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Albion Moon



Albion Moon by M.L. Mastran




It’s with great pleasure that I host today a fellow Champagne Books author: M.L. Mastran, represented by M. Corvisiero Agency.
Her  paranormal/ romantic suspense book, Albion Moon Chronicles, Book 1 has been published on August 6 (e-book), August 11 (print)

Blurb/Book Description:

Stand up and fight or lose everything

Evaline's brother is missing. She's desperate to find out what happened to him. As she digs deeper into his disappearance, the mystery reveals an ancient family secret carried through the bloodline that began centuries ago in the Scottish Highlands. As this secret from the old world closes in on Evaline, she tries to sort through her disconcerting feelings towards the mysterious Mason. He not only seems to always know when she is in danger, but he is insistent on protecting her, no matter the cost.
As the old world collides with the new, Evaline discovers she must choose to stand and fight or risk losing everything, and everyone, she holds dear.


Excerpt:
Over the next couple days, I picked up applications from the couple of banks and other places in town as well as in Shasta, the next town over. On Thursday, Kristy, Lizzy, and I hung out and went for ice cream downtown. We hit a couple of stores as Kristy wanted to get some clothes. I loathed clothes shopping. I peeked at the racks while Kristy tried stuff on and Lizzy weighed in. She got a text. One of the other servers had called off, and Mason needed her to come in.
“I have to get to work. Sorry, Kristy,” Lizzy said.
“That’s fine,” Kristy said. “Can we get some lunch there when we take you in?”
I shook my head slightly at her scheming.
“Absolutely,” Lizzy said, looking at me. “Let’s go.”
We piled into my car and headed out onto Old River Road. It was a great day for a convertible ride. The late summer sun beamed on us as we drove down the road. I had AC/DC blaring, and as we rounded a curve, I heard a siren. Peering into my rearview mirror, I eyed the red flashing police lights atop one of the town’s two SUV police units.
Kristy glanced back. “What the fuck? You weren’t speeding.”
I looked down. I was just below the speed limit. After I pulled over, I got out my registration and insurance. The cop approached my door, and what I saw caused a huge lump to form in my throat.
Campbell had a smug look on his face as he spoke. “License, registration, and proof of insurance please.”
I handed them over without making eye contact.
He examined my license, which still had my Sacramento address on it. “A little way from Sacramento, Miss Bennett, aren’t we?”
“Yeah, I guess I am.”
“Where are you headed right now?” His tone turned from mocking to icy.
“I need to get her to work,” I said, indicating Lizzy.
He eyed Lizzy, who appeared annoyed by his questions. “Oh, a Cowan sister. How fitting. Tell your brother I got a nice cell waiting for him.” She didn’t say anything as his attention moved back to me. “So, are you here on vacation?”
My blood boiled as the dream I had with Jimmy came back to me. I glared at Campbell. “I’m visiting family for a while.”
“So, what is the address you’re staying at in town?”
“What does that matter?” Kristy interrupted any response I was about to make. “What the f—?”
“Smart ass like your brother,” he said, cutting her off. “He’s a great bunk mate for Jonas.”
Now speechless, she sat there.
After opening my door, he indicated for me to move. “Please step out of the vehicle.”
Not wishing to cause a scene, I complied and stood by my car.
He turned me around. “Face your car, hands on the hood.”
Kristy found her voice again. “Are you fucking kidding me? We weren’t doing anything!”
Campbell flashed her a look. “Shut up and don’t move.” He then patted me down. “Do you have any weapons or drug paraphernalia I need to be aware of?” He spun me back to him.
Looking at him dead in the eye, I answered, “No.”
Holding my elbow, he walked me toward his vehicle as he eyed Kristy and Lizzy, who were clearly uncomfortable with what was happening. Despite my apprehension, I followed him. He took me behind his patrol truck and returned my license.
“I suggest you watch yourself, Miss Bennett. These back roads are dangerous, and if something were to happen, it could be quite a while until you’d be found.” My stomach churned as he leaned into me and whispered, “A woman like yourself, all alone, might entice trouble.” He reached for my breast, and I reacted quickly.
Shoving the bottom of my palm up into his lip, I knocked him back but didn’t wait to see his reaction. I returned to my car, got in, then took off. I was sure he was going to follow, but he didn’t.
Kristy turned to me. “We need to report him, Evaline. That was wrong in so many ways.”
Shaking my head, I said, “It will make things worse, trust me. Just forget it, okay?”
She gave Lizzy a concerned look, who then asked, “Why did he take you back there?”
I didn’t say anything as we drove into the parking lot, parked, then got out.
Kristy was still fired up. “This is such bullshit. He made a move on you, didn’t he?”
“Just drop it, Kristy, okay? It’s over. I wanna forget it.”
The dust kicked up in the parking lot as we made our way through the front doors. A few patrons were seated at the bar, and several booths and tables were occupied. We headed to an open booth as Lizzy returned to the back.
While still a bit shaken from the encounter, I pondered what had just happened. A knot was in the pit of my stomach as thoughts raced through my mind.
Does he know I know what he is? Will he try to hurt what family I have left? Will he hurt me to find out what I know? I thought of my dream again—Jimmy had warned me. Or will he kill me?

