Loveland, Kat: Honor Bound: Awakenings and Sacrifices
HONOR BOUND: Awakenings
HONOR BOUND: Sacrifices
By Kat Loveland
HONOR BOUND AWAKENINGS
X-Men meets the Real World. “This was an amazing book while steeped in fantasy it tackles a huge subject , the subject of human trafficking. Instead of a bland preachy PSA against it, this story uses amazing imagery, action, intensity, and heart to keep you reading well into the night.”
Children and teens with unique abilities are being sold on the black market. When twins John and Clara made a vow several years ago to help children that had abilities, they never thought they would be forced to fight hardened criminals. Honor Bound Awakenings shows the beginning of the journey they and their friends from idealism to reality and what sacrifices they will be forced to make to keep their vow.
HONOR BOUND SACRIFICES
Picking up the moment Awakenings end – John and Clara are forced to choose which of them will continue to put themselves in the line of fire, Cesco has to make peace with what he may have to become to keep the others safe, Min-Ji confronts her painful past head on, Sarah and her family must learn to adapt to the results of her Awakening and Jessie has to struggle to keep the group emotionally stable.
Honor Bound Awakenings
“Uh, people coming into my cell, ” her voice was shaky. “ They were going to hit me and I wanted to ….Oh no, I wanted to stab them. The second week I was there they left a small metal tray in my cell and I turned it into a knife. I hid it in my pants and I tried to stab them when they came back. I don’t know how to fight so they ripped it out of my hands and then made me watch as they beat Chad up. That’s when I tried to kill one of them by turning one of them into a stone. Humans have all the components in them to make rock. Then they broke Chad’s legs. I watched on a monitor. They wouldn’t let us near each other. I heard him screaming when they did it. Did I make a knife in my sleep?” This was just getting worse and worse.
“Well it’s not really a knife but here.” Jessie handed her the metal spike. “I’m guessing you shifted a bed spring and somehow got it to pop out of the mattress into your hand. I was trying to calm you, I put my hand on your leg and you tried to stab my hand. I guess I startled you. I moved my hand and you stabbed your leg. You shifted that much faster than the water bottle. Maybe because you were just changing the shape of something not the actual structure. I think we have a problem here.”
“How did I do this in my sleep? I don’t understand.” Sarah’s voice was rising in pitch, she was starting to crack. Jessie had to calm her down and she needed Sarah’s permission to help her. She was afraid of what may happen if she tried to force her to calm down.
Jessie had learned with the more powerful abilities if she tried to force too much of an emotional shift things got even further out of hand. Min-Ji had destroyed three trees with a gout of flame when Jessie had tried to calm her once. Since then she either let Cesco calm Min-Ji or asked permission.
Honor Bound Sacrifices
First priority was to try to forget everyone else’s emotions. She slowly started unraveling those in her mind, hellish pain and agony, that wasn’t her. She had developed a visualization to help her through things like this, she imagined all of the emotions that weren’t hers as clothes she was wearing and would slowly strip away the layers until she got down to just her own skin. It worked fairly well.
Layer after layer came off. Eventually she cleared everything away so she only had her emotions left and could take inventory of her mental state. The storage facility office froze in her mind, blood on the floor, dismembered people, Min-Ji screaming and Cesco on the floor. As an empath she had learned how to face her own emotions along with manipulating and controlling others. She took a deep breath and allowed herself to relive the moment. Sheer panic and disgust hit her, her heart started to race and her stomach clenched again as she smelled the blood and charred flesh. How badly she had wanted to run the other way, but she couldn’t. She couldn’t at the time and she sure as hell wouldn’t now. Forcing herself to stand there, she allowed the whole scene to slam into her mind over and over until it no longer affected her.
Eventually she could look at it without her pulse skyrocketing so she moved to the next one, driving the car as John shot the people they were chasing. That wasn’t so bad, she and John were focused so their emotions weren’t out of control and the blood and gore was manageable for her to look at. The last one she didn’t want to face but she had to. Her view of Min-Ji coming out of the office and setting a person on fire, the emotions that Min-Ji had felt had been so intense. She and Min-Ji had bonded so often to keep Min-Ji stable that Jessie was starting to think it had almost become permanent. She picked up on even small shifts in Min-Ji’s emotions now without having to touch her.
It is my pleasure to feature Kat Loveland, author of Honor Bound: Awakenings and Sacrifices, on Room With Books. Welcome to Room With Books, Kat. Who have you brought with you?
Hello, Patricia. Thank you so much for having me with you here at Room With Books. Although I think you may want to change the name to Books with a Little Bit of Room Left for More Books. Your collection is impressive. I brought along some of my friends to answer questions as well. This is Cesco, Jessie and Min-Ji, they allowed me to write about them in my series Honor Bound.
Welcome, Cesco, Jessie, and Min-Ji. Thank you for joining Kat for the interview!
Please tell us about Honor Bound and what inspired you to write it?
