Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.
These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.
He chose defiance.
Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.
Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.
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Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN.
When she is not in her writer's room, working her current "day job", or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture.
Interview with Kimberlee Ann Bastian
- Where do you get inspiration for your stories? There were two crucial points of inspirations. The first is the genesis of the series, which can be found in the chapter Jack O’ Lantern when the Tales Teller recites the legend of Stingy Jack, which is based on an Irish myth. The second is important because it gave me the idea for the time period I wanted to play with and was inspired by HBO’s short-lived series Carnivale. To explain any further would be its own short story.
- Describe your book using other books? The Breedling and the City in the Garden has the relationship factor of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist; Charlie being the Artful Dodger and Bartholomew being Oliver. Setting wise it has the same feel as Irene Hunt’s No Promises in the Wind with subtle odes to Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It also has a splash of original ground laying mythology which is hard to pinpoint as it is a melting pot of various myths, legends, folklore and religious themes.
- Where do you write? Predominately, in the “writing room”, which is cooler than saying the office. I do migrate once and awhile to the living room if it’s quite or the sunroom, which is excellent in the early part of the day.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book(s)? How incredibly crazy I am. In a good way of course. I mean I started with a simple scene in a tavern to plotting out a run of nine books with three to four companion books.
- What do you like to do when you're not writing? I love to cook! #kitchenfool If I could write and cook all day that would be the ultimate!
- Favorite dessert? This is a hard one, because I have been experimenting a lot with deserts lately. But my all-time fav would be Grandma Phyllis’ Homemade Apple Pie with a slice of cheddar cheese
~Thank you for having me, Teresa. It has been a pleasure chatting with you.
- 8 winners will each get a print or ebook copy of The Breedling & The City in the Garden (print open to USA & Can / ebook open Int’l)
- 1 winner will get the Chicago Swag Box (USA only) Prize contains: Jay’s Potato Chips, Wrigleys Gum, mug, a book on history of Chicago (Then and Now), a magnet and a few other items