Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ City of Hope and Ruin by Kit Campbell and Siri Paulson

Please welcome Kit Campbell and Siri Paulson authors of City of Hope and Ruin.

The authors will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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City of Hope and Ruin

by Kit Campbell and Siri Paulson


GENRE: Fantasy (with LGBTQ romance)



What or who inspired you to start writing?

My mother was a major inspiration for me. When I was little, she was often working on her own stories. I started off modifying my favorite stories, then using favorite characters to tell new stories, and then, finally, I moved on to original works.
How did you come up with ideas for your books?

Oh, all over the place. For City of Hope and Ruin, Siri and I were given some vague guidelines for the Fractured World as a whole (it will eventually be a shared world series with additional authors writing in it) that we needed to work within. But we each had full control over the plot and the characters for this particular book within that framework. We actually had a false start that we had to throw out before we got going. But, in general, I get ideas from dreams, magazines, mythology, pictures—literally everywhere.
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

Ah, plans. The best laid plans of mice and men… I typically work on several projects at a time, so depending on circumstances, any number of projects could be next on the horizon. I do hope to get the first book of a high fantasy trilogy I’ve been working on polished and ready to send out. And Siri and I keep getting questions about a sequel for City of Hope and Ruin, so I guess we’d better get going on that, too!
If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Horrible things happen to my poor characters. I guess if I could be anyone, it would be Gabe, from Shards, a paranormal romance of mine that was published in 2013. He owns a book store. There are also other reasons, but those would be spoilers.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I don’t belong to a formal critique group at the moment, but I have in the past, and I also belong to a less structured, informal critique group. I’ve found that working with people who write, or at least read, your genre is paramount. If you’re in a group writing fantasy when most of the other people are writing memoirs, you’re not necessarily going to get a lot of useful feedback. I do like to have one non-genre person to read each draft, however, because sometimes other genres can help you bring new and interesting things to your own.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

The very first thing I put out was a self-published fantasy adventure novel entitled Hidden Worlds. I wrote it for a group of friends and published it for them, not really expecting it to appeal to anyone else. But it was very well received, got picked up by Turtleduck Press, and has continued to get good reviews throughout the years. I think having a project that was just for fun do so well helped me to see that maybe I could go ahead with some of my more serious projects as well.
What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Some of the best advice I’ve received recently is to make sure you’ve got three layers of conflict in your story—an internal conflict, an external conflict, and an inter-relational conflict. It helps the readers get and stay invested in your plot. As for the worst advice, I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten any truly bad advice—there’s been things that didn’t apply, or that I didn’t understand at first glance, but nothing really awful.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I started off as a true pantser—the first novel I ever really got anywhere on was a murder mystery, and I didn’t know who the killer was until I was 10,000 words in—but as I’ve gained more experience and written more things, I’ve gone more towards outlining. What I typically do is identify my major plots first thing, and then I fill in sections by phase outlining when I’m working on that particular section.


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?

I have done a lot of strange things over the years, and sometimes these leak into my books. For example, in the high fantasy trilogy I mentioned above the main characters are trackers, and I used to teach tracking as a Girl Scout counselor back in the day. I’ve also made general use of my experience as a camp counselor, my time working in a library, the six months I spent as a trick rider…

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

The high fantasy trilogy I’m working on is about two people drawn into a war through a prophecy which may or may not really exist, and the way either deal with no longer having their lives to themselves.
Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Because City of Hope and Ruin has dual main characters, we actually have two. Theo has to deal with leading the one person who has stuck with her through everything to her death, and Briony loses her home and everything she’s been working toward for the entirety of the book.
Anything else you might want to add?

Thanks for reading! I hope you pick up a copy of City of Hope and Ruin and enjoy it! If you like your fantasy with female LGBT POC characters with a good helping of family secrets, shape-shifting monsters, and portals, this is the book for you.




Every night the monsters hunt.

A city that is the whole world: Theosophy and her companions in the City militia do their best to protect the civilians from the monsters, but they keep crawling from the Rift and there’s nowhere to run. Theosophy knows she’ll die fighting. It’s the best kind of death she’s seen, and at least she can save lives in the meantime.

They say the Scarred carve you up while you’re still alive.

A village in the shadow of a forest: Refugees from the border whisper about the oncoming Scarred, but Briony can’t convince her brother to relocate his children to safety. Briony will do anything to protect them. She owes them that much, even if it means turning to forbidden magic.

When Theosophy and Briony accidentally make contact across the boundaries of their worlds, they realize that solutions might finally be within reach. A world beyond the City would give Theosophy’s people an escape, and the City’s warriors could help Briony protect her family from the Scarred. Each woman sees in the other a strength she lacks—and maybe something more.

All they need to do is find a way across the dimensions to each other before their enemies close in.







Dean Prosody was pacing in her cramped office when Theosophy arrived. Her bayonet and whetstone lay forgotten on her desk.


Theosophy stopped just inside the door. “Sir?”


“He’s not in his quarters, and he took his spear,” said the dean, not looking at her.


Theosophy reached into her belt pouch and pulled out her double crystal, tuned to her partners. One side had gone dark, of course, but the other pulsed weakly. She could feel the direction of the pull—toward the ruins—but that meant nothing, surely he wouldn’t be such a complete…


“What did you say to him?” Dean Prosody demanded.


