Guest Blog Kate O’Leary, author of Twell
Title: Twell and the Army of Powers
Series: The Como Chronicles #1
Author: Kate O’ Leary
Publication Date: June 26, 2014
Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy
Twell lives in the new world of Como, and has always neglected her telekinetic gifts, desiring to be ‘normal.’ Her biggest drama in life is having to be genetically partnered with a boy she doesn’t know or love by her next birthday. Unfortunately she loves her best friend, who loves the girl she hates most, and Twell is left frustrated & heartbroken.
When Twell is requested alongside several other teens to develop her skills for the protection of Como, she reluctantly agrees to the training, and finds herself thrown into all sorts of mental and physical challenges.
Handsome, charismatic Jonaz, is gifted with the power of healing. According to Twell he’s an infuriating prat who delights in provoking her. But first impressions have always been her downfall.
When Como is attacked, life as Twell knows it is changed forever, with devastating consequences. With no choice but to fight, Twell risks her life to protect those who have survived, coming up against unexpected dangers she could never anticipate. Will she survive, and if so will she be matched to a stranger when the one she is growing to love is destined to another?
Guest Post by Kate O’Leary
I’d like to introduce Kate O’Leary, a fellow Melange author. She graciously offered to do a guest post for my site and I’m happy to share her thoughts today.
My favorite heroine is Hermoine Granger. I have adored her unceasingly since J K Rowling made the world a better place by creating the wonderful world of Harry Potter. So. Why do I love her to pieces? Well firstly, she is average looking, and not your usual pretty heroine. She has big teeth and bushy hair at the beginning. That sounds remarkably like me as a kid. Just awkward. And also, having lived in the tropics as an adult, I can totally relate to out of control hair, so she gets my vote for that alone. Of course, she does blossom slowly as she grows up, but she is attractive without ever really trying. She doesn’t dress to impress. She never even flirts, or so much as flashes a leg through those black robes. She gets Victor Krum’s attention without even trying. She is cool because she doesn’t care.
Secondly, Hermione is confident and loyal. Hermione is sure of herself. I never am. I am the most indecisive person I know. But that Hermione, she doesn’t muck around, she makes decisions fast without doubting herself, and then follows through without agonizing over it. As a professional ditherer, that makes her admirable in my eyes.
Her loyalty to Harry and Ron over the years is just plain heroic. Lets face it, sometime Ron and Harry are just selfish inconsiderate jerks. Well, Ron is often flat out rude, while Harry just relies on her incessantly with very little thanks. Ron snogs other girls when we all know he really likes Hermione, and she forgives him. I would have turned him into a toad. Hermione is also very patient with Harry’s self absorption, so she get’s points for putting up with the both of them year after year.
Most importantly though, is that Hermione is both smart and brave. She is no Bella Swan tripping over her own feet, damsel in distress. Over and over she uses her smarts to get Harry, Ron and herself out of danger. She does not scream to be saved when the going gets rough, instead using her tireless learning and education she saves not just her own skins, but Ron and Harry’s many times over. I was seriously annoyed at Harry for being more concerned over Dobby dying than the fact that Hermoine had just been seriously tortured because of him in the Deathly Hallows. She barely got an “Are you an okay”, when it was all over. But does she make a drama out of it? Does she cry, or need to get counseling or go see a psychologist like the rest of us would after having mud blood scratched into our arms? Nope. She just gets on with it, straight back to supporting Harry on his search for Horcruxes. She is Tonka tough. She is my hero, and the type of role model heroine I would be happy to let my future children read about and look up to.
Kate O’Leary, has loved reading and writing ever since she was young enough to try and get through the back of her cupboard into Narnia, or through her mirror into Wonderland! In high school she entertained her homeroom reading out chapters of her first novel ‘Miranda’ about a teenage girls adventures with her horse Rusty.
After school Kate studied Children’s Literature, and her first drafts of Twell were awarded in writing competitions. Kate’s writing interest is firmly embedded in dystopian fantasy, being continually fascinated with future direction of our world and the concepts of free will and moral vs. lawful obligations. Twell’s adventures will continue to explore these ideas in the Como Chronicles Trilogy.
Kate lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of Australia, surrounded by rolling hills and wineries and horses, as well as some good rocks to climb when she feels like scaring herself!
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