A Bond of Venom and Magic
By Karen Tomlinson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 14th 2016
The Wraith Lord is hunting; his prize, the key to unleashing darkness and Chaos upon the eight Kingdoms.
For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the south seems a remote danger until her home is brutally attacked. Having lost everything she holds dear, Diamond is catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half blood fae, like her, have no rights. Despite her growing feelings for her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir, he remains a paradox – not only is he a heartless killer, he is owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic.
As Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous she is drawn deeper into Hugo’s world and discovers the lengths to which he will go to save what he holds dear. Will Hugo become her friend, her protector, or – an enemy not worthy of her trust?
A Bond of Venom and Magic is a tale of two people bound by magic and secrets, but trapped in the complexities of love and betrayal. It is the beginning of an epic journey, one that will test Diamond’s resolve and determination to battle an evil that threatens not only her world but that of Eternity, the land of The Guardians and The Goddess.
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About the Author
Karen Tomlinson is the author of The Guardians and The Goddess series of Young Adult fantasy books. Book one A Bond of Venom and Magic will be released October 14th 2016.
Karen has always been an avid reader. Her taste in books is eclectic but she likes nothing better than an exciting fantasy set in a new and magical world. She lives in Derbyshire, England, with her husband, twin girls and her dalmatian, Poppy. Karen trained as a nurse and currently works as a resuscitation and clinical skills trainer, this involves training a wide variety of health care professionals and medical students in acute patient care. In addition to writing, and reading whenever she can, Karen likes to keep active. She has been training at Shotokan karate since being thirteen, likes walking, mountain biking and (for something completely different) cake decorating. She is currently working on book two in the Guardians of The Goddess series.
As soon as I could read I spent hours getting lost in the new worlds books could give me. Spending my pocket money had to be done (obviously) but not on sweets, well, not many…I spent my money on books. Back then it was Enid Blyton’s Famous Five which sparked my young mind. I didn’t rest until I had the whole set, then I migrated to the secret seven… ( ther was no Harry Potter around then) As a teenager I would trawl through all my mum and dad’s discarded books. It was probably highly inappropriate for a thirteen year old to be reading swoony Mills and Boon romances followed by Ian Flemming, Alistair Maclean and Wilbur Smith!
Because I read whatever I could get my hands on back then, I now have an eclectic taste in books and will read anything that catches my eye. I absolutely love illustrated book covers!
In my late teens I discovered fantasy and that has stayed my firm favourite. I am and will always remain a complete sucker for a fantasy with kick ass characters, and worlds steeped in magic and romance!
Guest Post: My Writing Journey
By: Karen Tomlinson
I have always loved reading and always wanted to write. I had stories zipping around in my head all the time as a child, especially at night before slipping into dream land. I wrote some cringe worthy romances in my twenties but hadn’t attempted writing for a number of years when I started ABOVAM. My career and family had been my priority. When my twin girls were at the age they wanted a bedtime story, we began to make one up together. Their request – dragons, a prince called Jack, a boy called Tom and a girl called Diamond Sparkles (Hmm?). We had castles with secret towers and tunnels, and fairy rebels in a cave with the dragon; who would help Diamond, Tom and Jack escape a demon lord…. I then realised that my children were growing quickly, so began to write it down for when they were old enough to read it. Hence, A Bond of Venom and Magic was born. It has changed immensely over the four years it has taken me to settle into my writing style. But I think I am finding myself now.
I don’t really have a typical day where I can write undisturbed. I work full time as a resuscitation and clinical skills trainer. I teach on long courses, at the medical school and in the hospital. I have twin girls, a dog…oh yes, and a hubby. I fit in writing whenever and wherever I can. I take myself off to the library at breaks and lunch and work at home as soon as I can, often staying up until the early hours to market and write my books.
It is very hard to balance a home life when you choose to be an author. I was recently trying to do too much and neglecting the most important things in my life, my girls and my hubby. I have readjusted dead lines for edits of book two and tried to remain objective about the release of ABOVAM. I try and keep outside interests going too. I have always been an active person but have found my fitness has reduced as I am often sitting at a computer. I therefore make time to go to the gym and take my children swimming one evening a week. I think being an author could consume you to the point you live in your fiction world more than the real world if you are not careful.
When I first completed my book and began researching what to do next, I found traditional publishing looked to be an empty pit of time and effort for the chance of an unlikely break. Even so I still felt I should give it a go…and I would be lying if I said I did not want a traditional publishing contract. However, after six months, and I suppose compared to some people, a small amount of queries, (around thirty I think) I decided to do it myself. I got far too frustrated with adjusting my query letter to suit individuals who were likely to give it to an assistant to read; and then wait for at least three months for a ‘thanks but no thanks.’
My MS was done, other than editing, so I decided to take the plunge and do it myself. My view was, I had put a lot of time and effort into the story and if I liked it, chances were someone else would too. I took the decision to self-publish and ignored the snide looks. I have found it hard work and a huge learning curve but I am hoping it will in the end it will be worth the effort.
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