Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Voluspa--A Magical World

Bookhounds Summer Blog Hop

The Cotton Patch would like to thank author Ray East for sharing this guest post and giveaway. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win one of two free copies of Voluspa: A Magical World

Why write a book like ‘Voluspa – A Magical World’? Like countless other teenage girls, I had a difficult time during my pre-teen and early teen years. I had major body issues and even suffered with eating disorders. During these years, I often fantasized about escaping to an alternate universe where I could start life afresh or find acceptance. My imagination was further fuelled by the countless number of books I devoured growing up, especially since they were my only constant companions.

Thus when the time came to put words down to paper, I found myself creating a fantasy world – a place so magical that it had the power to heal even the most troubled souls.
Talking about troubled souls, the main two protagonists of my story, Amy and Drake, definitely fit the bill. Amy has a hard childhood, feeling unwanted and unloved whereas Drake’s childhood is shadowed by impossibly high expectations imposed on him by his father. The two meet when Amy crosses over realms to land up in Voluspa and they connect from the very beginning. They find a kindred spirit in each other and like two halves of a whole, they complete each other. But their relationship is taboo as per the law in Voluspa. One of the questions that this book subtly puts forward is whether individual freedom is sacrosanct or should it take a backseat when it comes to greater good of the land and people. This story also puts a new spin on the age old battle between good and evil. Circumstances force both Amy and Drake to do certain things which one could consider a touch shy of evil. But at no time does their love for each other diminish and whatever they do is born out of a need to protect or help the other.
One could say that this is a story of two star crossed lovers set against a magical backdrop of an enchanted land. However, the world of Voluspa in not a Utopic one; like most known civilizations it has its own problems. Despotic leaders, wars, arbitrate laws; all weave themselves to create a rich tapestry of life that forms the backdrop of this story. The story borrows from mythology to give it an authentic tone. It is multi layered and I believe would appeal to a broad spectrum of age.
At present I am working on the next book in the Voluspa series. This book finds a changed Drake. His ordeals with Lord Vali has changed him permanently and no matter how much he wishes, there is no going back for him. He is now faced with the challenge of carving out a new life for himself away from Voluspa, away from Amy. But Amy is not one to accept loosing Drake so easily; she is determined to save Drake no matter what the cost. Now that the secret of her birth is out, she also has to contend with the wrath of the council members. In the meantime Lord Vali continues with his quest to resurrect his demonic leader using Drake and the book. To find out what happens to Amy and Drake and their forbidden love wait for the next book in Voluspa – A Magical World.

To more about Voluspa please visit our website

Enter for your chance to win one of two print copies of Voluspa. This is an international giveaway. I will contact the winners to get the shipping info for the author. Its not a requirement that you are a follower but would love it if you would. Come back often and see whats going on here in The Cotton Patch

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  1. Stopping by for the blog hop. Nice blog. I'm a new follower.

  2. Voluspa sounds fascinating, and I agree with the author. It definitely sounds like a book that will appeal to a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Amazing how the mind works when it's left alone to simmer...and make it's own world.
    I hope I win this...but either way, I'm going to read it.
    Good luck with your writing...
    Thomas Rydder

  3. I would like to thank you for a fantastic book giveaway, that i would love to have the oportunity of reading & reviewing! I am a huge fan of this particular genre and Voluspa sounds totally unique, origional and facinating hence i have added it to my to-read list on Goodreads.
    Thank you so much once again for such an oportunity. x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk
    GFC follower: lfountain1

  4. Thanks so much for participating. I shared this on Twitter and Facebook.
    Your CoHost!

    1. Thanks so much for having the hop and letting me take part.

  5. thank you
    rierie11booger (@)

  6. Sounds like a fun book to read!

  7. Hi, thank u for this awesome giveaway. Wish I'm the lucky one :)

  8. i like the cover o the book can i ask a question do you have any bookmarks fo the book you have

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

    1. Please email me with your mailing address and I will gladly send you a book mark if you live within United States.

      Please contact me at

      Thnx for liking the cover:)


  9. Great giveaway! TY! New follower ;-)

  10. Sounds like a great book

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  11. Thank you for entering the Giveaway and the Support.

    Ray East

  12. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    Love the hops - thanks - so many great blogs on the list...

  14. I love magic and I love giveaways. Thank you.

  15. If all goes well, I'll have something to read for the fall months.

  16. Book sounds great, cover is very neat. Thx for giveaway.

    GFC Lona Stringer
    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  17. I really think that my 13 year old daughter would love this!! A few of her brothers would probably enjoy it as well! With 10 kids, we tend to pass everything down... well, except underwear... they are a one person commodity. Thanks so much for the chance to win!!
    Lisa Hackney

  18. thanks for sharing.


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