Hunters of the Dream
by Ingrid Koivukangas
GENRE: YA Fantasy
When the summer holidays begin, Aurora thinks she’s just a normal teenager about to have another boring summer. Then, for her seventeenth birthday, Nana Brin gives her a long-silent Oracle that has been passed down through their family for generations. The mysterious Oracle soon awakens in response to the creeping Darkness that is escaping and destroying all worlds. Aurora must quickly find the courage to come to terms with her calling as the Huntress of the Dream.
As the Bone Seer began to pick up another bone, she hesitated, cocking her head from side to side, as if listening to someone speaking. She breathed in sharply, surprised, and suddenly frightened, and in a high pitched voice began singing:
The wise one will read the signs,
As the all seeing one awakens,
When the drum woman travels,
And the compass unravels,
And he, who swims between worlds,
Joins the one who sparks and twirls,
The broken wing is set free,
The wolves howl and protect thee,
Gathering under a double moon,
The Huntress is born again,
As Darkness slips its chains.
Looking directly into Aurora’s eyes she hissed, “The Darkness is waking, Aurora. There are many teachings you must complete, and amulets and allies to gather in preparation for the battles ahead. You must find your fellow hunters before the Darkness escapes and finds you, or all will be lost.
Interview with the Author:
- How long have you been writing?
Since I wrote my first story when I was seven years old.
2. How long have you been a published author?
It’s been a long road since that first story! I became a published author in January 2016.
3. What titles do you have available?
Hunters of the Dream, Book One: The Gathering
4. What made you choose the subject of this book?
In many ways the book is a continuation of my work as an environmental artist. But, I’m not sure that I chose the subject of the book, I think perhaps the characters–the book– chose the subject.
5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
Hunters of the Dream, Book Two: Darkness Approaching.
- What is your favourite genre and why?
I don’t have one favourite genre – I like many different ones. I love good stories and good writing.
7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
I love when the characters are first arriving, and the story begins to take shape.
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
I would love to have co-authored a book with J.R.R.Tolkien. Not only was he a fabulous story teller and writer, he was also influenced by the Kalevala. The Kalevala is the national epic poem of Finland and was compiled in the 19th century from Finnish folklore. I am a first generation Finnish Canadian – both of my parents are Finnish, and my first language is Finnish. I feel deeply connected to the Kalevala and I recognize how parts of it are echoed in Middle-earth, from The Lord of the Rings.
9. Where can readers find you on the web?
Readers can find me at my website:
I’d like to invite your readers to signup for a free online Eco Heart Oracle reading: bit.ly/FreeEcoHeartOracleReading The Eco Heart Oracle guides the characters through the Hunters of the Dream trilogy.
I’m also developing a membership website for readers who would like to continue their journey into the world of Hunters of the Dream. Membership is free to Hunters of the Dream readers, and grants them access to complimentary art and writing projects. Paid modules will also be available for a nominal fee. The paid modules will be especially appealing to youth, parents and home schoolers who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of our sacred connections to the natural and Spirit world through a variety of teachings and videos. http://bit.ly/EnterAWorldofWonder
Many thanks for having me as guest!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ingrid Koivukangas, BFA, MFA, is an award winning environmental artist, writer, designer, Reiki Master and educator.
As an artist Ingrid works intuitively at sites creating new works in response to sites and their energies and histories both natural and human. Her work encompasses many media including site specific ephemeral, large scale public works, writing, video, photography, sound, web, sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.
Ingrid’s artworks have been exhibited in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. She’s been featured as an artist in residence on CBC-TV; has had numerous gallery exhibitions; has many site specific ephemeral works left in situ and large scale permanent public art projects.
Ingrid’s artworks have been included in many publications and books including: Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future, published by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environmental Programme and Art + Science Now: How scientific research and technological innovation are becoming key to 21st-century aesthetics by Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University. One of her favourite publications to be included in is Scholastic Book’s Now See This! Art That Influences.
Ingrid has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and a Master of Fine Arts, Environmental Sculpture, from the University of Calgary. You can view her work at: http://www.ingridkoivukangas.com
Ingrid lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband Robin, two dogs, Lucy and Scout, and a fierce cat named Hunter.
NOTE: Hunters of the Dream will be available at Amazon from February 22 to March 20 for only $0.99
Get a free online Eco Heart Oracle reading. http://bit.ly/FreeEcoHeartOracleReading
Visit the World of Wonder membership site. This site is for Hunters of the Dream readers. Continue exploring the world of Hunters of the Dream:
Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:
Ingrid Koivukangas will be awarding an Eco Heart Oracle Deck valued at $28 US, (the Eco Heart Oracle is an integral part of the Hunters of the Dream trilogy) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour (International Giveaway).