Blazing #BlogTour: Black Blade by Alexander Charalambides

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Black-Blade.jpgBlack Blade
by Alexander Charalambides
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 11th 2017

Summary:

Lance is a hero.

With his friend Megan, he does his best to survive high school in a world that doesn’t always make sense, and is almost never fair.

When their school receives a donation from an anonymous millionaire, Lance and Megan find themselves on an international field trip to England, where the two receive an irresistible call to a supernatural adventure that could change their destinies, and the destiny of the country, forever.

Together with three mysterious adults who all claim to be wizards, Lance must safe-guard the legendary Excalibur. Traveling into a strange parallel world and keeping his friends, new and old, safe from harm at the hands of a malevolent army of magical soldiers, Lance discovers the truth about heroism and the content of his character.

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MY DREAM CAST FOR BLACK BLADE 

Books are amazing things because you don’t need to cast anyone. It’s one of the things that’s always stood out to me as important about the medium. Because of that, I don’t usually detail my characters or “cast” them, and when details about their personal appearances come up it’s always because they’re relevant to what’s happening in the story. I want to preserve the freedom of anyone to imagine any of my characters to be as much like or unlike them as they want.

That said, I understand why people like to talk about their “dream casts”. It’s a fantasy probably every author has shared at one point or another, sitting down and talking to a casting director about who they can get for the movie adaption, why you want who you want and why they’d be perfect.

Unfortunately, because of the approach I take to how characters look, and because I want my readers to have as much freedom as possible imagining them, I never “cast” anyone I write about, but I can talk about some influences particular performances have had on my decisions about those characters.

The clearest influence I can trace is for Lance, an adolescent malcontent and Black Blade’s “hero”. He whines, he judges, and he is a haver of wrong opinions. I’m sure you’re picturing him already, but I drew a lot on Shia Labeouf for this character, particularly his roles in all the Transformers movies. Please forgive me.

Next are the wizards (spoiler warning: there are wizards in this book), and they’re much harder to pin down to any specific actors. It’s essential that they are aloof, condescending (and in one case very angry), but I have a heard time narrowing their casting beyond the traditional stable of Very Serious British actors.

Last is Megan. Black Blade is driven by an obligation that forces the characters on a supernatural journey. If you think of the story of the book as the story of this quest, Megan is peripheral, or even irrelevant.

She’s really small, almost never confrontational, and almost never takes the initiative. She is (as far as I’m concerned) by far the most important character. Why haven’t I mentioned a cast yet, you might be asking?

The answer is the most important reason that we keep writing books: I’ve never seen an actress cast that would be appropriate for her, and there probably isn’t one for the simple reason that no executive or casting director would employ someone so “ordinary”.

We can write about whoever we want, people who could never be represented by any actor. Without that willingness to write about ugly, strange, ordinary people, we cripple ourselves creatively, so when you think about your “dream cast” while writing, please don’t forget that not all people are actors.

About the Author

ajnoc-eating-books-1000-600-portrait.jpgAlexander Charalambides was born in London and grew up in Berkshire.

He studied Creative Writing, and graduated from the Open University.

In 2008 he moved to the United States, and now lives in New Hampshire.

As a freelance writer Alexander enjoys storytelling just as much as editing and analysis, but often takes time off to enjoy wind surfing, do the sickest of motorcycle flips, wrestle with deadly animals and lie about his hobbies.

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June 12th

The Cover Contessa     http://www.thecovercontessa.com       Promo Post

Mythical Books http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/      Promo Post

Don’t Judge, Read     http://dontjudgeread.blogspot.ca      Review

Geek Girl Reads       http://Geekgirlreadsblog.wordpress.com     Promo Post

June 13th

Lovely Loveday https://www.lovelyloveday.com     Promo Post

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.wordpress.com     Promo Post

Reading for the Stars and Moon      http://readingforthestars.blogspot.com/  Promo Post

June 14th

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Madison Loveday      https://madisonloveday.com     Promo Post

Nerds with Words      http://themindofawordnerd.wordpress.com     Review

Never Too Many To Read     www.never2many2read.blogspot.com       Promo Post

Loves Great Reads      https://lovesgreatreadsblog.wordpress.com/    Promo Post

June 15th

The Cubicle Escapee    http://TheCubicleEscapee.com   Review

The Adventures of SacaKat     https://sarahfairbairn.com/   Promo Post

RiverMoose-Reads    http://rivermoosebooks.wordpress.com      Review

The Unrated Bookshelf http://www.unratedbookshelf.com    Promo Post

SolaFide Book Club   http://solafidepublishing.net/solafide-self-publishing-and-book-blog/ Promo Post

June 16th

A Fold in the Spine     https://afoldinthespinesite.wordpress.com/    Review

CBY Book Club   http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/   Promo Post

What Is That Book About      www.whatisthatbookabout.com    Promo Post

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