Title: Isles of Olympus: A Guardian’s Truth
Author: Sandra Schepis
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publish Date: February 19, 2014
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
A Guardian’s Truth is about Ariella, a young Guardian Queen of Royals, in the secret land called Isles of Olympus. Forced to sit on her throne before she comes of age, and yet kept in the dark about her history, who her parents were and the life she never got to have with them, after being given to her maternal uncle and his wife, when Ariella was only minutes old. No one would even speak her parents names after that. Frustrated by the constant over protection of the councilmen and women of the Isles, Ariella and her closest friend (whom rarely left her side from the age of four), her dragon Kyith, set out on an adventure within and outside of her realms, that would start the events that could lead her realm back into war. Many enemies are found to be trusted friends, while some friends are shown to be true enemies, Ariella is left wondering: who can she trust, who she should trust?
Guardians are descendants of the first two Gods, Uranus, the God of the heavens and sky, and Gaia, the Goddess of the Earth and nature. Their first born child, a son, Gaius, named for both his parents, was betrayed by his younger siblings as they overthrew Uranus by beheading him, so to rule the world and heavens themselves, Gaius wished only to avenge his father’s murder, but Gaia had other plans. She gave him his own realm hidden from the titan’s wrath, and their descendants. A gift for his loyalties, he and his kin and any God, Goddess or magical creature that wished to escape the titans and later the Olympians, would live free of the tainted bloodlines of those that had murdered the father God for greed and power, with only one hitch, no Guardian could ever wish to lay claim to the original homeland of Gods, Mount Olympus.
For if they did, all that had been, could be undone!
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Sandra Schepis is currently living in the Brisbane Bayside area of Queensland, Australia with her beautiful family. I like to spend most days in front of my computer either writing or researching different elements of my stories and interests in Greek Mythology and history in general. Though I have spent years writing short stories I have never before published any of my work.
Isles of Olympus is different, it is a complete work of towns and cities, landscapes, cultures and lives I spent month creating, so that I could sit and enjoy the story that flowed from the details.
A Guardian’s Truth the first of three books to come out of the Isles series, was a special project designed ultimately for my children to read and enjoy, igniting their imaginations and inspiring their dreams.
I love landscape photography, and use it to inspire some of my works. Mythology weather Greek, Celtic, and some Nordic are keen interests that I enjoy researching; reading is a passion of mine when I am not writing. And in between that and my family I love to get out and explore
Character Interviews: (A= Ariella; J= James; C= Christian)
* Tell me about yourself?
(A) I am a Queen that would rather be a normal person, I want to go and enjoy my days not bothered by what needs to be done around the realms.
(J) I am the Lord of Whites Castle, the most senior of Nobles in Ariella’s Isle, I am also her second, if she were not about to step up to the task of running Insula Regii Sanguinis, the job falls to me.
(C) I am the ruling King of Dracones Nidum Islandia, I am also a childhood friend of Ariella’s. I was charged with watching over her and Kyith when I took to the throne after my father, a task I am very passionate about.
* What are your strengths?
(A) I would have to say Kyith (chuckles slightly) no one tends to speak against you when you’re sitting on the back of a giant black fire breathing dragon!
(J) Ariella, take this seriously; Kyith is not your strength! Your purity, or honesty, those are the strengths that count!
(A) My modesty then?
* What is your greatest weakness?
(A) My love for those in my realms, duty, Kyith.
(J) My Queen. I have been told I have a blind spot where she is concerned so I tend not to see her faults as others do.
(A) I do not have any faults.
(C) Oh yes you do! Your spoilt, bratty, you lack discipline, and your lazy when it comes to duty.
(A) Oh? And your weakness is that you lack the control to hold your own tongue!
* First love?
(J) Next question.
(C) Arianna, my beautiful wife.
* Proudest moment?
(A) When I learnt to fly with Kyith.
(J) When Ariella decided to step up to be the Queen Regent.
(C) When my dragon hatched for me.
* Who is your role model?
(A) I would have to say my Uncle Marcus, and Aunt Rose, and James.
(J) Our first King Gaius, without doubt I aspire to accomplish a part of his greatness.
(C) My father, the King of my realm before me, he is a great ruler, and father. I hope to be half as fair and kind as he was as a ruler.
* Favourite place to think?
(A) On the sand looking over the bay in Aleria.
(J) The cliffs that overlook the Bay of Aleria.
(C) A Cave in the Silvan Mountains.
* What do you see in your future?
(A) A peaceful harmony, my realm restored to what it was before all the Chaos of Ardella, I can see me settled on the throne, and happily ruling over the realms. That is my hope anyway.
(J) Retirement, once Ariella is settled and Queen among rulers, I should like to retire.
(C) I would like to return to my realm and enjoy my life with my wife, and family. That is what I see for my future. Happily raising the next generation of rulers of my realm, and the council.