Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Mageri Series by Dannika Dark (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to author Dannika Dark who is joining us with her urban fantasy romance series, The Mageri. 

The Mageri Series: World building 

It's great to be here at Reading Between the Wines as part of the Mageri Series blog tour. Thanks so much for having me! I thought I would give readers a little insight as to what was involved in creating the world in my series. Zoe is the victim of a senseless attack and wakes up to find that she's changed. Not just physically, but there are some new abilities that she's having difficulty in controlling. I wanted to tackle the "What if this happened to you?" theme by introducing a world of immortals and other supernaturals and finding a way to incorporate them within our own. I also liked the idea of a little mystery, and slowly revealing facts as the series progresses. 

But, what if? If a man could live a thousand years, what kind of man would he truly become? Part of that also stems from the kind of man he was to begin with, before he was made into an immortal. You see, a Mage can create another Mage from a human. But not just any Mage can do this because it's a rare gift to be a Creator. Thousands of years ago, civilization as a whole was primitive. Men needed to protect what was theirs: territory, wealth, and their own life. If you could create a Mage, then you would select strong men who would protect what’s yours. Warriors. Perhaps even ruthless men.

It was also intriguing to think about how an immortal would acclimate with our modern society. While some go with the flow, others may have more trouble. We see a few examples in this book, one being Justus De Gradi, Ghuardian of the protagonist (and one of my favorite characters). He may love his expensive cars, but he feels more comfortable without electricity or modern gadgets. Would an immortal be forward thinking simply because of their age? Does age always bring wisdom? I started to think about some of the older generations, and how they often hold onto their values and beliefs from when they were younger.

I decided to put a spin on what a Mage was, but in a believable way. Instead of giving them powers of magic and sorcery, they are wielders of light and energy. There are also some new and exciting Breeds in this book that were developed for this world: Chitahs, Relics, Sensors, and Gemini. Yes ladies, there are other supernaturals out there that are sexier than a Vampire. ;-) 

The protagonist is struggling with what her place is in this world, and wanting to change it. She’s one of the few who was brought over against her will, so she’s not as obedient and accepting of their rules. However, relationships are the foundation of this series. Developing a character who evolves with the story was exciting; it gave me the opportunity to not only show her own struggles and growth, but also how she impacts the lives around her.

The most exciting thing about being a writer is taking a blank sheet of paper and building a world. One that the reader wants to step inside of, walk around, and be a part of. A world that is not just about conflict, but is also about friendship, love, change, and a little bit of humor. Each Breed is different in their beliefs and the laws that govern them, so it will be exciting to slowly unravel this universe to the readers through this series, and several others that are in line for publication.

Sterling (Mageri Series: Book 1) is available on Amazon for .99 cents
Twist (Mageri series: Book 2) is available on Amazon for $2.99
Impulse (Mageri Series: Book 3) will be available this Fall

Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead.
A man named Adam spotted her running down the road covered in blood, and took her under his wing. Zoë didn't just survive that night - she underwent a physical transformation and acquired strange new abilities. Severed from her old life, her frustration grows as she tries to comprehend what's happening to her.
Serendipity leads her to Justus. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. Zoë learns the truth about what she is and where she truly belongs. This world is dangerous for a young Mage and the only way she'll understand her power is by putting her trust in this man, and accepting the protection he offers.
When her immortal freedom is threatened by the one man who has a right to claim her, Zoë learns the price of freedom...and the value of loyalty.

Months after moving to the mysterious city of Cognito, Silver is developing her gifts as a Mage and learning how to live under new laws. She is forced to give up her old life and live in secret among the humans. There is finally hope of leading an ordinary life . . . until Logan Cross walks into it.
Their chance meeting leads her close to discovering the identity of the nameless Mage who once stole her light and discovered the unique power she possesses. That knowledge poses an unimaginable threat to Silver, fueling her search to find out who he is, before he finds her first.
Lives are at stake. Truths are revealed. And an unexpected passion ignites.

Author Bio

Dannika Dark was born on a military base in the U.S. and traveled the world before she was nine. Now she is rooted in the south, but her head is planted firmly in the clouds. Her writing began in early childhood and it wasn’t until the Mageri series that she began to take publishing seriously. After writing sixteen full length novels, it was time to get serious. In addition to writing, Danni does all of her own book covers and photo designs based around the series. When she is not writing, Danni enjoys a great sci-fi or fantasy movie, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.
The Mageri Series an exciting new urban fantasy romance series which follows the journey of one woman's claim to immortality, and her own identity. Dark, unique, and full of unpredictable twists. Sometimes ordinary people are destined for extraordinary lives.

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Dannika is giving away and eBook of Twist to one reader. To enter, just leave a question or comment on this post for her and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!

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  1. Love this and can´t wait for a chance to read, =) it´s already on my TBR list!

    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Saturday!

  2. I love the story line I'll be adding these to my TBR list!

    Dannika, What gave you the idea for this story?

  3. New twist for a paranormal and I'm always willing to try something new!

  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  5. Good luck, everyone!

    The idea for the Mageri Series came from a Vampire novel I couldn't bring myself to finish. It has nothing to do with Vampires, but it sparked my imagination to run in a completely different direction with telling a story in a new way, leading the reader without them knowing where you're taking them. :)


  6. To create a world form a blank piece of paper is fun. I like the world you created, so much I think I will slip into it for a while =) Can't wait to pick up your book! Congrats on your release!

  7. Thanks for a great post and congrats to Dannika on the new release! I just got Sterling from the "if you like this, you'd like this" bar from Amazon. It was fun to learn more about this world :)

  8. Thank you for sharing, I can't wait to be able to read these:)
    Thank you

  9. This seems like a fantastic read and I really love the opportunity to get to know more about your style. sdylion(ta)gmail(dot)com

  10. Hi
    I like the idea of another kinf of supernatural, although I'm still a little partial to vamps, hehe

    How did you come up with the idea of these new supernaturals?

    Are Zöe and Silver the same?

  11. Hi Dannika! On your comment about the most exciting thing about being a writer; I'm in awe of writer's imagination especially those who write in the non-contemporary genre. I have no imagination whatsoever & I'm always amazed with what authors come up with.

  12. I've seen this series around quite a bit and have decided to take the plunge and give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  13. This series sounds very interesting. I am curious as this is a new topic for me. You are right - I usually read PNR that involve vampires! Congrats on the release and thank you for the giveaway!


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