Thursday, January 1, 2015

Novel Spotlight: Mardan's Mark || Giveaway!

Happy New Year!  In honor of the New Year, I decided to get back into blogging!  My goal is to publish at least two posts a month.  You can expect posts on Mondays or Thursdays.  That's all the schedule I'm setting for myself.

Today we have a debut novel spotlight.  The book came out a week ago and so far as received 5 stars in every review. Let me introduce you to Mardan's Mark by Kathrese McKee.

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Srilani is second in line to the throne, and she’s always known what is expected of a princess -- bring honor to her family and marry well. Aldan has been a pirate’s slave for as long as he can remember, and all he wants is to be free. The Twin Kingdoms have been sister nations for centuries, but now their unity and existence are threatened by enemies both inside and outside their borders.
After pirates abduct Srilani and her three siblings, they are stranded behind enemy lines and across the Great Gulf. As the eldest, Srilani is faced with the dangerous task of bringing her father’s heir home. She convinces Aldan and his two fellow slaves to share their journey to freedom. These unlikely allies -- seven young captives -- must defeat the web of lies, murder, and betrayal tearing the kingdoms apart.
Kathrese McKee is a debut author.  Here's a little more about her:
Guys look!  Here's a picture of Kathrese
with a sword and medieval dress.
How cool!
Kathrese McKee writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life's difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.
Once upon a time, Kathrese worked as a systems engineer for EDS and various oil and gas companies. After that, she taught Reading and ESL at the middle school level. These days, she edits fiction, home schools her children, and turns a blind eye to the feral dust bunnies lurking beneath her desk.
Mardan's Mark's sequel, Mardan's Anointed, is in process along with a related novella.
For more about the novel or author, check out Kathrese's website.

Enter below to win a Kindle copy of Mardan's Mark.

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Comment below with one of your favorite fantasy books from 2014 or one you're looking forward to in 2015.  Check back next week to see if you won!


Thanks everyone!  That's all I've got.


19 comments:

  1. My favorite fantasy book from 2014 was Golden Daughter. In 2015, I'm looking forward to Poison Crown, Firefight, and Omega Dragon. *nods*
    Glad to see you'll be back blogging!

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    1. Wow. I like to think of myself as a reader of fantasy but I haven't even heard of, much less read, any of these books. Are they YA, Children, or Adult?
      Thanks for sticking with this thing I call a blog!
      ~Sarah

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  2. My favorite fantasy book(s) released in 2014 was A Draw of Kings (third in the Staff and Sword series by Patrick Carr) and Mardan's Mark. I look forward to seeing what 2015 will bring!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, Jessica! I haven't read A Draw of Kings, but I will have to look into it.
      ~Sarah

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  3. I didn't really read much fantasy in 2014- I was more into the contemporary YA books for some reason. It's kind of weird, because I normally love fantasy.

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    1. If it makes you feel better, I didn't read a lot at all in 2014. I didn't read as much of any genre as I usually do, except I read more non-fiction than usual. *ducks head* (please don't hurt me. non-fiction can be interesting too.) :D
      Thanks for commenting!
      ~Sarah

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  4. I have several favorites, but have to say I loved Prophesied!

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    1. I haven't read that book. I'll have to look into it. Thank you so much for commenting!
      ~Sarah

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  5. Yay, you're back! :) (I was just wondering the other day whether you were still blogging or not)
    This seems like a very interesting book, I should go check it out!

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    1. Yep, still blogging. Just not doing a great job making time for it, among all my Pinterest browsing.
      Thanks for commenting, Hannah!
      ~Sarah

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  6. So excited Mardan's Mark is making the rounds! What a great debut for Kathrese! I'm looking forward to the second installment in 2015!

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    1. I'm glad you're excited for it! Your support of this novel and the stunning review you wrote really solidified my belief that this was a novel I wanted to spotlight on Inklined!
      Thank you for commenting!
      ~Sarah Faulkner

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  7. I don't generally read a lot of fantasy, though I'm currently reading the Narnia series with my two boys (we're on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). I read mostly historical and contemporary women's fiction, but will pick up books that receive great reviews or high praise via word-of-mouth.

    I've already read MM, and LOVED it. I can't wait to read Mardan's Annointed!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Inklined! My sister read the Narnia series to me when I was younger. Those books hold fond memories for me.
      I'm so glad you liked Mardan's Mark! Thank you for commenting.
      ~Sarah

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  8. Wow. Looking over what I've read, I haven't read that much fantasy this year either. But of what I did read my favorite is probably Destined for Doon. :)

    Glad to see your blogging again.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Brooke! I'm glad I'm back to blogging, too! Did you mean Destined for Doom or is there a book called Destined for Doon? If so, I've never heard of it.
      ~Sarah

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  9. This year I didn't read many new books, instead I decided to reread my old ones, the ones I read, like, long ago, and analyze them from a writer's mind. My all time favorite has to be Narnia. :)

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  10. Thanks to everyone who has shared their favorite fantasies for 2014 with us. I hope you'll check out Mardan's Mark. I read The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley for the third or fourth time this year. She has a strong heroine, a great world, and a struggle-against-all-odds conflict in her story.

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