Sunday, July 22, 2012

Spirit Binder Book Tour: Guest post

Spirit Binder 
Book One of the Cascadian Chronicles 
Genre: Fantasy: Paranormal, Epic, Historic 

Description: Spirit Binder is a fantasy set a thousand years after spirit (aka magic) rises to take back the world in an apocalyptic event. It is book one of the Cascadian Chronicles.The first book of the Spirit Bound young adult series, TIME WALKER, will be released in the fall of 2012. 

Blurb: Theo woke severely injured, covered in blood, and missing ten years of her life. Just to complicate matters further, Theo was born under a prophecy; one that has rabid followers with three different interpretations, all of whom are willing to sacrifice her in order to fulfill it. 

Not knowing if she can trust the stranger she’s betrothed to, the warrior visiting her dreams, or even her own mother, Theo tries to piece together her past only to find that her present is far more dangerous. It’s the power of her own blood that scares her most of all. This is a responsibility Theo never wanted, and a destiny she cannot deny, “All because of a prophecy she was trying not to believe in, but kept fulfilling.” 

Keywords: fantasy, magic, swords, troll, castles, love story, romance, post-apocalyptic, prophecy, spirit, love triangle, destiny, blood

Guest Post
What Inspired Spirit Binder: The World

What interested me as a writer when approaching the idea of Spirit Binder, which was called, “Prophecy Girl” in my head and files for a long time, was the idea of opening the story with a character that had lost ten years of her life in a single moment. The question of what does Theo remember is explored through the early chapters of the novel. This exploration allowed me to open up the world of Cascadia, where Spirit Binder is set, in small bits and pieces. We see what Theo sees, and we come to understand what she understands about her surroundings. Then, of course, she reacts against this world, against what it wants her to be … and that creates the plot and explores the theme.

Cascadia is a post-apocalyptic world (dystopian or utopian, depending on perspective) filled with magic. Not everyone has been “gifted” — these people are the “Lackings” — and not everyone understands his or her gifts or where the magic comes from. A theocracy, headed by Theo’s mother, Rhea, oversees the governance of Cascadia. Rhea governs through spirit (aka magic). Theo has been born under a prophecy that makes her pivotal in the future of Cascadia. Not everyone is happy with how things are, and they want Theo to change it based on their own interpretations of her prophecy.

Hints to how Cascadia came to be, where the story is physically set and in what time period it exists, are sprinkled throughout the first novel, and will be explored more thoroughly in the sequels, but, as in all my stories, the world is simply constructed to support the plot and themes. This is a story about destiny and divinity and love, which just happens to be filled with magic, swords, castles, and even a troll.

Hopefully, that provides a little insight when reading Spirit Binder.

Thanks Reader Girls (Meghan, Caitlin & Laurie), for the opportunity to guest post!

About the author: Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a bit of a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn; though not all together, that would just be yucky.

Author links: Author blog | Book page (on blog) | Twitter | Facebook

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