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Monday, 5 September 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - The Keeper's Vow (Guardians #1) by Francina Simone


YA Epic Urban Fantasy



All Katie Watts wants is to pass her junior-year, at Hamilton Private, with as little effort as possible—devoting time to knitting hats, breeding gerbils, becoming a movie critic, or even just sleeping. No wonder she isn’t ready for a world with vampires, werewolves, and nightmares.

Her life is shattered to pieces when Tristan gets stabbed in her front yard. She has no idea where he came from and worse, he hears her thoughts—and when she can’t take anymore, she starts to hear his. No one is who she thought they were. Her father is keeping secrets and when she searches for the truth, she ends up homeless.

As the truth claws its way to the surface, Katie and Tristan grow closer together and they find themselves connected in more ways than she can believe. But is honesty worth more than the peace blissful, ignorance brings? Especially if it sparks a chain of events that will end the lives of millions? Can she live with the truth that begins with her dead mother and ends with The Keeper’s Vow?

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Could he really read her mind, or was it just a coincidence?

His eyes flashed in her direction.

Not a coincidence.

“Do Will and Lucy know you can read their minds?” she said as he slowed down enough for her to drink and walk at the same time.

“I can’t read their minds,” he said.

“But you can read mine?”

“Yeah,” he said.

“Anyone else’s?”

“Nope,” he said.

“How is that possible? Why is that possible?” she said.

His face was still expressionless. “Gift from your mom.” He stared straight ahead.

Katie knew that wasn’t possible. Her mom died giving birth to her. Not exactly enough time to send gifts—let alone some jacked up ability to read her only daughter’s mind.

“You still believe everything your dad told you? Nothing about yesterday made you question a few things?” he said, making an abrupt left turn.

“What’s that supposed to mean? What do you know about my mom?” It was strange saying that word. Mom. It was something she didn’t have but had always wanted—like a cat, E-Z Bake Oven, a sixty-piece oil pastel set. Something she’d grown out of and would never have. A mom.

Tristan held her gaze for a few steps, then stared ahead for a whole block before making another left turn. He didn’t say anything else.

Katie from The Keeper’s Vow

What are you keeping a secret?
Well that depends. From Tristan? Nothing. That creepo can read my mind…from everyone else? Well…problem is I'm not the one keeping secrets. My dad, Lucinda and Tristan are—turds.

Is there anyone in your life that you are attracted to?
Gross, first person that popped into my head is Tristan. I guess you can be attracted to someone without liking them though, right?

What scares you about this person?
I guess there are a lot of things I should be scared of, like him blabbing my thoughts to the world—but the thing that gets me the most is when I think about if things were different. If it all happened differently—I’d actually want us to be friends. I don’t know if that will ever happen now. Not when he’s probing around and pretending to be all high and mighty.

What do you think he/she can do for you that no one else can?
Help me cheat on test—but he’s waaay to straight laced for that.

What unusual hobbies or interests do you have?
I started a hamster breeding program in my closet once. It’s not going well. There was a murder involved and now my dad is making me rehome home the only hamster I have left. Anyway I think I’ll just keep quiet about it until he forgets and keep him—I think it’s a he…?

What do you like best about your best friend?
Allison. She’s always there for me. She always knows how to help me out of a bad situation and no matter what the problem is I know she’ll be there to listen and not judge me. As long as I have her I’ll always be okay.

What do you like least about your best friend?
I’ll have to pick Brian for this one. He can be an ass sometimes. It’s these people he hangs around. They hold him up like some kind of invincible God. I don’t get it. One minutes he’s cool the next he’s sneaking out to get drunk and do who knows what else, because it’s not like he’s telling me. So I guess what I like least about him is that—he’s changing.

What’s your greatest source of frustration?
These days? Tristan. And THE HOMEWORK!!!! I should just pull the plug on this whole operation—having a one-eyed Frankenstein throw me in the back of a van and erase my memory is starting to look like a viable option.

What’s your greatest source of joy?
Rainbow Sherbet. I love that stuff. I know I’m supposed to answer this in some kind of profound way, but sometimes you just want something fruity and frozen to make your life a little better. Actually I take it back. FREE rainbow sherbet. If I go to this ice cream store up the street on Friday’s I get it free. I know the guy who owns it—sort of—I go there so often I’ve been awarded best customer.  

If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
If you had asked me this before Brian stabbed Tristan on my front lawn—I would have said nothing. Now? Everything? Nothing? I don’t know. Maybe I’d change not knowing anything about my mother. But why get to know someone who is already dead right? Are we done yet?

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Francina Simone is a writer of Epic Urban Fantasies brimming with Magic and Moral Ambiguity.

From the time Francina Simone entered kindergarten, she loved to read and share words with her friends. When she was in the fifth-grade, she was scared to read aloud and so the teacher concluded she wasn’t very good at reading—Francina read anyway.

Francina left her middle school book club behind for the daunting and exciting life as a high school freshmen. She was quickly told Young Adult books were childish and she should concern herself with finer literature—Francina read them anyway. 

Francina waved good-bye to her high school life and strutted into University with her YA books and graphic paper to take notes. She witnessed the birth of a YA trend where publishers flocked to sell their stories to teens…stories that were underdeveloped and glaring with structural issues. The message she heard as a consumer was simple—common belief is YA readers aren’t good enough readers to discern quality stories or they are too childish to tell the difference. 

Francina dropped her degree in chemistry and decided enough was enough—and set out to write the quality* stories her fellow readers deserved. 

After her formative years she moved to Japan, with her best-friend and husband, land of some of the worlds best story-tellers and creators of unique manga. There she worked on her stories and the quest to understand what authenticity* in story means. 

Now she lives in Boise with her husband, son, cat, and Catahoula. She spends most of her time battling the terrible-twos and puppy-dom. But when things are quiet—you can hear frantically typing away; her mind far away with her characters in their quest to make the right decisions in a world brimming with magic and moral ambiguity.


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

  2. Are there any books by authors that you respect and admire that you wish you had written for yourself? If so, what are they?

  3. Really great post, I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. This sounds like an interesting premise. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Good luck with the book tour, Francina!