Saturday, January 26, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Natalsa of the Brim (Order of Terima Chronicles Volume 1) by Chad McClendon

Natalsa of the Brim
Order of Terima Chronicles Volume 1
Chad McClendon

In a world where witches have been revered, a cataclysmic evening changes everything.

Natalsa, the last witch, must find out what has robbed her of her power. But more than this, she must protect the world from the new order that has arisen, and cure a sweeping disease that threatens her new home.

There is evil to be undone, and Natalsa may have to sacrifice it all, in order to save those she loves.

Natalsa looked out and saw Leon and his men still there, in their spot, but they were eating. Natalsa took the time to see to the wounded in closest proximity to her, and on other rooftops, others began the same ministrations. The respite was too brief, for after what seemed like mere minutes’ rapid claps of thunder were heard from above, and what was formerly a bright blue sky was now full of purple clouds. This was the moment that she had been most afraid of, and when her stomach sunk to her knees she barely had the will to pick it back up.

"They come now." Natalsa yelled to the remnant of the village. "Take arms, and –"

"And rip their damned throats out if you've got to!" Thomas called from below, and he pointed his sword to the sky.
Chad McClendon is a 32 year old author who studied English & Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University. Chad has been published most recently through Crossed Heart, as well as in several online publications. He has won various awards for Fiction Writing. His short story, "Uploaded Vengeance" is now available in "One Night In Salem" by FunDead Publications.

Chad attended high school in Alexandria, Kentucky at Bishop Brossart High School. He was a founding member of Monday's Child, a volunteer group that worked around the Tri-State to better the lives of others. He was active in French Language competitions, and a general troublemaker otherwise.

He and his wife, Briana, have two daughters and one boy . In his free time Chad enjoys camping at Red River Gorge, playing video games and also swimming. Authors who have inspired him include Stephen King, John Steinbeck, William Golding, J.K. Rowling, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and others.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I justified a trip in 2016 to Salem Massachusetts to work on my then work-in-progress Natalsa of the Brim. Ever since I was a child and learned about the events of the 1690’s surrounding Salem, I’ve wanted to go. So, as my first draft of Natalsa drew to a close, I knew I wanted to base more of it on inspiration that I took from Salem. I knew that there was no better way to make this book spectacular than to drive the 16 hour trek to one of our oldest cities here in the States.

I got to tour much of the city, and visited the Witch Dungeon. This is a very affordable museum, and entertains you with a reenactment of a trial based on historical documents of the age. You are then taken downstairs to visit the museum, which contains actors, scenes, as well as a beam from the original witch dungeon where the convicted were kept. This gave me a lot of good inspiration for fleshing out my story.

The trip wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to the original Gallow’s Hill. Now, keep in mind, at the time of my trip, the location of Gallow’s Hill was presumed to be somewhere else. But thanks to a video linked below, I was able to find the location I believed to be where the hangings took place. 

(Note: This location was later validated, and a permanent memorial is up at Proctor’s Ledge. Watch a video about the Hanging Tree here.)

If you’d like to read more about my trip to Salem, please visit my post here.
Win a signed copy of Natalsa of the Brim by Chad McClendon and potion earrings, a signed copy of Natalsa of the Brim by Chad McClendon and a potion necklace, or a free remote computer diagnostic.

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