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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

VBT & #GIVEAWAY - Hunters of the Dream by Ingrid Koivukangas


YA Fantasy



When the summer holidays begin, Aurora thinks she’s just a normal teenager about to have another boring summer. Then, for her seventeenth birthday, Nana Brin gives her a long-silent Oracle that has been passed down through their family for generations. The mysterious Oracle soon awakens in response to the creeping Darkness that is escaping and destroying all worlds. Aurora must quickly find the courage to come to terms with her calling as the Huntress of the Dream.

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As the Bone Seer began to pick up another bone, she hesitated, cocking her head from side to side, as if listening to someone speaking. She breathed in sharply, surprised, and suddenly frightened, and in a high pitched voice began singing:

The wise one will read the signs,
As the all seeing one awakens,
When the drum woman travels,
And the compass unravels,
And he, who swims between worlds,
Joins the one who sparks and twirls,
The broken wing is set free,
The wolves howl and protect thee,
Gathering under a double moon,
Agreements hewn,
The Huntress is born again,
As Darkness slips its chains.

Looking directly into Aurora’s eyes she hissed, “The Darkness is waking, Aurora. There are many teachings you must complete, and amulets and allies to gather in preparation for the battles ahead. You must find your fellow hunters before the Darkness escapes and finds you, or all will be lost.

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Ingrid Koivukangas will be awarding an Eco Heart Oracle Deck valued at $28 US, (the Eco Heart Oracle is an integral part of the Hunters of the Dream trilogy) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour (International Giveaway).

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When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
Once I had the Hunters of the Dream manuscript edited and ready to send to the printer I realized I’d passed a milestone, but it wasn’t until I was holding the first print book in my hands that I thought: This is it. This is the beginning of fulfilling my lifelong dream of being an author.

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
The first Hunters of the Dream characters began arriving in the fall of 2010 but I didn’t sit down to start writing the first book, The Gathering, until December 2014. I finished writing the manuscript in late May of 2015, and then spent six months going through the editing process, and then early readers, more edits, and then final proofreading. The first book was published in January 2016.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Parts of the book do come from first hand experiences I’ve had. In my practice as an environmental artist I work deeply with intuition and dreams. I work with Spirit, and Nature, with the energy worlds of plants, animals, insects, water and the earth. Hunters of the Dream, incorporates the way that I work as an artist, with Spirit and energy, but I’m transforming my experiences into storytelling, with words, instead of making artwork or a gallery exhibitions.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I have a few favourite chapters. My favourite parts of those chapters, is when I enter a world of magic–where the line between the dream world and real world blurs. It’s like watching a movie and bringing that experience back to the writing.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
My writing studio is peaceful. I sit at a large window that looks onto a forest that borders the southern fields of our small farm. I listen to music when I write, very softly in the background. I light a candle and meditate before I begin. A very large amethyst crystal sits at the base of my iMac, beside a red heart with the word, Inspire, engraved on it. Our two dogs and our cat keep me company.

Do you have any strange writing habits? Like writing in the shower?
Maybe writing on the ferry isn’t so strange? For some reason I find that the words just begin to flow when I’m on the ferry. I don’t usually have any problem writing when I’m in my studio, but the experience is different when I’m out on the water. I write long hand in a, special Hunters of the Dream, journal when I’m on the ferry.

How important are the names in your book? Did you choose them based on how they sounded or looked, or was it completely random?
The names of the characters are super important. Each one was chosen based on the meaning of the name, the sound of the name, the personality of the character, and the numerology of the name. Sometimes the characters arrive with a name, or the impression of a name.

What is your least favourite part of the writing or publishing process?
I have to say that my least favourite part of publishing is the marketing piece. I’d rather be writing!

