Blog Tour: Soul Possessed by Katlyn Duncan

I am so happy to be on Kierney Scott’s blog today for my Soul Possessed Pre-Release Blog Tour! Today I am going to introduce you to two of my main female characters in The Life After trilogy along with some *spoiler free* excerpts from the first two books in the series.

Allegra “Ally” Greene was one of the first characters to pop into my mind when I started developing the idea for this series. In Soul Taken she is a seventeen-year-old girl who has everything she has ever wanted. She is feared and respected by her peers and is also drop dead gorgeous. But when Ally’s soul is stolen, another main character steps in to protect her body until it is found…

Maggie is the narrator of the trilogy. She is a strong and independent soul, who has been Soul Collecting (transporting souls from the Living Realm to the After Realm) for over a century since her death at seventeen. She has no memories of her human life but that starts to change as she spends more time in Ally’s body. Maggie discovers her and Ally have more in common than she could have ever imagined.

These characters were so fun to write and also quite challenging. They are both strong characters but in significantly different ways. I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing them!

I am hosting two giveaways below. The international giveaway is for a $25 Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk gift card. All you have to do is pre-order Soul Possessed and email me your pre-order confirmation at duncankatlyn@gmail.com and you are automatically entered! The second giveaway is for U.S. only and it is an eBook of Soul Possessed from Amazon.com. Good luck!

Thanks for having me Kierney!

Release Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Series: Book 2, The Life After Trilogy
Genre: YA Paranormal
ISBN: 9781472044556
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Life after Life

Now Maggie has been given the chance of her after-life to become a Guard, nothing will stand in her way. Not even the undeniable attraction she feels for her trainer and past love—Jackson. But when the battle between Shadowed and Guard begins again which side will she choose?

When her boss, Felix, partners Jackson and Maggie up with Ally and Cooper to investigate terrifying Shadowed activity, she doesn’t think it could get any worse. Jackson and Cooper barely tolerate each other and this time, Maggie isn’t just proving her loyalty to the Guard during one mission…she has a side mission too. One so secret and so dangerous she can’t tell a soul…

Excerpt:
“Margaret!” Gemma shouted with glee. “Come out of there, I know you are trying to scare me!”

I watched the young red-haired girl put her hands on her hips, trying to
be brave. She scanned their father’s study, narrowing her eyes. The
fire roaring in the hearth was the only source of light in the room,
casting dark shadows across the furniture.

Maggie hid behind her father’s chair, in silent wait for her prey.

“I’m going to tell Mother!”

Maggie’s little hands tightened on the chair but she didn’t make a
sound. I walked over to her, watching her mouth twist up into a sly
grin. She was the older of the girls, but she protected her sister
fiercely, proclaiming she was the only one who could tease her. Gemma
hated when Maggie played games, but it thrilled Maggie no end and I
could feel excited anticipation roll off her in waves.

Gemma’s bravery faltered as she stepped forward toward the overstuffed
armchair, expecting her sister to jump out at her at any moment.

But Maggie waited. She had incredible patience, but I sensed that part
of it was stubbornness and a desire to test boundaries. Her head poked
out from behind the chair just as Gemma turned toward the love seat. I
watched as Maggie slowly came out of her hiding spot and charged at her
sister.

Gemma let out a scream but Maggie covered her sister’s mouth with her hand.

Both girls collapsed on the floor, Gemma’s muffled squeals threatening to break through Maggie’s tiny fingers.

“Shh,” Maggie cooed.

Gemma managed to wrestle her mouth away from Maggie’s hand. “I hate
you!” Her indignation faltered into a fit of giggles and Maggie quickly
joined her.

As she helped her sister up from the floor Maggie said, “Gemma. You need
to always expect the unexpected. You can’t go through life being scared
all the time.” Even though Maggie was a mere nine years old, she spoke
as if she’d lived lifetimes before. It was one of the things that drew
me to her more than any other Prognatum I’d watched.

Maggie took a handkerchief and wiped her sister’s cheeks.

“A lady wouldn’t do that to her sister,” Gemma said, finally relaxing.

“I don’t want to be a lady,” Maggie stated firmly. “I want to see the world and not just make babies for the rest of my life.”

Gemma shook her head. “That’s what we are supposed to do. That’s what Mother does.”

Maggie’s indignation flowed through her and into me. I knew Maggie was
born to follow through with her Prognatum duties, she just didn’t know
it yet. It was rare for a Prognatum to want the Guard position but
Maggie would be thrilled when her father revealed it to her at
seventeen.

As Maggie reached down to help Gemma up from the floor she whispered, “It’s not for me.”

Gemma wrapped her sister in a tight hug. “I will love you either way, dear sister.”

Maggie rested her head against Gemma’s shoulder. “I love you too.”

Release date: June 4, 2013, Carina UK
Series
: Book 1 in The Life After Trilogy
Genre
: YA Paranormal
ISBN
: 978-1-472-01709-3

After-life just got a lot more complicated

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body. Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…

To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!

