Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight, a weekly feature that shines the light on Indie and Debut authors. This week I have the pleasure introducing readers to:
~Author of Daughter of the Goddess Lands~
Hi Sandra! Welcome to the blog, please tell us about yourself.
What inspired you to write Daughter of the Goddess Lands?
What song would you pick to encapsulate your book?
I never actually thought about that before. I love music, and have written a few stories based on a particular song, but Daughter of the Goddess Lands is not one of them. I've listened to a lot of my favorite music since reading this question, and I've decided on “Storyteller” by indie musician, Heather Alexander (who is now Alexander James Adams). The song was written as a tribute to Jim Henson, but works for my protagonist, Kalie, who is a storyteller. The song says a lot about the power of storytelling to keep hope and magic alive, even under the most difficult circumstances.
What three indie books would you recommend to readers?
Can you share any future plans?
Sandra Saidak graduated San Francisco State University in 1985 with a B.A. in English. She is a high school English teacher by day, author by night. Her hobbies include reading, folk music, attending SF conventions, researching prehistory, and maintaining an active fantasy life (but warns that this last one could lead to dangerous habits such as writing). Sandra lives in San Jose, CA with her husband Tom, daughters Heather and Melissa, and cats, Cocu and Oreo.
Today Sandra is giving away a signed paperback copy of her book to a reader at TBR's. To enter please just leave a comment. Winner will be drawn Nov 3, 2012.
Daughter of the Goddess Lands is the unforgettable saga of Kalie, a courageous young heroine born into the untamed beauty of prehistoric Europe. Kalie's peaceful life is shattered when a brutal attack by horsemen from the east leave her scarred in body and soul. As the sole survivor of the assault, Kalie makes her way home, and warns her people to prepare for the invasion that she knows is coming. But the goddess-worshiping farmers of her home have no concept of battle, and dismiss Kalie's warning. When the marauders strike again, they cut a swath of destruction and death that prove too late the truth of Kalie’s words. Then Haraak, the leader of the invaders, demands a tribute of gold, grain and women in exchange for sparing her village. Yet it is in Harak's cruel show of power that Kalie sees a chance to save her people--and gain revenge for herself. Kalie leads a group of volunteers to infiltrate the horseman's society, and then destroy them from within. Once she is among them, Kalie uses her skill as a storyteller, and her knowledge of healing to penetrate the horsemen’s inner circle and to discover the secrets that could lead to their destruction. But Kalie discovers that price of revenge is high, and that a quest for vengeance can become a journey of healing and redemption.