Wednesday, August 21, 2019

NBTM Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: A Wizard's Choice by Maya Tyler @mayatylerauthor @GoddessFish

A Wizard's Choice
by Maya Tyler
GENRE: Paranormal Romance


Dreams or duty?

Wizard apprentice Kurtis Warde doesn’t want to become a full-fledged wizard, but he feels obligated to his grandfather who raised him. Making The Choice, whether or not to become a wizard and join The Circle, doesn’t feel like a choice at all. Leaving The Circle would give Kurtis the freedom to follow his own dreams, and to pursue vampiress, Dee, who has always intrigued him. He knows there’s more to Dee than the icy being she portrays, but will she give him a chance to know the real her?

There is unrest in the magical world. Fairies, a magical being thought to be long extinct, still exist. And the long-time feud between wizards and fairies threatens everyone Kurtis cares about, including his life coach, Alina, who has quickly become a close friend. And perhaps more. He discovers his connection to the ancient beings The Annunaki, the ancestors of wizards and fairies, may be key to the future. The more he uncovers, the more questions he has.

Will Kurtis choose to follow his heart or risk sacrificing his own happiness for peace in the magical world?


“Waldor.” Emotion—relief and love—flooded Kurtis’ voice. He released the breath he’d unconsciously held, scanning Waldor for obvious injury.

“I’m in one piece, Kurtis.” Waldor pushed past him to unlock the cottage. “You can quit being a fusspot.”

Kurtis chuckled at Waldor’s mock irritation, unfazed by his grandfather’s gruff ways. They didn’t need to exchange words to know how relieved they both were for the other’s safety.

Waldor filled the kettle and, a moment later, the sound of a cheery whistle blasted from the small kitchen. Kurtis joined Waldor at the table. They sat in silence, wrapping their large hands around mugs of steaming tea.

“The kind of potent brew you need after a night like this to settle your thoughts.”

Kurtis grunted in response.

“What’s on your mind, my boy?”

What do I tell Waldor? Conflicted thoughts swirled around in his brain. Am I really that transparent?

Waldor smiled as if he knew all Kurtis’ secrets. “I know you. I raised you from a little baby.”

“I know.” He scowled, guilt gnawing at the lining in his stomach. How can I tell him? How can I break his heart? Like my father.

Waldor took his time to sip his tea as if waiting for Kurtis to open up.

Will I ever have the courage to leave? He cast a mournful eye around the small cottage, the only home he’d ever known. “Where is my father? Do you know?”

Waldor recoiled, looking like he’d been punched in the gut. “I don’t know.”

What do you know? What are you keeping from me? Kurtis paused before asking his next question, torn between his aversion to causing Waldor pain and desire for finding answers. “Do you know…Who is my mother?”

Something akin to fear, shame perhaps, lurked in Waldor’s eyes. He focused his intense gaze on Kurtis. “Yes.”

Interview with Maya Tyler

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I would pick a turtle. Recently, I’ve seen the wisdom in “slow and steady wins the race.” In slowing things down, I’ve been able to accomplish more.

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?
I aim to spend at least an hour a day on writing / writing activities, which include blogging, website updates, book review requests, and promotion submissions. However, if time and ability permit, I extend that time.

Do you read your book reviews? If yes, do they affect what you write in the future?
Yes, I read my book reviews. I appreciate the time and effort it requires to write a review. A positive review makes me feel ecstatic, and I don’t take negative reviews personally. I approach (even negative) reviews very objectively. What did the reader like or dislike? If they didn’t like it, did their reaction have to do with my work or missed expectations? What can I do to improve my work?

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?
My subconscious leaves hidden messages for me to find. In reading my work, I often learn things about myself. People who know me well may guess what inspired certain sections of my books…but I don’t insert any Easter eggs. At least, not intentionally.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Wizard’s Choice?
My protagonist is Kurtis Warde. He’s a wizard apprentice, but he doesn’t want to become a full-fledged wizard. He was abandoned by his parents as a baby and raised by his grandfather Waldor. Kurtis’ love interest is a vampire named Dresandra, the maker of his friend. Their interactions are rocky and passionate, but he’s not really sure how seriously she feels about him.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
I envision more books in The Magicals Series. As well, this summer, I’m participating in a writing contest for the app Chapters: Interactive Stories with my book Duet at Midnight.

