August 28, 2015

The Wanderers Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

The Wanderers
Author: Kate Ormand
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Sky Pony Press


A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance

Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.

In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.

Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.

Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?

Top 10 Favourite Books/Authors

I thought this would be really easy for me, but it was so hard to stop at ten. I even had to go back and strike some from the list – it was horrible!!! So here’s my final decision… *clicks send before I can change my mind again*

1. Amanda Hocking
This year I wrote a post about ten reasons why I love Amanda Hocking and had similar problems as I did here where I could go way over ten. With a unique take on mythology and folklore, it’s tough to find anything close in comparison to Amanda Hocking’s books. If you want to see the full post about how much I love her, you can check it out on the My Kinda Book website here:

Favourite book: SWITCHED

2. Maggie Stiefvater
A couple of years ago I really struggled with reading. I rarely found a book that I connected to. I didn’t really know much about the different genres. I didn’t have a favourite author. I didn’t have a clue what I liked to read. I discovered YA after reading SHIVER, LINGER & FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater, and I haven’t looked back!

Favourite book: THE SCORPIO RACES

3. Jackson Pearce
Jackson Pearce’s books are a must for my shelves. I became a fan after reading AS YOU WISH in one sitting. Her YA book are mostly inspired by fairy tales, but the stories she chooses to retell aren’t ones you come across often, making the books feel unique and special.

Favourite book: SISTERS RED

4. Suzanne Collins
I loved THE HUNGER GAMES books (and the movies!) and they’re a must for my top ten lists. I remember starting reading and knowing right away that I was going to love these books. The series also pointed me in the direction of dystopia, opening the door to a genre I fell in love with.

Favourite book: CATCHING FIRE

5. JK Rowling
I don’t feel like I really have to explain this one! Harry Potter is everything.


6. Tahereh Mafi
I found the SHATTER ME series so unique in both the story and the writing style. The whole trilogy was absolutely beautiful and I always wanted to go right back to the beginning after finishing each one.

Favourite book: IGNITE ME

7. Danielle L Jensen
I discovered the MALEDICTION trilogy last year when the first book released. After waiting (impatiently) for the second book to release I’ve now read that and am waiting (very impatiently) for the third. It’s a truly magnificent story of magic, politics, love, and deception. I love it so much it hurts!

Favourite book: STOLEN SONGBIRD

8. Jennifer L Armentrout
I started the COVENANT series and that was enough to secure JLA a spot on lists like this forever. I ordered pretty much every JLA and J Lynn book ever written after that and I’m still making my way through them all!

Favourite book (so far!): DEITY

9. Amy Plum
Amy Plum’s books are stunning! The writing is so beautiful and enchanting, and the imagery is breathtaking.

Favourite book: DIE FOR ME

10. Cassandra Clare
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS! I read the final book as soon as I got it, both happy to be back in this world, and sad to be saying goodbye to these characters. I’ll miss this series a lot. It is on my to-re-read list as I loved all six. Fortunately, there are many more books in the Shadowhunter world to enjoy!

Favourite book: CITY OF GLASS 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your favorite books & authors with us Kate!
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KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. 

You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website ( or on Twitter (@kateormand).


  1. I love the sound of this. The circus does fascinate.

  2. I haven't read a good cirque book since Freakd and Cique du Freak. :)
    Mary G Loki