The Island (Madion War Trilogy #1)
by S. Usher Evans
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 260 Pages
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing
Summary from Goodreads
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.
When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
I’m so excited to have author S. Usher Evans guest posting on my blog today and answering my question “As an author I’m sure that you constantly have a million story ideas running through your head, so how do you decide which idea to write into a book?” I hope that you all enjoy reading her response as much as I did!
My brain works kind of like that book, “The Giver.” Once I write something down, it’s gone, which is why I have to make sure that I either keep track of my written notes, or I write my notes into the Scrivener file. So when I finish a book, I suddenly have all this hard drive space and new ideas come flying into my head. Or they come when I’m away from my computer at a convention and I have to suffer through the agony of having a plot in my head and having no way to write it down.
But because I like to give books time to marinate before I start writing them, these books usually get written in pieces in-between the “scheduled” books. My brain works in to-do lists, so for the next five years, I have a rough plan of which books I’m going to publish when (about 4-5 per year). Every time a book gets published, the books move up the slot:
- At Bat: The book that’s due next to be published. Usually the closest to completion. Right now, that’s Beginnings and the Razia short stories, which comes out in June. It’s in final QA edits right now.
- On Deck: The second book that’s due to be published. That’s The Chasm, the sequel to The Island, which is in line editing and will be released in July.
- Free Write: The third book that’s due to be published. Usually when I tire of the first two, I work on this one to clear the bats out of my head. This one is my new YA fantasy series, which is to be released in October.
The good thing about having a schedule is that it gives me something to work towards, but I can be a little flexible in my releases, especially if it’s a stand-alone or a new series. But if there’s an idea that has to come out, I will write it down. That way, by the time a book appears on the schedule, it’s usually at least a third to halfway written, and mostly plotted out. That’s how I can write five books in a year!
About the Author:
Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.