Book Tour – Mirror World

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About the Book:

Title: Mirror World
Author: John Calicchia
Publisher: Psychangel Books
Pages: 404
Genre: YA Fantasy

What would you do if you saw the future apocalypse of the world in a mirror? Would you try to save the world and those you love, or die trying?

Welcome to my life, this is the vision of the future I’ve been cursed to see.    – Cailyssa Larkin

When Cailyssa Larkin looks in a mirror she has an ominous feeling that someone is watching her. Stranger still, she has visions that foretell the future. While visiting her Uncle Spencer, Cailyssa gazes into a mirror and sees a dark future that only she can change. With the future of her own world hanging in the balance, Cailyssa bravely enters the portal to the Mirror World. Here, the Dark Lord controls all the mirrors and bends reflections so all creatures see evil within themselves. With her sister Terry, her mysterious best friend Daemon, and a host of weird and wonderful creatures, Cailyssa embarks on an epic quest to overcome the evil forces trying to destroy her world. She can only defeat the Dark Lord by finding her true self and discovering the family secret that has led her to Mirror World.

This book, written by a psychology professor, integrates famous psychological studies in the story. Readers will enjoy learning important life lessons through the psychological concepts illustrated in the book.

Mirror World

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Book Excerpt:

“You’re not getting away so easily.” I ran after him, grabbing his shoulder and spinning him around. “You’re the most confusing man I’ve ever met. One moment you’re cold as stone—pretending that I don’t exist—and the next moment you’re on one knee, and it looks like you’re ready to propose to me. Listen, I don’t need a boyfriend, but I do need some answers!”

“I will only do so if you require it of me,” Daemon said as he turned back into the cold soldier boy. “But please don’t require me to explain, I beg of you. It is still too painful for me.”

“No deal, big boy. If you’re tough enough to pull an arrow out of your chest and heal yourself from a sword fight, I think you are strong enough to talk to your best friend and explain things. So talk. I require it…and no more kissing my hand!” I said with great determination.

To my surprise, Daemon slowly unbuttoned his shirt and took it off. My jaw dropped to the ground, not because I was looking at his perfectly chiseled chest of course, but because I just never knew what to expect from this man. He slowly turned around and showed me two long scars on his back that looked like a letter V. He slowly turned back to face me. “Cailyssa, didn’t you ever think that it’s a bit odd that we have the same birthday?” Daemon said this as if he expected an answer.

“No, I just figured it was a coincidence, and it was always kind of cool to celebrate my birthday with my best friend. What’s the big deal, anyway?” I said as I awaited more information.

“Although it is a vague memory in my mind, my life before I was born into your world was filled with great sadness. I did something horrible, something that is unforgivable,” Daemon said.

“What do you mean your life before you were born—like when you were in your mother’s belly or something?” I was perplexed.

“I don’t have a mother, Cailyssa, only humans do,” Daemon said earnestly.

My specular skills started to tingle, and I started to see some images in my mind. They were beautiful but very frightening to me. I blurted, “What do you mean? You’re not human? Are you some kind of alien or something?” I tried to say this as I laughed confidently, but I was scared of what I would find out.

I focused on the inside of my mind and tried to organize the various images that floated by. I captured one of Daemon as he was before he was born into my world. My jaw hung open, and I tried to form the words but I had great difficulty doing so.

“You’re an, an, an…angel?” I asked in disbelief.

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About the AuthorJohn Calicchia

I’m John Calicchia and I write stories of fantasy, action and adventure. In the fall of 2015 my book Mirror World was released! It’s a story of two powerful young sisters and their epic battle against evil. But, this book has something in it most do not: hidden secrets. It’s a teen and young adult fiction book with a self-help book hidden inside. You see… after publishing in psychology books and journals for decades I felt my writing was not helping the young people I love to work with. So, I took famous psychology studies and put it in the characters and plot in Mirror World. As you become part of the story you can learn about psychology or you can just enjoy the story! You can also get a free copy of the users guide to help you understand the psychology behind the book by joining my website www.johncalicchia.com

John Calicchia Ph.D. is a professor of psychology who also works with children and young adults as a licensed psychologist. He lives near Boston with his lovely wife and two amazing daughters. You can usually find him in the pool swimming with his two big dogs.

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Author Interview

John, thanks for being my guest today. Tell us about you
I’m John Calicchia and I write stories of fantasy, action and adventure. In the fall of 2015 my book Mirror World was released! I am also a professor of psychology who works with children and young adults as a licensed psychologist. I live near Boston with my lovely wife and two amazing daughters. You can usually find me in the pool swimming with my two big dogs. I also love food, sports and have been reading young adult, fantasy, and science fiction books for 40 years!

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family first and my work.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
As a writer it would be J.R.R. Tolkien. He is a fascinating and very spiritual person.

