I have a lot for you guys today included in this blitz!
You'll find info on the book, WHITE HART, meet the characters, read about a day in the writing life of Sarah Dalton, and get to enter in a really awesome giveaway! I'm so excited to read this book. I've read the first two books in her Blemished series, and they're fantastic,
so I know this series will be just as spectacular if not more so! Enjoy!
Title: White Hart
Series: White Hart #1
Author: Sarah Dalton
Publication Date: March 5th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Blitz organized by: Xpresso Book Tours
Mae never asked to be craft-born. She never wanted that burden.
The realm needs magic again, and the King of Aegunlund has been waiting for the first craft-born girl to marry his son, Prince Casimir.
In Mae's town of Halts-Walden, the ambitious miller claims his daughter Ellen is craft-born. Mae knows this is a load of hogwash, but she's glad Ellen will have the unfortunate pleasure of becoming queen instead of her. All she has to do is sit back and wait until Casimir and Ellen are married, then she will finally be free of the threat of her fate. But on that day an event so shocking and terrible occurs that Mae finds herself entering the neighbouring cursed forest on a quest she never thought she'd have to follow.
Join Mae as she rides her white stag through the Waerg Woods with a pampered prince at her heels. She's out for revenge nothing, no one, will get in her way.
Meet the Characters
by Sarah Dalton
Mae Waylander - She lives in the village of Halts-Walden, in the fictional world - Aegunlund. It's an idyllic village, a place where settlers came to escape many wars ravaging the realm, a place to live in peace. Mae lives with her father, Robert Waylander, a poor man who has been hurt felling trees for wood. Mae's mother died birthing her, but on the day she was born, a white stag appeared at the window of the hut. That white stag has followed her ever since, becoming her faithful friend.
Next to Halts-Walden stretches out the Waerg Woods, a mystical forest of darkness, where remnants of the Ancient magic has twisted the land into a dangerous, monster-infected place. Mae's mother came from the Waerg Woods. Mae and her father are the only people from the village who are brave enough to enter. But their bravery is construed as wickedness by the other villagers. Mae is shunned, called cursed, and treated badly by those around her.
But she has a powerful secret. Mae is craft-born. The blood of the Ancient Ones runs through her veins. The magic lives inside her, and she is special.
Prince Casimir - The crown prince of Aegunlund comes to Halts-Walden by the order of King Aldrych. He is to marry the craft-born so that the two of them can reignite the magic in the realm.
Casimir is nervous but excited about meeting his future bride. He hopes that she is beautiful and graceful. He hopes that he can impress her with his skills as a hunter and a swordsman. Most of all, he hopes that she will not prefer his brutish younger brother, like his father does.
Casimir finds more than he expected in Halts-Walden. He finds freedom. But that freedom comes with a cost. Casimir will have to grow up very quickly if he is to survive the Waerg Woods.
Ellen Miller - All her life her father has told her that she is meant for greatness. She is the most beautiful girl in Halts-Walden, with snow white skin and black hair. One day she discovers an amulet. It seems like a regular trinket. But soon she discovers that she can perform small magical actions, like darkening the leaves of an ivy plant with her touch.
The miller sees his daughter perform magic and spreads word through Aegunlund that his daughter is the craft-born. Before she knows it, Ellen is being introduced to her future husband - Prince Casimir.
Ellen swallows her doubts about what she has done. but before she has time to come to terms with her new future, she is kidnapped and taken into the Waerg Woods by men the locals call 'Wanderers,' men who steal from the people at Halts-Walden. Bullies who frighten the children and rough up the tavern goers.
Ellen has to remain where she is, completely helpless, until someone can rescue her. She can't let the others know the truth. They can't find out that she is not the craft-born after all.
About the Author
Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.
She is the author of the popular YA dystopia series 'Blemished' and the gothic novella 'My Daylight Monsters.' Her latest series is called White Hart - a YA fantasy about a girl who hides magical powers from everyone around her.
A Day in my Writing Life
by Sarah Dalton
Unfortunately I don't spend my days with a laptop in coffee shop as so often depicted in the movies and if I try to I generally give up - the noise of screaming children, coffee machines and bad slow jazz isn't usually conducive to productive writing!
But there is an element of freedom which means that a writer has to experiment in order to get the best out of their selves. For me that means working early in the morning. You need to find your routine and stick to it.
Most writers will tell you that they produce their best work about 20-30 minutes into their writing which is why many people advocate free-writing and brainstorming to get yourself into a flow. I don't tend to do this because once my mind is focused I'm ready to begin. I like to get up, eat, and then jump straight into it.
Writing is intensive. You write real emotions and that can be draining and I find that you can only fully concentrate for around two hours at a time, and this is where I really love being a writer because then I have a break and watch TV or do some housework (oh, who am I kidding - I watch TV!). Around 11am I make a cup of tea (one of many) and watch True Blood.
Sometimes you have days where you feel like you don't do any writing at all because putting a novel together isn't just about creating sentences. It's also about plotting, editing, proofreading and marketing. They are sometimes the most boring but necessary of tasks - the equivalent of filing in an office job - but they have to be done. You have to check that manuscript for incorrect commas and speech-marks. You have to edit out scenes that don't add to the plot. And then there are the days where you don't feel like you're doing anything at all. I call these my 'frustrated thinker' days where I get what's commonly known as writer's block. It isn't writer's block; it's another necessary part of being a writer. You need time to think about your work and sometimes that can't be rushed. When it happens to you try to chill out. Let it happen naturally. Focus on other things until you've worked everything out in your head and then move on. The worst thing a writer can do is get too frustrated when you aren't writing. Have confidence that you will pick up that pen or place a finger on the keyboard again and embrace it.
Writing days can be different, they can be generic and they can feel non-existent. But whatever happens it isn't like a job in an office. When you step out of your writing den, dungeon, office...whatever it is you call it - you don't switch off. When you're a writer you're a writer 24/7. Everything you watch, hear or experience adds to that little bank in your mind called 'ideas.'
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The cover is amazing and I love the guest post! "The worst thing a writer can do is get too frustrated when you aren't writing." That part resonates with me so much. Wonderful feature, Jennifer and best wishes to Sarah Dalton (I'm a TV girl too).ReplyDelete
I agree! I wish I could have also posted the path to how the cover was designed but couldn't get the photos to work in my post. It was really interesting. If I see someone else posted it, I'll pass it along. I really love her outlook on writing. Thanks, Robyn! :DDelete
White Hart sounds pretty cool, Jennifer! And meeting the characters was great! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
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I'm so excited to have a copy of this book for review - I think I forgot to mention that! But I'll have a review up as soon as I can! Thanks, Lexxie! :)Delete
Ooh, White Hart sounds awesome, Jennifer! I love the cover and I love that Ms. Dalton shared her writing life. :) Another book going on the tbr. *sigh*ReplyDelete
I do, too! Like I said to Robyn above, I wish I could have also posted the path to the cover design. She showed several photos that progressed from beginning to end product, and it was really interesting. I couldn't find a way to upload the photos to my blog. I love it when authors share their writing lives. :)Delete
You're welcome, LOL. ;)