What the Publisher says
Nothing captures the attention of M.L. Mastran more than writing a good story with amazing characters and a history arc that made the history books. This is Albion Moon in every sense.
On the flip side, M.L. can also journey to another world completely and pull the same elements with fantasy and make the reader yearn for more. Her uncanny ability to blend genres makes her unique to the literary world and an absolute reading joy. From the first moment you open the page, curiosity will pull you in and keep you engrossed in the story as you take the voyage with the characters to different places and times; to experience the events as they unfold.
Whether being told from a one character perspective or several points of view, her stories will unfold in your mind like a movie playing in your head. This is what pushes M.L to write her stories. It’s the thrill of the read and the drive to carry readers away that will make this trip to the literary world of imagination all the sweeter.

What her Agent say
M. L. was born in Scranton Pennsylvania but was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, which is also where she currently resides with her husband and son.  Since a young age, she has always had a passion for storytelling.  Anything that was of interest to her she could find a story with however, it was her stories of experiences such as walking in an old cemetery, to riding a roller coaster to walking the lonely isles of an old junk yard that seemed the most precious.

M. L. has an undergraduate degree in Communication but also majored in History, which is what her Master’s Degree is in as well.  She also started on her PHD in History.  This love of history is very evident in most of M. L.’s stories. While studying for both degrees, she wrote numerous works for the academic audience.  Many of which were presented and published for both student and professional audiences, but at home she would continue to dabble with her love of fiction.  It was the challenge of creating a new world and characters that would make for some great stories.  In fact, she found out very quickly, strong characters drive the story and make it worth the journey.

Most of her writing comes from her literary and movie loves and inspirations. Some of her favorite TV shows (including ‘of all time’) are Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. One of her favorite authors is Anne Rice however, she is also a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan and has read nearly all Tolkien works: her favorite book OF ALL TIME is The Silmarillion.  Among her favorite movies are Gone with the Wind, Nosferatu (1922), Practical Magic, Reign of Fire, Braveheart, Gladiator and Lord of the Rings.

M. L. has always lived by the philosophy so eloquently told by Helen Keller: “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” She loves the outdoors and is a frequent camper. She also loves the water and in the summer if not poolside, can be found on a boat or Jet Ski. She also loves snowmobiling and in the winter months can be found with the family on a snowmobile trail in the middle of the forest.

ML has been kind enough to answer a few questions:

1.                  What inspired the story?
I had inspiration from several sources including TV shows, movies and history.  This is what makes the story itself unique. I have a background in History so most of my stories have a historic arc. One of my favorite aspects of Albion Moon is the backstory which takes us to the ancient Highlands of Scotland. I took true events and inserted my story with the supernatural twist to it. The actual story itself was all me. I wanted a story with heart and soul and literally pulled aspects from our world and tweaked them to fit mine. For instance. Albion Moon takes a look at monsters but not as we think of them. As my protagonist finds out, a human monster is far worse than any monster out of a book or fairytale.


2.                  What is your favourite scene in the Albion Moon?
I have a couple. I love the scene when Evaline first meets her love interest Mason. It’s that first awkward, but lightening moment, when you meet who may be potentially the right one but very unexpectedly. My other favorite scene is when Evaline plays football with Mason and his family. I wanted to do a fun scene with all of them and since I love football, it seemed to make sense with who my characters are.


3.                  What is one of your hobbies and how has it enriched your writing?
I love to travel and camp. When we camp in the mountains, it is very inspirational for stories like Albion Moon or some other of my stories. Albion Moon in particular takes place in Northern California so there is a strong sense of that woodsy, pine forest roughness to the story as well as the characters themselves. Additionally, I love to explore ruins and I have an obsession with old castles but that is for another story J


4.                  What advice would you give budding writers?
Use what moves you when you write. Be it a hobby, job, experience, relationship, etc. All of these things work differently on each writer and shape who they are and how they express those aspects of their lives.  Additionally, don’t give up. Representation among agents is largely opinionated and many times it’s the luck of the draw. You may send your script to 10 agents, all looking for your genre. Nine may say no but there’s always the one that is intrigued by what you have. Stay strong and keep going.

           
5.                  Describe Evaline and Mason’s love story.
This is one for the ages. Evaline has a lot going on at the beginning of Albion Moon. She is still reveling with the death of her parents, the disappearance of her brother, harassment and now new worries as she decided to come home. Love is the furthest thing from her mind. So Mason was totally unexpected but he comes at a time when she needs that extra strength despite her protests that she can handle it by herself. She fights it at first and really doesn’t want Mason involved in the issue at hand but inevitably, she realizes she really does need him. On the flip side, Mason also has a past where he hasn’t loved someone in a very long time and also wasn’t looking. There are other aspects of the story that play into it but we as the readers can see the sparks between them almost immediately. (now swoonJ)
Thank you for sharing!



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Comments

  1. Thank you for hosting me! If anyone has any questions about me or Albion Moon, please don't hesitate to ask:) -M

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