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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Crimson Clan - A Teen Action Novel by David R. Bennett

Today, I am hosting David R. Bennett, Indie author of The Crimson Clan honour of the Children's Book Week hosted by Mother Daughter Review.  Don't forget, you can still download The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy for free. download here

David R Bennett is an author from Spring, Texas in the United States of America. He lives with his wife, Brandy, and his son, Ethan.
David R Bennett is a pen name that comes the reordering of his initials real initials. He, also, thinks the name has a ring to it.
Not only is he an author, he, also, is an illustrator. His real name is what is credited with the cover art to his novels.
He attended Rocky Mountain College if Art + Design in Denver, Colorado where he earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Advertising Graphic Design. The graphic design techniques he learned in college he uses to design his covers.
He, also, reads a lot of sci-fi / fantasy / paranormal books. Some of his favorite monsters are vampires, mummies, zombies, goblins, ghouls, werewolves, etc. He has plans to write a long string of novels in the Destiny Phoenix series and a series about an alien coming to Earth in the Alien Survivor series. Both of these series are planned as Young Adult novels.
His favorite horror flick is Resident Evil because it is scary to think that biological warfare could one day result in human extinction by undead creatures. And his favorite series of films is Star Wars and is excited about the next film coming out in 2015.

The Crimson Clan is the beginning of the DESTINY PHOENIX saga. Destiny Phoenix is a young woman born of angelic heritage. The matriarchs in her line were angels born onto the earth in human form. At their death, they pass on their knowledge and spiritual guidance to their daughters.
Destiny grew up not knowing how special she would soon become. The lives of her parents and even that of other siblings were hidden from her for their safety. But on her 16th birthday, everything radically changes. She discovers her boyfriend is her betrothed from birth and they are quickly married. She discovers she has a brother she never knew she had. But worst of all, her father is murdered by the Komodo Clan and her mother disappears. 

The Crimson Clan Excerpt

"I hope it won't take too long to find, Sandra," Destiny says.
"That depends on the power of Sandy's cell, Des." Chris mutters. "Try calling her."
I do as my hunky boyfriend suggests. I dial Sandra's phone on my brother's cell.
"Hello?" I hear from the other side of the phone with some panting in between the words. Quickly, she seems to stop. "Destiny?"
"Yeah, Sandra," I say. I can hear her gasping for breath. "Where are you?"
"What the hell is going on?" She screams into the phone frantically.
"We're on the way to pick you up."
"Can you kinda hurry," Sandra asks me. “I’ve got these weird pasty freaks on my tail. For what?  I don't know."
"Pasty freaks?" I say aloud. That's when I hear Brandon mutter some curse word and floor the gas pedal.
"Where are you at?"
"Near the Dillard's entrance by Four Oaks Drive."
"Okay, Sandra. Stay calm. We'll be there in five. Meet us at the west entrance of Dillard's."
"All right. Hurry." I hear the panic in Sandra's voice.
"Stay calm and peruse the store not to give any suspicions to the workers."
"K. See ya soon."
"Certainly." I say hanging up the phone.
"Destiny, what's going on?" Chris asks me as I can see the worry in his face. "Are the same ones after Sandy that invaded my home?"
"The exact same creatures. They want us. You, me, Brandon, and Sandra. They don't know about Little Michelle here. Let's keep it that way."
"We're the chosen slayers to bring balance back to this world," Brandon states. "I was sent to a boarding school for my protection when I was nine just after the birth of Destiny."
"That sucks, bro." Chris says as we reach the Mall.
It did not take us long to figure out where Sandra was. People were rushing out the doors of Dillard's in fear. Obviously, these pasty creatures were in the store and have yet to find Sandra.
However, we spot Sandra easily. She managed to mix in with the crowd that rushed out of the store. We screech to a halt. Brandon pops open the back door for Sandra to jump in.
"Sandy, get in," Brandon says to his sister.
"Your car?"
"Forget it. We can come back for it."
The dark haired brown-eyed best friend of mine, who stands at five-foot- four, an inch shorter than me, hurriedly, gets into the Tahoe. Sandra, quickly, jumps in and shuts the door.
"Chris, Miki, what's going on?" She says trying to catch her breath.
The white pasty creatures see us peel out around the Mall ring road as we make our escape after helping Sandra out.
"Hang on!" Brandon screams as one of the wraiths jumps out in front of our car. We run over it leaving a partially body badly squished all over the road.
"I've only heard if these guys before," Brandon tells us. "I don't know how to defeat them."
"Oh, great, we're screwed," Chris mutters.
He, then, gets slapped on the shoulder as their little sister sits zoned out holding her legs. Michelle is totally out of it. This is out of her level of comprehension. Or so I thought.
"Don't worry, I know to defeat these wraiths." I calmly, and confidently,  say. Where did that come from?

