Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - The Portal's Choice by K.D. Pryor

Date Published: 5/6/2013
Young Adult Paranormal / Horror

Journal, just in case . . .
I didn’t ask to meet ghosts. Shoot, I was fine without them in my life. Uncle Craig and Hannah were nasty to me, but at least I knew how to handle living pains in the butt. Now I have to figure out how to open and close a portal between the human and spirit worlds. And I have to find and return a bunch of angry ghosts through the gateway and lock them on their side. I don’t know why the portal chose me to do this, a fifteen-year-old kid with no ghost busting experience. But it did. And if I want a ghost-free night’s sleep anytime soon, I’d better figure out how to get the job done. Because I’ve about had it with murderous ghouls and their unpleasant agendas.  “Signed Tallis Challinor”
When Tallis Challinor has to move a second time after the death of her parents, she hopes it is for good. She and her brother are ready to settle into a stable home situation with their Aunt Gabbie and her husband, Noreis. But what should have been a happy reunion is plagued with problems when Noreis opens a portal between the spirit and human worlds located in the basement of their house in New Hampshire. 
Tallis is a practical kid. She doesn’t believe that ghosts exist. But she can’t deny what she sees with her own eyes and the two ghosts Tallis meets at Thanksgiving in the basement of her aunt’s house are definitely not figments of her imagination, although she wishes they were. Tallis is unwittingly drawn into the portal’s energy when one of the ghosts fixates on her and forces her to assist in the release of three particularly nasty spirits. As a final blow, the portal chooses Tallis as a temporary gatekeeper and she finds herself charged with the duty of returning the very ghouls she’s set free, plus a few of their buddies, back to the spirit realm.  
As Tallis learns the secrets of the portal and begins to understand her newly acquired power, she formulates a plan to return the ghosts. Along the way, she receives help from many new friends who fill in the details about the identity of the escaped spirits, providing a possible motive for the outrageous actions of the escaped ghosts. Tallis must learn to trust herself and others as she taps into her inner courage to get the job done and save her town from the angry restless dead set. 

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I do see writing as my career. Like most people, I have many interests in my life and I know that my other interests feed into my career of writing. I love to travel and my travel bug will become even more apparent in future books. I am a yoga teacher and, although I don’t teach currently, my yoga and meditation practices influence my writing daily.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Making the time every day to write, no matter what the distraction, is the most difficult part of writing for me.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
My publisher, Katherine Mariaca-Sullivan, is a great source of support and inspiration for me. Katherine is a creative and talented writer herself and is always ready with a suggestion or encouragement when I feel stumped in my process. She’s also a fantastic editor who believes in my books. I am very thankful for her.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
I am currently writing the next full-length novel in The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean series called The Forgotten Gate. I also have an adult novel in process and I plan to finish that book in 2014.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
Yes I do have an addiction to reading. I enjoy works of fiction and non-fiction. Right now I am listening to the audio-book version of Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. I am reading the non-fiction book Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet: (describing The Portal’s Choice)
Tallis Challinor discovers her inner courage when she is chosen to send bent-on-evil spirits back through the portal to the spirit realm.

DESCRIBE your book in 1 tweet: (describing The Inn of the Kindred Spirits)
On vacation in France, Tallis discovers that some family secrets refuse to stay buried.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
Baked sweet potato fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
Actually, neither. I’d rather read an old favorite like Jane Eyre. Something with a mystery or a chill factor.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
#7 – Call or Text?
#8 – Public School or Home School?
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
#10 – eBook or Paperback?
Curled on the couch with a paperback.

KD Pryor started life in Missouri, where she read lots of books, even sneaking them into baseball games to the irritation of her father. Kelley graduated with a degree in International and Comparative Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After college and marriage to a great guy, she decided to pursue a law degree at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Her oldest son was born soon after law school, followed three years later by her daughter and a move to Kentucky. One more son, a move to Ohio and four years later, her family jumped on the opportunity to move to India. They lived in Bangalore, now Bengaluru, for four wonderfully chaotic years, traveling all over Asia, Australia and Europe. 

Now, settled in New Hampshire with her family and herd of cats (only three), she can often be found in her office, working on the next installment of “The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean” series, reading one of a dozen books she has started, and dreaming of her future travel destinations.

“The Portal’s Choice”, book one in “The Gatekeeper’s of Em’pyrean” series featuring Tallis Challinor, was released on May 6, 2013.

“The Inn of the Kindred Spirits”, a novella featuring protagonist Tallis Challinor, was released in November, 2013.

“The Forgotten Gate”, book two in “The Gatekeeper of Em’pyrean” series, is scheduled for release in 2014.

December 2 - The Readers Hollow- Review
December 3 - A Life Through Books - Interview
December 4 - Mom With a Kindle - Review
December 5 - Britney Gulbrandsen - Interview
December 5 - Deal Sharing Aunt -Excerpt
December 6 - Once Upon a YA Book - Review
December 7 - Book Lovers Life - Guest Post
December 8 - Mythical Books - Review
December 9 - Chuckles Book Cave - Review
December 10 - Enchanting Reads - Excerpt
December 11 - Must Read Faster - Excerpt
December 12 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Review

December 13 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

Book #2 has just been released! Check Out The Inn of the Kindred Spirits

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Cami and everyone at Reading Addiction for planning a great tour for The Portal's Choice and The Inn of the Kindred Spirits.

    KD Pryor