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Friday, April 10, 2020

Blog Tour- THE SPIRIT BREATHER by @bekahharrisbook With An Interview & #Giveaway!




I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE SPIRIT BREATHER by Bekah Harris Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:
Title: THE SPIRIT BREATHER (Native Guardians #1)
Author: Bekah Harris
Pub. Date: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Dreamlake Media
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 252
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The Vampire Diaries meets Native lore in this dark fantasy romance.

An immortal guardian.
A soul-stealing enemy.
A dangerous, new power.
Only the Spirit Breather can stand against the darkness…

Months after surviving an assault that nearly claimed her life, Emily Morrow’s summer goal is to forget about the memories that lurk in her nightmares. So when her friends invite her on a post-grad camping trip in the mountains, she jumps at the chance to escape her haunting past, even for just a few days.

But even miles from home, Emily’s past is closer than ever.

When her best friend, Kadie, is snatched by the dark creatures nesting in the forest, Emily comes face to face with the truth behind her chilling past. Together, with the mysterious Joseph Stomper, who is much more than he seems, Emily must find the courage to embrace her role in a centuries-old prophecy and harness a dangerous gift before she loses everyone she loves.

With Kadie’s life hanging in the balance, will Emily learn to control her new power? Or will the darkness destroy them both?

Filled with deadly magic, frightening folklore, and forbidden romance, The Spirit Breather is a spine-tingling paranormal fantasy that will keep you turning pages well past your bedtime.

What Readers are Saying:

"Sometimes a book will come along that will surprise and captivate you, it will draw you into the story and make you a part of the world. This is such a book!! This book was simply brilliant!!! I adored every minute of it." - Natalie, A Book Lover's Life

"It was so refreshing to open this book up to a new kind of story, with Native American characters taking center-stage and diving into an entire mythos of lore, spiritual awakening, latent magical powers, ageless sage leaders, and, naturally, angsty young people battling not only big scary monsters, but themselves in a conflict of deep personal struggle, of self discovery, of a painful past, and of a hopeful future." - Dustin Street, Big Small Town Books

"The amount of detail and heart Harris put into her characters and setting make The Spirit Breather stand out from the crowd. The story is wildly entertaining, the characters are easy to love, the plot is carefully crafted, and the writing is lovely. This was a refreshing read and I'm looking forward to more about Joseph and Emily in the future." - Amazon Customer





Interview:

Hey Bekah!! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! THE SPIRIT BREATHER sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

Thanks for having me! I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the THE SPIRIT BREATHER and the characters?

THE SPIRIT BREATHER is a YA paranormal/fantasy based on the terrifying legends and lore of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Appalachian settlers.

At its core,  it is about a broken teen girl who finds her inner strength through her role in an ancient  prophecy that names her the savior of her people.

All this self-actualization and coming-of-age awesomeness is revealed through action, adventure, magic and romance; frightening creatures like Raven Mockers and Nunnehi Immortals; and the beautiful, dangerous backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains.

What are you working on now?

I am in the early planning and writing stages of a new series, tentatively titled The Lost Coven. It is based on the historical settlement of Lost Cove, deep in the mountains of East Tennessee. The settlement is now an abandoned ghost town  and popular, albeit dangerous, destination for hikers and ghost hunters.

So, of course, I will be putting my own paranormal/fantastical spin on this setting, incorporating Celtic/Appalachian vampire and faerie  lore, as well as folk magic, often called Appalachian Hoodoo. I am super excited about how this one is shaping up!

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

When I was writing the final version of THE SPIRIT BREATHER, I had just gone through a traumatic, high risk pregnancy and premature delivery. My son was in the hospital for five months fighting for his life, and I had a lot to cope with once we were all finally home together. Emily Morrow is not based on me, but her trauma is a reflection of the brokenness I felt during that time. Basically, I recovered from the trauma by writing through it. As an author, I was pretty cruel to her, but she turned out alright in the end, just as I did.

Kadie Townsend is a mash-up of a couple of my best friends from childhood, who were always spunky, fierce, and up for adventure, and Derrick Alexander is a  smorgasbord of every terrible boyfriend I had before meeting my husband! 

Ezra Crowe is a combination of my father and late grandfather, both no-nonsense “tough guys” who never let age stop them from taking charge and doing what needs to be done. Neither of them are/were sit-in-the-recliner type of old guys. I mean, my dad is 73, and he takes Jujitsu and Kickboxing, for crying out loud, so I definitely echoed that type of spirit in Ezra Crowe.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

Emily was my favorite character to write because there are so many layers to her recovery and self-realization. I wanted to start out with someone who was broken, yet not weak, and maybe had a different view of herself than others had of her. It was challenging to gradually allow her to come into her own as a fierce badass leader.
My least favorite character to write would have to be Derrick Alexander. In the beginning drafts of this novel, he was a bit one-dimensional--the proverbial jerk ex-boyfriend with no redeeming qualities. I didn’t want readers to like him, but at the same time, he had to be believable. As I revised, I worked hard to mold him into a more sympathetic, complicated character. In the end, many people tell me they really love that about him, and honestly, he became one of my favorites, despite the fact that he was a pain to write. He is the well-meaning, complicated boyfriend who wants to be better but chooses the wrong thing every time. In the end, though, he’s a bit of an anti-hero. 

