Blog Tour: The Raven and the Dove

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The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove #1)

By Kaitlyn Davis
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Release Date: March 9th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
Synopsis:
Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!
A princess longing to be free…
On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.
A bastard aching to belong…
Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.
Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…
Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.
Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove!
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Guest Post: Writing A Forbidden Romance

The quintessential component to any forbidden romance is, in my option, the stakes! They have to be high, so high you see no possible way these two people can be together without totally destroying their lives or the lives of the people around them. You need to feel the agony of their separation. You need to feel the yearning between them. You need to pine when they pine.

Sounds fun, right? Well, if your answer is yes, my book The Raven and the Dove might just be for you!

One of the reasons I adore the story of Tristan and Isolde is because of the impossibility of their love. It’s not just a princess yearning for someone other than her betrothed (a common trope). There are so many more layers keeping these two lovers apart. Two kingdoms are at war, and if the marriage falls through innocent people will die. King Mark is Tristan’s uncle, so giving into his feelings means betraying his family and someone who is like a father to him. On the other side, King Mark is kind—not an evil tyrant—so Isolde would never want to hurt him. Not to mention, getting caught would likely mean death. The stakes ARE SO HIGH!

Okay, you might be saying right now—Isn’t Tristan and Isolde a tragedy? Yes… Yes, it is. In this particular tale, the stakes are so high, maybe a bit too high, that everything goes to hell. BUT one of the nice aspects of a retelling is I get to make the story my own.

In my story, the bond between Lyana and Rafe is about more than a love potion. When they first meet, they’re forced to share their deepest secrets—each possesses forbidden magic—and in doing so, they’re able to be more vulnerable and honest with each other than they’ve ever been before. Being together means being free to be who they are, something neither of them ever imagined possible. But, of course, there are a few things in the way.

Lyana is betrothed to Prince Xander, a sweet and noble prince who happens to be Rafe’s half-brother. Betraying Xander would destroy Rafe. And for Lyana, following her heart would mean ruining a man who’s been nothing but good to her and a kingdom that’s done nothing but accept her.

That’s not all.

Did I mention that these characters all have wings and live on islands floating high above the clouds? No? Go with it. Because thousands of feet below, in a land enshrouded by fog, a king believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and he wants her for himself—no matter the cost.

Don’t worry—I won’t give away how it all comes together (you have to read the book!), but I think you’ll agree, the stakes are high, which sets the stage for a nail-biting forbidden romance. Now I just need to figure out how to let them live happily ever after…but that’s a problem for the sequel!

What do you think is the most important aspect of writing a forbidden romance? What are some of your favorite forbidden romances?

About the Author

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”
To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here: https://www.goodreads.com/Kay_Marie
Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com
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Blog Tour: Seven Deadly Shadows

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Seven Deadly Shadows

By: Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 28th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Synopsis:
Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.
But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.
Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.
With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.
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SDS BLOG TOUR GUEST POST– The Journey to the Book’s Map

Hi everyone, Courtney Alameda here, co-author of SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS! We were so lucky to get a map in SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS. And not just any map, but a map designed and illustrated by the amazingly talented Feifei Ruan! While the final result is absolutely stunning, our map certainly didn’t start out that way . . .

 

To begin, our editor asked Valynne and I to create a map of the Fujikawa Family Shrine. Because I have some facility with Photoshop, I dove in and came up with this beauty:

Map 1

 

It’s . . . a map, I think? With blob gardens and blob ponds, box buildings and nebulous mountainsides. (I did my best, okay?!) Thank heaven that Feifei translated my blobs and boxes into a spectacular first draft:

 

Map_sketch[1]

It looks like a proper Shinto shrine, doesn’t it?! With a rough draft in hand, Valynne and I had to make some decisions that impacted the text—for example, Feifei asked us if it was proper to have a pond in front of the main hall. We decided that she was right, that feature didn’t make sense, and moved the water feature into the main courtyard.

 

We also sent Feifei lots of images of shrines from our trips to Japan.

 

The next draft looked like this:

 

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Beautiful, right? At this point, we fine-tuned the text to match the map. There were lots of references in the novel to the “pond in the courtyard,” which meant we had to painstakingly comb through the text and adjust them all. We also spent time triple-checking fight scenes and making sure everything was copacetic.

 

And after a few more adjustments, Feifei sent us this:

 

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We were thrilled with this version! So imagine our elation when we saw the final, glorious, full-color version of the Fujikawa Shrine:

 

final map

Valynne and I are so grateful to Feifei Ruan and the creative team at HarperCollins for this map! As you read SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS, I hope it helps you acquaint yourself with one of the most important places in the novel—the Fujikawa Family Shrine.

 

Thanks for reading! And should you take the time to listen to Kira’s tale, Valynne and I hope you enjoy it! Just remember, don’t fear the shadows . . .

 

About the Authors
Courtney Alameda
A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels for young people. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker award and hailed as a “standout in the genre” by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novel, PITCH DARK (Spring 2017), is a genre-blending science fiction/horror novel in the vein of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film ALIEN.
Courtney holds a B.A. in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing. She is represented by the talented John M. Cusick of Folio Literary. A Northern California native, she now resides in Utah with her husband, a legion of books, and a tiny five pound cat with a giant personality.
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Valynne E. Maetani

Valynne E. Maetani (pronounced Vuh-lin Mah-eh-tah-nee) grew up in Utah and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In a former life, she was a project manager and developed educational software for children with learning disabilities. Currently, she is a full-time writer. She is a member of the We Need Diverse Books team and is dedicated to promoting diversity in children’s literature because every child should grow up believing his or her story deserves to be told. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013, a Junior Library Guild 2015 selection, and Best Fiction Book in Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best of Utah Arts Award for 2015. She lives in Salt Lake City.

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