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Monday, March 25, 2013

Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes Book Blitz - Author Interview and Giveaway with Kia Garriques

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in the Book Blitz hosted by Xpresso Book Tours for Kia Garriques's Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes.

About Kia:

Kia Garriques studied writing and English literature at University and has been a published short story writer since 2009. Her first story “The Invisible Alien Watcher” was published by Micro Horror in 2009 and reprinted by Pill Hill Press in 2011. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes is her first novel in the ‘Worlds’ series. 

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Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Kia! 

How different is Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes from other books out there? 

Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is the first installment in an action-packed fantasy drama where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for ‘The Journey’. Innovera Yakov is a faraway planet in a faraway universe: under five moons and two brilliant suns that never set. The wise words of Odors Apeno guide from within the Learning Dome; the Circle of Knowing decides their fate; the forbidden forests of the Dimmer Zone swallow trespassers. And at the very edges of Innovera Yakov there is always the terrifying watery darkness of Verheer. We meet Ayana, the questioning outsider, forever searching for herself and the truth of their world; Vinton, her protector. Gamma and Blu Tara are beautiful, fiery twins who can kill with one look. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes is fantasy fiction and more: it is also a story that explores the desire for acceptance, the need to belong, the importance of self-belief, the danger of secrets, the pain of betrayal and the power of love.

What was your favorite chapter or part to write?

Visualizing the world my characters live in. I love mind-mapping that world and thinking of the possible dangers of falling in love in that world, including the terrible jealousies and rivalries that threaten to destroy the ones involved.

Any pet peeves?

Grass! I really have a phobia of standing on grass and I hate having to explain this to people. Going to a park is an unpleasant experience, because while other people simply run across it, I tend to walk the long way around. If anyone notices, the questions begin: What are you doing? Why would you do that? Then I would have to explain my dislike of grass and I'm both annoyed and embarrassed when doing that. This is where the pet peeve comes in. 

Why should we read your book?

Apart from being an action-packed, romantic adventure, Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is a story about the power of love and loyalty. It is about the desire to become stronger, better beings, and the need to accept yourself and to embrace your strengths and talents in order to make the most of the gift of life. It is what most readers talk to me about when they've finished reading it. Some of them have even thanked me. 

I think there is something for everyone in the novel: adventure, romance and valuable life-lessons.

What is next for your writing?

I am working on the second book in the series and I already have ideas for the third and fourth novel.

If you are going to be born again, what would you like to be?

I would like to be a bird. It would be wonderful to be able to fly and be anywhere you want to without restriction. Next to life, freedom must be the greatest gift. It’s a wonderful privilege.

Do you have any pre-writing rituals to help you prepare for writing different scenes and getting into a character’s mind?

I always write after midnight - around 2 or 3 am - when it is very quiet outside and I imagine that everyone else is asleep. My impulse to write and dream up worlds comes alive around that time.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Follow your dreams. Work for what you want and even in the depths of despair or fading confidence never give up. It is important to believe in yourself because not everyone is going to believe in you. Embrace your gifts. Learn what they are and use them for good. Cherish what you are and don’t let go of that.

Thanks so much for joining us today!

One lucky winner will win a digital copy of Kia's YA fantasy novel, Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes.

TITLE: Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes
SERIES: Worlds, Book #1
AUTHOR: Kia Garriques
PUBLICATION DATE: February 14, 2013
FORMAT: E-book, 222 pages
GENRE: YA Fantasy

Be prepared to immerse yourself in a world where falling in love could cost you your life and nothing is as it seems.

Innovera Yakov – The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is the first installment in an action-packed fantasy drama where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for the Journey.

What is the Journey? What happens to the ones who do not return?

What unspeakable, stomach-churning things can happen to them there?

Even Ayana the Great Healer, Krave ‘The Golden One’ and the powerful Blu Tara are terrified of it.

Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle / Amazon Paperback

Click HERE to read the first chapter of this book.

To enter the giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

This giveaway is open worldwide until 12:00 AM CST on 

March 31, 2013. 


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