Today marks less than a week until my first fantasy hits the market, and I don’t think there are enough words in the English language to describe how excited I am to embark on this stage of my career.
Writing mysteries and suspense novels has been exciting, thrilling even. But fantasies are where my heart lies. Having one on the market is truly living a dream that began decades ago when I read my first fairy tale. After closing the back cover of the book, I sat back with a contented dreamy sigh and said, “That’s what I want to do.”
I don’t kid myself into thinking that anyone will be nearly as excited as I am about Kindle the Flame’s release, but I do hope you take a peek at it. I’ve gotten some great feedback from some of my ARC readers. Here’s a teaser from fellow fantasy author, Sydney Scrogham. Take a look!:
If you married Kristin Cashore’s fantasy (Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue) with Cressida Cowell’s How To Train Your Dragon and threw in some extra pizazz, you’d get Kindle The Flame. Tamara Shoemaker has a fresh voice for young adult fantasy alongside new concepts like psuche (soul connection), dimn (creature trainer), and a character who’s touch turns living beings to an instant ash heap. Even though the storyline felt familiar to me, it was at the same time different enough that I couldn’t see what was going to happen next.
This book is best read in long sittings. At first, it was difficult for me to get used to reading perspectives from four different characters. Hang on through the first half of the book because you’re going to get to a point where the story takes off. You’ll be flipping the pages as the stakes get raised right up until the very end. At one point, I began to wonder how Shoemaker was going to tie this up in a nice little bow, but she didn’t disappoint. Everything that should’ve been in the book was there, and I closed Kindle The Flame with the fuzzy warm satisfaction that says, “Wow, I’ve read a good book.”
But be prepared, the story isn’t over yet. Kindle The Flame ends in a great place so you’re not clinging by the skin of your teeth screaming, “I’ve got to know what happens next!” Rather, you’re left with a sense of a job well done and an upcoming adventure for the next book in the series. I’ll be buying book two when it comes, and I hope the second is even better than the first.
Thanks so much for your kind words, Sydney!
And once more (in case you just hadn’t happened to see my gazillion posts about this book), here’s Kindle the Flame:
A girl who never fit in, a young man forced into an outcast’s life, a boy raised without a community, and a ruler who holds the key to their destinies…
Kinna has a Pixie she can’t train and a head full of doubts. Her worst fears come true when she fails the Tournament entrance test. She flees her Clan in disgrace, inexplicably drawn to a Mirage, a rare Dragon she has no business training.
Ayden is cursed—anyone he touches turns to ash before his eyes. He hides amongst the Dragon Clan with the only creatures he cannot hurt. When Kinna frees his favorite Dragon, his world turns upside down.
Cedric grows up in isolation, fostered by an outcast Centaur. When tragedy strikes, he ventures into a strange new world of Dragons, political intrigue, and magic.
Sebastian’s country hovers on the brink of war. Chased from his rightful throne, he schemes to retake his kingdom by any means possible, even if it threatens an ancient agreement that underpins the foundation of his realm.
Only by examining their pasts will these four find their futures. But will they survive the fires of discovery?