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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Daughter of Aithne by Karin Rita Gastreich - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Karin Rita Gastreich and her new book, “Daughter of Aithne”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Karin and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Daughter of Aithne
by Karin Rita Gastreich

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

Betrayed by her own prodigy, Eolyn stands accused of treason. As power-hungry nobles dismantle her life's work and honor, the desperate queen forges a risky alliance with the ruthless and cunning Mage Corey. Determined to defend her son's claim to the throne of the Mage King, Eolyn prepares for her last and greatest battle, this time against her own sisters in magic.

Across the Furma River, Taesara of Roenfyn is drawn out of seclusion and into an ever-more vicious game of intrigue and war. Subject to the schemes of a shrewd uncle and the mysterious ambitions of the wizards of Galia, Taesara struggles to assert her own destiny, even as she takes up arms to defend her daughter's inheritance.

In the climactic finale to The Silver Web trilogy, threads of love, honor, betrayal, and vengeance culminate in a violent conflict between powerful women, opposed to each other yet destined to shatter a thousand-year cycle of war.

"An enticing and elegant series finale, filled with magic and turmoil." 
- KIRKUS REVIEWS

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EXCERPT TWO:

“Speak plainly, my Lord King,” Eolyn said. “I will not be subject to this cat-and-mouse game. If you do not trust me, if you do not believe me, then say so.”

“I trust your heart, Eolyn,” Akmael replied, “but your heart has led you to ill-advised decisions in the past. For this reason, I am not always inclined to trust your judgment.”

“For the love of the Gods! I am not the confused and frightened girl I was when my brother took up arms against you.”

“No, but you must understand the dilemma you have put me in.”

“The dilemma I have put you in?”

“If you knew of Ghemena’s plan and did not inform me, you were party to treason. If you did not know, then your authority over the magas is uncertain. Either way, the magas must remain bound and imprisoned until this conflict is resolved.”

Eolyn blinked and stepped away. “The magas have lived in peace in Moisehén for more than a decade. You cannot let the action of one woman—”

“Three women. The blatantly treasonous act of three women, all devoted students of yours. They have brought war upon us, Eolyn. Who knows how many others among your followers support them?”

“The magas who remain in my service have done nothing to merit suspicion.”

“All magas merit suspicion.” Akmael hesitated at her stricken look. He let go a slow breath and softened his tone. “There is a history here that we have not yet overcome, Eolyn. You, of all people, must understand that. Too many of our subjects still remember the war against my father.”

“And the purges that followed?” she shot back.

“The violence that tore this kingdom apart,” he conceded. “Right or wrong, the magas were left with the blame. We must manage this situation carefully, to protect you and your daughters. To see that justice is done.”

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GUEST POST:

Five Reasons You Should Read “Daughter of Aithne”

1.   Women rule the world.

You’ve probably read fantasy novels that feature one or a few remarkable women who earn their spot as “one of the guys,” but when was the last time you read a fantasy where all the key roles were filled by women? Daughter of Aithne sets the genre on its head by populating a magical, medieval world with women of power. Rival queens take up arms against each other, women warriors charge into battle, and sisters in magic are forced to choose sides as the ultimate contest for the throne determines the fate of four kingdoms. 

2.   Romantic leads to die for.

A woman-centered story, Daughter of Aithne is nonetheless packed with romantic tension. Determined, passionate men prove worthy – if sometimes unreliable – suitors for the women they serve. Eolyn’s partner in magic, Akmael, will win your respect with his capacity to cross the barriers of death in order to protect the ones he loves. The enigmatic and irresistibly sexy Mage Corey will keep you up at night wondering about the secrets he keeps – and the true nature of his ambitions. The charismatic warrior Prince Savegre will steal your heart as Queen Taesara’s most important – and handsome! – ally in the battle for the throne of Moisehén. These and many other romantic threads add spice to each turn of the page.

3.   War without villainy.

One of the greatest things about Daughter of Aithne is that there is no true villain. Opposed to each other, Eolyn and Taesara are nonetheless very likable characters.

