Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Token Huntress by Kia Carrington-Russell

What inspired you to become an author?

Admittedly my love of writing was when I first started delving into the Young Adult genre. I loved it and started my first series, The Three Immortal Blades then.

Writing as a teenager was always a form of escapism from reality for me. It wasn’t until years later that I decided to take it seriously. Now I can’t live without writing, I have far too many stories to tell.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I like writing in a more classical way. I prefer to use whole words instead of cutting short and I like to add a touch of elegance and description. I always give my characters a more in depth emotional explanation as to why they do everything. I think it helps myself and readers understand why they do certain things and how the characters react to certain situations. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Each book I write has a different purpose and challenges different issues and concepts that relate to the world we live in today. Despite most of my books being fantasy I like to challenge this things. Overall my main focus and message for readers is to have an open mind. 

What books/authors have influenced your life?

I absolutely love Kristen Cashore’s series. They influenced my writing and life the most. I loved how beautifully written they were but also that there were twists to her endings. The women could always survive and be warriors on their own and not require the man. I found them really strong and powerful. That influenced be greatly as I now discover what woman I am and want to be now. An independent strong and confident woman.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

A M Hudson. She has been helping me a lot over the past few months and taken me under her wing. She has helped me so much and is designing my new covers. I am in awe of all that she knows and can do and am so grateful that someone as successful as her is willing to take the time out and help me. She is utterly amazing and I can’t wait to read her books. She’s sold millions and I can tell just by the covers that they will be phenomenal. 

What book are you reading now?

I am currently reading Last Sacrafice by Richelle Mead. I have fallen in love with the Vampire Academy series. 

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I am currently organizing my American Book Signing Tour which starts of on August 6th 2016 at Indies in NY, New York and ends at Lake Tahoe on the 19th 20th at the Romancing Lake Tahoe book signing event. My tenth book, Possession of My Fate is due for release 24th of June. All my covers are going through a makeover which is soon to be announced. I am writing My Expectation to conclude the contemporary romance series, My Escort; Taste, book two in the Taming Himself erotica series and The Shadow Minds Journal which is a new novelette series I am starting. All three books are due for release late August when I am back home in Australia. So far I think that is enough to keep me on my toes.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

In this world there are creatures that lurk in the shadows. As a child I once played with them. As a teenager I began to fear them and became victim to their attacks. As an adult I now learn, that no matter how much I try to escape the grasp of this world, I inevitably was born into it. They are what only I see of a night. They are the reason I fear sleep. At times my dreams are not my own, they creep into and distort my vision and understanding. They trick me to lower my guard so they can attack me. They have many names and are spoken about in many religions. I only think of them as one: My Nightmare.

“So why don’t you begin to write a journal?” My friend asked me on our phone conversation after I had explained to her the new attack I had suffered.

“Who would believe me? No one believes it if they can’t see it. They would think I am crazy,” I replied disheartened. No one understood my suffering. Neither a gift nor a curse, and I still had no idea how to settle this growing power.

“It’s not about who believes you. It’s about writing it down to see if it makes sense. About your journey and experience. Some people might like to know about the world that they cannot see, this ‘spirit world.’”

“I don’t think of it as a spirit world,” I sighed as I wrapped myself into a bundle of blankets on my bed. “It’s more like a shadow world. The creatures come in different forms, they come for me every night. I’m poisoned with a mind that can see shadows and I need to learn how to fight them.”

I am neither darkness nor light. I am the barer of a Shadow Mind.

Just for fun 

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?

I have always loved the element of ice. There is just something awesome about it, but if not that I would go for being immortal or teleportation.

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?

A pet dragon of course!!!

Token Huntress
Book One
Kia Carrington-Russell

Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Dystopian/ Action

Publisher: Crystal Publishing

Date of Publication: March 18th 2015

ISBN: 978-0994299901

Number of pages: 222
Word Count: 91233

Cover Artist: Ynne Black

Book Description:

The sun’s light dimmed many centuries before; now in the year of 2,341 rampant vampires now stalk their victims in a half-lit world. Humanity has been overtaken by a new society: one comprised of vampires, the supernatural beings that hunt them, and the remaining humans they fight over. The laws and rules that once bound our world have long since been lost. Now, the Hunter Guild struggle to stay one step ahead of the Vampire Council.

