luni, 13 ianuarie 2014

Author Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway "The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean" Series by KD Pryor

Howdy, buddies! Today I'm honored to host author KD Pryor and her series - The Gatekeepers of Em'pyrean. I am extremely excited about The Portal's Choice and The Inn of the Kindred Spirits. Both seem very good YA paranormal books and I would be delighted to hear that they are going to be published in my country - Romania - too. First of all, we'll take a look at the descriptions, excerpt and interview, and then you guys can enter the awesome giveaway below.

The Portal’s Choice
The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean Series
Book One      
KD Pryor                                          

Genre: YA Paranormal 
Publisher: Madaket Lane Publishers
Number of pages: 502 
Cover Artist: Bespoke Book Covers  
Virtual book tour organized by: Bewitching Book Tours

Book Description:

Portals. Doorways. Gateways. All ways to get in or out of someplace, right? Nothing weird, spooky or otherworldly about them. Or, at least that’s what Tallis Challinor always thought. Tallis is a practical young woman, a writer, a lover of words and a natural storyteller. But she’s not sure what to do when real-life sucks her into a story far stranger than anything she’s ever imagined.

Tallis discovers that portals are passageways between the human and spirit worlds. She finds out that bent-on-evil ghosts can escape from the spirit realm through those gateways whether they are supposed to or not. And when they do, Tallis finds herself the chosen human, picked by the portal in her basement in New Hampshire, to seek out and return the wayward spirits.

All Tallis wants to do is recover from the loss of her parents and settle into her new home. She’d like a boyfriend, someone like the cute guy, Aiden, down the street. She’d like some girlfriends to talk to and maybe even go shopping with. And she’d like the ghosts, the portal, and the responsibility that has been thrust upon her to disappear. 

But when the ghosts threaten her new hometown, her friends, and the family she holds so dear, Tallis discovers the inner courage to meet the portal’s challenge and save those most precious to her. Along the way, Tallis learns that she is more than she’s ever imagined herself to be and that she deserves more than she’s ever dreamed possible. 

The Inn of the Kindred Spirits
The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean Series
KD Pryor

Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Madaket Lane Publishers
Number of pages: 194
Cover Artist: Bespoke Book Cover  

Book Description:

Brittany, France. Near the coast. A picturesque inn. Spectacular scenery. Tasty French treats. Time off from school.

Tallis Challinor imagines this as the perfect vacation scenario, so when her grandfather suggests that she accompany him to the country of her ancestors, she is more than happy to tag along. What Tallis doesn’t bargain on is another ghostly encounter, especially not so soon after she’s sealed up a bunch of unruly ghosts on their side of the portal between the human and spirit realms. But, when she feels the energy radiating from the megalithic standing stones dotting the countryside around Carnac, France, an energy that feels frighteningly like the power exuding from the portal in her basement back home, she has a feeling she might be in trouble.  And she is right.

When her grandfather goes missing, Tallis leaps into action. She calls the only ghostbuster she knows in France and, with help on the way, she gears up to battle another set of spirits bent on causing destruction. Along the way, Tallis is forced to examine her life, her relationships, and her tightly-held beliefs about who she is and where she comes from.  She also has to juggle two impossible males, both attractive but annoying, both seemingly set on driving her nuts or breaking her heart.  

~ Excerpt ~

~ Interview ~

1. Hello! To begin with, I would like to say how happy I am to have you on my blog. I am sure everyone would like to know: when did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?   

Thanks for having me on your blog today and giving me the chance to get to know you and your readers. It’s pretty exciting to be on a blog based in Romania. As to your question, I think I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t know that I wanted to be a fiction writer until I was in my thirties. I’ve always been a rather good writer but most of what I did was technical writing for college and law school. I am an organized and tenacious researcher. I discovered that in school. I’ve been able to use those skills with my fiction writing – but fiction is lots more fun.

