March 17, 2014

Keep The Magic Alive -- A YA Fantasy Blog Hop!

I'm so excited to be participating in the "Keep The Magic Alive" blog hop hosted by June at Pressed Leaf Publishing! This hop is all about celebrating fantasy and meeting fellow fantasy lovers, so of course I was in! 

Keep reading for my giveaway :)


As many of you know, Midnight Fire was my first series and first foray into fantasy! It's a paranormal romance set in the modern world, but with lots of extra magic thrown in. But recently, I dove a little deeper into the fantasy realm, trying my hand at a high fantasy with The Shadow Soul. To learn more about either of my series, just click on the covers below!

Keep reading for my guest post all about taking the leap into this new genre of fantasy!

     

GIVEAWAY TIME! Don't forget to leave a comment with your thoughts about me, my books, or fantasy in general! If you include your email address in your comment, you'll be entered to win a digital copy of my new book The Shadow Soul

Ignite (Midnight Fire #1) is free wherever eBooks are sold, so you can go download it now! 

               

The Shadow Soul Blurb


GAME OF THRONES meets GRACELING in a new young adult fantasy by bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis. Told in alternating male and female perspectives, THE SHADOW SOUL has been hailed as "an amazing start to a new series that is going to have people of all ages wanting so much more." (Happy Tails & Tales Reviews)
When Jinji's home is destroyed, she is left with nowhere to run and no one to run to--until she meets Rhen, a prince chasing rumors that foreign enemies have landed on his shores. Masquerading as a boy, Jinji joins Rhen with vengeance in her heart. But traveling together doesn't mean trusting one another, and both are keeping a deep secret--magic. Jinji can weave the elements to create master illusions and Rhen can pull burning flames into his flesh.
But while they struggle to hide the truth, a shadow lurks in the night. An ancient evil has reawakened, and unbeknownst to them, these two unlikely companions hold the key to its defeat. Because their meeting was not coincidence--it was fate. And their story has played out before, in a long forgotten time, an age of myth that is about to be reborn...


My Journey From Paranormal To Epic Fantasy!

The question I’m most frequently asked is, what is your advice for aspiring writers? My answer is always the same: tell the story that speaks to you—the one that latches on and consumes your thoughts. 

Don’t worry about the current trends or what someone else might think.

Well, sometimes following your own advice can be a pain in the behind! I learned this firsthand when the idea for The Shadow Soul initially popped into my head.

My first series, Midnight Fire, is a young adult paranormal romance. I love reading that genre. I love writing that genre. And I was perfectly content to continue on with a new paranormal series as my next writing venture…until one day dragons suddenly appeared in my brain.

Dragons?

I was used to vampires, werewolves, and conduits (my own creation). I was comfortable using the real world as my basic setting, and then embellishing it with magical characters. I was not prepared for dragons.

And then a main character, Jinji, infiltrated my senses. Followed by another character, Rhen. Soon enough, knights and warships and horses were overtaking my thoughts.

I tried to ignore it and pushed those daydreams to the back of my mind. I concentrated on paranormal creatures I haven’t yet written about—angels and mermaids and shapeshifters—but nothing stuck.

I kept wondering about a girl name Jinji with the power to weave illusions, and a boy names Rhen who could pull fire under his skin. Not paranormal—real fantasy. And epic fantasy at that.

Yet the more I tried to run, the harder these characters seemed to chase me. But high fantasy? What did I know about high fantasy? Sure, I love reading it—I gobble down the writing of George RR Martin, Kristin Cashore, Tamora Pierce and Robert Jordan. But was I up to the challenge of creating my own world, dreaming up vast and full societies, waging wars between kingdoms?

Two years ago I would have said no. But now, with The Shadow Soul under my belt and sequels itching to be written, I can confidently say yes.

At first, the challenge seemed overwhelming, but I knew better than to ignore my instincts. I took my own advice—write the story that speaks to you. Well, these characters weren’t speaking—they were screaming! And as long as the passion was there, I knew I could bring these characters to life through my words.

Switching my writing genre was a challenge I am thrilled that I took on, and I hope all of my readers feel the same! Regardless of whether they are following me on my journey from paranormal to fantasy, or connecting with me for the first time.

What are your favorite genres to read or write? Have you taken the leap to a new genre with any of your favorite authors?



Thank you all for stopping by! Keep following the hop (March 21st - April 4th) at the blogs listed below :) 

11 comments:

  1. Well Kaitlyn…don't let this discourage you from hops in the future..ha ha…not exactly the event we were hoping for, however, we do have some quality people involved. I really appreciate your enthusiasm and I'll have you back on my blog soon..in the meantime, let's see what transpires over the weekend…thx again, June

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    1. Thank you so much June! I'm enjoying my introduction to blog hops! It's so much fun to meet some fellow authors and fans!

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  2. Nice to meet you! We love the magic, too. I write juvenile magical adventures on the coast of Maine.

    Book I of The Black Ledge Series is free right now, and there are fun contests on my blog, a blog hop and a Kindle Fire Giveaway. Do check them out, and enter to win!

    http://pwpendleton.blogspot.com/

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    1. Nice to meet you Paige! Thanks for stopping by :) I'm heading over to your blog now, I can't resist an awesome freebie and your book sounds wonderful!

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  3. Wishing you success! Liz Kingsbury McKeown, @WritersBoost on Twitter.

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  4. Nice to MEET you! Ignite sounded interesting, so I downloaded it! My book "The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood" is FREE on Kindle all weekend, in case you like creative fairy tale renditions (or know someone who might). Enjoy the HOP!

    http://www.amazon.com/Twistedly-True-Tale-Ruby-Series-ebook/dp/B00FKLY7WQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389748717&sr=8-2&keywords=Stephanie+Greenhalgh

    All the best!
    ~Steph

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    1. Nice to meet you too Steph! I LOVE anything to do with fairytales! I'm actually working on my own retelling right now :) I can't wait to read Ruby Hood!

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  5. Hi Nice to meet you Kaitlyn! Your book series Midnight Fire sounds great! I got my copy of Ignite and hope to squeeze it in along with all my other books I have commitments to! I do love a good vampire story. Shadow Soul sounds awesome too! I have found so many awesome books on this blog hop, I want to read them all and put my other tour books on the back burner! But I have commitments that I must keep first and I "will" read each and everyone of the books showcased on this hop! Thank you for sharing!
    ~Char~
    BabyCakes_763@yahoo.com

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  6. Wow! Kaitlyn, it looks like you've found some new fans! I'm really glad this has turned out so well…even though we're a small group, it's been nice to meet everyone and collect some new books to read…keep you're eyes open we still have a couple more days to gather some new participants, and of course fans and friends keep coming throughout the week…hope you get a few more…thx again for participating…june
    oh! I almost forgot, someone new is giving away your book..check it out! #17

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  7. Sounds like an interesting series

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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