Saturday, February 16, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: Melody Manful

I am pleased to welcome Melody Manful, author of Dominion, the first novel in the Guardian Angels Series, to be released February 12th. Ms. Manful is here to discuss where she got the inspiration for some of the settings in her novel. Haunted by nightmares and magical creatures, Abigail is shocked and stunned when the new boy turns out to be someone she least expected, the boy from her dreams, who also happens to be the creature from her nightmares.  How can this be?  Tune in, folks!!

I Dare You.
Look Over Your Shoulders.
Do You See Them?
They are behind you...
They are always behind you.

Abigail Cells had a nightmare the day before she met Gideon, the new guy in school who has every girl drooling just to be near him. In her nightmare, she was murdered by a magical creature. As she gets to know Gideon, she begins to remember pieces of her nightmare, and was shocked when Gideon turned out to be the creature from her nightmare. Who is Gideon really? Should Abby allow herself to fall completely for him, or is he the next disaster waiting to happen?


While writing Dominion, I browsed through the Internet like a crazy person, looking for images that fit the visions in my head. I spent countless hours on locations alone, believe me, its not always awesome to have a chaotic head like I do, it gets me in a lot of troubles! J

The first image that made my day was this picture of a pharmacy building in China. I had imagined the inside of the Grandinian palace being decorated in gold, so I was more than happy when I came across this image. If I could do a backflip and continue breathing, I would have. So if you read Dominion, and just can’t seems to imagine what the palace looks like because of my lousy descriptions, just imagine I described it as beautiful as this one!

As one of the biggest fashion designers in the world, Miss. Cells, and her daughter Abigail Cells lives in a very luxury house, one that I’d love to live in. Well, I’ve lived in a house like this once, it was in my dreams, but I’m pretty sure it counts. Writing Dominion, I pretended I was living in this awesome mansion. I even told my mother I wanted a palace at some point, and she just stared at me and said ‘If that dream ever come true, I want the room facing the ocean’. And then she said something about real life, which I totally didn’t hear because I was imagining myself sliding down on the hand of one of the double staircase in my imaginary breathtaking mansion J.

There are a lot of places in Dominion, some of which I couldn’t come across images that did them justice. There’s even an underworld and a military training hall underneath the Cells Mansion. Setting the real world in San Francisco, I’d have to put the Cells Mansion on a cliff top, to make it more realistic. The one place I wanted to describe that didn’t get a chance to be part of the first book was the Lumenian palace, which was mentioned but never descried because none of the scenes took place there. Detailed description isn’t my strongest suit; so some of the descriptions are a little straight to the point but understand.

There are a lot of images I’d like to show as well, and for those of you who wants to see them, you can go to my website and browser through the rest of the images I have. Some even carry major spoilers.

About the Author:

Melody Manful was born on June 8, 1994, in a town in Ghana called Tema. She started writing at a very early age and has been doing it ever since. Melody has two siblings and lives in Denmark with her family. She loves music, reading, and writing, and she puts a great deal into making her friends happy.


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  1. Excellent post, Melody.

    One of the great advantages of the net, being able to view all sorts of images of places you might not otherwise be able to get to. I did a lot of that with my own MS.