Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Feature: Elixir Bound by Katie Carroll


I'm happy to have Katie Carroll on my blog today as part of the Elixir Bound Paperback Blog Tour. 


Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.


It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Katie in person as well as through the blogosphere, and she's a great person. She has a special treat for you today, so without further ado, here's Katie!


Thanks for having me and Elixir Bound on the blog today, Kelly! I have a long ago deleted scene from the book to share. It takes place the night before Katora and her companions leave for their journey into Faway Forest. Enjoy!


Katora gave up trying to sleep, tiptoed around her sisters, and headed downstairs. She had the intention of looking over the map one more time, but before she reached the study, a noise from the kitchen caught her attention. Tussar had such a low crime rate that no one bothered to keep a record of it. Only major crimes, like murder, which were usually caused by some terrifying creature of Faway Forest, were documented and kept in a book in the library.

She silently seized a fireplace poker and sneaked to the kitchen door, opening it a crack. Embers from the brick oven glowed and moonlight from the back window illuminated the fields outside, shedding a little light into the dim kitchen. With her sweaty hands still gripping the poker, Katora caught sight of what had made the noise. A large, shadowy figure stirred in a corner of the room where the moonlight didn’t quite penetrate.

Katora backed away from the door, raised the poker to strike the figure, and waited. When the door opened, light flooded into the dining room and elucidated the intruder. Katora recognized Hirsten’s figure on the threshold and stopped the poker from piercing his skull. He knocked her to the floor. The poker punctured his arm and fell, clanking loudly on the wooden floor.

Palafair, who bedroom was downstairs, emerged from his room, looking tousled and clutching a tiny knife in his hand. He chuckled as he trotted across the room to help the pair. He tucked the knife into its holder and examined Hirsten, who had only suffered a minor injury. While Palafair patched up Hirsten’s arm, Katora apologized profusely for the accident.

The late hour caused Hirsten’s serious demeanor to turn silly. He teased Katora by reenacting the fall through the door. Hirsten used the poker as a sword and pretended to fight Palafair, who played along for a while. Soon, though, the demick declared he required more rest and retreated to his bedroom.

Too worked up over the night’s events, Katora and Hirsten decided to take a walk. The night had continued the day’s warming trend. The rest of the snow had all melted and plumes of fog hovered just above the ground. The moonlight reflected off the mist, creating an eerie glow around the fields.

“I’ll be glad to have those cloaks your mother made. They should keep us warm enough during the journey.” The air was warmer than it had been during storm, but it was still cold enough for Hirsten’s breath to mist as he spoke.

Demonstrating the need for something other than bedclothes, Katora shivered in the night air. The pair wandered around the property. Hirsten’s reserved manner returned and he asked polite questions about the farm. Realizing her father had trusted Hirsten with the family secret, Katora indulged him with some of the specifics. She showed Hirsten around the fermentation house and explained a little about the processes involved in making essence. She finished the tour with a perusal of the cellar.

The moon had long since disappeared, and drowsiness settled over the nightwalkers. Soon after Katora had returned to her bedroom and Hirsten had found his bed on the floor of Bhar’s room, the nightingale ceased its singing and the lark’s voice brought in the dawn.


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Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote Elixir Bound and the forthcoming Elixir Saved so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app The Bedtime Knight and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. For more about Katie, visit her website at www.katielcarroll.com, friend her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll).

Thanks, Katie! 

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50 comments:

  1. Yay for the paperback release. Elixir looks like a fantastic story.

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    1. Thanks, Medeia! I'm super excited to have Elixir Bound coming out in a new form. :)

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  2. Thanks for having me and Elixir Bound today, Kelly!

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    1. Happy to have you, Katie! Congrats again!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth! It was a hard one to cut but I had to get them out on the journey sooner in the story.

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  4. Awesome excerpt, Katie! Fun to see a little more Hirsten and Katora :)

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  5. Trying to brain someone over the head w/a poker makes for entertaining reading! It's always fun to get to take a peek at deleted scenes.

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    1. I agree. Deleted scenes are great.

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    2. It's nice to share them, too, and feel like they get their day in the sun.

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  6. Kelly, that's awesome that you got to meet Katie in person. The time and effort you put in to helping other authors is phenomenal. We all love ya for it! :-)

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    1. I love helping great authors, like you and Katie. This is such a supportive community and I always want to make sure I do my part.

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    2. Thanks for checking out the post, Faith! Kelly and I actually met in person before I we even knew each other online (which is the opposite of how I've connected with so many of my writer friends). The community here really is very supportive. :)

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  7. I don't keep my deleted scenes, but this was so much fun, maybe I'll start. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I kept them for one book. It's fun to go back and read them.

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    2. I had to go way back to saved version of the book on a CD from forever ago to find this scene. At first I couldn't even remember any deleted scenes, but then I thought of this one and went in search of it.

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  8. I read Elixir Bound as an E-book, and it is lovely. I'm really happy to see it made it to paper, and happy to find Katie on your blog.

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    1. Always nice to hear from you, Mirka. Thanks for being a great cheerleader for Elixir Bound!

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  9. I'm delighted to hear your book has been released in print, Katie! Wishing you (and MuseItUp) every success!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lexa! Always nice to connect to another Muse author. Best of luck on your upcoming release.

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  10. That's interesting. I never thought to keep my deleted scenes and share them later on. That's a great idea!

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    1. It's fun to go back and read them later.

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    2. Hi, Auden! Whenever I decide to do any major revising/rewriting, I always keep the old version. You never know what kind of gem you might find it there. That way, too, if you end up deleting something and later decide you want it back, it's always easy to find.

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  11. Elixirs are such mysterious things; they can heal, kill, and mesmerize. Good luck with this novel!

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! Elixirs are very mysterious. I think that's why there has been so much written about them.

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  12. Great excerpt. I'm looking forward to reading your book, Katie.

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  13. I agree with Auden. What a great idea to blog a deleted scene!! It gives an author an other depth of interest for the reader who stumbles upon this information!! Fun read!!!

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    1. I agree, too. I'm glad Katie choose a deleted scene to share.

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    2. Hi, Margaret! My first drafts tend to be a bit sparse, so usually I have to go back and add stuff, not delete. I was glad to find this little deleted scene to share with everyone.

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  14. Such a fantastic excerpt! And I absolutely love the title. I will be tweeting away for this wonderful giveaway=) Thanks Kelly! I wish you the best of luck with your book, Katie.

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    1. Awesome, Gina! Thanks so much for the well wishes and to help spread the word about Elixir Bound.

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    2. Don't thank me. It's all Katie. :)

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  15. I do like that deleted scene, Katie. Congratulations on the book.

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  16. Wonderful post, Kelly (and Katie!). The book sounds GREAT!!

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  17. I think Katie might have appeared on Write1Sub1 a while back -- and she was the editor on Jeff Chapman's novelette. Great to see her here, too!

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    1. Oh, I don't know. Maybe she'll stop by and answer that for you.

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    2. You caught me, Milo! I was over there on Write1Sub1 not too long ago, and I did edit Jeff Chapman's novelette Highway 24...very creepy stuff there. Definitely nice to see you here. :)

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