Title: Anchored in Stone (Chronicles of an Earned #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Meraki P. Lyhne (EXtasy Books)
Publication Date & Length: November 1, 2015 – 372 pgs
The easiest heist in Alex Rhoden’s career is also the most dangerous of all.
As a child, Alex Rhoden’s talent as a thief was recognized by a rich art collector. He has since then been schooled and trained to become one of the best art thieves in the world. While on the easiest heist of his career he finds himself running with the artefact in his possession, followed by an unknown adversary. But they are not the only ones interested in the artefact—so is an ancient race of demigods called Earned. Cornered and out of options, Alex has to make a difficult decision that will turn his life upside down no matter what he chooses.
The young demigod, Kaleb, is reborn into servitude, but he is a freak amongst his own kind—the forbidden unity between an Earned and a witch. Other than finding himself, learning to control his powers, and balance high school as a senior, Kaleb must earn the trust of his pack and family. But Alex is in danger and the young demigod struggles to keep up.
I loved this book. Even though it was a fantasy book about demigods it was not so far-fetched as to be almost science fiction. It was very believable and understandable after the 25% mark.
The first 25% of the book I was easily able to understand the story about Alex. The story of the Earned, though, I had trouble understanding until after reading 25% of the book. The first 25% was very confusing.
After the 25% mark the story got so much better. Really fantastical better. I was really able to get into it and it really grabbed me. The individual stories of Kaleb and Alex we’re both awesome. The ending of each chapter was perfect and there were no cliffhangers.
The only other minor problem that I saw in this book was some of the sentences are not worded correctly. For instance, 68% into the book the sentence says:
“Okay, but watch your language, Dad’s gonna pin that in some blonde bombshell who likes Phil had lowered his voice and was in mouth of yours on me!”
Overall, I really liked the book and the story, the plot, the characters, everything. It was easy to overlook the minor problems and enjoy the book. If you like fantasy books that are not too far out there and believable then you will like this book. I do highly recommend it.
Alex made his way down the corridors, watching out for the guard. This one he found leafing through a magazine with his feet up and his back turned to the staircase. Alex stopped, breathed in deeply, and let it out slowly, reminding himself that a fat guard’s dumb luck was what caught his cat burglar mentor. No matter how carefully one builds a card house, a gust of wind can bring it all down.
So Alex took his time and focused all his expertise on getting past this guard as if he were from the agency itself. Finally in the basement, he made his way to the crate, pushed it open, and sought out the stone first. He found it and put it in a bag, which he in turn put in his thigh pocket, before stuffing another bag with whatever his pricey education had told him was worth the most on the black market.
Happy with his find, he turned, but something seemed to have a hold on the pocket with the stone in. He turned and found himself face to face with a big, mean-looking ghost. He gasped and clasped his left hand over his mouth to catch the scream he couldn’t stop, and clutched the stone with his right.
And then he ran. He didn’t even care if the guard saw him. He made it past the guard, who was nowhere in sight, and exited through the service entrance.
Alex didn’t stop until his body threatened to vomit out his heart. He stopped and by sheer exhaustion, his body chose to empty his stomach anyway. He took the stone out and stared at it. It felt almost as if fine electricity danced between it and where it touched his skin.
“What the hell did you have me steal, Mr. Henry?”
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Meraki P. Lyhne author of Anchored in Stone.
Hi Meraki, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Trivial stuff, sure. I’m a Danish woman at 36. I’m a mom, a wife, a coffeeholic. I’m a black smith by trade, but I switched out the hammer and anvil for a keyboard to make the constant run of a character stop. It didn’t work out as well as planned because that just made room for more. When I moved into MM I made up this Pseudonym. That’s what the P. stands for. I’ve been published in Denmark and a publisher there once told me that readers can relate two genres pr. Author name. MM is so far from what I’ve written so far, so I made up Meraki to write MM.
1) What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?
Delving into characters and worlds allow for so much inspiration to learn new things about the world and humanity. New things constantly pop up to need research. That, and that I can work in my PJ. At home. No people around. And fresh coffee is close at hand.
2) Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned?
Man plans and God laughs! With authors it’s more like, Authors plan, and the characters laugh. It’s an absolute high when characters take over. I think it’s something an author learns. Like letting go and let the characters unfold. That’s when the story flows. It’s when the subconscious mind takes over connects plot points that the conscious mind’s need for focus would overlook and bust.
3) How did you celebrate the release of your book?
I called my closest friends and told them to come by for a beer. My test reader bought me a present. A little bell for me to ring for more coffee so I wouldn’t get interrupted writing in the future. My son thinks it’s hilarious and comes running if I ring the bell.
4) How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Eight years ago I had this idea about dualism. I wanted to write something with angels and demons. The thought of a ripped being becoming two. My not knowing enough had the idea retreated to the back of my head where it just nagged me to continue my research, and I picked up on a lot of different things along the way. Like theories of dualism not being the governing factor after all. That one stuck, and from there something took form. Once the story stepped back out more fully formed I opened a document, and the characters kind of took charge after that. So I don’t know where the idea really came from other than wanting to look closer at the dichotomy of good and evil.
5) Have you ever written naked?
Does plotting in the shower count? If not, then no—I think I’ve been filling a notebook with a bath towel wrapped around me because the characters have absolutely no modesty or sense of when to crash in with news.
Meraki P. Lyhne is a Danish author with a love for the paranormal and space opera. She has been writing space opera since 2007, but paranormal erotic romance is a newer love. Closing the door to her writing-den, she delves into elaborate stories and research ancient religions, mythologies, and arts of the world to be inspired, so she can create new creatures of the paranormal.