Review and Interview: Mayandree Michel ~ Betrayal

About the Author:

  

Mayandree Michel  lives in New York with her husband and two adorable sons. She loves writing young adult paranormal romance and historical fantasy stories.

About Betrayal:


At seventeen, Cordelia is an ordinary teen with an extraordinary and frightening secret. A secret that induces vivid dreams which she not only experiences true love, but crippling fear while barely escaping with her life each night.

After a life altering event, Cordelia has an unexpected encounter with Evan, the mysterious boy from her dreams, who reveals who and what she is – a descendant of the Greek gods. At that moment everything she knows of her world is a lie, and she must leave the present and go into the past to assume the role she was put on this earth for – safeguarding her ancient empire amidst evil forces that toil hastily to destroy it.

 Review: This story truly amazed me I loved reading it page after page. Betrayal is an amazing story told elegantly and beautifully. Reading about the past and the greek gods  kept me interested and wanting to know more. The love betwen Evan and Delia I adored, it was so true and pure and I'm so glad the way the way the story ended. I cannot wait for the second book to be released as I know I won't be disapointed.

Interview:

~Hey Mayandree thank you so much for taking the time out and answering some questions, I really appreciate it and I know the readers do to. Can you tell us what Betrayal is about for people that don't know?

Betrayal is about a seven year-old girl who has her modern day life turned upside down and thrust through time, and then finds out that she’s more than she could ever imagine being – the most powerful descendant of the Greek gods. The story of Cordelia Tieron is set in the Victorian era, a time where the fear of evil entities originating from the Underworld overshadows any fear of offending with improper etiquette. In this first installment of The Descendants trilogy, Cordelia must figure out if she can trust those around her, even the ones who claim to love her before it’s too late.

~ Where did your inspiration come from for such a fabulous book?

Thank you! I was inspired to write The Descendants trilogy by the forbidden love, magic, deceptions, betrayals, scandals, family feuds, and wars that make up many of the incredible Greek myths.

~ Why should people go out and purchase your book?

If you want to lose yourself in a whole new world of romance, magic, terror, and scandal within a secret empire, then give Betrayal try. Betrayal is a beautiful and exciting story as it is a tragic one, and what’s even cooler is that it’s only .99 in eBook.

~ The front cover of Betrayal is amazing. It's beautiful and elegant and fits the story perfectly. Who designed it?

Thank you. I had the idea for it as I wrote Betrayal. I knew I wanted the forest as the background, the Parthenon and lightning as symbols of power and Cordelia in the dress from the last scenes in the book, but I can’t take the credit for how lovely it turned out. I have to thank my good friend Samantha Oyola for taking my idea to the next level. I was very lucky to work along side the designer.

~What's a normal writing day like for you?

Hmmm… normal? What’s that? Ha ha. I doubt anyone would consider my writing schedule to be normal. What I do is scheme and plot to get at least an hour or two of writing done a day. I have two amazing little guys and they as well as hubby demand a lot of my time, but it’s all good because they're my life and they come first, always. 

~Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t know if I really have a writing style. I just write what I feel and what I want the reader to see. I’m pretty descriptive in my world building and when I’m all done I hope the reader can visualize what I saw.

~Night Owl or Early Bird Writer?

Umm… both? During the week, I’m definitely a night owl, writing into the wee hours of the night and sometimes barely leaving myself enough time for sleep so that I can attack the 9 to 5 gig. On the weekends, I’m an early bird writer racing to beat the clock and when my boys wake and demand a meal, they’re finicky that way. J

~I saw on Goodreads your currently working on The Descendants #2 Sacrifice. Which I'm thrilled at! Can you tell us a bit of what we can expect? and when it will be available?

Can you keep a secret? Yeah? Really, well so can I! Ha ha. All I can divulge right now as to not spoil it is that it’s titled Sacrifice and many of the characters from Betrayal are returning as well as many new faces. I’m nearly finished writing book two and hope to have all the editing done by October for ARC’s in November. I’ve got all twenty of my fingers and toes crossed for a December release (I don’t have an exact date but will let you know once we get closer ;).

~If The Desendants was cast into a Movie, Who would you like to play the characters?

O’ My Gods! A movie! I’d love to hear who the readers would like. Suggestions please?

~For aspiring authors is there any advice you can give them?

In no way do I consider myself as resourceful with advice as I expect many bestselling / veteran authors are, but I’ll pass on the advice I was lucky enough to be given. Read more than you write, know the genre you write in, and the best advice of all, never give up on your dream of becoming a writer / author (even on the days that you think you suck at it, because you probably don’t!).

~Is there any Authors/books that you like?

It’s more like love. I love so many books and authors because in one way or another they’ve brought out emotions in me and inspired me. To name a few, I love Anne Rice whose Interview with a Vampire turned me on to the paranormal, Richard Matheson for Somewhere In Time (probably my favorite romance novel), Cassandra Clare and Suzanne Collins who are masters for their incredible series, Stephenie Meyer (Hell yes I’m a Twilight lover and I’m proud of it!), V.C.Andrews ( I adore every series), and lately Amanda Hocking (a real inspiration for any indie author. She’s awesome for never giving up.). 

~Can you tell readers one random fact about yourself?

This isn’t exactly a fact about myself, but it’s true. I once, well… twice rappelled off of a tower as tall as an eight story building in J.R.O.T.C camp while in high school. Why twice, you ask? (Especially since I was only required to do it once) Because I was a fearless teenager and more so freakin’ nuts. Seriously, I haven’t the faintest idea why I went back up the second time after I nearly wet myself the first time, but somehow it helped me get over the fear of heights.


YOU can purchase a copy of Betrayal here:
Amazon: (Kindle Edition)
Amazon: Paperback

Mayandree's Official:
Blog:Mayandree Michel
Betrayal Blog: Betrayal, The Descendants #1
Twitter: @MayandreeMichel

What did yous think of the Interview? Have you read Betrayal?

Thanks

Kerry-Ann x

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