Interview of Dave R. Bennett from his character Destiny.

Destiny Phoenix: Tell me a little about yourself.
David R Bennett: Well, I am an author hailing from Spring, Texas just north of Houston. I was raised here and here I still remain. Also, I am a husband and father of 1. I love the paranormal works of fiction as well as sci-fi, fantasy, and mysteries. Well, mysteries are a part of most novels written, in my opinion.

DP: David R Bennett is that pen name or your real name?
DRB: It is pen name that came about from the rearranging of my real initials. I've always liked the name David and the last name Bennett seemed to have an ominous sound to it (probably since watch Heroes).

DP: How long have you been writing?
DRB: Probably my whole life in one fashion or another. I have always woven a tale or even penned poems.

DP: What's the hardest you find when creating your story?
DRB: Probably creating the background for the characters involved, if the first novel in a series. Otherwise, the not knowing what's going to happen to my characters.

DP: I assume that when you start you have some idea of what's going on?
DRB: Rarely, unless I create a bunch of title names and create small blurbs for them. I did do this for the Destiny Phoenix series. So I have a hint of what's going to happen in the series. Exactly how that all comes about is another thing entirely.

DP: Interesting. What method, if any, do you use to curb writer's block?
DRB: I've talked with other authors about this same thing. And, like myself, quite a few feel that having various projects running at the same time helps to prevent writer's block. I have a highly active imagination. Sometimes it's hard to curb, so I always have more than one project going on at the same time.

DP: What's next on your plate?
DRB: Always love to share this part. Always promoting my latest work with those I know. Right now, I am in the beginning of Alien in the Midst (a sci-fi story about an alien crash landing on Earth), preparing to tackle Destiny Phoenix and the Cry of the Wolf, and starting Mind Games about children who gain superpowers after being left for dead in car crash.

DP: Wow. That's a lot on your plate. How long do you think that the Destiny Phoenix series is going to run?
DRB: At least twelve books from what I can figure. Possibly, most likely, more. As for my others, who knows. Life is difficult and so is everything my characters will go through.

DP: Where does your inspiration come from?
DRB: My inspiration comes from multiple sources. I watch movies, TV, and read books. So from all of that. And sometimes just right out of thin air on some things.

DP: What genre does your work fall under?
DRB: Trying for YA paranormal fiction. But, really, I try to make the books where everybody will enjoy it. That was the mission of JK Rowling and I like it.

DP: What genres do you read?
DRB: I probably have something from most genres out there from YA to horror to mystery-crime to action/adventure to fantasy to space operas to paranormal to sci-fi to romance. Mostly I read sci-fi / fantasy.

DP: Who is your favorite author?
DRB: There are several that have inspired me over the years Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman (Dragonlance series), Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Stephanie Meyer, JK Rowling, and even a few contemporaries of mine such as Ann Snizek, Michael Knight, and Stephen C Ormsby.

DP: What advice, tips, do you have for others getting into the business of writing?
DRB: Write what you want to read, not because it's the in thing. And use the social media as you marketing tool and networking with other authors.  And, above all, of course, write, write, write until your story ends. That is the main thing before publishing your work.

So there you have it! I think teens would really enjoy this book, particularly boys because it contains a great deal of action. I think girls would enjoy the paranormal aspect of the novel. Also, its short length will make it an appealing series, particularly since David R. Bennett leaves us hanging at the end.  I would rate this novel 3-stars because, though it's quite engaging, the author loses track of his tenses, switching from present to past within paragraphs, causing confusing.

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