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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Eolyn - Spotlight and Giveaway


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In a land ravaged by civil war, the Mage King Kedehen initiates a ruthless purge of the magas. Eolyn, last daughter of the magas and sole heiress to their forbidden craft, seeks refuge in the South Woods.

When she meets the mysterious Akmael, heir to the throne of this violent realm, she embarks on a path of hope, seduction, betrayal, and war. Desire draws Eolyn toward Akmael’s dark embrace, but fate binds her to Corey of East Selen, a cunning mage whose ambition challenges the limits of love and loyalty.

Can she trust either man?

Hunted in a realm of powerful wizards and brutal deceptions, Eolyn must find her own path to freedom or she will burn on the pyre.



The Hunt for Eolyn
Eolyn lunged at Akmael, hand raised to strike him. He caught her wrist in a vice-like grip that gave pause to her fury.

In the silence that followed, Akmael measured the heat under Eolyn’s skin, the rhythm of her pulse, the condensation of her breath against the cool night air.

“Eolyn.” He did not bother to hide the note of surprised hope in his voice. “Are you jealous?”

She wrenched free of his hold. “Your magic is a disgrace! You have allowed your abilities to be twisted to foul ends. Dragon did not grant us these powers to invoke fear or take advantage of those weaker than ourselves. And our festivals are meant to celebrate the heritage of MoisehĂ©n, not to reinforce your authority, much less your sexual prowess.”

“That may be the case, but your question about the third night of Bel-Aethne…It did not arise out of concern for the proper interpretation and practice of magic. Did it?”

Eolyn cheeks flushed, but she lifted her chin. “There is no place for jealousy in a maga’s heart.”

Akmael did not let her finish. He caught her lips in his. In an instant the spark granted to them as adolescents was reignited. Akmael wrapped his arms around her, inhaling her honey and wood aroma, intertwining his fingers in her silky hair, exploring every delicate contour of her face and throat. The force of his passion pushed her back against the raw trunk of a large tree. His hands
traveled insatiable over the landscape of her body, at once familiar and new.



AUTHOR BIO



Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance.
 In addition to The Silver Web trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

Twitter: @EolynChronicles





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31 comments:

  1. Thank you for the giveaway and blurb, greatly appreciated

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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  2. Very intriguing. I would love to read it. Did you have to do a lot of research?

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    1. Thank you, Debby. Yes, a lot of research went into this over the years, but it didn't always feel like research because I enjoy reading about medieval history and especially women in medieval times. Many of those books and novels eventually became inspiration for EOLYN.

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  3. What are the hardest scenes to write?

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    1. The answer to that question has actually been different for every novel I've written. In Eolyn, the greatest challenge was writing the battle scenes. I had some excellent support in this from members of my writers groups who had more knowledge of medieval warfare than I did at the time. I'm very proud of the result; a lot of readers like my battle scenes, and in their review of EOLYN, Publishers Weekly described the battle scenes as "vigorously told". :)

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  4. Thank you very much for hosting the book blast!

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  5. Thank you for the giveaway. I like flamenco music, too. Did your research spark your interest in it?

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  6. You're welcome, Debra! Dance has been a part of my life since I was very young. In Eolyn's world, dance is also a very important part of magic.

    I've always loved flamenco, but did not start studying it formally until very recently. Now I can't get enough of it. :)

    Starting April 18th, Goddess Fish is hosting a virtual book tour for me; as part of that tour, I've written an entire post on how dance has influenced my writing. If you're interested in knowing more about that, please follow me on Facebook or Twitter, and/or keep tabs on the Goddess Fish promos. There'll be another giveaway then, too!

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  7. Hi Karin, sorry to be late dropping in to welcome you. It's a delight to host you and your book, and I wish you evry success with Eolyn, it sounds like a wonderful story, and what a gorgeous cover!

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    1. Thank you. I really appreciate you taking the time to feature EOLYN today. The cover art & design is by Thomas Vandenberg; He's an amazing artist and big fan of Eolyn. We are working together on the covers for the next two books in the series, as well.

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  8. Your book sounds very interesting. I live in northwest Missouri, so we aren't that far apart. It's always exciting to see authors from my area.

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    1. Thank you, Marcy. I grew up in this area, was away for many years, and am now very happy to be back. :)

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  9. This book sounds so good! I really enjoyed the excerpt.

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    1. Thank you, Emily. This is from one of my favorite scenes between Eolyn and Akmael.

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  10. Hi Emily, thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. Enjoyed the excerpt. I like reading this genre.

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  12. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  13. Great excerpt! I'm looking forward to reading your book. Thanks :)

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    1. Thank you! This is one of my favorite scenes between Eolyn and Akmael.

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  14. When you are writing do you prefer pen and paper or typing?

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    1. Interesting question. As it turns out, the first draft of Eolyn was written entirely by hand. But since then, I've written other novels and now I compose almost entirely on the computer. I always keep a notebook on hand, though, because you never know when a word, phrase, or scene is going to pop up in your head!

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  15. I love the artwork on the cover!

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    1. Thank you, Judy! The cover art and design is by Thomas Vandenberg, who has done covers for several fantasy novels. He's great to work with, and a big fan of Eolyn. I think he did a wonderful job of capturing her image in this scene.

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  16. Hi Mary, thanks so much for stopping by - and I apologise to everyone else who's commented on this post for not replying to you all individually. I would normally but I'm full of cold at the moment, but I do appreciate you visiting my blog and supporting Karin - and I do agree, that is one stunning cover!

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  17. Hi Mary, thanks so much for stopping by - and I apologise to everyone else who's commented on this post for not replying to you all individually. I would normally but I'm full of cold at the moment, but I do appreciate you visiting my blog and supporting Karin - and I do agree, that is one stunning cover!

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