Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Witchlanders Blog Tour + Giveaway: Captioned! featuring "Falpian's Magic"

Welcome to my stop on the Witchlander's Blog Tour! 

Lena has agreed to participate in the Captioned! feature here on One A Day Y.A.

Captioned! is a fun way for authors, bloggers, and readers to participate on the blog. The idea behind Captioned! is to showcase a short piece of fiction paired with or inspired by a photograph. If you would like to participate please go to this page for more details. Photos are provided by me or if you are feeling really ambitious you can find your own. Our guest today, Lena Coakley has chosen her own photo and is sharing with us a piece from her Y.A. fantasy debut Witchlanders.

Falpian's Magic

     The world was swollen with color now, blinding and bright.  This must be magic, he thought with a shiver, or something like it.  Below him, the birds in the trees grew restless, agitated by his song.  They rose up in front of him in a great spiral, dazzling him.  He could see everything so clearly now, as if a veil that had been in front of his eyes all his life had finally been lifted.  He shifted his song slightly, and one of the birds stopped in mid air.  He was amazed that he could do it, amazed by how effortless it was.  The bird hovered right before his eyes, flapping uselessly, making no headway, as if flying against a strong wind.  Falpian marveled at its green iridescence, and he laughed, making his laughter part of his song.  No wonder he had frustrated his tutors; this was so easy.   For the first time he understood what he had always been taught: the world was made of music.  All the things that seemed solid—the trees, the birds, his own body—were really just vibrations in the great God Kar’s endless song.

     All the birds had stopped now, even their wings motionless.  Falpian’s voice held them up.  He could hear their little hearts whirring inside them, and he knew he could stop them too.  He could stop all those little hearts, and make the birds rain down like stones into the gorge.

     From Chapter Four of Witchlanders by Lena Coakley, ©Lena Coakley

About Witchlanders

High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.

It’s all a fake.

At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?

But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned—

Are about him.

Book Trailer

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About Lena Coakley

Lena Coakley was born in Milford, Connecticut and grew up on Long Island. In high school, creative writing was the only class she ever failed (nothing was ever good enough to hand in!), but, undeterred, she went on to study writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She got interested in young adult literature when she moved to Toronto, Canada, and began working for CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers, where she eventually became the Administrative Director. She is now a full-time writer living in Toronto. Witchlanders is her debut novel.

Find Lena on her website, facebook, and twitter.


Lena is holding a very exciting giveaway for the tour. You can win a Kindle3 complete with the Witchlanders skin (shown below) complete with a copy of Witchlanders by Lena Coakley.

Answer the video question (below) in the comments and you are entered in the Kindle3 Giveaway.  Gather up to 15 entries by commenting on each Tour Stop. Open to the US and Canada. The winner will be announced on September 13, 2011 at Lena's blog.


Good luck everyone! And a big THANK YOU to Lena Coakley for appearing on the blog and sharing with my readers some of Falpian's Magic!

Follow the Tour

Provided below is a list of all participating blogs in the Witchlanders Blog Tour:

Monday, August 22nd -The Page Turners
Tuesday, August 23rd- The Unread Reader   
BONUS post! Tuesday, August, 23rd - The Zealous Reader
Wednesday, August 24th - Books Complete Me  
BONUS post! Wednesday, August 24th - Rayment's Reading Rants and Rambles
Thursday, August 25th - We Fancy Books
Friday, August 26th - Read.Breathe.Relax

Monday, August 29th - Emilie’s Book World
Tuesday, August 30th - The Mundie Mom’s  
BONUS post! Tuesday, August 30th - YA Booklover's Blog
Wednesday, August 31st - The Enchanted Inkpot
Thursday, September 1st- Well Read Wife
Friday, September 2nd - A Journey of Books

Monday, September 5th- The Story Siren  
BONUS post! Monday, September 5th- Midnight Bloom Reads
Tuesday, September 6th - One A Day Y.A.
Wednesday, September 7th - Reading Angel
Thursday, September 8th - Soul Unsung
Friday, September 9th - Alice Marvel’s
Lena's Site!


  1. If your talking about Falipian's picture then his picture makes me think of secrets... I don't know why, but the serious look in his eyes makes me feel like he's trying to figure you out. And I'm afraid that he'll see the hidden 'secrets' I hold under the surface =) I think every woman is entitled to it, and a man shouldn't pry, even with his eyes. ^_^
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!

