Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Indigo Blog Tour: guest post and giveaway

"The world and characters drew me right in. Fiauna Lund had me right from the start." -Elizabeth Mueller, YA author of Darkspell

Title: Indigo
Author: Fiauna Lund
Expected Release Date: September 1, 2013
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing

Genre: Fantasy Fiction | Young Adult

When Brit Kavanagh was a baby her mother disappeared, but not before she gave her daughter wings—sewn into her skin with needle and thread.

Seventeen years later, Brit’s quiet, protected life is turned upside-down when her father dies, leaving her in the care of relatives she hardly knows. Almost from the moment she arrives in her new home, Brit is haunted by the terrifying apparition of a banshee and disaster strikes wherever she goes. From a near-drowning experience to a house fire at a crowded party, no one around her is safe.

Brit is desperate to unravel the mysteries behind her wings and the curse of the banshee before someone else gets hurt. The only person who can help her is Gentry O’Neill, a handsome lifeguard who knows more than he’s telling. With Gentry’s help, Brit must embark on a journey of discovery that will lead her through her mother’s troubled past, her father’s dark secrets, and the horrifying truth of her own existence.

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Writing about the Fae

What drew me to write about Fae? For me writing is an escape, a break from reality. When I first started out I wrote mostly religious contemporary fiction. I wanted my readers to wonder if they were, in fact, reading a memoir rather than fiction. But writing about reality can become—well, too real sometimes.

There is something so freeing about asking “What if _____?” Then filling in the blank with your own creation. Choosing to write about fae was brought on by my young children. Children are curious; they crave adventure and information. I wanted to entertain them and help them view the world and the people around them with open minds and open hearts at the same time. Just imagine your neighbor hiding a pair of iridescent blue wings under that bathrobe she wears every morning when she comes out to pick up her newspaper. What if the boy down the street who has autism and is unable to speak could read your mind and communicate with beings from another world? How might your view them differently if you knew they were hiding such secrets? The fae are appealing because they are both endearing and frightening at the same time.

For me, writing about the fae is a way of answering the what if questions folklore has tried to answer since the beginning of time. During college I took a class on mythology and folklore thinking it would be an easy A. I was so wrong. The class was challenging. I found that the study of folklore and mythology is more a lesson on world religions and psychology and less of an exercise in creative writing. That said, all mythology and folklore serves a purpose and usually that purpose is to explain the previously unexplainable. In my writing, specifically INDIGO and THE SPRIGHTLING DIARIES before that, I merely asked a what if question and filled in the blanks drawing on the tales others have passed along for centuries.

"Indigo weaves a tragic legend into an intricate, delicious tale. Put wondrous creatures like the fae into an achingly real setting like this one, and you've got real magic." -Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of The Breakaway and Bonded

"Indigo is a must-have for every young adult who loves the fantasy genre. They will be captivated by the mystery, suspense and believable romance that continues throughout the novel until you're left wanting more. Don't miss this new novel by upcoming author Fiauna Lund." -Rachel McClellan, author of the YA Fractured Light series and Confessions of a Cereal Mother

"In Indigo, fans of Aprilynne Pike and Julie Kagawa will discover the next twist in fairy lore-and it's all about the banshee." -Amber Argyle, author of Witch Song and Witch Born

Fiauna Lund is a grown woman with an overactive imagination, a passion for writing, four children, and the dirty house to prove it.

Reading and writing have always been passions for Fiauna. During her childhood she spent hours exploring the woods of rural western Pennsylvania where she first began creating stories about faeries, pixies, magic, and mystical creatures.

She met her husband, Aaron, while attending Utah State University, and later earned a degree in human services from Columbia College which allowed her to study the uniquely challenged and inspiring people who serve as her collective muse. She now resides in Farmington, Utah. When she's not reading, writing, or running, she spends her time caring for her four adorable children and one rambunctious dog.

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Follow the tour:

September 3: Bookworm Lisa
September 4: Katy Now is Gone
September 4: Reader Girls
September 5: The Lovely Books
September 6: A Midsummer Night's Read
September 7: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
September 7: Primrose Musings
September 7: J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer
September 8: Wicked Readings by Tawania
September 8: Mermaid With A Book

September 8: Raging Bibliomania 
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