Monday, February 20, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Third Chronicles of Illumination by C.A. Pack @CarolPack @yaboundtourspr

Third Chronicles of Illumination
C.A. Pack
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Release date: February 7th 2017
Artiqua Press

Summary from Goodreads:

In book eight of the Library of Illumination where books literally come to life, a silent "Oops!" hangs in the air. Teenagers Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is: he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is: the Terrorian still wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to dominate everything else, and they’re doing everything possible to break free of their constraints.

Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun.

Second Chronicles of Illumination on Goodreads

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If I could go back in time…

It’s difficult to pick a single point in history to visit when there are so many amazing people and events to choose from. In the Third Chronicles of Illumination, Johanna opens Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, which is about a student uprising in early 19th century France, and she asks Inspector Javert to ‘guard the portals.’ In an earlier book, she and Jackson called on Albert Einstein for help to determine whether a strange blue orb that suddenly appeared in the library was a bomb. The teenage curators also have an ongoing relationship with Merlin the Magician. Sadly, though, the closest they ever got to Leonardo da Vinci was when Jackson opened one of da Vinci’s workbooks causing Vitruvian Man to rotate over the information desk.

So, if I could go back in time, I’d go back to the Renaissance in Florence and pick da Vinci’s brain. The guy was amazing. He wasn’t only an artist and sculptor; he was a researcher and an engineer. Think about it. The aforementioned sketch, Vitruvian Man, was drawn in the late 15th century, yet it’s popular today as a skin for cell phones and a cover for artsy journals.

I’m no da Vinci, but I can relate to all his notebooks because I also have a habit of keeping journals filled with my musings and sketches of things that pertain to my writing. I have floorplans for the Library of Illumination and mind maps of Merlin the Magician’s origins to help me establish my storylines. I’ve made sketches of bombs, and what the residents of other worlds might look like to help me with my books. So, I’d like to ask da Vinci what his tips and tricks were for keeping everything organized, since he kept such prolific notes.

He designed war machinery 400 years before similar models were actually made. He studied anatomy and musculature, probably to aid him in painting people with precision. A British art critic once said, da Vinci’s studies of the human body, if released during his lifetime, might have changed the “course of science.” Da Vinci could have published his work. Gutenberg’s printing press had already been invented, so a book by da Vinci could have been widely distributed, if he wanted it to be. But da Vinci’s studies weren’t published during his lifetime. The Codex Atlanticus—a collection of his work—wasn’t published until nearly a century later.

I think da Vinci lived in the moment, studying whatever captured his imagination on any given day. Maybe he had an immortality complex. He might have thought he had all the time in the world to release his work. Or perhaps he was a time traveler. Could he have visited the early 20th century, and brought the imagery of war machines and airplanes back to 15th century Italy? If only that were true, it’s a shame he didn’t also study motion picture cameras. I think the artist would have been an astounding filmmaker.

During my trip back to the Renaissance, I’d love for da Vinci to take me on a tour of Florence; maybe wangle us invitations to visit some of the Medici family palazzos, or even take me to see his "supposed” workshop at the Santissima Annunziata Monastery. I would probably pass on watching him actually dissect of a prison cadaver, though. I doubt I would find that appealing. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind hanging out at the Piazza della Signoria while he draws sketches of various people’s noses. As a former art major, I would find that interesting. Maybe he would even allow me to watch him paint the Mona Lisa.

There might be a few setbacks in visiting the Renaissance period. I don’t know if I could get used to public toilets. Florence can be pretty hot in the summer and I would miss air conditioning. And how was da Vinci able to fire up his brain to come up with so many inventive ideas when there weren’t any Starbucks? It gives new meaning to the saying: “It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

The Renaissance ushered in advancements of science and technology, art and literature, however, it would take another four centuries before anyone (or everyone) could tweet about its awesomeness.

About the Author
C. A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017).

Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangeline—is an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930's. The author followed it up with Evangeline's Ghost—a fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline's Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline's Ghost: The Bridge.

Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of telvision news reporters)—and has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends.

She's a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots “on” Long Island, New York.

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