Theosophy shrugged.


“Nothing about avenging Rhetoric?”


“I should hope not,” she said. “I was a little busy fighting for my life. With one partner gone and the other just standing there…”


The dean gave her a look, blue eyes snapping.


“What? I let him mourn after. But he still let the third one get away, and almost got me killed. I had to say something.”


The dean sighed.


“There’s a reason I’m the longest-serving fighter. And it’s not because I’m nice.”


“About that, Theosophy…maybe you should consider stepping down.”


She opened her mouth, but nothing came out.


“I know you’re the reason a lot of these kids are still alive. But you’re turning sour. It’s not healthy.”


Theosophy grimaced. The thing was, staying alive the longest wasn’t any kind of mercy. It just meant everyone you used to know was dead.




AUTHOR Bio and Links:



It is a little known fact that Kit was raised in the wild by a marauding gang of octopuses. It wasn’t until she was 25 that she was discovered by a traveling National Geographic scientist and brought back to civilization. This is sometimes apparent in the way that she attempts to escape through tubes when startled.


Her transition to normalcy has been slow, but scientists predict that she will have mastered basics such as fork use sometime in the next year. More complex skills, such as proper grocery store etiquette, may be forever outside her reach.


Kit can be found cavorting about the web at her blog ( or website (, on Pinterest (, and even occasionally on Twitter (



Siri Paulson writes all over the fantasy and science fiction spectrum, including (so far) secondary-world fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, Gothic, historical paranormal, and YA with spaceships. She is also the chief editor at Turtleduck Press ( Siri grew up in Alberta, Canada, but now lives in an old house in Toronto. By day, she edits non-fiction for the government. Her other current passion is contra dance, a social/folk dance done to live Celtic and roots music. Her favourite places in the world are the Canadian Rocky Mountains and a little valley in Norway.


Siri’s short fiction and the anthologies she has edited can be found on Turtleduck Press, at . She blogs at and tweets at



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The authors will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



41 comments on “Christine Presents ~ City of Hope and Ruin by Kit Campbell and Siri Paulson

  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Lisa Brown
    July 14, 2016

    Congrats on the tour, and I enjoyed the excerpt.

  3. Siri Paulson
    July 14, 2016

    Siri here. Thank you for hosting! Kit was the one who did the interview, but I’m here too in case anyone has any questions. 🙂

  4. achristay
    July 14, 2016

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

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  7. Danielle Corrow
    July 14, 2016

    I’m looking forward to reach g this book! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  8. clojo9372
    July 14, 2016

    Great interview! Thank you for sharing that with us! The book looks great! 🙂

  9. Trix
    July 14, 2016

    Cool to learn about you and your process!

  10. Victoria
    July 14, 2016

    Great post, I enjoyed reading both the excerpt and interview. I also love the cover and can’t wait to check it out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Becky
    July 14, 2016

    Which writers inspire you?

    • Kit Campbell
      July 14, 2016

      I love Jenny Crusie’s witty dialogue, Brandon Sanderson’s ability to put together a fantastic magic system, Patricia Wrede’s worldbuilding, how Terry Brooks can pull story and destiny through families, the great puns Donna Andrews comes up with–that’s a short list. There’s a lot of great books out there, or books with great parts, and whenever something’s done especially well, I take note.

    • Siri Paulson
      July 14, 2016

      Seconding Crusie and Sanderson (just finished Mistborn this week, in fact)! Also Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette (solo or together) for the sort of character that Theo is and for pitch-perfect tone; China Mieville for stuffing more whacked-out worldbuilding into one novel than most writers put into three; and Lois McMaster Bujold for everything.

  12. momjane
    July 14, 2016

    Really exciting and fascinating excerpt. A little frightening sounding also.

  13. Rita Wray
    July 14, 2016

    The story sounds very intriguing.

  14. nikolina84
    July 15, 2016

    This is a new author for me but the book sounds very intriguing, so I’d love to learn more!

    • Kit Campbell
      July 15, 2016

      What would you like to know? Siri and I don’t bite! 😀

      • nikolina84
        July 16, 2016

        I meant I’d like to read the book and learn more about you! 🙂 🙂

  15. Dario
    July 15, 2016

    Sounds like a great read, hope I’ll have a chance to read it soon!

  16. James Robert
    July 15, 2016

    Thanks so much for the great excerpt and giveaway

  17. James Robert
    July 16, 2016

    Have an awesome weekend and thanks for the opportunity to win your great giveaway

  18. James Robert
    July 17, 2016

    Thank you for the opportunity to win and have a blessed Sunday

  19. nikolina84
    July 17, 2016

    Reblogged this on Book Lover Promo.

  20. nikolina84
    July 17, 2016

    Rebloged this to help spread the word out! 🙂

  21. James Robert
    July 18, 2016

    Good morning and thank you once again for the chance to win

  22. Dario
    July 18, 2016

    I just love the book cover, it’s amazing!

    • Kit Campbell
      July 30, 2016

      Thanks! We were really pleased with how it came out!

  23. Nikolina
    July 18, 2016

    Dropping by to wish everyone a happy Tuesday!

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  25. Ree Dee
    September 10, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. Thank you for sharing.
    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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