Magic Mirrors Blog Tour: Overpowered Character Spotlight

Are you ready to celebrate another book release because that’s exactly what we’re doing (again) today!

Continuing the fun, Kathryn McConaugy  has released her Snow White retelling with her story Overpowered in the Magic Mirrors Collection.

If you enjoy Biblical fantasy, I think you’ll especially enjoy this one! Come learn about Yotam and her intriguing story below.

About the Book

After a blood crime sends Taliyah bat Shammai running from her home, she flees into the hill country. Yet the hills are no place for a woman traveling alone. Strange dreams of talking jackals and mysterious mists are the least of her worries—for she knows that the Avenger of Blood will be following close behind her.

Barred from the Refuge by the circumstances of her crime, Taliyah thinks that her best chance of survival may lie with Cypress and his band of mercenaries: giant Cedar, hardened Thorn, boasting Vine and tidy Fig. Unsure whether to stay or go, Taliyah is reassured by the arrival of a young man with a mysterious past and cardamom-colored eyes. Something tells her that he is a man she can trust. Yet when a new king rises at the city of the Dawn, Taliyah and the seven criminals are called to fight a battle they cannot win. Will the outlaws stand fast in the face of certain death? Can Taliyah ever find safety again? Even escaping the battle may not save her… for the Avenger is still coming.

— Loosely inspired by the tale of Snow White, this Christian fantasy novella is set in a magical version of ancient Israel. 135 pages (33,000 words) plus 65 pages of bonus features including cut scenes, a bonus short story, author interview, and more. For ages 12 and up.

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Character Spotlight: Yotam

Favorite proverb: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and before honor comes humility.

Backstory: The youngest of a large and privileged family, Yotam spent his early life as other privileged young men did: hunting, overseeing harvests, learning tactics, and memorizing oral literature, always attended by his faithful servant.  (Why this particular man chose to be his servant nobody seems to know.  But that’s another story.)  When he had a mysterious dream he left home, only to receive word that his family had been slaughtered behind him.  And the one who killed them will not be satisfied until Yotam is dead as well…

Appearance:  Tall and lanky, with light brown eyes and sun-lightened brown hair that covers the tops of his ears and the nape of his neck.  He has a pleasant face made distinctive by a knobby nose and dreamer’s eyes.  He wears clothing of good, brightly dyed material but without embroidery.  He is 20 years old.  He is usually relaxed and confident.  He seems naïve, treating everyone with friendliness.

His Role in the Mercenary Band: Yotam and his servant join Cypress’ band a few months after Snow does.  The senior members of the band immediately interrogate him for his information about the war in the north.  Silently impressed by Yotam’s strategic savvy, Cypress later has the young man help him plan troop dispositions for a battle.  However, despite his command potential, Yotam is ready and willing to join in the more mundane work of the band, whether it consist of carrying water or searching for lost goats.

Author’s Notes: Yotam bin Yerubba’la wasn’t supposed to be in this story.  I didn’t plan to put any biblical figures “onscreen,” although setting Overpowered in the period of the Judges meant that real biblical events could be going on in the background.  But then two things happened.  For one thing, I realized that Willow (Yotam’s servant) wasn’t the kind of man to join a mercenary band of his own volition.  Clearly he was dragged along by somebody else.  For another thing, when the Avenger of Blood refused to keep trying to track Snow through the wilderness like a well-behaved, hard-working villain, but instead insisted on going off to the City of Refuge to join Abimalk’s army of conquest, those “background” biblical events became a lot more central to the storyline.  As a result, the story shifted and took a new shape—and Yotam turned up, sure that I would be delighted to include him in my story.  Ayeh.  Well, he does make a great hero…

About the Author

Kathryn McConaughy is a Christian fantasy author who writes for teenagers and adults. Her stories are set in fantasy versions of Medieval and Ancient Near Eastern worlds. She has studied 16 languages (7 living, 10 dead), but would only want to claim fluency in one of them. She enjoys fighting with a broadsword, reading, gardening, researching, and cooking

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Blog Tour Schedule

October 24th– Red as Snow

Knitted By God’s Plan: 7 Reasons to Read

Light and Shadows: 5 Reasons to Read

Dreams and Dragons: Review

The Language of Writing: Review

Ink Calamities: Review

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke: Spotlight – Rose

The Labyrinth: Guest Post – Why Magic Mirrors

Reality Reflected: – Guest Post – What is Snow White

 

October 25th– The Princess and the Invisible Apple Tree

Knitted By God’s Plan: 7 Reasons to Read

Light and Shadows: 5 Reasons to Read

The Language of Writing: Review

Ink Calamities: Review

Jenelle Schmidt: Author Interview

H.S.J. Williams: Guest Post – Inspiration for My Book

Dragonpen Press: Guest Post – Why I write Retellings

 

October 26th– Blood in the Snow

Knitted By God’s Plan: 7 Reasons to Read

Light and Shadows: 5 Reasons to Read

Dreams and Dragons: Mega Spotlight

Heather L.L. FitzGerald: Guest Post – Snow White: A Story of Change

The Language of Writing: Review

Ink Calamities: Review

Jenelle Schmidt: Review

Literature Approved: Review

The Labyrinth: Review

The Page Dreamer: Review

Sparks of Ember: Review

Unicorn Quester: Review

Selina J. Eckert: Author Interview

Reality Reflected: Author Interview

Dragonpen Press: Author Interview

 

October 27th– For Such a Time as This

Knitted By God’s Plan: 7 Reasons to Read

Light and Shadows: 5 Reasons to Read

Dreams and Dragons: Why We Need More Cross-Genre Fiction

Heather L.L. FitzGerald: Look! My Book is Out!

The Language of Writing: Review

Sparks of Ember: Review

Inspiring Writes: Review

Keturah’s Korner: Review

Jenelle Schmidt: Character Spotlight

Unicorn Quester: Character Spotlight

 

October 29th– Overpowered

Knitted By God’s Plan: 7 Reasons to Read

Light and Shadows: 5 Reasons to Read

Dreams and Dragons: The Awesomeness of Biblical Retellings

The Language of Writing: Sneak Peek!

Heather L.L. FitzGerald: Character Spotlight – Fig

Literature Approved: Review

Reality Reflected: Review

Keturah’s Korner: Review

The Labyrinth: Character Spotlight – Taliyah

Unicorn Quester: Character Spotlight – Yotham <— You are here!

Selina J. Eckert: Guest Post – Inspiration for Overpowered

Dragonpen Press: Guest Post – What is Overpowered?

 

October 30th– But One Life

Knitted By God’s Plan: 7 Reasons to Read

Light and Shadows: 5 Reasons to Read

The Language of Writing: Review

Ink Calamities: Review

I‘m Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read): Review

The Labyrinth: Guest Post

Resting Life: Guest Post

 

October 31st– The Seven Drawers

Knitted By God’s Plan: 7 Reasons to Read

Light and Shadows: 5 Reasons to Read

Dreams and Dragons: Review

Heather L.L. FitzGerald: Character Spotlight – Jeremy

The Langauge of Writing: Review

Jenelle Schmidt: Review

Reality Reflected: Review

Keturah’s Korner: Review

Resting Life: Character Spotlight – Gwen

Reveries: Character Spotlight – Editha

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About the Author:

Laura A. Grace has a thrilling obsession with supporting her favorite authors. From hosting blog tours to throwing virtual parties, she's always seeking new ways to spread the book love. More than once her handsome ninja husband has heard the squeals of a late night fangirl as she reads a new plot twist or hears from her author friends. She and her family live in North Carolina, where they wield plastic lightsabers and keep an eye out for wandering unicorns.

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