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The Alchemists Academy Book 1: Stones to Ashes by Kailin Gow

What do you learn here…at the Academy? Wirt asks. Magic? The responsibility to use your powers responsibly? Uh…something like that, his roommate Spencer said. More like how to rule worlds. Wirt, is used to being shuffled from foster home to foster home, adopting a devil-may-care attitude toward the world along the way. Now he s in a school he can t escape, learning to develop his latent magical abilities, for what use, he doesn’t know…to save his world or to destroy it…

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The Alchemists Academy Book 2: Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow

A new student has entered The Alchemists Academy, and he brings with him an explosive power that threatens the Academy and the legend of Merlin. Wirt thought he was the only bad boy at the Academy, but he was wrong. Not only is Roland Black worse than Wirt, but a new teacher had replaced one of their beloved teachers, and she has more planned for Wirt and his friends than just lesson plans. Alana, his crush has grown prettier, and now he is rivals for her attention with not only his best friend Spencer, but newcomer Roland, as well. On top of that, it is their second year, and the year where all the students must pass a test to move on to the Elite Class at the Academy. The Elite Class is the only class in the third year at the Academy, and the students who fail will be sent home, others will face something even deadlier.

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Author Kailin Gow

Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women’s Shelters, and other organizations.

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.


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Interview:

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.  
Everyone should read my books because they’re not only entertaining, sexy, and sometimes different on purpose, but they also contain situations that may help someone actually learn to deal with things.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Yes, I have many books in the works.  Blood Curse for PULSE #8, Angel Mark for Beautiful Beings #4, Frenzy for Desire Series #4, Ethereal Devices (Steampunk Scarlett #3), Quantum Games (Alchemists Academy #3), Year of the Elite (Alchemists Academy #4), Never Ending (Never Knights #3), and some new series such as Beyond Deep Blue (Danny Blue #1) and a few more.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
My mother inspired me when I was a little girl when she told me women can be anything they want to be, including Senators, Writers, Scientists, Teachers, Mothers, Doctors, Musicians, and whatever they have a passion for.  I didn’t take writing as a career seriously until 9/11.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Finding out how my books and my experience as an author has helped inspired girls of color and other under-represented groups in literature, and even stay-at-home moms to become authors.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?  
Fairy Tales from Around the World

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
None. Just kidding, but this world of publishing changes all the time, and the thing to do is to stick with it, despite what any naysayers or critics tell you. If you are writing to go out there to change the world or to make a difference in someone’s life, then do it, despite the controversy that will follow because you choose to rock the boat than play it safe.  Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple to where it is today by playing it safe.

In many of my books, I have strong women characters rather than damsels in distress because, to me, that’s real. I don’t see women and girls as ever being damsels in distress because it’s in our genetic make-up to be strong. Women give birth to eight to ten pound humans, work several jobs, take care of the family, and still manage to look good.  We love a good alpha male of course not because we want to be dominated by one, but because we are seeking our best equal.  How’s that for empowering women and men?

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? 
Aphrodite because she’s smart, sensual, and loves to spread some love around.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
An author and a producer.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?  
Lucy Liu because it would be fun to see her turn my life into a Quentin Tarentino film.

How did you know you should become an author?
When the dream and passion of it wouldn’t go away, and when you end up writing stories, chapters, and novels at a young age rather than go out to play with Barbie dolls.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
C.S. Lewis, Stephen King, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Tom Stoppard the playwright, Anne Rice, and now John Green.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
Yes, definitely since all characters emerge from somewhere deep within.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 
I’ve had many, and sometimes people get it, sometimes they do, but it’s funny that some of my most craziest ideas are the ones that actually do well (commercially).  Which is this lesson learned:  You have to make a flying leap sometimes to find that craziness which can make your book something more than it could have been.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? 
Many times I’ve heard this from some of the most successful people I’ve met:  Do your thing and forget what others have to say about it.

Hidden talent? 
I have the hidden talent of devouring a pint of ice cream in a few minutes.  Good talent to have, right?

