15 February 2017

Blog Tour: The Travelers by K.L. Kranes

The Travelers by K.L. Kranes
Genre:YA Fantasy
Publisher: Sanguaro Books
Release Date: October 2016
Synopsis: Dagny lives a dangerous life. Pursued by an unknown enemy, Dagny and her family are always on the run and must use magic to stay hidden and safe. When Dagny meets Marc, everything changes. For the first time, she can imagine a future that doesn't involve constantly changing her life. Despite the risk, Dagny vows to stop running. But as their enemies start closing in, Dagny wonders if she can ever really live a normal life and if she can actually trust Marc.This fast-paced debut novel by K.L. Kranes merges fantasy and romance and takes the reader on an exciting magical adventure. 

Meet K.L. Kranes,
K.L. Kranes lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband, daughter and their adorable dog. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Communications. K.L. moved to New York City after college and worked in public relations before returning to her true passions of writing and editing. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and trying out new potential hobbies. Her latest endeavors include driving her dog crazy as she learns the guitar and making a fool of herself as a novice swing dancer.

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Interview with Kranes
1) What do you love and hate about being a writer?
I like this question. It’s unique, especially considering my book is about hatred, what fuels hatred and how to overcome it with love. Therefore, a question about love and hate seems very appropriate.
I like to end on the positive. So, let’s start with hate. Honestly, there is very little I hate about writing. I even like the struggle. Sometimes I can spend hours re-writing one paragraph or I’ll completely change a storyline. I probably should hate it when that happens. Instead, I get satisfaction from figuring out how to make it work, like when you were a kid and figured out a really hard math problem. If there is something I hate about writing, it’s the unknown. As a published author, now that my work is out there in the world, I don’t know if people will read it or like it. I don’t know what will happen with it. That’s the scariest part.
Now for the love. I just love writing. I like the feeling of my fingers pressing down on keys. I love conjuring stories on the screen. I could sit and write for hours and hours. I’ve always loved writing. My whole life, I filled endless notebooks with stories and poems. It took me a long time to realize though that meant I was truly a writer. My love of writing was always there but I didn’t realize it, like one of those stories where you finally notice your best friend has been the love of your life all along. I consider writing one of my great loves. Like all great loves, it makes me unbelievably happy and can also drive me unbelievably crazy. But, it’s still love. 

2) What do you do when you have writers block?
To overcome writer’s block I just write, anything at all. For me, it’s kind of like when you can’t think of a word or an idea, so you do something else and then it pops into your head. Writing something completely different, even it if it something mundane like an email, clears my head and helps me move forward on my other project.

3) Can you give aspiring authors any advice?

When I think about this question I think about what I would tell myself if I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice. I’d say, don’t be afraid. Show your work to people. Feedback is critical and helps to shape you as a person and a writer.

4) How long did it take you to write the Travelers?
It took me about 10 years, sort of. I didn’t write the book over an entire decade. Actually, I wrote the first draft in just a few months. Then I shelved it for years. Occasionally, I’d take it out and brush off the metaphorical dust, edit it and then shelve it again. I probably spent about 7 years refusing to show it to anyone, even my family. Once I finally got over my crippling fear of criticism and rejection, the process accelerated. Eventually, I got lucky and found a publisher. 

5) Do you have a street team or an email subscription that my followers can subscribe to to get more information about you and your upcoming projects?
Yes, your readers can sign up for my mailing list. A link can be found on the home page on my website - https://klkranes.com/. You can also follow my blog by scrolling to the bottom of the page here: https://klkranes.com/blog/. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and answering my questions! Good luck on your future endeavors!

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14 February 2017

Teaser Tuesday - February 14, 2017

Its that time again! Its early Tuesday morning, after a long week of winter storms that seemed like they were never going to end. Here in NH we got about 30" of snow spanning across the whole week. I'd love to know if you got snow and if so, where and how much? Anyways, Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading where we give you guys awesome teasers from the books we're reading! Anyone can join you just need to follow these rules.

1. Grab your current read.
2. Open up to a random page.
3. Share two sentences from somewhere on that page.
4. Don't share any spoilers you don't want to ruin the book!
5. Lastly include the title and author so we can add it to our TBR pile!

Synopsis: Mira and Francesca Cillo—beautiful, overprotected, odd—seemed untouchable. But Ben touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the seven places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca's world, and that some things are better left untouched.

Teaser: "Mira navigated to Francesca's bedside, leaning in close. Her sister's face was slick with tears and waxy, as though her blood had drained away." (Savage, 77) 

I hope you all enjoyed this teaser. Beautiful Broken Girls comes out this month! 
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