BENJAMINE MCTISH AND THE DOOR THROUGH THE GRANDFATHER TREE
A ya fantasy adventure by June M. Pace
The McTish Series is an explosive adventure through a dimensional Gateway into another world, a world of beauty and magic, Coranim...a land of insight, thought and possibilities, that sits beneath the enchanted Gilley Forest.
There is local legend in the small town of Grandlochcheshire that has been passed down for a 100 years about the mysterious disappearance of the Chickering family, that trails on the coat tails of the equally shocking abduction of the Skeffington Union Rails heirs. The circumstances that follow this notorious tale enter into the modern world of Benjamin and his two best mates.
One day Benjamin watches as a mysterious little woman steps out of a taxi and in one synchronistic moment their eyes lock and a series of visual snippets of unfamiliar events unfold in his mind’s vision. His razor sharp sixth sense allows him the freedom to explore the extrasensory messages coming at him like a derailed freight train. And when Benjamin finds a peculiar relic of a key in his grandmother’s garden shed, he could never know his world was about to change forever.
Annabel and Mathilda, two sisters who have come from America, have become more than mere friends to Benjamin, they have all become the three Muskydeers (Mathilda’s mispronounced version of Musketeers, which was a huge laugh and of course it stuck), as they are plunged head first into this curious journey.
In the Gilley Forest they discover that the path they have chosen is inundated with many obstacles as well as intrigue. Alliances are made with the Forest clan of Gnomes and with the aid of the Vila sisters, Sethina and Morel, as well as some surprising and unexpected allegiances, the three friends take on the test that is the Grandfather Tree. They must stay on the pre ordained Path of Prophecy, whose ancestry comes from the home of the oldest living beings on the planet, the Elves of the Darmon. However, this is no easy task for the Muskydeers as they have the foulest of sorcery hunting their every move, the powerful dark beauty, Tar Vigorn.
This ruthless Queen is not without humor however and loves a good game of cat and mouse, as long as she’s the cat. With her biting sense of sarcasm and calculated taunting, she knows just how to unnerve Benjamin. Her phantom army, the Blunt, are searching for a way into the Grand Tree and will stop at nothing to infiltrate the pristine world beneath his giant roots.
Once in Coranim the children make the acquaintance of the greatest Medicine Elder alive, Esmerelda Fet. A most powerful Light Sorceress with a brazen in your face attitude, who guides the trio on their Path of destiny. However, a Path can change in the blink of an eye...what could alter the overpowering trajectory Benjamin has followed to Coranim? How will it change his life?
Find out as our three heroes delve into the mystic, as well as their own inner character, as you watch from the edge of your seat.
Book Two, Benjamin Mctish and the Wizards of Coranim, coming beginning of 2014
AN INTERVIEW WITH JUNE
-What made you want to write?
You know I really didn’t think much about writing in my younger days. I was more involved in music and art. Actually art is what led me to writing, when I sat down one night and attempted to allow my inner “whimsey” to come out in some illustrations. They ended up giving me the characters for my book...and I haven’t looked back since.
What I can say is that writing has become a tremendous passion for me...more so than anything else I’ve done. I’ve always been good with words, writing letters in business, etc., so it seems a natural thing for me to do. I’m a wordsmith.
Although I was told once by a very famous psychic that I was going to write a very successful book when I got older...so, who knows? Maybe this was always meant to be my future....my destiny.
-What draws you to fantasy?
Magic. Magic is my hiding place. I love getting lost in a world of magic and ideas. I love the possibilities that magic and fantasy affords. When it comes to young adults and kids...well, I couldn’t ask for a better audience to splurge on. I like the idea of sending a message of courage and accountability that is all tied up in a world of magic. This way they can smile and hopefully retains a bit of insight that will lead them to evolve in their own worlds..give them cause to dream big.
-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.
There is a Yew tree in the UK that is thought to be the original tree that all Yews were born from. Some have been around for thousands of years and can hold forty people in their trunks! That’s amazing.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
Ha! Well, my main characters are too young to drink, so I’d have to say Claire, the girl’s mother. Her personality comes out in the second book, I think she’s a hoot. She is much more present and a part of the story in a bigger way in book two...however, I don’t drink, so there’s that!
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
I just said this the other day, but it bears repeating...If you want to write, then write. You’ll always find the time if it’s what you’re truly meant to do. Write because you have to, make sure it’s your passion because it’s a really tough business to get into if you don’t have the fight and patience to do it. You have to believe in yourself.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Yeah, I’m not into the Vampire/Werewolf romance thing...not to sound condescending or offend anyone by using the word, thing. I just kinda got over that back in the Anne Rice days. I was reading one of her last books and literally half way through I thought...geez, I can’t take all this darkness anymore. It’s about death and blood and crazy horror stuff, what am I doing to my brain? I know loads of people are into that again, Twilight, that Blood series on HBO, and now a mountain of new work coming from new authors....I haven’t seen any of these, so maybe I’m missing out on something. I sure hope that’s not your genre’.ha ha...actually I’d have to say romance in general is not my cup of tea....and I couldn’t even tell you why.
June lives with her husband and best friend Ray, her step-son and their two dogs, five chickens and two ducks, in Santa Cruz Ca. Her two older step-kids live respectively in LA and San Francisco.
June spends her days writing and sometimes painting her well known series of Rock n Roll icons. June and Ray own Madrona Rust, a line of unique, hand-made rustic furniture.
This series of work, the McTish characters, are a part of June in every sense of the word. “This work brings a deep sense of joy and passion for me in a very profound way, like nothing else that I do.
Visit her online at her blog.
Join me in thanking June for an awesome interview! I have a soft spot for magic, too.
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June will be awarding an ebook copy of Benjamin McTish to two (2) randomly drawn commenters during the tour and one (1) randomly drawn commenter will receive an autographed print copy of the book (international) during the tour.
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