Shadows of Atlantis: Awakening
by Mara Powers
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Enter the legacy of the legend...
Brigitte has been chosen to renew the treaty between Atlantis and the ancient bloodline of Lemuria. As an emissary of nature, her betrothal would ensure the continued function of the Crystal Grid, the life source of the ten kingdoms of Atlantis. But as Brigitte prepares to leave from her home in the magical Dreamvale, her people are attacked by a storm of shadows. Now she is running for her life.
Upon her arrival in the ruling city of Atlantis, she meets D’Vinid, a dejected musician who lives the quintessential Atlantean lifestyle of revelry, escapism and apathy. Under the eclipse of a sacred festival, they are swept into an attraction they cannot resist. Their union may protect humanity from its worst enemy - the shadows of Atlantis. But there is one problem, this man is not her betrothed.
Brigitte soon discovers that the corruption of the Grid could very well be the Grid itself. Citizens have neglected to attend the rituals required to charge the crystals with their psychic emanations. Some have fallen prey to an epidemic called “the madness”, caused by shadowy parasites that feed off human suffering. But as nature always strives toward balance, the crystals have activated a genetic upgrade among the people. The youth have begun to express supernatural powers. Could it be that D’Vinid and Brigitte are meant to be leaders among the awakened? And if so, why does it seem impossible for them to be together?
A mysterious tale of romance, seduction and betrayal that reaches just enough into the modern mind to ask - will we learn the lessons of Atlantis?
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Mara Powers is a rebel of the written word who has tackled the monumental task of recreating Atlantis. When she was 16 in Fort Collins, Colorado, she began visiting the library in search of things she couldn't learn in school. Her goal was to re-define her religion. She studied theology voraciously until she discovered the concept of reincarnation though Hinduism. It was the answer to a lifelong existential crisis that had plagued her for many sleepless nights. The study of reincarnation led her to the channel Edgar Cayce. In his many books, she found his past life readings of lifetimes spent in Atlantis. This was the beginning of a lifelong quest to unravel the secrets of this mystery. She has spent upwards of 30 years exploring the labyrinth of ancient civilizations. Her decision to turn it all into a high concept, visionary fantasy series stems from her study of the esoteric depiction of Atlantis. With the other half of her research rooted in the secular, it was the best way to illustrate both aspects of this fascinating legend. Her work is the legacy of the legend.
What inspired you to write this story?
When I was 14, I had a dream that I still remember. It was arctic blue, like the color on my book cover. It sent me on a quest that has consumed me for years. It showed me a terrible evil that fed off the fear of others, trapping them in a perpetual cycle that made the evil grow more powerful as more fear was fed to it. I was fascinated with the concept of evil. Not that I wanted to embrace it, but I wanted to know why it existed, what made it tick. I read everything I could get my hands on. The Satantic Bible, the history of hell and the devil, demons, you name it, I absorbed it.
Somewhere along the line I started writing the story around the villain, which was an entity based on my dream. The more I researched Atlantis, the more I realized it was a culture that had reached a pinnacle but was brought down by its own perfection. To me, that is the story of evil. Absolute power corrupting absolutely. But it went deeper. In a collective of beings living symbiotically with one another and with the intelligence of nature, a degree of unity consciousness was necessary. The moment stratification happened was the birth of evil.
When someone broke free of the collective to find their own way, there became a sense of needing to have more than others, or be better than others. In order to do that, they had to see themselves as separate entities. It was the basic premise of the Satanic Bible, that free-will was their highest law. So the concept of free-will vs. fate was the theme I set out to explore. My male hero D’Vinid is a believer in free-will. He makes his own destiny. But my heroine, Brigitte follows fate. My concept of fate goes deeper. There’s a responsibility for one’s actions that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and these reactions lay out a path that can be navigated with faith in one’s destiny.
Once I laid out the basic theme of my story, it was all an exploration from there. I had set out to create many layers of philosophical threads that explored these concepts. In a way it’s been a reflection of my own life journey. At first I lacked the depth necessary to set out what I wanted to accomplish. But over the years, as I evolved through my own ups and downs, I developed my own set of beliefs that had the depth I needed to tell this story.
What can we expect from you in the future?
What I have created is a richly populated world meant to be a pre-diluvian history of humans on Earth. I have researched not only Atlantis, but the other megalithic ruins that span the globe. It’s evident that humans had advanced building skills back before the dawn of our own history. We are from as legacy that we have barely begun to understand. So just for fun, I added a global network of civilizations that were all in contact with one another complete with trade, diplomacy, political alliances, and war. I have created an encyclopedia of sorts, and have been considering turning it into a Role Playing Game. I grew up playing RPG’s and Dungeons and Dragons being my favorite. That’s something I have on the horizon.
