Wednesday 10 August 2016

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins

The Lost Knight
Author: Candy Atkins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 20th, 2016
Monster Publishing

Book Description:
How am I supposed to save the world when I'm not strong, not brave, not smart, and not particularly good at most things? I ran away from home the day after my thirteenth birthday when Auntie and her weird friend attacked me. Now I'm on the run with the Grim Reaper and a scary soldier. And I'm no longer on Earth. They were expecting me to be a Knight. The savior that's supposed to stop a war and prevent the invasion to Earth. But I'm not. They grabbed the wrong girl. I just don’t know how to tell them.

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I made Agatha Stone, the protagonist of the Lost Knight Series, thirteen years old to embody just how unprepared she was to save the world. But I discovered something interesting: she doesn't have a lot of other girls her age to stand next to on the shelf.

When I finished the series my daughter was thirteen. She might have been able to save the world, but no one asked her so we will never know. No one ever asks a thirteen year old girl to do anything. We often say how hard "that age" is, but there's really nothing in our society that addresses it. Instead, it’s shut down, minimalized, and our girls basically disappear until they're fifteen and the messiness is over.

Thirteen year olds are not cute and silly, like they were just the year before. Instead, they're uncomfortably sexual, highly opinionated and moody. When my daughter started middle school one of the teachers warned me that "There's nothing meaner than a middle school girl."

I don’t think they're mean. I think they’re in pain. Hormones riddle girls with doubts, which makes them afraid, which makes them act out or disappear.

Our society has based puberty off the experiences of boys. There are many coming of age movies-books-stories about how difficult and fun "that time" is for boys. I'll wait while you try to think of a few for girls. If you said Are You There God It's Me Margaret, congratulations you've made it to middle age. That book is forty-five years old. If you said Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, you’re not as old, but that was seventeen years ago.

There are a few disturbing examples of girls discovering their sexuality, but a comedy, drama or sitcom about the real issues of being thirteen is highly under represented. And the thirteen year old actresses are out of work unless they look ten. They won’t work again until they're fifteen, unless they model, but that's a different discussion.
Generally speaking, there are no television shows where a thirteen year old girl is the star. If she was cast in a television show when she was younger, her now thirteen year old character is a shell, with minimal lines and almost no story.

As a female writer, I don't want to complain or moan about the unfairness of it all, or blame the evil thing (insert whatever evil thing you wish) or rail at men for writing about what they know. Instead, I wrote about a girl. I tried to make her as true to a thirteen year old girl as I could.

I was thirteen once. I had a daughter and a stepdaughter who both struggled through "that time." It’s nothing to be afraid of. I encourage other creative types to explore these interesting and uncharted stories and let our girls be heard. 

About the Author
Candy Atkins is a full-time writer who lives with her husband and two kids in Orlando, Florida. She's an avid reader and lover of all things fantasy and sci-fi. Her debut novel,The Lost Knight, is volume one of the six-part Lost Knight Series.

Her life's journey has taken her from dining with the President to being on food stamps to running her own company. And since all author bios end by naming and quantifying pets…she also enjoys spending time with her boxer, Butler, and Wynona the cat.

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  1. Great cover and it looks great; thanks for the chance :)

  2. The book description and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

  3. Sounds like a really great book, thanks for sharing!

  4. thank you for the's all a go

  5. Love the cover and it sounds like a great read.

  6. You know, I may not be the smartest, or the strongest, or the bravest, or the best at anything, but...I forgot where I was going with this, actually.

  7. I'm sure they;ll realize they didn't grab the wrong girl

  8. the juxtaposition of the faces is surreal

  9. Sounds like an intriguing book. Great cover!

  10. Sounds great!! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Sounds like a very interesting book.

  12. Sounds like a very interesting book.

  13. The description of 13 year old girls is so true :)

  14. Thanks for this giveaway & good luck to all :)

  15. This book is very interesting and a must read.

  16. I like the cover and description of the book! Agatha sounds like a character I would like to read about!