Spotlight: Wyrd Gods + Author Interview

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Wyrd Gods
by Susana Imaginário
Published: August 22, 2019
Genre: Mythic Dark Fantasy
Pages: 394 (Print Length)

CW: Abuse (emotional), Animal cruelty, Chronic illness, Mental Illness, Cannibalism (only mentions of), Genocide (only mentions of), Gore, Violence, Racial bigotry (between fantasy races), Self-harm, Suicide, Suicidal thoughts, Torture

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The God of Time wants to destroy Eternity.

A mysterious immortal seeks vengeance.

And a reclusive deity does what no god should ever do: she answers a prayer.

As punishment, she is stripped of her powers and trapped in a mortal’s body. Now a Wyrd – a fated god – she is haunted by the memories and thoughts of her host and must hide her true identity in order to survive in Niflheim, the rival Norse Underworld.

There she discovers the afterlife is not quite what it used to be. Niflheim’s new ruler threatens the precarious balance of a world overrun with outcast deities and mortals alike.

To save her own sanity and find her way back to the stars, she must help the other Wyrd overcome their grievances to defeat this enemy, but those who would be her allies appear to have motives as hidden as her fragmented consciousness.

And yet it seems the greatest threat to her freedom comes from within, and the prize it seeks is her immortal soul…

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Author Interview:

1.What inspired you to write this book? OR Tell us a little about how this story first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma, etc?

I found this ancient yew tree in an old graveyard back in the UK. I used to just sit there amongst the faded gravestones, imagining how it all would have looked like when the tree was young. This led to a series of incomplete historical fiction stories based on the idea of time travelling through trees. I liked the concept, but failed to make it work in the ‘real world’. Eventually I abandoned reality altogether and used the plot of another unfinished novel written years before, a sort of Clash of the Titans meets Stargate and set the story in Niflheim because I wanted to bring the Norse gods to the mix as well and so (after many drafts, revisions, edits, tears and curses) Timelessness was born.

  1. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?

I learned that less is more when telling a story and that it’s a good idea to leave your ego out of it.

  1. What surprised you the most in writing it?

When I finished I had enough surplus material for another two books and despite how hard it was to write the first one and the overwhelming amount of disappointment that came after publishing it, I still wanted to keep writing.

  1. What does the title mean?

Wyrd roughly means fate or personal destiny, and since one of the themes in the series is fate vs the consequences of one’s actions, it seemed appropriate.

Besides, the story, as well as its structure, is a bit weird with a satirical undertone. Definitely not your typical fantasy.

And since the inspiration for Wyrd Gods came from several ancient mythologies and half the characters are gods, I had to mention gods in the title.

  1. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?

No. I try really hard to keep reality separated from my work to avoid such comparisons (and complications).

  1. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?

    Yes. Very much so. 

Wyrd Gods focuses on the thin line between selfishness and self preservation and how limited each individual’s perspective is and the consequences of assumptions and miscommunication.

There’s several lessons actually, but you’ll need to read the entire series to learn them.

  1. What is your favorite part of the book?

I have several. 

The horse riding scene because it was one of the first ones I wrote. The bedroom scene in the dark, mostly because it’s the one most people comment on and seems to make them uncomfortable. 

And, of course, any scenes with Loki. He’s just so much fun to write. 

  1. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?

Ideth and Chronos. Ideth because she’s an almost complete opposite of me. I always have to think through her actions and motivations very carefully in order to make sense of them. And Chronos because he’s the personification of time. If his actions make sense, I’m probably not doing a very good job. 

  1. What are your immediate future plans?

Publish Nephilim’s Hex (in July, if all goes well). By the time this interview comes out I may have started, or at least announced, a Kickstarter to fund the audiobooks for The Dharkan, Nephilim’s Hex and Anachrony (books 2, 3 and 3.5 in the series) and of course, finish the series. Book 4, Anamnesis is drafted, but still needs a lot of work.

 

susana-imaginárioAuthor Info:

Susana Imaginário is a misfit from Portugal. She moved to England to pursue a career as an aerialist and now runs a Board Gaming retreat in Ireland with her husband and their extremely spoiled dog.

Her hobbies include reading, playing board games, hanging upside down, poking around ancient ruins, talking to trees and being tired.

Her debut novel, Wyrd Gods, combines mythological fantasy with science fiction and psychology in a strange way.



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Spotlight & Excerpt: A Beast So Beautiful + Giveaway

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A Beast So Beautiful
by Carlyle LaBuschagne
Genre: Dark Fantasy

 

A darkness falls over the land when the Queen of Rurith dies.

Consumed with grief, King Ivar blames their son, Prince Leif, for her demise, and locks him away in the castle.

The Prince is left in total despair, until a girl, with hair the colour of a red sunset and green eyes shows him mercy. 

For six years she visits him in secret, giving him hope where none existed before.

But Ruith hides many treacherous things that threaten to bring the Kingdom to its knees.

Until the Prince and his beastly curse are released.

 
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He whispers into her hair, “I don’t deserve you.” The guilt strains his throat as the words come out husky.

Her gentle, slim fingers stroke the fine lines of his jaw, curling around his beard, and up to brush over the soft of his lips. “Don’t you ever say that, my love.”
He stares up to the ceiling where the reflection of the flames dance over broken beams. “The things I have done.”

