Monday, August 24, 2020

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The Heir by KJ Moullen @KJMoullen @XpressoTours

The Heir
Kj Moullen
(The Spinner Sagas, #2)
Publication date: August 25th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Entrusted with the safe keeping of The Book & the wickedness contained in it, Blaine & Elian embark on a journey filled with unusual creatures & a looming prophecy in the unfamiliar & ancient land of Vestia. First, they have to find their way back to each other, trusting new allies & befriending old foes along the way.

With time running out & the fate of the universe resting squarely upon their shoulders, Blaine & Elian face an unknown enemy who will stop at nothing to unleash the evil soul trapped in The Book. But Elian knows a secret about Blaine’s destiny. Will the secret prophecy divide their pathways, letting doubt & fear sabotage all they have accomplished?

Interview with KJ Moullen

For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start? 
The fantasy genre is such an expansive mindset and so many fabulous books fall into this, however I know I have had several avid readers tell me they get overwhelmed by many of the fantasy stories due to their complicated list of characters, language and dialect. I completely understand this statement. It took me quite awhile to get through Tolkien’s The Hobbit book series when I was younger and can see why many lose interest. The YA fantasy subset has a tendency to be less intimidating but still has the fantastical worlds, creatures and magic. I think starting off lighter before diving head first into high fantasy will ease you into these spectacular realms.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book
My Love for fantasy-based movies and then books started when I watched Star Wars. My love for sci-fi was entwined with Star Wars as well. I just clung to the battle of good versus evil. It was all cemented when I read A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I was fascinated by worlds that had endless possibilities. The joy of being whisked away to the unknown only limited by the authors imagination was so intriguing.

What were goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
To be honest when I first began writing this series, at the time I had no idea that it would be multiple books, I was writing for the escape from everyday life. Then it became a goal to finally finish a story I started writing. I never dreamed I would be releasing my second book so I suppose I’ve met and surpassed my goal of finishing a story.

Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
First and foremost, I would like to say thank you so much for the continued support and belief in my stories. I am continually overwhelmed with gratitude that I was given the chance to share such a passion of mine with the world.

What did you enjoy writing most about writing this book?
I had such fun creating new and unusual creatures. That is my favorite thing about writing fantasy, you get to create anything your heart desires. It’s so much fun.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
I’m currently working on the third book in The Spinner Sagas. This one has required a bit more research than The Heir for it takes Blaine and friends back to Earth unexpectantly so I have a bit more rules and framework I have to remain within but it does open a lot of comical situations because one of the characters that returns with her has never been to Earth and his world is completely different when it comes to technology and such.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing and making up stories since the beginning of elementary school. I took multiple classes in creative writing during high school and college. Then continued to write as a hobby, mostly poems and short stories. I didn’t start pursuing it as a career until 2017 after much persuading from family and friends.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Heir?
The two main characters are Blaine and Elian. Blaine is a sixteen-year-old that was born and raised on earth until her unexpected journey to her mother’s home world of Renault. She is intelligent, a bit awkward and very headstrong. Her whole perspective on life is turned upside down when she learns of the dark family secrets that loom over her. She must discover her true soul’s voice so she can conquer the fear of what’s to come. Elian is from Renault and is a Spinner (able to do magic) with abilities in Telling (visions of the past or presents). He is the quiet mysterious type, which annoys Blaine to no end. They have a soul’s connection for they travel on the same pathway. Elian’s character expands in The Heir and we learn of his insecurities behind his often-stoic mask. Elian and Blaine’s relationship is forged in fire and blood but is strengthened with their trust in each other.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from The Heir who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do?
It would probably be Senna. She is a Catron, part wild cat part dragon. She started out as a minimal character but ended up by being a pivotal part in the book. I honestly would like to hang out somewhere with a big comfy couch so we could just talk. Her knowledge of so many different worlds would be so fascinating to discuss.

Author Bio:

K.J Moullen started her life as an adventurer. Always loving the outdoors, whether it was playing king of the hill with her pet goat in southern California, playing hockey on the frozen lakes of the Kenai peninsula of Alaska or snorkeling and surfing off the shores of Maui. Amongst the breathtaking places she lived her imagination and love for writing knew no limitations allowing for a lifetime of plotlines and characters to be created and written about. She now shares her life’s adventures with her husband and two children in their home in North Texas.



marisela zuniga said...

I enjoyed the interview, thanks for sharing

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, sounds like a good book!

ShirleyAnn said...

Congratulations on your upcoming release KJ, the book sounds fascinating and the cover is gorgeous love the colour.