Esmore, Token Huntress, has exceeded all expectations at only 18 years of age. She is fearless leader to her team, and she is relentless in her pursuit of the enemy. There is only one problem: Esmore is struggling to repress the growing darkness that seduces her from within. Esmore takes another step into the darkness when she encounters a teasing, tantalizing -- utterly unignorable -- vampire.

The lines between right and wrong are blurred further as Esmore gives into her temptation, and her reality becomes deliciously tainted both with evil and with lust.

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Even when I conjured all my strength, his speed was unmatched. He grabbed my sword with his hands, blood spurting everywhere, his eyes now savage on me. In one swift movement he threw it away, grabbing my throat, ready to rip out my heart. His fangs were very large and blood dripped over them. Had he bitten into one of his own comrades? I could not breathe, but I did not gasp for air. I would not fall so far as to want mercy from his kind.

              Before he plunged his fingers into me a hand stopped him. My heart pounded, yet I was not scared to face death. A swift movement was made and I fell to the floor, holding my throat. Whoever had grabbed his hand tore him away from me. I looked up in front of me to see the familiar coat. It was Chase. His back was to me as he faced the vampire who had almost killed me. Did the Council really have such old and strong vampires right under our noses?

              “Don’t touch her. She’s mine,” Chase snarled, holding two swords.

              “She threatened Whitney!” the other vampire spluttered.

              “Tythian.” The small voice of the woman from behind him broke the tension. “It’s okay, we can go now.”

He buckled to his knees in front of her, cupping her face gently. “I’m sorry,” he whispered to her. “I did not know they would use you for this.” She gently caressed his face. In amidst the ghastly noises of weapons scraping against one another, it seemed to them that nothing else mattered as they gazed into one another’s eyes devotedly.

“Let’s go home,” she said with a reassuring smile. I was mortified how comfortable she was in the blood war that raged around her.

Before I could stand, the vampire had grabbed her chair and, with lightning speed, they were gone.

Chase turned to me, his fangs not as large as Tythian’s, but I could see he too was a very old vampire. 

“Esmore,” he whispered. Before I could run for my sword to use it against him, he had already vanished, leaving me by myself.

Kora and Kasey were the reason why he fled. They had advanced on him, trying to entrap him. For what reason he hadn’t tried to kill them I wasn’t sure. He simply hid amongst the dark. I could still feel his presence close by, but it felt as if he were only watching. Not fighting, but just watching how everything would play out. Realizing Chase was gone, they focused on another three vampires, entrapping them as Dillian and Tori covered their backs. One by one, the girls trapped more. There were so many of them.

Teary was fighting off four. Except for Tythian and Chase, they all seemed like younger vampires. You could tell by their strength and speed. Usually we could challenge vampires if they were no more than one hundred and fifty years old. After that it became very difficoven to compete against a vampire who had lived for so long.

James was now by my side. He had gathered my Barnett bow and sword for me. I used my arrows instantly on a vampire who ran for me, piercing his chest. He crumbled to the ground, quickly decaying. I roared in anger at how easily I had been overcome by the previous two vampires. I sliced through another vampire, cutting down his throat and through his belly. I cut across another’s head, slitting their throat and puncturing their chest. I raged again, feeling myself fill with hatred and a need to see their blood. I cut off one’s arm, plunging my sword into its chest, driving so deep into it that after a few steps I had nailed it to a tree. It slumped around my sword, its skin turning a shade of black. I pulled it out, watching it begin to decay.

A huge fire lit behind me. Teary was controlling the flames, sweeping over the ten of them that encircled her. There must have been one hundred vampires. This was a well-thought out ambush. James grabbed one vampire’s throat and then another as it ran from behind him. Smashing both their heads together, they shattered from the impact. James steely skin was impenetrable. He grabbed his sword from the ground. A vampire must have knocked it out of his hand. He punctured both in the chest before they could heal.

In the distance I could feel the presence of many more coming. For that many we would have to use the grenade. It was us against many. As if knowing what I was thinking, James ran to Teary as she continued to sweep her hand containing the fire around.

