Writer’s Digest Competition

So, the results are in for the Writer’s Digest 2018 Self-Published Book Awards contest! Sadly, Stirring Power didn’t place like it did in Reader’s Favorite. However, the judges gave me some excellent scores!

On a scale of 0-5, with 5 being the best:

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 4

Character Appeal and Development: 3

Voice and Writing Style: 5

Looks like I’m more of a plot writer than a character one, but hey practice makes perfect right?

Reader’s Favorite Finalist

Good news! Stirring Power, book 1 of Evolution of Magic has been deemed a finalist for Reader’s Favorite.

See the 5-star review received in addition to the finalist standing:

Stirring Power by K.C. Blackbyrn is the coming of age story of Jacob Wildleaf as he fights to find a cure for a mysterious illness spreading through his village. Jacob’s journey begins with his first introduction to magic through a tree that smells like death. When his village is attacked and he loses everything, Jacob meets Elden, who tells him a story of magic. Elden is searching for a cure to magic through a man Jacob barely remembers: the father that abandoned him. Teaming up with Princess Adeline, the three race to rescue her brother, Prince Matthew, in order to recall the throne from Dreygon. Meanwhile, Dreygon sends his soldiers to destroy every village infected by magic, and to bring him Jacob. As Elden protects Jacob from the soldiers, no one can protect him from the strength of his growing powers.

In a fascinating and unique approach to magic, K.C. Blackbyrn brings to life a dark fantasy world which at its heart is the beginning of Jacob’s coming of age story. Magic is typically perceived as a wonderful and mystical miracle, but Stirring Power flips that idea with magic viewed as a disease. Magic is out of control, painful, occupied with a lot of decay and death imagery. Everyone avoids those with magic, Dregyon has anyone infected killed, and those with magic die painfully. Yet Jacob manages to see the underlying beauty that can come from magic through a little dragen he bonds with. The dragen, called Niro, becomes his protector and friend, showing that there’s two sides to magic. Stirring Power is an emotional, unique view on magic, with heart, loss, tragedy, and humor, containing several dark themes and imagery.

Page Turner Books Signing Event

You can also see the event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/142678699763561/

NERD PARTY!!! February 3rd from 3 to 7pm we will be having our first nerd party. Some of the guests will be artists Lori Collins and Meescha Dare and the writers will include J.G. Follansbee, K.C. Blackbyrn, Ashleigh Gauch and Elizabeth Guizzetti!

Feel free to visit my website https://www.kcblackbyrn.com/ for a preview of my book Stirring Power. You can also purchase it ahead of time on Amazon to take it with you to the signing!

Either way, you’re more than welcome to join the party!

Upcoming Events

June 30th 2018:

Page Turner Books Signing

On this day I’ll be signing my book Stirring Power for you! Page Turner Books is an awesome books and art store focused on the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. I’m proud to have my book stocked there! So if you’re in the Seattle, WA and Kent, WA area please come down to see me or peruse the books. Just two blocks away is a fun farmers’ market!

 

July 7th 2018:

Spotlight Author Takeover Event

In this Facebook group, 11:30AM PT/2:30PM ET, I will be the spotlight author in a multi-author discussion. Here you’ll learn more about upcoming releases and events – perhaps even find out how to get free stuff!