Monday, July 27, 2015

Cupcakes & Characters with L.L. Crane, Author of From the Mountain


Hi, everyone! Today L.L. Crane, author of From the Mountain, joins us with a fun character post. I actually have two cupcake favorites, though I love way more than that.

Cupcakes and Characters    
(Choose 4 of your Characters and tell us what their favorite cupcake is and why)


Teak – vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting because she is one of the last remaining light skinned people, and it would represent her fight for keeping these people alive.   She also struggles with thinking she is inferior because of her skin color, so by eating these cupcakes she could strengthen her self-image.

Thann – a giant cupcake with swirls of different flavors and a thick raspberry filling.  He would have to have confetti frosting about a mile high.  He is so huge and fun loving that his cupcake would have to be the biggest and wildest of all.  He would eat it and ask for a second or third one.

Koree – chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting.  He would choose this combination time and again, not sure why, but deep down it represents his parents, who he watched die when he was seven years old.  His mother was light and his father was dark, and Koree battles with his power and seriousness throughout the series because of this.  Deep down, because of the terrible world they live in, he struggles with being a half-breed, which doesn’t bother anybody but himself.

Echo – she wouldn’t settle for just one cupcake, because she was raised impoverished with five older brothers who only left scraps for her.  She would take one of every flavor available and gobble it down with glee, barking for gummy worms, sprinkles, candy hearts, and chocolate swirls.  But, after finally getting her fill, she would be the most grateful of all.

So, yeah, I'd have to say cupcakes may just be my favorite dessert. There's a great cake to frosting ratio. I especially love the cupcake cakes-- I saw a Minion one at Target. If I could eat 24 cupcakes without any guilt, I'd have bought it. My favorite cupcakes: vanilla with chocolate frosting and chocolate with cream cheese frosting topped with chocolate chips.

What is your favorite cupcake?



From the Mountain
Mark of Power, Book One

L.L. Crane

Ya Dystopian
February 14, 2015


What would you do if you were one of the last of your kind on earth? Sixteen year old Teak’s Mark of Power has kept her alive, but will it last?  Although she is a trained killing machine, it isn’t by choice. Slated to be one of Siv Gareth's elite soldiers, her life seems to be on course, but she has a decision to make.  Does she follow her father’s wishes and become a soldier, or chase after her own dreams of training dragons?  Persecuted, shunned, and tortured because of her skin color, Teak is mad, and somebody is going to pay for it.  Siv Gareth’s race war has just begun, and now that the Purity Law has passed, the Destroyers are out in hordes to kill her and any others with light skin.  When she shoots an arrow at Siv Gareth, a chain of events unwinds that ultimately threatens her very existence.  Accustomed to going it alone, Teak finds herself on a long journey with a group of inept teens, and she must learn to depend on them…or die.  When two boys enter the scene, one irritating and the other mesmerizing, Teak wonders if she has a shot at a normal life. But will her lack of Power and skin color ruin it? This dystopian society novel, Book 1 in the Mark of Power Series, is riveting with suspense, action, betrayal, and the brimming hope of romance.


Excerpt

“You ready?” he asks. 
I stop.  Am I ready?  Will I ever be ready?  “Sure,” I answer, more calmly than what I feel inside.
Thann takes off at a rapid pace, his long legs flying under him like machines pounding against the black earthen tunnel.  Since I am connected to him, because he holds not only my hand but my future tightly in his, I have no choice but to follow.


About the Author

L.L. Crane lives in a remote area of Northern California with her two horses, six goats, three dogs and two cats.  When she was a child, L.L. Crane dreamed of being a writer. She used the name, “Katie Bush” as a pen name for the famous writer she hoped to become, cranking out book after book on her mom’s old blue typewriter.

 As life often has twists and turns, L.L. Crane found herself becoming anything but a writer.  She graduated with a B.A. in Education, even though she was honored to begin her college career with the aid of writing scholarships.

After becoming a teacher, raising three children primarily on her own, as well as owning and operating a business, L.L. Crane finally pursued her dreams and began writing novels.  She brings her own experiences from teaching and her love of animals to her stories.

L.L. Crane is an avid reader and writer and loves children, animals, reading, riding horses, and gnomes.

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