Kindred (The Akasha Series #2)
by Indie Gantz
Genre: YA Scifi Fantasy
Release Date: February 2019
In Kindred we find the Damuzi twins settling into their new home with Kori Lark’s family. Desperate to keep the dangerous truth of their identity a secret, Charlie and Tirigan educate themselves on everything that was kept from them, while delving deeper into their mother’s past.
In the future, Tirigan is dealing with the complicated emotions that overwhelm him after the events of Passage. In an attempt to control the situation, Tirigan turns inward and cuts himself off from those who need him most.
By the time Charlie and Tirigan’s timeline’s merge, a burning mystery is solved, and more than one relationship begins to unravel.
Friendship. Trust. Dependency. Lies.
The Damuzi twin’s story continues.
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Previous book in the Series
Passage (The Akasha Series #1)by Indie Gantz
Genre: YA Scifi Fantasy
Release Date: March 2018
Uncover a Lifetime of Lies in this Fantasy Adventure!
On day one, Charlie Damuzi and her mute twin brother Tirigan are blissfully unaware of the dangerous world they live in. They may be aliens living on Earth after the extinction of humans, but to Charlie, life is pretty mundane.
On day two, the Damuzi family is ripped apart by a family secret that forces the twins to flee the only home they’ve ever known.
Determined to find a way to reunite their family, Charlie and Tirigan travel to uncharted territory in search of their salvation.
But that’s just Charlie’s side of the story.
In the future, forty days from when we first meet the Damuzi twins, Tirigan is on the move. His destination is unknown, as are the people he’s surrounded himself with, but his mission is still the same. Keep his sister safe and reunite their family.
However, as Tirigan attempts to navigate the complex bonds he’s formed with his companions, he’s forced to confront the one thing in life he has yet to fully understand.
Family. Deception. Power. Destruction.
It all begins on day one.
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Finding the right title for your novel and series.
So, you’ve got this idea. You’re terrified, because it feels big and real. It feels like you’re birthing something incredibly unique, and nothing in this world could stop it from happening. So, you sit down and you start to write. You create your characters and you chart your plot and timelines. Your characters surprise you with twists, and the plot transforms brilliantly. Your antagonists evolve into fully-formed people that force you to feel compassion for them, and your protagonists see darkness you never knew was inside of them. You’re doing it. You’re writing a brand new series that you pray people will devour.
But then comes the intimidating realization that you have to market the series. You have to create a brand. How do you do that?
There’s a lot that goes into marketing a new series, but the very first thing you have to do? Create a eye-catching title, for both your series and each individual novel. Finding this isn’t always easy. You can scour your plot for interesting words or overarching themes. You could pull a Rowling and name the series after your main character. You could even study different languages and find a word or phrase that fits your narrative.
That last one is how I chose my series title.
My series is genre-bending, combining Science Fiction and Fantasy elements. Elements being literal, as one of the species in my series has the power to manipulate the four elements. However, the Sci-Fi aspect of my series involves an alien species based on Sumerian history and myths. In combination, these two species create a fifth element. Indian Cosmologist use the word ‘Akasha’ to describe “space” or “the aether,” and Wiccans have adopted this terminology to represent the fifth element. Akasha, or The Spirit Element, is the element from which all creation came. That was perfect for my series, The Akasha Series, for reasons you’ll have to read to find out.
As for the titles of each individual novel, typically the titles are short and engaging. If you’re tacting on your series name after each novel title, you don’t want the individual novel titles to be super long. Each novel title should be just as representative of the novel’s content as the series title is of the whole series. Choose action words, or titles that evoke the kind of emotion readers will find within the novel.
I’ve chosen one word titles for each of the novels in my series. The first book is titled Passage, because the bulk of the novel has the protagonists both literally and figuratively passing through to a new world. The second book in the series is titled Kindred, because it focuses on finding and forming strong family ties. The alternate meaning for the word, ‘similar in kind,’ is also appropriate, as readers are made more aware of the literary mirrors put in place in the second novel. These mirrors are meant to enrich both the character’s relationships and the reader’s relationship with each character.
Choosing a title is a very personal and, at times, frustrating journey, but no matter what complications you encounter on your title choosing adventure, don’t settle. Choose a title that’s bold and full of energy, but make sure it speaks to you.
About the Author
Indie Gantz grew up in Northern Virginia and received her Psychology degree at George Mason University. Despite her passion and curiosity for the human mind, Indie left her chosen field of study to finally give voice to the many imagined minds she has created.
Indie lives with her family in North Carolina. She spends her days drinking tea and clacking keys.
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