Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The She-Wolf of Kanta by Marlena Frank @MarlenaFrank @yaboundtourspr

The She-Wolf of Kanta
Marlena Frank
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: April 17th 2018
Legion Imprint of Radiant Crown Publishing


"A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers."

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

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Interview with Marlena Frank

What inspired you to write The She-Wolf of Kanta?

When I was younger, I stumbled across an image that was illustrating the brutality of historical slavery in the Caribbean. I unfortunately don’t remember anything else about it, but it stayed with me. The closest term that I’ve found for it was punitive limb amputation, and the treatment of the werewolves in The She-Wolf of Kanta greatly reflects that brutality. I use the werewolves in this piece as a metaphor for human trafficking, but also to heighten awareness about the dangers of othering.

Can you tell us a little bit about what you have planned for the future?

The She-Wolf of Kanta is a standalone story and I currently have no plans to continue it. However I have Book 1 of a YA Fantasy series coming out this year called Stolen with Parliament House Press. It’s hard to convey how many drafts and world-building went into that book, but let’s just say it’s built on sweat and tears. Currently the release date is TBA but I’m 
thinking it’ll be sometime in 2018. Here’s the quick blurb for it.

Shaleigh is tired of dealing with her delusional father. He’s never quite been the same since mom left. Shaleigh was only a baby at the time, but now at sixteen she’s become her father’s caretaker and counselor. Instead of dealing with the stress, she escapes into her photography. With her best friend she explores abandoned buildings and documents their rotting walls and degrading infrastructure. One house she has wanted to visit for a long time has a tree growing out the middle of it, and it’s a treat to finally visit. Only when the two friends split up, she is kidnapped by a creature who is clearly not human. Flying atop of a bicycle, Shaleigh finds herself in another world.

In a kingdom known as The Garden where minotaurs pull carriages and living statues work as librarians, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant Teagan rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Like all humans who are kidnapped and brought to their world, Shaleigh must prove she is the reincarnation of a long dead ruler. It doesn’t matter if she believes it’s true or not because if she doesn’t play along, she’ll be sent to work in the fields for the rest of her life. Together with a stone lion, a stoat Seeker, and Teagan’s ex-boyfriend, she is determined to do whatever it takes to get home again, but her zeal may lead to her undoing. The Garden is full of manipulators, and Shaleigh’s desperation may blind her to far worse threats.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The She-Wolf of Kanta?

Mercy Pinkerton wants to be a werewolf trapper like her father. She tries to help her Dad capture a werewolf at the very beginning, but she almost freezes up from fear. Afterwards, he’s wary of working with her again, and she feels like she has some big expectations to fill. On top of that, she’s one of the few young women in Kanta so when she goes to town, she gets some dangerous attention.

Solomon Pinkerton is Mercy’s father, and he’s a tough, blunt man. He regularly strikes Mercy, but she doesn’t see that as being the abuse that it is. He cares for her though and is perhaps a bit too protective. He relies upon the connections he has with Thomas Farrell to keep from getting any jail time.

Thomas Farrell is easily the wealthiest man in Kanta, but he may also be the craziest. He’s known for his eccentricities and very few trust him. He owns the mill that he inherited from his father, and puts the captured werewolves he receives to work there. He pays decent money for each one brought in, but he still gives people the creeps and his motives aren’t very clear.

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

Oh goodness, this is a tough question! I think my favorite author to read is Stephen King because I feel like I’m sitting down to chat with an old friend. I don’t care if it’s a book, a writing memoir, or just the forward of a novel, it’s always the same tone and I feel welcome every time. Now that doesn’t mean I like every book he puts out.

As far as authors I look up to or aspire to be one day, I think Cherie Priest is definitely on that list. I’ve followed her updates for years and watched her post about her books and her life as well. I also really enjoyed her early novel Dreadful Skin about werewolves and am excited that one of my first releases also happens to be about werewolves.

If you could time-travel, would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

Most people tend to romanticize the past, and even though I love reading about and studying it, I have to say that as a woman I would not want to go back to that. I would almost universally be losing rights and independence, things that I really appreciate from our present age. Even though I’d be curious to see how things really were back then, I have to say I’d prefer the future. If nothing else, just to see where our technology goes and how our society evolves. Here’s hoping it’s more like Star Trek: The Next Generation rather than Mad Max: Fury Road.

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

Easily my favorite question! I have three cats, all with very unique backgrounds and personalities. Our oldest is Watson, a big fur baby who loves all the pets and people he can get. Our next oldest is Quickster (or Q as we call her) who is an adorable deaf tabby who is the most active and vocal of the three. Finally our newest kitty is Zoey, a long-haired calico who is quite skittish but is just an adorable lap kitty. 

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today. 

About the Author

A writer of both fantasy and horror, Marlena’s work is in a smattering of anthologies. Her stories lean toward weird horror, creature horror, and YA fantasy. She typically thinks up strange tales while sipping sweet tea at her Georgia home, listening to podcasts on her hour-long commute, or while reading a good book with her three cats.

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