Blog Tour & Author Interview: The Shadow Watch series by S.A. Klopfenstein

Title: THE SHADOW WATCH (The Shadow Watch #1)
Author: S.A. Klopfenstein
Pub. Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Guardian Grey Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 420 
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For centuries, the Oshan Empire has ruled the New World with terror and blood. The Watchers have been eradicated, and their sorcery is but a whispered myth. But the heart of magic beats on, and as it surges back to life, three young people will determine the fate of the world…

Tori Burodai, a strong-willed slave girl. Her magic could ignite a revolution, but only if she resists the ruler who wants to use her powers to restore the empire to its former glory.

Darien Redvar, the idealistic soldier she loves. His rage leads him down a dark path to power that could turn him against the one person he cares for.

Kale Andovier, a lordling rebel with a torturous past. His quest for a weapon of dark sorcery will thrust him into a twisted game of power that could change the world forever.

Will the return of magic transform the New World, or bring it to ruin?

Title: THE RAGE OF SAINTS (The Shadow Watch series Book #2)
Author: S.A. Klopfenstein
Pub. Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Guardian Grey Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 507 
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The thrilling second installment in the Shadow Watch series!

The Shadow Watch has been undone. Their captain lies in the dungeons of the White Citadel, and the Gallows Girl has disappeared. Most of the surviving Watchers have joined the chancellor's new magical army, the Sky Guard, led by Darien Redvar, but the Gallows Boy is shaken from the return of the monsters of the Old World, and he must soon choose, once and for all, where his loyalties lie.

Tori and Mischa trek to the Great White North with an Alyut shaman, who believes Tori is the one who will bring Restoration to his people. A resistance is growing in the North, but Tori may not be the god the people are looking for, and the price of revolution may cost Tori her heart as well as her life.

Meanwhile, another threat grows in strength. Old World monsters are rising up across the New World, and no one knows how they've returned. As nations ready themselves for a magical war, their return threatens to change everything.

New alliances are set in place, new friendships are forged, new loves kindled. But no one is safe, for there can be no war without betrayal.

Don't miss this the latest installment in the epic fantasy series readers are comparing to Mistborn and Throne of Glass!

About S.A.:

S.A. Klopfenstein grew up on a steady dose of Tolkien and Star Wars. As a child, he wrote his first story about a sleepwalking killer who was executed by lethal injection.

He lives in the American West with his wife and their dog, Iorek Byrnison. He can be found exploring the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, or daring the halls of the middle school where he teaches Language Arts.

Author Interview:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first story in middle school. It was a few pages long, and was about a sleepwalking killer. It was probably pretty rough, but I received good feedback. After that, writing was always this idea in the back of my head, but I had no idea how to do it or where to start. My freshman year in college, I took a composition class from a professor and writer named Kent Meyers. One day, he read a narrative essay I wrote in front of the class. I was hooked, and it was the first time I thought I might have real talent at it. I’ve been writing ever since.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I would like to say that I am one of those really disciplined writers who gets up at 4am everyday to knock out a thousand words. But it’s not really how I function. I write nearly everyday after I get home from my day job, teaching high school English and mythology. I spend about two hours a day writing, most days. Though sometimes more when a deadline is approaching. But I very much go with what I am feel-ing or what is working for me at the time. For example, I wrote the first 50 pages of my latest book, The Rage of Saints, completely by hand. I typed the rest. I usually try to write at least 500 words each day. Some days it will be 200, some days 2,000. If I am struggling with a scene, I’ll sometimes take a few days away and edit or something, and then come back with fresh eyes. It’s more of an organic process for me, but it allows me to really think through the book as I go, and saves me time in editing by the time I’m done.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have this really funny habit of messing up my hair so it stands straight up while I’m thinking through my writing process. My wife will walk into the room, and instantly say, “You must be writing. You’ve got your writing hair.”
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
One of the things that has blown me away is the willingness of the online writing community to help one another out. I have met so many amazing people from all over the world online. Some offered knowledge of ancient weapons and warfare. Some have become long-term critique partners. Some have offered advice on marketing. Some have just been sources of encouragement. All were a big and won-derful surprise, and I would have really struggled with the process of writing and publishing without them.
Do you have a book that you feel everyone should read because it left a good impression on you?
I write fantasy, and that is what I love to read. If you love giant epic fantasy books, you must read Bran-don Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. Some amazing indie fantasy writers I love and highly recommend are Alec Hutson and Will Wight.

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1 lucky winner will win a finished copy of THE SHADOW WATCH & THE RAGE OF SAINTS, US Only.


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