In the distance a vampire stalked toward Teary. He too was strong and old. I had the feeling that others followed him as their numbers grew. James now had the grenade, and he was pulling the pin. Inwardly I counted the short seconds in my head. Ten, nine. Teary continued to control her flames, still engulfing the many around her. Eight, seven. Two vampires came at me and quickly I thrust my sword into them, before shooting an arrow into another oncoming vampire. Six, five. James threw the grenade at the large army that stampeded toward us.

The leading vampire swept one hand across them both. Teary’s flames were instantly put out as a gust of wind extinguished it. The wind not only pushed James and Teary back but Dillian, Tori, Kasey, and Kora as it smashed into their backs, throwing them forward. It had even taken the Council vampires along with it. This vampire had the gift of control over wind. The grenade was thrown toward my team.

Four, three.

With all the speed I could muster I ran for them, grabbing a hold of the grenade in the air. I ran into the distance so the grenade was nowhere near them, throwing it at the army that charged toward them.

Two, One.

The grenade exploded near the army, but shattered much more than just that. Quickly a burst of dust swept over me. The burning flames of the explosion encased my body. I heard my name whispered by an angelic voice, but noted it was probably the afterlife calling for me. This must now be my time of death.

About the Author:

‘Kia is a Token, no, she is THE Token of Vampire and Paranormal books.’ ~ 5 STAR Reviewer.

Prepare to join a completely different style of writing and worlds. The international Australian author has a unique style of writing- creating an emotional roller coaster and fast paced action. Her writing and presence in the literary world has been described as ‘the new up and coming author to watch out for’ and ‘hauntingly beautiful’.

Kia’s writing ranges from young adult, paranormal, romance, erotica, fantasy and dystopian; starting with her Best Selling series, which has made it into the top 20 in Dystopian on Amazon.com.au and #26 in the top 50 Books To Read in 2015 by ReadFree. Her first series, The Three Immortal Blades has captivated both young readers and old, with her rich blend of fast paced action, romance and adventure and has won numerous awards already, including; ‘Best Fantasy Series of 2014′, ‘Best Book bad Guy of 2014′, and ‘Best Cliffhanger of 2014′.

She has won numerous awards on her contemporary romance series, My Escort and erotica/ humour series, Aroused: Taming Himself Series. The series and unique storylines have captivated hearts globally and created a few book boyfriends along the way with Damon’s charm and Hayden’s cockiness. Kia grew up in the Darling Downs Region in Queensland, Australia. Graduating High School, she pursued a career in freelance journalism. In 2014, having always had a passion for writing fiction, she decided to follow her dream of becoming an accomplished author. Kia intends to make her books globally known and is already creating a name for herself amongst social media, fans, readers and spectators. During the weekdays Kia works at her Monday to Friday job in Logistics and Transport. She leaves her book worlds to the night and weekends, being well described as a driven young woman. Kia has attended numerous guest speaking, convention signings, and signings including at Dymocks bookstores and Angus and Robinson.

She is an animal lover and organises different events each mid year to donate towards the RSCPA in Australia. Kia is extremely supported by her amazing Street Team and PA, Julia Summers, to whom she owes much too for their support. At first, she struggled with believing in herself and the confidence to promote her own books. Now understanding the touch that she has and the passion of writing, Kia is more confident in her ability to take readers into a different world. She intends to write more than fifty books so far including new genres such as horror, thrillers, sci-fi and children’s books. Kia enjoys dancing, cooking, reading, painting, photography and spending time with her family and friends. Now living in Brisbane, Australia, Kia has a can do attitude, a strong will and the touch of kindness that makes it hard not to fall in love with her. Announced ‘The Best New Author of 2015′ by AusRomToday, she has no intentions of stopping. Kia Carrington-Russell is definitely the new author to be looking out for.

From Kia: Thank you to all my friends, family, and readers who have supported me. You have no idea how much it truly means to me; the support inspires me to keep writing. I am very grateful for the kind words you offer me and for telling others of my books. Honestly, you have made my passion for writing so much more than I thought it could’ve ever been. You’ve created a whole new world around me and I hope to make you proud.

Thank you so much, Kia

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Unknown said...

Thank you so much for sharing :) xx

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for sharing :) xx