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Thursday, 28 July 2016

NBtM & #GIVEAWAY - City of Hope and Ruin by Kit Campbell and Siri Paulson


Fantasy (with LGBTQ romance)



Every night the monsters hunt.

A city that is the whole world: Theosophy and her companions in the City militia do their best to protect the civilians from the monsters, but they keep crawling from the Rift and there’s nowhere to run. Theosophy knows she’ll die fighting. It’s the best kind of death she’s seen, and at least she can save lives in the meantime.

They say the Scarred carve you up while you’re still alive.

A village in the shadow of a forest: Refugees from the border whisper about the oncoming Scarred, but Briony can’t convince her brother to relocate his children to safety. Briony will do anything to protect them. She owes them that much, even if it means turning to forbidden magic.

When Theosophy and Briony accidentally make contact across the boundaries of their worlds, they realize that solutions might finally be within reach. A world beyond the City would give Theosophy’s people an escape, and the City’s warriors could help Briony protect her family from the Scarred. Each woman sees in the other a strength she lacks—and maybe something more.

All they need to do is find a way across the dimensions to each other before their enemies close in.

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The spirit was beautiful, a tall, statuesque woman who had a hard glint in her eyes. Her hair was short, indigo blue through the glow and tightly curled, her skin a lighter shade over wiry muscles. One hand clenched a smallish item made of metal, the other a long tube with some kind of blade on the end. Briony had never seen anyone like her. Though she glanced around and held her body like someone expecting danger, her bearing was proud and strong, and every inch of her spoke of power and competency. A warrior. Briony had heard stories of them, left over from the Great War, but had never seen one herself.

Was that when this woman was from? The War?

“The trio—the monsters—where am I?”

Briony realized she hadn’t responded, and that perhaps this spirit had been looking for someone to talk to for a very long time, and maybe she would assume Briony couldn’t see or hear her either. “Don’t be afraid,” she said.

The spirit's eyebrows rose. "That's a...never mind. What is this place?"

“Well,” Briony started, taking a step forward. But her ankle buckled and she stumbled, managing to catch herself before she fell.

“You’re injured,” said the spirit. “Were you attacked?”

“Yes—you see, there was a Fracture back there, and—” Confusion crossed the spirit’s face. Maybe she was even older; maybe she didn’t know about the War.

4 out of 5 (very good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

I'm having trouble writing my own blurby bit for this, its not making sense or giving too much away, so I'm jumping straight in to my review.

I am, for the most part, NOT a young adult reader. Had this book come with that tag, I will have undoubtedly said no thank you. But it didn't, and I am so glad of that fact! And I'm classing it as upper young adult, 15 plus. I'd let my 15 year old daughter read this. There is some swearing but nothing she won't have heard or even used before, and some violence, fighting the monsters and the Scarred but not too much. Almost clean too.

Because, I really REALLY enjoyed this! It surprised me and I don't know WHY it did, bit it did. The blurb makes you think of one thing, and the book goes a different way to what I expected, so maybe that's why, but I'm not feeling like it's that. I'm waffling, I know! Sorry!

Okay, so! Theo is in The City, and Briony, ...not, for wont of a better word. They make contact, across the plains between the two places and a string of events cause the two girls to actually meet. Briony is trying to save her world from the Scarred and Theo from The Monsters. But it appears both these creatures may be descended from the Old Ones, who built The City, who caused all the destruction in the first place.

It's written by two authors, and I did wonder how the work was split. After reading, I'm left thinking this. One author wrote for each girl. Because they are very different. Each girl (I keep calling them girls, but they aren't really, I just don't think ladies fits!) has a distinct speech pattern, thoughts and words used, they are very clearly different people, bought up in very different ways. And I loved that they were, but as soon as they met, that first time across the plains, the connection was instant and powerful. 

It's very well written, I saw no spellings or editing errors. Both girls have their say. As I said, some swearing and fighting, so upper young adult, but regardless of that fact... I DID enjoy it!  

It says it's A Fractured World Novel. Now, some searching has led me to think this is the FIRST Fractured World novel, unless the other books are not tagged as such, or I'm just rubbish at searching, either way, I would like to read more. Much more. Both of Theo and Briony, and of any others who popped up in this story, or new ones in future books.

Thank you, for NOT tagging this as young adult. It doesn't say it on Amazon, I'm just reading it as such but still.....

4 stars

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, BookLikes,, Kobo and Barnes and Noble**

* I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *

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Why Choosing Your Setting is Important

I want to thank the Archaeolibrarian reviewers for inviting me (and my cowriter, Siri) to come and talk to you guys today! The lovely women here have asked me to tell you guys why choosing your setting is important to a story.

