Author: Tricia Copeland
Narrator: Amy Deuchler
Length: 8 hours 18 minutes
Publisher: True Bird Publishing LLC⎮2020
Genre: Fantasy; YA
Series: Kingdom Journals, Book 1
Release date: February 1, 2017
Seventeen-year-old Alena Scott is tired of pretending to be something she’s not. As an outlawed vampire-witch hybrid, she’s forced to abide by the oppressive secrecy imposed by her Vampire Chancellor mother. But she’ll have to ignore the rules when she comes face-to-face with a handsome, full-grown version of her childhood imaginary friend.
Shocked that he recognizes her as his own pretend play pal, the two embark on a quest to solve the mystery of their fantasized companionship. And as they unravel their entwined destinies, Alena realizes she holds the key to a curse which could free them all—or condemn witchkind to eternal suffering.
Can Alena and her impossibly familiar partner reverse an ancient spell before they’re sent to a mortal grave?
Kingdom of Embers is the first book in the enthralling Kingdom Journals YA urban fantasy series. If you like intriguing characters, shadowy magic, and a fresh twist on modern vampire storylines, then you’ll love Tricia Copeland’s heart-stopping tale.
Buy Kingdom of Embers to embrace a prophetic fate today!
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Tricia Copeland grew up in a hot, sticky, rural south Georgia town where pine trees and alligators ruled the landscape. Since then she’s moved west to the purple mountain majesties of Colorado. Her books span from the dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy, to coming-of-age and new adult romance genres. You can find more about her and all her books at triciacopeland.com.
Amy is a Chicago-based voice artist and actor specializing in audiobook narration, e-learning, and radio or TV commercials. Amy is professionally trained in commercial and narration voiceover and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Marquette University and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her spare time, Amy also enjoys reading, painting, designing lights and scenery for theatre, and biking. She lives with her boyfriend and their three cats just north of Chicago.
I search for two years to find the right narrator for this story. Frustrated, I’d almost given up. Last fall at a book con, Amy stopped by my table and introduced herself. I spoke with her for a few minutes and afterwards looked up her work. I loved what I heard and contacted her immediately to talk about starting the narration. After the gave her the manuscript and character list, she sent me a six minute clip. I was hooked! I wanted more! I loved listening to my words come to live. I also thrive on learning new things so while daunting, I feel so empowered by all I’m learning about the audiobook industry.
Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? In the future I think I will be more conscious of names and pronunciations. I will be more clear on how a name is pronounced to ensure ease of transition between ebook or paper copies and the audio versions.
How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? My narrator read the manuscript and gave me a list of questions. I also provided her with a character bio sheet with a bit of history as to age, ethnicity, gender, etc. of my character.
How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?Interacting with readers and authors keep me excited and motivated. I love chatting about books, characters, plot, and hearing feedback and future ideas for my work.
Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you? I love that I can listen to an audiobook almost anywhere. Listening to books and podcasts helps me get through mundane chores like laundry and cleaning, dishes and cooking.
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”? I don’t feel like audiobooks are cheating at all. I love the technology because I can listen in the car, on a run, or while doing chores.
In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series? I love both stand alones and series. I try to wrap up each of my series books so it can act as a stand alone as well as add a little bit of a OMG, what’s next! If I fall in love with characters and a storyline it’s hard to let them go. I’m always sad when I finish writing a book because I miss my characters.
What's your favorite:
- Food - pizza
- Song - there are so many, anything with a good beat and inspiring lyrics keeps me grooving
- Book - Twilight, Cassandra Clare, Kristin & P.C. Cast, The Crystal Cave, Gone with the Wind, I love paranormal fantasy, light sci-fi, and dystopian, and when I’m feeling tired a good sweet romance
- Television show - The Vampire Diaries, Reign, The Originals, iZombie
- Movie - love rom com The Holiday, Love Actually, Twilight movies
- Band - Bastille, The Fray, Imagine Dragons, Twenty-One Pilots
- Sports team - not a huge sports fan but always go back to my roots, GT Jackets
- City - Wow! Hard one - I loved NYC when I visited with friends and plan on visiting New Orleans this year, love Savannah, and Denver
- Food - pizza