My Trip to Red Rocks, Final Battle in The Akasha Series

Kaitlyn’s adventure has ended. But mine is just beginning! I would love to visit each of the places in The Akasha Series (see my post here to read more about them), and I am going to start at the end.  Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado is the location of the final battle in ‘Earth’. I was fortunate to go there this weekend with my sister.  Fair warning – this post contains crap loads of pictures; hope it loads okay for you!

A young group of runners (pre-teen girls) going all the way to the top. Look at them go!
A young group of runners (pre-teen girls) going all the way to the top. Look at them go!
The stage at Red Rocks, right where Kaitlyn lands.
The stage at Red Rocks, right where Kaitlyn lands.

 

View from the bottom. This is what Kaitlyn sees when she lands. Except for at night - and filled with scary, menacing members of One Less - not exercisers and tourists.
View from the bottom. This is what Kaitlyn sees when she lands. Except for at night – and filled with scary, menacing members of One Less – not exercisers and tourists. I left my bottle of water all the way down here, not realizing until I was huffing and puffing at the top. For the record, I did not go back for it.

 

One of each of the cliffs on the sides, Creation Rock and Ship Rock.
One of each of the cliffs on the sides, Creation Rock and Ship Rock.
One of each of the cliffs on the sides, Creation Rock and Ship Rock.
One of each of the cliffs on the sides, Creation Rock and Ship Rock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me and my sister, Krista, the inspiration for the main character in my next series!
Me and my sister, Krista, the inspiration for the main character in my next series!

 

Me with a print copy of 'Earth'! I accidentally dropped it, so it is technically the only print version to have touched the Red Rocks themselves.  I gave it to my dad (sorry about the bent pages, dad).
Me with a print copy of ‘Earth’! I accidentally dropped it, so it is technically the only print version to have touched the Red Rocks themselves. I gave it to my dad (sorry about the bent pages, dad).

 

Some of the trees Kaitlyn uses as cover along the sides.
Some of the trees Kaitlyn uses as cover along the sides.

 

Did I mention how many people were there exercising?  It made me feel...inadequate.  I solaced myself in the fact that I was about to attempt the BoulderBoulder 10k run (well...run/walk...okaymostly walk).
Did I mention how many people were there exercising? It made me feel…inadequate. I solaced myself in the fact that I was about to attempt the BoulderBoulder 10k run (well…run/walk…okay mostly walk).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More freakin' exercisers.
More freakin’ exercisers.

 

There is Downtown Denver!
There is Downtown Denver!
The bar at the pavilion at the top where Shawn keeps Micah.
The bar at the pavilion at the top where Shawn keeps Micah.

 

Hey Look - one of my favorite bands played there in 2012! Avett Brothers - wish I was there!
Hey Look – one of my favorite bands played there in 2012! Avett Brothers – wish I was there!

 

And there is my other favorite band - Mumford and Sons!
And there is my other favorite band – Mumford and Sons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love ya, Sis!
Love ya, Sis!

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Around the World with The Akasha Series

Good news, everyone! I am done writing the fourth and final book of The Akasha Series, ‘Earth’! Bad news, everyone.  ‘Earth’ still has a few months of editing to go. But I’m super excited to be done with the series, and I must say – very proud. I have a few ideas for what is next which includes an audio version of the books – and maybe even a screenplay of the first book (ooh, I just gave myself the shivers). I also want to get to work on a new mermaid series (also eco, of course).

Another one of my dreams would be to visit many of the places throughout The Akasha Series – and I’ve already booked my first trip **squee**! I’m starting at the end, where the final battle of ‘Earth’ takes place. Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado:

red rocks

Not too super exciting since I was born in Colorado, but I’ve never been to Red Rocks and I’m still excited to go.

Some of the more exotic destinations of The Akasha Series include:

Galapagos Islands – where Shawn takes Kaitlyn in ‘Water’.galapagos_islands

Perth, Australia – where Kaitlyn docks after…well, don’t want to give too many spoilers…read the third book ‘Fire’ to find out!PERTH-AUSTRALIA

Reunion Island, just off the coast of Madagascar – where Micah has built a dream home for Kaitlyn. But will they ever settle down there? :)
Read about it in ‘Air’, but you’ll have to finish the series to find out.reunion island

Costa del Sol, Spain – The sunny coast, both a dream and a nightmare where Micah and Kaitlyn reconnect, then Shawn steps in and…
I’ll have to be sure to take a side trip to Castle Alcazaba.costa del sol

Easter Island – A Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, known for environmental over-exploitation and said to be one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.  Definitely need to go during the Tapati Rapa Nui Festival!easter island 2

I think I might have to skip out on Heard and McDonald Islands (final battle in ‘Air’, book two). A bit cold for me…unless there is snowboarding?
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And there is always Simeulue Island, a province of Indonesia, where the Chakra is. Now that would be an adventure.simeulue_coast

So anyway – now you know my inner most desires.   Where do you guys want to go?  Leave a comment below!  If you are like me, strapped for cash – hopefully a trip around the world within The Akasha Series can appease your appetite for adventure.  Other than that, Google and YouTube have worked wonders to give me a taste of what these places are really like. You can also visit my Pinterest page, ‘Inspirations of the Akasha Series‘, where I pin the settings from certain scenes in the books.  Happy traveling!

Idea Contest

Readers – I need your help! I am currently writing the finale to ‘Earth’, the fourth and final book of the Akasha Series. There is, of course, a final battle between One Less (Shawn’s organization) and The Seven (or Team Kaitlyn, whichever you prefer to call it).

Needless to say, the elements involved have to awesome. I am playing mix and match with some of the elements and have come up with a few ideas – but I need more. Rack your brains for some super cool storms. To you get you started, here is what I’ve done:

Combine Air and Fire for:

fire tornado
Fire Tornado

 

Combine Earth and Air for:

Sandstorm
Sandstorm

Just your typical sandstorm – but when you add a dash of frozen water, imagine the destruction with flying mud balls. Hard to dodge when all you see is sand.  That may be a stretch, but we are just throwing around ideas here. If it helps, the final battle location will be in the USA – Colorado to be exact. I am leaning toward the Red Rocks Amphitheatre where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. What better place for a final showdown for ‘Earth’? Red Rocks is a geological phenomenon – the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. Come to think of it, I might have to use something to do with sound in the final battle.

Just comment below with your ideas – or feel free to email me directly at terra.harmony11@gmail.com.

What will you win?

If I choose any part of your idea I will write a character for you in ‘Earth’!!! The character will be based on your answers from a list of questions I send you. I will also send you a complete set of the entire Akasha Saga once ‘Earth’ is released; either in digital or print format.

So, let’s get brainstorming. Let me know what you come up with!

Contest details: No purchase necessary. You must comment with an idea or send me an email with your idea to be eligible. There can be more than one winner. Deadline to submit ideas is December 21st, 2012 at midnight. By submitting your idea – you are giving me permission to use it in ‘Earth, Book Four of the Akasha Series’ for no monetary reimbursement.