Quick Fire

1. Light or dark chocolate - Milk
2. Favourite colour - Purple
3. Dogs or cats - both
4. Tea or coffee - coffee
5. Light side or dark side – mid side
6. Morning, noon or night? – morning and night
7. Black and white or colour? - colour
8. Drawings or paintings? - paintings
9. Dresses or skirts? - skirts
10. Books or movies? - books
11. Pepsi or Coke? - neither
12. Chinese or Italian? - Chinese
13. Early bird or night owl? - both
14. Chocolate or vanilla? - chocolate
15. Introvert or extrovert? – borderline
16. Hugs or kisses? - hugs
17. Hunting or fishing? - fishing
18. Winter or summer? - summer
19. Spring or fall? - spring
20. Rural or urban? - rural
21. PC or Mac? - Mac
22. Tan or pale? - Tan
23. Cake or pie? - pie
24. Ice cream or yogurt? - yogurt
25. Ketchup or mustard? - ketchup
26. Sweet pickles or dill pickles? - dill
27. Comedy or mystery? - mystery
28. Boots or sandals? - boots
29. Silver or gold? - silver
30. Jazz or classical? - both
31. Dancing or singing? - singing
32. Checkers or chess? - chess
33. Board games or video games? -board
34. Wine or beer? - wine
35. Freckles or dimples? - freckles
36. Honey mustard or BBQ sauce? – honey mustard
37. Body weight exercises or lifting weights? – body weight
38. Baseball or basketball? - baseball
39. Crossword puzzles or sudokus? - crosswords
40. Facial hair or clean shaven? - either
41. Crushed ice or cubed ice? - neither
42. Skiing or snowboarding? – tobaganning
43. Smile or game face? - smile
44. Bracelet or necklace? - bracelet
45. Fruit or vegetables? - fruit
46. Sausage or bacon? - vegetarian
47. Scrambled or fried? - fried
48. Tattoos or piercings? - tattoos
49. Antique or brand new?- antique
50. Dress up or dress down? – dress down
51. Cowboys or aliens? - cowboys
52. Pancakes or waffles? - waffles
53. Bond or Bourne? - Bond
54. Sci-Fi or fantasy? - fantasy
55. Numbers or letters? - letters
56. Star Wars or Star Trek? – Star Wars
57. Fair or theme park? - fair
58. Money or fame? - money
59. Washing dishes or doing laundry? - dishes
60. Snakes or sharks? - snakes
61. Orange juice or apple juice? - apple
62. Sunrise or sunset? - sunrise
63. Slacker or over-achiever? – over-achiever
64. Pen or pencil? - pen
65. Peanut butter or jelly? - jelly
66. Grammys or Oscars? - Oscars
67. Detailed or abstract? - abstract
68. Multiple choice questions or essay questions? – haha, essay
69. Adventurous or cautious? - adventurous
70. Saver or spender? - spender
71. Glasses or contacts? - glasses
72. Laptop or desktop? - laptop
73. Classic or modern? - both
74. Personal chef or personal fitness trainer? – personal chef
75. Internet or cell phone? – cell phone because then I can get both
76. Call or text? - depends
77. Curly hair or straight hair? - straight
78. Shower in the morning or shower in the evening? - morning
79. Spicy or mild? - medium
80. Marvel or DC? - Marvel
81. Paying a mortgage or paying rent? - mortgage
82. Sky dive or bungee jump? – eek, neither
83. Oreos or Chips Ahoy? – Chips Ahoy
84. Jelly or pudding? - pudding
85. Truth or dare? - truth
86. Roller coaster or Ferris wheel? – roller coaster
87. Leather or denim? - denim
88. Stripes or solids? - solids
89. Bagels or muffins? - muffins
90. Whole wheat or white? – gluten free
91. Beads or pearls? - gemstones
92. Hardwood or carpet? - hardwood
93. Bright colours or neutral tones? - both
94. Be older than you are or younger than you are? – happy with where I am
95. Raisins or nuts? - nuts
96. Picnic or nice restaurant? - picnic
97. Black leather or brown leather? - brown
98. Long hair or short hair? - long
99. “Ready, aim, fire” or “Ready, fire, aim”? – ready, aim, fire
100. Fiction or non-fiction? - both
101. Smoking or non-smoking? – non-smoking
102. Think before you talk or talk before you think? – ideally, think before you talk
103. Asking questions or answering questions? – asking :)

Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog, Archeolibrarians! Ingrid

Ingrid Koivukangas, BFA, MFA, is an award winning environmental artist, writer, designer, Reiki Master and educator.

As an artist Ingrid works intuitively at sites creating new works in response to sites and their energies and histories both natural and human. Her work encompasses many media including site specific ephemeral, large scale public works, writing, video, photography, sound, web, sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.

Ingrid's artworks have been exhibited in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. She's been featured as an artist in residence on CBC-TV; has had numerous gallery exhibitions; has many site specific ephemeral works left in situ and large scale permanent public art projects.

Ingrid's artworks have been included in many publications and books including: Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future, published by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environmental Programme and Art + Science Now: How scientific research and technological innovation are becoming key to 21st-century aesthetics by Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University. One of her favourite publications to be included in is Scholastic Book's Now See This! Art That Influences.

Ingrid has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and a Master of Fine Arts, Environmental Sculpture, from the University of Calgary. You can view her work at:

Ingrid lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband Robin, two dogs, Lucy and Scout, and a fierce cat named Hunter.



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  1. What are you reading right now?

    1. Hi Mai - We recently bought a small farm, so I'm making my way through a stack of small farm and gardening books.

  2. Replies
    1. My pleasure - good luck with your book and the rest of your tour :)