I was not fascinated by the cover,but i say to give it a shot.I read the description and i loved it.It`s about the 1683 year,when a girl it`s bound to marry with a complete stranger.I`m not going to say much more because you will discover.But I love that.And i know many of you will love this.Maybe this book,some day will be published in our country to.This is my purpose.
I writte this in engkish because,maybe a lot of people to not know this book.I talk with the author,who is a sweet person and agreed to send me some books for review and one for giveaway.And also give me a intreview.I`m so grateful.So,further down i will leave the description about the book,the interview and also the giveaway.I hope you will enjoy this because will be much more of this.
Here is the book for giveaway:
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About the book:
An Ill Wind(Valkyrie, #1) by K.A. Perkins
Gabriella Berryngton is an unhappy and oppressed fourteen year old girl from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1683. She dreams of escaping her bitter, ambitious stepfather and sailing off into the unknown.
Her dreams come true when her stepfather sells her into marriage.
Aboard the Freyja, she is hopeful that her new life in the Dutch West Indies will be an improvement – a hope that dies when she is given a slave (Klara) and a whip. She discovers that her soon-to-be father-in-law is a ruthless slave trader in league with pirates, and her fiancé is cold, unfriendly and disinterested in Gabriella. She is little more than a vessel to provide the next generation.
Largely ignored and desperately unhappy, she and Klara develop a friendship which makes life bearable – at first. Once married, Gabriella's life takes a turn for the worse and she descends into a world of horror and abuse, until tensions explode. Life will never be the same and she has no choice but to take fate into her own hands.
1.Please,tell us your name, the city you are born and the books you write.
I'm Karen Perkins and I was born in Harrogate, which is near Leeds in the north of England. I have published three novels so far: An Ill Wind and Dead Reckoning in the Valkyrie Series which is historical fiction about piracy, love and adventure in the Caribbean in the 17th Century
My third book is very different. Thores-Cross is set locally to me on the North Yorkshire moors and explores isolation, superstition and persecution. If someone was shunned by their own community, itself very isolated, how would they survive? Both physically and psychologically?
The book is narrated by two women, Jennet in the past (1770s), who is shunned by her community and becomes so twisted and bitter that her spirit lives on to torment her persecutors long after her death. Emma is the present day writer who moves to the village Jennet had been a part of, and had found an old inkpot in a crumbling dry stone wall as a child – Jennet's inkpot, which links the two women together. Thores-Cross tells their stories, and is quite a dark and chilling read.
2. How did you become a writer?
I injured myself sailing in the mid 1990's, and never healed. It took many years to find a diagnosis, and I eventually learned that my injury had triggered a condition called fibromyalgia, which consists of extreme chronic pain and fatigue. I was unable to sail anymore, and also lost my job as a financial advisor in one of the major UK banks. I was virtually housebound for a number of years and very isolated, and nobody could really tell me how to beat the fibromyalgia. I started doing some courses at the local college, partly to get me out of the house and meeting people when I was able, partly to understand how the body was supposed to work so I could try to understand where mine was going wrong (I did an anatomy & physiology diploma and then a counselling and psychology certificate to try to understand the mind). It also gave me the opportunity to use my brain again – there is only so much TV you can watch and remain sane! I found the psychology fascinating and one day just picked up a pen and started writing. I filled one notebook, then another, and when I was buying my third, I realised I was writing a book. I had always loved books, but it had never occurred to me that I would be able to write one. I then did a small creative writing course locally, bought lots of 'how to' books about writing, rewrote my own book a number of times as I learned the craft and then published it as Dead Reckoning. As I often could only write for ten minutes at a time due to the pain, it took about seven years to finish – and I enjoyed every minute! Now, I cannot imagine not writing, and it has given me a new lease of life and a future.
3. Who inspired you to write?
The authors of every book I have ever read and enjoyed, in particular Stephen King, Barbara Erskine, Philippa Gregory and many, many more. I am also very lucky in that my friends and family have been extremely supportive and my partner, Peter Mutanda, gave me the confidence to actually publish and put my work 'out there'. I am very grateful to them all.
4. How old were you when you wrote the first book?
Well, I started Dead Reckoning when I was thirty four, although as I mentioned, it took me seven years to finish it. Luckily, I have learned so much in writing that one, new books are taking me about a year now – six months to write, six months to edit and polish – although I do think them through for quite some time (years) before planning them out and sitting down to write them.
5. Your favorite books
This is a hard one, there are so many! I think my favourites from childhood were Swallows and Amazons & Treasure Island. As an adult, I love Carrie by Stephen King (and most of his other books too!), Kate Mosse's Languedoc Trilogy, Philippa Gregory's historicals, Jodi Picoult, Zoe Sharp, C J Sansom's Shardlake series, Wuthering Heights and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca & Frenchman's Creek.
6. What inspired you to writeValkyrie?
I have been a passionate sailor for most of my life until I injured myself in the Contender Europeans – an injury that changed my life and led me to start writing. By writing about pirates, I can at least go sailing in my imagination and I am also fascinated by the history of the Caribbean. So many people and peoples made a home there in the search for freedom, yet enslaved two continents in the process. Life aboard pirate ships was also the most democratic society in the world at that time – and the most brutal, and it was both of these dichotomies which made me want to explore some (fictional) lives and their experiences. I am currently working on books three and four of the Valkyrie Series, Look Sharpe! and Ready About!, and have ideas for many more. Each book I write, and each character I introduce fascinates me more, and I want to explore their lives and journeys, too.
7. Do you have a playlist for your book?
I don't actually. I would listen to different music when writing different aspects of the books, though. Good ole rock and roll for the fight scenes, Adele and Duffy for the love scenes, just to set the mood within myself as I wrote.
8. Future projects?
I'm currently writing the next two books in the Valkyrie Series, which I hope to publish at the end of 2013 and early 2014, and I'm also currently plotting out a novel in a new series which I am writing together with my partner, Peter Mutanda. Cultural Exile is the first book in our Africa Series, and examines the experiences of a Zimbabwean woman when she is forced to leave her family behind in Africa and move to Britain, and should be out in 2014. There are quite a few other ideas swimming around my head too, it'll be interesting to see which ones come to the fore first . . .
9.A message to the future writers?
Enjoy your writing. It's wonderful to see your characters and story evolve, so don't hold back. I write my first drafts for me, and try my best not to worry about whether or not it's good enough. No first draft is perfect, but once you've written it, you can then find any holes and improve any weak areas, and I write the second draft for my readers, to give them the best story I can.
Also, there is no better time than now to self-publish, and although it is hard work and very time-consuming, it is also extremely rewarding – the first time I received a positive review from someone I didn't know, I danced around the room (and the second time, and the third . . . you get the idea!).
10.A message for your fans?
Thank you, thank you, thank you! To receive a review, or an email or message on Goodreads telling me you have enjoyed my book is the best feeling in the world. I am extremely interested in what people think of my work – whether positive or negative. Writing can be a lonely business, and it is very difficult to be objective about one's own work; to hear what people like or aren't so keen on in my books helps me to become a better writer. At the end of the day, I want my books to be the best they can be, both my readers and my characters deserve nothing less.
Amazon link: http://viewAuthor.at/KarenPerkins
Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6571672.K_A_Perkins
And now the best part:) This giveaway will be just RO.I`m sorry.:(
Here you have the link:Rafflecopter
And i have just a request.For the winner(when will find it).Regardless of who wins the book I'd like two weeks after winning her to do a review of the book and send it to me and I'll post it on the blog.