Friday, January 29, 2016

Daughter of the Drackan by Kathrin Hutson Excerpt, Interview, Book Sale & Giveaway


Daughter of the Drackan
by Kathrin Hutson

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

Keelin is the only human fledgling, weaned by the drackans of the High Hills and given their instincts, ferocious strength, and fierce hatred for humankind. But even the drackans closest to her cannot explain why she has violent blackouts from which she wakens covered in blood.

A desperate, reckless search for the source of this secret brings her face to face with the human world and memories from a locked-away past, long forgotten. Keelin becomes a terrifying legend among human assassins while she hunts for answers, and the human realm’s High King is murdered.

While a sickly steward hides within crumbling walls, commanding her every move with a magic he should not possess, Keelin’s journey to track him down threatens her loyalty to the drackans who raised her. The rogue who crosses her path hides familiar secrets, echoing her own terrifying bloodlust and forcing her to consider that there may be something human about her, after all.

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Excerpt One:

Igetheyr stood unmoving, and E’Kahlyn gently unfurled her red-brown wings. The child sat atop the drackan’s scaly back, legs huddled up to her chest. She too stared at Igetheyr, eyes glowing from beneath the shock of tangled hair.

The others snorted and growled at the human, their hatred and bloodlust already thick in the air. The drackans’ centuries-old feud with the scale-less race ran deep within their blood. Seeing one now in their home stirred timeless memories of the war, so long ago, that had started their hatred in the first place, and memories of the last human fledgling who had turned astray.

Igetheyr shifted his eyes toward the child, expressionless until he chose to speak. E’Kahlyn shot her mind-voice in a direct, shielded stream to the child, hoping to reach it before Igetheyr did. ‘Have you heard our discussion?’

A light, purple-gray blotch found its way slowly to her mind with the feeble words, ‘I did.’

‘Then go to him, young one.’

The child slid to the ground, gazing at the drackan with pleading eyes. E’Kahlyn nudged her forward with her snout. The child stumbled toward Igetheyr’s great figure and placed her hands behind her back. Her narrow chest stuck out vulnerably, head held high, and she met eyes with the black drackan. Fear did not exist in the child, as if it never had. She was part of the new world around her now and still so disconnected. 

Igetheyr snorted, seemingly entrapped by her boldness. E’Kahlyn opened her mind to just the two of them, eagerly awaiting the important exchange, the final word.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kathrin Hutson has been writing fiction for fifteen years, editing for five, and plunging in and out of reality since she first became aware of the concept. Kathrin specializes in Dark Fantasy and Sci-fi, and the second novel in this series, Mother of the Drackan, will be released this February.

Kathrin runs her own independent editing company, KLH CreateWorks, for Indie Authors of all genres. She also serves as Story Coordinator and Chief Editor for Collaborative Writing Challenge, and Editing Director for Rambunctious Rambling Publications, Inc. Needless to say, she doesn’t have time to do anything she doesn’t enjoy.

You can grab your copy of Daughter of the Drackan, in print or as an ebook, on Amazon here: mybook.to/daughterdrackan


Interview

Where are you from?

I was born and bred in Lakewood, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. My dad moved to a cabin in the mountains in Pine Junction for five years, and I lived with him half the time. Then I moved to Boulder for my first year of college, and later Broomfield once I left the dorms. Then I went south to Colorado Springs, where I met my husband. I never thought that I’d ever leave Colorado, but four months after meeting my husband (I know, crazy, right? But when you know, you know), we went off on an adventure and road-trip-moved to South Carolina, where he’s from. We lived there for three years, and then his work took us back across the country to Northern California. We’ve got a bit of wanderlust in us, and I have no idea where we’ll end up next.

Tell us your latest news?

Well, in terms of writing, my latest news is that ‘Mother of the Drackan’, the sequel to ‘Daughter of the Drackan’, will be out in February or March. I’m finishing up that one. And my adult Dystopian Sci-Fi, ‘Sleepwater Beat’ will follow shortly after.

In personal ‘latest news’…I had surgery on my foot two weeks ago to remove a super nasty bunion I probably should have addressed years ago. It’s healing really well, but I’ve got a gnarly Frankenstein scar running from the middle of the top of my foot all the way to almost the toenail of my big toe. I’m wondering if the two metal pins they had to put into my foot to correct the dang thing will set off any alarms in airport security. I’m kinda hoping they do…

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing fifteen years ago, on my tenth birthday. I’d had a sudden revelation (after wishing my favorite movie ended differently) that I could totally rewrite my own ending to the story. That attempt turned into over 200 Word document pages in the next two years, and I never stopped.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer when I took every spare opportunity I had to continue writing (and even ignored important things like listening to my teachers, going out with friends, and sleeping in order to do so). While all my friends and family knew I wrote every spare second I got (and a few of them agreed to read my work), it took me a long time to be able to tell people in passing or conversation that I’m an author. I always expected to get weird looks and have people roll their eyes at me, but I’ve since learned that a lot of people get really excited when I say ‘I’m an author’. A lot of responses I get are somewhere along the lines of, ‘Oh, how cool! I get to say I know a famous author, now.’ Famous, hardly? But I can let them dream, right?

