Dominique Thompson, Publicity Coordinator
Kristina Liburd, President & CEO
K.T. Conte Makes her Authorial Debut with Supernatural Fantasy
New York, NY – Aug. 23, 2017 – Kristina Liburd, president and CEO of SugarCane Publishing, is excited to announce the upcoming release of “Awoke,” the new debut novel by African-American author, K.T. Conte. The paranormal fantasy is set to be released on Oct. 1, 2017 and marks the first in the author’s WANT series.
“Awoke” is now available for pre-ordering at more than 70 retailers, including Amazon and iTunes. It’s available in a paperback and Kindle edition, and can be read on multiple devices with iOS, Android and Blackberry operating systems.
Katya is an African-American teen living a life others wish they had, where her biggest worry is choosing the latest hair care product. It’s an elaborate façade she’s built to establish a sense of normalcy and hide the things that make her different.
Her life abruptly and irrevocably changes when she meets Gregor, an irresistibly handsome member of an elite international spirit military team known as Kyrios. She learns the real reason behind the unexplained tremors, volcanic eruptions and destructive weather patterns taking place around the globe.
She’s a gift to the world, able to manipulate waves of life energy, experience visions, and see the otherworldly creatures that walk the Earth from alternate planes of existence. When she accidentally unleashes power she didn’t know she possessed, Katya discovers that exercising her gifts also draws attention from some very unwelcome sources.
Katya must choose between her carefully crafted life of normalcy or the complex and dangerous world of the Kyrios. She decides to use her unique abilities to help the Kyrios in their fight to save humanity, a decision that propels her into an unimagined world of undead spirits, betrayal, and the never-ending battle being fought by wardens who would protect the world from undead monsters.
The release of K.T. Conte’s debut novel, “Awoke,” offers fans of the fantasy genre with an imaginative and innovative new voice, and a strong female African-American hero. “Awoke” is fantasy in its finest form, with well-developed characters and a storyline that immediately draws readers into Conte’s universe and invites them to come along for the ride.
"Told in an absorbing first person narrative voice, Awoke is a gripping entry in the Want Series by K.T. Conte, a great read for young adult fans of the paranormal...this story is told in an irresistible voice, from the first person point of view, and the reader is pulled in from the very beginning... The writing is beautiful and K.T. Conte creates a striking balance between her descriptive narrative and the fascinating dialogues, keeping the reader well-entertained. Awoke is a fast-paced, exciting read." ~ Reader's Favorite
About K. T.
An avid reader even as a child, K.T. Conte is an African-American author, lover of books, people, and all things wild and crazy. She has a B.A. in English from Boston College and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She’s a licensed and practicing attorney who resides in New York City with the monsters in the closet, her husband Everett, a couple of building fairies and her dog, Champ.
INTERVIEW WITH K. T.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It's hard to say actually. I've been writing since I was in high school, writing poetry like any other angsty teenager and it began to evolve into short stories and plays. But I really began writing novel-sized stories right about I took the bar exam. Stressed out and looking for an escape, my writing was my happy place. It's a been a journey ever since.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing, especially since you are a full time attorney?
I'm a lawyer by day and a writer by night. So needless to say, sleep can be an issue. But I love my stories and I love my characters. You spend time with the ones that you love. So I make time for them. It's a like a full on relationship.
Oh, and I love my husband too (he's standing behind me).
Where do you get your ideas for the Want Series?
The original idea came from anime (avid fan) and I mixed a bit of Caribbean folklore. Within the story, there are many Greek words and Arabic words that I felt gave the story a more realistic feel. To make sure that I was painting a clear picture and staying true, I researched the hell out of everything from the names, to using Greek and Arabic to create new names...let's just say Google is the best invention known to man next to fire. And the internet.
What do you think makes a good story?
