'The Turquoise Tattoo' Announced; New Fantasy From Australia's New Adventure Writer
05/29/2012

“A mysterious and enchanting landscape is never far from view in this novel, which unfolds intricate maps of young people coming of age in the face of adversity.” —Patricia Prime (New Zealand editor and international reviewer).

Online PR News – 29-May-2012 – South Barrington – (BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA) – Vaya Dauphin today announced the highly anticipated The Turquoise Tattoo (ISBN # 9781742841908); an adventure novel with a story line rooted in Maori mythology sure to please fans of the fantasy genre.

The book is available now with book stores worldwide and in leading e-book formats.

What makes The Turquoise Tattoo unique is that the story is rooted in Maori mythology. It gives new vigor to old legends and shows the reader what life would be like if mythological beings walked the New Zealand landscape today. Furthermore the story celebrates everything that is unique about New Zealand and entices young readers to dream again

The story revolves around seventeen year old Scarlet Flint who thinks her biggest problem is that she’s telepathic. Bigger problems emerge as new images keep appearing as ink in her skin, and she learns that she is an Elemental - a half-human with special abilities gifted to her by Maori ancestors. She is drawn to another Elemental, Sterling, and a bond forms between them. But other Elementals are out to acquire her for sinister purposes and her world rapidly spirals out of control.

In a race against time, Scarlet must control her burgeoning powers, without falling prey to deadly forces locked in an ancient battle, and avoiding losing everything she has come to love.

From a passage of The Turquoise Tattoo: “I screamed again as I felt a scaly head nudge against my neck and the sharp claws of a reptile dig into my chest. The lizard tattoo was coming alive, escaping from within my skin, like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. With a violent twist the lizard jerked its body free of my shoulder, materialising as a real, living and breathing creature.”

In Scarlet and her supporting cast, the author has crafted vibrant and rich characters with multi-dimensional conflict, and emotions that move the action forward, and could well transform into a franchise.

“What makes The Turquoise Tattoo unique is that the story is rooted in Maori mythology. It gives new vigor to old legends and shows the reader what life would be like if mythological beings walked the New Zealand landscape today. Furthermore, the story celebrates everything that is unique about New Zealand, and entices young readers to dream again,” says Vaya Dauphin.

Vaya Dauphin lives in Gippsland, Victoria (Australia) with her husband and two teenage sons on twenty acres with their dogs, cats, and a variety of livestock. The Turquoise Tattoo is her first novel.

For more information, please visit http://www.bookpal.com.au or www.vayadauphin.com

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