What inspired you to write your first book?

My love of darkness, struggle, and a need for a higher purpose inspired me to write ‘Daughter of the Drackan’. I also really wanted a super badass character who could get away with (almost) anything. I always loved reading action and adventures, especially fight scenes, and I wanted so badly for Keelin to deliver some really superior fight scenes. My readers have told me it gets their hearts pumping just reading it, which is pure gold to my ears!

What would you like my readers to know?


First, thank you, Deal Sharing Aunt, for hosting me on your blog today. And readers, thank you so much for stopping by, taking the time to read the interview, and leaving your comments along the way. It means the world to me when I get to interact with readers and potential readers, and I want to know everything you think and answer any questions you may have. I hope you enjoy ‘Daughter of the Drackan’, and if you haven’t had a chance to grab it yet, the ebook is discounted during my blog tour at $0.99 cents! Enjoy!

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Kathrin Hutson will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




45 comments:

  1. I appreciate the opportunity to win this great giveaway, thank you

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    1. Thanks for popping by, James! I appreciate you being here :D

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  2. I can't wait to get crackin' with the Drackan.

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    1. Yes! Richard! That's what I LOVE to hear! I can't wait for you to get crackin', either :) Of course, I always look forward to hearing what you think when you finish reading. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment today!

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  3. This sounds like a book I would love to read! :)

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    1. Elin, I'm so thrilled to hear that! I hope you read it, and I hope you love it. Let me know what you think! Thanks so much for being here :D

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  4. thank you for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thank you for the chance to share my book with you, Lisa! And for joining me today and leaving a comment. I love it.

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  5. Awesome post! I'm definitely going to get my copy, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Victoria! Yes! Thank you! And I love seeing you with me on this tour. Can't express my appreciation enough, and I so want to know what you think of the book :D

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    2. No problem! I'm enjoying following it and learning more about your book :) :)

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  6. Thank you for informing me about this book

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    1. Absolutely, Sarah. I hope it sparked a little bit of interest. Thanks for leaving a comment and joining me today!

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  7. Thanks for hosting, Deal Sharing Aunt! So happy to be here!

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  8. This sounds like such a great story.

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    1. Thanks, Momjane! I so love seeing you here, day after day. It means the world that you've followed the tour with me! And I hope you get a chance to read it and see for yourself. :)

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    1. Rita, you too! It makes me so happy to see you checking out all the tour stops with me. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview (admittedly, it was shorter than the others, but still good :D ). Thank you so much for commenting!

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  10. I enjoyed learning more about you, Kathrin and I wonder where you'll wander to next?

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    1. Thank you so much, Betty! And I wonder where we'll wander myself haha! One never knows. Glad you could make it!

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  11. Enjoy your Saturday and thanks again for the chance at winning

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    1. Thank you so much, James. You enjoy your Saturday, too! So happy to see you've stopped by again :)

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  12. This looks like a great book.I will add it to my reading list. Thanks for the opportunity

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    1. Woohoo! Thank you, Debra! I'm so thrilled that the excerpt drew you in enough to be interested. It means the world to me that you took the time to both read it and let me know you've added it to your TBR. All the gratitude aimed at you ;) I'd love to hear what you think when you get around to it (because I completely understand how long reading lists get).

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  13. Read the excerpt and had to put this on my must read list. And thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Yes! Wendy, I'm delighted to hear that! Reading about just an excerpt being so compelling makes my day. Thank you so much for stopping by, reading, and letting me know. I can't wait to hear what you think of the rest of the book :D Have a great weekend.

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  14. Hope you're having an awesome Sunday! Thanks again for the chance at winning this giveaway

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  15. I really enjoyed the interview. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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  16. Thank you for the giveaway. What are you writing next?
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    SHerry Compton

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  17. Hope your Monday is going well and thank you again for the chance at winning

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  18. Happy Monday! Any plans for February?
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    Sherry Compton

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  19. Thank you again for this giveaway chance.Sure do appreciate it!

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  20. Sounds like a really good read.
    Jennifer Rote

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  21. How do you find names for your Dracken?

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  22. Did you do anything for Groundhog Day? Ever thought about writing a story on Groundhog Day?
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    Sherry Compton

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  23. Hump Day and thanking you again for the chance to win

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  24. Thank you for this great giveaway! Sounds like a good read.

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  25. What is a book title you love?
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    Sherry Compton

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  26. I'd love to check this out!! It looks so interesting!

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  27. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and the interview! This book sounds like a very interesting read! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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  28. Are you going to watch the Super Bowl?
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    Sherry Compton

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  29. Do you like to write dialog or more descriptions?
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    Sherry Compton

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