Here is my stop during the blog tour for Golden Dunes of Renhala (Renhala #2) by Amy Joy Lutchen. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours . This blog tour runs from 13 January till 26 January, you can view the whole tour schedule on the Golden Dunes of Renhala blog tour page on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
I’m really excited to share with you a guest post Amy has written on what writing the first book in the Renhala series meant to her. It’s a really fantastic piece, and if you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend that you check out this series, as it is fantastic. Once you’ve read the post, be sure to check out the Rafflecopter Giveaway at the bottom of the post where you can win some fantastic goodies. One of the prizes is tea…why wouldn’t you want to enter?! Anyway, enough of my rambling and onto the guest post!
“I am super excited to be here today and I must begin by thanking Ms. Hollie for having me visit! I mean, come on, she loves tea! I think perhaps we are twins separated at birth—tea practically flows through our veins. If you are also a lover of the beverage, be sure to comment below with which flavor is your favorite. Earl Grey Crème by Argo Tea is perhaps at the top of the list for me—today at least…
So Hollie asked if I would talk about my inspiration for writing my Renhala series and I thought to myself it might be best if I talked about what writing my first book meant to me, which is different from my actual inspiration for writing.
Writing was about control. You see, my first book started as a single piece of paper littered with a hodgepodge of written fears and tragic events from my life, with one very tragic event taking me the longest to write down, the very one I wrote the smallest: the assault. These very small words, which I thought had the biggest impact on who I was at that time, were sitting there on the page, looming over me despite their puny size. I stared and stared at those words, often fighting with myself to roll the paper up and toss it away, but I knew it really wouldn’t be gone. Those words were going to haunt me forever, as well as the humiliation associated with them—the humiliation inflicted by the hands of a total stranger; a devil entered my life and he was determined to leave his mark. With my body beaten and my sanity pushed to the edge the day I was assaulted, I suffered, moving in a world that seemed surreal and impossible for months. How could something like that happen to me? What had I done to deserve that kind of punishment? These thoughts and vivid recurring nightmares haunted me continuously.
No matter how often I spoke to others about what happened and encouraged those same individuals to carry pepper spray, I always had one foot in the shadows, no matter what progress people thought I was experiencing. But one day, out of the blue, in a moment of surprising triumph, I gathered my strength and flipped that stupid piece of paper over and began writing more words, different words. These words began as a small story about a young woman who was assaulted who loses her mother—her only support— to disease, which then morphed into another story of a young woman who suffered the same fate, but befriended some new, supportive friends. As the magic began flowing freely from my fingertips, this same young woman then mastered a new weapon and her destiny was changed forever. I finally felt better about myself—felt better about life—for I was shaping future events. I wrangled those ugly words and fought them down hard, wrestling and dodging blows, until I took CONTROL. I took control, and took those words and kneaded them, molding them into exactly what I needed, into something inspiring and uplifting: the mystical land known as Renhala.
I know that no matter who you are and where you’ve come from, you’ve had some kind of tragic event, or maybe multiple moments of tragedy, muddy your life. Perhaps it was the death of a loved one, or sickness, or bullying, or an assault. Whatever it was, or even is, just know that you can gain the advantage. You can wash yourself of the bad. Write the words down. Write those words down as a poem, short story, epic novel, whatever, but just write them down. This is how you’ll take the first step in control. This is how you’ll change the future.
Change your life by changing the words…”
Blurb: How do you live with a secret so dark and so deeply woven into your being that it threatens to smother your very existence, with no known way out? Use it to your advantage.
Kailey Rooke, karmelean, and now a possibly unethical karma-for-hire, has spent the past year jumping from project to project without any real hope for salvation. With repercussions from her actions at every turn, she discovers that as time goes on, she loses a bit more of herself to that which feeds on her anguish–that which is thriving inside her own body.
When a new contract to find a missing girl arises, Kailey attempts to put her past and its associated problems on the back burner, but she soon finds out that treachery and deceit lie shortly ahead in Golden Dunes, only giving face to new problems, with one leading right back to her childhood past.
She struggles to complete her contract as her own life teeters on a fulcrum, constantly tipping according to karma’s whim. How long will she keep her balance? Which way will she fall?
You can find Golden Dunes of Renhala on Goodreads
Some information about the first book in this series:
Blurb: Kailey Rooke, timid accountant dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.
A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey’s history for her liking, opens Kailey’s eyes to a coexisting magical realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers/creatures, falls into an unexpected love triangle, and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon.
As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.
You can find Renhala on Goodreads
I studied at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (man I grew up quick), where I became a number, but decided it was a good number.
I write with plenty of snacks in hand, making sure they are not in multiples of three. That number makes me nervous.
Author of the Renhala series.
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour for Golden Dunes of Renhala. Here is what you can win: signed Renhala hardcover, signed bookmark, tea(s), two fun pouches (one with a skull, the other the word “LOVE”), a snake ring and $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.
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