Gently and playfully, she tugs on his beard to bring his lips down to hers. The kiss feeding the air into his lungs is light and touches the darkest parts of him, dispelling every negative emotion clouding his mind.

When she releases him, her words settle into the marrow of his bones. “All you have done for your people, for me…” she begins, “All that matters in this brutal world is your intentions, Prince. And your intentions have been only honorable.”

Mischief twinkles in his eyes. “I am inclined to disagree.” He smirks, staring down at her leg wrapped around his waist.

The silence falls between them. They had just committed treason, but neither of them wants it to end just yet. “Avelyn,” he speaks her name, adding, for the first time, “My goddess.” He tastes the endearing term with elation. “I want you to come with me, I have something to show you.” He shifts to slip out from under her.

“The hour is late, my love. I am rather tired. Would you mind,” she says as her lips feather the nape of his neck, “if we put it off until tomorrow?”

He studies her. “You dismiss me so quickly?”

“You know why…” she begins, tears brimming her sultry eyes.

“I will never do anything that puts you or your loved ones in danger. Do you believe that?” Leif gives a sigh.

“Of course, I do. I’ve known you since you were a little brat, since nine years old and to this day, never once have you lost control around me.”

The words feel good too hear. Moments later, as she jumps from the bed, he says to her, “If you trust me, then why do you so easily dismiss this important thing I want to show you?”

Carlyle is a USA Today Bestselling, international bestselling and international award winning South African author – with a flair and passion for mixing genres, adding loads of drama to every story she creates. Carlyle has traveled the world with her books in hopes of connecting with all kinds of book loving people, to learn as much as she can from other book cultures with the hopes of bringing the knowledge back to her home country.

Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.

Carlyle uses writing as a healing tool, and that is why she has started her very own writers support event – SAIR Book Festival.

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Co-Founder of Fire Quill Publishing.

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: Dark Reflections + Play List

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Dark Reflections
Release Date: April 15th, 2019
New Adult Dark Fantasy

Being possessed by a vampire sucks!

Alana Jones’s world has been completely turned upside-down after being bitten by a vampire’s reflection in a cursed mirror. Now she’s forced to stay in an abandoned Victorian inn on an isolated island off the west coast of Florida, where Alana lives a double life: one as herself and one as a vicious murderer. Over the past year, she has spilt and drunk the blood of sixteen victims. The guilt of their deaths slowly eating away her sanity.

Sixteen dead . . .

However, things become even more complicated when Alana finds Cole, a surfer she felt a connection with the moment they met on the mainland, locked up in the island’s shed. Knowing his death is inevitable, she attempts to distant herself from him, continually reminding herself of the monster residing underneath her skin. Unfortunately, it’s a small island, and the more she interacts with Cole, the more her feelings grow for him.

Eventually, she has to make a decision. Either accept his fate or find a way to expel the vampire’s spirit from within herself before she murders him as well.

 

 
 

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“Just a thought,” I answer at first. “What if we use the rest of the dough you just made to make some pizza bombs for lunch?”

Cole stops the rolling pin and looks at me. “Pizza what?”

“Pizza bombs!” I nearly shout in excitement. “You basically put a little sauce, cheese, and your choice of toppings in the center of some biscuit dough and bake. We’ll each make our own, of course, but the rule will be we have to try at least one of the other’s pizza bombs.”

Cole snorts. “With your taste in toppings, that idea might just make me throw up.”

Insulted, I grab a pinch of flour from the center of the cutting board and toss it at Cole’s face. Cole puts up his hand in an attempt to block the attack, but my dusting still hits my target square in the cheek. He glares at me for a second, then scoops out what little flour that is left in the bag into his hand. I’m up on my feet in an instant.

“Cole don’t,” I beg.

He smirks at my plea and steps toward me. “You asked for it.” He charges as I attempt to run, only to find myself cornered between the refrigerator and farmhouse sink. I shut my eyes as the powdery substance brushes against my skin and slips between my lips. The taste of dry flour settles on my tongue, making me feel like I just swallowed a pile of dust. Once I open my eyes, I find my hair, face, and top are coated in white. Cole holds his belly while he laughs. I gently brush the flour away from my eyes and turn my focus on the farmhouse sink and the discarded measuring cup inside. I turn on the faucet, pretending to wash as I take the cup and fill it full of water. Cole’s laughter ceased just when I turn around. He looks from me to the cup.

“And what are you going to do with that?” he asks.

Without replying, I walk up to him and toss the water into his face. Cole stumbles back as the water splashes down his neck, shirt, and pants—dousing them through—all the way to the kitchen floor. Now, I’m the one laughing while Cole uses his flour-dusted hands to wipe off his face, leaving white streaks on his skin. Unfortunately, my joy doesn’t last as long as his did. The moment the water is out of Cole’s storm-brewing eyes, he reaches out and grabs me by the waist. I scream in a mixture of fear and delight as he lifts me up and tucks me under his muscular arm like a sack of grain. He marches me to the farmhouse sink.

“Truce.” I laugh, seeing what was coming next. “Truce.” Cole ignores my plea, places me down, and turns on the faucet. Then shoves my head under the stream of water. The cold freezes the back of my head, neck, and cheeks while flour trickles into the farmhouse sink. “I said, truce!” I cried.

Cole quickly releases his pressure on my back, allowing me to turn off the water. I sputter some water from my lips and pull my hair forward to wring it out into the farmhouse sink.

 
 
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About the Author:

Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist and Data Analysis. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.

 

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