Character Interview: Rome of Brett Salter’s The Talisman Series

I would like to welcome Rome to my blog today. He is one of the main character’s in Brett Salter’s The Talisman Series, and I recently had the honor of interviewing him to post here for my readers.

Me: What did you notice that made you different from other boys your age?

Rome: I have never really thought I was special by any means. But I DID always have this yearning to break free. Like I knew I had this yearning in my heart to escape my humdrum life. Almost like I was a prisoner in my own skin. It is weird, I know.

Me: Are you an only child?

Rome: Yes. And after seeing how Camela and Julian fight all the time, I am very glad for it.

Me: What’s your favorite thing about being a dragon?

Rome: The best part of being a dragon is everything! It is the freedom. And the strength. And the unbridled emotion! And the love that comes with a full heart.

Me: Why do you consider your dragon self to be your natural self?

Rome: Well, the way Mr. Jones explained it to me is that the concealment spell was actually hiding my true form. But even that did not feel like the real version of me. It was not until Jules and I performed The Great Synergy that I really felt like my natural self was unleashed.

Me: How old are you?

Rome: I am 13 in human years. Also, I am 13 in dragon years. Luckily, dragon years are the same as human years. We just age slower, so we stay alive longer. Not sure how old I am in dog years! Math was never my strong point.

Me: Ha ha! Mine neither, that’s why I am a writer. What’s your favorite thing about Julian?

Rome: Who? Jules? Jules is my best friend, and I cannot imagine my life without him. I understand now why he was shy around people. Knowing the truth about this world must have been quite a pressure on him. And feeling the ever-growing need to find a dragon so he could start saving the world must have been tough. I like him BECAUSE I understand him. And every adventure, every step forward, just makes us stronger as friends.

Me: What’s your least favorite thing about Julian?

Rome: Ha! Where do I start? How much time do you have? Just kidding! The only thing that really bothers me about him is that sometimes he can be a little invasive of my privacy. You know, since we share The Great Synergy, we can see into each other’s minds and stuff. Sometimes, I just want to be left alone, and Julian is like trying to be there for me mentally. It’s a sweet sentiment, but sometimes it is just a little too much. I know he is just trying to help, but I have a lot on my shoulders. I am a dragon trying to adapt into a human world. And sometimes I just need a little space. That is probably the only thing. Oh, and his singing voice is awful.

Me: How did you meet Mr. Jones?

Rome: Jules introduced me to him at the local library one night. It was right after Jules caught me losing control of my eye fire in my yard. Mr. Jones sure did freak me out a little when he started talking about knights and dragons. I thought for sure those two had gone bonkers or something.

Me: Why do you think middle grade readers should read about your adventures with Julian?

Rome: What did you just say? What do you mean by “middle grade readers”? You…You mean… I am not real? I am just a fictional character in a book? Mind blown! Just kidding. I think middle grade readers will love the cinematic action and zany characters Jules and I meet along the way. And with 5 books currently published and the next 6 books already in AT LEAST first draft stages, there is plenty of adventure on the horizon!

Me: Five books finished and six more to come? Wow! I have only finished reading the first two. Looks like I’ve got some more reading to do. It has been a pleasure talking with you today, Rome.

I hope all of you enjoyed reading this interview with Rome of The Talisman Series by Brett Salter. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my interview with Brett Salter, the author himself! And, if you haven’t read any of The Talisman Series by Brett Salter, be sure to pick one up and read it soon! Each one is a great adventure! They are available on Amazon.

Used Book Tour #2

Last Saturday, my friends and I took our second Used Book Tour and it was just as much fun as the first (well, a little better in one aspect — I was able to purchase more books!).

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This was stop #1. See the rack to the left that says, “Free Books”? Well, I found one book on that rack that will be part of someone’s Christmas present!

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This was stop #2. I didn’t make any purchases here, but the lady running the store was very friendly and helpful, and the photo below is her sweet doggie/sidekick. He was so well-behaved and quiet, I walked past him twice and didn’t see him! His name is Winston.

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T G Books was stop #3 and it was definitely our favorite stop. The two ladies working there were so welcoming and helpful. I purchased quite a few books here (my biggest haul for the day). The photo below is a cute reading corner they have inside the store.

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Of course we had to include a comic store on the tour. I didn’t buy anything here but at least I was dressed for the occasion.    🙂

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Stop #5 was The Book House and the book rack out front had books that were 25 cents apiece or 5 for $1, so one of my friends and I spent quite a bit of time looking through them. Together we came up with 5 books, then we went into the store and were amazed at how full of books it was! I found many treasures, but didn’t actually purchase anything here.

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Our sixth and final stop for the day was The York Emporium, whose looks were deceiving. It looks quite small from the front, but it turned out to be quite large inside and houses upward of 500,000 books! We spent quite a bit of time in this store.

These are my purchases from the day. My friend, Ben, found the Batman Knightfall book for me at TG Books, and I was thrilled. It’s actually a chapter book, not a comic book, based on the comics! Bane is Batman’s nemesis in this story and the author was a DC Comics editor for some time. Yes, I am a huge Batman fan! Ben also found the Speed Racer DVD (brand new, never been opened) at the York Emporium. When we went on our previous book tour, Ben found the first book I purchased on that tour — an historical western book. So, after this tour I told Ben he has to come with me every time I want to go book shopping because he always finds my greatest treasures!  As for the books in the last photo, I collect Maeve Binchy’s books. I love her stories set in Ireland. I also am a recent fan of Lori Wick, since some friends loaned some of her books to me. Sophie’s Heart is my absolute favorite so far, and since that was one that was loaned to me, I was very happy to find my own copy.

 

Flash Fiction Friday: The Thief of Westhaven

As he walked through the woods, he heard leaves crunching up ahead. He creeped from tree to tree wary of what may lie ahead. As he slipped up behind the large trunk of an old oak tree he saw her, a woman of exquisite beauty.  Her auburn hair appeared to be blazing with the sun’s rays shining on it. Her lips,  red and moist, touted an invitation to a kiss. Her large eyes sparkled in the unusual color of violet and her complexion, a flawless peaches and cream. She paced back and forth wringing her hands. She was dressed in tan leggings and a dark green tunic with a scalloped bottom.  Tied to a cord around her waist hung a lumpy, brown bag that jingled at each of her steps. A bow lay on the ground near her feet, and slung over her shoulder, a quiver of arrows.

He decided on a cautious approach to offer assistance,  but before he shifted from his position a thundering noise came through the trees to his left and a great, sleek, black stallion trotted to the woman.

“Oh, you’re here! I feared you had been killed.” She wrapped her arms about its neck and pressed her face against its jaw as the horse nuzzled her neck with its lips.

“We must get out of here.” She seized her bow, grabbed hold of the stallion’s long, flowing mane and heaved herself upon its back, and as he stood mesmerized at the sight, beauty fled from his undisclosed presence.

A knowing grin slid across his face. No one would believe that the thief of Westhaven was a beautiful woman.