A Cause for Concern (Release Day Sunbolt)

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Today is the release day of young adult novella “Sunbolt”. The author, Intisar Khanani, has decided on something special for the release. Bloggers get to post about what concerns them, and there’s also  a giveaway with as main prize a donation to the charity of your choice. Scroll down for the giveaway form.

I’ll talk first about what concerns me. I’m concerned that nowadays, so many people are fighting wars. In Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and so on. We’re fighting a war on terror, but we often forget how many innocent lives are lost while doing so. Just the other day, I heard about a bus exploding in Afghanistan, filled with girls going to university. It saddens me to hear such news, it concerns me that there’s nothing we can do about it. For all the war in the world, it may not change ancient belief systems.

I’m thinking back now to what happened in Boston and the bomb explosion. I’m concerned that so many people refer to violence to get their point across or just to take vengeance on a society they deem corrupt.

And I wish there were more ways to help these innocent people. The ones who got hurt by war, or by terrorism attacks, by bomb explosions, by the evil in man.

“A Cause for Concern” celebrates the release of Sunbolt, a YA fantasy novella by Intisar Khanani. Sunbolt tells the story of Hitomi, a young woman with a propensity to play hero when people need saving, and her nemesis, a dark mage slowly amassing power in a bid to control the Eleven Kingdoms. Stories often have an issue at their heart, however big or small, global or personal. This week offers a chance for bloggers (and readers) who love stories to share the issues that are close to their hearts. What do you wish you could change in the world?

About Sunbolt

sunbolt_coverFNL_toshareTitle: Sunbolt

Author: Intisar Khanani

Genre: YA Fantasy

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

Author Bio

Khanani_Runaway Pen PhotoIntisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar is hard at work on two new projects. The first is a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife. The second project, The Sunbolt Chronicles, is a novella series following the efforts of a young mage as she strives to bring down her nemesis, a corrupt and dangerous Arch Mage who means to bring the Eleven Kingdoms under his control.

Find the author online

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17317370-sunbolt

Intisar’s Website: http://thornthenovel.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/booksbyintisar

Purchase Sunbolt

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sunbolt-The-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00DE2RXEM/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sunbolt-intisar-khanani/1115656459

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Sunbolt/book-6RT3k6M3HEqIDYPN-Nv7Yw/page1.html

Giveaway

One of the items in the giveaway is a signed print copy of this art piece by author T.L. Shreffler.

nurturetheearth_smallT.L. Shreffler on her “Cause for Concern” artwork:

“My “Cause for Concern” is the steadily declining quality of our natural habitat: the earth. We have holes in the ozone layer, global warming, polluted oceans and diminishing forests. I think it is our duty as humans to nurture the earth and protect it, especially because it is in our power to do so. This piece of art represents the love and reverence that we should hold for mother earth.”

Click here to participate in the giveaway with lots of awesome prizes!

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One Response to A Cause for Concern (Release Day Sunbolt)

  1. Hi Cassidy,

    Thanks so much for taking part in “A Cause for Concern.” Violence is such a huge issue in so many ways, and it seems like the more technologically advanced we get, the more horrible and effective ways we develop for killing each other. You are certainly right that in our approach “fighting terror” we don’t consider the innocents we kill–and the survivors who lose their family and often have nothing left but an abiding hatred for the people / countries who perpetrated those killings. I really don’t believe that war is the answer to terror; in the long run, I think it is exactly the thing to perpetuate such violence. And violence in any form is such a tragedy for all involved. Thanks for sharing!

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