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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

BLOG TOUR!! Elixir Bound by Katie L. Carroll

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At the Other End:
Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.
It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.







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Author Bio...

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Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote Elixir Bound and the forthcoming Elixir Saved so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app The Bedtime Knight and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son.









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Strong Females in YA Fiction

Thanks, Gina, for having me and Elixir Bound on your blog today to talk about females in YA.
I’m a big fan of strong female characters in literature. Over the years, I’ve read some awesome female leads. Tamora Pierce has given us numerous kick-butt young ladies, my favorites being Knight Alana and Provost Guard Beka Cooper. Kristin Cashore’s Graceling introduced killer, survivor, activist Kasta. Of course I would be remiss not to mention archer, hunter, tribute Katniss of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.
Katora Kase from my own Elixir Bound shares many of the same characteristics of the esteemed ladies above: bravery, independence, stubbornness. These women make bold moves and often hide their emotions, unless that emotion is anger.
Frankly, though, I’m a bit burnt out on the kick-butt heroine! (Looks around furtively and thinks Did I really just admit that?) I think I’m just looking for a little more variety. It’s like only ever eating chocolate (delicious and awesome) and never having ice cream (also delicious and awesome but in a different way). And I want both
This other kind of female is strong, too, just in a different way. Her bravery is more subtle. She doesn’t necessarily hide her feelings from the world. Her strength is displayed in the way she treats others and the profound impact she has on their lives.
These are the Beth March’s of literature. No one could call Beth—who in Lousia May Alcott’s Little Women contracts scarlet fever and weakens in body until her death—physically strong. Beth’s strength is in her selflessness. It is while caring for a neighbor’s sick child, she falls ill herself. She faces the prospect of death with poise and does what she can for others even when bedridden. Prim, Katniss’ sister, is also one of these strong female characters.
In Elixir Bound Katora’s sister Kylene is brave when she needs to be, but she is much more giving and open than Katora and mourns when she kills an animal for her own survival. When Katora must finally decide whether or not to become guardian of the Elixir, she wonders if it might actually require more strength of character to show one’s emotions and vulnerabilities or to hide them. And Kylene will have her story in the next Elixir book Elixir Saved (still a work-in-progress, but hopefully will be coming out next year!).

Although I consider myself more like the outwardly strong ladies of literature, I think it’s important to recognize different types of strengths. The unsung heroes of stories and life are often those who open their hearts to others and give of themselves. And I want to read more of these types of strong females.

~ Katie 





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