Friday, April 22, 2011

PR Special Edition (33): Rebecca Ryals Russell Guest Post!

Poisoned Rationality Special  Edition

Welcome to another Poisoned Rationality Special Edition!   Today we have Rebecca Ryals Russell, author of Odessa the first in the Seraphym Wars series!

Synopsis: Myrna Ashlin Watts graduated from High School in Jacksonville, Fl just in time to find herself transported to a bizarre and primal planet corrupted by demon-dragons. And they want her DEAD. Her problem is she has been recruited to kill them, too.

18-year-old Myrna is drawn into the middle of an epic battle between Seraphym and Demons. An average High School student from Florida, struggling with inner demons resulting from a rape two years earlier, she wakes one morning on the Steampunk planet of Dracwald, home of the demon-dragons responsible for her brother’s recent murder as well as many other atrocities in the news. She meets Michael, who becomes her guide and explains that according to prophecy, Myrna must gather the remaining six Vigorios (teen warriors with special talents) then train with the Majikals on an enchanted island.

Reluctantly, and knowing it is her only way to get back home, she agrees to lead, battling dragons and monsters while crossing swamps and mountains, forests and seas. She wrangles with the old inner demons when three very different men join her quest—a seasoned demon/dragon-slayer who irritates but beguiles her, a tender and sweet mentor in whom she trusts completely and a roguishly handsome Scientist who sets her senses aflame. How is she expected to lead the others and keep everyone safe with so much inner turmoil?

Will love and lust, jealousy, greed, deceit and distrust break the delicate tie that binds these teen warriors called The Vigorios? Can a troupe of teens help the Seraphym finally defeat the massive empire of evil dominated for eons by the demon-dragons of Dracwald?

If we were to attend a garage sale of your teenage years, what might we find there?
Both of my parents died recently, as in the last seven years; so I’ve had to deal with getting rid of a
lifetime’s accumulation of their stuff. And both were ‘collectors’, so there was A LOT of stuff. I still have
some I haven’t been able to sell, but will soon because I’m tired of dealing with it. So when Lexie asked
me to have a Teenaged Garage Sale, I thought “How fun to recall the things that were so important to
me at the time.” And so, here’s my list. Now remember, I grew up in the 1960’s, graduated from high
school in 1974. So some of this stuff will sound completely alien to you and some of it, I realized while
making the list, is popular again. How funny is that?

- Mounted 1000 piece puzzle of Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings

- 12-string acoustic guitar

- Several notebooks filled with poetry and short stories

- A few old 35mm cameras

- Several photo albums of black & white photos, artistically shot

- Brown leather wedge chunky high-heeled shoes, quite worn

- Dark purple hip-hugger double-flared bell bottom jeans with a wide brown leather belt

- Nylon multicolored halter top that ties behind the neck and at the waist, worn with white hotpants and
no bra

- Black fishnet stockings and shiny black knee-high boots

- Wild and colorfully flowered button-up tunic with a split from bottom to bellybutton and matching
hotpants (short shorts)

- Pucca shell necklace just like Drew’s (who sat in front of me in English Lit and I had a major crush on; he
was a surfer and wore sandals to school!)

- Flower-Power sheer bedroom curtains and matching bedspread; neon pink, lemon yellow, lime green
flowers the size of my hand

- Iggy Dolls (trolls) with neon hair and brush

- Clip-on roller skates and key (These clipped to the bottom of your shoes, then slid to fit and tightened with a key. But after going about three feet would have to be tightened again; over and over.)

- The Monkeys, The Beatles, vinyl albums and portable record player

- Homemade, quilted, full-length skirt with elastic waist. (Made by my mother for Christmas when I
was about 12, I lived in this skirt all winter—it was like a blanket. I think I still have it someplace in the

- Buick Special painted turquoise blue with a black roof, no AC (rubber-bladed fan on dashboard), family
owned (bought from Grandpa for $800 earned on my first part-time job working Saturday mornings as
a claims taker for Allstate Insurance Co.), 3 foot-long ‘Go Turtle’ decals on both rear fenders (ordered
from Turtle Wax car wax company), Ooga horn installed by Daddy

Want to know more?  Check out Rebecca's webpage and the Odessa blog.  Follow her tour with Teen Book Scene for more great interviews, guest posts and reviews!


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