Today I'm excited to have debut author Hannah West here to share about her YA fairy tale/fantasy KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS. It sounds really good, and I'm hoping to read it.
Here's a blurb from Goodreads:
Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two - now three - after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince's band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.
Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular debut.
See what I mean about it sounding good? Now here's Hannah!
Sometimes compromise is seen as a negative thing. Someone who refuses to compromise is viewed as strong and steadfast, while someone who’s willing to compromise is viewed as pliable or disloyal (e.g., “she compromised her morals!”). But in my opinion, there’s often a solution waiting in the middle ground that’s a million times better than what either side could have thought up alone. Being loyal to your story means seeking out the fixes that make it shine.
Hannah and her publisher generously offered a copy of KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIAR for a giveaway. To enter, you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment through September 10th. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, you must leave it in the comments to enter either contest.
If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 years old or older to enter. This is for U.S.
Here's what's coming up:
I'll be back on Wednesday, September 7th with an interview with debut author J. Keller Ford and a giveaway of her YA fantasy IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING.
The following Monday I have a guest post by debut author Traci Chee and her agent Barbara Poelle with a three chapter critique by Barbara and a giveaway of THE READER, a YA fantasy, by Tracie.
Hope to see you on Wednesday, September 7th! Have a great Labor Day Weekend!