(The Keeper Saga)
By K.R. Thompson
GENRE – Historical Paranormal Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – 07-24-14
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 53 pages
COVER ARTIST – Keri Knutson, Alchemy Book Covers
BOOK SYNOPSISTheir secret has been safe for hundreds of years, a legacy and legend that has been carefully kept by six guardians. They are known as the Keepers. But before the legend of the Keepers—came the Wolf.
Once upon a time, there lived a man whose fate would rest with two sisters. One will hold his heart. With her, he discovers a love that will last forever, though it will come with a price.
From the other sister, he will learn fortitude as he discovers that she holds the power to destroy all he holds dear. For as easily as one sister captures his heart, the other has found the way to trap his soul.
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EXCERPTOne mountain stood off in the distance. Its peak was the highest. It grazed the heavens. It was the closest point that he could get to his love, now in the inky, deep black sky. It seemed it would be the perfect place to make his presence—and his demands—known.
The trip up the mountain took a great deal of the night, his strength had waned, but anger and determination pushed him up to the giant boulder, far above, jutting out into the night air.
The moon was beyond his reach—so close, yet, so far away. Swift Foot stood on the edge of the rock. A cool breeze greeted him, brushing softly against his cheek. He felt Shining Star had sent the breeze to touch him.
“I am here,” he told her softly, looking up into the sky. Then, he took a deep breath, and announced loudly to the Great Spirit, “I have come to speak to you.”
The breeze was replaced with a sudden burst of warm air, an acknowledgement of sorts.
He took a step forward, feeling the balls of his feet touch the edge of the rock. He was close now.
“You will put me there with her or I will die!” The raw emotion caused his voice to crack, but he knew the Great Spirit heard his demand.
A lightning bolt cracked from a cloudless sky in front of him, striking the ground below. No whispering voices came to his mind or thundering ones either. It seemed the Great Spirit wasn’t in the mood for negotiations. It wasn’t the response Swift Foot had wished to hear or see. Still, he stood on the rock, while his love watched him from her place in the heavens.
That was just as well, Swift Foot decided. He would be with her soon, with or without any help. He would never spend a day without her.
Another lightning strike lit up the sky as he lifted his arms out, and fell…
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Hidden Moon (Book 1)The secret of their people had been hidden for hundreds of years. A legacy and history carefully kept by six Guardians thru each generation. They are known as Keepers.
One girl will change their future.
Seventeen year-old Nikki Harmon doesn't realize her life is going to change when she moves to a small town in Virginia. As she discovers the Indian reservation that borders her new home, she soon realizes there is magic waiting in the dark shadows of the forest and that myths and legends she had never believed in...are real.
When she meets Adam, the leader of the six boys known as Keepers, her life will never be the same again. Her dreams become haunted by the mournful howls of wolves and visions of both the past and the future.
Befriended by Brian, she soon becomes torn by her feelings for both him and Adam while she learns that she must trust her own heart and discover a strength inside herself that she doesn't know that exists.
In her search for the truth, she will unearth the deadliest secret of all.
Will she lose her heart…
Or will she lose her life?
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BOOK #2 - Once Upon A Haunted Moon
Once Upon a Haunted Moon(Book 2)The second installment of the Keeper Saga, Once Upon a Haunted Moon is a story of suspense, danger, magic and legend.The year is 1765 when Eleanor Brown begins the journey that leaves her orphaned. Befriended by a wolf and adopted by an Indian tribe, Ella soon learns to believe in the magic around her. Though she grows up to find a love that will endure all time, she must learn to live with the possibility of losing that love when the Fire Witch returns.When history turns to legends nearly forgotten, the Keepers must search for the truth and discover the answers before time runs out.Will the power of The Wolf be enough to save them, or will the fate of their ancestors determine their own destiny?
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K.R. Thompson was raised in the Appalachian Mountains. She resides in southwestern Virginia with her husband, son, three cats and an undeterminable amount of chickens.An avid reader and firm believer in the magic of nature, she spends her nights either reading an adventure or writing one.She still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek.
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How long did it take you to write The Wolf?
The Wolf is actually a pretty short novella. It was originally going to be a backstory in my third book, but then, as characters tend to do, the Wolf took off and demanded his own story to be told. The words began flowing and it only took a few weeks to write.
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
Any of my heroes/heroines. Definitely NOT any of my villains as they tend to be witches and faeries. ;)
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
So far, The Wolf has been my favorite, though the other two (Hidden Moon, and Once Upon a Haunted Moon) have been a lot of fun to write as well.
What's your favorite book-turned movie?
Mortal Instruments, City of Bones for a movie. But as an Outlander fan, I am completely psyched that there the tv series is on Stars.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Diana Gabaldon. The sheer detail to her books is astounding and her characters are so life-like that you feel you would recognize them if you were to see them walking down the street.
What is your typical day like?
I get ready for work in the morning (around 6AM), go to the dreaded day job until the evening, then spend time with my husband and son until nighttime. Then, at night, I disappear into my own world for a few hours and write!
