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A Tour of Phantasma
The beginning of Jessica’s book “Linked Through Time” introduces a girl who’s used to all civilization has to offer to a place where time has basically stopped, and she must learn to appreciate her surroundings. My book series, THE CHOSEN, introduces readers to a world that is full of medieval times and fantasy. Step into the portal with me, and come visit Phantasma!
Phantasma is the world where The Chosen live. It is a small world, with various areas, towns, forests, regions, and the Capitol City, The Castle of the Elves. When I tried my hand at drawing a map of Phantasma, it came out a little strange-looking because, let’s face it, I can’t draw. So, let me take you on a visual tour of Phantasma. Hold on, and enjoy the ride!
In the middle of Phantasma sits The Castle of the Elves. This is the elf kingdom where Queen Laurali and King Jerome live, and The Chosen meet and train for their missions. Striker and Kaidyla are from here, and Lumina was born here. Halli was also born here, though she didn’t grow up here. Silvor was raised here with Striker’s family.
To the East of the Castle is Drumple, the small Dwarf village where Halli is from. Drumple is made up of the dwarf huts where the villagers live. In the center of the town sits the Tavern, where the villagers love to stop and visit, and of course, enjoy a nice mug of ale. The village sits at the base of a mountain. At the top of the mountain sits the Ironworks Castle, where many of the villagers work on making the various items the dwarves use on a regular basis. The castle can be seen from anywhere in Drumple, and is a favorite view of Halli’s. She often likes to sit under a tree staring up at the castle while reading a good book. The village also has a small school, where Halli teaches the students all about the wonderful stories she loved to hear growing up, and is now a part of.
To the West of the Castle of the Elves is Loch Moss, a very strange area covered in a thick slime that reminds Halli of the pea soup her father loves to eat. There is a bridge going over the Loch, connecting it from the East side to the West side, and another bridge crossing it from the North side to the South. But be careful: there are many different slimy creatures living in the Loch, and you may be asked to perform a quest for the gatekeeper before being allowed to enter the Loch and cross over.
To the West of Loch Moss lies The Swamp Lands. This is a very dangerous area that leads to The Darkness, Phantasma’s most dangerous area. I suggest avoiding this area altogether. The Chosen traveled this route in their first adventure together to seek out Prince Gastle and destroy him.
North of Loch Moss is the forest area where many of Phantasma’s creatures can be found. Hunters love this area! The Caprice Forest is the first of two large forests you’ll pass through as you head northeast to Londonham, followed by the Shamrock Forest.
Londonham is the home of the goliaths. This is where Redsham and Silvor are from. It lies to the furthest West of Phantasma, safely north of The Darkness. The goliaths lead a very peaceful life here. As you can imagine, Londonham is big and full of large trees and buildings. But everything is built to resemble the outdoors, as the goliaths love nature.
Let’s head back to the Castle of the Elves now, and take a tour north. You will begin to pass through mountainous areas as the air grows colder and snow begins to fall. If you go too far north, you’ll reach the South Gate, the southern entrance to Ogre Land where, you guessed it, the ogres are from. I suggest you avoid this area. But if you’re determined to get to the northern region of Phantasma, I suggest you bring some friends to help get you through the ogres’ village and cross through the North Gate. North of Ogre Land is Polard, the most northern point on Phantasma.
To the south of the Castle of the Elves lie friendlier areas to visit. This area has yet to be fully developed in THE CHOSEN series.
I hoped you enjoyed your tour of Phantasma! Please come back anytime. Now hold on, the portal is about to transfer you back to your computer.
Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen” was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea plans to write more in the series. She’s already done with the first draft of book 3 and has a concept for book 4. You can find Andrea on her website, Andi’s Realm. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Goodreads giveaway- I will be doing another giveaway soon- details to follow on twitter! @jltornese
I start a new job on the 6th- writing will have to be put on the back burner as I will be teaching 4 year olds this school year! Get out the glue and crayons…can’t wait!
Linked Through Time has a sequel following in it’s wake. Lost Through Time is currently waiting for an editor and should be out within the year. I guess I better get going on the third! The cover to the sequel has just been finalized and will be revealed soon on my website!
But for now, thanks for the encouraging reviews….and keep reading! If you haven’t already- join goodreads.com and become friends with me! Let’s share book reviews and favorite titles!
So far, this summer has been a little slow on the reading track. I have been enjoying a long vacation in Minnesota, home of the setting to my novel, Linked Through Time. However, I would like to give notice to a few books and their authors- as maybe you will have the time to check out some other genres and recommended books. Check out my reviews on amazon and goodreads-
Michael L. Thal, an accomplished freelancer, is the author of The Legend of Koolura and Goodbye Tchaikovsky. He has written and published over seventy articles for magazines and newspapers including Highlights for Children, The Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Family Magazine. You can learn more about this author at www.michaelthal.com.
Michael lives in Sherman Oaks, CA. He’s the proud father of two adult daughters, Channie and Koren, and the grandfather of Arielle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Michael Thal @ http://www.michaelthal.com
Life on the Edge- Jennifer Comeaux
Daughter of Hauk- Kate Collins
Divergent/ Insurgent- Veronica Roth
Hike Up Devil’s Mountain- Penny Estelle
Witches, Bitches, and Good Ol’ Boys- Josephene Stull
Due Date- Nancy Wood
Today is the last day to enter the Goodreads.com giveaway to win a copy of my YA book, Linked Through Time! Response has been overwhelming- check out the site for reviews and comments!
Linked Through Time is getting 5 star reviews on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and goodreads.com. The sequel has just been signed for Solstice Publishing.
Check out Solstice Publishing’s website www.solsticepublishing.com for info on authors or upcoming titles, and check out their blog for summer drink recipes! www.solsticepublishing.blogspot.com.
It is available as an ebook for $2.99 and paperback for $10.99 on major websites like amazon.