Monday, June 8, 2020

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Mythical Universe by Alicen Scott-GUEST POST

The Beginning 
The Mythical Universe Book 1 
by Alicen Scott 
Genre: New Adult Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

Fresh out of an abusive relationship, Aria moves in with her twin brother, Alex, ready for a new start. He offers her a job working with him as a paranormal investigator, which she reluctantly agrees to. Aria is a skeptic of anything she cannot see with her eyes. Alex, on the other hand, has always been a believer in anything and everything paranormal. When Aria and Alex go to California to help investigate a large building where strange things are happening, she has no idea how her world is going to be turned upside down. When they arrive, she meets Tyler, one of the biggest mysteries she never saw coming. He’s a tall and sexy man, but her attraction to him is more than that. She can’t explain why she can feel the energy pulsing from him. During the investigation, things start to unfold and very quickly, Aria comes to realize she isn’t who she thought she was. She may not even be human. Together with Tyler and Alex, she goes on a pursuit to find out the truth. Traveling through planets and dimensions, meeting creatures she only thought existed in fantasy stories, she will have to question everything she ever believed. When she finds out the truth what will that mean for her and Alex? And what about Tyler? How does he fit in with all of this? The Mythical Universe: The Beginning is an action-packed story full of time traveling, hybrids, aliens, vampires, fairies and so much more.

18+ for mild sexual situations and language.

Ends in a major cliffhanger leading into book 2. 

The Showdown 
The Mythical Universe Book 2 

Aria knows everything she never believed in is real and she’s a part of that world now. Without Alex or Eugenia to help her, she must face down Ekon and get a grasp on her own abilities, her need for vengeance and her crown before they destroy her. 

Alicen was born in the deep south. Growing up as a disabled, opinionated, female in that environment was difficult for her. She developed C-PTSD before she was a year old, but she wouldn’t be diagnosed until she was in her thirties. 

Her love of writing didn’t develop until she was in her twenties, but once it did it took off at full speed. Since then she’s run several blogs, done book reviews for indie authors and started working on both her autobiography and her first New Adult fantasy book collection, The Mythical Universe. 

She’s choosing to self publish her novels and her autobiography because she wants to keep control over her work and her image. Alicen wants her stories told in her voice. So much of her life was chosen for her by others, she won’t let it happen again. 

When she’s not writing, Alicen enjoys advocating for the LGBT+ community and the disabled, hanging out with her friends and partner and spending time with her two cats, Dittle and Odie. 

Her story may be one of triumph, but she refuses to become just another disabled person labeled as inspirational for pursuing her dreams. Staying true to herself is what’s most important to her throughout this process. While self publishing may be more difficult, Alicen has never done things the easy way. 


What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

In no particular order

Jaymin Eve

Lois Lowry

Richelle Mead

Holly Hook

AJ Messenger

Bella Forrest

Suzanne Collins

Stephenie Meyer

Caroline Peckham

SJ West

What book do you think everyone should read?

The Giver by Lois Lowry. It’s a series, but that one is my favorite.

How long have you been writing?

Ten years give or take a few.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

Some come to me together, like Aria and Alex did, some come to me as I write. Milly is an example of that. She came to me just before I wrote the scene introducing her.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

It depends. I made a list of myths I wanted to cover in this series before I started writing and made notes of the general histories of each, but I wanted my characters to be unique so I didn’t focus on it too much.

Do you see writing as a career?


What do you think about the current publishing market?

I think a lot of people have a long of strong beliefs and I try my best to stay out of it, not because I don’t have an opinion, but because it’s a fight no one will win and I think it’s the readers that suffer when they’re caught in the middle. All I’ll say is read what you like, in any way you like and enjoy it.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?

I love to read. I haven’t had much time lately because I’ve been so focused on my writing and promoting my books, but when I have time I love reading NA/YA fantasy/paranormal books. The last book I really enjoyed was the Supernatural Academy series by Jaymin Eve. She’s amazing.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

It depends on the tone of what I’m writing. If I’m writing a serious scene, I need absolute silence, if I’m writing a more light hearted scene I’ll listen to music or something. I listened to a lot of music writing The Beginning.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I wrote The Beginning by itself, but currently I have two books in production. One is book 2 in The Mythical Universe and the other is what will probably become book 8.

A day in the life of the author?

Advice they would give new authors?

Be persistent. In this day and age with the technology we have, the rules for publishing have been thrown out the window. If you don’t want to query a million agents, don’t. But on that same note, master your craft before you go public with it. Get a lot of beta readers who will give you honest and constructive criticism. I had 15 beta readers on this book, nothing was published until every single one of them was 100% happy with what I’d written. Even if you’re broke and don’t have money for an editor or a cover designer don’t listen to everyone screaming about all the reasons you can’t do it. DO IT. Learn. There is absolutely no rule saying you can’t keep working at it. Yeah, it may take years and yes it is HARD, HARD work but if you want this bad enough, keep trying. If you release a book and the reviews are consistently bad, look at what they’re complaining about and FIX IT. Trying again isn’t failing. You only fail when you stop trying.

Audiobooks are very important to the vision impaired community. Making them doesn’t have to cost you anything upfront and will open up your book to a lot of people who otherwise would not have access to them. Make sure you have one made.

Oh yeah and your first draft definitely sucks. Go revise it and then do it again and again.

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

I keep a list of the things I know are going to happen in each book, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s an outline. Things are rarely in sequential order, they’re just a sentence or two about the plot, I refer back to it as I need to and then delete it from the list once it’s written.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

A little of both, my takes on the myths in my books is definitely original, but at the same time I want my readers to be comfortable with what they’re reading.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Stop doubting yourself. Don’t listen to everyone saying you can’t do it. You can and you will.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

The Beginning took about twelve weeks from start to finish. Book 2 is taking a little longer because I’m working on promotional stuff for The Beginning while I’m writing.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

I believe sometimes my characters don’t want to tell me things, until they’re ready for me to know them. When they’re ready, they’ll tell me though.

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