Monday, May 25, 2020

Book Blast Ashes and Blood by Katie Zaber

by Katie Zaber


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GENRE: Fantasy
“I’ll start at the beginning. Long ago, before roads, before we built structures, before medicine was discovered, before the government was created, before man gained any knowledge, there were The Five. Independent from each other, The Five had a mutual respect for one another. They knew their roles in the world and their duty. They were gods…”

An adventure begins when an otherworldly tree captures the attention of Megan and her friends. The environment morphs around them, transferring them to an exotic planet. Stuck in a rural town still maimed by the plague, a chance encounter with a familiar face gives Megan and her friends some security during their adjustment period.

While settling into new, promising lives, they are attacked and stalked by planet Dalya’s humanoid inhabitants, who focus on Megan. One dark night, after an epic, magical attack, the Fae King’s knight is sent to fetch Megan. When she wakes up a prisoner, she learns that there is much more to this strange world, and it is oddly more like her own than she ever would have expected.

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Every time my life improves, when business runs smoothly and this world begins to feel normal, there’s a curveball. Always, without fail, either Earth-shattering news or Dalya-shattering news, depending on which planet you come from. Don’t get me wrong; I’m glad to see Megan and her friends alive, but they should be living their lives happily on Earth, not here.

Not trapped.

I honestly thought Megan was a hallucination created by too much alcohol. Standing there in the forge, surrounded by people from both worlds, it made me panic. I was positive I’d lost it, that I either drank myself mad or that I’d gone crazy. Two distant worlds collided together, people from my past and present, from two separate places, standing in the same room. It made me freak out to a completely new level. It took a few moments to realize Megan and her friends actually stood in front of me. What happened to me eight years ago happened to them too.

Good, I’m not insane—not yet—but it sucks for Megan and the girls.

About the Author

Katie Zaber writes new adult fiction. With multiple projects spanning from being transported to an alternate universe, to past lives, reincarnation, and trapped souls, to prophesied pregnancies—there are more stories to tell. She lives in North New Jersey with her boyfriend.

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  1. Do you have any ideas for a follow up book?

    1. Book Two, Under Dark Waters should be out late summer and will continue following Megan along with a a couple of characters introduced in Ashes and Blood.

  2. I wonder why they focus on Megan?

  3. You'll have to read to find out :)

  4. Have you ever written a story because you saw a cover that inspired it?

    1. I haven't, but I think the cover helps the reader set into the book.
      Normally, I write the book first and then work with my cover designer :)

  5. This book sounds really interesting.

  6. Phew! Made it Wednesday without too much bother. Hope everyone's keeping safe.

  7. im looking forward to reading this

  8. Katie, where is that photo of you taken?

    1. That was taken at the Ashford Castle in Ireland. My boyfriend and I went on vacation there in 2018 right before they had a blizzard. Believe it or not, Ireland doesn't really get too much snow. They get dustings, but never anything substantial. We landed at Dublin airport the night before it started to snow. I've never seen a whole country shut down from snow before. Also, they used metal gardening shovels to shovel! Ouch my back!
      The only nice day we had was literally our last day, which we spent at the castle.
      It felt like stepping into a fairtale, walking around the trails surrounding the estate. There were tons of magical places, like a tunnel of trees (partial inspiration for the cover), a beautiful river, gardens, sheds, and nooks and crannies in the wall surrounding the gardens.
      I hope to get back over there in the near future :)

    2. I live in Ireland and yes, that was the year of the Beast from the East! My Mum's from N. Wales where they're used to that sort of weather but I'd never seen anything like it! Literally opened the back door to be met by a 7ft. snow drift!

    3. It was nuts! We felt so bad that there wasn't any plastic shovels. Where from New Jersey and are used to getting constant snow in the winter. Fortunately I have my dual citizenship, so once this whole pandemic is over, we plan on coming back in during the summer. :)

    4. You'll be very welcome and hopefully be able to explore a bit more of the country!

  9. Did you have input on the cover of the book?

    1. Yes I did. I first found the perfect cover designer for my series, then explained to her what I wanted. Sent pictures to give her ideas and then I let her artistic abilities take over. I was blow away when she sent me the first cover sample. Agata from is a very talented artist :)