Sunday, February 2, 2014

Book Blitz: Immagica by K.A. Last - Character Profile, Interview & Giveaway


K.A. Last

YA Fantasy

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Where anything is possible.
Enter at your own risk.

The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton uncovers a deep family secret. She receives an amulet from her deranged father, and he tells her she must find the book in order to save him. Rosaline is used to her dad not making any sense, so she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.

When Rosaline’s brother, Elliot, drags her to their Nana’s attic to explore, they find the old leather-bound book tucked away in a chest. It sucks them into its pages, transporting them to a magical world. Along the way Rosaline and Elliot are separated, and the only thing she wants is to find her brother and go home.

The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. After years of war their land lies in ruin. Using the amulet’s power, they want Rosaline to defeat the dragon and restore Immagica to its former glory. But Rosaline is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and when she discovers the truth about her family, she must follow her heart to save them all.

Character Profile

Name: Lex.
Career: Keeper and Protector of the Eye.
Biography: Lex’s history is unknown.
Age: He looks around 17.
Height: Six-feet, one-inch.
Body Type: Tall and lanky.
Complexion: Normal, but it’s hard to tell because Lex blushes a lot.
Eyes: Lex’s eyes shift between hazel and green.
Hair: White-blond and messy.
Clothing: Lex wears thick-rimmed glasses, a faded red T-shirt, jeans, and rubber thongs (flip-flops).
Voice/Demeanour: Nervous and jittery. Lex is a bit of a geek, but he is also head-strong when he needs to be. He’s definitely not a push-over.
Prejudices: Since the dragon launched his war on Immagica, Lex has loathed everything about him.
Best Qualities: His kindness.
Weaknesses: Thinking he isn’t able to leave the Eye.
Hobbies: Reading, and cataloguing the books in the Eye, and oiling the cogs in the pupil.
Weapon of choice: His knowledge.
Talents: The ability to retain every piece of information that’s written in every one of the thousands of books inside the Eye.

Character Interview-Lex

Even though we don’t get to meet Lex until about half way into Immagica, he is quite a complex character. Let’s ask him some questions and see if we can get to know him a little better.

KA: Hi, Lex. Thanks for allowing me to come to Immagica to talk to you.
Lex: No problem. *adjusts glasses*
KA: Let’s start with something easy. Can you describe yourself in three words?
Lex: Um … Quirky? *scratches head* Jittery, and um … loveable?
KA: Loveable? I’ll bet there’s a certain girl who would agree with that.
Lex: *blushes*
KA: From what I’ve seen, Immagica isn’t exactly the sort of place you’d find a McDonald’s drive thru, or your favourite restaurant just around the corner. What do you eat?
Lex: Well, actually, I have my own food generator. So I can eat pretty much anything I want.
KA: Food generator? Like an automatic vending machine that makes whatever you ask for? That’s like something from a science fiction movie.
Lex: Um … *laughs* this is Immagica we’re talking about. Anything is possible.
KA: Yes, I guess it is. Do you have a favourite meal?
Lex: I don’t usually get the time to think about food, things have been so crazy around here lately. Fruit, I like fruit.
KA: Of all the things you could ask for, you choose fruit?
Lex: *laughs* Like I said, I’m busy. Apples are easy to eat on the go.
KA: At the moment you can’t leave Immagica, but if you could, where in the world would you want to go?
Lex: Oh wow, *rubs face* that’s a hard question. It’s been so long I don’t know where I’d want to go. I’ll bet things in the real world have changed a lot since I’ve been gone. Now that Rosaline has helped us, I think I’m pretty happy staying in Immagica. Things have been great since the dragon’s been gone.
KA: You don’t want to go and see Rosaline? *raises eyebrows*
Lex: Um … yes *blushes* that would be nice, someday. Rosaline changed my life. I guess it would be cool to see where she’s from.
KA: Do I detect some romantic feelings in the air?
Lex: *pushes glasses up nose* Rosaline is pretty awesome, but I don’t know. *shrugs* We’re from completely different worlds. It’s like a long distance relationship on steroids. I hope one day she comes back. Then maybe we’ll see. *smiles*
KA: Is there a book you’ve read that’s influenced your life?
Lex: *laughs* I’m surrounded by books all day, every day. I think I can safely say that every individual book within the Eye has influenced my life in some way. After all, they’re what I’m here in Immagica to protect. Each story is unique, and has something different to offer in its own special way.
KA: You’ve read all these books? *looks around at bookshelves*
Lex: Of course. It’s my job to know everything that’s happened since Immagica was created.
KA: Isn’t all that reading time consuming?
Lex: On a normal day, there’s not much else to do. *laughs* But I have help. Everything is connected, so a lot of it I just know. There’s a full catalogue in here. *taps temple*
KA: Then you could say you read using magic? *smiles*
Lex: Something like that, yes.
KA: Is there someone from your past you’d like to apologise to for something?
Lex: I try not to think too much about the past. What’s done is done, and you can’t change it.
KA: You make it sound like something happened that you’d rather forget.
Lex: Possibly. I like moving forward. Looking back only causes pain.
KA: What if you had a time machine? Would you go back and change anything?
Lex: *purses lips* No, I don’t think I would. Everything happens for a reason, no matter how much it may hurt us.
KA: What has been the scariest moment of your life so far?
Lex: You mean apart from watching my world crumble around me? *scratches head* It would have to be the moment Rosaline went limp in my arms, right after she defeated the dragon. She didn’t wake up for a while, and she was pretty beaten up, so that added to the scare factor. I don’t know what I would have done if she’d died. *looks at hands*
KA: Do you think you’ll venture out of the Eye more now the dragon is gone?
Lex: That would definitely be a yes. When the dragon first waged his war on Immagica, I shut myself in so I could protect everything. I’d forgotten what it was like to be outside.
KA: Well, thanks to Rosaline, now you know.
Lex: Yes. *nods*
KA: What’s the first thing you want to do when you go outside today?
Lex: The first thing I need to do is some maintenance. One of the clockwork birds went down somewhere near Shadow Crater in The Barren Lands, and has to be recovered. Then I think I might find Ira and Brynn, and see if they want to go for a fly.
KA: You’re not afraid of flying then?
Lex: *laughs* No. That would be Rosaline.
KA: You miss her, don’t you?
Lex: *shrugs*
KA: Okay, now for the fast five. No thinking about these. Favourite colour?
Lex: Red.
KA: Book or movie?
Lex: *snorts* Book, of course.
KA: Best qualities a person can have?
Lex: Honesty and loyalty.
KA: Cats or dogs?
Lex: Horses.
KA: *laughs* City or countryside?
Lex: Have you seen my backyard? I’m not even going to answer that.
KA: Well, Lex. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Lex: It was fun, thanks.
KA: I’ll let you get back to your books. *smiles*
Lex: Say hi to Rosaline for me.
KA: Is there a message you’d like me to pass on to her?
Lex: *rubs chin* Just tell her, anything is possible. *grins*

About the Author

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. K. A. Last is currently studying her Bachelor of Arts at Charles Sturt University, with a major in English, and minors in Children’s Literature, Art History, and Visual Culture. She resides in a peaceful, leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, a rabbit named Twitch, and a guinea pig called Squeak.

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