Blog Tour: Palace of the Twelve Pillars Trilogy by Christina Weigand, spotlight and giveaway

Title – Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One Series – Palace of the Twelve Pillars Author – Christina Weigand Genre – YA Fantasy Publi...

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palaceoftwelvepillars1600x2400Title – Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One
Series – Palace of the Twelve Pillars
Author – Christina Weigand
Genre – YA Fantasy
Publication Date – April 26, 2013
Publisher – MuseItUp Publishing
Cover Artist – Marion Sipe
BOOK SYNOPSISThe Peace Summit was in shambles, the prince kidnapped.
When the rival king realizes he kidnapped the wrong prince, hostilities escalate. Loyalties to each other and country are tested for the twin princes of Crato, Joachim and Brandan.
Joachim, captive of King Waldrom, faces deception and betrayal as he struggles to find his way home. Brandan, at home with a father focused on rescuing Joachim, wrestles with his own demons as he searches for his place in the world and the favor of his father.
Torn from the safety and peace of their childhood, they are thrust into a world where bonds of family, brotherhood and roles as heirs to Crato are tested. Through war, spiritual journeys, death and marriage, will they choose the path of good or evil? Who can be trusted, as the world they know slips into a whirlpool of chaos?
Then his gaze fell on Waldrom. Here was the man, so smug and condescending, who sought to destroy Crato and threatened his parents. He didn’t seem the least bit imposing reclining upon his throne. Disgust overwhelmed the prince, and it was all he could do not to spit on the floor. The man was the antithesis of his father, who, with his broad shoulders and compassionate demeanor, commanded the respect of all who knew him.
The king rose from the throne and waved for the guard to bring Joachim forward.
“Prince Brandan, I presume. I’m King Waldrom.”
“Prince Brandan? No, I’m Joachim.” Waldrom stepped back, and Joachim saw the fire burning in his eyes.
“What do you mean, you’re not Prince Brandan?” Waldrom looked at the guard holding Joachim and waved his hand. A candelabrum flew from the wall, hitting the guard and igniting his beard. The guard swatted wildly at the flames while Waldrom advanced on Melvane, standing by the door. “How could you grab the wrong prince?”
The wizard dropped to his knees. “My Lord, our spies told us Prince Brandan would be in the training room.


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Title – Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two
Series – Palace of the Twelve Pillars
Author – Christina Weigand
Genre – YA Fantasy
Publication Date – September 20, 2013
Publisher – MuseItUp Publishing
Cover Artist – Marion Sipe
BOOK SYNOPSIS
Brandan and Joachim have returned from the brink of Hell, but everyone questions if they are truly healed and one with Asha.
As each prince tries to readjust to life, they must face the funeral of their father and their missing mother.
They each take on the responsibility of ruling a country with new wives by their sides, but can they and the countries survive the trials that will ensue because of their choices?
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BOOK EXCERPT
Rupert looked through the window in his tower room at the landscape of Wyrzburg. Months had passed since the Battle of Harable Valley and the spring planting season faded into the wonderful summer growing season. The land progressed in its healing and would soon be returned to its former state. As he turned from the window, he thought about the things that hadn’t healed…the twins. Brandan and Joachim still had a long way to go to erase the darkness that infected them. Joachim seemed better, but at night he still dreamed of Sidramah, and the doubts about what happened still haunted him. Brandan appeared even further from the boy that left to find his brother. The darkness appeared to follow him day and night. He withdrew to chambers as far away from Joachim as he could get.
Walking down the stairs to the great hall, Rupert remembered when the princes first returned; both had seemed healed and better than ever, maybe. But it appeared as if the tentacles of Sidramah still lingered. Any small opening the evil one could find, he exploited, and both boys were once again haunted by dark dreams.

What does Christina Weigand want us to know about her?

The rules are simple. There are 20 questions but you only have to answer 10-15:

As a writer, what drives you?
 My desire to share God’s message with the world.

As a woman, what drives you? 
The same as above along with sharing God with my family and the world.

Can you tell us about The Palace Of the Twelve Pillars Series? 
The series follows the lives of two young princes at the beginning of their journey’s into adulthood. As Brandan and Joachim are forced into a world that neither has really attained the maturity to face they will have to make choices. Besides being a coming of age story it is also about making choices and the consequences of those choices. Each prince and later king will be given choices and then have to deal with the consequences of their choice. As we watch them grow into their roles we will see how their choices affect their families, their countries and ultimately their relationship with each other and their higher power. I want young people to realize they have choices and give them an alternative to the books that are available to them today.

