Tuesday, June 11, 2013

.Blog Tour: #Giveaway Awakened by @KristonJohnson

Awakened by Kriston Johnson
Series: The Legends Of Elyndia, #1
Publication date:  April 25th 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy

Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do?

Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.

The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.

An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.

When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing—and equally terrifying—groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction.

Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assassinate their sworn enemy…

Or sacrifice her soul.


Let's welcome the lovely Kriston Johnson to the blog, today. She has a great guest post on where she writes, and check out the cutie in the pic, below! :D

Where the Author Writes 
Hello, Lisa. First I would like to thank you for having me on Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews. Have I mentioned how much I love your blog design? 
Your so welcome, and thanks for stopping by! The design is a beauty, done by the talented Giselle from Xpresso Design
Ahhh, the life of an author, picture this…the carefree author, sitting outside at a sidewalk café, dressed in a floor-length bohemian skirt and cotton blouse with long flowing sleeves, sipping a latte from a porcelain mug. She wears a faint smile as the words flow organically across the page, weaving together a one of a kind story with beautiful prose and poetry 
Then there is reality; the life of the shut-in writer. When I write I need total seclusion. I go as far as writing in a near dark room. But lets back up a bit, and I will take you through my ritual. 
I start with inserting coffee intravenously. It seems to be the most efficient way to take in the maximum amount of caffeine possible. If that is not available I will settle for Starbucks, or even a plain glass of water. But I drink a lot when write. 
Now this is going to sound strange, but I write best in the dark. If even a sliver of sunlight finds it way I shudder in fear and screech like Gollum, “it burns”. But seriously, I turn off my overhead lighting and click on two strategically placed lamps for the optimal mood lighting. I think it helps me feel hidden away from the world.  
There are two things that are absolute essentials when I write. First up, my iPod. I am easily distracted and my house can be noisy. My husband loves to tinker and he never has anything less than two to four projects going on at any given time, and all of his hobbies are loud. In fact, I think his favorite hobby is seeing how much noise he can actually make. I guess it goes without saying, but we never get invited to any neighborhood parties. I am lucky enough to have an office all to myself, and it is dedicated solely for the purpose of my writing. That being said, my office is located directly in the center of the house and there is no escaping the outside distractions, so on go the headphones. 
I always listen to music when I write. I have certain songs that I listen to, to help create certain moods or characters, but the stand by is the Tron Legacy soundtrack by Daft Punk. I’m not usually a techno fan, but the soundtrack is mellow and none of the songs have any words, so after a while it just kind of blends into the background and tunes out the hubby. 
The second most important thing I keep at my desk is a stack 3x5 index cards. I cannot write my first draft without them. I have used so many cards over the years; if I laid them flat they would rival the Great Wall of China. When I write, my thoughts are messy and all over the place. So when an idea pops into my head I grab a card, write the random idea in frenzy, set it aside and move on. That way when I have time, I can organize them into coherent thoughts and place them accordingly in my story. 
Last but not least, is my furry little writing companion, Blue. He is a miniature Australian Shepherd and he never leaves my side. When I am writing he lies at my feet and takes a nap. If I do not bring him in my office with me, he will sit directly outside my office door and wait until I do.  
And that’s it. After the mood is set, the drink is in hand, and the distractions are tuned out, I can immerse myself into worlds full of myth and magic and mold my story into life.  

Kriston Johnson lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, teenage son, and miniature Australian Shepherd. Her home rests at the fringe of an old growth forest that she insists is the home of Jason Voorhees. Her husband thinks that’s a ridiculous assumption, because everyone knows it’s really Bigfoot. Every summer Kriston participates in the annual pilgrimage to Faerieworlds, a real life faerie realm here on Earth, and has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, and Iron Man. Awakened is her first novel. 
You can visit her online at www.kristonjohnson.blogspot.com.

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  1. I like vampires,but I love fairies more

  2. It depends on the story. If it's good and interesting, then all mythological creatures come to life in my head, no matter what they are.

  3. Bwahaha awesome guest post! Intravenous coffee FTW! And she suspiciously sounds like a vampire *slits eyes*. I love a very bright room for working but I couldn't work in public. As awesome as it would be to go sit at the Starbucks located RIGHT in our book store, I'd be too distracted listening in on everyone's conversation.. maybe I'm just too nosy.

  4. Fun guest post. I loved how she described her office and writing process. WIth all that coffee she must have to take plenty of bathroom breaks.... Hopefully the bathroom is close by.

  5. Thank you, Lisa, for being a part of the tour. And I'm serious, I LOVE your blog design!

  6. Great guest post! I love the glamorous life of authors. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love all mythological creatures as long as the storyline is good. (:

  8. Pretty much any :) But I like the ones that aren't as popular...

  9. I have a total thing for dragons - are those mythological?? I have no clue :S But I even my fave BDB book is the one with Rhage going all dragon-like.

    I loved the "interview" with Kriston! She's got a wicked sense of humor! Oh, and the cover rocks too!!!

  10. Now that's a hard one to choose, but I'd have to say vampires must be one of my top, especially the ones with extra super powers as they get older :)

  11. Going to have to go with Vampires..

  12. Witches, sorcerers, warlocks, druids... Magic!! :)

  13. My favorite to read about it vampires, but I love all things paranormal!

  14. always wanted to read more about magic elves - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  15. Love the cover it is beautiful! sounds like my kind of book!

  16. I love all mythological creatures