Chase Freeman is a boy with a heart for adventure stuck living in dull Drifter Flats. The only exciting thing that ever happens in his small town is Eclipse Day and even that isn’t enough for Chase — until he sees the strange ball of light streaking across the sky. Enlisting his best friend Jordan, her little brother Luke, and Harlan the smartest boy in school, they follow the light to an American Indian medicine circle. Drawn into the middle of it, the four friends are suddenly teleported to the Battlementals dimension along with the school bully Brendan and his friend Lena.
Once there, they find an elemental people desperate for them to accept the grand quest to save the universe. A deadly alliance has pulled it out of balance and, soon, everything will vanish altogether. Friends and enemies will have to find a way to work together to assemble the Harmonicon, defeat the Salt Giant, and find their own undiscovered abilities that will help them complete their quest. But when dark secrets are put in the wrong hands, their mission unravels and time is quickly running out. As the universe systematically starts to disappear, Chase and his friends race to put all the elements they’ve gathered together, but will it be too late to save it?
RANDY LINDSAY is a world traveler. Which sounds impressive until you realize the worlds he visits exist only in his mind and on the pages of his novels. He claims to prefer this method of sightseeing because he can stop at any time, go to the kitchen, and indulge his ice cream addiction. When he isn't busy making things up he likes going to movies with his wife to watch what other people have made up and plays board games with his children who are in the habit of making up the rules as they go along.
Battlementals: Quest for the Harmonicon is Randy's third published book and the first in a series of stories that take place in the Battlemental universe. He switched to writing full time in 2011 and has had two novels published through Bonneville Books.
His journey as an author has been an exciting one, full of unexpected discoveries. One of those being the decision to focus more of his writing on middle-grade fantasy. The fact that the style feels more natural to Randy might be an indication that he is really just a kid at heart.
The second unexpected discovery was that he enjoyed marketing. Book signings, writing workshops, and podcasts about storytelling all gave him opportunities to discuss what he loves with others who share the same interest. This combined with the decision to write middle-grade stories led to his development of C.A.S.T. (a program intended to show children and teens how to incorporate storytelling into their everyday lives).
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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Randy Lindsay
1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?
Once upon a time, I was involved in the hobby-game industry creating card and board games. Battlementals was one of the games I designed and I thought the concept would make a great story. So I wrote one.
2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?
A) Not that I know about. However, if you find something you think is a worthy theme I'd be happy to claim it.
3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?
No. While I ask people if I can use their names in some of my stories the actual characters are figments of my imagination.
4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?
Oddly enough, my dad. Even though he isn't an educated man or has any clue how to write a book he is an exceedingly wonderful storyteller. And he also taught me to march to my own beat. He has always been supportive of my choice to become an author.
5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?
How did you know we have a regular schedule of game nights? I would invite Jame Retief because he is my favorite character out of fiction, Ronald Weasly because he reminds me of most of my friends, and Calvin McCord because he is my kind of politician. We would either play Guildhall because that is what we normally play on game night or Loaded Questions. It would be a bring your own brand of chili potluck for food because the kind of chili a person makes tells a lot about them.
* Jame Retief is from a series of books by Keith Laumer and Calvin McCord is from The Gathering series that I wrote.
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