Monday, 27 May 2013

Featured Author: Kai Strand

A warm welcome to American tween and YA author Kai Strand who tells us the inspiration behind her new book, Beware of the White, which is on my TBR list! First a little taster about the novel.

Beware of the White

As is tradition, Terra learns on the Saturday past her twelfth birthday that she is a Natures Spirit. It is her legacy to serve in the peaceful underground city of Concord. Learning she is named in a prophecy and being threatened by the leader of the death tribe…that part breaks tradition.

The Trepidus are the death janitors of the Underworld, responsible for delivering fatalities with a smile and cleaning up after themselves until Blanco, recent leader of the Trepidus, decides the day of reckoning for his species is coming. He begins organizing the creatures and leads them toward an uprising. The prophecy says there is one person who can stop him. Terra.

With Spirit of Security, Frank, protecting her, Terra attempts to complete her training and discover her Spirit talents. Together, they go on a rogue investigation to learn how to defeat Blanco. In the end, it comes down to a battle of the minds. The future of Concord is at stake. Will Blanco, the older, more experienced being win? Or will Terra, the young, new Spirit earn back the peace of the city?

Inspiration Behind the Story

The summer before my daughter entered fourth grade she and I plowed through the first four books in the Harry Potter series. The fifth book wasn’t due for release for months still and I was desperate for more fantasy.

Why not create my own world? I decided. So I sat down at the computer and started to type. The creatures, the lush setting, the drama; it all poured from my fingers and into my hard drive in a relatively fast rush of creativity.

I wish all my inspiration flowed so seamlessly. I hope you enjoy reading BEWARE OF THE WHITE as much as I enjoyed creating it.

I loved the Harry Potter books too, Kai – and love the imagination behind your own story! Many thanks for being my guest.

Beware of the White is available from:
Or look for it on iTunes

Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.

To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her website. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her facebook page, Kai Strand, Author.

To celebrate the launch of BEWARE OF THE WHITE, Kai Strand has awesome book related prize packages. Be sure to enter to win. And return again and again to claim entries as you qualify. Kai will also have Spontaneous Giveaways during her book tour. Those giveaways won’t be announced so be sure to follow Kai’s tour. Only virtual stalkers will have the opportunity at all the fun!

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  1. Rosemary, I suspect Harry Potter inspired a lot of people to write, read, dream. What a creative series. I'd be thrilled if my books inspire even a smidge of the amount of people HP has. Thank you so much for letting me share my new book with your readers.

  2. Lovely to host you here, Kai - hope lots of people get the chance to read your book!

  3. Kai - I think I read an interview about your book on another blog. It does sound very interesting. Wishing you much success,

    1. Thanks, Beth. Hope you have a chance to pick it up for yourself or a fantasy loving tween! I appreciate you stopping in and reading.

    2. Many thanks for commenting, Beth!