Giveaway & Tour Blind the Eyes by K.A. Wiggins

 

Join Us for This Tour from  November 26 to December 17!

 

 

Book Details:

  1. Book Title Blind the Eyes: A Dystopian-Gothic YA Urban Fantasy by K.A. Wiggins

Category YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages

GenreUrban fantasy, crossover to dystopian, paranormal, contemporary fantasy, gothic and post-apocalyptic.

Publisher:  K.A. Wiggins (Imprint: Snowmelt & Stumps)

Release Date: June, 2018

Tour dates: November 26 to December 17

Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. No

 on-page sex, low romance, minimal bad language, underage drinking, 

significant fantasy violence, scenes containing emotional manipulation, 

depression, and (light/brief) physical abuse.

 

Book Description:

​A haunted teen outcast and her snarky ghostly best-frenemy outwit enforcers, monsters, and the scars of the past in a race to take expose a deadly conspiracy and escape a bloody end. A lush, award-winning debut to a captivatingly eerie YA Urban Fantasy trilogy. Discover a labyrinthine, post-climate-collapse dystopian Vancouver overrun by monsters and magic in this intricate and startlingly original journey of discovery, restoration, and revenge.

It’s hard not to be a little obsessed with survival when your only “friend” is an unruly ghost and the wrong thought could get your soul devoured by eldritch horrors. Haunted 17-year-old outcast Cole wants nothing more than to hide her forbidden fascination with the monster-taken and blend in with the (dreary) scenery. Her plans for a peaceful life take a turn for the deadly when a mesmerizing stranger and his dangerously tempting offer drive her into the middle of a grisly conspiracy.

But Cole hasn’t yet uncovered the biggest secret of all, and it might just have something to do with the mysterious threads tugging her into horrifying visions—not to mention the shimmering boy at their dark heart. Uncovering the truth will cost her dearly as she fends off scheming enforcers, dreamjacking ghosts & soul-sucking nightmares in a desperate quest for survival and retribution. Can she escape the scars of her past and expose the lies before she’s the next to die?

Blind the Eyes is the first book in a lush and labyrinthine trilogy of paranormal-meets-gothic-dystopian YA Urban Fantasy filled with glittering underworlds, delicious-and-deceptive strangers, and facing down the voices in your head. This slow-burn fantasy with an edge leads readers on a captivatingly unexpected journey of self-discovery, reclaimed identity, and conflicted sisterhood for those who like a little sparkle with their monsters (it glistens so nicely on all the blood.) Fans of post-climate-collapse dystopias, monsters-and-magic, and genre-bending dark fantasy will love this award-winning series starter in a complete and 100% binge-ready trilogy.

Buy the Book:

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Amazon 

Apple ~ Kobo ~ Google

B&N ~ Waterstones ~ Chapters-Indigo

 

I know Lauren is doing a great job coordinating everything you need, but should you need/want additional graphics, feel free to draw from this collection on Google Drive.

 

And here’s a pretty comprehensive list of links if you need them!

Website: https://kawiggins.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/K-A-Wiggins/e/B072N62MXK

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kaiespace

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/k-a-wiggins

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaiespace

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaiespace

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/kaiespace 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kaie.space

Author Newsletter (free short reads!): https://mailchi.mp/7852e61cb116/ka-wiggins-ya-dystopian-dark-fantasy-newsletter

 

I’ll do my best to keep an eye out and boost signal, but feel free to tag me on any of those platforms or email me directly (kaiewrites@gmail.com) if you prefer. I’ll add a permanent link to your blog post in the Interviews & Features section of my about page, and may also feature it in my newsletters, blogs, and/or social, as well as sharing, retweeting, or story-reposting your posts on social.

 

Thanks again! 🙂

 

 

Horror and Faith-Guest Post from the Author

 

I grew up reading a LOT of Christian fiction (thank church libraries and a fairly religious community), including some fantastic works of dark fiction—Ted Dekker and James Byron Huggins come to mind. So perhaps it’s not that surprising that when I started telling my own stories, some of those early influences seeped through.

