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Read-a-Chapter: Grand Theft Magic by Richard Blunt

Read a Chapter is *NEW* added feature at As the Pages Turn! Here you’ll be able to read the first chapters of books of all genres to see if you like them before you buy them. Today we are featuring the YA fantasy, Lucas Trent 3: Grand Theft Magic, by Richard Blunt. Enjoy!

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Grand Theft Magic

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Blunt Publishing (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985801107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985801106

After a field trip suddenly turns into a near catastrophe Lucas and the others shift into high gear to avenge their injured friend. But when an unexpected foe arrives at the scene they quickly find themselves in a life or death situation that not even their extraordinary skills can solve. Realizing that they have bitten off more than they can chew Lucas desperately starts looking for trustworthy allies, just to find out once again that things are never as easy as they appear at first.

Can they survive the battles at hand? Will they be able to tell friend from foe? Or will the epic quest they have stumbled into be too much for them to handle?

Follow Lucas Trent and his friends through an action-paced story of mysteries, secrets and deceptions and find out…

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Chapter One

It was a cold December day; the year was 2008. Within the corridors of a chemical plant near Luton, England, a teenage boy was running behind two security guards.

“I know that he is here somewhere,” the boy said after running around a corner. “I saw him go that way.”

“I saw him, too, but it seems that he is gone now,” one of the guards said. “Damn thief. Almost like a phantom.”

The guards walked around another corner, continuously looking. The boy continued down the corridor he was convinced he had seen the thief run into. He walked it up and down twice before he spotted the shadow behind a closet.

“Here he is!” he shouted.

Immediately a figure jumped out of the shadow, dressed in a black suit, looking like a modern day Ninja. He ran off through the corridor, the boy in pursuit. After having chased him through a number of hallways, they finally approached a dead end, with only office doors alongside and a small window almost two meters above ground level at the far end of the brick wall.

“Stop. You have nowhere else to go,” the boy yelled.

But the thief had no intention of complying. With an impressive jump, he plunged through the half-open window out into the yard.

“Damn it, what kind of circus clown is that?” the boy cursed. But he didn’t slow down and jumped through the windowalso, following the man in black.

“Base, Base, this is team four,” the security guard that followed a few meters behind yelled into his radio. “The thief has left the building through a window. He should be on the meadow, west of the main entrance.”

“Base copied,” a voice said. “We will send a team immediately.”

Another security team instantly raced out the front entrance to the described area. When they were halfway there they heard two gunshots and in response immediately drew their own weapons.

“Shots fired, shots fired,” the second man in the team yelled into the radio.

When they finally came around the corner, they saw someone lying in the grass.

“Man down, man down. Send an ambulance,” the guard yelled into his radio again.

The first guard continued on around the next corner, while the second one approached the body. It was the teenage boy, lying there unconscious, blood soaking his jacket and his jeans.

“They are gone.” The second guard now also approached the boy as well, holstering his weapon.

“Hold on, boy, hold on. Help is on the way.” The guard had taken the boys hand, pressing it firmly.

Only two minutes later, the ambulance arrived on scene, with three men jumping out of it immediately. The guards made a few steps back.

“Multiple gunshot wounds,” the medic commented. “One in the leg, one in the lower back.” He then started touching and tweaking the boy before continuing, “Patient is alive but unconscious. We need to get him to a hospital ASAP. Jimmy, get the spine board; Paul, see if you can get us a helicopter.”

The other two ran off while the first one started carefully cutting through the boy’s jacket. He had just started giving him fluids intravenously when Jimmy returned with the spine board.

“The bird can be here in 15 minutes at best,” Paul yelled from the car.

“Too long, by that time we can have him at Luton General ourselves,” the first one replied.

He and his colleague carefully moved the boy onto the board and carried him into the ambulance.

“We are heading for Luton General,” he then said to one of the guards. “Please inform the boy’s parents.”

He then jumped in, closed the door and signaled the driver to go. Then they started supplying the boy with oxygen and giving him medication.

“He is coming around,” the second man in the ambulance said.

The boy reached for him and pulled him down to his face.

“Guardian…,” he said with a very weak and shaky voice.

“Yes, your parents have already been informed. They will be with you at the hospital,” the medic replied, smiling at the boy. “Hold on, we are almost there.”

“No.” The boy weakly shook his head and pushed the oxygen mask aside. “Not parents… Guardian….” He coughed and closed his eyes in pain, tears running out of them. “Guardian…,” he then continued with an even weaker voice. “IT College… Lucas… Trent… Darien… Stance… Call them… Please…” With that, he faded out again.

Reprinted from Grand Theft Magic by Richard Blunt. © 2012 by Blunt Publishing

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A Conversation with Richard Blunt, author of ‘Lucas Trent 3: Grand Theft Magic’

It is our pleasure to have author Richard Blunt with us today! Publishing under a pen name to keep his personal life separate from his writing life, Richard Blunt was raised in the heart of Europe, in a nation where English is not the native language. Like his heroes, Richard blunt is nothing more than a shadow – a specter that whispers a story for everyone to hear.

His latest book is Lucas Trent 3: Grand Theft Magic.

You can visit his website at http://www.lucastrent.com/ and his blog at http://richardblunt.blogspot.com/.

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Q: Thank you for this interview, Rick. Can you tell us what your latest book, Lucas Trent 3 – Grand Theft Grand Theft MagicMagic, is all about?

