Sunday, January 25, 2015

Realm Exporers Part XXXIV: Visit Kingsley with Cynthia P. Willow

Welcome to Realm Explorers!  In this weekly series, we visit a variety of unique worlds created by talented science fiction and fantasy authors.  Enjoy your travels!  And don't forget to read to the bottom of the post to find out more about each author and see how to purchase the featured book. 

Author’s name:
Cynthia P. Willow

Title of book and/or series:
The Kingsley Adventures
Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley ~ Book 1
Return to Kingsley ~ Book 2

Brief summary of the stories:
PATTY GAYLE AND THE LEGEND OF KINGSLEY

When twelve-year-old Patty Gayle's grandmother grants her an old skeleton key, it unlocks the adventure of a lifetime! The key leads her to beautiful Kingsley, a magical land threatened by an evil sorcerer. Patty Gayle soon discovers that an ancient prophecy has foretold that a young human girl is the only hope for Kingsley. If she is truly to be the chosen one, she must overcome her deepest fears. Will the faith of a young girl be enough to free Kingsley from a tragic fate?

RETURN TO KINGSLEY

Thirteen-year-old Callie dreams of having her own adventure in the magical world of Kingsley like her grandmother and her great-great grandmother before her. But she doesn’t have very high hopes since the portal to Kingsley was shut fifty-two years ago. Little does she know that the inhabitants of Kingsley are in desperate need. A plague is killing Kingsley's creatures. But Callie doesn’t live on the lake, nor does she have the magical bracelet to allow her to breathe underwater. How will she get to Kingsley? And will she figure it out in time to save the land?

Brief description of the world or location you created for this story:
Kingsley is a parallel world to ours. It is a beautiful world full of fairy queens, mermaids, and all sorts of talking creatures.

If we were to visit Kingsley as tourists, what would you recommend that we see or do there?
Well, if you borrowed the bracelet which allows you to breathe under water, then you could go to the bottom of the ocean and play poker with the dolphins. If you don’t know how to play poker, you could swim with the mermaids. If you’re more of a land-lover, perhaps you’d like to visit Faith, the unicorn. And if you’re not afraid of heights, you might want to take a ride on Keagan’s back. No, I’m telling you what Keagan is. 

What dangers should we avoid in Kingsley?
All humans must stay clear of the Ghillie-Dhu. They dislike humans. And of course, there are evil sorcerers there, but I’ve said too much.

Is there a distinct or unusual type of food or meal that we might be served in Kingsley?
Yes! There is a delicious purple triangular fruit that sustains the person who eats it for a good while. 

What role, if any, does magic or the supernatural play in the lives of people in Kingsley?  If there is magic, please give some examples of what it involves or how it’s used.
The 3 fairy queens use magic for good purposes. Their magic also keeps them immortal. The brownies--which are servants in the castle--also use magic for making all sorts of things.

Tell us about any sports, games, or activities that are available for entertainment in Kingsley.
If dolphins playing poker isn’t entertainment, then I don’t know what is.

What is the political or government structure in Kingsley?  Who is in charge there at the moment, and what kind of leader is he/she?
Kingsley is ruled by three fairy queens. They are sisters. By name: Ruby, Pearl, and Emerald. Ruby is the leader of the three. She is the one who holds everything together. She’s stern, but just. Pearl is the caring, emotional sister who thinks of others first. Emerald has the personality of a teenager and giggles a lot.

Has anything in your actual life inspired the locations, cultures, etc. in your book?
The world of Kingsley is inspired by a real place in Florida called Kingsley Lake. My ancestors settled Kingsley Lake, and my grandmother and mother grew up there. Three of my grandmother’s sisters were named Ruby, Pearl, and Emma. I planned to write a story about the sisters when I was just a child. I took that plan and mixed it with my mom’s childhood fantasies and made a series.

Author Autobiography:
I’m a home-schooling mother of three and a full-time student earning my Masters degree in Human Services and Life Coaching.

Where, and in what formats, can we purchase your books?  
The Kingsley Adventures are available in Ebook format on Kindle, Nook, Scribd, Apple, Kobo, and Inktera as well as paperback. All links are on The Kingsley Adventures page of my website:
If you want to read them on Kindle, you can purchase them both in a 2-book bundle and save $2.00.

Where can readers connect with you online? 
Please visit my website at www.cynthiapwillow.com
Find me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Cynthiapwillow
Follow me on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/CynthiaPWillow


I hope you all enjoyed the trip to Kingsley.  Questions about the world or the book?  Ask them in the comments and the author will get back to you!  

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Please join us again next Monday for a trip to the sci-fi world of Cyraria, in Realm Explorers Part XXXV!
-Annie Douglass Lima

4 comments:

Cynthia P. Willow said...

Thank you so much for featuring me, Annie!

Annie said...

You're welcome. It's my pleasure!

Miranda Gonzalez said...

Sounds like maybe there are some similarities to the Chronicles of Narnia? I may have to check these books out. I bet they'd make good read alouds

Cynthia Willow said...

I have had reviewers say they were reminded of the Narnia books and I have to admit I'm a Lewis fan. :)