 

That said, I grew up in a family where we didn’t celebrate Halloween (isn’t that basically a Satanic holiday??) and there was much concern over Harry Potter’s rise in popularity (won’t that get kids into witchcraft??) Like many imaginative children (and adults), I had a low tolerance for horror or scary content in stories. I couldn’t shrug off the spooky or nightmarish imagery and ideas easily, and the Christian faith doesn’t necessarily preclude the existence of dark forces, some of which might be hiding under my bed . . .

 

All of that to say, it came as something of a shock to me that my stories are full of monsters and magic, and I’ve been doing some work as a creator, a reader, and a teacher to try to unpack that. What’s the point of horror (as a genre or as an element in a different genre)? Does it have value? Why do people even like scary stories? And, as a Christian, is it even okay to write horror—especially if it’s not religious horror?

 

Here are a few things I’ve come up with:

 

  • Scary stories give readers (/viewers) a space to ask questions and explore fear. While there’s definitely a place for “comfort reads,” reality is rarely quite so cozy, and people need to try out and test ideas, and more importantly, face down fears. Sometimes it’s very healthy to be a little uncomfortable.

     

  • Horror is great for creators. Seriously, the next time you’re afraid of something, anxious, or sad, try creating a story around it. When you create the story, nothing can hurt you. You’re in charge. You can make it stop or take it in a different direction at any time.

     

  • Horror doesn’t (need to) hurt anyone. There’s a place for just purely enjoying something without needing to feel bad about it, and if you’re a fan of spooky media (or fantasy, or romance, for that matter), that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Go forth and enjoy!

In some genres it might take a little more digging and filtering to find stories that suit you, and I’ll be the first to admit that there can be very horrifying content in horror (as with fantasy, romance, thrillers, really pretty much any genre). But while I’m comfortable with fairly high levels of fantasy violence, I don’t use much (if any) bad language or include sex on the page as a matter of personal preference, comfort, and belief.

 

While I don’t write specifically for the Christian market, nor do I explicitly discuss or craft plot points around matters of faith in my work, I think it’s impossible to entirely separate my experiences, beliefs, worldview, and creativity. They show up in the topics and themes I’m interested in, the questions that my characters ask, the things they struggle with—that might be a little different than the way other authors would conceive of them—the monsters they face down, and the way they resolve their problems. And I’m excited to see more writers and artists of faith share their creativity outside of the boundaries and limitations of parable or faith-journey stories, transforming their genres from within.

 

If you’re interested in how an author of faith brings a gothic sensibility to fantasy fiction and explores death, identity, and responsibility on the page, join me at kawiggins.com (and join the newsletter for free short fiction!) or on social @kaiespace.

 

 

 

Meet the Author:

K.A. Wiggins (Kaie) writes award-winning speculative fiction for young people and adults that explores the tangled webs of society, environment, and identity through intricate, dreamlike tales of monsters and magic.

Her debut novel was a Page Turner Awards 2020 Book Spotlight Prize winner and a Barnes & Noble Press “20 Favorite Indie Books of 2018,” kicking off a celebrated and recently completed YA Urban Fantasy trilogy set in a gothic-dystopian post-climate-collapse Vancouver. Her short fiction has appeared in small press anthologies, genre magazines, and in translation for international audiences.

She’s also the President of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia society, co-founder of marketing and business services consultancy The Creative Collective, and a creative writing coach with the Creative Writing for Children society, and was recognized in the 2021 Arty Awards, taking first place in Literary Arts category.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 

 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 – GivernyReads – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 – booking.with.janelle – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 2 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 3 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Dec 6 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 7 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 8 – The Bookshelf Scout – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 9 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 10 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 13 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Dec 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 14 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 16 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 17 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight

Dec 17 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 17 – Girl with Pen – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

BLIND THE EYE by KA Wiggins Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debra Guyette
    Nov 26, 2021 @ 06:39:57

    Thanks for the great post. The book should be an amazing read

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  2. Kaie
    Nov 27, 2021 @ 12:50:18

    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour! Good luck to all the giveaway entrants~ ❤

    Like

    Reply

  3. Calvin
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 23:24:08

    Such an awesome book, cheers on the tour 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

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