The images that inspired Savages

Hello all!

Long time no see! It’s been a while since I updated or wrote anything on this website (as you may have guessed). Well, it’s been two weeks since the official launch of Savages and I am SO happy to say that it is doing great! As of this evening we’re closing on 300 sales (including pre-orders) and I am over the moon with gratitude!

So before I get started on some of the inspiration behind Savages, thank you. Seriously. Thank you to every one who’s been there during this launch, who bought the book, or who lended a retweet or share. You guys ROCK, and I am so grateful.

Now on to the pretty pictures! 😉 We both know that’s what you’re really here for.

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.**

THE SCENERY

Would you ever guess this book takes place in a desert 98% of the time? No? Well I don’t know how I can be more clear about that. (lol jokes)

THE CHARACTERS

BREEN

 The warrior. The mother. The survivor.

“I never lose.”

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Breen is one hell of a woman. Stubborn. Strong. Cut-throat when she needs to be, but
rather awkward when it comes to just about anything not involving a blade.

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She bears a striking resemblance to Khutulun of Netflix’s Marco Polo. Though Breen might look a bit different, her braids were definitely inspired by the warrior princess.

But whatever you do, it’s probably best to stay on her good side.

Never has she been so angry. Never had she wanted to kill so badly. Blood pumped through her veins and angry tears stung the back of her eyes.
“You will not hurt my family.

DRAKKONE

The lieutenant. The father. The savior.

“Why do you do this?”
“It’s the right thing to do.”

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Drakkone is probably the best man in the entire world. No joke. Not only does he put up with Breen’s crap, but he also… you know… saves her life. No big.

Enduring the loss of not only his country, but his family, Drakkone never falters, never fails, and never gives up.

“I told you I’d get you out of there.”

NINA

The gifted. The daughter. The innocent.

Honestly, Nina is probably the cutest little baby in existence (not biased at all), but for those of you who’ve read Haven, you know how her story goes. But Nina wasn’t always the powerful pre-teen. Once upon a time she was a toddler with intelligence beyond her years, and a gift she had yet to grasp.

“You and Daddy can [protect me]. I want to help them, Mumma. I want to help you.”

MISC

Lastly, these are just a few of the photos that inspired some of the streets of Seaburn, as well as the tents in the Delica Tribe.

Most of these photos came directly from google. I claim NO ownership over any of them, and am simply using them as inspiration. You can find any of these images via google. 

Well, that’s it for the images I kept stored away. While I did spend a fair amount of time looking through images, most of what you see in the book came straight out of my head. Seaburn has been featured in two books now, and most of its story has been told. Though I have some short stories in mind for the future, I won’t reveal anymore than that for now!

The last novel in the Chronicles of Warshard will release in the fall, and we’ll be back to the six kingdoms for the majority of it!

I do hope you enjoyed this post! If you haven’t read Savages yet, you can grab a copy on any of these retailers:

Amazon – Kobo – iBooks – Barnes & Noble

Plus, read the first three chapters free right here on my blog! (Just look under the Chronicles of Warshard tab)

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you guys again soon!

Stay classy internet!

Kat

Savages Cover Reveal

I’ve been absolutely DYING to share this with you guys! The cover has been finished for a few weeks now (because I suck at waiting to do things), and at last it’s time to share the cover for Savages with you all!

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The cover was designed by myself! Incase you didn’t know, I have a design background, so making the covers for the Chronicles of Warshard has been a dream!

ABOUT SAVAGES

Ten years before Queen Kadia decimated the six kingdoms of Warshard, her interest lay in the unborn child of a Seaburn savage.

Daughter of Chief Ruin, Breen is one of the most fearsome warriors in the Southern Delica savages-cover-onlyTribe, but nothing can stop the Emperor from reaping the Savage Lands for soldiers.

When her village is attacked, Breen is taken from her home and her family to the Seaburn Academy, where southern savages are broken and chained into a life of service to the Empire. Through the beatings and torture, Drakkone, one of the few Seaburn-born soldiers, brings solace to her days and gives her hope for the future.

Once freed of the Academy dungeons, Breen is sentenced to daily training between her plots for escape. But one night of unexpected passion turns into a problem bigger than either of them could have imagined.

Breen and Drakkone must risk capture and flee the city or death might be a blessing compared to eternal imprisonment.

Savages, the long awaited sequel to Haven, will be released April 4th, and is now available for pre-order! 

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Fyre: A Short Story Collection

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Join Haven and her siblings on four unique adventures in a time when war ravaged the six kingdoms… 

HAVEN has always hated royal gatherings, and jumps at the chance to sneak away for afyre_short-story-collection race through town on horseback. But when the young princess is injured, her ancestry is brought into question.

Much is expected of the heir to the Rythern throne, but when LUCIAN is forced to leave the warfront by his father, his reluctant agreement comes at a price.

The battle for Helms Keep has disastrous consequences for MARCEL. Soon he finds himself fighting both enemy forces and his own memories.