I am currently working on a final revision of book 2, Shadows of Atlantis: Symbiosis. While the first book has built some high stakes, and introduced my villains, the Shadows, book two crosses into the realm of being a thriller. I have even terrified myself with some of the scenes I’ve written. Normally I don’t like horror, but when it’s coming from me, I know I’ve just made it all up. Or have I?
I have been living in Los Angeles off and on for many years, and have more recently taken up the art of screenwriting. Though I maintain Atlantis as my main work, I have been writing other features, and doing what it takes to network in the Hollywood world. I have also been developing two different concepts for Atlantis as a TV series. We shall see how it turns out. But I am confident it is going well. Meanwhile, I am also creating a few other offshoots which I intend to start releasing in smaller serials this year, perhaps on Wattpad.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
The serials I’ve been planning are supposed to be side stories. In my books I have intentionally left some holes in the narrative, especially when it comes to some of the side characters. I did that so that perhaps the stories can be told in a TV series, or in this case, the serials. It’s a fun kind of swiss cheese methodology in storytelling and helps me break out of the monotony of the linear storyline.
There are a few extra stories I have planned. One is called Storm Riders. It’s geared toward more of a mid-grade audience. It has some kids who have powers in Atlantis, and that’s about all I can say about that. Let’s just say, they come into play also in book three, so the storylines will intersect. While Shadows of Atlantis is mainly an adult series, I think kids are more advanced these days, and the internet exposes them to the cruelties of the world. So some of the adult concepts I have in there may not even phase teenagers. It’s more about reading level, as I like to use fancy vocab and lingo.
The other offshoot I have planned is the story of Prince Bavendrick, who is mostly a side character in the books. But he is also a lynch pin in the story. Citizens in the capitol want him to be king. Rising tensions threaten to dethrone his brother, who has come under the influence of the shadows. Or has he? That’s all part of the riddle.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Shadows of Atlantis?
My main characters are D’Vinid and Brigitte. Though I use a third person omniscient POV, I jump around to many different characters, but these are the main two. I have a deep love affair going between them that has been in place for ages. In fact, they are the embodiments of two Watchers (gods) who sometimes take human form. But in so doing, they come under the influence of what I call the amnesia of incarnation.
D’Vinid, being a worshipper of free-will, would never accept that he has some sort of pre-ordained plan. Ultimately, he is not as much of an incarnation as he is a chosen avatar of the trickster god. So he wrestles between his divine nature, and his human experience. I hate to say it, but I have not been very kind to my characters. They go through a lot, especially in book 2.
At the beginning of book 1, D’Vinid has turned over a new lease on life. Like all Atlanteans, he has been lazy and self-indulgent. He wants to make up for the sins of his past, and yet, the more he looks back, the more his past reaches out for revenge. He slowly realizes how much damage he has caused by his apathy. Ultimately, he’s no good at being a hero, so his choices reflect that. In fact, it becomes the butt of a lot of the humor I find while writing it. D’Vinid is a beginner at making unselfish choices, so often times his choices end up causing more harm than good, even though he means well.
Brigitte has a bit of a secret. She is part of a race of humans who have evolved to live in the Dreamvale, which is the valley between the physical realm and the higher dimensions. Somewhat like the land between sleep and awake where we all go to lucid dream. She is an emissary of nature, who has grown up knowing she must go to Atlantis to renew the treaty between Atlantis and the Telluric Realm. Atlantean technology is operated by the elementals who live in the Telluric Realm. Whereas in modern times, we have somewhat of a separation from nature in our expression of technology, in Atlantis, everything they do is hardwired to the spirit of nature. In this generation, it is time for them bring their attention back to their alliance with nature, and in the time that has passed, they have strayed further from it than ever before.
Brigitte and her brother Lukias come from their homeland, but first they have to escape, as a terrible storm approaches that has been causing the demise of the emissaries. They were supposed to be royal dignitaries, but instead they are running for their lives. They enter the city secretly, trying to investigate why they are being hunted. By chance, they keep running into D’Vinid, who is trying to emerge from the fog of his narcissism. The familiarity that runs between him and Brigitte is uncanny, and it becomes the thread that binds them together.
It’s meant to be a secret who Brigitte is until the clues unfold, so I will say no more. But her main weakness is her own fear. She has been raised to know she is an incarnated god, but she has been in resistance to it. She likes being human. So, it takes her a while to step into the role. In fact, she doesn’t do so until book 2. Instead she learns how vulnerable humans can be if they allow themselves to be washed under their emotional currents. She becomes trapped in denial and addiction, the mainstays of Atlantean lifestyle, which makes her susceptible to the “madness,” an epidemic that could very well be the cause of the storm that destroyed her people.
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