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The Monster of Selkirk by C.E. Clayton

Hello again fellow book nerds!

I am here again to tell you about another amazing book as part of a blog tour with Happy Lil Book Tours! This post has a lot of special things, so make sure to check them all out! Today I have for you not only details on the book and a giveaway, but also a special guest post from C.E. Clayton herself!

So let’s get right into it!


Summary

Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.

As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn’t like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends.

But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis’s name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.

You can find The Monster of Selkirk on Amazon and Goodreads!


Author Guest Post!

{ Ok C.E. Clayton was kind enough to write a little guest post for me to add to this! So thank youuuu!!! Also brownie points about the hair because while it’s currently ombre blonde, it used to be mermaid blue as well! 🙂  }

Hello everyone! I’m the author of “The Monster of Selkirk” series, C.E. Clayton and I’m so thrilled to tell you a little about myself, why I write the kind of fantasy I do, and how/why music plays such a big role for me during the creative process.

First things first, I’m the realist (ok, sorry, couldn’t resist that one, high-fives to everyone who gets the reference 😉 ), but really, my name is Chelscey. I was born and raised in Southern California and have never lived anywhere else until just recently. Now, I call New Orleans home alongside my husband and three fur-babies, two cats (Juno, and one-eyed Captain), and our dog Dobby (yes, named after that Dobby), where I write full time. Fun fact(s): I only go by my pen name because my first name is awkward to spell, I am a BIG fan of tattoos and have several myself, and I enjoy dying my hair fun colors. My favorite hair color so far has been an ombre mermaid blue. I haven’t dyed my hair in a while though because I’m trying to grow it out, and it’s simply refusing to grow faster than at snail’s pace… Not sure if you all find that information interesting when getting to know an author, but I always think it’s important to share.

Fantasy is not only my favorite genre to read, but also my favorite genre to write. I am a firm believer that fantasy isn’t merely just an escape from reality, but is a way to help us cope with it. In my story, my characters face off with very literal monsters, but they also have to work through the monsters in their minds. Whether it be social anxiety, panic attacks, survivors guilt, or tending to mentally challenged siblings. These are very real things that countless people deal with on a daily basis to varying extremes, and their monsters are just as fierce as the feral elves in my story. Everyone has to find the will and the strength to meet each day with those burdens, and sometimes fantasy and fiction help. I’d like to believe that with such flawed and relatable characters, that my stories can reach out past that fantasy filter and show others that they are just as strong and formidable as any classic hero out there. Sure, in my story, Tallis and Donovan are a couple of badasses with their daggers and swords, but Tallis is always her biggest obstacle, like many of us are for our own dreams and goals.

So, while my characters can do incredible and fantastic things, they still deal with things that everyone else does. Their literal monsters just make it feel “easier” for the rest of us to face down our own demons. That may be giving the fantasy genre more credit then what a lot of people are comfortable with, or would even agree to, but it’s my biggest motivating factor for writing in this genre and creating the kind of flawed characters you’ll find throughout my series.

As I was creating my characters, even the world of Selkirk (which is loosely based on medieval Scotland), music played a big part. Certain sounds, lyrics, musical feels, all played either a role in shaping the situation my characters found themselves in, or the places they were going, whether actual land or metaphorical journeys in their mind. I’ve made playlists for each of the places Tallis and her friends go as it helps keep me in the right mindset to capture everything my characters are experiencing, thinking, or feeling.

Since I write my books in pairs, I have one really long playlist for Selkirk that encompasses books one and two. If you’re looking for a playlist to get lost in while you read the first book, check out my Spotify playlist, but be sure to stop after Escape the Fate’s “Picture Perfect” or you’ll technically be starting book two’s playlist! If you want a bit of a teaser for the mood book two takes, feel free to keep going. I promise it’s all good music, and my favorite band, Bastille, makes a reoccurring appearance throughout as well!

That’s pretty much me and my work in a nutshell! Of course, there’s a lot more nuanced detail I go into on my world building and characters, as well as who I am as a person on my website and blog, which you can peruse at your leisure whenever you’d like, I’d love to hear from you! I am so excited and humbled by your interest in my work, thank you for taking the time to learn about me and I hope you’ll stick with me and Tallis throughout the entirety of “The Monster of Selkirk” series!

Website: http://www.ceclayton.com/

Selkirk Spotify playlist: http://spoti.fi/2pijlOG


About the Author

C.E. Clayton was born and raised in Southern California where she worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts that ranged from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). This was before she packed up her life, husband, two displeased cats, and one very confused dog and moved to New Orleans. Now, she is a full time writer (mainly in the fantasy genre), her cats are no longer as displeased, and her dog no longer confused. More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, and poetry, can be found on her website: http://www.ceclayton.com

Links: Website & Instagram


GIVEAWAY!!!

One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of The Monster of Selkirk and a bookmark!

 

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And that’s it for this blog tour! Thank you very much for reading this post, and make sure to pick up The Monster of Selkirk for a really amazing novel!

– Jordan


Tour Schedule:

July 8th: Jen (http://www.happylilbooknook.com)

July 9th: Sarah (http://www.transientdrifter.blogspot.com)

July 10th: Paige S. (http://justonemorepaige.wordpress.com)

July 11th: Kira (http://thelonelybookclub.blogspot.com)

July 12th: Paige G. (http://www.popthebutterfly.wordpress.com)

July 13th:  Priyanka (http://abooklionshideaway.blogspot.in/)

                       Jordan (http://www.readbyroe.com)

July 14th:  Jess (https://xlittlebookwormx.wordpress.com)

 

Blog Tour Organized by: Happy Lil Book Tours

*Hosts were provided with a copy of the book for review purposes in exchange for their honest reviews and opinions.*

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