Saturday, May 12, 2012

Vlog Post with Mary Ting

Photo Credit: Michelle England Delavara

Mary Ting is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.


Though Phillip had already told me that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between an alkin and a fallen, it was confirmed as I watched the battle. They looked just like the alkins as the two sides battled with swords. Watching, I noticed that Michael had one too, but where had it come from? 

"No!" Michael shouted, suddenly standing directly in front of me. "You don't need her. She's just a human."

"Get them!" Aden shouted again.

During the entire fight Michael stayed by my side, protecting me. They fought so swiftly that even with my flashlight it was hard to distinguish alkins from the fallen. I focused intently, trying to figure out who was who, but it was no use. They were too fast for human eyes. I pointed the flashlight, hoping to blind or distract them, but that also proved to be pointless. It was only useful for my vision.
In the blink of an eye they were here, there and everywhere. The clanging of swords colliding was painful to hear. As the screeching sounds continued, all I could see were sparks as the swords made contact, as if we were in the middle of a lightning storm. Fearful of any alkin getting hurt, I covered my ears, hoping that it would end soon.

Suddenly, Aden raised his hand toward the stars, and the fallen stopped. The sounds of the swords crashing against each other came to a dead halt. Aden started circling around Michael and me. As he drew closer, I could see that he looked exactly as I remembered him from my dream. The wrinkles on his forehead defined his age, and though I conceived him as evil, his voice scared me more than his appearance. Aden never lifted a finger to fight; instead, he relied on the fallen to carry out his battle strategies.

"Michael, come with me. I'll give you anything you want."
"There is nothing I want from you."
"They've turned you against me. I should have killed you when I had the chance." Aden's eyes raged with anger.
"They didn't turn me against you. I did it of my own free will."
"Move out of my way!" Aden shouted.
"You'll have to go through me first!"

As Aden continued to circle around us, I could sense movement from the fallen, edging closer to Michael and me. The alkin must have sensed it too as they positioned themselves right behind us and immediately began to attack the fallen.
Michael moved me to the left and then to the right, fighting while shielding me. Though the fallen were fewer in number than before, they were retaliating in full force. In the midst of all the chaos, I lost my grip on the flashlight, and it tumbled off the cliff. Instinctively I reached for it, and in that split second someone or something collided against me, and I plummeted off the cliff.
Gravity was pulling me faster than my body could resist. I'd always heard that at the moment of death, one's life flashed before their eyes; all the moments that had brought them to that point, big or small. All I could think of was death itself and the one person who had changed my life forever--Michael.

***Based on a dream the author had in high school-chapter 1 & 2***
Protecting her from the Fallen was his duty.
Falling in love was never part of his plan.
Loving her was forbidden.
Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity.

Claudia Emerson's life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia's dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim--half angel, half human. Now that she's been there, Fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most.

You can purchase Crossroads at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you MARY TING for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive one e-copy of either Crossroads or Between (winner's choice) by Mary Ting.


  1. hmmmmm thats a hard one. possibly jane austen, i would love to live in that era :)
    thanks for the giveaway

  2. Gaaaahhhhhhh! I think I would switch places with.... Not sure :|
    Thanks for the giveaway

  3. Hmmmmm maybe AB or Delilah from Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn:)

  4. maybe with Claudia in Crossroads... :)

  5. That's a hard one to answer. I'd love to see the waterfall from Crossroads.

  6. Marilyn Monroe
    thanks for the giveaway

  7. What a hard question. I think I'd like to switch with... William Shakespeare. It'd be a lot of fun, I think! :)

  8. This is soooooo hard!
    It would ether be Suho or Kia from Exo-k.
    (i'ma brown girl who loves Asian (Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese)boys)
    So then i could take there clothes off.... hehe lol
    JK (not really)

  9. I have no idea! Maybe one of my kids, to be back when life was easier!

  10. I think maybe Sam Winchester so Id get to be near Dean for a week!! lol.

  11. President of the US; one of 2 things would happen... I would see i was right not to vote for him OR I would see he really is trying.

  12. Wallis Simpson when the King Edward fell in love with her, I want to experience such love.

  13. hmm...this is tricky....but I would trade places with Cat from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress Series. 1 week with Bones!!! Yup...I would die happy! :P

  14. I would love to trade places with JK Rowling. I would love to know her world!! Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Shelby Rodewald

  15. I would love to trade places with my husband for a week - just to get a viewpoint from the other "side" lol

  16. If it counts fictional too, I would like to trade places with any Dark Hunter main characters :) jajaja Yeah, I ask for nothing, uh?

  17. Ummm, I think I'd like to be Chris Hemsworth's wife, just so I could be with that man a whole week.. daaaaamn!! (sighs)

  18. i'd like to switch places with Kate Middleton for a week! :))

  19. Johnny Depp I wish!! xD

    Thank's for this Giveaway... ^^

  20. I would like to be Cassandra Clare's housecat. Then we could "read" together. I think it would be epic and lots of fun.

  21. As silly as this is to some. I'd love to be Bella Swan from Twilight because she's alot like me being clumbsy and shy. and i would also like to be Katniss she is awesome and strong and doesn't back down.