“Grand Theft Magic” is the third part of the Lucas Trent book series. The heroes by now have familiarized themselves with their magical abilities and have begun to understand the magnitude of what they have stumbled into. At least they thought so, until something goes terribly wrong. When one of their own almost dies they do start to realize that it’s not a game they are in and that the challenges have only just begun.

Q:  Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

The main character of course is Lucas. The entire story revolves around him and is almost always written from his point of view. (Or at least centered at the location he is in at the time.) He is a 16 year old IT student that has stumbled into the world of magic. He is quite anchored in the world, mostly by his principles of loyalty and honor, but he also has a lot of issues that sometimes threaten to derail him significantly, at least from his point of view. Then of course there are his companions, Stephanie, Jasmin, Marcus, Cedric and Darien. They are all a little extreme in their ways, and bring a lot of issues on the table when interacting with Lucas. But in the end they are all very good friends and always there for each other.

Revolving around the bunch of young heroes are basically two groups: The first ones are the “guys in the black robes”. They are a bunch of magic users that are perceived hostile by the heroes, and clearly act like it. But as their real intentions are still unclear the heroes still keep discovering that even their work is not always as black as it seems. On the other hand you have the mysterious group revolving around they grey wizard who calls himself “Archangel”. They seem to be on the good side of the coin, but their intention is even harder to grasp. And while they always have a watchful eye over the heroes they so far never directly interacted with them.

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

The characters themselves are totally imaginative. Each of them has aspects though that are based on real life experiences. And interesting enough, those are normally exactly the treats that people find utopic.

Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

The big picture is very clear to me from the get go. As a matter of fact, it has already been clear when I started the first part. The issue is with the details though… The story keeps changing and evolving as I go along, and some aspects are only incorporated out of spontaneous ideas.

Q: Your book is set in Luton, England.  Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?

Well, the framework I needed for the story was an English speaking country as a base, a bigger town or small city to work in and a metropolitan area close by, so it would be in reach of the main characters. Putting the setting in the US seemed a little lame, everyone keeps doing that, so I chose Great Britain. London was the obvious choice then as a metropolitan area, and Luton was just where the pin landed that I threw onto the map.

Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

Not really. As I already said, there are a few aspects that are key to the story, but mainly it could be anywhere in the western world.

Q: Open the book to page 69.  What is happening?

69 is an interesting page. Not exactly a key point storywise, but key to the development of one of the characters. The title character had noticed an odd behavior in their youngest group member for quite a while now and just found out that two others in the group seem to know more about it. On page 69 he is confronting them, trying to shed some light.

Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

I have been asked that before, and it really is like being asked for your favorite child…  Anyway, here is the one line that I would pick:

“They call me Guardian.” He said calmly. “And I am here to set things right that you have done wrong.”

Q: Have you suffered from writer’s block and what do you do to get back on track?

A lot… What do I do against it? Nothing… Stop writing and wait for a better time to continue

Q: What would you do with an extra hour today if you could do anything you wanted?

I don’t think that one extra hour would make much of a difference. Too little time seldomly is the issue in my life, although I have to juggle two jobs, two time consuming hobbies and writing. But somehow this just works out…

Q: Which already published book do you wish that you had written and why?

I don’t know if there is a book behind it, but anyway… It would be “Babylon 5”. It is the only long running story that I know that is consistent in all major parts. This is an amazing feat to make happen…

Q: What kind of advice would you give other fiction authors regarding getting their books out there?

Be patient and have some cash at hand… Publishing a book is not a way to make easy money, all the contrary, it is something that doesn’t come cheap. And be very careful… People tend to promise you a lot, but only few of them really deliver.

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Pump Up Your Book & Richard Blunt Announce Grand Theft Magic Virtual Book Tour

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Richard Blunt’s Lucas Trent 3: Grand Theft Magic Virtual Book Publicity Tour beginning December 3, 2012 and ending on March 15, 2013. Richard will be on hand during his worldwide tour talking about his book in candid interviews and guest posts! As an added bonus, Susan’s tour is also part of a Kindle Fire HD Giveaway! To find out more details visit his official tour page here.

Publishing under a pen name to keep his personal life separate from his writing life, Richard Blunt was raised in the heart of Europe, in a nation where English is not the native language. Like his heroes, Richard blunt is nothing more than a shadow – a specter that whispers a story for everyone to hear.

His latest book is Lucas Trent 3: Grand Theft Magic.

You can visit his website at http://www.lucastrent.com/ and his blog at http://richardblunt.blogspot.com/.

Pump Up Your Book handles all the aspects of virtual book touring from pre-buzzing your book before the tour starts to making sure buyers will find your book long after the tour is over. If you are the author of a newly published book, have an upcoming release or just want to give a previously published book new life, a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book is the answer. We welcome traditionally published, electronically published and self-published authors. Our esteem list of clients include Claire Cook, Caridad Pineiro, C.W. Gortner, Barbara Bretton, Cody McFayden, James Hayman, Karen White, Kathleen Willey, Lisa Daily, Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Nancy Thayer, Randy Sue Coburn, Ray Comfort, Sandi Kahn Shelton, Sheila Roberts, Therese Fowler, Hope Edelman, Wendy Wax, Jon Meacham, Shobhan Bantwal, Pat Williams, Jane Green, Judge Glenda Hatchett and cook show personality Paula Deen. We also represent Random House, Abingdon Press, Zumaya Publications, WND Books, Sheaf House Publishers, New Hope Publishers, Guardian Angel Publishers, Genesis Press, and Moody Publishing. Contact us to find out what we can do for you and your book!

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