What is your favorite passages/scenes in THE SPIRIT BREATHER?

Definitely the ending scene between Emily and Ezra Crowe. I won’t give away any spoilers, but she has to choose between the life she has always known and the people she is sworn to protect. I have a thing for last lines, and the last line of this book is, by far, my favorite I’ve ever written.

And of course, the kissing scene between Emily and Joseph! Forbidden romance is the best kind!

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

Endless! Before writing this, I was actually researching my grandfather’s heritage. He was raised on a Cherokee reservation in Georgia, though we are Irish. Apparently, the Irish were treated so badly in the industrial North, that many of them came South, searching for a better life. From what little I know--and I have to do more research on this--the Cherokee accepted them and allowed them to live among them.

All of this led me to Cherokee, NC, where I became obsessed with the legends and lore. I visited the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Oconaluftee Indian Village, and watched Unto These Hills, an outdoor drama that details the story of the Cherokee. I found a local bookstore and racked up a huge bill on books about their history, mythology, and legends. When I read about the Raven Mockers, the Nunnehi, and the 
Spirit Warriors, I couldn’t get them out of my head.

The Spirit Breather, as a character, is of my own creation, but the series began with the Raven Mockers and the Nunnehi Immortals.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

It would have to be James Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I first reader the series about ten years ago, and I fell in love with the romance between Jamie and Claire. He is definitely a strong Alpha Male with all the hero qualities, but he also has brains to go along with the brawn and is secure enough in himself to allow Claire to be strong, independent, and assertive. He is as close to perfect as they come...which is why he is fictional and not real.

What inspired you to write YA?

Honestly, my favorite books are YA stories. I grew up on a healthy diet of R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Richie Tankersley Cusick, and L.J. Smith. Then, when I began teaching high school English, one of the ways I would relate to my students was through the books they were reading--not what was in the textbook. They introduced me to the authors of their generation, from Stephenie Meyer and Cassandra Clare to Holly Black and Neil Gaimon. I read everything I could get my hands on. Even in college, though, my professors would tell me all my stories were about teenagers and old people. So I just went with it. All of my stories involve teenagers and at least one amazing elderly character, like Ezra Crowe.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Right now, I’m reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I’ve been so caught up in my own writing that I’ve neglected my TBR pile. Thanks to the Corona Virus (if we can really thank this awful pandemic for anything), I’m getting caught up. I am dying to read Clare’s latest, Chain of Gold, but I want to finish the other series before I start on that one.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

According to Pottermore, I am a Hufflepuff. Realistically, though, I’ve always thought I would be more of a Ravenclaw, even though the Potter fan in me would choose to be in Gryffindor.

Instagram, Twitter or Facebook?

I’ve never really gotten into Twitter, so fans can typically find me on Facebook and Instagram, where I post more frequently. Thanks to my students, I have recently discovered TikTok, which is a fantastic vortex of vapid and useless distractions. I’m really just there for the cat videos.

Favorite Superhero?

WonderWoman, of course!

Favorite TV show?

Outlander

Sweet or Salty?

Sweet

Any Phobias?

Spiders and Clowns

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Anything by Billie Eilish

2020 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but I heard it just got pushed back to 2021. Blasted pandemic. :(

Thanks so much Bekah for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read THE SPIRIT BREATHER!



About Bekah:

Born and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, Bekah Harris has been writing since she could hold a pencil. The beauty of her home in the Appalachian Mountains, along with the legends, myths, and folklore of that area, is what inspires the unique plots and settings captured in her young adult fiction. In addition to her love of all things fictional, Bekah is also a freelance writer and editor, an occasional adjunct professor, and a high school English teacher. When not working, Bekah can be found at home building block towers for her son to knock down, drinking coffee and watching Netflix with her husband.






Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive a signed finished copy of the THE SPIRIT BREATHER, US Only.



Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/30/2020
Excerpt
3/30/2020
Excerpt
3/31/2020
Excerpt
3/31/2020
Spotlight
4/1/2020
Excerpt
4/1/2020
Excerpt
4/2/2020
Excerpt
4/2/2020
Review
4/3/2020
Review
4/3/2020
Review

Week Two:
4/6/2020
Review
4/6/2020
Excerpt
4/7/2020
Review
4/7/2020
Excerpt
4/8/2020
Review
4/8/2020
Review
4/9/2020
Review
4/9/2020
Interview
4/10/2020
Interview
4/10/2020
Review




2 comments:

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