Friday, March 8, 2013

Giveaway & Guest Post with Author Cayla Kluver!

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This is not the time for the fight to end. Now is when the fight will begin. This is the time to regain what has been lost.
This is a story told by two:
ALERA - Queen of a fallen kingdom, secretly in love with the enemy. SHASELLE - Daughter of a murdered father, rebel with a cause.
One was ruler Hytanica, but now walks the razor’s edge to keep the fragile peace in her beloved homeland.The other slips through the war-torn streets, seeking retribution for her family’s tragedy, following whispers of insurgency.
Both face choices that will separate them from those they cannot help but love. As their stories intertwine, a conspiracy ignites that may end in slavery or death—or lead to freedom anew, if only each can face what must be sacrificed. Told in part from within the castle by Alera and in part outside the walls by a new character, Shaselle, SACRIFICE showcases the final epic battle for love and freedom.

Guest Post!
For Love of Horses
If you ride or spend time around horses, you know that they are addicting.
Simultaneously, a horse can live a simple, herd-bound life, and meet your eyes with
an incisive intelligence that no human can quite match. Horses are strong, powerful
animals – they’ve historically been used to haul freight trains up mountainsides – and
yet, when they trust, they are vulnerable and seek approval from creatures who are
one tenth of their weight and sit on their backs. It defies logic that these passionate,
unstoppable beasts, capable of trampling bobcats, will take careful steps around a
person for whom they care, and, in the case of my horse, lay on the ground in utter
defenselessness beside that person just for the sake of closeness.

Horses are like love – raw might tempered by openness and need – and that is why
they are addicting. Because love is the greatest narcotic of them all.

Alera and Shaselle are the two main characters and narrators in Sacrifice, the third
book in the Legacy Trilogy, and both of these young women love horses. Their ties
to these magnificent animals affect their relationships with men, because in Hytanica,
a male dominated kingdom, horseback riding is viewed as an inappropriate activity
for well-bred young women. It’s unlikely that any decent nobleman would tolerate
such behavior in his wife, and, as you can imagine, this is a stumbling block for both
women in seeking future partners.

Shaselle’s desire to ride becomes a litmus test for her as to the suitability of a man
as a husband. She is desperately looking for someone who will not only tolerate her
ability to ride horses, but encourage and embrace it as an important part of who she is.
This desire is due in part to her need to feel connected to her deceased father, Baelic,
who recognized her interest in horses and was willing to share his love of riding
with her. After his death, the horses he owned became of paramount importance to
Shaselle because they represented the best way for her to remember him. But while
Baelic was willing to indulge her interest in horses, he didn’t create it. It was inborn,
and it was important enough that it had been his intention to find her a kind, tolerant,
and high-spirited husband who would not deny her the activity she held most dear.

Alera, on the other hand, wasn’t born with a love of horses. In fact, she wasn’t
introduced to horseback riding until Narian came along. But riding horses and other
traditionally male activities like handling weapons and knowing how to defend one’s
person became important issues when comparing Steldor and Narian, and presented
tangible evidence of their different views of women. Steldor was a traditional
Hytanican male, and as such didn’t just view these pursuits as inappropriate, but
would have forbidden Alera from engaging in them. Both Steldor and King Adrik,
Alera’s father, condemned much of her behavior as undesirable in a woman, and even
more so in a Queen. Narian, on the other hand, was raised in a matriarchal society,
and took a far more practical view of a woman’s abilities. He was not only willing to
accept her in the face of what Hytanican men viewed as “flaws,” but was willing to
help her learn self-defense as the natural way of things. He was far more respectful of
who she was and who she wanted to become, and consequently became the love of
her life.

Shaselle describes horseback riding like this: “There was such freedom in letting
a horse have its head, such joyful abandonment in the feel of the animal’s hooves
striking the earth time after time, as fast and as hard as they could go. There was
power and exhilaration in leaning forward, moving with the animal, feeling the
wind on my cheeks, my hair whipping back. There was a oneness that could not

be achieved in any other way…” That’s actually a description of how I feel when
I’m riding, and like my main female characters, I wouldn’t lightly give it up. I’m
sometimes asked who I would have chosen, Steldor or Narian. My answer, of course,
is Narian, because his approval wouldn’t “ride” on me giving up my passions.

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  1. The medieval or renaissance period!

  2. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :) I love pretty much any historical setting. As long as the story and characters are engaging I'm all in!

  3. I wouldn't be able to choose one period, it is more about how I'm immersed in the story itself.

  4. I love historical romances and I love the time period of medieval. The time of King Arthur and Camelot. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I enjoy historical romance. My favorite period is the mid-late 1800s, when social rules and technology really started to change.

  6. I love read about the medevil periods, or basically anywhere thats a good 100 years or more in the past!



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