Friday, 1 March 2013

The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne - Book Spotlight & Guest Post

I am so excited to welcome the lovely Carlyle Labuschange to Fiction Fascination today! I myself cannot freakin' wait to read The Broken Destiny! I will be sharing some information on the book, a wonderful guest post from Carlyle & the link to the giveaway going on over at Goodreads. -Enjoy! :)


Ava knows much more, and feels much more than she is allowed to. When she starts questioning her origins and the destruction of Earth, things go horribly wrong for her. She is saved by a Minoan boy from an attempted kidnapping on her life – the perpetrators are evil Zulus and their dark ancient magic. Humans and Minoans are forbidden to interact with each other, and as she is taken back to their village she finds out why – they know of her, her kind and her destiny to save a dying race. Ava must rid them from the Council’s ruling and free the galaxy of The Shadow. Her destiny is to rise above the fall, because within her soul is the key to an archaic weapon that has been missing in the mix of a genetic code since the time of the ancients. As the prophecy unfolds she learns of her bloodline – a bloodline that makes her less human than she could ever have imagined. She alone has the power to destroy or save, but the mind-shift is a horrible thing. Ava will become what she hates to save the ones she loves. Beaten, poisoned, possessed and betrayed by her own emotions, she has no choice but to rise above it all… for that is her Destiny. 

The Broken Destiny was voted #3 on the goodreads Debut list 

All my life, I had searched for something, something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. I felt like an empty shell burning for life. That was, until the day I lay dying in the prince’s chambers. I could no longer feel the pain from the tear in my gut. The only sensation left was a hollowed-out feeling that I had made a huge mistake in assuming that taking my own life, would have stopped the ancestors’ spirit from raging out. I had given up. I didn’t want to see myself killing the ones I loved. I was the Chosen one, but I threw it all away for what I thought would save a life. Could you end a life to save a life? I did, and I have regretted it ever since. I realized then that things like me are not
meant to exist. What had been missing my whole life? It was I. To find myself, I had to lose myself in the worst possible way. The consequences of my actions became the legend of The Broken.

 Author Bio 

Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Novel “The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as PR and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at Collage SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by passion. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine an inspirational nonprofit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words.

 Guest Post

Where are we taking our characters? 

In the creative world of writing we could just about conjure up, conflict and affect worlds and characters we create to do, and do unto others just about anything and everything we want. So where do you draw the line, is there a line? How crazy does it get before it is enough. More so, what does it take as the writer or even the reader to get a kick out of a certain piece or book? When you read submission guidelines of most publishers, small, indie or even traditional, there are fundamental guidance lines, things to look out for that is not accepted in the general community of writing and reading. Then you have to think to yourself that most writers write to tell a story to our fellow readers, share experience, guide and even reach out. We want our readers to relate, to uplift, to get into their minds and make them feel and see things they have never experienced before. So those guidelines have to be weighed by the intention of the writer, you do not write about a rape scene to entertain, but you could write about a rape survivor victim, what he/she went through mentally during and after. This way we reach to those who can relate and we try to heal through a character. Publishers also do not look kindly on suicide, but then again - is it for entertainment or are you writing because you are reaching out, telling a story, relating and trying to heal the wounds. Then we get to the topic of Sex in teen fiction. This is a tricky one because where are you going with it? What is your point? How are you writing about it? There are too many things to consider when we come to this topic, for me I know teens are talking and doing it, there is no hiding from it. So if you are going to write about getting hot and heavy in a young teen book (I am talking 14 – 19) let them know what it really is, what your mental state is, and what could go wrong. Sure , in most countries - but not many , teens are educated on the dangerous. But mentally? Wouldn’t it be better to show them in a story that they are so involved in to experience it in a way they don’t at school or from their parents. I believe that each pubic figure has a gift and it is our responsibility to use our gifts and use it creatively to get our messages out. To a writer a character is a movie star of some sorts; we know the reader will be hanging on every word, every scene, and every emotion. Use it wisely. Think about where you are taking your characters and be careful what you might be leaving out – the after. To me there must always be a happy ever after. Let’s take our characters to a higher platform. Let them become our teachers. 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne

The Broken Destiny

by Carlyle Labuschagne

Giveaway ends May 22, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win


  1. I haven't heard of this but that cover is really striking!

  2. There's nothing I love more than a good prologue. It's my favorite thing in the world. (Best prologue ever: Brenna Yovanoff: The Space Between) This one pulled me right in, and the cover is really gorgeous.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    And you're in my blog roll too. :))

  3. Thank you Maja and Vegan YA reads for popping in and leaving a comment! And to anonymous trying to spam us - Really? LOL Thank you to Carly for hosting me on her beautiful blog.

    ~Love Carlyle


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