Book Tour – Finding Destiny by Katrina Hart
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Title: Finding Destiny
Author: Katrina Hart
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
When eighteen year old Alex’s little sister’s pony goes missing, he sets out to look for her and finds himself in a strange gypsy camp in the middle of a forest. The pony is being cared for by a young girl called Faith. When Alex accepts a drink from Faith’s grandmother, he wakes up later to find himself transported into 2038 to a technologically-advanced, very colourful world inhabited by humans and robots. Alex soon discovers that he is now twenty, married and has a magical little baby girl. A magic he only seems to notice. He soon finds out that he will have to defend his little girl from the half-breeds with everything he has. He travels back through the magic pages of books to try and save her before it is too late and she is lost from him forever.
“Destiny! Destiny!” I yelled, walking the dark forest alone.
Broken branches crunched beneath my feet. Black, shadowing trees loomed over me, following my every move. Owls hooted and flapped in every direction. I proceeded, calling the girlie-named pony.
I walked till my feet burned. It had been hours with no sign of Destiny, when the forest seemed to come alive before my eyes! Classical music hummed around a circle of purple gypsy tents, which surrounded a huge pink camp fire. I rubbed my tired eyes in disbelief. I opened them again and saw Destiny being cuddled lovingly by a pale girl with black hair flowing like a never-ending river. I walked over to the girl and Destiny.
“Hey miss, you found my sister’s pony.” I looked down at them both.
“Mister, she is my pony!” She held Destiny closer in a protective grip.
I was about to argue my point, but a cold hand pushed on my shoulder, stopping me.
“Grandma! He wants my pony.” The girl pointed in my direction.
“Faith, don’t point it’s rude!” The old woman scolded her like she was a child.
“Where the hell did you come from!” I shouted and jumped to look her in the face.
“My tent, just this way,” the grandma said as she walked inside her purple tent.
I followed, outraged. I just wanted my sister’s pony back.
“Enter,” the old woman croaked, coughing.
“Are you okay!” I whispered.
“Yes! Yes! Don’t worry yourself, now what can I do for you, sir?” She coughed again.
“I need my sister’s pony back. It’s her everything,” I pleaded.
“My Faith loves her too,” the old lady coughed again.
“I will do anything, I need that pony!” I tried again, staring into the old lady’s purple eyes.
Her wrinkled, transparent face and white long hair, tied in a bun tight above her head, made her look frail. She sat down behind a crystal ball. “Anything?”
“Let me see your future,” she coughed, rubbing her crystal ball and looking inside its clear dome.
The silence dragged on like an unspoken question in a crowded room. Sadness crossed her face.
“It’s done!” she shouted; her eyes seemed to turn black.
“Thank you.” I smiled, a little confused.
“My pleasure.” She coughed, handing me a blue drink in a clear glass. “Please drink, it will bring you good luck on your way home. It’s a tradition, you know,” she said.
I didn’t want to seem rude, so I drained the glass. My head spun and everything became unfocused.
I fought to see through the darkness. Crying, and the smell of hay surrounded me.
“Hello! Who’s there? Where am I?” I whispered, following the cries of what sounded like a girl being murdered.
“Hello!” I yelled over her cries. I feared for us both. A light danced on of its own accord. Straw was everywhere. Pink, blue and red horses wandered about, leaving their stalls empty. The barn looked steel, unlike anything I had seen before. A computer was flat-attached to the wall, but there was no keyboard to type on. Had I been drinking? Or dreaming? I wasn’t sure, but this barn looked far too advanced for my time.
The girl’s cries turned to screams. The sound was deafening; my heart thumped. I stood beside the screaming stable door, sliding it open with a loud squeak. Peering inside, her gaze met mine; her black flowing hair lay upon the straw, sticking to her sweat-covered forehead.
“Faith? Is that you? What are we doing here?” I rushed to her side.
“I’m screaming and you are late!” she said blowing out a breath.
“I don’t even know where we are, do you?” I retorted.
Faith screamed, grabbing my hand like a vice then relaxing once more. She placed an old folded piece of paper into my hand.