He was born in South Africa in the late 1800s and moved to England after his father died. He had a hard life and experienced poverty and the horrors of World War I before becoming a famous professor at Oxford University. Today, we take for granted that science fiction and fantasy books always existed. But before Tolkien wrote The Hobbit  an the Lord of the Rings they did not. I would love to ask him how he came up with his ideas!  Young adult, science fiction, fantasy books and movies are amongst the most popular genre today, much of it we owe to Prof. Tolkien’s imagination and vision!

What’s the story behind your latest book?
It’s a story of two powerful young sisters and their epic battle against evil. But, this book has something in it most do not: hidden secrets. It’s a teen and young adult fiction book with a self-help book hidden inside. You see… after publishing in psychology books and journals for decades I felt my writing was not helping the young people I love to work with. So, I took famous psychology studies and put it in the characters and plot in Mirror World. As you become part of the story you can learn about psychology or you can just enjoy the story!

Tell us your writing process.
I’m writing a story in my head endlessly then when I am in the flow I dictate 1-3 chapters in a morning.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first story in sixth grade, and the class loved it and laughed so hard, I was asked to be the first one to read my stories for the rest of the year – motivation for an aspiring writer?

Tell us about your main character:
Cailyssa Larkin is a 17-year-old strong female heroine, but she has always had problems fitting in. She possesses extraordinary martial arts fighting abilities and the ability to influence people. Despite her amazing abilities to understand others and see the future, she cannot understand herself. Her family secret is obvious to everyone but herself. She is also cursed to fall in love with a young man, sworn to always protect her, that she will never be with.

When she looks in a mirror she has an ominous feeling that someone is watching her – someone is. Stranger still, she has visions that foretell the future. One day she gazes into a mirror and sees the end of the world that only she can change. Cailyssa bravely enters the portal to the Mirror World. Here, the Dark Lord controls all the mirrors and bends reflections so all creatures see evil within themselves. With her sister Terry, her mysterious best friend Daemon, and a host of weird and wonderful creatures, Cailyssa embarks on an epic quest to overcome the evil forces trying to destroy her world. She can only defeat the Dark Lord by finding her true self and discovering the family secret that has led her to Mirror World.

What are you working on next?
ANGELUS, That is book II  in the Mirror World Series!  The war that Cailyssa became involved in, in Mirror World,  follows her back home.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I am too modest to answer this question.  I guess I’m an okay cook and  musician, but what I most hope is that I’ve done a good job as father, husband, Professor and psychologist. I also really hope that you’ll give my book a read, and see if I have any unique talents as an author.

Who are your favorite authors?
I would need many pages to list them all. Classic writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin are great reads. My favorite modern day writer is Brandon Sanderson,  I think he’ll be historically remembered as one of the greats!  I also love many YA  writers such as Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Kristen Cashore and Stephanie Meyer!

What do you like to do with your free time?
My absolutely favorite thing to do is spend time with my family, friends and dogs. You also might catch me at the gym, polishing my car or at a football game.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
The Users Guide for Mirror World is almost finished.  It has the secrets to where the psychology  studies are hidden in the book,  you can get more information at my website below or my blog.

There will be two more books in the Mirror world series. The next book Angelus starts literally in Hell with a dark angel being tortured for failing to destroy Cailyssa Larkin. Cailyssa has returned from Mirror World and is trying to finish her senior year in high school, when she discovers the war of the Angels she became involved in has followed her home. The Angels in this book are not what you think of in pictures or the Bible.  Angels have been living among us and walking the earth for thousands of years – you probably even know a couple – hopefully they’re not the evil ones.

Here’s a biblical quote that starts off the book:
His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And Lucifer stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.

After the mirror World Series I have plans for a psychological thriller PSYOPS which is a dystopian world in which the government and the military control dreams through neuroscience and psychology.

I better get writing!!!!!

Where can people find you on the web?
Follow me and you can also get a free copy of the users guide to help you understand the psychology behind the book by joining my website http://www.johncalicchia.com, twitter @jacalicchia, and you tube: https://youtu.be/8ezO9nWm9UY

Any final thoughts?
I hope my book is a somewhat unique stamp. First of all I hope it’s a fun and exciting story that entertains you. But I know as a  professor that the psychology studies hidden in the plot are very helpful for people’s lives. So I really hope it’s a wonderful tale, that has a free self-help book hidden in the narrative. Please get a copy of the users guide at my website after you read it and you’ll know what I’m talking about. In the meantime, read the book and keep guessing about the psychology behind it!

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Posted on February 9, 2016, in Guest Authors and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I agree! I’d love to pick Tolkien’s brain, too! Thank you, C.C. Milson, for this opportunity! You’re the best!

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  2. I wouldn’t mind hanging out with J.R.R. Tolkien either. Great interview!

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading

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