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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Awakened Book Blitz: Author Interview and Giveaway with Kriston Johnson

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in the Book Blitz hosted by Xpresso Book Tours for Kriston Johnson's Awakened.

About Kriston:

Kriston Johnson lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, teenage son, and miniature Australian Shepherd. Her home rests at the fringe of an old growth forest that she insists is the home of Jason Voorhees. Her husband thinks that’s a ridiculous assumption, because everyone knows it’s really Bigfoot. Every summer Kriston participates in the annual pilgrimage to Faerieworlds, a real life faerie realm here on Earth, and has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, and Iron Man. Awakened is her first novel. 


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Kriston! What inspired you to write Awakened? 

My father-in-law gave my husband an antique knife that was passed down to him from his father. When my husband pulled the copper sheath from the engraved blade I envisioned a wave of magic escaping and transporting the beholder to another place and time. 

Do you have any book recommendations for fans of fantasy? 

The Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder and the Graceling books from Kristin Cashore. 

Do you have any future stories in the works? 

Yes. I am currently writing Transcended, the sequel to Awakened. I also have a young adult Viking story and a middle grade story outlined. 

Who is your favorite super hero? 

Not counting my boyfriend Tony Stark, I’d have to say Nightcrawler from the X-Men. 

~ This or That ~ 

Zombies or Unicorns?

Skittles or Chocolate?
I actually have a hidden chocolate room in my house. 

Damon Salvatore or Stephen Salvatore?
Eric Northman :) But between the two offered, Damon. 

Gandalf or Dumbledore?

Thanks so  much for joining us today, Kriston! It was fun getting to know you better!

One lucky winner will win a digital copy of Kriston's YA Fantasy debut, Awakened.

TITLE: Awakened
SERIES: The Legends of Elyndia, Book #1
AUTHOR: Kriston Johnson
PUBLICATION DATE: April 25, 2013
FORMAT: Kindle, 274 pages
GENRE: YA Fantasy

Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do?

Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.

The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.

An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.

When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing—and equally terrifying—groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction.

Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assassinate their sworn enemy…

Or sacrifice her soul.
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Book Excerpt:

 Leaning over Jade, Gabriel dropped to one knee, putting one hand behind her head and bringing his face within inches of hers. Jade could feel his warm breath on her cheek and the cold, hard blade of a knife pressed against her throat. Killing Jade was his original mission, and she guessed he was ready to make good on that promise. Maggie told her to trust him, but he obviously had second thoughts about helping her.

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

This giveaway is open worldwide until 12:00 AM CST on May 9, 2013. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Darlene, for spreading the word and hosting the giveaway! Your blog banner makes me want to go on vacation. :)


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