An interesting start for a new series.
Altered (The Made Ones Saga, #1) by Vicki Stiefel released on Monday in the Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.
Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth and the promise of a new life come at a terrible price.
Rafe, the Wolf Clan’s warrior champion, vows to find the cause of the species’ decline. He’s certain the Alchemics’ bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin veneer masking a dark purpose.
That vow becomes hard to keep with the threat of an inter-clan conflict and the arrival of the proud Made One named Kitlyn.
To save herself and those like her, Kit must carve a dangerous path in this new reality and make a choice that may cost her her freedom, her life, and the life of the Eleutian warrior she’s come to love.
AUTHOR BIO: Vicki’s fantasy romantic suspense series, The Afterworld Chronicles, launched with Chest of Bone, followed by Chest of Stone and Chest of Time. She is currently pounding the keys on her series’ fourth novel, Chest of Fire, and the first in a new series, The Made Ones Sags: Altered.
Her mystery/thrillers include Body Parts, The Dead Stone, The Bone Man, and The Grief Shop, a Daphne du Maurier prize winner. All feature homicide counselor Tally Whyte. All are available as ebooks.
She co-wrote (with Lisa Souza) and photographed the 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters. With her late husband, William G. Tapply, she ran The Writers Studio workshops in creative fiction.
Vicki taught fiction writing and modern media writing at Clark University.
She loves both a well-crafted sentence and unlocking the doors of a student’s imagination.
She grew up in professional theater and planned to become an actress, with a bent for song and dance. She didn’t. Instead, she’s been a professional photographer, a high-school teacher, a hamburger slinger, a scuba-shop manager, and an editor.
She’s Blake’s and Ben’s mom, her favorite role of all.
Her passions include scuba diving and fly fishing and knitting; photography and movies; vinho verde and bourbon (not together!); Maine lobster and chocolate (also not together!); and musical comedy scores, which she sing in the shower, unfortunately not an Equity venue; and a fascination with people in all walks of life.
About The Made Ones Saga
By Vicki Stiefel
Altered came to me in a dream. Sounds like a cliché, right? But in one sense, it’s true. I found Altered, as well as the first arc in the Made Ones series, in that drifty time between waking and sleeping, when the world is hushed in its dark velvet blanket.
In that meandering time, a circus trick-rider appeared—broken, middle-aged, and dying of a hereditary disease. Where she came from, I have no idea.
Her name was Kitlyn, and the more I pictured her, the more I invested in her as a person, one who lived and breathed.
So what would this middle-aged Kit do if she were given her life and her youth back?
Dumb idea because that’s not possible.
Unless Kit was transported to the parallel world of Eleutia by scientists (Alchemics) with big scary plans. Oohhh. I had my antagonists! Some of them, at least.
While in that dreamscape, I realized this Kitlyn-with-the-strange-name had two sisters, Breena and Sybelle. Were they dragged to Eleutia, too?
Of course they were.
The Eleutians call these altered women Made Ones.
Suddenly, I had a three-book series.
And as I wrote, for the following morning I’d be typing away, I realized these stories were about more: a world’s evolution and a person’s identity, about choice and control. They were also about love, because that enduring bond not only moves hearts, but changes lives.
Finally, I saw the powerful Clans who populate Eleutia, unique in that each Clan has a counterpart and symbiotic relationship with a particular wild animal—the Wolf Clan with wolves, the Cat Clan with cats, etc. They draw power, senses, and other attributes from their animal, and vice versa—an enduring and ever-present bond.
Yet Eleutia is dying, as the female birthrate has decreased to a mere twenty percent. No one knows why, or so they say.
The power balance is off, too—the Alchemics have gained too much power and become invisible puppeteers who give and take. The Clans despise this. But what can they do?
Tapping the keys, I forget most of that stuff and focus on individuals—the people I’m bringing to life—what each wants and where each is going. For example Rafe, the Wolf Alpha’s son, the Wolves’ First Commander, who is determined to… I don’t want to give too much away, now do I?
Battles, both emotional and physical, are fought. Love is found and lost and found again. Friendships are renewed and broken. But arching across the three books are the Clans determination to end the Alchemics iron grip on Eleutia and to discover why the female birthrate has sunk to deadly levels.
Each book follows an individual couple, yet also advances the overarching story of ending the Alchemics reign and correcting the decline in female births.
As I write Changed, I’m finding it a wild ride. I hope you’ll come along.
This post is part of a Tour, you can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2019/05/29/tour-sign-up-altered-by-vicki-stiefel/).
Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- New Kindle Fire 7 Tablet (7″ display, 16 GB) – Black
- $25 Amazon GC
- 2 Tibetan silver mistral charms
- Eleutian earrings, sterling silver, 24k gold filled
- 3 ALTERED ebooks, any format (Kindle, iBooks, etc.)
- 1 signed ALTERED paperback
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