Blog Tour Guest Post, Playlist, & Giveaway: Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

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Shadow fireShadow Fire
by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
YA Fantasy
February 24th 2014 by Astraea Press             

Summary

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.

All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.
   


Praise for Shadow Fire

"This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys.....Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!" Venture ~Amazon Reviewer

"Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages." James ~Amazon Reviewer

"I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written." Lisa Temple ~ Goodreads

"Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn't put it down." ~Sasha Hibbs ~ Amazon Reviewer

Favorite Quotes

The villagers will be awaiting my return, skulking in the shadows, desperate to catch a glimpse of the walking dead girl. ~Ashlyn

After all, love conquers nothing but fools. ~Delistaire

Perhaps you shouldn’t have chased the poor pirate all over the ship shooting light daggers at him. ~Zane

How would you like a tour of this grand vessel, my angelic beauty? I’ll show you my favorite trysting spots. ~Taranis


Some Interesting Things & a Playlist
by Kimber Leigh Wheaton


Three Things You Didn't Know About Shadow Fire

1) Shadow Fire started out as a "Choose Your Fate" novel. In the beginning Ashlyn got to choose between two wickedly hot mercenaries to escort her on her quest. As the story progressed, I had so much sadistic fun torturing and killing the characters in creative ways. But once the manuscript reached 180,000 words and had so many convoluted plot lines it looked like an inner city road map, I had to scrap the idea. But don't worry—the sexy mercenary I dropped from Shadow Fire has a starring role in the second book, Stolen Moon coming August 2014.

2) I started writing Shadow Fire several months before the hype about The Hunger Games began. After reading the book and seeing the movie, I worried readers might think Ashlyn was too similar to Katniss. I decided to rewrite Ashlyn's background and took away her years of hunting, along with her amazing archery skills. But that was such an integral part of who Ashlyn was, and the story fell flat without it. So I went back to the original. Really, archery skills and determination are the only things Katniss and Ashlyn have in common.

3) The pirate, Taranis, was not in the original outline or planned in any way. Frankly I don't know what happened. The fool popped into my head one day and wouldn't shut up. I ended up writing him in about two thirds of the way through the novel. In the end, he turned out to be one of my favorite characters. He will star in the Light Chronicles 1.5 and will have a featured role in Light Chronicles 3.

Three Things You Didn't Know About Kimber Leigh Wheaton

1) I am a video game addict, have been for years. One of my favorite things to do in high school was go to an arcade and trounce all the guys who thought girls couldn't play games. Each person in my household has their own game console because we don't share well with others. My favorite games are RPG and strategy. I own enough video games to open a second hand store (that is if I was willing to part with them). There are two things I don't leave the house without: my Kindle and my 3DS.

2) I love to sing, and it's an integral part of my life. Singing elevates my mood and makes me flourish. I suppose it's like living with Snow White for my poor family. Yes, I do sing constantly when at home. I've also been known to sing or hum in inappropriate places such as Target. While I haven't had much in the way of formal training, I did train with two former members of the New York Metropolitan Opera once a week for a couple months. I learned more in those few lessons than I did from years in musical theater.

3) I love cars! My dear husband puts up with my obsession quite well. My cars have always been my babies. My first car was a Mustang that I loved dearly. After that, I went through a Daytona and a Camaro until I was forced into a family car. I got a copper Murano which featured the 350Z engine—we called it the pumpkin carriage. Man, I loved that SUV. For a mom-mobile it was hot. My latest baby is truly my best, though. Two years ago I got the 45th Anniversary edition Camaro. I named him Sesshomaru after InuYasha's older brother because he's beautiful on the outside but a beast on the inside. Here's a link if you'd like to see a picture: 45th Anniversary Edition Camaro.

Shadow Fire Playlist 

Music plays an intricate role in my writing. I have always been inspired and moved by music. Sometimes this poses a problem—like when I'm driving down the freeway and that aha moment strikes at sixty-five miles per hour. Perhaps I shouldn't listen to my book playlists when driving…

Each novel I write has a different playlist, one for creating and one for editing. I learned early on that I can't edit to any music that has words because it's too distracting. The playlist for Shadow Fire was quite eclectic. Since it's a fantasy romance, I imagined rolling green hills, vivid sunsets, and vast untamed wilderness. Celtic music really helped me picture that fantasy world. The characters, however, were more modern and required something a bit edgier. Now, my playlists can run up to fifty songs so I'll give you a sampling of the music that inspired Shadow Fire, in no particular order.

1) The Mummers' Dance by Loreena McKennitt

2) As Long as You're Mine from Wicked

3) Come What May from Moulin Rouge

4) Silent Lucidity by Queensryche

5) The Wall by Kansas

6) Set Fire to the Rain by Adele

7) Through Glass by Stone Sour

8) Imaginary by Evanescence

9) The Reason by Hoobastank

10) What About Now by Daughtry

11) Arms by Christina Perri

12) Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses

13) Angel by Sarah McLachlan

14) Her Without You by Three Doors Down

15) Your Surrender by Neon Trees

16) Somewhere I Belong by Linkin Park

17) Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum

18) Alive by Adelitas Way — Shadow Fire theme song

Shadow Fire was edited to The Greatest Video Game Music played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


About the Author

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)

She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.

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23 comments

  1. Boneseeker looks good, but come on, Sherlock Holmes has a daughter ?! I'm curious about that and will look it up ! Have a great week ;)

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  2. Thanks for hosting Shadow Fire, Tressa!

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  3. AnaiahPress6/16/14, 8:40 AM

    Thank you for your help today!

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  4. Mortal Heart! So jelly and ooh Boneseeker looks super cool. Have an awesome week!

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  5. A unicorn.I have always wanted to meet one.

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  6. Cali Willette6/16/14, 11:18 AM

    Mortal Heart looks good. <3

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  7. O_O and here I thought I knew all of the songs sung by Evanescence! I wasn't too aware of Imaginary... O_O

    *hunts it down*

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  8. An angel, an elf, or a fairy.

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  9. Barbara Brown6/16/14, 6:27 PM

    Thanks for hosting today!

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  10. Imaginary is my favorite Evanescence song!

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  11. I love seeing playlists for books :) I like creating them too!

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  12. Awesome book trailer! I loved the music that went along with it!

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  13. This book looks really cool, and I love that she shared her research with us. I love anything that has to do with mythical creatures. I think that's my Fablehaven is one of my favorite MG books :)

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  14. Lol! Well, it is fiction. :) I really liked it. A girl Holmes is rather interesting.

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  15. I was so surprised I got Mortal Heart. It's on my calendar to review and I'm looking forward to it!

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  16. I'm pretty sure it will be. :)

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  17. Thanks for stopping by, Natalie. Can you tell I'm playing catch-up with comments? ;)

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  18. Ahh. Would it be a talking unicorn?

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  19. Kind of hard to pick just one. Lol! ;)

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  20. I love what she said about her research too with those fairies.

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  21. I think it would be a mind talking unicorn like the Silent Brothers in TMI series.

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