Monday, October 17, 2016

NBTM for The Keeper's Vow by Francina Simone

The Keeper’s Vow
by Francina Simone


GENRE: YA Epic Urban Fantasy



All Katie Watts wants is to pass her junior-year, at Hamilton Private, with as little effort as possible—devoting time to knitting hats, breeding gerbils, becoming a movie critic, or even just sleeping. No wonder she isn’t ready for a world with vampires, werewolves, and nightmares.

Her life is shattered to pieces when Tristan gets stabbed in her front yard. She has no idea where he came from and worse, he hears her thoughts—and when she can’t take anymore, she starts to hear his. No one is who she thought they were. Her father is keeping secrets and when she searches for the truth, she ends up homeless.

As the truth claws its way to the surface, Katie and Tristan grow closer together and they find themselves connected in more ways than she can believe. But is honesty worth more than the peace blissful, ignorance brings? Especially if it sparks a chain of events that will end the lives of millions? Can she live with the truth that begins with her dead mother and ends with The Keeper’s Vow?


Excerpt One:

A Mother’s Gift

Could he really read her mind, or was it just a coincidence?

His eyes flashed in her direction.

Not a coincidence.

“Do Will and Lucy know you can read their minds?” she said as he slowed down enough for her to drink and walk at the same time.

“I can’t read their minds,” he said.

“But you can read mine?”

“Yeah,” he said.

“Anyone else’s?”

“Nope,” he said.

“How is that possible? Why is that possible?” she said.

His face was still expressionless. “Gift from your mom.” He stared straight ahead.

Katie knew that wasn’t possible. Her mom died giving birth to her. Not exactly enough time to send gifts—let alone some jacked up ability to read her only daughter’s mind.

“You still believe everything your dad told you? Nothing about yesterday made you question a few things?” he said, making an abrupt left turn.

“What’s that supposed to mean? What do you know about my mom?” It was strange saying that word. Mom. It was something she didn’t have but had always wanted—like a cat, E-Z Bake Oven, a sixty-piece oil pastel set. Something she’d grown out of and would never have. A mom.

Tristan held her gaze for a few steps, then stared ahead for a whole block before making another left turn. He didn’t say anything else.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Francina Simone is a writer of Epic Urban Fantasies brimming with Magic and Moral Ambiguity.

From the time Francina Simone entered kindergarten, she loved to read and share words with her friends. When she was in the fifth-grade, she was scared to read aloud and so the teacher concluded she wasn’t very good at reading—Francina read anyway.

Francina left her middle school book club behind for the daunting and exciting life as a high school freshmen. She was quickly told Young Adult books were childish and she should concern herself with finer literature—Francina read them anyway.  

Francina waved good-bye to her high school life and strutted into University with her YA books and graphic paper to take notes. She witnessed the birth of a YA trend where publishers flocked to sell their stories to teens…stories that were underdeveloped and glaring with structural issues. The message she heard as a consumer was simple—common belief is YA readers aren’t good enough readers to discern quality stories or they are too childish to tell the difference.  

Francina dropped her degree in chemistry and decided enough was enough—and set out to write the quality* stories her fellow readers deserved.  

After her formative years she moved to Japan, with her best-friend and husband, land of some of the worlds best story-tellers and creators of unique manga. There she worked on her stories and the quest to understand what authenticity* in story means.  

Now she lives in Boise with her husband, son, cat, and Catahoula. She spends most of her time battling the terrible-twos and puppy-dom. But when things are quiet—you can hear frantically typing away; her mind far away with her characters in their quest to make the right decisions in a world brimming with magic and moral ambiguity.


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The Keeper’s Vow :

Interview with Francina Simone
As a kid did you write or make up stories?
I did a lot of interpretive dance as a kid. When the Tarzan soundtrack came out I was the queen of story dancing. I also had Barbie dramas and Lego house dramas. I used the McDonald’s toy action figures to play the love interests of my Kelly dolls. HAHA but you know I think all kids make up stories at one point or another. Some of us are just shamed out of it sooner than others.

Where does most of your Character inspiration come from?
My Daemon. I believe we all have little Daemons/geniuses (the Greek verity) who throw their inspirations at us and we just try to catch on to it and write it down fast enough. There is no other explanation for the way characters come to me. I don’t think them up…they are just there one day—sometimes shouting at me and sometimes (like Tristan) sulking and brooding loudly but not saying much of anything.

Do some qualities of your characters come from real people?
Yes and no. Yes because I strive to make them as real as possible. I feel like they ARE real people and it’s my job to capture them as best as possible to do them justice. No, because I don’t use people I know as a base for my characters. Katie and Tristan are unlike anyone else I know.

What was the inspiration for your book?
I really wanted to read a story that mixed paranormal with real life and balanced romance along the way. I wanted a story that had the tropes I loved without falling into the realm of cliché. I figured it was time to stop complaining about books and just start writing them. In the end I got the story I wanted to read, and I also learned never to complain or think writing was super easy ever again. HAHA.

What is your favorite spot to write?
I don't really have a favorite spot. I can write just about anywhere, the key is for me to be in the world I’m trying to write. As long as I can transport myself there my workstation matters not….so, I guess my favorite place to write is in the world I’m writing. Hahaha I sound like a lunatic.

What advice would you give budding writers?
Learn the difference between story telling and craft writing. Strive to become a master at both and above all, aim for authenticity with your character, world, and plot. You CAN do it. It is not a talent you are born with, it is just a matter of passion. If you have the passion you can do anything.


Francina will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour,


  1. I'm happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!

  2. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

  3. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. Francina, I really enjoyed reading your bio. I am sure I will love reading your work as much.

  5. Gosh, what was it like living in Japan?

  6. Shared on G+ to help spread the word, have a great day!

  7. I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book

  8. Good point about the difference between story-telling and writing.

  9. May the blessings of the Samhain lay treasures at your door!

  10. I hope the rest of the tour goes well for you Francina!