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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The Secret of Alviton by L.V. Clark - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host L.V. Clark and their new book, “The Secret of Alviton,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on their Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with L.V. Clark and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

The Secret of Alviton

by L.V. Clark


GENRE:   YA Fiction – Fantasy



Alviton was a strong, prospering country, full of light. The people worked side by side with the Fae, creatures blessed with magic. But that was before the war. Massive genocide and fear of the Fae touched everyone as brother turned against brother. Years later, and still reeling from the war, the new generation has clawed and connived to remove the stains left by their predecessors.

Sheltered from this reality, Nydia lives her life relatively happy and ignorant, surrounded by smoke and mirrors. But eventually glass shatters and smoke settles. As she struggles to unveil the truth about herself and the people around her, danger lies on the horizon, threatening to extinguish the small flicker of light in this dark and twisted country.



“One day, the attacks from the west stopped. King Bast had won the war, by killing nearly a third of his subjects. But he still had thousands of children imprisoned all over the country because they couldn’t prove their heritage or where they came from. So, he gave them all the title, raspot, and put them into slavery as a ‘mercy.’”

“That’s horrible… but why are there raspots today? If those children no longer pose a threat, why continue with the enslavement of children?”

I asked. “Because of greed. After King Bast won the war, he used the raspots as a slave army to conquer the surrounding lands. His court and the regional officials saw the benefit of free labor and were all too quick to justify the enslavement of raspots as a form of protection of our lands.”

I paused to absorb all of the information and consider what she told me. “You don’t think… I-I mean, Nydia. Sh-she’s not a…”

I stuttered. “I’m technically not saying anything, but something you must know is that she is being sent a pendant that she must wear at all times. When she emits that light, it acts like a homing beacon to very dark and deadly forces that have killed so many already. The pendant should subdue it.”

My breathing shortened as her words hung in the air. “What kind of dark forces?”

“We aren’t entirely sure. We are concerned that these dark forces are similar to the ones that started attacking us over sixty years ago. That’s why we are bringing in a friend of yours, actually. Taj is the best at reading the ancient language.”



Describe Your Book Cover and How It Came About

Oh my goodness, it was a roller coaster! I had alot of ideas for a cover, but being minimalistic in nature, I wanted to keep it relatively simple. I knew I wanted some contrast between dark and light and came up with the general idea of the finished product before I brought it to the artist. I explained that I wanted a small, skinny hand, surrounded by gold, glittering ribbons of magic over a black background. And I wanted most of the cover to be matte, but almost invisible black lighting behind the hand that had a gloss over it. That way you could only see the lightning when you held the book at an angle in the light. I loved the symbolism it implied.

Well the artist said the lightning was a no-go, and sent me the first draft that was… not great. The ribbon of magic was depicted as a shiny Christmas ribbon, the hand was clearly that of an adult's hand and looked like it might have belonged to a corpse the way it was positioned. My sister said it best: "This… this looks like a murder mystery book or the story about how they killed Christmas!"

We had a real good laugh. Then for the second draft, I told the artist that the hand must be younger and to think "small teenager." This lead to a great depiction of the gold magic, but with the hand of a three year old! One of my beta readers and students laughed profusely at that one saying, "it looks like you wrote a mystical version of 'What to Expect When You're Expecting.'

I couldn't help but agree with them. I ended up getting so frustrated with the hands I was seeing in the drafts, that I took a picture of one of my students' hands and used that for what is now on the cover.

Overall, it was a challenging process, but I am… content with the current cover. I can't promise I won't try and change it in the future.



Clark has had this story in their head for over a decade, and they finally got it on paper. Clark used their other hobbies—weight lifting and crocheting—to help develop ideas and work through any blocks. They grew up in the south of the United States with their large family. Clark is happily married with two sweet dogs and an apathetic ball python.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Expect more to the story!







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  1. <- sounds like a fab! YOO! lous! story
    where we can travel throughout the
    universe RITEn stories when we git
    back to OUR pad in our X-tra-large-gargantuan-wooFMasta-mansion.
    Juss gotta wanna accept Jeee-sis
    and, believe-you-me, He'll do the rest:
    Wanna? Lemme? Gotta looky!!!
    ☆ en.gravatar.com/MatteBlk ☆
    God! Bless!! You!!!
    Cya soon.

  2. This sounds like a great story.

  3. The book sounds fantastic. Love the cover!