Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich

Please welcome Karin Rita Gastreich author of Eolyn.

Karin will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Eolyn

by Karin Rita Gastreich

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GENRE: Fantasy

 

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INTERVIEW:

What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been making up stories ever since I was little. My very first story was based on a dream. I’m not sure how old I was, but I must have been very young, because I drew the story rather than writing it. The story was set in medieval times, with women in fine dresses and dark, mysterious knights. I remember many details of the dream, not so much of the story I wrote. To this day, my dreams continue to inspire my stories.
How did you come up with ideas for your books?

I’ve read a lot of different kinds of books, but my favorite genres are historical fiction and history. I’m particularly drawn to books about women in history, especially women in medieval and Renaissance times. Women have played important roles throughout history, and yet so many of their stories are lost or ignored. In a lot of ways, Eolyn and her companion novels are a mix of the many stories I’ve read over the years about real medieval women.

What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I have worked for many years as an ecologist. I blended this into my writing by creating a magical system based on understanding the natural world. Eolyn and other magas have an animist view of nature: Animals, plants, even the rocks are living spirits that ‘speak’ to practitioners (though not in English!) and enhance their magic. Much of this system was inspired by my own deeply personal interaction with wilderness and natural environments.
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
To keep writing, as long as I can! Creating stories makes me happy. If I’m away from writing for too long, I get irritable and restless. I need the escape of writing, so whether I continue to publish or not, I will always write.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

The first thing I always recommend to any aspiring writer is to find a critique group. I participate in two groups to varying degrees, one on line and another in my home town. Both of them have been very important in strengthening my craft and encouraging me toward a career in writing.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
A little bit of both. I always have a map in my head, at least, when I sit down to start writing. And I generally have a good idea of how the story is going to end. But I also allow the story and the characters to guide me.

A lot of the time, I don’t know my characters, especially the minor characters, until I am deep into a story. Oftentimes, this means I have to rewrite early scenes based on a greater understanding of character motivations. And more than once, I’ve run into an important plot twist that has changed my understanding of where the whole story is going.

This process of discovery is part of what makes writing exciting for me. Outlines are good road maps, but sometimes it’s also important to strike out cross-country with nothing more than a compass in hand. You never know what treasures might be hidden in the landscape.

Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

All my life, I have danced. I started very young with training in classical dance and began studying modern dance in college. Most recently, I’ve picked up flamenco. I love dance in all its forms, and I’m especially appreciative of the people I’ve met through dance.

Because of my appreciation for dance, I gave Eolyn the opportunity to be part of a group of performers in the first novel of The Silver Web trilogy. I also made sure that dance and other performing arts were respected by her people as a form of magic. This was my tribute to the joy that dance and other arts have given me throughout my life.
Do you have an all time favorite book?
The Country Beneath My Skin by Giocanda Belli. Belli is a Nicaraguan poet and author, and this book is a memoir of her involvement in the Sandinista Revolution during the 1970s and 80s in Nicaragua. For me, it’s one of those books all women should read, a testimony to the true power and strength of women working for change the world over. It’s also a very insightful reflection on what would bring a mother of three to literally take up arms against a brutal and repressive dictatorship, risking her own life and future in doing so.

One of the many things that struck me about this memoir was the fundamental role of poets and poetry in inspiring the revolution in Nicaragua. Elements of the Sandinista struggle, as described by Belli, made it into my first novel Eolyn. In Eolyn’s world, artists play a central role in fomenting a rebellion against the Mage King Akmael and his repression of women’s magic.

An important difference, of course, is that Eolyn is in love with the Mage King Akmael, making it very difficult for her to decide where her loyalties should lie as tensions within the kingdom flare into a full-blown war.

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
Yes, I have! First of all, fans of Eolyn will be happy to know that the next two books of The Silver Web Trilogy are slated to be rolled out within a year. The Sword of Shadows (previously marketed under the name High Maga) will be revised and released this fall. Daughter of Aithne is complete and ready for release in the spring of 2017.

While we’re working on the final edits for these books, I’ve also started a new novel, The Hunting Grounds. After three novels in Eolyn’s world, I’m taking a break from medieval fantasy and trying my hand at paranormal romance. I’ve just begun unveiling this work in progress with my writer’s group, and have gotten a very positive response. This is a short novel, so if I can get it polished and ready to go, I may have it out as early as this fall.

Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.
I actually wrote Eolyn as a stand-alone novel. It wasn’t until after I signed my first contract with Hadley Rille Books that I starting getting ideas for a sequel, and then I just kept going.

Looking back, it’s hard to imagine why I didn’t see, from the very beginning, that Eolyn’s story was always meant to be a trilogy. So many threads begun in book one reach their completion in book three, Daughter of Aithne. The last novel in the series also gives deeper meaning and import to all the events that preceded it. I’m so excited now to have the opportunity to share all three books with the world! I will probably continue to write series in the future, but for the moment, I just want to bask in the sense of completion I’ve achieved with The Silver Web.

BLURB:

 

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.

“Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes, with a romantic thread.” -Publishers Weekly

 

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EXCERPT:

 

A Nest of Vipers

 

Mage Corey closed the distance between them. His magic spread in a hush through fallen leaves, surrounding Eolyn, cutting off all retreat, and daring her to defend herself with a counter spell. He stopped just in front of her, his face a breath away.

 

“Sometimes I like to imagine you and I live in a world where we do not feel compelled to keep secrets from each other,” he murmured.

 

Eolyn’s throat went dry.

 

“Indulge me in this fantasy and tell me: Why do you desire to go to the King’s City?”

 

Eolyn willed her eyes to remain steady on his. “It is a child’s wish. I had a friend growing up. I believe he lives there. I wish to find him. That is all.”

 

Mage Corey studied her a moment. Then he stepped away and continued his walk. The autumn earth released Eolyn’s feet. She quickened her pace to catch up with him.

 

“A friend,” Corey asked, his voice a mask of idle curiosity, “or a lover?”

 

“A friend. We were only children when we knew each other.”

 

“I see. I am sorry, Eolyn, but I cannot take you to the city, not because I object to you finding your friend, but because I am averse to leading fawns into nests of vipers. Still…” Corey stopped, his expression thoughtful. “I know many people in the city. If you give me the name of this friend of yours, perhaps I could…”

 

Eolyn’s expression put a stop to his words.

 

“I see I am pressing too hard. Very well, Eolyn. We have had a fair exchange: one truth for one truth.” Touching Eolyn’s chin, Corey brought her gaze back to his. “Perhaps we can continue down this path when I return.”

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

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.

 

Website: http://krgastreich.com

Twitter: @EolynChronicles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eolyn-110814625640244/

 

 

THE BOOK IS FREE DURING THE TOUR DATES:

 

Purchase link for EOLYN: http://www.amazon.com/Eolyn-Silver-Web-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01B8F4G50/

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Karin will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1604

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    April 18, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Karin Rita Gastreich
    April 18, 2016

    Christine, thank you very much for hosting! I’d like to clarify that EOLYN is free through Kindle Unlimited, and will be available for free download for everyone else on April 21 and 22 (this Thursday and Friday) as part of an Earth Day promotion. I hope all your readers have a great week, and I look forward to answering more questions about EOLYN.

  3. achristay
    April 18, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. momjane
    April 18, 2016

    Really great sounding excerpt.

  5. Victoria
    April 18, 2016

    Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  6. Pingback: Goddess Fish Tour: Week One – Karin Rita Gastreich

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