Favorite Food? 
A healthy and flavorful turkey meatloaf

Favorite Candy? 
Sugarfree chewing gum.  Honestly, I love chocolate and everything, but this year I was diagnosed as having diabetes with complications, which made me re-think food.  In fact, my form of diabetes at the time placed me at a critical life and death stage (anyone reading my fiction book series, Loving Summer, would get a sense of what complicated diabetes is about), which led me to re-vamp my entire diet and lifestyle.  I’m happy to say, after months of a complete lifestyle change, I was re-diagnosed with numbers that fell into being normal.  By the grace of God and by extreme discipline, I was able to reverse my diabetic conditions.

How do you react to a bad review? 
I’m only human –  of course, I much prefer a good review, but fairness is what I ask.

What do you do in your free time?
I take my daughter out to the park and get ice cream.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?  
No Regrets

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Alchemists Academy Tour Schedule
(links will be updated to go directly to tour posts)

November 30th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Tour Kick Off
Peace From Pieces – Author Interview

December 1st
Spotlight & Excerpts – Cuzinlogic * icefairy’s Treasure Chest * The Mod Podge Bookshelf *A Dream With In A Dream * Manga Maniac Cafe * Bibliophilia Please * The Secret Writer * Tribute Books

December 2nd
Oh the Books You’ll Read – Stones to Ashes Review
In This World Of Books – Review of Both Books

December 3rd
Book Worm Brandy – review of both books

December 4th
Pieces of Whimsy – Stones to Ashes review

December 5th
Savings in Seconds – review of both books

December 6th
Oh the Books You’ll Read – Elemental Explosions Review
Lovey Dovey Books – Stones to Ashes Review

December 7th
Pieces of Whimsy – Elemental Explosions review

December 8th
Parsimonious Posh – Stones to Ashes Review

December 9th
Magical Manuscripts – Stone to Ashes Review

December 10th
Multiple Blogs – Book Blast

December 11th
Lovey Dovey Books – Elemental Explosions Review

December 12th
Read My Mind – Stones to Ashes Review

December 13th
Parsimonious Posh – Elemental Explosions Review

December 14th
The Write Path – Stones to Ashes Review

December 15th
Escaping… One Book @ a Time – Stones to Ashes Review
Getting Your Read On – Review of Both Books

December 16th
Magical Manscripts – Elemental Explosions Review

December 17th
Read My Mind – Elemental Explosions Review

December 18th
Book Briefs – Stones to Ashes Review
Literary Time Out – Review of Both Books

December 19th
Publishing the Paranormal – Stones to Ashes Review

December 20th
Bookhounds YA – Stones to Ashes Review

December 21st
My Escape – Review of Both Books

December 22nd
Escaping… One Book @ a Time – Elemental Explosions Review

December 23rd
Bookworm Lisa – Stones to Ashes Review
Reviewing Shelf – Stones to Ashes Review

December 26th
Book Briefs – Elemental Explosions Review

December 27th
The Book Mark Blog – Review of Both Books
Reviewing Shelf – Elemental Explosions Review
Head Stuck in a Book – Review of both books

December 28th
Publishing the Paranormal – Elemental Explosions Review
Bookworm Lisa – Elemental Explosions Review

December 29th
Debbie’s Inkspectations – Review of Stones to Ashes

December 30th
Libby’s Library – Stones to Ashes Review
Rachel Cotterill Book Reviews – Review of Stones to Ashes

December 31st
Val Muller – Stones to Ashes Review
Four Sisters and a Book – Review of both books
Why Not? Because I Said So – Review of both books

January 2nd
The Write Path – Elemental Explosions Review

January 3rd
Storeybook Reveiws – Review of Stones to Ashes

January 4th
Libby’s Library – Elemental Explosions Review

January 5th
Storeybook Reviews – Review of Elemental Explosions
Sher A Hart: My Written Art – Review of Stones to Ashes

January 7th
Val Muller – Elemental Explosions Review

January 8th
Debbie’s Inkspectations – Review of Elemental Explosions

January 9th
Bookhounds YA – Review of Elemental Explosions

January 14th
Turner’s Antics – Review of Stones to Ashes

January 15th
Reader Girls – Review of Both Books

January 21st
Fiction Predictions – Stones to Ashes Review

January 26th
Sher A Hart: My Written Art – Review of Elemental Explosions

January 28th
Fiction Predictions – Elemental Explosions Review