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Monday, March 18, 2019

Myth, Magic, & Reality - Kindred (The Akasha Series #2) by Indie Gantz

In the future, Tirigan is dealing with the complicated emotions that overwhelm him after the events of Passage. In an attempt to control the situation, Tirigan turns inward and cuts himself off from those who need him most.


Published: February 2nd, 2019

In Kindred we find the Damuzi twins settling into their new home with Kori Lark’s family. Desperate to keep the dangerous truth of their identity a secret, Charlie and Tirigan educate themselves on everything that was kept from them, while delving deeper into their mother’s past.

In the future, Tirigan is dealing with the complicated emotions that overwhelm him after the events of Passage. In an attempt to control the situation, Tirigan turns inward and cuts himself off from those who need him most.

By the time Charlie and Tirigan’s timeline’s merge, a burning mystery is solved, and more than one relationship begins to unravel.

Friendship. Trust. Dependency. Lies.
The Damuzi twin’s story continues.

Twins: Myth, Magic, & Reality

The topic of twins always sparks a twinge of mysticism, no matter their origin. The concept of one becoming two feels magical. There are so many great mythologies that involve twins, and so many tales that endeavor to persuade readers to love one twin over the other. Take the Iroquois creation myth, for example. According to the Iroquois, a set of twins was once born to a sky goddess. Sapling, the kind and gentle twin, created all that was good, and Flint, the cold and dark twin, created all that was evil. Their differing moralities forced a confrontation, one that ended in Flint’s defeat.

It’s a clean story. Good overcoming evil, light overwhelming dark. It’s all wrapped up in a neat bow, making readers feel warm and safe.

It’s not realistic.

Even the most terrible people have shreds of goodness within them. The most saintly among us sometimes dwell in the shadows. Everyone is shades of gray, even if some shades are lighter or darker than others. To commit an entire person to good or evil is simply absurd, even for the sake of a story.

In most tales of twins, they’re depicted as being separated by their differences, one usually harboring more darkness than the other. This theme is explored thoroughly within the Akasha series, but black and white personalities are rarely very interesting. Characters are at their most fascinating when they showcase how complex they are. For Charlie and Tirigan, the twin protagonists in the Akasha series, the powers they were born with mark them as opposites, just as Sapling and Flint, but this fact is revealed gradually. The slow reveal of their true natures gives Charlie and Tirigan a chance to understand themselves in other ways first, so they have the capacity to challenge how authentically their power represents their true identity.

In the universe I’ve created, twins are telepathic due to their shared soul. This close bond is both a blessing and a curse, allowing twins insight into one another’s mind, but not necessarily their heart. Charlie and Tirigan struggle just as all siblings struggle from time to time, with their relationship and with their perceptions of each other. When their power sources are revealed in book two, Kindred, the twins will be forced to confront hidden truths neither is ready to acknowledge.

How does one reconcile that they were built for destruction, while their twin was graced with creation? How does your equal, your other half, become your natural foe? Must they become your foe at all? These questions will plague Charlie and Tirigan as they come into their powers, navigate new relationships, and understand who they are to one another.

Start twins Charlie and Tirigan’s story from the beginning with Passage, book one of the Akasha series, and look for Captive, the first character companion novella, this fall. Salvage, the third book in the Akasha series, is set for release in 2020

About the author:
Indie Gantz grew up in Northern Virginia and received her Psychology degree at George Mason University. Despite her passion and curiosity for the human mind, Indie left her chosen field of study to finally give voice to the many imagined minds she has created.

Indie lives with her family in North Carolina. She spends her days drinking tea and clacking keys.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

N.D. Gantz said...

Thanks for hosting today! I'm happy to answer any questions your readings may have!

katieoscarlet said...

That is a really unique and intriguing cover.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

Bernie Wallace said...

How many books have you had published? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Dale Wilken said...

The book sounds really great.

Nancy P said...

Intriguing cover

Debbie P said...

This book sounds like a very intriguing read. Cool cover.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, I enjoyed reading it!

Kim said...

I enjoyed your guest post.

James Robert said...

Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

N.D. Gantz said...

Hi Bernie! Passage and Kindred are the first books I've had published. I'm currently working on some Literary fiction that I hope to see on bookstore shelves in the next couple years.

wendy Hutton said...

thanks the book sounds amazing, good luck with the tour

Bernie Wallace said...

What book would you most compare this book to? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Bernie Wallace said...

Did you help design the cover? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

N.D. Gantz said...

Good question! I think this series resembles others in the fantasy genre in some ways, what with the elemental power, but I have yet to come across a series so focused on character growth and development, with a commitment to subverting popular tropes whenever possible.

Indie G said...

Both covers (Passage and Kindred) were executed by professionals, but I told them exactly what I wanted. The covers are meant to show readers where Charlie and Tirigan are in their relationship, and the tree will be important as the series continues.

Bernie Wallace said...

Who is your favorite character from your book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Bernie Wallace said...

How long ago did you come up with the idea for your book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Dan Denman said...

I like the design of the book cover. This sounds like a good fantasy story.

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!