Monday, September 11, 2017

Character Interview ~ Sian from Karina’s Silver Shoes by Denise Marques Leitao ~ Young Adult Fantasy

Please welcome Denise Marques Leitao and Sian to the blog today:

Interview with Sian, male character present in one of the last chapters in Karina’s Silver Shoes:

Denise: Do you realize you were supposed to be a minor character?
Sian: Laughs. Well, I do make an impression everywhere I go, so, if my part got bigger, well, that’s expected.
Denise: What can you say about your role in Karina’s Silver Shoes?
Sian: I guess nothing, unless I’m going to spoil people. Do you want me to spoil people?
Denise: Are you a villain?
Sian: Uhm. Let me think while I twirl my moustache. Fine, I don’t have a moustache, and I don’t want one. I think I’m a nice guy. Why would you consider me a villain?
Denise: We’ll have to disagree on the definition of nice.
Sian: What about Karina. What’s her definition?
Denise: I think she’s sick of calling people nice. Now wait. Do you want to know her opinion about you?
Sian: Not necessarily. But she’s the protagonist, isn’t she?
Denise: Well, there’s Cayla who’s really important as well. One could argue it’s also her story.
Sian: That brat. Oh goodness.
Denise: Fair enough. Any last word to our readers?
Sian: Keep reading. The best part is when I come in.
Denise: I disagree.
Sian: Why are you interviewing me then?
Denise: I thought you had a nice personality, the interview would be fun, and there wouldn’t be any spoilers.
Sian: There you have it, then. 

Karina’s Silver Shoes    
Denise Marques Leitao

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher: Sparkly Wave

Date of Publication: September 18th, 2017

ISBN:  9781775063711

Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 70k

Tagline: She’s got the fate of a kingdom in her hands—or rather, in her shoes.

About the Book:

When two princesses ask Karina to go to Whyland, a kingdom in a parallel dimension, to destroy her fascinating and potentially evil silver shoes, of course Karina accepts. Who would refuse a free trip to an alternate world?

Advised by a wise master and threatened by a beautiful stepmother, Karina goes on a journey with a princess to defeat a powerful witch. But Whyland is nothing like she expected. Karina finds herself stuck in a kingdom she doesn’t understand, with no clue on who to trust. Before saving anyone, she’d better save herself—if she figures out how.

From Brazilian / Canadian writer Denise Marques Leitao comes Karina’s Silver Shoes, a teen parody of fantasy and fairy-tale tropes with many female characters, friendships between girls and women, and some subtle romance.
If you like to read about strong girls and women, you’ve found your book.

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Read Excerpt #3:

Nia raised her eyebrows. “Well, do you think you can just sneak into her fortress?”
“No. I mean… Wait. Fortress?”
Nia put her hands on her waist. “Where do you think she lives?”
“A… house?”
“Right, a little house in the woods, without any protection.”
In reality that was exactly what Karina had imagined. “And that’s not it?”
Nia got closer to Karina and stared at her. “It’s a fortress, better protected than any castle on Earth.”
“We’re still on Earth?”
“Don’t change the subject.”
Karina stepped back and waived her hands. “It’s not my fault. I didn’t plan anything. I was sleeping, the girls woke me up, they asked for help and I came. That’s it.”
Nia pointed her index finger towards Karina. “That’s exactly it. They are only going because you are going.”

Meet the Author:

Denise Marques Leitao was born and raised in Brazil. When she’s not creating worlds and characters, she’s discussing the meaning of the Universe with her son, writing unintellectual poetry, podcasting about popular culture, or teaching. She lives in Montreal, Canada, and has a Master’s in English Literature.

To learn more about Denise, get news, bonus materials and preview chapters, visit

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