About the Book Title: Curse of the Sea
About the Book
Title: Curse of the Sea
Author: Joni Parker
Genre: Urban Fantasy
A NATO training exercise goes terribly wrong when five warships from different countries are mysteriously transported to Eledon, the Realm of the Elves. The warrior, Lady Alexin, is charged to escort the troops back home to London in the year 2031 with the aid of the Wizard Ecstasy and a magic shrinking potion. Yet, when the authorities question her story, Alex is detained and imprisoned under suspicion of terrorism. Caught in a web of politics, betrayal and bungling bureaucracy, the confusing world of the future will push her magical gifts to their limit, and her own future will hang in the balance, caught between “justice” and the place she calls home.
With Vice Admiral Sir Malcolm S. Teller, British Royal Navy
Tell us about your story.
My name is Vice Admiral Sir Malcolm S. Teller, British Royal Navy. I was in command of NATO exercise Hunter Dawn 2031 when five ships disappeared in a storm. And I don’t mean they sank. They literally disappeared. The area was searched from above by aircraft and below by submarines. Nothing.
What part do you play in it?
The loss of those ships and all those sailors was my responsibility. I was fired and sent back to London to await a court martial.
Is it scary or a love story?
Neither, but I was absolutely terrified. I’d never lost a ship in over thirty years at sea.
Have you heard any good gossip lately?
I heard that one hundred sailors from this exercise just arrived by a wizard’s ship on the River Thames. Can you imagine that?
If you could be anything you want to be, what would you be? Why?
I want to remain in the Navy for as long as I can. I love the challenge. I’d be very disappointed if I can’t stay but after a court-martial, it’s doubtful.
Where would you live?
I would probably be sent to prison if convicted. I don’t want to go there.
Where do you live now?
I live in Knightsbridge in a house that I’ve owned for over twenty years.
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
I have a wife. We’ve been married for thirty-three years. We were childhood sweethearts. Her name is Millie. My dear Millie.
What would they think about the change?
Millie would be horrified if I was sent to prison, but she would be there when I came out. I know it.
Who is the scariest person in your story?
I couldn’t let on that I was very frightened of the main character, a young woman by the name of Alex Dumwalt. She’s an Elf, you know, and uses magic. Granted, we didn’t treat her very well in the beginning. My colleague, Admiral Collins, tried to send her for a psychological evaluation and put her in handcuffs. She escaped and destroyed our computer system and damaged our building. She may have also killed several citizens in self-defense. However, I was able to bring her over to our side. She’s now a friend. I hope.
Who is the happiest?
I won’t tell you how, but I end up the happiest person in the story. You’ll just have to read the book.
What’s your author like?
Studious. She worked hard on this book but had fun with it as well. She even went to London to do research.
Do you think she portrayed your part well?
Do you have any pictures to share?
No. This entire operation has been classified TOP SECRET.
Fantasy novels are Joni Parker’s writing passion. Thus far, she’s written two series—“The Seaward Isle Saga,” a trilogy, and “The Chronicles of Eledon,” the award-winning four-book series. Her latest project, “Curse of the Sea” is her eighth book and begins a new trilogy. Her work extends beyond novels into short stories with two appearing in an anthology, “Tucson and Beyond” by the Tucson Science Fiction Fantasy writers’ group. Joni’s retired from military and federal government service and devotes her time to writing. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.
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