“Read it!” Her breath came out raggedly.
The note read …
Dear Alex, and Faith.
Destiny had many lovely years with your little sister, as promised Alex.
I saved your lives. You are in 2038 on the morning that bound your futures together. I saw it!
Don’t hate an old Gypsy for sending you on your way.
Good luck both of you!
The note fell from my hands, “We are in 2038, hell!”
“Isn’t it?” Faith screamed.
I tried to get Faith to let go of my hand. Then her body went stiff and I began to panic; she needed a doctor or midwife right now. But a cry split the air and a robot computer handed her a screaming baby.
On the computer screen, fireworks announced Faith had a baby girl
“We,” she whispered, as the robot computer walked away. I kissed Faith softly on the lips, and a weird deja vu came over me. Love flooded my heart, sending warm shivers coursing through my body.
“Shall we call her Destiny?” Faith asked, gazing into my eyes.
“That’s perfect,” I smiled.
This was the first moment of my new life.
My name is Katrina Hart but I was always called Katie. I live in the East of England with my hfamily and Holly, Smokey my two cats as well as Jessie our dog, they are a nutty bunch but I love them all the same. I have always had a passion for reading. I could easily spend a whole lifetime engrossed in a good book. In my twenties I joined an online writing class, where I fell in love with writing my own stories. Since I started writing I have discovered a new love for quotes, a quote that really inspired was from Toni Morrison. Toni said “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I came across this quote whilst I was studying, this is one of the many things that inspired me to begin my first novel. I always welcome anyone to visit my blog at http://katrinamarie25.wordpress.com
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Katie, thanks for being here today. Tell us about you.
I love to learn new things and read a lot. I live with my two cats Smokey and Holly and our dog Jessie in the East of England.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don’t sleep often so I’m normally out of bed before the day starts. However, each day is a great adventure when I know I’ll be setting aside a few hours to write or read.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Wow that’s a real hard one. If she was still alive I would have loved to have spent the day with Beatrix Potter because her books were the first stories that captured my imagination as a child. However of the living I would choose David Tennant because I liked him in Dr Who and I think he would be fun to spend a day with.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Although Finding Destiny is a fantasy novel. The underlining story is love, friendship and finding a future they belong to, as well as finding out what strengths each character has when they have to protect their friends and family from the half- breeds.
Tell us your writing process.
I’m very much a discovery writer and never really plan a story to the end. I like to just follow my characters through their story. Sometimes I will loop back and do a bit of editing. However, I often just write my novels from the first moment to the last. After the first draft is finished I’ll put it away for a short while before returning to edit and shape the story until it’s as good as I can get it.
What tips can you give other authors who are looking to get the word out about their book?
I’ve found having a blog a great way to connect with readers and it’s very enjoyable to write posts on my characters and share my writing experience. Also twitter is a great way to get the word out about books and posts although it does take some getting used to.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always had a strong imagination from a young age. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really decided to start writing novels and learning the process.
Tell us about your main character:
Alex is a teenager who cares about his Ma and sister and has some great friends. Until his sister’s pony goes missing and he goes looking for her. This changes his life very quickly and he finds himself surrounded by people who he doesn’t really know in a new world. He has to grow up very fast and workout what has happened.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on polishing my second novel ‘The lost Town of Man’s Crossing’ And writing some short stories at the moment. I’ve also got a third first draft hiding away in my bookcase.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m very creative person and have a really good memory which comes in very handy while writing. I’m also great at multitasking.
Who are your favourite authors?
I have many favourite authors like Ciara Gold, Jane Austin, Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton. Along with lots of new author such as Kendra Olson, Ruth F Hunt, Patricia Asedegbega and so, so many more I could be here all day.
What do you like to do with your free time?
In my free time I’m mostly writing or reading. Or playing chase the toy mouse with my two cats. Also I like learning new things like at the moment I’m learning some sign language and have a scrap-book on the go
Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I hope to finish with shaping up ‘The lost Town of Man’s Crossing’ this year and then start a fourth novel while editing my third.
Any final thoughts?
Thank-you for having me on your blog.