Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blog Tour Event and Giveaways!! Songstone by Lena Goldfinch



Songstone
By Lena Goldfinch

Release Date:  July 29, 2013
Publisher:  Indigo Road
Paperback ISBN:   9780615824819

Kita can meld song into stone. In a world with no written word, storytelling—the ability to meld (or magically impress) song into stone—is greatly honored. The village honors her master as their medicine man, but Kita knows he's secretly a sorcerer who practices black magic using drops of her blood. She fears he’ll use her beautiful gift for a killing spell, so she conceals it from him. Each day, his magic tightens around her neck like a rope. His spells blind the villagers, so they can’t see him for what he really is.

Not that anyone would want to help her. She was found in the forest as a baby and would have died if a village girl hadn't brought her home. But the villagers saw Kita's unusual coloring and decided she belonged to the mysterious tribe who lives in the forests of the volcano, a people feared for their mystical powers. So they fear her too. Now seventeen, she can barely admit her deepest longing: to know who she really is and where she belongs.

Then Pono, a young journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island. He's come to fulfill a pact between their villages: to escort a storyteller back to his village--a storyteller who'll be chosen at the great assembly. Finally, in Pono, Kita sees her one slim chance at freedom and she'll risk her life to take it.

A dark, twisty tale of sorcery, tummy-tingling romance, and adventure, inspired by the folklore of New Zealand's Māori people.

You can find Songstone on:

~ Amazon (Kindle)
~ Barnes & Noble (Nook)
~ Kobo

Tome Tender asked Lena Goldfinch three questions:

What makes a great story?

I think great characters make a great story. When I'm reading a good book, I feel a real connection to that character. I become that person for a while. I see the world through her eyes. Maybe it's just a light escape read or maybe it's more than that, a way to open my mind to another viewpoint. Beyond wanting the events of the story to be engaging, I think we're all looking for a story that stirs us and provides us with an emotional experience.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your books?
It always surprises me how things come together. Writing a novel is a mysterious process. You're writing along (la la la ;)). You're in the zone (if things are going great). You kind of know where this scene is going, and what you want to say, but there's also an element of surprise, when you realize you're typing something you're barely aware of as your own thought. It just comes to you. You don't know why your heroine would make up an unbelievable tall-tale about a man becoming a lizard. It just seems so random--maybe even a little wacky--but it amuses you, so you leave it in. Then later when you're reaching the end, that piece magically falls into place. You realize it was meant to be there all along. Did you know at the time you were going to need it? No. It's as if someone else had the master plan and was only able to give you a few 5" x 8" snapshots at a time. I find that constantly surprising and kind of thrilling. It's really the coolest thing ever. It's also sort of addictive. ;)

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Believe it or not, I wanted to be a writer! Or a school teacher.  Or an artist.:) I ended up majoring in Math/Computer Science and started out on a career as a software engineer.  I journaled a bit, but it wasn't until after my children came along that I looked back on my lifetime of reading and decided I wanted to write a book myself.  So I took a roundabout trip to becoming a writer.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR     

Lena lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of "sigh-worthy" romance. You can visit her online at www.lenagoldfinch.blogspot.com.

Author’s Links 
 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAYS BELOW!

! YOU ARE NOT SEEING DOUBLE !
There REALLY are TWO separate Giveaways!
One is part of the Songstone Blog Tour
and
One is Tome Tender's very own, thanks to the generosity of author Lena Goldfinch!
Don't forget to enter BOTH!


 Here's the sweet summer giveaway in conjunction with the blog tour! The giveaway is open internationally, and one winner (randomly drawn) will receive:
 
       A signed copy of Songstone (Paperback)

·          A sea glass necklace with turtle charm

·          A $10 Dairy Queen gift card (U.S.) or a $10 Amazon.com gift card (international)
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Bonus Tome Tender Giveaway!
One Lucky winner will be able to choose ONE of the following books:
The Language of Souls - Aire - Songstone


  a Rafflecopter giveaway

7 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the awesome post, Dianne! Lena and I appreciate you being a part of the blog tour. :)

    Love Lena's responses to your questions, as well! Characters are so important, and writing really is rather "magical," isn't it? :)

    ~Amber

    P.S. I know you noted this in the "Terms & Conditions" section, but just wanted to clarify for everyone that the extra giveaway here is for the winner's choice of one of Lena's e-books. However, Lena is giving away a paperback copy of Songstone for the main blog tour giveaway! So you can enter to win different formats and different prizes. :) Good luck to everyone!

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    1. Thank you Amber, especially for the clarification! These are such generous giveaways! And that stone, beautiful!
      Dii

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  2. Great review. This sounds really interesting. I like the cover Lena developed. Intriguing. smile

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I agree about the cover!

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  3. Hello, Lena. It is so nice to "meet" you on this blog today! When I read that you lived in Massachusetts I was surprised because after reading the blurb and excerpt on Songstone I thought you might be in New Zealand. :-) Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself and your book(s) today. I love the paranormal... there are so very many variances in that genre that I probably will never run out of exciting stories. But this is a first for me, a story about the Maori people and turning song into stone as a way of storytelling. Wow. Sounds absolutely fascinating. Thanks! And my fave summertime activity is... reading! jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Janice, I think reading should be an Olympic Sport! Imagine the fun training!

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    2. Thanks, Janice! I agree, Dii, that reading should be an Olympic sport. Writing too. Lol

      Thanks for having me here on your blog and for hosting a stop on the blog tour.

      Hello to Sandra and Amber too! :)

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