Monday, May 15, 2017

Audiobook Tour - YA Fantasy - The Sparks (Feud Trilogy, #1) by Kyle Prue

The Sparks
Feud Trilogy, #1
by Kyle Prue
Narrator: Jon Eric Preston
Length: 9 hours 14 minutes
Release date: February 24th 2017
Publisher: Cartwright Publishing 2017
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Honor does not bend. A will of iron does not break. Victory lies within the ashes.
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . THE SPARKS (Feud Trilogy, #1) . .  . This was a bit different for me. I got to read a book for he YA Fantasy written by an YA. This was a new take on the way that they see things. The level of imagination that was put into the world of Altryon. I found it to be intriguing. The separate, yet powerful families promise to protect the future and the people. Eventually this was to come to some type of impasse and in-fighting. If not for one reason it was for another. This for me was just wat a book one would state. It was the laying of the ground work to set the stage for more to come for Neil and the others. This was a complex read that would require more than one brief look. The depth needs to build and surround your senses.

The Narration of . . . THE SPARKS . . . Jon Eric Preston put a little something extra into the way he narrated this read. I found some comfort in listening to his voice. I found the audio to be clean and of good quality. The narration was solid for the work that was provided.

The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. The Vapros have the ability to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius have super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum have skin like steel and godlike strength. Centuries of petty infighting have turned the families against each other, resulting in a secret war. A powerful emperor now rules over all, as the families have weakened by massive casualties.

Sixteen-year-old Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin, to please his hyper critical father. After failing his first mission, Neil learns that a sinister new force has awakened. This mysterious new power threatens to shatter the established order and threaten the lives of everyone in Altryon - regardless of their family name or allegiance.

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Author Info

Kyle Prue is an award winning author, actor and comedian. Kyle wrote The Sparks: Book 1 of the Feud Trilogy when he was just 16 years old. Kyle has spent the past year on a national book tour visiting over 80 middle and high schools and meeting over 60,000 students. Kyle is now a freshman at the University of Michigan, studying acting and creative writing. He still visits schools and is a keynote speaker for conferences.

Kyle is the founder of Sparking Literacy, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the high school dropout rate by inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams.  The Sparks has won numerous national awards including Best YA Fiction awards from: The Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association, the Florida Book Festival, New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. Kyle also won an International Moonbeam Award and IndieFab Award for Best Young Author.
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Narrator Info

Jon Eric Preston received his Theatre degree from Florida State University after returning from the London program. He earned top honors narrating in the Dramatic Interpretation category on the Speech and Debate team, and performed professionally in Children’s Theatre companies and did National Tours of A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, and Othello.

As a SAG BookPAL and a father reading to his two boys for more than 12 years, moving into the booth to record audiobooks was a natural and joy filled progression.
He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.
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How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
With my writing, I like to follow Stephen King’s advice of “leave out the boring bits.” My goal is to always put the reader right into the middle of the action. Every scene should be worthwhile and should follow the fast-paced rhythm of the novel as a whole. If something isn’t needed or slows down the piece as a whole then it needs to be reworked or cut. We should always be learning something new or moving forward with the story.

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
This year I plan to finish and release the Ashes, release the Audiobook for the Flames, complete editing on a solo YA project and finish up an adult mystery book. I also plan to never sleep again, apparently.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
Writing is a learned thing. No one is an incredible writer starting out and even good writers often have less than perfect first drafts. Writing is about trial and error and editing.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
I’d love to spend some time with Sherlock Holmes, Tony Stark, Beatrice from Much Ado, Dr. Gregory House, and Rocket Raccoon just to watch them argue for a bit and take notes.

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYwhere? What would you do with this time?
If I had a full year I’d probably try to travel to as many different countries as possible and experience as many different cultures as I could. Good writing comes from life experience and travel is an amazing way to achieve that.

Can you share your next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Unfortunately, most of my creative projects are under wraps, but The Flames is out now and the audiobook should be following this year!  In addition, the summation of the Feud Trilogy, the Ashes, will hopefully be released early next year!
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