Thursday, 22 March 2012

Arcadia Awakens Blog Tour

Arcadia Awakens
by Kai Meyer

Summary: To New Yorker Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic, and wholly unknown. But when tragedy strikes, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where her sister and aunt have built their lives and where centuries of family secrets await her. Once there, Rosa wastes no time falling head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both intrigue and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.

Ancient myths brought to life in the Sicilian countryside, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a long history of familial bloodlust prove to Rosa that she can’t trust anyone—not even her own family. Torn between loyalty to her aunt and love for her family’s mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love . . . or run as far and as fast as she can.

I read and reviewed the book earlier this month and really liked it. The book was first published in German and has now been translated to English and published in the US and UK too (you can find out more about Kai and his books on his website).

Anyway, Kai has written up a guest post for us as part of the blog tour on why he wanted to be a fantasy writer:

Kai Meyer Guest Post:

I became a reader in the late Seventies, at a time when Star Wars came out, the animated Lord of the Rings, and there was actually quite a lot of fantasy programming on television (although at the time, at least in Germany, nobody called it fantasy). I have never really made a difference between reading a novel or a comic book, watching a movie or listening to an audio drama. Even as a child I never understood the distinction between storytelling in one or the other media. So when my father took me to watch Star Wars in 1977 – I was eight – the most natural thing to do was walk over to the book store and look for novels just like that. Or comic books. Or vinyl records of sci-fi audio dramas (we had quite a lot of those during the Seventies).

All this stuff made me want to become a storyteller myself. And it´s the reason why – many years later - I was very eager to have adaptations of my stories as graphic novels and multi-cast audio dramas. I had my stories tranferred into all kinds of media and art – there are, for examples, bands over here composing music inspired by my books, which I love – and I´m not sure this would have happend if I had decided to write socially relevant docu-dramas. I just love fantastical imagery and it´s exactly the visual opulence I´m striving for that translates wonderfully to comics, movies and even audio adaptations.

You can check out the other blog stops on the tour over in the sidebar. :)


p.s. The cover at the start of the post is the UK edition, this is the US cover:

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