When did you start writing?
I began writing about five years ago.
What made you decide to start becoming a published author?
My husband pushed me to publish. After I finished my first manuscript, I had no intention of letting the world see it. He believed in me and pushed me so that I believed in myself.
Which authors inspired you?
Mary Higgins Clark, whom I have loved ever since I was a teenager. Also, Diana Gabaldon has always been a huge inspiration.
Which are your favorite authors at the moment?
Diana Gabaldon and Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampires series!)
Which genre do you generally write in?
How many unpublished stories do you have?
What have you written?
I have written/am writing a series called The Keeper Saga. I currently have three books out in it. The Wolf (the prequel), Hidden Moon (book 1), and Once Upon a Haunted Moon (book 2)
What are you working on at this moment?
Book Three-Wynter's War, which I hope to have out by next spring.
What is your favorite type of hero/protagonist to write? Bad boys? Damaged men? The boy next door? The sensitive soul?
My favorite heroes are the strong, silent, and brooding type that you have to learn to love.
What is your favorite type of heroine/protagonist to write? Feisty women? Strong women? Weak women? Flighty women?
I love strong heroines. The girl in my series isn't one to pick a fight, but she's strong enough to end one (and does!)
How hard is it to research for you novels?
With the ease of the internet, information is always at your fingertips, which makes it very easy.
How is your day structured to include writing?
I have a day job and a three year-old son, so my writing always happens at night when he goes to sleep.
Do you write from an outline or just where the story and characters take you?
I originally started with an outline on my first book and discovered that my characters tend to take a life of their own when I write. I never outline anymore, I just let them take off and I follow along on their adventures.
Do you get the dreaded writer's block and how do you combat it?
Oh yes, more times than I care to admit. I take a break from writing for a couple of days and then pick up and try again.
If you could work with any author who would it be?
Diana Gabaldon. I would love to learn her secrets and how she keeps all the details in her books straight. Her novels are enormous and simply amazing!Do you prefer to read ebooks or paper books?
Paper. There is something about the feel and smell of a physical book that you can't get from an e-reader
What TV shows & Movies are your favorite? Or the genre you prefer?
TV shows—Chicago Fire and Grimm. My favorite movie of all time is—Where the Heart is.
How many proofreaders/editors do you use before publishing your work?
4 Beta/Proofreaders and I use two editors
Do you have input in your covers? Who designs them?
My covers are designed by the fabulous and wonderful Keri Knutson at alchemybookcovers.com
What are your thoughts on good & bad reviews? (We aren't counting bashing reviews, simply negative reviews that are respectful)
All reviews help you grow as a writer. Yes, the bad ones can make you want to give up and crawl under a rock to hide. But the good ones will keep you going.
How do you relax? Or activities you use to relax?
Bubble baths!! :D
What is your favorite quote?
From a dear friend—"Write like your fingers are on fire!"
Is there anyone who supports you that you couldn't do without?
My husband. He is my rock.
What is the best or worst or both thing said about you as a writer or your novels?
The best was a fan who told me she had read my first book four times.
How do you come up with character names? How do you come up with novel titles?
They just kinda pop up in my head, like some of my characters have been known to do.
Do you feel upset if you kill off one of your main characters?
I sat and cried for two hours when I killed off a character in the second book. It was one of those things that had to be done, but I didn't like it—at all.
How do you feel once you complete a book?
Happy, happy, happy. :D
How many cats do you own?
Three. Two girls and a boy.
As a Trekkie, do you go to conventions? Perhaps speak Klingon? Or simply just love the Star Trek universe?
Oh yes! Unfortunately, I don't speak Klingon, much to my husband's dismay, but I love Star Trek, especially the Next Generation.
This or That
Please describe your dream Date Night!I'm easy to get along with. Feed me and take me to a movie! :D
Friday or Saturday?(Is this for the date night? ;) ) Saturdays are always best
Upscale or home cookin'?Home cooked
Eat in or carry out?Eat-in
Steak or chicken?Steak
Movie theater or concert hall?Movie theater
Nightcap or night cap?Nightcap
Chocolate or Vanilla?Chocolate
Day or Night?Night.
Rain or Snow?Rain
Mac or PC?PC
Morning Person or Night Owl?Night Owl
Coffee or Tea?Tea! Preferrably iced and sweet. ;)
Dogs or Cats?Both. I love animals!
Chocolate or Carrot Sticks?Chocolate. Always, always chocolate!
Romance or Thriller?Both!
Paranormal or Mundane?Paranormal. Give me werewolves and I'm a happy camper. J
Scarier: Spiders or Snakes?That one is a tie, and completely depends on which one is closest to me at the time.
TV or Book?Book. You can get so much more out of a book than you can television. Your imagination can take you anywhere within the pages of a book.
Home or Out on the Town?I love vacations and traveling, but there is no place like home.
Friends: Male or Female?I have both.
Team Edward or Team Jacob? (LOL)Definitely Jacob. ;)
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