Published by Ink Smith Publishing on 1-30-2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Growing up in a sleepy village untouched by distant wars and political conflicts, it was easy for Thia, Mina and Kiara to forget such horrors existed in the Five Corners. That is until the dead child is found; a child that bears the same strange birthmark that all three sisters possess. A Mark their mother had always told them was unique to the girls. Kiara's suspicions grow as their Inn is soon overrun with outsiders from all walks of life. Strangers, soldiers and Elders who all seem to know more about what is happening than the girls do. After Mina barely survives an attack in the forest, the sisters are faced with a shattering secret their mother has kept from them for years. As danger closes in around them, the sisters are forced from their home and must put their trust in the hands of strangers. With more questions than answers, Kiara finds herself separated from everyone she loves and reliant on an Outlander who has spent too much time in army. She doesn't trust Caedmon but she needs him if she has any hope of being reunited with her sisters and learning what the Mark might mean.
Interview with Author Cathi Shaw by Goddess Fish Promotions
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
I always read my drafts aloud. I read the entire first draft of Five Corners out loud to my daughter, Caitie, when she was sick.
What are your future ambitions?
Be able to write full time all the time.
Tell us about your latest release.
Five Corners is the first book of the Marked Ones series, which I’m super excited for. The first book gives a lot of background information and introduces the reader to the main characters. I think my favorite part of the book is my characters – they are so real to me. The three main characters are adopted sisters: Kiara, Mina and Thia. Kiara Is the tough one – she’s a total tomboy who participates in combat training during her free time and likes to hunt. But she’s also probably the prettiest of the sisters with her dark hair and blue eyes. Mina is of Elder blood and longs to travel. In Five Corners she gets her wish but not in the way she expected. Thia is tiny and everyone takes care of her because she has epilepsy but she’s stronger than any of them imagine. As the story goes on more characters enter the story – the most important of which are Caedmon (a huge guy who used to be in the Army even though he’s only 16), Teague who is training to be a Draíodóir, and Meldiron, who is an Elder prince.
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
Book 2 of the Marked Ones (Finding Refuge) will be released later this year or next spring. I’m also working on a new dystopian novel and I have a historical YA novel that I’ve started.
What song would you choose for Karaoke?
Love Shack by the B52s
Which Star Trek or Star Wars character are you most like?
Who would you most like to be stranding on a desert island with? Least? Why?
Most: my daughter, Caitie, because I love her company and she’s pretty imaginative – she’d probably figure out a way for use to get off the island.
Least: not any one person I can think of specifically but someone who is lazy and narrow minded.
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“It’s not a dream this time, Thia.”
“I know,” she admitted in a whisper. “But how is this happening?”
Teague shook his head at her, his hair falling forward over his forehead. “I know you’re shocked. I was, too, when I first saw you. Then I realized that what we thought were only dreams, were just forays into a different reality.” Excitement lit up his features. “A reality that, at times, feels more real than this one, don’t you agree?”
Thia opened her mouth to deny what he was saying, even as a dozen memories burst to life in her head.
For the first time Thia noticed he was taller than in her dreams. Not as tall as her sisters but certainly taller than she.
He looked down at her, his eyes unreadable in the fading afternoon light.
And yet the essence of him was so familiar. Before she could stop herself Thia instinctively reached out to touch his forearm, wanted to feel the warm muscles above his gloves, to reassure herself that he was real.
Teague jerked away before she could reach him and Thia felt an inexplicable sense of hurt flood through her.
“I’m real, Thia,” he whispered aloud, his breath stirring the hair on her forehead. “But you can’t touch me. I can’t explain right now but please don’t try.”