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! 

Pre-order on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, or Barnes & Noble

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FYRE RELEASE DAY!

Release day is heeeeeere!! Dying to know what happens in the Haven sequel? Get the first chapter free when you buy the short story collection!

Get FYRE for only $0.99 cents THIS WEEK ONLY! 

Fyre: A Short Story Collection

Now available on AmazonKobo, and Barnes & Noble. Coming soon to iBooks.

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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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40 FREE young adult stories!

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Guess what guys?! Brand new content is headed your way!

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Whether you love YA paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction, fantasy or dystopian books, this anthology is for YOU.

We’ve gathered a handful of thrilling stories from all of your favorite genres and put them together into an epic anthology of young adult fiction. Some of them are just the beginning of a unique adventure, while others are complete stories that will spark your imagination.

With over 200,000 words (about three full-length novels) That Moment When will provide weeks of reading pleasure.

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Have you ever reached a moment in your life when everything changed? A crossroads of 15181710_10157896248380790_4475149259460264848_nsorts… a point of no return. An event or realization so enormous you knew it would impact you forever in ways you couldn’t begin to understand? Discoveries so momentous they changed everything you thought you knew about the world, and yourself?

That Moment When is filled with exactly these kinds of moments.

If you read the stories in this anthology, I guarantee you’ll find at least a few that thrill and excite you. Make sure to follow the authors if you want to read more – most of us have at least one free book on our sites.

If you pick up this amazing anthology, not only will you get 40 FREE stories but included in those stories is a special short story set in the Haven universe, long before Haven was ever queen. The Birth of the Immortal Queen follows a young Haven, and her siblings in a story that’ll show you just how Haven discovered her invincibility after all.

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Haven is only $0.99 cents!!

Incase you’ve been waiting to pick up Haven, now is the time!

You can pick up Haven now, on amazon, for ONLY $0.99 cents! This sale will only last until the 13th, so get it NOW while can!

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In the Works 2016

A year ago today I wrote a post called “In the Works”. Since it’s been a year, I figured it was about dang time I wrote a new one, and let you guys know all about what mischief I’m currently getting into!

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Coffee Talk & Book Signing!

Hey guys! Guess what? My first ever Coffee Talk & Book Signing is just weeks away!

If you live in the Saint John, or surrounding area, I encourage you to come out to Indigo East Point October 8th between 2-4pm where I’ll be reading an excerpt from Haven, answering your questions, and of course, signing your books!

Books will be available on site if you don’t already have one. I’ll be handing out FREE Haven bookmarks as well, so if anything, you walk away with free swag!

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Haven blog tour & giveaway!

Morning everyone!

Long time no see! I have a few things to update everyone on, including a giveaway! Enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win one of 20 ebook copies of Haven + one lucky winner will also get a 15$ amazon gift card! Entering is easy, just follow the link below:

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Now for the book blog tour! Part of my prize from coming in 2nd in the World’s Best Story contest was a book blog tour. So, I’ve partnered with iRead Book Tours to bring a couple weeks of spotlights, guest posts, reviews and interviews for all of you! If you want to see what’s going on, check out my iRead tour schedule HERE. I’ll also be posting quite a bit over on twitter and Facebook, so if you miss a post, they’ll all be linked there, typically on the day they’re posted by the blogger.

That’s all I have for now! I should be getting back to a more regular posting schedule now that the summer is dying down. If you have any suggestions of blog topics, book to read, or youtube writerly videos, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and stay classy internet! 😉

HAVEN IS PUBLISHED!!!

The day is here, and it is official. HAVEN IS PUBLISHED!!!

It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this to happen. After a few issues in production,
and a long editing process it felt as if HAVEN would never get off the ground. But here we are. HAVEN is now available on the Friesen Press bookstore. You can pick it up in ebook, Haven coverpaperback or hardcover. It’ll be available at other online retailers soon, but in the mean time, Friesen Press is your golden ticket to the Warshard world!

You can BUY IT HERE.

Before you go, hopefully off to read HAVEN, I’d like to thank the World’s Best Story contest and the Friesen Press team for making my dream a reality. To my best friend Shelyse, for putting up with my revisions and nagging to read the early drafts, and to my parents for being supportive through it all. THANK YOU guys, and thank you to every one of my friends and family who have supported me through this endeavour.

I hope you all love HAVEN half as much as I do!

Stay classy internet!

PS – You can also add HAVEN on Goodreads and leave a review if you like it!

ABOUT HAVEN

Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home. Haven must make a choice; take her people and flee to the foreign Republic across the sea or lead a last stand against a powerful dictator.

Read the first 3 chapters for free! Chapter one.