Title: Touching Fate ( The Fated Series #1 )
Author: Brenda Drake
Publisher: Entangled Teen "Crave"
Publication Date: October 12, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Length: 194 pages
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"One touch is all it takes…"
Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift-with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.
Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday-and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.
Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help-or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.
You have probably seen Brenda's name in many places before. From hosting contests like Pitch Wars, writing helpful advice to help aspiring writer, to publishing her novels, Brenda Drake is definitely a name that won't be forgotten anytime soon........or ever ! :D
The Cursed Empire : From the way you run your social media, to the contests you host, I here by announce you as Queen Bee! Can you tell us about how your journey in the literary started?
Brenda : Ha! I’m so happy I fooled you. Some days it can all feel overwhelming. But I love it all. My writing journey started after I had remarried. I think I was being a little clingy when my new husband asked if I had any hobbies. I told him I loved writing and he said I should do that. So I did. I had many missteps and errors along the way, but I couldn’t stop writing. Even if no one wanted to read my stories, I would still write them. I was born a storyteller. Stories continually play within my mind and in my dreams.
The Cursed Empire: What inspired you to host contests like Pitch Wars? Was it the the querying process, or something else?
Brenda: I started participating in blog hops to get to know other writers. Then I had the idea to have a blog hop with the writers sharing their work and an agent picking her favorites and offering requests. I had been in other contests on blogs. After that, I enjoyed it so I decided to do a contest on my blog with several agents. I liked how writers were showcased and how other writers could see what worked in the pitches and first pages showcased. The contests really took off, and I was surprised how popular they’ve become. They’re always a work in progress, though. Nothing is ever perfect, but I keep trying.
The Cursed Empire: The premise of Touching Fate is very intriguing. What inspired you to write the novel?
Brenda: I’ve always liked the supernatural. Tarot cards and Ouija boards fascinated me. I was in New Orleans for a conference and had a tarot card reading. The idea of changing people’s fates with the cards kept haunting my thoughts. Then a few months later, while attending my publisher’s conference in Las Vegas, the idea hit me again during a brainstorming session. A few author friends helped me iron out the details for the story in an elevator, and the story was born. It was so much fun to write.
The Cursed Empire: You have another book coming out in January 2016 .Thief of Lies, the first book in the Library Jumpers series, which is also a Fantasy Series. What are some of you favorite fantasy books that you have read as a child?
Brenda: My favorite book growing up was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I think it was the only book I could find to read in my Grandmother’s house when we were there for a long visit. The bonds in the story moved me. I enjoyed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and other books by them. That’s were my love for fantasy came from. I read many Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables novels. The Giver, Dune, and Ender’s Game fascinated me. I enjoy reading in all genres.
The Cursed Empire: What are your top 3 Fantasy T.V shows?Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, and Teen Wolf.
Brenda: Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, and Teen Wolf.
The Cursed Empire: To outline a novel, or to not outline ???
Brenda: To sort of outline a novel. I do a graph of the plot and then let the characters take me from there. I’m willing to change course if the characters insist.
The Cursed Empire: Your current favorite book/books , and why ?
Brenda: I just started reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, and I’m so hooked it’s all I think about it. I have to stop myself reading so I can get other things done. I decided to try it after hearing everyone talk so highly of it. I love the settings, the actions, and the characters. Sarah J. Maas definitely whisks you away in the world she’s created.
The Cursed Empire: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Brenda: To read tons. Being an author, you have to learn the craft and there’s no better way than to read other writers’ works that you love. Also, patience. This business can be slow and waiting your turn can be frustrating. The best thing to do is keep busy and write the next book while you wait.
The Cursed Empire: I saw on your blog that you love to collect mugs and old books. Can we get a picture of your favorites?
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About the Author:
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical.
When she's not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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