Top Ten Little Known Facts... The Duality of Nature by C.E. Clayton (Guest Post & #Giveaway)

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The Duality of Nature
(The Monster of Selkirk #1)
By C.E. Clayton
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 326 Pages
April 17th 2017 by DevilDog Press


Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.

As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn’t like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends.

But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis’s name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.

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Top Ten Little Known Facts About the Main Characters

1. Donovan is still practically illiterate, despite Tallis doing her best to teach her cousin how to read.

2. Lana, Tallis’s mother, was almost sold on the Bride Block. But then a last minute trip to Kincardine had her meeting Jon, Tallis’s father, and it saved her from such a fate.

3. While Tallis knows how to swim, she hates being out on the open ocean—no matter the kind of vessel she’s on.

4. Rosslyn is an incredibly talented cook, her favorite thing to make being a hearty butter and rosemary chicken pot pie, but she’s a terrible baker.

5. Tomas is completely self-taught when it comes to weaponry, something he taught himself so he could impress a certain someone.

6. Tallis performs a type of combat meditation that people, mistakenly, think is a dance. Tallis doesn’t actually know how to dance, but she can sing—she just doesn’t like to.

7. Despite Rosslyn saying she’s not afraid of the forest, ever since her youngest brother had a run in with a feral elf, Rosslyn has had nightmares about the forest ever since. She has never told her best friend, Tallis, this, though.

8. Tomas may say that his faith has helped him forgive his parents for abandoning him to the monastery, but if he were to ever meet his mother, he doesn’t think he’d actually be able to say hello to her.

9. Donovan may be one of the best knights in his barracks, but because he was born poor, he’ll never serve a great lord and this honestly doesn’t bother him. He’d rather be in a place where he can better help people like him, as long as it allows him to one day leave his village with his sweetheart, he’s happy.

10. Tallis makes some people uncomfortable when they look at her. It’s physically uncomfortable for them to look at her, but no one knows why and no one tells Tallis. These people will shun Tallis, making for a lonely childhood, except for the reprieve she has when Donovan teaches her how to use a blade.

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About the Author

C. E. Clayton was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, where she attended the University of Southern California for both her Bachelors and Masters, and then worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts ranging from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). After going the traditional career route and becoming restless, she went back to her first love—writing—and hasn’t stopped. She is now the author of “The Monster of Selkirk” series and her horror short stories have appeared in anthologies across the country. When she’s not writing you can find her treating her fur-babies like humans, constantly drinking tea, and trying to convince her husband to go to more concerts. And reading. She does read quite a bit. More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, and poetry, can be found on her website. She'd also be thrilled if you followed her on Instagram and liked her bookish and pet photos, and Amazon where you can get updates on her new releases. And there's always Facebook, if that's your thing.

For more information, please visit C.E. Clayton either on Instagram, Facebook, or her Website. You can also follow on Goodreads.

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I really like the cover for this one and the book sounds intriguing as well. Will you be adding this one to your TBR? What do you think about the facts the author shared?

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