Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

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About the Book:
What would you sacrifice to find true love and save a kingdom?
The Best-Selling Kindle series, The Dusk Gate Chronicles, will have you falling in love all over again.
Quinn Robbins has never noticed William Rose at Bristlecone High School – not until the night she almost runs him down in her car. After that, she never stops noticing him. Because William is different than the other boys…
Why does a high school senior always have his nose buried in medical journals?
And how does he keep disappearing down by the river every Friday night?
When William starts to show up in her dreams, she is unsure if her curiosity has turned into obsession – or if there is something more mysterious going on.
Unable to rest, Quinn follows William to the river one Friday night…and discovers something startling – something she thought could only exist in a fairytale.
Uh oh, Quinn. 1st Period History will never be the same!
Seeds of Discovery is Book One of the Dusk Gate Chronicles, a new Young Adult series that has been described by readers as “The Chronicles of Narnia meets Cinderella.” Go on an unforgettable journey with characters who will find their way straight into your hear

About the Author:
After eleven years as an elementary school teacher, I have decided to reinvent myself (whatever that means).
Now I run my own business, play with and educate my beautiful little girl, Little Goose, and write books for young adults that can be enjoyed by everyone.
The first three books in my original fantasy series, The Dusk Gate Chronicles, are now for sale in Kindle format at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnesandnoble.com, in the iBooks store, and at most other digital retailers. The books are also in paperback at a number of online retailers. Also, visit her at http://www.breeanaputtroff.net/.

Author Interview:

When did you first know you wanted to write?
In some ways, I've always been a writer. There's never been a time where I haven't been filling notebooks with ideas and beginnings of stories.  It took me a long time to do anything with it for myself. Instead, I majored in English and Elementary Education in college, and then became an elementary school teacher. There, I spent a long time teaching kids to read and write, and got my Master's degree in Literacy.  Finally, though, I got an idea for a novel that I just had to really write and see where it went. That was Seeds of Discovery.

Which authors inspire you the most?
I have a lot of favorite authors, in a lot of genres. I've always loved C.S. Lewis, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Patricia Polacco, Madeline L'Engle, Sharon Creech ... and too many more to name. 

How did you get the inspiration for your novel?
The inspiration for my first book, Seeds of Discovery came one summer day when I had gone hiking and picnicking in the mountains with my dad and my daughter, who was three at the time. We were throwing rocks at this little spot by a river, and I noticed the broken base of what had once been a bridge. Just like in the book, this bridge didn't go anywhere, but you could see where it had once connected to the rock face on the other side of the river.
As soon as I saw that bridge, I knew there was a story in it. I just didn't know what that story was. After about six months of mulling it over, the first draft of Seeds of Discovery was born.

What is your favorite part about being an author?
I love watching the story come to life -- those magic moments when an idea clicks, or I figure out how plot elements are going to come together. I love those times when I go back and re-read, and I can't even remember writing it -- can't believe I managed to do that. :)  I also love connecting with readers who have enjoyed the stories.

What is your least favorite part about being an author?
Like any job, sometimes being an author is just work -- just fiddling around with little formatting bits. Or working for two hours on fixing something, and then having the program crash. 

Could you write a bit about what your publication process was like?
I am published by a micro-press. While they help with things like the editing and the ISBN numbers, in exchange for control over my own profits, I do most of the work myself.  I contracted with the fantastic Mallory Rock for the cover design and interior design of the print versions, and I do my own formatting and uploading for the e-versions.

Do you have any upcoming projects?
I do. My next project is a stand-alone story, which will be a little different for me after working for so long on a series. The book I'm working on is an alternate-version "re-telling" of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, titled Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. It's a "what-if" story, told from the viewpoint of the child Rumpelstiltskin actually did steal, but now she's 17, and has no real idea about her past.

Later this year, I will be adding some more stories to the Dusk Gate Chronicles that fall outside of the main story line, and explore some of the other characters.

Describe in three or fewer sentences what makes your book unique and why a reader should buy it.
Unlike many current books for teens, the books in the Dusk Gate Chronicles feature strong family ties and relationships, and the romance grows slowly, but builds into something really based on trust and mutual respect. Plus, the princes are pretty fantastic, and the heroine is strong and gutsy.

And... the first book is free. :)

Heroines With Heart is a massive blog tour that runs throughout 2013, that features books with strong female protagonists. We have authors from several different genres, including young adult, mystery/thriller/suspense, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and Christian fiction. We are also giving away fun digital prizes and sharing new and noteworthy books throughout the year. Want updates?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog. It was fun to do the interview with you.


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