Hello and Welcome to today's HARKEN Blog Tour! I'm honored to be kicking off Kaleb Nation's tour for his newest YA book, HARKEN! I'm thrilled to have Kaleb on the blog today to talk about his book!
Supernatural secret societies control our world. Don’t trust anyone. *Explosion*.
What is something you admire most about your character Michael? What was it about Michael's story that made you want to write it?
I really connected with Michael because he is NOT a perfect person. In fact, in the beginning of HARKEN, he’s a bit of an overconfident jerkface who uses his gift of reading eyes to make money and buy himself a nice car. But I admire him most for his willingness to change himself. He is open to correcting his faults, to learn from other people, and to listen when someone says he’s wrong.
It’s his overconfidence that makes him so much fun to write. He’s brazen because he has nothing to lose as an outsider with a scary gift and few friends. But instead of being crushed about it, he takes being an outcast and owns it.
I like that you've created this world that is driven by a conspiracy theory and has a supernatural element to it. Which element of your story did you enjoy creating the most?
I loved weaving Reptilians into the book. There is a popular belief among conspiracy theorists that reptile-like creatures disguised as humans do control our world. As I was writing the book, I was able to visit countless websites and listen to podcasts interviewing people who say they’ve met the creatures in real life. It was thrilling to throw my skepticism aside, get lost in their research, and put the best parts into the book.
Harken is the first book in the titled series, and starts things off with a bang. What can we expect to find in the next book?
Everything is about to get a lot more intense. The Guardians are very upset over what Michael did in HARKEN. They have no qualms with taking their anger out on the entire world just to be rid of him. But even secret societies have secrets of their own.
I can’t say much about it yet but there are a lot of clues to the second book in HARKEN.
If you were able to write in one of your favorite fictional characters into Michael's world, who would that be and why?
Katniss Everdeen. She has such a brave personality and wouldn’t be afraid of telling Michael off when he’s being stupid. I think she and Michael would get into LOTS of awesome arguments.
What's one book you've read as an adult that you wish you had, had as a teen?
Looking For Alaska by John Green. It’s one of the best-written books I’ve read. I would have gotten all of my tears out years ago instead of ending up a college student on a train, nearly sobbing on my way home.
REJECTED BECAUSE: It looks too much like a signal summoning Batman to save the city from the scorched-black forest below… if Batman’s name was HARKEN.
REJECTED BECAUSE: It doesn’t really say much about the book besides the fact that there are TREES. LOTS OF TREES. But we’re getting somewhere with the introduction of the black and white and yellow.
REJECTED BECAUSE: It’s close, but not all the way there. Something’s missing on Michael’s hand…
(Also, this HARKEN logo looks like Michael spilled glue on his hands)
About the Book
Purchase Harken (for $2.99), Add it to Goodreads and read the first 3 Chapters.
About The Author:
Thank you to Kaleb I have the following to giveaway:
- a HARKEN poster (SIGNED)
- a HARKEN glow in the dark wristband
- a postcard (SIGNED)
- a glow in the dark silver ring.
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GRAND PRIZE INFO:
Through out the tour you can enter to win a HARKEN-themed Kindle PaperWhite &
Prize Pack. To enter the Grandprize giveaway, please fill out this form