Wednesday, March 16, 2016

COVER REVEAL for Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani!!

Hello guys!! I know it's been a while since I've been around here, but my laptop has been pretty pissy and I decided to take the time to be online less and read more (to be said in the same way that Mr Burr tells Hamilton to talk less, smile more).

Buuut today I’m very excited to have Intisar Khanani on the blog today, after adoring her debut book Thorn, revealing the cover for her newest novel Memories of Ash. This cover was designed by the amazing Jenny of Seedlings Design Studio. There's also a Kindle Fire giveaway, so make sure to scroll down to the end of the post to enter.

Now I leave you guys with Intisar answering a few questions and of course with the utterly gorgeous coverrr!!

Describe Memories of Ash in 3 words.

Walk with courage.

What compelled you to write your first book?

I always wanted to write a novel, so my senior year of university I decided I’d better buckle down and try. I chose a fairy tale (The Goose Girl) to give me an over-arching plot and narrative structure, and then went to town with it. I really wrote it as an exercise to test myself, not intending to do anything with it when I finished. But, by the time I finished, I loved my characters so much that I ended up working through over a dozen revisions to take it from “writing exercise” to my debut novel, Thorn.

If you could live in one of your books, which one would you choose?

Definitely the world of the Sunbolt Chronicles. Sunbolt follows Hitomi, a street thief with a propensity to play hero when people need saving, and her nemesis, the dark mage who killed her father. Although there is a lot of darkness in Sunbolt, there’s also a lot of light. It’s a real world, in its way, and I love the diversity and vibrancy of the cultures and creatures that populate it. I’d have my choice of living in a tropical island sultanate reminiscent of historic Zanzibar, or among the nomadic desert tribes that eke out an existence alongside the cursed Burnt Lands, to name my two favorite options. Then again, in Memories of Ash, there’s the decaying grandeur of the capitol of a fallen empire that feels a lot like an Istanbul of old, right at the heart of the Eleven Kingdoms. Plus, I wouldn’t mind having shape-shifting friends and charms to keep my bread from burning.

What authors, or books, have influenced you?

As a young duckling, I imprinted on Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley's earlier works. I read pretty widely, but those are the authors I kept coming back to, especially McKinley’s Damar books. I am also an incorrigible Jane Austen fan, but my books don’t reflect that very much!

What are you reading now?

I just finished “Kingdom of Ruses” by Kate Stradling. In a kingdom where the eternal prince who rules is just a ruse kept up by the prime minister’s family (and most recently, Viola, our heroine), keeping the peace is a delicate thing. Enter a stranger who manages to take the place of the doppelganger the family uses, and Viola has her hands full.

Your first reaction to the cover in GIF format.


And here it is...


In the year since she cast her sunbolt, Hitomi has recovered only a handful of memories. But the truths of the past have a tendency to come calling, and an isolated mountain fastness can offer only so much shelter. When the High Council of Mages summons Brigit Stormwind to stand trial for treason, Hitomi knows her mentor won’t return—not with Arch Mage Blackflame behind the charges.

Armed only with her magic and her wits, Hitomi vows to free her mentor from unjust imprisonment. She must traverse spell-cursed lands and barren deserts, facing powerful ancient enchantments and navigating bitter enmities, as she races to reach the High Council. There, she reunites with old friends, planning a rescue equal parts magic and trickery.

If she succeeds, Hitomi will be hunted the rest of her life. If she fails, she’ll face the ultimate punishment: enslavement to the High Council, her magic slowly drained until she dies.

A Special Treat For Those Who Pre-order...

Not only is the pre-order of Memories of Ash on sale for only 99 cents, but anyone who buys the pre-order will receive a free digital art print of Hitomi by artist Grace Fong. Just email your proof of purchase to!

Haven't read Sunbolt (Book 1) yet? It's been knocked down to just 99 cents to celebrate the release and is available at most major e-retailers. That's two fantastic books for less than a cuppa joe.

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About Intisar Khanani

 Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar's current projects include a companion trilogy to Thorn, featuring the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife, and The Sunbolt Chronicles.


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  1. Thanks for being a part of the reveal Pili!!! That gif made me snort:) So glad you've enjoyed Intisar's books, I can't wait to see what you think of MoA!!!

    1. I was so excited to see the cover!! I cannot wait to read this one!

  2. I love it! It goes perfectly with the Sunbolt cover. I have to get Sunbolt read so I can read Memories Of Ash as soon as it comes out. :)

    1. I will be reading both one after the other too!! =D

  3. Thanks so much for sharing the cover reveal for Memories of Ash on your blog! I am so grateful for your support. And I am *so* excited to share this book soon!

  4. I'm here just to see the cover and OMG IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Wow! I love it! What a great design job, and the color choices are excellent. Lovely cover and fabulous post, Pili!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  5. Oh, the colors are amazing! I haven't read the first book yet, but it sounds great!

    1. I will be reading the first book very soon myself!

  6. Yay for a pretty awesome cover :D Love the colors. <3 Thank you for sharing about this book sweet girl :D I hope you will love it when you get to read it. <3 Hugs. Hope you are doing great :)

    1. Isn't it gorgeous? I hope I'll love it! Thank you sweetie!


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