Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Moonburner by Claire Luana @clairedeluana @chapterxchapter


Moonburner by Claire Luana
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Soul Fire Press


When 17-year old Kai is exposed as a female sorceress—a moonburner, she knows the punishment is death. Despite the odds against her, Kai escapes her fate and undertakes a harrowing journey to a land where moonburners are revered and trained as warriors.

But the moonburner citadel is not the place of refuge and learning that Kai imagined. The ongoing war against the male sorcerers, or sunburners, has led the citadel leadership down a dark path that could spell the end of all magic. Armed with a secret from her past and a handsome but dangerous ally in the sunburner prince, Kai may be the only one able to prevent the destruction of her people.


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Excerpt:

He stood before the small basin of water, resting on a rickety table on the other side of the cabin and unwrapped their daughter. She was so beautiful. Even red and wrinkled, he could tell she had her mother’s fine hands, delicate but strong. She had his square jawbone. He wondered whether she would be as stubborn as he was in his youth. But he was delaying.

He plunged her into the water and held her there, his own heart hammering in his chest like a wild beast desperate to be set free. He began counting. Ten. She flailed under the water, her tiny limbs no match for his strong calloused hands. Thirty. At sixty, he could let her up. And try to save her. Fifty. Relief and hope began to well in him.

And then a bright white light exploded from his daughter. He stumbled back, throwing an arm over his eyes. She illuminated the cabin, shining silver light into cobwebbed corners and dusty crevices.

After a few seconds, the light died and his daughter was herself again. Tiny, pink, floating on top of the water peacefully. He and Hanae locked eyes. She had turned over and was half sitting up on her cot. The look of helpless horror on her face was mirrored on his own.

“I knew she would be,” Hanae said softly. “A moonburner. And a strong one.”


Interview with Claire Luana

What inspired you to write Moonburner?

My inspiration for Moonburner was loosely based on China's One Child policy, which led to generations of Chinese families choosing to have boys over girls. It made me think: what would happen in a world where families didn't want girls because those girls had some magical ability that was forbidden? This led to the premise of Moonburner, where Kai, the main character, is born into a land where magic is forbidden to women, and she is forced to masquerade as a boy to hide her powers. This inspiration is also why I set Moonburner in a world with more of a medieval Asian influence, rather than the typical European fantasy world readers are used to.

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote a lot as a kid and teenager, but then gave in to practicality and pursued a law degree. I didn’t pick creative writing back up until two years ago, when my husband and I were on our honeymoon. We talked a lot about what we would do for a living if we could pick any job in the world. I realized that I would choose to be a fiction writer. And you don’t get there without trying! So I started writing.

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

I read a lot starting from a very a young age. I don’t have a specific memory, but I do remember as a kid that my mom had to put a limit on my library book haul each week: only as many books as I could carry.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I have always loved reading fantasy. Reading is a release and an escape for me, and so I gravitate towards books filled with magic and wonder.

What is your favorite book?

It’s SO hard to pick just one! Right now, I think it might be Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. The book was so unusual and inspired, beautiful and sinister too. It really stayed with me. It was one of those that you didn’t want to end.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Brandon Sanderson. I consistently love everything he writes, and I am so impressed by anyone who can write such epic fantasy. As a writer, I’ve struggled with figuring out how to weave multiple plot threads together to form a cohesive whole, and he does it over the span of hundreds and hundreds of pages and multiple books. It’s really inspiring.

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

Probably waaay back to when we were all hunters and gatherers. In my free time, I spend a lot of time outdoors, hiking and camping. There is something transcendent about our relationship with nature, and I like the idea of sitting on the side of a pristine mountain and looking up at the Milky Way in a perfectly dark sky.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

It depends on the day! I find writing easy but editing to be difficult. When I know what is going to happen next, the words flow fast and furious. But when I have to sit back and ponder whether my characters have sufficient depth, whether the novel’s pacing is off, or whether my themes come through, I second guess myself a lot. I hope that gets easier with practice.  

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Yes! I have two fur-babies, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Guinness, and a Brittany Spaniel named Jameson.

What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

Fresh berries. And chocolate.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Take a long term viewpoint and approach. We are an instant gratification society, and it's easy to get discouraged when you don't see instant results or success. But if you are truly want to be a writer, keep at it. Learn how to do it better. There is no special sauce, only hard work. So do the work, and little by little, you'll get there.



Claire Luana grew up in Edmonds, Washington, reading everything she could get her hands on and writing every chance she could get. Eventually, adulthood won out and she turned her writing talents to more scholarly pursuits, graduating from University of Washington School of Law and going to work as a commercial litigation attorney at a mid-sized law firm.

While continuing to practice law, Claire decided to return to her roots and try her hand once again at creative writing. Her first novel, Moonburner, will be published in 2016 with Soul Fire Press, an imprint of Christopher Matthews Publishing. She is currently working on the sequel, Sunburner. In her (little) remaining spare time, she loves to hike, travel, run, play with her two dogs, and of course, fall into a good book.




Giveaway Information:  Contest ends August 5, 2016

·        One (1) winner will receive a copy of Moonburner, a free e-copy of Burning Fate, the prequel to Moonburner (only available in electronic form), and a $50 Amazon gift card (INT)


1 comments:

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for featuring me and Moonburner on the blog!

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