Thursday, 5 February 2015

Kindar's Cure by Michelle Hauck: Interview + Giveaway

Kindar's Cure
by Michelle Hauck

Princess Kindar of Anost dreams of playing the hero and succeeding to her mother’s throne. But dreams are for fools. Reality involves two healthy sisters and a wasting disease of suffocating cough that’s killing her by inches. When her elder sister is murdered, the blame falls on Kindar, putting her head on the chopping block.

No one who survives eighteen years of choke lung lacks determination. A novice wizard, Maladonis Bin, approaches with a vision—a cure in a barren land of volcanic fumes. As choices go, a charming bootlicker that trips over his own feet isn’t the best option, but beggars can’t be choosers. Kindar escapes with Mal and several longtime attendants only to have her eyes opened that her country faces dark times.

Her mother’s decision to close the prosperous mines spurs poverty and joblessness, inciting rebellion and opening Anost to foreign invasion. As Mal urges her toward a cure that will prove his visions, suddenly, an ally turns traitor, delivering Kindar to a rebel army, who have their own plans for a sickly princess.

With the killer poised to strike again, the rebels bearing down, and the country falling apart, she must weigh her personal hunt for a cure against saving her people.

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Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two
teenagers. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly query contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, New Agent, PitchSlam, and Sun versus Snow. Her epic fantasy, Kindar's Cure, was published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, was published by The Elephant's Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer's Double Edge. Elephant’s Bookshelf Press also published another of her short stories, The Unfinished Task, in their winter anthology, Winter’s Regret. She’s represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.

Interview with Author Michelle Hauck
Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
A:  The main character, Kindar, is the middle of three princesses. She was born with a wasting disease of the lungs and everyone expects her to die. But living in the palace filled with backstabbing and political infighting for every inch of ground has made her strong. It's also made her lonely, cold and isolated as she has to suspect everyone is trying to use her. When the eldest princess is murdered, the suspicion falls on Kindar. She takes off looking for a cure for her disease and finds her heart along the way.

Q:  How long have you been writing, and when did you first consider yourself an author?
  I don’t know if I consider myself a full author yet. I still feel like a pretender in many ways. I’d say I got close to really feeling it the day I signed with an agent. I’ve been writing about six years.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
  Best advice is difficult to narrow down. I’d say to have fun with your writing and make friends of other writers. I’ve gained many things from writing: a book deal, an agent, but the best of all was the incredible writer friends I’ve made. Many people go in for anger and passing hateful remarks on the internet, trying to put others down. Never get involved with that, but always look to the positive side.    

Q:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  Interesting question. I wanted to be one of the Three Musketeers or a member of Robin Hood’s gang or take a journey with the companions from The Sword of Shannara. My head was in the clouds of imagination instead of thinking about real world jobs. Probably why I follow my dad’s profession and studied accounting in college.

 You’ll notice all those examples were male roles. Back then all the best action characters were boys. I’m glad it’s different today so girls can find heroes that look like them. I tried to make Kindar a spunky action model who gets her hands dirty that girls might want to emulate.

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  I’ve always wanted to visit Paris and see the Louvre, but a safari in Africa would be exciting too!

Q:  If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
  This is difficult as my fear of height rules out things like flying. Strength and speed are nice, but not really for me. I’ve always relied on my brains and I’d hope for something like superfast retention and memory. Super Smarts! Thought copying Hawkeye and his super archery skills would be a dream come true!

Q:  Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
  I do most of my buying lately in ebook format because it’s cheaper and you don’t have to wait for the books to ship. But if I had unlimited money, I’d buy hardback books. I’m a book snob and like to put them up on shelves to display.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
  I’m reading an ARC of Golden Son by Pierce Brown that I got from Net Galley. It’s the sequel to his book Red Rising. And if you don’t know about Net Galley, you should investigate it. It’s a site where you can get free advanced copy ebooks if you agree to leave written reviews on Goodreads or Amazon. 

Thank you so much for hosting me, Sheri. I appreciate a spot on your blog so much!
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