Honor Bound is really about their lives. These three plus John, Clara and Sarah are all a bit different, they have some rather unique abilities. The twins, John and Clara are so interconnected they are basically one person in two bodies. They share a mind and a soul and can feel what the other feels. Min-Ji controls fire and Jessie is an empath. Cesco and Sarah are gifted as well. The twins had a family history of dealing with runaways and have learned from that the children who are like them tend to be rejected by their families and friends. They originally set out to provide safe houses for runaways and children like them, they have since discovered that people have actually been kidnapping and selling gifted children on the Black Market, they and the rest are on a mission to stop that from happening.
I wrote this because I wanted to write something that had took a very realistic approach to having to adapt to being different and how that affects your life. I also love writing fight scenes and there is a great deal of action in my stories and I have loved paranormal/fantasy/sci fi stories my whole life. This is urban, current time paranormal and it really delves into each of their emotions and reasons for doing what they do.
When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?
When I outline I always seem to talk myself out of writing so I am a linear writer. The story develops as I go.
Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?
I think Min-Ji should answer this one.
“You can’t control how you feel towards some people, Kat. Things happen and as much as you didn’t want to write in a romantic relationship he and I weren’t going to just sit by and let you ignore us.”
True, but I win most of them, I think. I am never really sure because when I start writing I very rarely dislike how the story is going.
What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?
I didn’t start really writing until December of 2013. What triggered it was imagining some scenes of a Supernatural and Arrow (TV Shows) crossover, that spawned three novel length fanfictions and I pretty much haven’t stopped. Word count wise I have written about five novels since I started.
If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?
My usual answer would be Jim Butcher but I think Patricia Briggs would be fun too.
When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?
I never really had a dream, sad I know but I am one of those annoying people who can pick up just about anything and do it well. Except drawing and art, I can’t draw. It irritates me to no end.
What music inspires your writing?
Depends on what I am writing. I listen to everything from trance, to rock, to dubstep, to alternative, to random stuff no one has ever heard of.
I’ll let Cesco, Jessie and Min-Ji chime in on these as well.
What is your favorite breakfast?
Mine : Quiche. Cesco?
“Omlettes with lots of peppers, cheese and meat in them. Jessie?”
“Yogurt with fresh fruit and a really large cup of coffee. Min-Ji”
“Maki and those Scotch Eggs that John makes, I’ll second the coffee.”
What is your favorite color?
I like black and green, Jessie?
“Pinks, purples and a nice rose color. Cesco?”
“Green and earth tones. Min-Ji?”
What is your favorite movie?
“District B-13! With David Belle!”
Thanks Cesco, nice enthusiastic answer there. Mine varies, I think the LOTR series, Avengers and Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock will always hold special places in my heart. Jessie?
“Being John Malkovich. Min-Ji?”
“Natural Born Killers and Fight Club.”
What is your dream car?
Mine – I go back and forth between an 8 cyl Dodge Challenger and a ‘67 Impala when I am being especially fangirly. I would say if money was not an option in the least I would have to get a Tesla. Cesco?
“Who needs a car? I move almost as fast as they can in city streets and don’t have to deal with traffic.”
Good point. Jessie?
“I’d take a Tesla, the Roadster. Min-Ji?”
“Toyota Tacoma. Trucks are much more useful.”
How can our readers find you?
I am on Facebook at Kat Loveland Author
Twitter is @ChaoslilKat
I have both Honor Bound Awakenings and Sacrifices available in one book http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LR93TQU
I am also offering 50% of the print version of the 2 in 1 volume on Createspace. Get both books for $9.00! Go to this link https://www.createspace.com/4902178 and use this code Z5C5P5NR at checkout! Code is good until August 15th!
I hope you enjoyed the interview and the story. My website is http://katlovelandauthor.weebly.com/
I appreciate you all joining us today and for letting our readers get to know you better. Most of all, Kat, I appreciate you for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour!
Who is Kat Loveland? Why does she write? Good questions. Complicated questions. Questions that make you say hmmmmmmm.
Kat is a person of great charm and grace, she lights up whatever room she walks into. Her stunning fashion sense mesmerizes all who see her. Witty rejoinders and endless amounts of relevant and thoroughly researched facts and tidbits flow effortlessly from her mouth.
Yeah, ok, not so much. I’ve got the witty rejoinders but not the fashion sense. I like comfy, simple clothes and sparring with weapons. I occasionally try my hand at archery and artistic photography, sometimes I’ll even hop a wall or vault a bench. I’m a tomboy at heart, what can I say.
Why do I write? My imaginary friends are endlessly entertaining and they always do whatever the hell I tell them to. Besides it’s fun to play Goddess, most authors won’t admit that but I’m pretty blunt. It’s fun to torture, harass, endlessly confound and every once in a while make a character a bit happy with life. Not too often though, that’s just silly.
My editor tells me and I quote : “Only a genius can write three books at the same time, work all the time and shoot arrows into the air and hope and pray what goes up does not come down on top of her.” Have I mentioned she’s an awesome editor?
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