Today I am delighted to welcome Katie Hamstead to my blog. Some time ago she hosted my then current release so now it’s nice to return the favor. ALERT! She is also going to offer an e-book to a lucky commenter.
Katie, welcome so much and what can you tell us about your book?
KH: It’s entitled ‘Dancing in the Athenian Rain’ and it’s a New Adult time travel romance.
RJS: Okay, I’m already hooked. I love time travel stories and have read some good new adult and even young adult books. I think we identify and remember when we were those ages, even those of us who haven’t been there in a while. So what can you tell us about it? First of all, where did such a title come from?
KT: It kind of came from the music I was listening to. The song “Summer Rain” by Slinkee Minx made it onto my playlist, and the title came to me from those lyrics. I was a twelfth grade student when I wrote the original manuscript of this, and I think that innocence comes through in the MC still, even after tons of rewrites and editing.
RJS: Yes, many of us have projects tucked away from our early days. Those first attempts, those learning curves. Sometimes they become more and sometimes they already served their purpose. I am glad this one has become more beyond a twelfth grade story. What else can you share?
KT: Here is my blurb:
When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she’s furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife.
She’s forced to learn a new language and culture, and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.
But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. Although against her best judgment, she allows him into her heart. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.
RJS: Wow. Okay, Katie, that does take me back to how it felt in eleventh and twelfth grade. Didn’t all deal with some form of those same issues? Now, what personal goodies can you share about yourself?
KH: I was born and raised in Australia, my early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having my father tell me wild bedtime stories, inspired my passion for writing.
After graduating High School, I became a foreign exchange student where I met a young man who several years later I married. Now I live in Arizona with my husband, daughter and our dog.
I have a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire my writing. I currently work as an Acquisitions Editor with Curiosity Quills Press to help support my family.
I love to out sing my friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. I love to write, and take the few spare moments in my day to work on my novels.
RJS: Yes, it’s hard to be mom & wife, hold down a household and job outside and write. So when does this officially release?
KT: All I know is September 2015. I don’t have the exact date yet.
RJS: That’s cool. Those dates can sometimes change anyway. So where can we find you socially? You know, to watch for updates on a release date.
RJS: Okay, Katie, I am glad you stopped by. Our time is winding down but you did promise an e-book to someone. Can you give the details?
KH: I would love to gift an e-copy of my other Soul Mate release ‘Branded’ to a random commenter. This is a thriller story about a woman on the run from a general who branded (marked) her for death. Just leave a comment below with a contact information.
RJS: Easy enough. And I know from reading the reviews on ‘Branded’, it’s been considered intense, action packed, thrilling and impossible to put down. Many of the reviews start with ‘Wow” and go from there. So as we say good-bye, Katie, I wish you great success with ‘Dancing in the Athenian Rain‘. And congratulations.