Thursday, April 30, 2020

New Release and Giveaway! Take the Road Trip with the KINGS OF MERLIN.

Dear Readers of Merlin,

It has been an adventure writing with everything dark going on in the world. But sometimes what you need the most are a few hours of escape to keep you sane! I'm excited to announce a new book release this week. Kings Of Merlin, the second part of the Merlin Returns saga, comes back with Eowlyn, Merlin, and new addition King Arthur.  Eowlyn and Merlin slip deep into an otherworld in this story. Their relationship gets deeper and more complicated. I hope you fall in love with them as I have.

Today, I thought I'd share a little more about the characters and the settings.

Everyone asks about SONG inspirations. When it comes to music, I usually have two branches of thoughts. A STORY song gets me into a particular book. A CHARACTER song gets me into the headspace/POV of the character when I'm writing. I hear these songs and I'm immediately in the right mood.

We probably have different musical tastes, but I thought you might try this soundtrack. For GODS of Merlin, I was playing Avril Lavigne's  Head Above Water over and over again. For KINGS of Merlin, Lewis Capaldi's Someone You Loved.

Who are the main characters of Gods of Merlin/Kings of Merlin?

Eowlyn Patience --  I love Eowlyn. It's a throwback Lord of the Rings name (because she, you know, time traveled). She appeals to me because she is an antihero/hero and so broken at it. Her song for me matches Gods of Merlin where I introduced her: Avril Lavigne's  Head Above Water.

Merlin/Matt Emrys -- Merlin's story has always been one of conflict. Which will it be, the girl or the mission? In Gods of Merlin, he is tested again. Which side will win? Because of his dedication to the mission. His song is Coldplay's the Scientist.

King Arthur -- WHO? Yes, I went there. Arthur is another time travel. He is aged down, because....! This is Arthur before the heartache, but you know that's coming. His song is Halsey's Without Me.

For fans of My Merlin:
Vane -- You can't help but love him. His devotion and loyalty and nerve is just so... *sigh*. But he is a twisted and broken soul. In many ways, he and Eowlyn understand each other well because they are similarily broken. Vane's song is Coldplay's Viva la Vida.

Ryan -- Doesn't fail. She can't. Her strength makes things happen. Her mistake is  Ryan's song is  One Republic's Secrets.

For all of my ROMANCE fans, this one is especially great if you are looking to curl up with a book and a chai in a lazy hammock -- Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightley version/Jean-Yves Thibaudet) soundtrack.
Get Kings of Merlin at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, and Google Play!

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Kings Of Merlin by Priya Ardis

Kings Of Merlin

by Priya Ardis

Giveaway ends June 01, 2020.
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Meet Merlin Raj: the Service Dog who likes Computer Science

#PassionProject Do you like service dogs, STEM books, and funny early readers? Meet Merlin Raj.


I've spent years in the tech field and one of the things I advocate is Early Education in STEM. To that end, I wrote Merlin Raj and the Santa Algorithm: A Computer Science Dog's Tale. With the help of awesome illustrator, Shelley Hampe, the dream came alive!

So, if you're looking for a fun stimulating read for the youngster in your family (like Magic Tree House or Captain Underpants), Merlin Raj is out today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, and Google Play.

My name is Merlin Raj. I have a teeny-tiny obsession with socks which makes my life as a service dog a little bit hard. Usually, I only have to worry about helping my boy, Matthew, walk at school. But when my human Mom has to go away for winter break, getting ready for the holiday becomes a mess. I might be a super-smart golden retriever who wears glasses, but could I help my best friend with more than a disability?
Gulp. 
Will a class on algorithms get me barking up the right Christmas tree?

Get the latest at www.dgpriya.com. Keep an out for the upcoming Merlin Raj blog tour!