Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blog Tour: The Portal's Choice by K.D. Pryor

Date Published: 5/6/2013
Young Adult Paranormal / Horror

Journal, just in case . . .
I didn’t ask to meet ghosts. Shoot, I was fine without them in my life. Uncle Craig and Hannah were nasty to me, but at least I knew how to handle living pains in the butt. Now I have to figure out how to open and close a portal between the human and spirit worlds. And I have to find and return a bunch of angry ghosts through the gateway and lock them on their side. I don’t know why the portal chose me to do this, a fifteen-year-old kid with no ghost busting experience. But it did. And if I want a ghost-free night’s sleep anytime soon, I’d better figure out how to get the job done. Because I’ve about had it with murderous ghouls and their unpleasant agendas.  “Signed Tallis Challinor”
When Tallis Challinor has to move a second time after the death of her parents, she hopes it is for good. She and her brother are ready to settle into a stable home situation with their Aunt Gabbie and her husband, Noreis. But what should have been a happy reunion is plagued with problems when Noreis opens a portal between the spirit and human worlds located in the basement of their house in New Hampshire. 
Tallis is a practical kid. She doesn’t believe that ghosts exist. But she can’t deny what she sees with her own eyes and the two ghosts Tallis meets at Thanksgiving in the basement of her aunt’s house are definitely not figments of her imagination, although she wishes they were. Tallis is unwittingly drawn into the portal’s energy when one of the ghosts fixates on her and forces her to assist in the release of three particularly nasty spirits. As a final blow, the portal chooses Tallis as a temporary gatekeeper and she finds herself charged with the duty of returning the very ghouls she’s set free, plus a few of their buddies, back to the spirit realm.  
As Tallis learns the secrets of the portal and begins to understand her newly acquired power, she formulates a plan to return the ghosts. Along the way, she receives help from many new friends who fill in the details about the identity of the escaped spirits, providing a possible motive for the outrageous actions of the escaped ghosts. Tallis must learn to trust herself and others as she taps into her inner courage to get the job done and save her town from the angry restless dead set. 


What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I am easily distracted from my writing by other “need to do” things in my life. I’m working every day to put writing first and let other chores wait. That’s my struggle. But I’m always happier and have a greater sense of satisfaction when I put writing first.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Anything Coldplay but I’m an eclectic music lover. I have a shuffle on my iPhone with my favorites including Coldplay, The Fray, The Script, Sting, music from the 80’s (I know that I’m dating myself now because that is the music of my college days) and Jazz in the evenings when I’m cooking.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have been part of a writing group for the past 5 years. We all write different genres, but I can rely on any of the amazing women in the group to read my work and give me honest feedback. I can also count on lots of laughter when I’m with them. I also rely on my kids to make sure that I’m telling a story their contemporaries will enjoy reading.

What book are you reading now?
I read fiction and non-fiction. I’m currently listening to the audio book of “Labyrinth” by Kate Mosse and I’m reading “Dying to be Me” by Anita Moorjani.

How did you start your writing career?
I’ve always wanted to write but didn’t give it the time when my kids were really young. Then, in 2009 I took a writing class in my community, met the members of my writing group, and decided that it was time to make my dream a reality. With the support of my family and friends, I finished my first novel. That was a turning point. Now I know I can do it.

The next book in The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean series, called The Forgotten Gate, will be released in 2014. It is a continuation of the story of my protagonist, Tallis Challinor and her continuing encounters with spirits who want to cause major problems for humans. The setting is once again in New Hampshire. But this time a derelict house, a creepy mausoleum, and a refurbished winery in the countryside will figure into the tale. 

K.D. Pryor
KD Pryor started life in Missouri, where she read lots of books, even sneaking them into baseball games to the irritation of her father. Kelley graduated with a degree in International and Comparative Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After college and marriage to a great guy, she decided to pursue a law degree at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Her oldest son was born soon after law school, followed three years later by her daughter and a move to Kentucky. One more son, a move to Ohio and four years later, her family jumped on the opportunity to move to India. They lived in Bangalore, now Bengaluru, for four wonderfully chaotic years, traveling all over Asia, Australia and Europe. 

Now, settled in New Hampshire with her family and herd of cats (only three), she can often be found in her office, working on the next installment of “The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean” series, reading one of a dozen books she has started, and dreaming of her future travel destinations.

“The Portal’s Choice”, book one in “The Gatekeeper’s of Em’pyrean” series featuring Tallis Challinor, was released on May 6, 2013.

“The Inn of the Kindred Spirits”, a novella featuring protagonist Tallis Challinor, was released in November, 2013.

“The Forgotten Gate”, book two in “The Gatekeeper of Em’pyrean” series, is scheduled for release in 2014.


Book #2 has just been released! Check Out The Inn of the Kindred Spirits

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting my book, The Portal's Choice, today on your website. I'm very happy to be here.