DISCIPLE continues...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

KIYA: RISE OF A NEW DYNASTY by Katie Hamstead

Congratulations to Katie on finishing her trilogy! I was really looking forward to asking her about world-building her ancient Egyptian setting, because it's so very different from our current society. Don't miss the Rafflecopter giveaway, either!

I love research, so I have to ask how much research on Egypt you did in preparation for writing KIYA. Books? Videos? What were your sources?
A ton of research had to go into the story. I had to build a timeline of events and figure out where each of the historical figures fit with their age and where they appeared and disappeared in history. To do this I hit the library and also museum and university websites and journals. I have a list of sites I used for each book, as well as several books on my personal shelf.

What's the oddest thing you learned about Egypt in the process?
The oddest thing? The Egyptians in general were odd; incest, mummification... But I think in general I found myself impressed by them. They were clever and resourceful, understanding things like medicine that other civilizations didn't discover until the 1700/1800's. 

I'm familiar with how much mental adjustment is needed to think about living in a medieval-style society... how difficult was it to feel comfortable describing life in an ancient world like Egypt? Were there any resources that were particularly helpful? 
The Egyptian culture is very different from our own. Things like incest and polygamy that aren't acceptable in our society, were normal every day things. Also, writing the period in a woman's perspective meant understanding the role a woman was expected to play in those times; mother, housewife, property of her husband. These are things that the women would have accepted and not questioned because that's just how it was. It was difficult to dig up information about these things because men wrote history and more often than not, the day to day activities of a woman didn't register as worth recording.

What's one of your favorite aspects of KIYA's world?
All the people. That's my favorite thing about all history. The people who lived in their times shaped their world and as a consequence, ours. I believe these long dead voices still have lessons to teach us with the stories they left behind.

What's the next project in your pipeline?
I have another 2 book series signed with Curiosity Quills due for release later this year, and am currently querying the first book in a sci fi/fantasy series. I'm working on the other books right now, and plan on having seven books total for that series.

Back cover
Tut has grown into his position as Pharaoh, but he is a wild young man. Naomi fears for him, not only because of his recklessness, but because he has put his trust in Ay–the man determined to destroy Naomi—despite her and Horemheb advising against it.

Meanwhile, death and slavery hang over Naomi and her family. With fear of the booming Hebrew numbers causing talk of enslaving them, conscription is reinstated and Naomi fears 
for the lives of her other children. Especially since Ay's children are now adults, and just as dangerous as their father. They threaten to take Itani, conspire against Tut, and pushing for power.

But Tut is in trouble. While Ay's daughter draws Horemheb's attention, and Naomi deals with the struggles of her family, everyone's distraction could spell death for the young Pharaoh.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Reader goodies for DISCIPLE, PART IV

Disciple is a fantasy series, so maps are to be expected. All of my books come with a map of the kingdom of Wodenberg, which includes some of its neighbors. Part II and Part III included a city map as well.

Part IV begins to introduce Wodenberg's neighbor Caercoed a bit more. I hope the index in the back of the book helps with the rush of new characters. There's a new map for the place names.

Since an ebook's screen is only so big, I always include a link to the goodies page where readers can see a larger map. Introducing the newest addition to my Reader Goodies page:

Click to embiggen, of course.

Caercoed is divided into five ancient duchies. Within those are an as-yet unknown number of margravates (along the borders) and baronies. A line of high mountains cuts the kingdom off from its neighbors, save for two well-guarded passes: Dwyncraig and Eryr. Nearly all trade comes by sea to the port at Arforddinas.

It's a large and rich land. The alliance between the two kingdoms needs a marriage to cement it solidly, and Prince Kiefan was naturally the top candidate in Wodenberg. Now that he's king, he's even more eligible -- and Kate knows he will obey the saints, however much she loves him or he loves her.

Back cover of Disciple, Part IV
Kate can’t avoid the simple truth any longer; as much as she loves Kiefan, he’s now the king and his duties leave him precious little time for her and their newborn son. Kate’s husband Anders, the ne’er-do-well knight, is the one who kisses her cheek every morning and soothes the baby to sleep on his shoulder. 

Kiefan’s protective jealousy still casts a shadow over her life. He would gladly throw Anders to the wolves if it will keep alliance negotiations from collapsing. Their homeland desperately needs these allies against the invading Empire. The kingdom barely survived the first wave of the enemy’s monstrous army and more is to come. 

But Kate can’t stand by and let Anders become a victim — or let Kiefan suspect she’s falling in love with her husband. 

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DISCIPLE, PART IV on sale now!

At last! I made assumptions, early on, and paid the price. 

Back cover
Kate can’t avoid the simple truth any longer; as much as she loves Kiefan, he’s now the king and his duties leave him precious little time for her and their newborn son. Kate’s husband Anders, the ne’er-do-well knight, is the one who kisses her cheek every morning and soothes the baby to sleep on his shoulder.

Kiefan’s protective jealousy still casts a shadow over her life. He would gladly throw Anders to the wolves if it will keep alliance negotiations from collapsing. Their homeland desperately needs these allies against the invading Empire. The kingdom barely survived the first wave of the enemy’s monstrous army and more is to come.

But Kate can’t stand by and let Anders become a victim — or let Kiefan suspect she’s falling in love with her husband.

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Coming Soon
  • a new map on the Goodies page!
  • new character interviews -- watch my Twitter feed for blog tour stops!
  • I'll get back to blogging regularly, lol! 
  • and Disciple, Part V in September? We will see...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cover reveal: DISCIPLE, PART IV

Disciple, Part IV
on sale March 10, 2014

It's on the copyeditor's desk! I had to push back the release date, but Disciple, Part IV is almost here. Today, I'm thrilled to unveil yet another wonderful cover by Faiz Nabheebucus. See below for my Read an Ebook Week discounts at Smashwords!

Back cover
Kate can’t avoid the simple truth any longer; as much as she loves Kiefan, he’s now the king and his duties leave him precious little time for her and their newborn son. Kate’s husband Anders, the ne’er-do-well knight, is the one who kisses her cheek every morning and soothes the baby to sleep on his shoulder.

Kiefan’s protective jealousy still casts a shadow over her life. He would gladly throw Anders to the wolves if it will keep alliance negotiations from collapsing. Their homeland desperately needs these allies against the invading Empire. The kingdom barely survived the first wave of the enemy’s monstrous army and more is to come.

But Kate can’t stand by and let Anders become a victim — or let Kiefan suspect she’s falling in love with her husband.

Read a sample from Part IV!

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