29 July 2013

{Spotlight Post} Heir To The Lamp

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 July 2013 at 12:20 AM | |


I’m excited to be here today celebrating the release of my debut novel Heir to the Lamp. Thanks, MMSAI, for hosting me on your great blog!

Here’s a little bit about my YA fantasy:

about the book

HEIR to the Lamp


Life can change with a single wish.

A family secret, a mysterious lamp, a dangerous Order with the mad desire to possess both.

Ginn used to think she knew all there was to know about how she became adopted by parents whose #1 priority is to embarrass her with public displays of affection, but that changes when a single wish starts a never-ending parade of weirdness marching through her door the day she turns thirteen.

Gifted with a mysterious lamp and the missing pieces from her adoption story, Ginn tries to discover who…or what…she really is. That should be strange enough, but to top it off Ginn’s being hunted by the Order of the Grimoire, a secret society who’ll stop at nothing to harness the power of a real genie. Ginn struggles to stay one step ahead of the Grimms with the help of Rashmere, Guardian of the lamp and the most loyal friend a girl never knew she had. But the Grimms are being helped, too—but by whom? As much as she doesn’t want to, Ginn’s beginning to question the motives of her long-time crush Caleb Scott and his connection to her newest, most dangerous enemy.

I knew from the beginning that one of the most important elements of my genie story would have to be the antagonist. And he/she/it would have to be a Baddy—one that could prevent my teenage genie from solving every conflict she was to encounter over the course of the novel with her newfound supernatural abilities.

I began to imagine a pack of genie hunters roaming the world, investigating both ancient legends and modern reports of the use of real magic, and ruthlessly claiming objects and entities of magic for themselves—no matter the cost. Early in their history, these genie hunters would learn of the birth of half-human children to a powerful genie and spend the better part of the next two centuries waiting for future descendants to exhibit signs of their “djinn-ness.” My main character Ginn, first in her biological family to inherit such qualities, would be protected—for a time—from the hunters because of her adoption and ignorance of the djinni ancestor hiding in her family tree.

I had a concept, but not much more. I didn’t even know what I’d call my antagonist(s), but I was pretty sure I couldn’t stick with “genie hunters”; it sounded painfully lame and this was a YA fantasy/adventure story after all.

Eventually, while searching ancient books of magic, I came across references to books of spells called Grimoires, which reminded me very much of the Brothers Grimm and their collection of fairytale stories. And in that truly magical way that ideas can converge for a writer, I suddenly had a clearer picture of my antagonists! The Order of the Grimoire, founded by remnants of the Grimm family, obsessed with procuring and possessing magic, hunting it down all over the world the way their forefathers had scoured Europe for fairytales.

The Grimms in Heir to the Lamp are cunning…and lethal. And, Ginn will have to rely on more than magic to save herself and protect her family, because with every wish she makes, she’s leading the Order of the Grimoire right to her front door.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into the birth of Heir to the Lamp’s villainous Grimms. I hope you’ll enjoy the novel even more!




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Michelle Lowery Combs is an award-winning writer and book blogger living in rural Alabama with her husband, one cat, and too many children to count. She spends her spare time commanding armies of basketball and soccer munchkins for the Parks & Recreation departments of two cities. When not in the presence of throngs of toddlers, tweens and teens, Michelle can be found neglecting her roots and dreaming up the next best seller. She is a member of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave, Jacksonville State University’s Writers’ Club and her local Aspiring Authors group. You can find her online at MichelleLoweryCombs.com, Facebook, Twitter @miclowery77, Google+, and on her blog Through the Wormhole: Confessions of a Bookworm.


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