Rave Reviews Book Club is all about profiling, promoting and propelling its members and sometimes individuals get to step into the limelight for a whole day of star treatment on participating blogs. Today it’s my great pleasure and deep honour to present RRBC’s lovely upbeat Administrative Assistant and funky Tweet Team Manager – the wonderful Harmony Kent, author of eclectic fiction and non-fiction and a fellow Brit!
Indie Author Harmony Kent has written a number of books. The Battle for Brisingamen, her first novel, is a work of fantasy fiction and was approved by Awesome Indies within weeks of its release. Her second book, The Glade shows her equally at home in the realms of mystery, suspense and thriller – with a dash of magical realism. This book has also been approved for the Awesome Indies List. The Glade was awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion in July 2014. Harmony’s third book (Elemental Earth) is Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, and was published 31st July 2014. With more books already in progress, she is well on her way to being a firmly established multi genre author. As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal and beta reading services. As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.
& the ‘unofficial’ version…
… Harmony also has violent tendencies and forced [herself] to add a not quite so official version …
Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She lives in rural Cornwall with her ever present sense of humour and quirky neighbours. She is single and not admitting to her age.
Here are ten things she thinks you ought to know about her …
- Born in 2013 (at least the author was …)
- Really boring
- Has absolutely no sense of humour
- Biographer is a compulsive liar
- Reads … a lot
- Writes … even more
- Completely sane(in)
- Neighbours are nuts
- If you’re feeling extra brave she’s around
- Online …
HARMONY’S BOOKS & FANTABULOUS TRAILERS
(click the titles for the Amazon pages)
A Couple of Recommendations (by Jan) for –
The Battle for Brisingamen: Freya’s Power
Coming at this from a different tack because of the Doggerland connection and a devastating geological event that saw the fracture and sinking of a huge portion of the north-western European landmass between the British Isles from the English Channel/La Manche up to Scandinavia over 6000 years ago (the Storegga Slide). Although the sinking probably happened over hundreds of years, the Slide did cause a massive and widespread tsunami and it’s this that most likely gave rise to the oral traditions for Atlantis and Lyonnesse in the Arthurian myths, which also had echoes in Norse mythology as well. So this all works in very plausibly with Harmony Kent’s wonderful weaving on the legends of Freyja’s Brisingamen Necklace and the various realms of Dwarves, Elves and other mystical races co-existing still into modern times under the aegis of Yggdrasil the World Tree.
I adore interpretative writing that can reinvent and invigorate our creative heritage and gives us tantalising glimpses of the reality behind the legends and ‘fairy tales’ that fuel our human need for dreaming and fantasy. I couldn’t quite give 5 stars because some of the passages came a little too fast and furious at times – even in the heat of battle sometimes you get a fracture of calm than can inform the action, even if it takes a split second in reality. A little less haste might have helped keep the progression of, for instance, the various facets of the advance of the Dwarf armies a little clearer, but really this is minor carping, especially for a debut novel. Personal preference also insists that I mention, whilst applauding the non-shrinking of violets, that the sex scenes were probably over-stated and kind of jarred with the narrative a bit and were, arguably, superfluous to the story arc for being so full-on. So far as I was concerned these more or less went under the radar thereafter having served their purpose. Less is more as they say and if it wasn’t important to the overall story then perhaps a more seasoned writer would have kept things romantic more muted, to keep to the overall tone of the whole?
Overall I liked this book very much indeed and would thoroughly recommend it to all Norse myth nuts! 🙂
Five stars HAS to mean I love it – and I do.
Make no mistake – self-harming is a super-heavyweight topic to tackle as a work of fiction and, for some it’s not a subject they’d find easy to handle, or indeed even pick up in the first place, so this review isn’t a recommendation as such, because not everyone will want to read it. In fact, Finding Katie is what is known in the UK as a ‘marmite’ book – you’ll either end up loving or hating it… You will not however, be immune to it, and this is largely because of Ms. Kent’s brave and bold decision to write this in the 1st person, so that what you’re reading is essentially Kate Charlesworth’s inner narration. In her own words, and with all her feelings and fears laid bare and red raw as the blood she craves to sweep away the terrible, painful trauma that led to her being compelled to murder her own childhood on her ninth birthday.
So, in her own raging, wrung-out, at times wise-cracking and, at others, despairing words, 17 year old Kate unfolds her history, emotional blockages and self-inflicted wounds, sometimes viciously and then, in contrast, with humility, exhaustion and with an over-arcing vulnerability that will leave you appalled, breathless and as tender and battered in spirit as Kate is physically and mentally. Not an easy story, but there moments and flashes of dark humour, passion and a tremulous hopefulness that means it’s really very hard indeed to understand why Kate seems to hate herself so much, when all you want to do is hug her tight and be in her corner as she works her bewildered and often cantankerous way through the mess she’s in, to comprehending why she’s the way she is and how she wants to survive it.
Finding Katie, the little girl whose trust and happiness had to be obliterated from existence, is a storm-tossed ocean of a read that literally takes you to hell and back out – washed up on an isolated inner desert landscape where the only thing that makes sense is the feel of your blood oozing from the razor’s edge that you hold in your own hand. It’s a book that puts you on the inside and will change how you see ‘stroppy’ teens forever. Definitely not for everyone – read it if you dare and make up your own mind!