Friday, June 20, 2014

The Witch of Luna Hill by Neel Kay Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in THE WITCH OF LUNA HILL Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Today on my stop we have a Guest Post + an awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!

The Witch of Luna Hill

The Witch of Luna Hill

February 14th, 2013

A year ago, Aia was found dead in a lake. Fortunately, her rescuer managed to resuscitate her. But how she ended up in the water in the first place, she doesn’t remember. Actually, she doesn’t remember one single thing about her old life from before she died.

Now she lives her monotone life by the edge of the Great Forest in which she works hard day in and day out. Up there in Northland beyond the mountains, the war against supernatural beings, humans with strange abilities and all who side with them isn’t quite as visible as in the rest of Bragimark.

But when she meets Merian Storm, a privileged student trying to escape her dysfunctional family and the memory of the man she loved, Aia is jerked out of her comfort zone and thrown into a journey across the haunted mountains in search of her past.

When entering Merian’s war-torn home in the south, Aia’s role in the war becomes significant and so does her presence in the lives of the Storm family and vice versa – especially Merian’s rogue brother.

My path to becoming an author. 

I’ve always been writing, for as long as I can remember. My very first story was about a brother and sister who went to China, rented a car and saw the whole country in one day. My mother was like: “I don’t think that’s possible.” But hey, maybe they had magic powers – like Santa…?

I sent my first novel off to be evaluated when I was 16. It was the most embarrassing story ever, and it didn’t get accepted either. But I continued writing, couldn’t help myself – I loved it. And then one day, after many a rejection letter, I actually managed to get a book published. I received the letter on my 23rd birthday. It was the best birthday ever!

The book was a youth novel with mysterious elements of three reincarnated sisters, but it didn’t sell very well. But then I wasn’t very good at marketing it myself; didn’t want to brag, and I was so scared that people found out I’d written a book, that when one of my teachers asked if she should contact the press for me, I almost threatened her to put the phone down.

I’ve always read a lot of contemporary, chick-lit and the sorts. So I thought that that was what I was going to write too. I wrote a lot. Some I finished, sent off, and it was returned with a polite rejection letter. Others I couldn’t finish, writing myself into a corner, thinking. “This is boring. This will never be any good.”

I even stopped writing for a few years, thinking it was a lost dream. Sometimes, I’d take out those old unfinished manuscripts and read them and think that they weren’t half bad. But I also had all those rejection letters telling me another story.

Then in the spring of 2012 I discovered Amazon Publish. It didn’t support Danish, and I didn’t have anything written in English. But I decided to try it out, threw away all of my unfinished manuscripts and started over. I was still on the contemporary shelf of this world, and wrote a novella consisting of four shorts that were all related somehow. It was my try-it-out-project.

That is also when I discovered the indie author community on Twitter and Goodreads. On Goodreads I joined a review group, and I decided I was going to try to get a bit of writing done every day, to actively pursue becoming an author, and not just sit around and wait for inspiration getting nothing down on paper.

In the review group I was assigned to read a science fiction novel and I really liked it, and I thought that maybe it was worth trying on a different genre. I’ve always been fascinated by witchcraft, magic, Norse mythology and old Scandinavian folklore, but the thought of actually writing in a genre that touched upon those elements never crossed my mind. Until now.

I feel very comfortable writing in the fantasy genre. I love the freedom of creating a world from nothing, and not being restricted by how this world turns. I can decide, create, and I love using my imagination that way. Of course it has it challenges, and even though they sometimes frustrate the crap out of me, I don’t mind them. Problems about how certain magic works, what rules apply, why, how and when – they become interesting, fun even, to solve.

With the Goodreads review group I’ve also joined a group of indie authors (Of Words and Water) who write a yearly anthology in support of WaterAid.

I might not be selling hordes of books, but I feel like I’ve finally found the right path towards the dream of becoming a ‘real’ author. Took me a while, but I like to think I’ve learned a thing or ten on the way here.

Introvert, creative, awkward.

Neel Kay lives with her husband and two kids in rural surroundings in the south of Denmark, not far from the German border. She’s a trained milliner, studied English at university, and now works a day job as a web editor. But she’s been writing always.

Love coffee, scarves and sea views. Oh, and butt-kicking heroines who know how to swing a sword and aren’t afraid to get a little dirty.

~June 16th~
-Ebook Escapes >> Guest Post
-Beneath the Jacket Reviews >> Review
-Rose Shadow Ink >> Excerpt
-Chelsea’s Reading Adventures >> Review 

~June 17th~
-Roxy’s Reviews >> Review
-Bookwyrming Thoughts >> Excerpt
-nicky peacock author >> Review 

~June 18th~
-Word to Dreams >> Review
-We Do Write >> Interview
-Girls With Books >> Excerpt
-Pieces of Whimsy >> Interview 

~June 19th~

-Mom With A Kindle >> Interview
-Raizza’s Book Blogging Adventure >> Review
-100 Pages a Day >> Review 

~June 20th~
-Platypire Reviews >> Review
-Addicted Readers >> Guest Post
-The Cover Contessa >> Top 10 List

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  1. Seems like you just had to fine the genre that would inspire you to write the most! :) Glad you stuck to writing it's not always the easiest but it can be rewarding if you put time and effort towards what you love! Great post, ladies!

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  2. oh like the sound of this book. Great post ladies and I'm glad you found your calling :)

  3. sounds like a great book - thanks for sharing and for the giveaway :)

  4. Thanks for the introduction to this book and for the giveaway!


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