CYCLE OF THE SIX MOONS SERIES
by Adelle Yeung
Book 1: THE STARRIEST SUMMER
Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game.
The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this!
Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe.
Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood.
Michelle starts to fall for Prince Jayse, the only one who believes Michelle to be a savior rather than a curse. But not even video games could prepare her for what the cult has in store for them…
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Book 2: AN ECLIPSING AUTUMN
Deciding last minute to stay in Starrs, Michelle continues her epic adventure as Goddess. After all, learning how to save the world sure beats a year of pre-calculus. With her friends by her side, Michelle travels to a city of scholars to learn the lore of the Cycle of the Six Moons.
At first, the exotic retreat turns romantic, as Michelle spends her free time exchanging sweet letters with the crown prince, Jayse. But, during her studies, Michelle learns something that drastically changes her game plan. Powerful blood must be spilled to end the Cycle…blood that only runs through her veins and the prince destined to fall in love with her.
During a celebration honoring their enlightenment, Michelle and Jayse are whisked off to a rogue city as trophies of a tournament, where only the strongest can claim a taste of their blood. Gallant as ever, their guardian, Gediyon, enters to prevent harm to his friends. Unfortunately for the contestants, the Cycle’s latest trial prevents everyone from waking from a cursed slumber…
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After a moment, I hear the familiar high pitched clinking of metal against stone. I try to scream, “Is someone there?” but it probably can’t be heard from the other side.
I look at Jayse, who’s leaning against the wall, and I signal to him to do the shouting for me.
He calls out the same thing. “Is someone there?” He must put all his air into it because as soon as he’s done, he falls back against the wall and starts to slide down.
I rush to his side and help him stay on his feet, using my hand to fan him viciously, hoping it’ll cool him down or help him breathe easier or whatever. I don’t know if it does anything.
The hammering has stopped momentarily. Then, far away and muffled, I hear someone shout back, “Yes! Yes, stay right there! We’re coming soon.”
I sigh with relief and look at Jayse. He’s sweating so much that the blood on his jaw has already washed away. I wipe the sweat on his forehead with the back of my hand.
“You want to sit down?” I whisper.
He slides down, then stops himself. The hammering on the other side of the stone barricade has continued, but another sound is louder, closer. The sound of sharpening blades.
I swallow a lump in my throat and look back down another hall to the right, the one we’d have taken if the lanterns didn’t lead here. Something is definitely coming this way. I light the hall with a steady stream of fire. Several yards away, the digger scrapes his scythes against each other. When the fire reaches him, he sprints forward and I scream.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ADELLE
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I had always liked coming up with stories when I was younger. I’d make up outrageous explanations for why people acted a certain way, often delving into the fantastic and supernatural (aliens had taken over my dad so that’s why he’s grumpy!), and this eventually turned into a desire to write. I wrote my first story in second grade. I threw myself and my classmates into a haunted house.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
I’d spend every meal with my main characters, force them into a day of peace, hug them a lot, and tell them I love them, while resisting the urge to tell them to act a certain way, so that they won’t change the story as I had intended.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
People who live closer to the equator are more touchy-feely than those who live closer to the poles. I implemented this in The Starriest Summer when Michelle visits Lereli for the first time, she notices that a lot of the villagers greet her with hugs. In The Last Winter Moon when she goes up north, the locals are much more distant.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and pizza with?
Drinks and pizza are pretty casual, so I’d say Dre and Wolf. They wouldn’t mind chugging some beer and chowing down on some greasy grub.
-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?
I actually find myself reading more nonfiction than novels. I like to learn how to do things or how things work. Survival books fascinate me.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Probably military fiction. The military isn’t a big part of my life, and I don’t think I can create a whole story in that genre alone.
Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy adventure.
She is also a voice-over artist who can't go a day without a cup of tea. When she's not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. She lives in California with a cat that dreams of eating the pet bird.
She has provided script supervision for the independent animation, Shattered Heaven, and is head script editor and one of the co-writers for the upcoming game Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.
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