Excerpt:
I knelt down again next to Ally and reached out to touch her skin. Even though the sensation was unpleasant, I could feel her pulse as it rapidly declined.

“No,” I moaned.

I looked up again to see if any of the Guard could help, but no one was around.

I looked back down at Ally. Her face was paling by the second. My soul started to tingle. I leaned closer to her body, reaching my hand out to touch her face again, when her arm moved toward mine.

I jumped back.

Heather pushed through the crowd. “Did she just move? Did I see her move?” Streaks of black mascara ran down her cheeks.

A ringing sensation tickled my ear and I tuned in to the True Soul’s presence. I looked at each human. The True Soul was close, but who had it? They all seemed equally shocked at the tragedy.

An uncomfortable pressure in my chest drew me closer to her body.

My soul slanted toward hers until I was practically on top of her. I helplessly watched my hand morph and stretch toward her body. “What the—?” I tried to pull back but the strength of whatever was happening had other ideas. My hand disappeared first, then my arm, then my torso.

But before I could call for help, my world went dark.

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Excerpt:

I knelt down again next to Ally and reached out to touch her skin. Even though the sensation was unpleasant, I could feel her pulse as it rapidly declined.

“No,” I moaned. I looked up again to see if any of the Guard could help, but no one was around.

I looked back down at Ally. Her face was paling by the second. My soul started to tingle. I leaned closer to her body, reaching my hand out to touch her face again, when her arm moved toward mine.

I jumped back.

Heather pushed through the crowd. “Did she just move? Did I see her move?” Streaks of black mascara ran down her cheeks.

A ringing sensation tickled my ear and I tuned in to the True Soul’s presence. I looked at each human. The True Soul was close, but who had it? They all seemed equally shocked at the tragedy.

An uncomfortable pressure in my chest drew me closer to her body. My soul slanted toward hers until I was practically on top of her. I helplessly watched my hand morph and stretch toward her body.

“What the—?” I tried to pull back but the strength of whatever was happening had other ideas. My hand disappeared first, then my arm, then my torso.

But before I could call for help, my world went dark.

About the Author: Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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Q&A with Katlyn Duncan

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I am delighted to welcome the adorable author Katlyn Duncan to my blog. Her debut novel Soul Taken is out now from Carina UK

What does your writing day look like?  I don’t have a particular “writing day”. But my day consists of getting up quite early, getting coffee, checking my social media and pounding the keys for about an hour. Then I go to work, try and get some words down at lunch if I have time, come home, do household duties and spend the rest of the night writing, especially if I am on deadline.

What is the most you have written in a day? I think I clocked in around 6,000 in one day.

Do you listen to music when you write? Sometimes, it depends on my mood and if I am writing a particularly emotional scene. I have a lot of classical music that I put aside for specific scenes that help bring the story out of me.

Who gets to read your work before it is published? I have a few close friends that act as my CPs. They aren’t afraid to tell me what to fix and I love that.

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them? Go for it. Dream big or go home.

 

Describe your heroine in five words. Brave, intelligent, independent, stubborn, and beautiful

In what way is she most like you? We share a lot of the same physical traits, brunette hair and blue eyes, but I don’t see her *as* me. We do share an affinity for cemeteries.

In what way is she different? She is a lot braver and she challenges those around her, especially her boss. I’m a bit of an introvert and she is the polar opposite.

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting. I didn’t research much for this book. I do enjoy stories about the after-life and this was my chance to make it my own. And I love the era that Maggie was human in so I did loosely base the flashbacks on that, but I’m no historical writer.

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles? Great question! I always “cast” my characters before I start writing so I will always think of them first if Soul Taken was ever going to be made into a movie. Okay, Maggie would be played by Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Ally would be Lindsay Ellingson (VS model), and Cooper would be played by Chace Crawford. I don’t want to spoil the book any further than that!

What would is your favourite meal?   A giant grilled chicken gyro. If I could eat that every day I would.   

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you? When my husband and I were dating in college he had gone home for the weekend. So I thought. He ended up coming back to the dorm and casually knocking on my door and when I saw him I was thrilled. We spent the whole weekend together. It was a small gesture but special to me.

What would a perfect day for you look like? My perfect day would be at the beach, reading, with the temperature around 80 so I don’t burn. Maybe a picnic too.

What accent do you find the sexiest? Scottish. Hands down. (see answer below)

Who is your celebrity crush? The biggest celebrity crush I’ve had for almost ten years is Gerard Butler. I would love to meet him someday and just give him a big hug. He looks like a good hugger. Plus he’s wicked talented.

Name the sexiest redheaded man. Oh goodness. Michael Fassbender I’d have to say. Yum

 

Kindle US: http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Taken-ebook/dp/B00CWL2C10/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369129308&sr=8-1&keywords=soul+taken+katlyn+duncan
Kindle UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Soul-Taken-Carina-ebook/dp/B00CWL2C10/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370694673&sr=8-1&keywords=soul+taken
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Nook UK: http://uk.nook.com/ebooks/soul-taken-by-katlyn-duncan/9781472017093

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