Monday, June 16, 2014

The Eye of Tanúb by M. E. Cunningham: Interview with Excerpt

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Welcome!!  I am so thrilled to host your stop today! Thank you for coming by!  So......Tell us about your current release. :)

My book, The Eye of Tanúb, is about an adventure Lauren and Zach Marriott have in the magical, but terrifying world of Terratir. Zach realizes it is a world patterned after his favorite computer game Warlord. The two siblings meet characters that Zach created himself, who are very real in this new and frightening world of Terratir. To return home they are given a quest to find the Eye of Tanúb—a very high level quest that will surely leave them dead in the end. Not only does this book make your heart pound with fear, but you will find heartache and love too!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
That I would fall so in love with the characters I created. When you are lost in a story, writing, it almost becomes real. It sure feels real at times. I’ve laughed and cried, and when I read back through the book, sometimes I am amazed that it actually came out of my brain.
Who are your books published with? Clean Teen Publishing and I LOVE them! They have been great to work with and bend over backward to keep their authors happy.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask? I do! I’ve had great reviews so far. The most common comment is: When is the sequel coming out???? I love that!
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I don’t always listen to music. Sometimes I need it to be silent. But there are times when I really need to get into a certain mood, so I will pick music that will get me there. If I am writing a romantic scene, I need music that will make me want to fall in love. Sad music for heartache, exciting music for action scenes etc... It just depends where I am in my brain at the time. There is no rhyme or reason to a writer’s brain.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?
The absolutely are... to me, at least! I research name meanings, try them out, see if they fit. Especially for the bad guys. Their names are most important!




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Title: The Eye of Tanúb
Series:  Into Terratir Series # 1
Author:  M. E. Cunningham
Published:  June 13th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count:  77,000
Genre:  YA Fantasy Adventure
Content Warning:  Non-gratuitous violence
Recommended Age:  14+



Everyone thinks she’s crazy. And maybe she is. But Lauren Marriott knows her journey into Terratir happened. It was real, and she’s writing all down in frightening detail.

She has no patience for her brother Zach and his passion for stupid computer games until she finds a mysterious pendant in his room, pulsating with magical power. Lauren wants it, not realizing it’s a portal between this world and one of monsters, sorcerers, and dangerous quests.

Never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined what she’d find in the terrifying world of The Warlord—death at every turn, but also a love stronger than time itself.

In order to escape Terratir, Lauren, Zach, and their new found friends, must complete the impossible quest for the Eye of Tanúb, a relic of immense power, which The Warlord has already stolen for himself.

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I stayed close to the wall, my eyes wide, my heart racing in fright. Okay. This could not possibly be real. I was dreaming. I was in a coma or unconscious, just like I thought. Before us were beings I'd only seen on TV. Beings with green skin and others with horns, some with long, pointed ears. I called them “people” for lack of a better word, but they weren't people. They were monsters and elves, human-like animals who could talk, and aliens. Some were short and squat, dragging their hands on the ground. One monster had a large snout and black shaggy hair covering its entire body.

            “What is that thing?” I asked, shrinking back behind Zach, hoping he could protect me.

            “Him? He's a werewolf. He works in a pastry house. I remember him from the game. What's his name again?” Zach snapped his fingers, thinking.

            Scowling, I said, “How should I know? Don't werewolves kill people? Shouldn't everyone be afraid or running away screaming? Why are these monsters walking around free?”


About the Author:

M.E. Cunningham came from a land, far, far away, and ended up on a little farm in northern Utah, living with numerous magical creatures: horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and a goat. Cunningham began writing quite by accident, the fall through the fabric of time dropped M.E. into the mysterious land of Terratir.

Terratir is not the first magical realm Cunningham has discovered, but it is the only one to be written about so far. Favorite topics include ghosts, monsters, dragons, and magic. Cunningham also likes TV, going to the movies, and camping in the mountains as long as there are no spiders, mosquitoes, or ticks.

Cunningham’s first book, Reluctant Guardian, was published in August 2013. While always in search of the strange and unexplainable, this author will write each story as it is discovered. Be on the look out!

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