Title: Awaken (Daughters of the Sea 2)
Author: Kristen Day
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 2, 2012
The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…
After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
What five works of literature have had the biggest effect on you?
The works of literature that inspire me are not your
normal books about love
and mystery, but they might just explain how my demented wacky brain
works and how deeply I obsess over love the written word.
1. The Odyssey/The Iliad by Homer: the definition of genius. Once you finally figure out how to read his prose, the story itself is amazing.
2. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein: the first collection of poetry I ever owned. Being so young, I loved the stories but more than that I loved how he arranged and chose his words; presenting a flow that was both lyrical and whimsical. The ability to create so much with so few words is rare.
3. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks: CLASSIC love story. It had a profound effect on my life at the time I read it. It made me realize how I wanted my own love story to play out; and the changes I needed to make in order for that to happen.
4. Ariel by Sylvia Plath: This may sound odd, but I feel a strong connection to Sylvia. Mainly because her insane ramblings make perfect sense to me. She wrote about the dark sides of herself she couldn’t explain in any other way. If you want a peek into me, read her poem Tulips (hint: how something as beautiful as tulips can become taunting and torturous when you feel anything but).
5. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende: I can’t pinpoint what it is/was about this book and the subsequent movie that captured my heart, but it’s a world I wanted to live in! I can only hope to make my readers experience the same fascination and love of the world I’ve created in my books as The Neverending Story gave me.
Thank you so much for allowing me to visit today and share some of my inner thoughts! I greatly appreciate it!
About Kristen Day
Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances. She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember. Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began. She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.
When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001.