A story is good when you cannot think of anything else but to get to the end. That the plot, the characters, the action has been so riveting and exhilarating that you can't put it down. That you easily lose hours of your day within a blink and not realize it. That you've ignore your hunger because you just wanna read. That is a good story to me. Hope I created one for you!
Future Interviews, In-Person Appearances and Book Tour Stops
Sept 13 - Interview with Cashmere Thoughts & Polyester Pockets
Sept 24 - Interview with Playing Dirty Radio - BlogTalk Radio and WRFG 89.3FM Atlanta
Sept 25 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Sept 26 - Olio by Marilyn - review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 27 - Books, Dreams, Life - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 28 - Books for Books - review
Sept 28 - Reading Bifrost - review / giveaway
Sept 29 - Bookroom Reviews - review / guest post
Oct 2 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review
Oct 3 - The Autistic Gamer - review
Oct 4 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Oct 5 - Bound 4 Escape - review / giveaway
Oct 6 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 9 - Adventures Thru Wonderland - review / giveaway
Oct 10 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 11 - Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama - review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 12 - Reading Away the Days - review
Oct 13 - Leels Loves Books - review
Oct 16 - Bookaholic Banter - review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 17 - Cindy's Love of Books - review
Oct 18 - Haddie's Haven - review / giveaway
Oct 19 - Bookworm for Kids - review
Oct 20 - Ali - The Dragon Slayer - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 23 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews - book spotlight
Oct 24 - JBronder Book Reviews - review / guest post
Oct 25 - The Book Drealms - review / giveaway
Oct 31 - Interview with the Segilola Salami Show UK
Nov 3 - Interview with Speculative Fiction Cantina
Nov 4 - Appearance at the NYC Black Business Expo @ National Black Theatre
“I had been tracking someone at the pub when your friend interrupted me.”
“The man from the pool table?”
“Yes. I was curt with her because her awful attempts at flirting gave the man the opportunity to run. I cornered him in the alley. What you saw in the alley wasn’t murder. The man was already dead.”
I snorted. “Right, because dead people hang out at bowling bars and beg to be spared from murder all the time.”
He smirked. “You’d be surprised at what the dead will do to get what they want.”
“Hey, I thought we were going to be honest with each other here.”
“I am. It’s up to you whether you believe it or not.”
I sighed and crossed my legs. “Okay, fine. I’ll play. Let’s say the man in the alley was already dead. Where did he go?”
“A human spirit that doesn’t cross over causes an imbalance here in this plane that we call the Live Realm. To right this imbalance, I sent him over to another plane, which we call the Room of Apofasi, for judgment. Had he stayed in the Live Realm any longer, he would have become a liability. When they don’t cross over, that energy acts like a beacon for some pretty ugly stuff.”
“Wait, so you sent a dead spirit to this place, the Room of Apofasi, to be judged?”
The Scot nodded, studying me again. “Yes. Spirits like him, and unfortunately they are many more, are the reason behind these tremors and the unearthly screams you heard. That massive shadow beast was from another plane—a much more dangerous plane. The screams were from the beast. The tremors were from the beast walking around the Live Realm looking for the human spirit to devour. They look to devour humans to absorb any remaining power they may have. In a sentence, the beast was hungry.”
His face remained very serious though there was a slight glimmer of amusement in his eyes as he watched me process his words.
“So you are saying you sent a dead man to be judged to keep a giant shadow from finding him. And you have this ability because...?”
“I am a Kyrios.” I remembered the man in the alley: “Please, Kyrios. I’m not ready to go yet. There’s too much I want to do still.”
I eyed The Scot suspiciously. “The man did call you Kyrios. What exactly is a Kyrios? Sounds like cereal.”
He smiled eerily and leaned slightly forward. “I’ve been called many things over the years. The Ankou in Celtic. Hades. The Shinigami in Japanese. Angel of the Dark, though angel is a misconception. Far from it, actually.”
My eyebrows rose. “What are you saying? You’re...”
“The Grim Reaper? Death? Yes, all of the above.”