Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mapkeeper Blog Tour! (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Mapkeeper and the Rise of the Wardens
Author: Katie Cash 
Series: N/A
Pages: 352
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: N/A
Format: Kindle
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Synopsis:
A teenage girl in future North America discovers that she is heir to a magical map which transports her to another world called Praxis, where her position as Mapkeeper is held in high regard. She is expected to learn to use the map’s magic to help the creatures of Praxis defend their homeland against the dark magic of the Wardens, a group of ancient beings whose magic is stirring again after centuries of peace.
~Try an Excerpt!~
The walk to school was gorgeous and still. The gentlest snowfall drifted from the gray sky, dusting last night’s snowfall with a fresh final layer of fluff. The padding of snow muffled the sounds of the small town coming to life.

To Lucy’s surprise, there was a large crowd of townspeople gathered around Frostbite High when it came into sight. They spilled into the parking lot, cramming themselves against one another, trying to get a view of someone or something at the center of the outdoor courtyard. Lucy’s curiosity was piqued—nothing interesting ever happened at Frostbite.

“What’s going on?” Luke asked.

“I don’t know… I don’t remember any of the teachers saying there would be an event on Monday,” Mack replied.

The Barnes siblings quickened their pace. The low murmur of excited voices emanated from the crowd. People pointed toward the center of the courtyard and stood on tip-toes to get a better view. An inexplicable apprehension formed somewhere deep within Lucy’s stomach.

The siblings weaved through several parked snow mobiles and reached the edge of the crowd in the parking lot. They shouldered their way in until they had a clear view of the courtyard. There was a group of people seated in high-backed chairs on stage, but Lucy couldn’t make out their faces.

“Who are they?” Mack asked a man who was squeezed up against him.

“It’s Mr. Quincy and his staff!” the gray-bearded man muttered. “He’s supposed to make some special announcement, just for us here in Aglid.” The man’s eyes darkened with mistrust.
~Meet Katie!~
Katie Cash was born in 1989 in Canberra, Australia. Her parents' jobs took Katie and her five brothers to many different places growing up before they settled in San Diego, CA.

Following high school, Katie accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, and in 2011 graduated with honors, earning a bachelor’s of science degree in oceanography. At the Naval Academy, she was a member of the Division One cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams. She served as captain of the cross country team her senior year.

Upon graduating, she reported to her first duty station aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in San Diego, where she led 78 Sailors in Engineering Department. Follow-on assignments included USS Essex (LHD-2) where she was the Assistant Training Officer and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) where she led 72 Sailors in Operations Department. She then transitioned to the Navy Meteorology community and began her next assignment working in Navy Special Warfare.

Katie began writing the Mapkeeper series in 2013, but completed the bulk of draft one in 2014 while out to sea aboard USS Carl Vinson. She finished book one in mid-2015 and is currently embroiled in the process of writing book two of the series.

Katie's short stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Us Girls, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive, and The Log Magazine.
 Katie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

34 comments:

  1. thank you for the chance to win :)

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  2. What is your favorite biography?

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    1. There are a ton of great biographies and autobiographies that I think are well worth reading, but if I had to choose a favorite it would either be A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah or Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

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  3. I think it's incredible that you have an awesome full-time job and still manage to write books and articles. Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much, Laney! It's important to make time for your goals no matter what :)

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  4. What is your favorite novel of all time. This book sounds interesting. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  5. What is your favorite novel of all time. This book sounds interesting. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Of all time?! Sigh. I love so many novels for so many different reasons. If I had to narrow it down to a few, I'd go with East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, or 1984 by George Orwell. Thanks for the question!

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  6. Thank you for sharing. This sounds very interesting

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    1. You're welcome, Pamela. I hope you'll give it a try!

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    1. Well, YA fantasy is one of the best, of course! :) But I also enjoy historical fiction, action/suspense thrillers, and crime novels.

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    1. Thanks, Rita. I hope you'll give it a shot!

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  9. How did you decide on the cover for your book? Love the green!

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    1. Thanks, Helen! I worked with my cover designer to create the perfect cover- we went through multiple iterations before we arrived at the final product and I couldn't be happier with it. Diana is very talented!

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  10. Great excerpt, sounds like a terrific read, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Eva, I hope you'll give it a shot!

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  11. Wow! This book sounds amazing! Thank you for the great post and contest!

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    1. Thank you Betty! I hope you'll give my book a shot.

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    2. Katie, you have quite an impressive work history. I've never been in the military but I have worked in a joint civilian/military setting.

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  12. Sounds like a good read. Thank you for the chance-linda

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  13. Such a beautiful cover and it sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. Interesting story!! Thanks for hosting the book tour :)

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  15. Really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me but I would love to learn more! Thank you for the reveal!

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  16. I imagine that your time in the Navy would be inspiring to you as a writer.

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  17. Great excerpt! This sounds like it's gonna be a great book and series! Katie, it sounds like you are leading an interesting life as well. :-)

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  18. I enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

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