2. What inspired you to write The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean

Late on a June afternoon I drove by an old house with a cemetery next door. Maybe it was the juxtaposition of shadows and light or maybe my imagination was in high gear, but I knew there was a connection between the two places. Brainstorming the idea with my family, I realized that the basement of the house had a portal between the human world and the spirit world. And I knew that my female protagonist, Tallis Challinor, was going to have to learn how to get spirits who had escaped to the human realm back through the portal to the spirit side.

3. Which of your characters is your favorite and why?

My favorite character is Tallis. At 15 she’s facing all the issues of growing up and being a teenager coupled with coping with her parent’s death and a move to a new town. She struggles. She has bad moods and feels the frustration of dealing with some of the people in her life. When she’s made a gatekeeper for the purpose of returning the ghosts to the spirit world, she’s not sure she can do what is required. She’s not sure she even wants to. But Tallis learns to trust herself and to access her inner courage. She’s not perfect. She’s still learning and growing. And I think that is true for all of us, no matter how old or young we are.

4. If your book was made into a movie who would you envision in the leading roles?

Tallis Challinor – Vanessa Marano
Gabbie Alexandre – Aly Michalka
Noreis Alexandre – Daniel Radcliffe
Aiden Pickering – Logan Lerman
Porteur -  Patrick Stewart

5. Are any books that you've read and thought "I wish I'd written that"?  

There are so many books that I love but if I had to choose a book or a series that I wish I’d written it would be the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. I read the books to my kids, starting over again as each child grew old enough to listen. I was as caught up in the stories and the world that Ms. Rowling created as my kids were. I admire the way she brought all the pieces together at the end and I marvel at her ability to keep all the details straight from one book to the next.

6. What did you enjoy most about writing The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean?

Writing The Portal’s Choice was like solving a puzzle. I knew where I would end up, but I didn’t always know how I’d get there. Each writing day, when I discovered some new part of the story, when some knot was untangled, a new puzzle piece fitted in, I had a rush of excitement. Finishing the book, typing the last word, was a joy. I was so happy to know that I’d maneuvered through the twists and turns and found the right end.

7. Where and when do you prefer to do your writing? 

I always write in my office and I love to write in the mornings. Many days, however, I write in the afternoon depending on other commitments.

8. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I love the feel of a real book in my hand.

9. What about your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

My favorite hobby is traveling but I can’t be gone all the time. So when I’m not traveling I like to practice yoga, read, and take long walks when the weather is nice. Right now, it’s snowing in New Hampshire. This winter I’m going to break in my new snow shoes and cultivate a new hobby.

10. Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write every day if you can and don’t give up. No matter how hard it may seem, you can finish your book. And there is nothing like the feeling of typing that last word and knowing that you’ve done it.

Thanks so much for hosting my book and me on your blog. 

It is my pleasure! Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions.

~ About the Author ~

KD Pryor started life in Missouri, where she read lots of books, even sneaking them into baseball games to the irritation of her father. Kelley graduated with a degree in International and Comparative Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After college and marriage to a great guy, she decided to pursue a law degree at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Her oldest son was born soon after law school, followed three years later by her daughter and a move to Kentucky. One more son, a move to Ohio and four years later, her family jumped on the opportunity to move to India. They lived in Bangalore, now Bengaluru, for four wonderfully chaotic years, traveling all over Asia, Australia and Europe.

Now, settled in New Hampshire with her family and herd of cats (only three), she can often be found in her office, working on the next installment of “The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean” series, reading one of a dozen books she has started, and dreaming of her future travel destinations.

“The Portal’s Choice”, book one in “The Gatekeeper’s of Em’pyrean” series featuring Tallis Challinor, was released on May 6, 2013.

“The Inn of the Kindred Spirits”, a novella featuring protagonist Tallis Challinor, was released in November 18, 2013.

“The Forgotten Gate”, book two in “The Gatekeeper of Em’pyrean” series, is scheduled for release in 2014.

~ Giveaway ~

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4 comentarii:

  1. Thanks Bia for hosting me and my books and for the fun interview. I really enjoyed answering your questions. I look forward to having The Gatekeepers of Em'pyrean series published in Romania, too.

    Happy Reading,
    KD Pryor


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