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Friday, December 13, 2013

Shadows of Asphodel Blog Tour - Spotlight + Top Ten + $25 Amazon GC Giveaway: Shadows of Asphodel (Shadows of Asphodel #1) by Karen Kincy

Author: Karen Kincy
Series: Shadows of Asphodel
Number in Series: 1
Release Date: September 13, 2013
Publisher: Self-Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Steampunk/Urban Fantasy
Presented by: CBB Book Promotions

Synopsis from Karen Kincy
When Ardis discovers a man bleeding to death on the battlefield, she knows she has to walk away.1913. In her work as a mercenary for Austria-Hungary, Ardis has killed many men without hesitation. One more man shouldn’t matter, even if he manages to be a charming bastard while he stands dying in the snow.

But when he raises the dead to fight for him, she realizes she must save his life.

If a necromancer like Wendel dies, he will return as a monster—or so the rumors say. Ardis decides to play it safe and rescues him. What she doesn’t expect is Wendel falling to one knee and swearing fealty. Ardis never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer, but it’s too late now.

Ardis and Wendel forge an uneasy alliance underscored with sexual tension. Together, they confront rebels, assassins, and a conspiracy involving a military secret: robotically-enhanced soldiers for a world on the brink of war. But as Ardis starts to fall for Wendel, she realizes the scars from his past run more deeply than she ever imagined. Can Ardis stop Wendel before his thirst for revenge destroys him and everyone else around him?

(Dieselpunk romance. Recommended for ages 17 & up.)

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Guest Post

Top Ten Things About Me
Karen Kincy

In no particular order…

1. I speak French, Mandarin, and a little bit of German. This came in handy when I studied abroad in France for three months, then hopped over to Germany for two weeks. I spent a lot of time figuring out things like how to buy potatoes at the farmer’s market (“Eine Kartoffel, bitte?”) and how to walk to my next hostel while carrying a boatload of stuff in my backpack.

2. If you want to know what I was studying in Germany, it was actually pretty awesome. I researched the Brothers Grimm and the fairy tales they collected. I hiked between villages in the Black Forest, visited the Brothers Grimm Museum in Kassel, and read the old fairytales in all their original glory of goriness.

3. I ran my first half-marathon this fall. (13.1 miles!) But before you think I’m über fit, just remember that writers are usually sedentary. I started running a year ago because I realized hunching over a computer writing and rewarding yourself by lying in bed reading might be bad.

4. I got my BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. It’s a nontraditional school with over a thousand acres of forest on its campus. No grades, no official majors, and nothing stopping me from writing a novel for credit with an independent learning contract and the guidance of a professor. That’s how I revised my debut novel, Other, one summer in Olympia.

5. I love Supernatural. Dean, Sam, and Castiel are awesome. (Dean especially.) Though I’m always a little sad that they don’t have more awesome female characters. I would love to see them pull off a girl who’s just as witty, angsty, sexy, and fiercely loyal as the guys. Charlie came close, but she wasn’t enough for me.

6. If I were in the zombie apocalypse, I would do three things: (1) Find a sword. (2) Find a bike. (3) Chop my way through the zombies with the sword while biking across the land toward the water, where I would look for a deserted island. Or even better, an aircraft carrier. Or maybe a nuclear submarine. I’m sure they could stay out at sea and wait out the zombies.

7. I’m a shameless fangirl for Loki and Tom Hiddleston, who I suspect is Loki’s biggest fanboy. Hiddleston is so unbelievably charming it should be illegal. I spend way too much time squeeing over Hiddleston.

8. I’m secretly disappointed by many steampunk books and movies. This may be why I wrote a dieselpunk book the way I wanted to read one. There’s way too much stuff with ladies and gentleman (white, straight, rich) running around London with gadgets, drinking tea, and riding obligatory airships. And airships, by the way, are solidly dieselpunk in my mind. Just look at zeppelins. Please don’t hate me, steampunk fans.

9. I’m not-so-secretly a total research nerd. This week alone I’ve spent hours collecting source documents on zeppelin blueprints and airship travel. I found out that they took zeppelins on polar expeditions, and there was an Aeroarctic society dedicated to exploring the Arctic by airship. If I’d read that in a book, I’d be skeptical, but you know what they say about the truth and fiction.

10. I like to read steamy romance novels on the bus. My Kindle helps. ;)

About Karen Kincy

Karen Kincy (Redmond, Washington) lives among countless trees, some of which—her pet kumquats and oranges—have lovingly invaded her apartment. Unlike her characters, she has never been on the run from the law or bitten by a werewolf, though she has been known to howl at the moon. Karen has BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College, and is studying toward a Master’s in Computational Linguistics.

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  1. Thanks for hosting a tour stop! Karen Kincy has a lot of fascinating things she's done and currently does! I wish I could speak more languages. I took German in school but lost most of it and can mostly only recognize it if I hear it. And as a kid my family tried to learn Finish together and I still remember bits and pieces of it. But that's it. :(

  2. Such an interesting and unique sounding book. I've had it on my TBR for awhile but after all the great reviews I might have to pick it up soon. I love the dieselpunk genre and necromancers are just cool.

  3. Great post! I'm a fan of The Grimms' Bros, love all the tales they collected. They were actually part of the driving force behind the unification of the Germany we know now. Realising that local dialects were in danger of dying out, they traveled throughout Germany, and quickly discovered the way to encourage villagers & towns' people to speak naturally in their own accent, was to ask them to relate a familiar local story. They quickly realised they were also gathering a treasure trove of old legends and myths, and thankfully recorded the stories too, along with the pronunciation of the words.

  4. I love the cover! :) I can't wait to read this. I have added it to my TBR list! Happy Raeding! & Merry Christmas! :)


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