Gillian St. Kevern on Uprooted ~ Guest Blog Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Uprooted
Author: Gillian St. Kevern
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Gay, Paranormal
Release Date: 12/26/2016

Blurb:

Recovering vampire Ben is discovering that life after death is hard work. It will take more than a reflection to impress his boyfriend Nate’s religious mother. And Nate’s twin brother, Ethan, openly resents Ben’s presence at the family farm. Nate is confident they can build a normal life together, but Ben’s not even sure he knows what normal is. He can’t face his reflection, let alone his past, while Nate refuses to divulge his family’s supernatural secret. Can they build a future on such shaky foundations?

When a supernatural hunter is found dead on the family farm, Ethan becomes the main suspect in a murder investigation that puts Ben and Nate at odds. Nate wants to protect his family and stay silent about what he is, but Ben knows no one is safe until the demonic agent responsible for a string of murders is caught. Defying Nate to investigate alone, Ben can’t let the demon claim another victim. But as his investigation continues, he discovers links to a past he thought he’d buried—and a past Nate refuses to acknowledge. With a desperate killer on a deadline, Ben must face the literal demons in his past if he wants to have any chance of saving himself and Nate from a fate worse than death.

Coming Home a Different Person

Returning home after a prolonged absence can be a weird feeling. As a teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme returning to New Zealand after three years, I was warned about reverse culture shock. Returning to the place you grew up after your first year away at university isn’t such an extreme challenge, but it is still disconcerting seeing the places you took for granted as a child with an adult’s perspective. In many ways, it’s a rite of passage.

Returning home with the knowledge that you are not as human as you thought you are after being gruesomely murdered is not an experience most of us have to deal with, but after the events of Thorns and Fangs, Nate’s facing that challenge. Unfortunately, Nate being Nate, he is choosing to ignore what his new perspective shows him in favour of immersing himself in a place of comfort. While no one can blame him for wanting the chance to lick his wounds (Thorns and Fangs was not kind to him), the challenges facing his family in Uprooted can’t be ignored.

That’s where Ben comes in. Part of the fun of Uprooted was seeing how Ben and Nate’s personalities feed in to each other. Uprooted is written from Ben’s perspective, so getting into his head was a lot of fun. Ben is definitely feeling culture shock in Little River. He’s lost the world he knows, and feels like an outsider amongst Nate’s secretive, tight-knit family. He’s seeing a different side of Nate, and he’s not sure he likes it. Once the murdered body of a supernatural hunter is discovered and the police start an investigation, Ben and Nate find themselves at odds. They push each other’s boundaries and challenge the things they take for granted. By the time Ben returns to New Camden, he is ready to look his own childhood square in the face and confront the things that he has been hiding from. Ultimately, he’s ready to move on.

Confronting our pasts and realising that they’ve shaped us but don’t define us is really important. It’s not easy, but it is incredibly empowering, giving you the ability to focus on becoming the person you want to be. Ben and Nate, for all that they make a lot of mistakes, ultimately want the best for each other. I really liked seeing them learn from each disagreement, facing their wounds and acknowledging that they still have a lot of work to do. Their story isn’t over in Uprooted, but they are closer and stronger for the events of this book.

Links

Uprooted on Goodreads
NineStar Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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About the Author

Gillian St. Kevern writes anything from YA to contemporary comedies, but her first love is always the paranormal. Her stories feature quirky characters, twisty plots and often travel in unexpected directions.

Gillian has just returned to New Zealand after eleven years teaching English in rural Japan. From being entirely surrounded by rice paddies, she is now entirely surrounded by sheep. She is attempting to stave off reverse culture shock by finally learning to drive, playing with her adorable niece, and, of course, writing!

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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