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Radiant Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Radiant

Author: Ashley Bustamante

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: May 9, 2023

Secrets Come in Every Shade

After the introduction of Yellow magic in a society accustomed to only Red and Blue magic, the world inside the barrier has become more complicated than anyone imagined. Ava, Elm, and the former students of Prism navigate life in hiding. They face discord, secrets, betrayal, and danger that looms ever closer as the Benefactors narrow in on their hideaway.

Ava is determined to keep everyone protected, even at the cost of her own safety. She explores dangerous aspects of her new Mentalist abilities—against Elm’s dire warnings.

Tensions escalate when a new visitor arrives claiming to know a way out of the barrier. While this may be the only way to escape the Benefactors, what awaits them on the outside? Will they gain allies or make an entirely new set of enemies?


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About the Author

Ashley Bustamante has created stories from the moment she could scribble and staple sheets of paper together. She simply cannot recall a time when writing was not a force in her life. When not running through lines of dialogue in her mind, she enjoys taking photographs and spending time with her husband, three children, and any furry, feathered, or scaly creature she can find.


More from Ashley

When I originally wrote Vivid, book one in The Color Theory series, I wasn’t sure if the story would continue. But it had to, didn’t it? Without spoiling anything, Vivid ends in a place where things are really just beginning, and that’s where Radiant takes the stage. What does coming together really look like? What does it take for a group of diverse people to unite? Radiant explores the strength that grows from working together and overcoming differences. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and our characters have a lot to learn. I hope you’ll enjoy Radiant!

Interview with Ashley

What was your hardest scene to write?

In Radiant, without spoiling too much, Ava makes some pretty bad choices. She’s coming out of a life of isolation and still learning what it means to be part of a team. Her decisions put her in a dark place and it was hard to write her going through that. Book 3 has some even harder scenes and some of them actually made me cry.

What is your favorite childhood book?

I was a very voracious reader as a child so it’s hard to pick just one. But I remember picking up my Beatrix Potter books again and again. Even after our dog chewed several of them up I still read those scraggly pages! I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away.

If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

I would have started attending writing conferences much sooner. I feel like that’s really when things started to turn around—not just because of the things you learn about the craft, but because it helps you find a community, and that makes a huge difference.

What comes first, the plot or characters?

For me they often spring into being at the same time. A little piece of plot idea will pop up and there’s already a character or two there, fully formed.

Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Once more it’s so hard to choose… He’s not exclusively in my genre, but I’m coming to admire Brandon Sanderson more and more. In spite of his crazy success he has remained humble and gives a lot back to the writing community. Plus his response to a mean article that was written about him recently was so gracious and kind. That would not have been easy.

Thank you for letting us get to know you better, Ashley!

Blog Stops

Labor Not in Vain, May 31

Texas Book-aholic, June 1

Through the Fire Blogs, June 2 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 3

Blossoms and Blessings, June 4 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, June 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 5

Artistic Nobody, June 6 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 7

Stories By Gina, June 8 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, June 9

Simple Harvest Reads, June 10 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 11

Guild Master, June 12 (Author Interview)

Sheila’s Reading Corner, June 12

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 13


To celebrate her tour, Ashley is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.