Sole heiress to a forbidden tradition of magic, Eolyn starts The Silver Web series as a refugee. By the third book, Eolyn’s life-long struggle to restore women’s magic has culminated in a great love with Akmael, the Mage King of Moisehén. Eolyn and Akmael have ruled in peace for more than a decade, but trouble descends on the kingdom when Akmael’s daughter by his first marriage, Eliasara, lays claim to Akmael’s throne.

Eliasara’s mother, Taesara, joins the fight to take up arms against Akmael and Eolyn. Due to the beliefs of her people, Taesara eschews all magic. Yet she faces many of the same challenges as Eolyn as they lead their people into war. Taesara has a dash of dogmatism, but she is a woman of honor and compassion. Under different circumstances, these two remarkable queens would have found much in common with each other, and might even have become friends.

4.   An impossible choice.

Faced with equally likeable characters locked in a powerful and poignant conflict, readers of Daughter of Aithne will have a very hard time deciding who to root for! Eolyn and Taesara are both admirable women in their own right. How is it possible time and fate has dragged them into war against each other? Yet wage war they must, and as in all wars, there can be only one victor.

5.   The end you never saw coming.

So how will it all finish? I can’t give that away, of course, but I can promise you this: the denouement of Daughter of Aithne is unlike anything you’ve read in fantasy. The path of these formidable women – the choices they make and the fates they weave for their people – will amaze and inspire you.  Daughter of Aithne is the book I’ve always wanted to write; I hope you’ll soon discover it’s the book you’ve always wanted to read.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands all her life. Her pastimes include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to THE SILVER WEB trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

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BOOK BUY LINKS – EOLYN – BOOK ONE:


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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Karin will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

46 comments:

  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. I'm developing a contemporary fantasy series set in my home town of Kansas City. The story features mature female protagonists pitted against a realm of supernatural beings locked in battle for dominion over human souls. It's been a lot of fun to write, and I'm very excited about publishing it!

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  3. Great post, sounds like a book I'll enjoy reading. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 
    slehan at juno dot com

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  5. how did you get the idea for this book?

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  6. Where are you spending Thanksgiving?

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  7. Who are some of your favorite authors?

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    1. I'm a big fan of Guy Gavriel Kay and Patricia McKillip. How about you?

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  8. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your patronage. :)

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  9. DO you have any book recommendations?

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    1. One of my favorites is The Lions of Al Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay.

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    2. I have heard of the author but haven't checked him out yet, I will have to now!

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  10. Are you planning on making this book a series?

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    1. Daughter of Aithne actually completes a series; it’s the third and final book of The Silver Web trilogy.

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  11. What's your writing process/routine like?

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    1. During the summer I try to write every day. While classes are in session, I set aside 2 hours of sacred writing time per week.

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  12. About how long did it take you to write and edit your book?

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    1. Daughter of Aithne took about two and a half years. The entire trilogy took 10 years to write and publish.

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  13. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. No, I find it too distracting. I do listen to music when I’m choreographing scenes, though. Before I sit down at the computer.

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  14. What are you hoping is under your tree this year?

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    1. I have a home office that I do most of my writing in.

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  16. Where did you get the idea for the title?

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    1. Aithne is the mythological character in Eolyn’s world who discovered magic. “Daughter of Aithne” refers to all the women in the book who play a role in restoring women’s magic to Eolyn’s people.

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  17. Who are some of your favorite authors?

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    1. Guy Gavriel Kay, Patricia McKillip, Philippa Gregory, and Gioconda Belli.

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  18. What's your favorite story or book you have written?

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    1. I love all of them for different reasons.

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  19. How many hours a day do you write?

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    1. During the summer, 2-3 hours a day. When classes are in session, I try to get in at least 2 hours per week.

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  20. How long did it take you to edit and write this book?

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    1. Daughter of Aithne took about two and a half years. It took ten years to complete the trilogy.

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  21. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  22. What genre of books do you read?

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    1. I read mostly history and historical fiction.

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  23. When did you first learn to read?

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