Poor setting gets a bit maligned, I think. People seem to think it’s just backdrop when, in fact, your setting is vital to how your story plays out in many ways. Here are three major ways setting affects your story:
     Setting Provides Character Background
Your setting directly influences your characters. Someone who’s grown up on a space station knows different things than someone who’s grown up in a rainforest. Someone who is afraid of pigeons is going to react different if your story takes place in a city than someone who hates trees.

·    Setting Provides Conflict
    Your setting can provide conflict for your story. A story that takes place on a spaceship, where space is confined and the things you need to survive can very easily be taken from you, would not work the same way if you moved that story to a farm with wide open spaces and plenty of resources.

·    Setting Provides Plot Information
Your plot often directly feeds off your setting. Some settings lend themselves better to different kinds of plots. Or, if you’re trying something new, you can set your plot in a location that’s against the norm. Readers will also pick up plot information from your setting. If you read about someone going into a creepy old house, I bet you can guess what sort of novel you’re reading.

For City of Hope and Ruin, Siri and I lucked out, because we got to design and use two completely different settings. And the settings were one of the first things we worked out, because not only were they necessary for us to design our main characters, but we couldn’t put the plot together without doing so.

Our two settings are a trapped city, filled with monsters that come out at night, and a village on the edge of a dark forest filled with creatures and plants that aren’t what they seem. Can you see how they drive things? A trapped city filled with monsters—so there’s nowhere to run. How will people have adapted to protect themselves, to get the resources they need? A village on the edge of a dark forest—who knows what’s lurking there? How will that affect people’s thoughts about the forest? What stories will have developed? And would it be obvious if something new started skulking in the twilight?

Setting is important. It directly shapes your characters, your conflicts, and your plot. It affects your tone and can even affect your voice. The choices you make will have far-reaching consequences. Siri and I did some experimentation with our settings before the story really got started, tweaking things until everything felt right. And I’m pleased with our results.

Next time you read a book, you might take a look at its setting and how the author uses that to shape their story. And if our settings sound interesting, please check out City of Hope and Ruin! Thank you again for having us!

Follow the tour and comment; the more they comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be found HERE

The authors will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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It is a little known fact that Kit was raised in the wild by a marauding gang of octopuses. It wasn't until she was 25 that she was discovered by a traveling National Geographic scientist and brought back to civilization. This is sometimes apparent in the way that she attempts to escape through tubes when startled.

Her transition to normalcy has been slow, but scientists predict that she will have mastered basics such as fork use sometime in the next year. More complex skills, such as proper grocery store etiquette, may be forever outside her reach.

Kit can be found cavorting about the web at her blog ( or website (, on Pinterest (, and even occasionally on Twitter (

Siri Paulson writes all over the fantasy and science fiction spectrum, including (so far) secondary-world fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, Gothic, historical paranormal, and YA with spaceships. She is also the chief editor at Turtleduck Press ( Siri grew up in Alberta, Canada, but now lives in an old house in Toronto. By day, she edits non-fiction for the government. Her other current passion is contra dance, a social/folk dance done to live Celtic and roots music. Her favourite places in the world are the Canadian Rocky Mountains and a little valley in Norway.

Siri's short fiction and the anthologies she has edited can be found on Turtleduck Press, at . She blogs at and tweets at

Tour Organised by: 

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for hosting, and glad you liked the book! We're not classifying it as young adult because it's not--we could maybe get away with new adult, but both characters are in their mid 20s.

  3. Oh! You're right, this is the first Fractured World novel. It's designed to be a shared world, and the books in the same storyline may not directly follow one another, so it was decided that numbers might be confusing.

    We do have prequel short story going up at on Tuesday, though!

    1. Oops, I lied, it's going up on Monday. I can read a calendar, I promise.

    2. Here's the link for the short:

  4. Thank you for the excerpt.

  5. Great post, I enjoyed reading your review. I'm looking forward to reading this one myself!!

    1. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for giving it a look!

  6. Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?

    1. I read a ton! I try to get through at least 50 books a year, and I read mostly scifi and fantasy, though I also branch out into romance and mystery fairly often. Favorite authors are hard--there's some that have helped my through some bits of my life that are no longer relevant. Donna Andrews (who writes cozy mysteries) has been one of my go-tos lately.

  7. Thank you for your honest and thorough review! This looks like a very intriguing book. :)

  8. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  9. What a great review. This entire blurb is wonderful. Loved the comments, loved the excerpt.

  10. Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

    1. Not that have gotten published. I've always been rather partial to the idea, but you have to find someone who you can work with without going mad and who has similar ideas and direction for the story as you do. Siri and I managed pretty well!

  11. I really enjoyed reading the entire post today, thank you for the reveal!

  12. Shared on G+, have a great day!

  13. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

    1. Thanks, Ally! I hope you enjoy the book when you get around to it!

  14. Great review! Excited to read this book!

  15. Sounds like a great read, hope I'll have a chance to read it soon!

  16. Shared on Facebook to help spread the word! :)