my review, here’s the Goodreads blurb:

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human … 7 billion.

Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He’s afraid to tell any one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.

Charlie doesn’t know why this is happening. He would give any thing to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home. He belongs with the others.

What I liked: The characters. First and foremost for me in a book are the characters. Ms. Stone nailed it. I connected with all the characters. I love Charlie and Alex. The camaraderie amongst “the gang” was great. Her characters are detailed, realistic, and complex. Some of the best one’s I’ve come across in a long time. I also love how she inserted light-hearted moments throughout the story. They occurred at perfect moments during the danger, seriousness and peril to lighten things up a bit and remind us that these are just kids. A few of my favorite such moments were Alex’s line when Charlie wakes up naked after falling in the river, “I had my eyes closed the whole time,” she teases, implying she undressed him. Charlie, needless to say, is mortified until he realizes Alex is joking. Another is the comment that Arcadians sure have the Goth look down pat after meeting yet another intimidating individual. I also loved, loved the Biblical backgrounds woven into the story. This isn’t easy to do and here it was done so well that it really added impact and power to the story. Everyone can relate to archangels and demons and the power and fear they inspire right?

What missed: A couple of misses for me here to note. First, the vivid, detailed descriptions missed a bit for me. I readily confess it might be possible that I was so into the story that I didn’t slow down enough to absorb everything, but sometimes they were lost on me. I know that everything in Arcadia needed describing but I had some difficulty visualizing everything. Again, that may be my fault. When I read it again, I’ll go a bit slower and see if that makes a difference. The other miss is the fact that I missed Alex throughout the last third or quarter of the book. She is one of my favorite characters and she was absent. Not much could be done about this in the context of the story, I understand. I just liked her so much I wish it could have been different.

Overall: A great read. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. The Biblical aspect really set this book apart from most fantasy books. I loved it. I am so very happy that I will get to enjoy more adventures with these characters. I mention that because I was THRILLED to finish the book and not find a cliffhanger. Sure, it is apparent there has to be more books, but I felt fulfilled. The story was completed. I don’t need to wait for the next one to finish the tale the author began, which I cannot tell you how much I appreciate. My advice, buy the Talisman of El today!

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  1. Yay! Thanks for the brilliant review, Paul. Glad you enjoyed the topic. I had such fun writing the guest post. Brilliant topic you chose. Thank you so much for having me on your site. I’ve had a blast 🙂

  2. Hi Alecia,
    Thanks so much for stopping by! I LOVED Talisman of El and the wonderful guest post you wrote. Can’t wait for the next one!

    Paul R. Hewlett

  3. I have been hearing a lot about this book lately. It sounds so good. I enjoyed hearing from the author and I look forward to reading this one. 🙂

    • Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks for stopping by! It IS good, really good. I really enjoyed the guest post as well. I really love guest posts from authors and Ms. Stone’s was very, very good. Thank you so much for the comment. I hope you get a chance to read it!

      Paul R. Hewlett

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