Chess Desalls author of Travel Glasses

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Author of Travel Glasses

Can you give us a quick description of your book?
 Travel Glasses is a YA time travel fantasy that explores themes of trust, relationships, privacy, self-preservation, reality and illusion. The story begins with the MC, Calla Winston, getting knocked to the ground by a flash of bright light. The male lead, Valcas, uses a pair of time-traveling sunglasses to rescue her. Or does he? Calla learns more about herself and Valcas’ motivations as she adventures through time.
 What makes your book unique?
I used literary metafiction and combinations of existing technologies to tell Calla and Valcas’ story.  It’s an unpredictable ride, based on what most reviewers have been saying, but also thought-provoking and a lot of fun!
 Will this be part of a series and if so can you give us any details about follow-ups?
Yes. Travel Glasses is the first installment in The Call to Search Everywhen serial series. Insight Kindling is the second book and is also available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook. I’m writing the third book, Time for the Lost, right now.
Who is your favorite character and why? 
It’s a tossup between Edgar (Travel Glasses) and Ivory (Insight Kindling). I love Edgar’s inventiveness and Ivory’s sense of humor. But there’s a character in Time for the Lost who’s desperately trying to claim the title.
Who do you think will most enjoy this story?
This is a great question. At first I wasn’t sure who my audience would be. I just knew I loved the story and wanted to share it with others. Now I’m finding that fans of time travel fiction as well as inquisitive readers who like plot puzzles and SFF seem to be enjoying the book the most. So far, this has spanned across male and female readers, as well as both teens and older readers.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I read a lot as a child and knew I wanted to write a book someday, but that’s as far as it got for a long time. Most of my work has been nonfiction writing, more than I’d ever imagined. I didn’t begin writing fiction until six years go. I practiced by writing short stories and haven’t stopped since.
Can you tell us a little about your next project(s)?
I’m working on Time for the Lost (The Call to Search Everywhen, #3), which I hope to get out in late 2015 or early 2016. I’ve also submitted a short story to an anthology which is expected to release in October 2015.

Book info:

Calla Winston’s mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, after having felt the sting of betrayal, she prefers being hidden and friendless. She equates privacy with security and technology with pain.

Then she meets Valcas, an otherworldly time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. When an ethereal being knocks Calla to the ground near her family’s lakeside cottage, Valcas uses the Travel Glasses to help her escape. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. Intrigued by Valcas and the possibility of time travel, Calla accepts. That is until she learns that his search for her was no mere coincidence.

Calla sets off on her own, taking the Travel Glasses with her. Torn between searching for her estranged father and reuniting with the rest of her family, she tracks down the inventor of the Travel Glasses in hopes of discovering more about Valcas’ past and motivations. The Travel Glasses take Calla’s mistrust of technology to all new levels. But without them, she’ll never make it back home. With Valcas hot on her trail, Calla hopes to find what she’s looking for before he catches up.

The Call to Search Everywhen is a serial series of novel-length installments. Travel Glasses is YA fantasy filled with metafiction and other literary twistiness. It’s a thought-provoking narrative about trust, relationships, reality and illusion.

Brief author bio:
Hi! I recently authored the first two installments of the YA time travel serial series, The Call to Search Everywhen. I’m a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. There’s nothing quite like a good fairy tale or fable. When I’m not writing I enjoy traveling, reading and trying to stay in tune on my flute. :o)

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Travel Glasses (Book 1) on Amazon

Series: The Call To Search Everywhen

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: Czidor Lore Llc.

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-099037996

ASIN: B00K6A0964

 

Interview by Drea Damara, author of The Weeping Books Of Blinney Lane.

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