Being an Author by Kristi Strong – Guest post and giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kristi will offer a signed paperback copy of The Lady of Steinbrekka, along with a Land of Kaldalangra bookmark prize pack. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Hi everyone, and thanks for having me here!

Today I was reflecting on being an author. It is fun, it is stressful, it is a completely different world from my other roles in life as mother, wife, or tech support. I was thinking about what my greatest fear as an author would be, and came up with a couple different things.

First off, the first reaction when I send out beta versions of my newest work. Even though there is still so much finessing to be done, I’m still waiting, heart in my throat, to get the responses from readers, hoping and praying that they love it just as much as I do. This fear is only amplified when I finally hit that publish button, and the reviews start coming in from bloggers, readers, and other authors. Most of the time, I’m literally holding my breath as I read the first line, and it never seems to get easier!

The second one that comes to mind is the public speaking portion of being an author. Sure, most of my work is done behind a keyboard, safe in the nest I’ve created, free from having to get over my fear of socialiality (totally a word!). But then there come times when I have to come out of the cave: signing events, like when I do a local author signing at the library, or speaking events, such as Creative Writing classes in the local high schools. I had the greatest challenge this past summer when I attended the Believe, Hope, Live conference and was surrounded by (totally awesome) strangers. Talk about diving into my awkwardness headfirst and having a blast.

My biggest fear though, is the fear that people will associate the not-so-nice events and characters in my books, with my life. Whenever I write about torture, imply rape, or give a character a parent that abuses them, I fear that a reader may read too much into it, and may think that those things are a direct reflection of my life. It almost makes me want to write in the acknowledgments “P.S. My parents are wonderful,” because I would hate for people to think badly of them after reading my books, by assuming too much.

Ah fears, some irrational, some rational, but everything still valid.

9_5 Cover_Lady of SteinbrekkaRhea Aralia lived an uneventful life in Virginia, until the fateful night of her kidnapping. Taken to a strange realm of destruction, despair, and mysterious people with dark secrets, the young woman must learn a new way of life to survive.

With the help of her new companions, Rhea discovers the courage to defy the tyrant King Verikhan and his heir, the cleverness to deceive the court, and the power within herself to transform this world of darkness into one of beauty and hope.

Will Rhea triumph over those who seek her destruction, or will she be forever lost in the darkness known as Kaldalangra?

Join Rhea as she fights to take destiny back into her own hands.

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9_5 Cover_Kylassame-ebookIt has been two years since the reign of the tyrannical King Verikhan has ended, and the realm of Kaldalangra flourishes.

Nyssa has taken her place as Queen of the realm, with her secret love, Sebast, now openly at her side. She rules with a fair hand, striving for justice and prosperity for all of her people.

Rowan and Rhea travel the realm, spreading peace and healing wherever they go. In Kylassame, they have formed a strong bond with friends and spread deep roots in the community.

The people of Kaldalangra are joyful, and life in their world is better than ever before.

But a string of tragedies has the ability to bring Rhea to her knees, and with her, the entire realm. While Rowan struggles to recover the village of Kylassame from a devastating crime, Rhea’s faith in her own strength weakens, with dire consequences.

Re-enter the world of Kaldalangra, and join the adventure as Rhea and Rowan endeavor to continue upon their chosen destiny.

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9_5 Cover_Soul of Asimina - Kristi StrongIn the land of Kaldalangra, one woman stands at a crossroads

Sabina de Nespa has known a life of freedom and peace, thanks to the actions of her heroic parents. As a child of royalty, she has kept her intentions pure and her heart guarded, always aware that the crown of the realm may one day rest upon her brow.

When two strangers stumble across her path, she finds her peace shattered as dangerous family secrets begin to emerge, along with a malignant force that threatens to destroy her entire world. These men have the ability to help her rise to brilliant heights, or cause a devastating plunge into darkness.

It is now up to Sabina to continue her parents’ legacy of honor, courage, and strength through adversity. With the fate of Kaldalangra upon her shoulders, she has vowed to follow the path of righteousness, or die trying.

Enjoy an excerpt from Soul of Asimina

Katrina sat next to their father, her face even paler than usual and eyes red from terror-induced tears. Her friends had been forbidden to speak with her until this drama played out, and for Katrina the feel of being a pariah had been nigh unbearable.

Sabina placed a hand on her sister’s shoulder and leaned forward to whisper, “We are strong. We will rise. We are the rightful children of this realm and we will not lose our place to lies and manipulations.”

“Pretty speech.” The unfamiliar male voice whispered from the empty seat to her left.

She looked over quickly and jumped in her seat, grateful that her family’s attention had been transferred to the arena as Lasarre and Darian walked through the wide doors.

Blue eyes looked down at her and a chilling smile played across his crimson lips. “Blood will flow today. I can smell it. It has been a long time since a fight to the death occurred in this arena. Too long since the sand was heavy with its weight, the air filled with its metallic balm.”

A soft, mournful feminine voice spoke from beside him. “It should never have flowed in the first place, my love.”

Both Sabina and her grandfather turned to see her grandmother, Sula, sitting regally beside Nyssa. They looked like mirror images, though her father had been the child to inherit his mother’s green eyes. She felt the ghost-man beside her grow rigid with shock. Terror and panic pulsed from his image in waves, the air shimmering in its wake.

“Sula,” he whispered. “My love.”

About the Author:9_5 Author photo Krist StrongFixing broken computers, wrangling a very spirited little toddler, and creating a world with a tyrant king, are all parts of the average day for Kristi Strong. While she has called Virginia her home for two decades, her head has rested in two countries, three states, and far too many houses to count. She was more than happy to give up her nomadic lifestyle and settle down with her husband, daughter, cat and chinchilla.

While attending James Madison University, she was given the rare opportunity to work as part of an archaeological team on a variety of dig sites in Virginia, including the homes of former Presidents, James Madison and George Washington, civil war sites such as The Stevens’ House and Fort Evans Mississippian Encampment, and a variety of pre-historic hunting sites and camps.

Kristi now uses her extensive studies in human cultures to create her own world in her fantasy novels, beginning with her debut novel, The Lady of Steinbrekka, and continuing with Heart of Kylassame and Soul of Asimina.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. You rock. Thank you so much for the post!

  3. Interesting titles

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