ASTRID is sent to the family summer home in the Cinder Mountains for her own safety. Only she doesn’t expect the knee-high snow and frigid temperatures. With only her guards to protect her, Astrid must dig deeper than she ever thought herself capable of in order to survive.

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Fyre Cover Reveal

In case you aren’t subscribed to my newsletter – which let’s be real here, you should be – you might have missed something pretty spectacular yesterday.

Not only did I announce my coming publishing schedule for the next couple of months, but I also revealed the cover for my first ever short story collection: Fyre.

Fyre is a set of short stories in the Haven universe, not long before the book actually begins. But before I get into that, I suppose I should tell you what I’m publishing when, first.

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Faithful by Michelle Hauck is here!

The next volume in the Birth of Saints series is available now!

Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!

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BEYOND THE RED Review

Beyond the RedBeyond the Red by Ava Jae

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

BEYOND THE RED is an action packed sci-fi adventure that any YA loving nerd is SURE to love. I’m not often one for 5/5 stars, but Ava Jae’s young adult science fiction debut really broke the mold.

In a galaxy far from our own, two races live on one very sandy planet, where aliens have a royalty system built into their society, and humans are struggling to survive (and not be captured and enslaved by their alien nemesis). BEYOND THE RED is dual point of view, from a half-human, half alien and an alien queen. When half-blood, Eros, is taken, he’s put into slavery. But when he meets alien queen, Kora, they both learn a dark secret about Eros’s lineage, a mystery that unravels throughout the novel.

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Eve: The Awakening Book Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eve: The Awakening, in my opinion, was a great debut for Jenna Moreci! It was interesting, had compelling characters, an intriguing plot and all around made me want to read more and more and more! All fans of YA/NA sci-fi would most likely enjoy this book given a chance.

The story follows Eve, a chimera who witnessed her parents death at a young age. She’s grown up pretty much by herself, in awful circumstances, which definitely make you feel for the girl. But finally there is a light on the horizon in the form of Billington University in SoCal. But everything is not as it seems at Billington, and soon Interloper (alien) attacks spread through the campus. While Eve struggles to get through classes, worrying at any moment that the aliens could come for her, she meets an awesome cast of characters who eventually ban together for a LOT of badassery. Jason, Percy, JJ and Sancho are my personal favourite. Each of these characters were quite well developed and I cannot wait to see them in the next book.

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The 5th Wave (book) Review

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The 5th Wave is a truly fun read. It features a cast of relatable characters thrown into some pretty crazy situations, who somehow manage to get out of it all relatively unscathed. (Some scathing may occur.)

The main story line follows along with Cassie, and later switches perspectives between her, Ben, and her little brother Sammy. Reading the 5th Wave there was always an intense sense of tension, like anything could go wrong, literally at any moment. I loved this, and it made for a book I could hardly put down!

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The Reading Habits Tag

Good afternoon guys! Today I’m going to be doing something a little different.

This post was inspired by Caroline Peckham who did this tag recently, so I decided I wanted to give it a go, even if I wasn’t tagged! It’s something fun for writers/readers to do, so stay tuned at the end of the post for who I decide to tag 😉

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

There isn’t a specific place I choose to read, because usually I read a lot at work on in transit. If I am reading at home, it’s either in bed or on my couch. 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

ALWAYS a random piece of paper. I literally cannot tell you the last time I owned a bookmark.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter / after a certain amount of pages?

I definitely can’t stop in the middle of a chapter. It’s painful. If a chapter ends at a cliffhanger it’s the same thing – I NEED to know what happens.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes, all the time. Though more often than not I forget about meals and snacks unless something is offered to me or I’m REALLY hungry.

5. Multitasking: music or TV whilst reading?

Nope. I cannot concentrate when the TV is on or music is playing. I’ll suddenly start listening to the lyrics or TV and forget all about what I’ve just read. Reading is a single task for me. I prefer to immerse myself in the world.

6. One book at a time or several on the go?

Again, I prefer novel immersion. Sometimes if I’m not really into a book I’ll move on to another and come back to the other one later, but I can’t obsessively read 2 books at the same time.

7. Read at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. On the bus, at work, on a computer, in a coffee shop, on my couch, anywhere is good for me as long as I have a book!

8. Read aloud or silently in your head?

People read aloud? I mean I do that when reading back my own work, but never when reading someone elses book. Silently in my head all the way.

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Blasphemy!

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Ehn, if it happens, it happens, but I don’t purposefully break the spine of a novel. I don’t mind my books being worn, it just shows how much I love them.

11. Do you write in books?

Nope! And no one really should. Sticky notes were invented for a reason. The only way it’d be acceptable is when an author signs it, writes a note to a loved one, or you put your name in the front to assure people this is YOUR BOOK. (I have a lot of reading friends, so we had to do this to keep track as children.)

Well that’s it!

I tag:

Patti Larsen

Alex Parsons

Jennafer Beck

Kristen Howe

If I don’t tag you, please feel free to do the tag anyways and be sure to comment and link me to your post so I can read it!

Cheers everyone and stay classy internet!