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  2. He makes me think of my niece's boyfriend, an adventurous and intelligent young man. I imagine, if he had Falpian's magic he might consider his ability to use it in the same way Falpian did.


  3. Contentment is what comes to mind when I see this picture. I think he looks very content.

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  4. Greece. The loose white shirt reminds me of native greek dress and the rough textured white wall remind me of the building on the island where all the buildings are white with blue roofs.


  5. It sort of reminds me of self-discovery. The boy in the picture looks curious, and like he's at an age where he's really starting to grow up and figure out who he is. And that seems to fit along with the story as well :)


  6. Light and dark, make of that what you will.

    Ashly F.

  7. I thought the choice of a black-and-white photo was an interesting contrast to the colourful passage that accompanied it.

  8. He is looking to me like he has some secret that he is keeping. He almost has the look as if you are trying to guess his secret and he is analyzing your answers trying to see how much he can reveal without revealing it.

    ke7yca at gmail dot com

  9. Thank you so much for hosting Lena and the Witchlanders Tour today. I have to say this post is awesome and I loooove this picture and the answers in all the comments!

  10. You're welcome Danny! But oh my goodness, I just realised I never mentioned Kismet Book Tours!!! So thanks to you too :D

    I am loving reading all these answers. There is such diversity in what people can take out of photos. Another reason I started Captioned! so this was a great question to ask for the giveaway entry.

    I wanted to share my answer to the question as well: As soon as I saw this photo I got butterflies in my stomach. He is so HOT! The way he is looking at the camera, to me looks like he is planning something special and is on the verge of spilling the beans about it. And he did immediately remind me of Falpian. This is almost exactly how I pictured him while reading Witchlanders (minus the modern clothes of course).

  11. It looks to me like a Greek teen in the islands pausing to look back at a friend, probably a girl he is trying to seduce. He is hot so he leans against the stone of the wall, out of the sun, to absorb its coolness.

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  12. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Erika! This is almost exactly how I picture Falpian, too, so I was amazed when I found this picture! I also think it looks a bit like he is leaning against a wall of ice--which is very Witchlanders-appropriate. Thanks for commenting, everybody!

  13. What comes to mind is that he has secrets but is willing to lead you to them. His hand is like a barrier, a minor one though and if you're open to it he will give you his hand and together we can uncover the secrets.

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  14. Intelligent is the first thing that comes to my mind. He looks like a deep thinker.

  15. He makes me think of somebody who has been startled, but is pleasantly surprised and intrigued by whatever he sees.

  16. I think he looks like he thinks he's invincible. Okay, I know from previous posts that he's a tad arrogant, but I think he seems incredibly self satisfied in this picture, but also like a weight has been lifted from him.


  17. I see a somber peace in the depth of his eyes.


  18. I see a bit of a twinkle in his eyes. He looks like he's about to get up to some mischief!


  19. I see what looks like a man who is on a journey and got ahead of his companion. He is waiting and resting until they catch up. He is looking teasingly at her and he is just about to say something funny.

    musicalfrog at comcast.net

  20. Hahaha, he looks cute! But also very serious.

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  21. It makes me think this is an awkward angle to look at somebody.


  22. I see annoyance lol. Maybe that position isn't too comfortable.

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  23. My cabin in the woods which is small but perfect and the stone walk to the secret caves of all my potions.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  24. The first thing I thought of : "Well, that's not how I pcitured Falpian" But I guess that's what he's supposed to look like.
    But the picture makes me think of sadness, lonliness or maybe even youth.


  25. he seems like he is holding a deep secret
    great giveaway
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  26. It makes me think of snow and icy mountains and faeries.


  27. wooo I like it...he seems like hes trying to figure you out but can't quite get it :) Thanks for the chance to win!


  28. It makes me wonder what he is thinking...he makes me think of innocence and wonder....

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  29. I feel like he might smile at any moment and lead the person he's looking at away somewhere. His stare seems longing to me, like he can't wait for that moment.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

  30. It makes me think he is a prince looking at his soon to be princess. We also get a little glimps inside his castle.
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  31. First of all he is a total cutie! Second of all it looks like he may be hiding something behind those eyes :]

    Ashley Suzanne
    ashleysbookshelf at gmail dot com

  32. Kind of makes me think of resting after a long day and that whoever is behind the camera is speaking to him and he's just reacting to it.