Friday, 1 July 2016

Blog Tour Guest Post - The Quest for Merlin: Magimakía (Book 1) by Rafael Lovato

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The Quest for Merlin
Magimakía (Book 1)
Author: Rafael Lovato
Release Date: June 30, 2016
Keywords: young adult fantasy, goblin hero, angels and demons, witchcraft, RPG games, elves fairies trolls, merlin series
Categories: Young Adult/Fantasy/ Action Adventure
Pages: 286
ISBN: 978-1530797950 & 1530797950
Imprint: Howling Wolf

ONE LINER: ‘Magimakía - the Quest for Merlin’ is the first book of a contemporary fantasy series for young adults that explores the universe of RPG and MMORPG where a naive, bullied 15 year old boy, without any knowledge of magic, tries to find the mage Merlin and save the Order of Mages and Witches from destined extinction.

Book Description:
“The Quest for Merlin" is the first book of the Young Adult fantasy series "Magimakía", goblin word meaning "The Great Battle of Mages and Witches."

Follow Oliver’s journey, a skinny, naive 15 year old boy who knows nothing about magic, let alone how to survive high school as a bullied and outcast teen, as he attempts to help save the Order of Mages from destined extinction.

Kidnapped by a midget goblin and his troll cohorts, Oliver’s only hope is to learn the whereabouts of the all powerful Merlin who has been missing for over 500 years.

With the help of two witches, Avery and Violet, Oliver begins his journey in a world full of potions, spells, and bubbling cauldrons, learning a lot about witchcraft and magic.

You will be spellbound as you are transported into this amazing landscape where anything could happen, as tragic events unfold that could keep Oliver from saving Merlin and the entire world of Mages and Witches!

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‘Magimakía - the quest for Merlin’ is the first book of a contemporary fantasy series for Young Adults that explores the universe of RPG and MMORPG. In it, Oliver, a naive young virgin bullied 15 year old boy, without any knowledge of magic, trying to find the mage Merlin and save the Order of Mages and Witches of undoubted extinction, ends his journey victim of a magnificent and at the same time terrible event.

The idea of writing the history of “Magimakía - The search for Merlin” began with my experience with MMORPG games, like World of Warcraft. I always liked the Lore, the battles, the unforgettable characters, and realized that there was enough space to write an epic fantasy.

But to be worth it, it would have to be an original story, different. It was then that came to me the idea of introducing angels and demons, not as religious but magical entities. To escape from the usual universe of only mages, witches, elves, trolls. The embryo of the idea came from the book Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien, when Gandalf fights the Balrog, for I found really cool the notion of a non-religious demon.

Regarding the writing itself, to construct the history I used the Hollywood structure, with the characteristics turning points structure (10%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 95%). Also, took great care to develop the “arc of the characters”, and build well-marked voices for the three book narratives: Benjamin, goblins and Oliver. The scenes and sequels respect the international structure (Scene: objective, obstacle and disaster; sequel: reaction dilemma and decision), and wrote the entire text within the MRU's technique (motivation and reaction units).

The story itself respects the dynamics of the RPG universe, with close attention to powers mathematics. This means that all races powers are balanced, as well as the most powerful entities. To a careful analysis, you can identify that in the mechanics of battles there are warriors, generals, mini-bosses, bosses, and world bosses. This engine respects the dynamics of RPG games, to appeal to the book’s target audience, who are young adult video-gamers aged 12 to 25 (and adults too, of course).

The book was originally written in Portuguese and published in Brazil by Editora Zap Book (eBook and print) and in Portugal by Editora Chiado (print and eBook), both in June/15. Availing the fact that I speak English fluently, I wrote the English version of the book, and introduced it to a US editor, for editing. I was fortunate to present the manuscript to Ravenswood, who did not hesitate to offer me a publishing contract.

About myself, I am a well-established Brazilian author with six books commercially published, being "Magimakía – the quest for Merlin" the latest. Recently the Oxford University Press bought a short story of my to use in their courseware as writing model for fiction short stories, already published in the book “Portuguese language for 6th grade”, by Oxford. Magimakía already is the best-selling book of my Brazilian Publisher, which is starting a national advertising campaign of the book.


About the Author
Rafael Lovato is a Brazilian author with six books published commercially in Brazil, and one in Portugal, “Magimakía, a busca por Merlin”. This is his first book published in the US. In 2014, the prestigious Oxford University Press bought one of his award-winning short story to use in their courseware as writing model to teach students, already published in the book “Portuguese language for 6th Grade”, by Oxford.

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