Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Finding Thor by Kai Strand

Have you found your Thor? Kai Strand wants to help with that. She's here to talk about her young adult romantic suspense, Finding Thor. Be sure to check out the giveaway below. 

International intrigue hits small-town America.

Tragedy has left Cara Cassidy broken and the only thing keeping her from giving in completely is her guilt. Until Nik Rock.

Nik stirs up feelings in degrees she has never experienced, and causes her to do things that most assuredly give him the wrong impression – like kiss him before their first date. Somehow, he breaks down the walls around her emotions until she has no choice but to forgive herself and feel again.

But a mysterious, troubled past follows Nik, and Cara may prove to be his weakest link.

When a royal princess shows up looking for Nik, and an international gang arrives looking for missing jewels, Cara lands in mortal danger. Will she be able to save herself? What will happen to her newly repaired psyche if she loses Nik?

Romance, mystery, and high stakes – just another day in high school.

Ashelyn:  Kai, what inspired this book?

Kai: One of my go-to movies for intrigue is National Treasure and one of my go-to books for heart wrenching romance is Wuthering Heights. I thought, how fun would it be to write a YA mash up of those two concepts?

Ashelyn:  Wuthering Heights is pretty tragic. Is that what readers can expect?

Kai: I didn't go quite as gloomy as Heathcliff. Cara is the broken person in Finding Thor. She suffered a tragedy and isn't necessarily interested in going through the hard work of healing her psyche. But then she meets Nik Rock who at first scares her. Here's a snippet:

A deep voice, as rich and warm as homemade hot chocolate, said, “Let me assist you.”
A charming retort of gratitude already forming on her lips, Cara looked up to find the boy from the park crouching to pick up her spiral notebooks. She gaped as fear doused her like a bucket of briny seawater. Her hand, reaching for a textbook, quivered like a leaf in the wind. Somewhere in her mind she recognized that his expression and mannerisms were non-threatening, but she wanted nothing more than to flee.
She scurried to the back of the room, slid into her chair, and scrunched down, wishing she could disappear.
As the boy returned to his own seat at the front of the class, the tilt of his head seemed to indicate all his senses were tuned to her. She could almost see his ears expand to take in every sound she made. Really, she couldn’t see his ears, because his silky black hair fell in shiny waves to just above his shoulders.
When she sucked in her breath, because she realized she’d been admiring his hair, his chin angled toward her ever so slightly. Raking a hand through her own hair, she looked around the room to see if anyone was as wary of him as she was, but everyone else ignored him.

Ashelyn: And the National Treasure aspect? How does that play in?

Kai: Nik is surrounded by mystery. As a matter of fact, Cara finds herself in some pretty harrowing situations because of her association with him - kidnappings, torture, car chases - and she doesn't even know why! There's nothing like almost losing your life to help you realize you actually want to fight to keep it. And if Nik is the prize? Well, that's incentive too. He's pretty darn swoony.

Ashelyn:  Thanks for sharing a peek into Finding Thor and for the opportunity to win the fun Finding Thor swag pack.

Kai: Well, everybody needs their own Thor! Thank you for having me, Ashelyn. Good luck to your readers in the giveaway and happy reading!

Finding Thor is available in print or electronic format from the following:
Amazon| Barnes & Noble| Whiskey Creek Press| All Romance| BookStrand|

Add Finding Thor to your to-read shelf on Goodreads

When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website,

Swag alert! Looking for your Thor? Look no further, Kai’s got you covered. Enter to win a custom tote bag for all of those books you like to carry with you, and a Thor baseball cap. Easy entry for those in a hurry, or many other ways to earn more entries for contest junkies. The Finding Thor swag pack can only be shipped in the United States. If winner is International, an Amazon gift card will be substituted and another winner will be chosen.
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  1. Thanks again, Ashelyn, for participating in the blog tour. Readers, enjoy the book and good luck in the giveaway.

    1. You're very welcome! I totally want that hat!