Happy Ever After or Happy For Now? Why? Happy for now. 
The future will take care of itself and how would I know what happiness is if I haven’t experienced the moments when there is not happiness.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your books? 
I’m not sure about that. I never intentionally put myself in my books, but I am sure some of me is in each of the characters.

Describe yourself in five words…
God’s child, writer, wife, mother

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?
 I can’t say if I do or don’t. My stories tend to carry me instead of me having a plan, something concrete written to follow. My characters move into my head and keep me on their track. I know they would revolt if I tried to make them stick to some path I had laid out ahead of time.

If you were a character in your book you would be… 
I’d like to say I would be Princess Enit, but I am probably more like her twin brother Prince Airyn. (without the stutter of course).

Time for over and under… (In your humble opinion) famous overrated/underrated book? 
I know my teenage daughter would disagree with me and when the books first came out I would’ve disagreed with me, but some distance and maturity in my own writing has led me to think the Twilight books were overrated. As far as underrated, can I say my own books. If I can’t then I would have to say most of the books written by Christian authors are underrated. People see the word Christian and they disregard the books, They are missing out on a lot of great literature.
(you certainly can say your books!)

Time for favourite: song, too many to pick just one.
color, purple 
book only one there are so many out there
 TV series N.C.I.S and Once Upon a Time and Castle
movie, anything with Thor and Loki in it, or the Pirates of the Caribbean (Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom), but that brings up so many more possibilities. 
food, chocolate, 
 drink tea (any of a number of flavors)

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story? 
When the characters let me stop. But then some of the characters from the trilogy are still telling me there is more story. I have told them they have to wait a while.

People are always asking me this so I’m paying it forward. Where does your inspiration come from?
First and foremost from God. Following that my family and my life.

What are you working on right now? 
I have several projects vying for my attention. Having trouble deciding which one to work on. I started a series of stories based on Christian history and added a few dragons to the story. I would love to finish that. I also have a middle grade book involving the dragons that I want to rewrite and submit.

The good guy, the bad boy and the right guy…could they be one and the same? 
Yes definitely.


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Title – Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons: Book Three 

Series – Palace of the Twelve Pillars 
Author – Christina Weigand 
Genre – YA Fantasy 
Publication Date – February 2014 
Publisher – MuseItUp Publishing
Cover Artist – Charlotte Volnek


BOOK SYNOPSIS
Joachim banishes Brandan to prison island of Hyogo. His infant son, Prince Airyn disappears from his cradle. A chain of events is set in motion that will pit brother against brother, friend against friend, parents against children as Brandan and Joachim struggle for control of their sanity and their very lives.
With Brandan declared dead and his son missing Joachim sinks into despair and anger, where those close to him fear he may never return.
Is Brandan really dead and if he is, who is manipulating the Mantion and enemies of Crato?
Can Maeve save her country and her husband from the tentacles of evil pervading the land?
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BOOK EXCERPT
“I have sent one who can save them, but he can also bring about their final destruction.
“You, my Guardians, must seek him out. Protect him and ensure he is guided on the right paths.”
Alorn lifted his great ruby-red head. “Tell us who is he, Lord, that we may fulfill Your wishes.”
“I cannot reveal his identity…yet. Just know there are three who need you now. My power will be seen in all, but only one will be the savior in the end. However, all are needed to bring My Will about, and they must all be protected and nurtured.”
“How will we know them?” Stefano leaned forward.
“All will be children of Brandan or Joachim, and they will blend the lineage of the three races.”
“We know of Joachim’s children, but Brandan has none.”
“He has one, a half Mantion-half human child. Gorou is the third, and he will be the hardest to protect and nurture.”
“Why a child of Brandan?” Cielo asked. “Brandan has already chosen the path of evil time and again. Would not a child of his be exposed to that same evil?”
“Although, he fathered the child, Brandan knows not of his existence.


AUTHOR BIO
Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.
When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, or with the church theater group, volunteering at her daughter’s school helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.


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AUTHOR GIVEAWAY
1 eCopy of all Three Books in the Trilogy (Palace of the Twelve Pillars, Palace of the Three Crosses & Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons).
***Note – Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons will be awarded upon its release.


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  1. Thank you so very much for the really great interview & being part of the tour - Tonya

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