I’m not saying this story is a Red Riding Hood retelling (and reading the synopsis, I really don’t think it is), but I saw a lot of the story in the cover. Right?
Anyway, the book is Shadow’s Voice by Natalie Johanson, a Fantasy.
Rose Trewin is on the run. Pursued by memories of her father, she runs from city to city, seeking normalcy. But Rose can’t escape her past, or the magic running through her veins, the magic that allows her to slip through the shadows unnoticed. The magic her father once used to mold her into a mercenary sent to destroy his enemies.
Now her magic is growing and changing, becoming something new and untamable. Rose is unable to rest. Wolves wrapped in fog follow her relentlessly along the countryside. Desperate, she uses her magic to escape, but the shadows are pushing her towards the center of a conspiracy.
Now, her country teeters on the brink of a civil war as a Lord Governor gathers power against the king. An enemy, with magic similar to her own, emerges in the chaos of political intrigue. Faced with a country at war and a king brought to his knees, Rose must accept who she is and harness her powers in order to save her country and herself.
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With the dagger in her bodice, she slipped into the hallway, peering through the shadows in each room as she passed it. It was an easy enough trick, looking through the shadows as though they were nothing more than windows.
She found him back in his room, bent over at the short table in the corner. The soft glow from an oil lamp distorted any more details. Rose looked up and down the hallway, saw no one else, and stepped into the shadow casted by the still lit candles. She fell into the darkness, became part of it, and was in Gavin’s room. She didn’t know how it worked, where the magic came from, or why she could use it when no one else apparently could.
When she’d still attended the lectures at the small schoolhouse in town, before her father made her work, she was told there were different planes of the world. The gods lived in one, the world in another. Rose often wondered if the shadows were another plane, and that was what she was touching.
It scared her back then. It scared her still. Maybe if she wasn’t afraid of it, she’d know what she could truly do with it. Rose had never pressed herself with her magic. Never challenged herself.
She drew her small knife as she moved closer. She paused in the shadows, the cool mist that always seem to be present ghosting over her skin. This would be difficult. His back was straight and rigid. Even through the loose sleeves of his shirt, long lines of muscle were visible. She had one shot, one try for this to be easy and finished. Good thing I’ve had practice. Rose moved closer in the light shadow.
Chatting with the AUTHOR
Natalie Johanson grew up and lives in the valley of Salt Lake City surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Her days are spent trying to herd her two cats, Holmes and Watson. Natalie’s summers are spent camping with her fiancée or doing obstacle races with her best friend. She usually spends her winters hiding from the snow. This is the first of what will hopefully become a trilogy, but sometimes the characters do what they want.
Hi Natalie, and thank you for being here.
What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
I would hope readers take away the idea that family can be what you make it; that everyone has a place in the world, sometimes you just need to make it yourself.
Did you always have the reins of the story or the people in it tried to take over?
A lot of times the story and the characters took over. There were a lot of scenes I ended up deleting during editing because the characters got a little ahead of themselves.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the sequel for Shadow’s Voice.
Do you have a day job?
I am a detective.
What started you on the path to writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing down stories, even as a little kid. I think I always had a wild imagination.
What does your writing space look like?
I have a desk in the library I’ll write at. Most of the time I’ll just sit on my couch while watching TV with my laptop. I’m not very picky.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
Mostly a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writing style. I have the plot in my head and I’ll write down the important parts, but for the most part I write scenes as they come to me and work on piecing it together later.
The toughest critic that’s ever been given to you as an author?
Myself. I always reread my book and think I could’ve done better. I will always pick it apart.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m reading or watching TV. I’m a couch potato at heart. I love to do obstacle races (like the Spartan or Dirty Dash) go camping. Snuggle with my kitties.
Best song ever written.
Hallelujah. I just love the lyrics and Rufus Wainwright is amazing.
- A signed physical copy of book (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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