Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - A Soldier and a Liar by Caitlin Lochner

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A Soldier and a Liar by Caitlin Lochner
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: February 19th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

In a world on the brink of war, four superpowered teens must learn to work together for peace in Caitlin Lochner’s action-packed debut novel, A Soldier and A Liar.

Lai Cathwell is good at keeping secrets. As a Nyte, a supernaturally gifted teenager who is feared and shunned by the ungifted, this skill is essential to survival. Orchestrating her own imprisonment to escape military duty has only honed her ability to deceive others. But when rebels start attacking the city, Lai is dragged back into the fight with a new team of Nytes.

Thrown together with Jay, a self-conscious perfectionist consumed by the desire to be accepted; Al, a short-tempered fighter lying for the sake of revenge; and Erik, an amnesiac hell-bent on finding his memories and his place in the world, Lai realizes she’s facing an entirely different kind of challenge–one that might just be impossible. But if this team can’t learn to work together, the entire sector will be plunged into war.

Top 10 Influences

People often ask about my favorite books and authors (and these are 
great questions to which I have many answers), but I rarely get asked 
about my influences in general. And since I’m a huge nerd—I mean, 
since I’ve learned a lot about storytelling and writing from so many 
different mediums, I’d love to talk about some of the ones that fall 
outside the typical book/author range. So here, in no particular order, 
are my top 10 influences when it comes to storytelling!

1. Fullmetal Alchemist – The huge cast of characters is so well-handled and fun, and the creator did an absolutely stunning job 
of juggling a complex overarching plot, humor, tragedy, character 
growth, and politics all in one—while still making the 
whole adventure fun.

2. The Redwall series – I devoured these books growing up. I still 
remember the riddles, the lush descriptions of food that made my 
mouth water, the complex plots and characters that would evolve 
over the story. 

3. Kingdom Hearts – Okay, so the story is all over the place 
(especially after III), but hear me out. The games are so good at 
making me invested in the characters, friendships, and world(s) 
and always keep me wanting more, and that is a skill I do my best 
to replicate for my own writing.

4. Fruits Basket – I reread this manga every couple of years to 
restore my soul (and I am SO psyched for the anime remake 
coming out in April!). The handling of some serious topics, the 
slowly shifting character dynamics, the humor, and the pure love 
and care that radiate from this series get me every. Single. Time.

5. The Seven Realms quartet – My all-time favorite book 
series, and one that adeptly juggles politics, characters, romance, shifting alliances, action, identity, and so many 
other things I love in a way that never lets me put one of these 
books down once I’ve started rereading it.

6. Maggie Stiefvater – Her lush prose always makes me feel like 
there’s magic in her words, and her characters and their relationships 
are just so beautifully complex and well-depicted. 
Also I would die for Ronan and Adam.

7. The Percy Jackson series – What’s NOT to love and learn from? 
There’s Greek mythology for the huge mythos geek in me, fun 
adventures, realistic and flawed characters, amazing friendships and 
well-built romantic relationships, and characters learning 
about who they are and who they want to be. 

8. Tokyo Ghoul – A manga full of deeply flawed but relatable 
characters, literature references, symbolism (including tarot cards), 
and moral questions that have no clear answer. This is the series I turn 
to when I want to explore changing character relationships and gray 

9. Music – I feel like this will sound like a cop-out, but 
there are songs I hear and think “I want to write like how this sounds.” 
Some examples include “Brother” by Kodaline, “Saturn” by Sleeping 
at Last, and “Feel Something” by Jaymes Young.

10. Tamora Pierce – Her books were my lifeblood in high school. 
Badass female protagonists, adventures galore, fun and interesting 
relationships (platonic and otherwise), and the play with politics 
always had me wanting more.

Author Bio

(Um, so, wow bios are hard.) I studied creative writing at the University of South Florida and used my BA in words to become an English teaching assistant in Tokyo. I’m in love with storytelling of any kind, but especially in the form of books, manga, and video games. If you ever want to talk nerdy, I am VERY down.

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