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Orenda (Orenda #1)
Ruth Silver
Release Date: 13th April, 2014
Patchwork Press


Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds.

Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages.

Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

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Author Interview

What books inspired you to write your genre?

The Hunger Games is the first YA book that I read that really made me want to read more YA novels. Shortly after I read 100 different dystopian, fantasy, and paranormal titles that inspired me to write my own stories in the YA genre.

What inspired you to write Orenda?

I wanted to write a fantasy appropriate for middle grade as well as young adults. I loved the show Fringe and how they brought a parallel world into the mix. I wanted to do something similar and yet completely different with fairies, dragons, and magic.

Do you prefer a certain point of view in fiction?

If written well, third person can be as engaging as first person point of view. I love third person because you can focus on multiple scenes throughout a story. New writers just have to be careful of head hopping.

Audiobooks, love them or hate them?

Narration can make or break an audio book. I thought The Fault in Our Stars was well narrated. It captivated me, drew me into the story. There have been other audio books that made me want to fall asleep. Three chapters in and I couldn’t tell you one thing that happened.

Do you love eBooks or paperbacks more? Why?

I love paperbacks, especially my collection of signed indie books! You can’t sign an eBook (and no authorgraph is not the same thing). However, I’ll buy an eBook if it’s $5 or less.

As a reader, how do you feel when a series ends?

I need Happily Ever After’s in books. At least at the end of a series, if I invest my time in 3+ books I expect a happy ending. At least somewhat happy. If you disappoint me, I probably won’t read your book again.

Can you give some advice or tips on how to write a book review?

Be constructive. Don’t rehash the entire plot (or give away spoilers). This isn’t school where we’re told to write a book review and prove we read the book. Instead give comments on what worked for the story (plot, characters, theme, writing style, etc) and what didn’t.

What is your Favorite Writing Website?

YA Highway is a fantastic resource for all writers. You don’t have to be just a YA writer to find it beneficial.
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How do you get your book into a library?

Contact local librarians and offer them a review copy. Ask them if they’d like you to speak with their group (teens, book club etc).  If you live too far from the library, consider Skype or Google Hangouts. I’ve met a lot of great librarians this way.

I wrote a book. Now what?

Get a publisher. Seriously. You can self-publish but you’ve got to have it professionally edited, formatted properly (study similar books and look at text size/font/format), and market the crap out of it. Even then, you still won’t have all the resources of even a small press company. It’s tough, I’m not going to sugar coat it.
I’ve picked up a lot of indie books at author events, comic con, book fairs and let me tell you if your book isn’t formatted properly it’s obvious. If your font is too small no one will read it. Maybe it’s too crammed together or spaced way too far apart. That gives readers headaches.
Growing up in school you probably learned to put two spaces after a period. Great. Guess what. It’s wrong in the publishing world. Only use one space. Always justify your text in a book. With eBooks there’s some leeway but not in print. These are just a few of the obvious issues I see all the time with indie books. There’s also head hopping, show don’t tell, active vs passive voice, I could seriously go on, but I won’t.


Lil stood firm, sword-in-hand, staring at the beast as it flew directly at her. “How do I kill it?”
She raised the sword above her head with two hands.
Hudson glanced at her. “With what we taught you. The dragon is no different than a man.”
“It has wings and is flying at me. I’d say it’s different!”

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About the Author

Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.
She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, “Deuces are Wild”, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.
Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.
Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian & Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.

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