Book Spotlight The Rapture of Avery Maye by Ema Volf

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Title: The Rapture of Avery Maye
Author: Ema Volf
Series: Chronicles of Eirny (#1)
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 22 2012
Formats Available In: Both Ebook and Print

Orphaned at thirteen, Avery Maye spent most of her life keeping her head down and blending into the shadows, trying to survive in a world bent on self-destruction through warfare and a never-ending quest for power. Unable to trust any but herself, her only friend was an apparition named Alec.
Ten years later, she fell asleep in the home she’d always known, only to wake in a new world, galaxies away. She soon discovered that her imaginary friend, Alec, was not an apparition at all, but very much real, as were the creatures from her best dreams and the monsters from her worst nightmares.
Overnight, she gains everything she ever wanted and more: a new home, new friends, and powers beyond her imagination. On a new path to self-discovery, while learning lessons in love and loss, Avery is finally given the opportunity to do more than simply survive. She can finally start living.

Where did the inspiration for this story come from?  What is the story behind the story so to speak?

I had a dream that I woke up in my childhood home, but there were people there that I didn’t know. They were everywhere. I told them to leave, but they told me that they lived there, too. I ran out into the backyard, and my best man-friend followed me. When I looked up at the sky, it was night. There was the moon, as expected. There was also some planet I’d never seen before and a floating chunk of tree-covered rock. My man-friend explained that we weren’t on Earth anymore.
When I woke up, I jotted it down in my dream journal. Several nights soon after, I had dreams about that planet, but different areas and different circumstances. I jotted them all down, as well. I eventually decided to just turn it into a story. But I decided to add more fantasy-like details and a cooler cast.

Tell us about the book cover.

 Two close friends of mine separately worked on the cover. My friend Tara did the general artwork and design. My man-bestie, Kenneth, tweaked it a bit more to make it suitable for print.

How does it represent your book?  How did you choose the artwork?

The arch in the picture is in ruins, much like the state of Earth and Avery’s home, when the story begins.
The ivy growing up the sides to reclaim the stone symbolizes the process that Avery goes through to reclaim her life. Ivy also plays a symbolic role throughout the story, standing for growth and renewal. As an incredibly resilient plant, in a way it even symbolizes Avery and her ability to survive and persevere in the toughest environments.
Through the arch is a glimpse of a more beautiful and serene place, which symbolizes the home that Avery finds on Eirny.
The wings around the title are for Avery and her family.

Ema lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband, son, cat, two dogs, chinchilla, and bird. She spends her days trying to balance the never-ending work of a homemaker and the schedules of all members of her household while remaining relatively sane. 

An avid reader, what time she has to herself is usually spent buried in the pages of a book. She enjoys nearly every genre, but particularly enjoys paranormal fiction of all types and age ranges.

While she constantly has stories and characters rolling around in her head, Avery called to her the loudest. After several months of conversing with Avery, Ema decided to put pen to paper and let others visit Eirny and its beloved residents.

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