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come?
I dedicate about an hour a day to writing / writing activities, but, if the writing is good, I’ll write as long as I can.

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day?
I don’t plan to write a target word or page count, unless it’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Sometimes, my goal is to finish a section or a chapter, but mostly I just write until the tank runs low.

What inspires you to write?
I’m in love with the written word. I want to write the stories I want to read. I want my readers to have emotional reactions to my work. I want to tell stories. I’m inspired to write everyday about things I observe in the world around me and events that happen directly to me. I use writing as a way to process and communicate my feelings. My inspiration comes from an internal desire to create and express myself.

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction, especially romance.

Read series or stand-alone?
A series, if I find a good one, because it helps line up my next few reads.

Read Science fiction or horror?
Neither, but if I had to pick? Science fiction.

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz?
Stephen King, for a number of reasons. I’m not familiar with Dean Koontz’s work. Even though I haven’t read any of Stephen King’s books, I have watched a couple of screen adaptations, and I am a great admirer of his thoughts on writing.

Read the book or watch the movie?
Read the book…unless I really want to watch the movie, then I watch the movie first. The book, nine times out of ten, will be better than the screen adaptation. Watching the movie first manages my expectations.

Read an ebook or paperback?
Ebook, for the convenience. I love that I can carry dozens of books with me on my phone. Especially once airlines started weighing luggage…

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only?
Which option has food? As long as I didn’t starve to death, I’d be fine with either option. If I was in a library for a month with no computer, I would read a lot of books. If I only had a computer and Wi-Fi, I could get a solid amount of writing completed in a month.

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online?
I’m shy so the thought of a cross-country book store tour is slightly terrifying. Plus, I’d really miss my kids. I’ve gone the online blog tour route before, and it’s a pretty impressive process. The Internet definitely extends your reach, and it’s an efficient (and fun) way to promote a new book.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

About Maya

Maya Tyler is a multi-published author of paranormal romance novels and blogger at Maya’s Musings ( An avid reader, Maya writes the books she loves to read—romances! She still believes that “True Love's Kiss” is the most powerful thing in the world. Her paranormal romances come with complex plot twists and happily-ever-afters.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, listening to music (alternative rock, especially from the 1990s), practicing yoga, and watching movies and TV.


Maya loves to hear from fellow authors and readers! Please connect with her through social media (see links below) or the contact form ( on her website.

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A Vampire’s Tale

A Wizard’s Choice


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Maya's Musings said...

Thanks for the wonderful interview!

James Robert said...

Thanks for sharing your book and I enjoyed getting to hear about it.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt & interview!

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt, thank you.

Maya's Musings said...

James, thanks for your comment.

Maya's Musings said...

I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt and interview, Victoria.

Maya's Musings said...

Rita, I’m glad you liked the excerpt.

Bernie Wallace said...

Are any of the characters in your book based on real people?

Maya's Musings said...

Great question, Bernie. I don’t base my characters on real people...on purpose, but I find I interject subconsciously from my real life. For instance, Kurtis’ anger came from my personal experiences.

Kim said...

What was one of your favorite scenes to write for this book?

pippirose said...

Thanks for sharing the great excerpt!

Maya's Musings said...

Thanks for your question, Kim. I enjoyed writing a lot of the scenes. The one where Kurtis finds the secret library comes to mind as well as the epic fairy fight.

Maya's Musings said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt, pippirose.

Kim said...

Did you have a say in what your book cover would look like?

Kim said...

Are any of the characters based off of or inspired by people you know?

Maya's Musings said...

Thanks for your question about my book cover, Kim. I had a lot of input into the book cover design. When I signed the book contract, I initially provided a detailed sheet about my characters, book setting, and things I wanted or did not want. Later, my publisher and the designer let me participate during the process. I picked out my favorite poses and approved the clothing.

Maya's Musings said...

I don't base my characters on real people, Kim. But... I find I subconsciously interject parts of myself and my experiences into every story I write. In this particular book, I found a lot of myself in my main character, Kurtis. It's enlightening.