Sunday, October 14, 2018

$40 Amazon gift card and the return of fantasy author Kadee Carder

Do you recognize this blue-haired angel? Welcome back to the blog, Kadee Carder!

Kadee is fierce yet sparkly, rallying seekers to thrive in their stories. The goal is magic, the medium is ink, and the fuel is coffee. And sometimes pizza.

Kadee teaches English at the university level when she's not dancing around the living room with family, lifting at the gym, traveling the planet, or binging superhero shows.

And she likes blue hair.

In her new book, Earthshine, fear may be a liar, but hope can be a monster.

Saylor single-handedly saved the world from a devastating solar flare...and it nearly killed her. Now her father's Alliance Military Guard must track down pirated tech, missing ships, and a rogue billionaire, and they’ve requested a reluctant Saylor’s help.

Tucker spent a year training the rookie Guardsmen. They call themselves Dragons. He calls them defiant. Dispatched across the ocean on a mission to retrieve AMG's bootlegged tech, he rallies Saylor to overcome her fears and return to the field by his side.

Working together wielding unprecedented tech and determined to defy their destinies, the two wrangle missing ghosts, brunt force betrayal, and the swagger of power. What lies beneath the earth just might save it.

An excerpt from Earthshine to wet your whistle:

I accepted the document, two sweaty palms reaching, tentative, unprepared. I scanned the words, reading them aloud. “I've got this deep wrestling within my dark soul. A hunger for the oppressed. An almighty beckoning for the broken and bent, a writhing which cannot be tamed by silence. No; the silence, the hush, the hustle, cannot squelch the fire to share light for those trembling in the depths. I cannot stop giving of myself for my mission, for to stop is to suffocate. To quit, impossible. To surrender, unattainable. My wrestling therefore occurs not in the loss, but the gain. Loss no longer exists. All movement, all attempts, fulfill the mission. My mission.

For I have been redeemed, and I defeat the darkness within me by each lent hand and rescued soul whom I reach. I am Alliance. I defend freedom, defy injustice, and deepen creative productivity to enhance mankind’s survival. In living victory, I bear my burden, a warrior for my objective: Be powerful. Be consistent. Never quit. Finish the mission.”

My eyes glanced up from the words to my father, then back down, reading, re-reading. Recoiling. Rerouting. “I guess with this kind of mission statement, there’s no room for fear.”

“There’s no need for fear. It’s not part of the mission.”

“I am Alliance. I like it.”

“I am Alliance.”


Still curious about the author? Time for an interview with Kadee...

What inspires you to write?
Writing is how I handle life. It helps me sort my thoughts, organize the crazy, and gives cosmos to the chaos. Even just taking a walk in the evening as the stars begin to twinkle inspires me to write. The capturing of life and channeling it into a puzzle of words is one of my favorite things to do.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
Every book has its own timeline. I worked on my INSURRECTION trilogy for about five years – the first book began as my Master of Fine Arts degree thesis, which I wrote in two months, and then about a year later revisited it, chopped off 30,000 words, and added 80,000. Then it turned into a trilogy. The second and third books took about three to four months to write. HERE BE DRAGONS took approximately six months to write. I do a LOT of research because of all the science and military elements. KINGDOM COME took about two months to write, but that was because it’s short (for one!) and I learned the lessons over several years and talked the ideas out to my friends in video chats, so a lot of my “writing” of the book came from transcribing the videos into chapters. EARTHSHINE took me about six months to write because it dealt with many personal struggles I was overcoming at the time.

What are you working on right now?
Currently, I am giving my brain a break! These books have taken years to research, write, edit, and promote, and I need to recharge before I take on another huge project. I put my whole creative self into my work so when I write again I want it to be a rockstar.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Write for you. Write what you love. Write to entertain yourself, for your future self, and the right readers will come along. It may take ten years, but if you love the work, then you’ll feel fulfilled and satisfied with the work regardless of who reads it.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
WALKING ON WATER by Madeleine L’Engle. This book changed my life. I worked at a church as an office manager and felt restless. My friend recommended WALKING ON WATER and the friendly narrative and inspirational encouragement from L’Engle on a life of making art spoke to me so much that within a month of reading it I enrolled in an MFA in Creative Writing course and have never looked back. If you’re someone who loves to create, read it as soon as possible, especially if you’re feeling unsure about your passion, future, or the daily grind.

So who wants to win something?!

Kadee Carder and I have partnered up to give away a $40 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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