Friday, August 15, 2014

IFB Blog Tours, Interview, & Giveaway: The Lost Kingdom (Stephanie Beerden)

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Displaying thelostkingdomcover.jpgSeries: The Elements #1
Release date: April 28th 2014
Purchase: Amazon

A Prophecy made long ago, announced the arrival of the new Ladies of Elements.
And now almost a millennia later, it finally came true …
All her life Arima thought she knew who and what she was. That is until the day of her sixteenth birthday came and her world is turned upside down, when she’s told she’s not a White Witch but Lady Spirit. And that she is the one that has been foretold, will unite the Five Ladies of Elements once again and save Ilendia and the Other Lands from Ahriman, the Demon King.
At first Arima refuses to accept her new fate, but when Shanums come and destroy her village and kill her loved ones, she has no choice but to flee and fall right into the destiny she never wanted.
As she grudgingly starts her journey into the unknown, she is accompanied by her unicorn familiar Sirrim, Blythe, a Vampire with a dark past and Myrddin, a mysterious Ljosalfar.
And the longer her journey lasts, the more Arima begins to realise that she can’t escape her own destiny and she must learn to control her powers and learn to be a Lady for the sake of the Sisters she doesn’t know and the people of Ilendia and the Other Lands.
However, things get more complicated when Arima comes into the possession of a key. Her instincts compel her to go towards danger when she discovers that the key she holds, can unlock the legendary kingdom of Eléssima, the home of the Ladies of Elements.
She will have to make the choice to follow her instincts …
…or stay on the path that has been laid out for her.

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Stephanie Beerden was born on Friday the 13th (no joke, she really was) in a small city called Genk in Belgium. She has always been fascinated with the occult, magic and books. Her childhood and teen years were filled with reading lots and lots of books and imagining what life would be like as a vampire. Until one day she decided that she wanted to try her hand at writing her own books and that was the beginning of her writing adventure.

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

My love for the Wiccan view of the Five Elements and my love for High Fantasy books.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

Sabre Clawdent, hands down.

Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel, the title came later, much later.

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

The battle scene between Arima and her battalion against General Myoni and her legion. Because I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be able to write it well enough in English, but I did and I’m proud of it.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

Always, always keep editing. No matter how many times you’ve edited (even when your book is published) just keep editing. Just like I’m doing right now with The Lost Kingdom again, I’m very busy editing it again, and correcting any mistakes me or my editor or beta readers might have missed, that I notice now that I look over my Publish-Ready Draft for the umpteenth time.

What do you like most about the cover of the book?

The colour, I love, love, love purple.

What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2014?

Talon by Julie Kagawa.

What was your favorite book in 2013?

Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper.

What’s up next for you?

Well, I’m translating the sequel to The Lost Kingdom, which is called Archandir, I’m hoping to publish it this year and I also hope to publish my novella called Dark Romance. And I also have a Summer Reading Challenge going on, it’s sort of a bet between me and my best friend Bieke from Istyria Book Blog.

Is there anything that you would like to add?

I hope readers will enjoy The Lost Kingdom as much as I loved writing it. 
Thanks for participating!


  1. Congrats to Stephanie on the new release!! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I really liked the interview today!

  3. Loved the interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. A great interview. You can never go wrong with purple.

  5. The colour purple is definitely nice! I love the fact that the title came much later - it's the same for my own writing as well. She definitely has a lot more writing coming up as well, so I must stay tuned!