Beasts and Savages by Emma Woods – New Year, New Books Blog Tour with Giveaway!

Hello! I was quiet for a bit there, what with Christmas, then traveling to Canada, then our flight getting cancelled (what a nightmare), then all of us getting a stomach virus, and Nick starting his new job. It’s been eventful since I last blogged to say the least. But things are a bit calmed down now and so I’m excited to start bringing you some more posts again. So let’s jump right in with the New Year, New Books blog tour! This is a fun, laid back blog tour designed to introduce you to some new books and authors! Today I’ll be introducing you to Emma Woods, author of Beasts and Savages. 

First, let’s talk about the book! Here’s a short blurb about Beasts and Savages. Beasts and Savages by Emma Woods

Lea Corre was taught to value community, family, and the hunt. Her blood stems from a long line of proud hunters. When Lea’s monthly changes come and she prepares for her own hunt, she questions the brutality and morality of the deadly custom. As she uncovers dark secrets and delves into her mother’s broken past, she determines she will make her own fate. Along the way she encounters Tanner, her intended prey. His village has decided to take a stand against the tyranny of women. When Lea’s prey becomes her captor, she learns more about their lives, the world, and herself. In the end, Lea must choose between two worlds, in which neither she belongs.

I have to say, this book sounds completely fascinating to me! Still not convinced? I bet you will be after you read this excerpt of Beasts and Savages. I know it really drew me in.

Late into the night, Ms. Dawning gathered us for a celebratory speech. She lined us up along the glow of the fires, our mothers standing proudly behind us.

“Ladies, both young and old,” she began. “In just a few short hours, we send these beautiful, capable girls to fulfill their destinies as hunters.”

Cheers filled the park. Mom squeezed my shoulder.

Ms. Dawning waited for the crowd to quiet before she continued. “When they return, they will no longer be our children, they will be our equals.” More cheers. Another pause.

“All of these girls have worked and trained diligently for the honor to become hunters. I will recognize them individually, but first, a moment of silence to give thanks for the men who are sacrificed so that our way of life may continue.”

Boos and hisses rumble through the crowd. Ms. Dawning talked over them, “Ladies, Please! Without savages, there would be no children, no mothers. Tradition says we must observe a moment of silence.”

The crowd grew quiet and she continued, “Since the first hunt generations ago, women have persevered over the savages, but we are connected to them. As we continue to grow, both in strength and numbers, we must carry them along with us. They serve as a reminder of where we came from, and also of what we dare not become.”

Another cheer swelled, lasting longer than before. Ms. Dawning waited patiently. Finally, she spoke, “Now for the moment of silence.” The murmurs lessened until only the crackling of the fires were heard.

Awesome, right? Emma seems like a pretty neat person as well. She answered a few questions for me to share with you all.

When and why did you begin writing?

I’d like to think that writing has always been and interest, or even a hobby I’ve had for most of my life. Does that make me a lifelong writer? I don’t know, but I didn’t decide to become a published writer until about ten months ago. I write to be free, to leave the mundane world for a while and live in one where anything can happen, and I control the fates. I share my work so that others can escape their own reality and join me in my imagined world for a while.

What inspires you? 

My daughter inspires me. She’s seven and has a huge imagination. She comes up with great stories and tells me them as we drive places.

How did you get to be where you are in your life today?

Right after I published my book, I commented to someone that it would have been so great if I would have written this book while I was in college. Their response was resounding. They told me, “But the story wouldn’t have been the same if you had written it then.” And how right they are! I always thought I wanted to be a teacher, but that didn’t work out for me. In a way, I’m glad, because if it would have, I probably wouldn’t have become a writer.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

I’ve been a teacher, worked in a hospital, and for the last seven years I’ve been a 911/Law enforcement dispatcher. Do I think that my career has impacted my writing? Absolutely. In Beasts and Savages, there is a character named Flynn, he is named after a deputy I worked with.

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I hope you’re as excited about this book as I am! If you’d like to connect with Emma, you have several ways to do so. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. You can also check out her blog. You can find the book at Amazon and many other retailers as well!

And now onto the giveaway! Some of the authors on this tour have teamed up to offer up some great prizes! Enter at the rafflecopter below!

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And, there are tons of other great authors and books to check out as well! You can find the whole list over at Ama Et Bemma. Super huge thanks to her for organizing it as well!

What do you think, will you check out Emma’s book, Beasts and Savages?

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