Cover Shot! The Historians by Trisha Leigh

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

ZOMG! I love, love, LOVE this cover!  I love all of the details in the bridge and the pillars, and those glasses – they rock!  The premise looks awesome, too.  In stores July 2013

 

 

*If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even knowing you’d probably never meet—would you do it?*

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually terraforming a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting people’s one true love.

The problem? If only one soul ever has been born, or will be born, that perfectly matches yours, the chances the two will exist in the same time and place are almost zero. It’s rare enough that the predictions have been reduced to a game, a parlor trick, and no one expects a happily ever after with their True.

*If you had the chance to meet your one true love—even knowing you couldn’t be together—would you go?*

Seventeen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and can’t resist a peek at her long-dead one true love. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could be disastrous.

*If you could save your one true love from a terrible, untimely death, would you be able to resist?*

When Oz Truman, a fellow apprentice, discovers Kaia’s secret, he shows her the predicted trajectories that could result her from altering the history of ancient Egypt. They prove that if Kaia doesn’t ensure her True dies as he’s supposed to, the effect on the present will be catastrophic.

*Would you have the strength to watch them die?*

But when Kaia she notices Oz popping up in historical archives where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers breaks worse rules than traveling to ancient Egypt to meet a boy.

If Kaia’s experience with her one true love has taught her anything, it’s that no alteration to history comes without consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it—especially not from the people she trusts.

Interview with KC Blake, Author of Bait

KC Blake is visiting the virtual offices today to chat about her latest release, BAIT.  Check out what she has to say.

 [Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[KC Blake] I am a YA-reading, church-going, chocolate-loving, shop-a-holic with two beautiful cats and a dog.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about BAIT?

[KC Blake] If you don’t believe monsters in the closet are real, ask Bay-Lee.

At sixteen, Bay-Lee is an average student. She never raises her hand in class and doesn’t put the right answers on tests even though she knows them. The other kids would be surprised to learn she’s living under an alias as she’s forced to move from state to state, hiding from The Order, a secret society of shifters bent on killing her before she can start to Van Helsing’s school. For some reason the monsters are afraid of her.

When a reaper steps out of her closet to issue a warning, she realizes her problems are only beginning. Even as her dream of following in her father’s footsteps to become a hunter draws closer, a dark threat looms over the school. Someone or some thing is killing hunters on their birthdays. If she doesn’t figure this mystery out fast, she won’t make it to seventeen. Her childhood was stolen from her. She’s determined not to lose anything else to the bloodthirsty beasts.

Bay-Lee developed a plan over the years. It’s a plan for vengeance, a plan for justice. The biggest obstacle in her way: jungle green eyes. Falling in love at this point could ruin everything. It’s the furthest thing from her mind. Then she meets a young hunter with a past as dark as her own and a bleak future. From the moment they meet he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[KC Blake] This has been brewing for a long time, so long that I don’t remember when or how it first started. The rock star slash vampire slayer in the story was actually an idea for another book. I decided he fit better in this story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Bay-Lee?

[KC Blake] Driven, compassionate, and determined.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Bay-Lee had a theme song, what would it be?

[KC Blake] Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne. “All this time you were pretending. So much for my happy ending.” I think it’s the perfect song for her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Bay-Lee is never without.

[KC Blake] Her dagger.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Bay-Lee’s purse?

[KC Blake] A credit card, her real I.D., or a romance book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[KC Blake] Good books like City of Bones, music that moves me to strong emotions, and great movies.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[KC Blake] My computer, music, and a solitary place to work.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[KC Blake] The Demon’s Lexicon.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[KC Blake] The Outsiders was the book that made me fall in love with YA. I started writing shortly after reading it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[KC Blake] I love to go shopping, hang out at the mall throughout the day, and eat lunch with friends.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[KC Blake] My blog: http://kasi-kcblake.blogspot.com

Vampires Rule fan page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Vampires-Rule/184193604955442

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4809417.K_C_Blake

K.C. Blake Author page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/K-C-Blakes-Author-Page/246146215412824

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Ghosts, a reaper, and a rock star.
At sixteen Bay-Lee is not your typical girl. She doesn’t even try to fit in at school. What’s the point when she’ll be moving to a new place within a few months?
She’s lived her whole life on the run, hiding from monsters.
Then a reaper uses her closet to cross over from the Spirit Realm. It has a message for her. Just when she’s about to join her father at his school for hunters she finds out they are dying on their birthdays. Something is killing them, slipping past locked doors, never leaving a trace of evidence, and her birthday is only two months away.
Becoming a hunter isn’t exactly her dream come true. She’s doing it for her mother, for revenge, for justice. Nothing is going to get in her way, least of all love. Then she looks up into a pair of jungle green eyes and everything changes.
Bait is also available in ebook form from all the usual suspects in online retailers.

Smashwords link for Bait:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/252449

Bait on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17858622-bait

K.C. Blake’s blog:  http://kasi-kcblake.blogspot.com

K.C. Blake Author Fan Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/K-C-Blakes-Author-Page/246146215412824

Twitter:  @kasiblake