Thursday, December 5, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway: King of Bad by Kai Strand

Title: King of Bad by Kai Strand
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
Length: 174 pages

Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.

He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?

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It Isn’t How You Say the Name; It’s How You Write It

Working with a small press usually gives the author input to her cover. Whiskey Creek is no exception. They asked for my thoughts on what I’d like on the cover and what I didn’t want on my cover. I love having input, but honestly designing a cover is not my forte, so I trust the assigned artist to know more than me and I’m happy to give them the reins. 

Angela Archer did a beautiful job on the cover for King of Bad. I was happy with the model she chose for Jeff and I loved her interpretation of Jeff’s opposing abilities of fire and ice. Especially the ice. It’s so beautiful. So many books have fire on the cover and I was impressed that Angela found a unique way to depict it. I excitedly showed my husband and my teenage daughter and they said, “Like it!”

And then my teenage son came home from school and I said, “What do you think?”

Astute son said, “The title – the writing – it’s girlie.”

To which I replied, “Whaaaaat?” and to which my daughter did some epic eye roll-frown thing. Why do I never have a camera when I need one?

Never fear. I was fully prepared to take on my son’s claim of ‘girlie’ font. Beyond prepared. See, I keep the jpg of every book I read in a folder on my computer, labeled with the year I read it in. This helps me to avoid duplicating reads. Plus I get a strange thrill scrolling through these folders. I have four folders stuffed with book covers and I paged through each one and sporting a knowing look, clicked on each jpg with the same font in the title.

Well, I was completely gobsmacked to discover he was right. Every single title with the handwritten font was a girl centric book. Mine is NOT girl centric in anyway, shape or form.

So, I passed this very official research study onto Angela who graciously changed it to a more graffiti-like font and the tragedy was averted. 

Thank goodness for teenage sons.
Excerpt 2: 

Meeting the crush:

“Source, who is she?”

Source followed Jeff’s line of vision. “Oh, that’s Oceanus. Don’t even think it, kid. She’s already found a match.”

“What do you mean?”

“See the guy next to her?”

“The skinny red head?” Jeff hoped.

“No, the other one.”

“Oh, the Adonis?” Jeff’s heart fell. He’d no hope to thwart the god-like S.V. seated next to Oceanus.

“Not far off. People call him Set. The God of chaos, storm, wind. He’s a great guy.” Sarcasm wrapped around Source’s words. “Descended from a long line of super villains Known he’s an S.V. his whole life so came to the school ready to rule from what I hear. Real nasty character, even for an S.V. You don’t want to piss him off.”

“Oh, I won’t piss him off. I don’t go looking for trouble.” Jeff considered his life before the academy and real-ized that looking for trouble was the only thing he used to do. He amended his statement, saying, “Much.”

His stomach knotted. Had the academy turned him into a coward?

Source chuckled. “Don’t worry. You’ll get a name and things will settle into some sort of normal.

Once we figure out what your root ability is, I’ll help you develop it. Though, after your hulkimpersonation, I doubt anyone will dare taunt you.”

Jeff felt the anxiety lift. Source was okay for a bad guy.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Adina Falling
When the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died, the end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for younger children Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Visit Kai’s website,, to browse her books, download companion materials or to find all her online haunts.

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  1. Sounds like a great read.


  2. Great of you to host a stop on the tour! Thanks for asking about the cover. It's a fun story to tell.

  3. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  4. Fun cover story to read too. It is a great font.