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Monday 10 October 2016

☀ The Keeper's Vow: Guardians Trilogy [1] - Francina Simone

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for The Keeper's Vow, a Young Adult Epic Urban Fantasy by (first published 11 April 2011; this edition published , ChunkyCATBooks, 337 pages).

This is the first book in the Guardians Trilogy series.

Don't miss our interview with author Francina Simone.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below. Read the first three chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

The Keeper's Vow is FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

Author Francina Simone will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ), and guest blog posts (✉).

Synopsis | Teaser | Author Q&A | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


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?

Teaser: Excerpt



      Katie should have known this morning that it would be a bad day. The smell of edible breakfast should have tipped her off.
      If anything, she should have known when Mr. Rhineheart didn’t care that she’d asked to go to the bathroom five minutes after class started— she should have known that very moment, when he said, “Don’t forget the hall pass.”
      Not now, with this strange boy staring and talking to her like she was mentally ill.
      “Look,” he said, “I need you to come with me.” He had “attitude” written all over his long face. One of those kids who thought they were above everything.
      “And I need to pee.” She walked past him toward the bathroom. To be honest, she really wanted to run to the library and hide there until the end of class. They’d just started Shakespeare, and it was better to fall asleep in the library than in front of Mr. Rhineheart.
      “Katalina,” the strange boy said with way too much authority. No one called her that. Why was he still following her? Who did he think he was?
      “Do I know you?”
      “I already told you. I need to talk to you.”
      And? she thought. His shirt was a little wrinkled— like he didn’t care— his black pants fit not too big or small, and he wore ankle-high boots. He wasn’t in full dress code. Either he was one of those kids who thought he was above the rules or the kind of kid who just liked to test the teachers. He could have been cute if he combed his hair— and didn’t come off like a giant douche-bag.
      He narrowed his blue eyes and she changed her mind. He couldn’t have been cute if he tried. Not with eyes that probed and prodded like that. “Too bad,” she said, pushing the bathroom door open and leaving him behind.
      She stood in front of the mirror, scrolling through her phone. Only two minutes passed and she was already going crazy. There was no one to text. The only person she could talk to was Allison, but Allison would only lecture her for skipping class again. The same Allison who’d, just last week, said, “Ew, skipping is like wearing a knitted hat in the summer. It’s embarrassing when you’re caught and there is no benefit.”
      “I happen to like wearing knitted hats in the summer,” Katie had said, knowing Allison was referring to Katie’s favorite orange and white, hand-knitted hat with the lopsided puffball. It was the first and last thing she ever knitted; no matter how much it resembled a traffic cone, she was proud of it.
      “Which is why you see nothing wrong with truancy.
      But Allison was wrong. Katie did see the problem. The problem was her, standing in a bathroom staring at wads of toilet paper and tampon wrappers.

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About the Author

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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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

I appreciate the excerpt and giveaway, thank you

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing the teaser :)

LauraJJ said...

Oh I cant wait to read and see what happens between Katie and Tristan!

Nikolina said...

Good luck with the book tour, Francina! :)