Friday, February 17, 2012
Shadow Warrior Book Tour
Summary: Sunny finally makes her first jump over to the Kingdom of Acadia that is on the other side of the shadows, for what she hopes is a vacation. Only her vacation turns into quite an unwanted adventure. Aside from new and unexpected issues regarding her relationship with Leif, Sunny meets the rebel group, makes new friends, fights with controlling her powers, and finds herself neck deep within a county that is torn apart by two sides, each fighting for power. Acadia is not quite what she imagined. How is she, one young girl, suppose to unite the Kingdom as well as unseat a King to take her place as ruler of Acadia.
Guest Post: How do Shadow Walkers fit in YA fantasy world and how did your concept come about?
I don’t really know how Shadow Walkers “fit” in with YA Fantasy. I guess you could say since, I made them up, they are my fantasy. I was tired of all the vampires and zombies and werewolves that were inundating YA Fantasy. I wanted something new and different but still exotic enough to be interesting. Shadow Walkers are my idea of wonderful.
What I wouldn’t give to have the ability to be invisible, whenever I needed or wanted. The situations I could have avoided. Oh yes, that would have been bliss. But, invisibility has been done and done and done to death. Then you had the problem of why could my MC do it? Why couldn’t others? Mutation was out as I am pretty sure the X-men have that down. Radioactive bugs? Nope not that either. But, another separate race from another realm? That was new and intriguing to me. The story pretty much took off from there.
Acadia is my ideal fantasy world because it is a world of sunshine and warmth that never rains. Rain makes me sad and snow is not my friend. I could so do without either of them. Why do I still live in Ohio then? No idea. I ask myself that question all the time.
As for Sunny my MC, I used her name of Sunshine as it was a contrast to the Shadows. Same with Acadia being the sun realm and the homeland to people that needed shadows. Contrasts. It was fun to see how many contrasts I could make. I wonder if my readers will even “get” it or see all of them? As the story has progressed and the realms have become more pronounced, I have tried very hard to keep the fun of them involved. You don’t get to see much of the Ice Realm or the Fire Realm in Shadow Warrior but they are developing and you start to get a picture.
All in all Shadow Walkers are a fun concept to create and write about. I still wish I had the power to do it myself, but since I obviously don’t, I will just have to live vicariously through Sunny.
An excerpt from Shadow Warrior:
Again, I felt more energy slip inside me as I tried desperately to hold on and stay up on Poppy. I lost my battle for balance and flailed myself right off of the horse.
As I fell to the ground, someone grabbed my arm and tried to jerk me onto their lap. A burst of energy lashed out of me and directly into him. I didn't know who he was. Was he from my group or the other?
Our screams, both of shear pain, echoed around us. As he let go of my arm, the energy got the better of me and took control. In a show of bright white light, it pulsed out of me. It encircled me and took everything in its path down. Horses and men alike were thrown into the air, where they hung for but a moment before they crashed back down to the ground.
I dropped down to my knees and began to cry. The battle hadn't lasted very long. Not with me in it anyway. I had taken out everyone.
Gabriel was the first to rouse. He sat up and shook his head before he got to his feet. I jumped to my feet and ran over to him. I just about tossed myself on the poor guy. "I'm so sorry, Gabriel. I didn't mean to."
He gave me a quick once over and then pointed at my face and said, "You're bleeding."
I lifted my hand to my face and sure enough, my nose was bleeding. "It's fine," I said with a quick shake of my head. "Are you all right?"
About the author: Courtney Rene lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. She is a graduate and member of the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her writings include magazine articles, short fiction stories, several anthologies, and her Shadow Dancer series, published through Rogue Phoenix Press. For a complete listing, visit www.ctnyrene.blogspot com. Please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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