Today I am happy to present another YA author, Ardyth DeBruyn, who is here to tell us all about herself and her books. We are switching blogs today, so please go over and check out my post on her blog. As usual during this Summer Teen Reading Party I am giving away a free copy of my YA novel, If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor. Leave a comment to be in the drawing.
Ardyth DeBruyn Bio:
Ardyth DeBruyn is a native Oregonian with a restless nature and a degree in Anthropology. After hiking over 1500 miles across Europe and living on the Mexican border for a year, she settled back in the Pacific Northwest (for now) to write fantasy stories. She has decided she can type herself into adventures faster than walk.
Ardyth agreed to an interview and here are her answers to my questions:
Everyone should know that many of the books discussed during the Summer Teen Reading Party are on sale at Amazon and The Muse Bookstore all during the month of May.
Here is some information about Ardyth's books:
A School for Villains
Thirteen-year-old Danny is astounded when his father decides to send him to Dark Lord Academy to learn to be a villain. Pa claims it will make him stand out and fulfill his own lost childhood dreams. Being evil doesn’t appeal to Danny, but he’s always been a good and obedient son, so he goes.
Dark Lord Academy’s not just unappealing, it’s downright terrible. His advisor dyes Danny’s blond hair black and changes his name to the unpronounceable Zxygrth. He can’t get the hang of maniacal laughter, his second-in-command servant is a puke-colored monkey, and the cafeteria lady enjoys serving stewed cockroaches or fried bat wings. A run in with a hero results in hate mail and he gets caught up in a rivalry with the school bully. The only way for Danny to stay alive is to find his inner villain.
The passageway dead-ended in a T, offering a choice of right or left. No one was in sight in either direction. Danny’s heartbeat thumped in his ears as he glanced first one way and then the other. Something sounding suspiciously like chains being dragged along the stone floor made him jump and whirl around. The passage behind him was empty, even the goblin guards were gone, although he wasn’t sure they’d have offered safe advice even if he dared ask. Safe? I’m in villain school, the last thing it’s going to be is safe. Danny took in several deep breaths. Don’t panic, it has to be one way or the other, just pick.
Something clattered distantly down the right passage and then followed the rhythm of thumps that might be footsteps. Taking a deep breath, Danny started down it.
“I wouldn’t go that way if I were you.”
“You want teacher offices. They’re back the way you came, then the third passage on the left. Here, I’ll show you real quick.” Igor stepped out farther into the torchlight, revealing a humped back, and pulled behind him a small cart that seemed to be full of stacked mummies, maybe four or five of them. Danny cringed back.
Oblivious, or perhaps just ignoring his discomfort, Igor headed around the corner. Danny didn’t have much choice but to follow. He counted the passages, but Igor seemed to go to the fourth, not the third one, before stopping to point. “There, head that way and you’ll hit teacher offices.” He gave Danny another ghastly grin.
Reina’s brother Austyn has been declared the Child Warrior, but he’s only six. What’s a big sister to do?
Allowed to accompany her brother, Reina discovers they’re in deeper trouble than she thought-the Gold Wizard isn’t shaping up to be the guide he’s supposed to be and the Red Wizard’s harpies and snakewolves are on their trail. If anyone’s going to find a way to track down the elusive Sword of Chivalry for Austyn and get him into the Red Wizard’s castle to fulfill whatever it is the obscure prophecy insists must be done, it’s got to be Reina.